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  • Blog Post: Beta Version Apps doesn’t expire any more, new release of Dev Center app

    According to Rushmi Malaviarachchi recent posts, there is some updates that I’d like to share with you: beta apps no longer have an expiration date, and the Windows Phone Dev Center app has a new “markets” view. Beta apps no longer have an expiration date As many of you know...
  • Blog Post: Activate your store account using BizSpark

    As I travel around Africa, I got many inquires asking me about how the windows and windows phone store could be activated once we joined BizSpark program . So, I have decided to be the spark of change and blog about it. BizSpark is a program created by Microsoft to help foster innovation and to invest...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in VS2013 for Windows Phone Developers

    It has always been great coding using Visual Studio, such a robust IDE that makes developer’s life much easier. Now with the new release of VS2013 makes your life much easier for so many reasons. Since, I am mostly concerned with windows phone development; I will be tackling the new features in...
  • Blog Post: Rencontrez Chervine Bhiwoo

    On a fait la connaissance de Chervine lors d'un atelier, quand il s'est mis en avant comme chef d'équipe de 3 développeurs. Il les a soutenu et coacher afin qu’ils puissent acquérir les connaissances et les techniques nécessaires les permettant de développer des...
  • Blog Post: Rencontrez l'héro d'Août : Fehizoro Andriamitandrina

    Fehizoro Andriamitandrina est un étudiant en cinquième année de Mathématiques à l’université d’Antananarivo. Il a appris l’informatique et le développement tout seul et est devenu un Microsoft Student Partner et a déjà développé...
  • Blog Post: Rencontrez l'héro de Juillet: Holty SOW

    À la sortie du Windows Phone, Holty SOW s’est offert un à lui-même, quand il n’a pas trouvé « Awalé », un de ses jeux préféré, sur le Windows Phone Store, il a décidé de le développer lui-même !...
  • Blog Post: Changing the default windows phone 8 colors (override the chosen theme)

    A couple of days ago I was trying to build an app over windows phone 8, My Apps theme had green as the main color and a light background. whenever the user changes the phone theme my app gets affected so if the user choose the foreground to be red all the controls highlight some of their borders and...
  • Blog Post: Adding Speech Functionality to your Windows Phone 8 App

    The new speech API, is one of the add on features of windows phone 8. This feature when added to your application makes it really interactive and engaging to the user and it is really easy to be done code wise. Launching apps with speech was already available in the previous Windows Phone releases, but...
  • Blog Post: How to make your Windows Phone Vibrate using C#

    There are many reasons why you might want to programmatically vibrate the phone during apps or games.  You might want to alert the user to an error condition or you want the user to actually feel that he has touched/clicked a button on the Phone. The Windows Phone SDK makes it easy for developers...
  • Blog Post: Enable Lock Screen Notifications in your WP8 App

    A nice cool feature in Windows Phone 8 is integration with the lock screen, which means now you can receive app updates while your phone is locked. There is different types of lock screen notifications either to have a quick status update displaying notification icons the same way the Outlook app displays...
  • Blog Post: How to unlock your windows phone for development

    In order to deploy your apps directly to the device, developers are required to have an unlocked Windows Phone device. This process will walk you through all the necessary steps to get your phone unlocked so that you can test your app on a real device. Most Windows Phone devices are locked. Users...
  • Blog Post: Part 1: Protecting an ASP.net Web API hosted on Azure with OAuth Simple Web Tokens using the Access Control Service – Server Side

    Introduction I’ve been in this situation many times, I have an API that needs an authenticated user to access it, how can this problem be solved? You could pass the username and password of the user with each request, a horribly unsecure method for that the password can be sniffed if your...
  • Blog Post: Creating Hashtag Monitor app. A application using Windows Azure Mobile Services

    Introduction In this post, I'll be creating an application that registers for monitoring a specific hashtag on twitter for new tweets. When there is a batch of new tweets, the application will be notified via a Push notification. I'll be using Windows Azure Mobile Services . If you didn't know, you...
  • Blog Post: Get started on Windows Azure Mobile Services for Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS and Android apps

    Furthering Windows Azure commitment to open source development, Microsoft announced http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/home/scenarios/mobile-services/ that developers can begin using Windows Azure Mobile Services to develop native Android applications. Mobile Services makes it easy for developers to add...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 and 7.x Design Guidelines

    It was recently brought to my attention that knowing the design guidelines prior to building an application saves the developer a lot of time, since incorporating the design guidelines and certification requirements makes the application acceptance process faster. Here are some hints that I stumbled...
  • Blog Post: List of eligible countries on Windows Phone Dev Center

    Find your country in the below list and check whether you can register a developer account in your country on the Windows Phone Dev center or not. Then, check the corresponding Payout; if it is set to Yes then your registered account support paid apps (i.e. you can reclaim your money) ...
  • Blog Post: Watch Windows Phone sessions from MVA

    You can now Watch Windows Phone sessions from Microsoft Virtual Academy here .
  • Blog Post: Did you know that?

    Did you know that 46 out of the top 50 Apps on both iOS and Android are now on the windows phone market place. You can check out this article for more information: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57542103-94/windows-phone-8-users-can-access-46-of-top-50-apps/ . The rate of developing windows phone apps...
  • Blog Post: 3 Reasons to Switch

    If you are thinking about switching to a different platform, now it is the right time to do it. Windows phone offers some really unique features that you can not find on any other phone. New UI and Live Tiles , that is updated dynamically. You can pin them to your home screen and you have information...
  • Blog Post: Meet Windows Phone 8

    Hello, my name is Dina Helmy. I'm passionate about technology, to the extend that sometimes I write geek poems http://dina-helmy.tumblr.com/private/9291471807/tumblr_lqduai5ORb1qmimcj , and learn German. I'm currently working as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft and I'll be posting about the new windows...
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