Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10: N, K and KN Special Editions

Many MSDN customers may notice Windows editions (Starter, Professional, Ultimate, etc) that have N, K, or KN designations.  I’ve wondered what these were and if I should avoid using them.  After some research, this is what I’ve found:

Windows N: Has multimedia support removed from the OS install.  This is the version sold to the European market and is missing Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, and Windows DVD Maker.  This was due to sanctions by the European Union (EU) against Microsoft for violating anti-trust laws.

Windows K: This edition is sold to South Korean markets and comes pre-installed with links to other competing instant messaging and media player software.

Windows KN: Is a combination of K and N.  It has links to other competing IM/MP software, but also does not include Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, or Windows DVD Maker.

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Bing Maps with JavaScript and Windows 8

I was having some trouble finding any good information on how to implement the final build of Bing Maps (v1.1.20120927.0) into a WinJS Windows Store application.  It’s actually pretty simple.

Start by downloading and installing the Bing Maps SDK from:
http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/bb764f67-6b2c-4e14-b2d3-17477ae1eaca

In Solution Explorer, right click on References and add a reference to “Bing Maps for JavaScript”

Add the following script tag to the top of your HTML file:

And add a DIV tag to the HTML which will contain the map:

Now add the following JavaScript code to your JavaScript file:

Add this JavaScript to your onactivated or ready events in the JavaScript file: