England are ready to whitewash the Australians

When Jamie George picked up the ball and decided to take inspiration from the England football lads, delicately kicked the ball for a pick up by Owen Farrell to go over the line and cement an historic 23-7 win over Australia, we knew we had witnessed something very, very, special. England had created history in just two games of rugby.

Did the nation expect such a performance, probably not? After all let’s not forget Eddie Jones has had less than 10 games with this squad. What has he done so right in such a short space of time?

First off, he’s installed a winning mentality to every single member of the squad, ignored past issues and given everyone a clean slate. Fixing the English mentality has been key to the performances. Improved lineouts and defence lines. On paper it doesn’t seem to be much at all, you can guarantee hours and hours of planning and hard work has gone into this.

In this series win, we’ve seen some stand out performances. James Haskell has been a man mountain, not letting anything get by him and when it does he hits them hard. Dylan Hartley’s captaincy has been admirable. Dan Cole, well what can we say but what a man. Maro Itoje has been a sensation. Chris Robshaw, can we say anymore than what has already been said. It’s a 50th England cap he will forever remember.  We could go on and on with plaudits for individuals in this squad. They have been superb.

What was admirable was the player’s attitude from the final whistle last Saturday. Dylan Hartley led the battle cry insisting they will enjoy the moment of victory but not let the main focus of completing an Australian whitewash this weekend in Sydney.  That surely should send nerves down the Australians spine.

Your #WearTheRose support has been world class down under and back home. We’ve loved every single message of support you are sending the lads to us on social media. To keep up to date with what the squad is up to make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

We go one more time. England has come to fight, come to win and come to make history in Australia. We can’t wait.

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Windows Store Weekly: great new content in this week

Today’s roundup of what’s new in the Windows Store includes two new games and a new hit movie sequel!

Movies & TV

The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Buy from $14.99

The Divergent Series

The third installment of the Divergent series, Allegiant, follows Tris and Four as the escape the only world they know and venture beyond the wall surrounding Chicago. They find themselves drawn into a violent battle which will threaten everyone they know and love, and the two must make impossible choices if they want to survive. Watch The Divergent Series: Allegiant tonight, available one month before Blu-ray and DVD in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store.


The Art of Coloring by Disney – Free

Disney's Art of Coloring

It isn’t just kids who like the creative fun of Disney’s The Art of Coloring. Older kids and even parents find something to like – it’s a stress reducer, a momentary escape and just a great way to play around with color. From animals to floral designs, from princesses to villains, download The Art of Coloring and discover familiar Disney characters along with dozens of artistic color palettes inspired by favorite Disney films.

Roblox Summer Camp – Free

Roblox in the Windows Store

With summer officially here, it’s time for Roblox and Roblox Summer Camp, a massive multiplayer event that kicks off today and runs through July 6. In this virtual universe powered by the collective imagination of its fans, enjoy a variety of popular games built buy some of Roblox’s top developers, with a new custom game sponsored by Disney’s Big Friendly Giant. Learn more on the Roblox blog and download Roblox today.


Autodesk SketchBook – Free 

Autodesk SketchBook for Windows 10

Love to draw? Check out this all new version of the Autodesk SketchBook app, optimized to take advantage of Windows Tablet devices. SketchBook is a drawing app made for anyone who loves to draw – it feels like a natural creative experience, not like using complicated software. It’s as close to pencil, pen, marker, and brush as a digital tool can be. This new version takes advantage of the faster processing power of Windows 10 for a more fluid experience, adds support for 2-in-1 tablets, adds a gigantic new canvas, and dozens more new features. Now, just pick up your pen and start creating!

GroupMe – Free 

GroupMe for Windows 10

Getting together gets a lot easier with GroupMe by Microsoft, the app that makes it easy and fun to connect. Whether you’re planning a party with friends, changing a meeting time with co-workers or need to send a video message to team members before a game, start here. And because it’s ready for Windows 10, you can view your groups in the People app, reply to messages fast and receive interactive notifications.

Head over here to see everything that’s new and updated in the Windows Store this week, and have a great weekend!

Source: Microsoft Windows Experience Blog

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Updated Brokered Windows Runtime Components whitepaper and project templates for Windows 10

Brokered Windows Runtime Components can help enterprise developers build apps with modern, touch-enabled user experiences while leveraging their long-term investments in existing business logic code. This is made possible by allowing side-loaded Universal Windows Platform apps to interoperate with desktop processes outside of the app container. This technology was first introduced with the Windows 8.1 Update. For more info, take a look at Harry Pierson’s talk from Build 2014: Respecting Your Investments: How to Leverage Your Existing Code in a New Windows Runtime LOB App.

To make it easier to use this technology, its whitepaper—“Brokered Windows Runtime Components for side-loaded Windows Store appshas been updated for Windows 10. Additionally, new project templates for Visual Studio 2015 have been developed to simplify customizations and automate the build process.

You can download the templates from Visual Studio Gallery, or install them from Visual Studio directly by selecting Tools > Extensions and Updates and searching for “BrokeredComponent.” They’re listed under Online > Visual Studio Gallery > Templates > Visual C++ > Visual Studio Extensions.



Details on how to use the project templates are found in the description of the extension download page.

If you still need to develop apps and Brokered Components for apps targeting Windows 8.1 Update, please read the whitepaper for Windows 8.1 Update and use the project template for Visual Studio 2013.

Source: Microsoft Building Apps Blog

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