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  • Blog Post: Phone for the holidays!

    Guest Post by Atley Hunter, Windows Phone MVP.  This post is also found on Atley’s personal blog .  This offer is from Atley himself (as opposed to Microsoft) because of the passion he has for the Windows Phone platform! Do you want to win a free Windows Phone or XBox?  How would you like...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to #StartSomething? Canadian Windows Phone devs, start your engines and score killer rewards!

    The Mango App Challenge has come and gone. The contest elicited a huge response and many happy, Canadian developers now have the sweet goodness of Mango on the Windows Phones they won as a result of publishing 2 apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace. Now we up the ante. Get ready to #StartSomething by...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Fast App Resume in Legacy Windows Phone 7 apps by upgrading to 7.5

    One of the more complicated concepts in phone development, regardless of the platform you are targeting, is multi-tasking.  The nature of a mobile device is to be resource-limited.  It’s not a PC where you have a significant amount of CPU, memory, storage and other assets to tap into in your...
  • Blog Post: Get to know the author of the TechDays Windows Phone Application: Louis-Philippe Pinsonneault

    As you may know, the Microsoft TechDays Conference took place in Montreal last week and we have landed an interview with Louis-Philippe Pinsonneault, a local Montreal developer.  He is a really nice guy and a great developer.  I was very happy to finally meet him in person after chatting with...
  • Blog Post: Tick Tock… The Mango App Challenge is close to a stop…

    The Mango App Challenge , a promotion Microsoft Canada launched a while back where you build and publish two Windows Phone apps and you get a free Windows Phone is now close to drawing to a close.  With a deadline to have your apps published by December 15, 2011 , you still have time to get your...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Mango: #31AwesomeWPDevTutorials

    If you’re looking to start learning Windows Phone 7.5 development, this could be the perfect place for you to start!  Jeff Blankenburg from Microsoft has compiled (or rather, at the time of publication of this post is compiling ) a series of 31 tutorials on how to implement Windows Phone 7.5 Apps...
  • Blog Post: Free Phone Reminder: Get Your Apps in to the Mango App Challenge!

    A couple of weeks ago I introduced the Mango App Challenge – in essence, a contest for you to develop and publish 2 Windows Phone apps to the Marketplace and in return we’d give you a free phone.  Well, so far the contest has gotten a lot of entries (but there’s still plenty of phones left to give...
  • Blog Post: Hey you. Yeah, you. Wanna Windows Phone?

    Now that I’ve caught your attention with the title of this post, I want to introduce you to a really great promotion we are holding at Microsoft Canada for you as a mobile app developer (by the way, when I write “app”, I actually mean “app or game”). One of the biggest comments that I get when talking...
  • Blog Post: Why Can’t We Be Friends? Art and Function in Windows Phone Apps.

    Even ten years ago, “experience” was not really something that was given much thought in building software.  More often than not the primary goal of a piece of software was simply to display results, or data.  How the data or results were displayed was more often a function of technical specifications...
  • Blog Post: Like HTML5? Like Phone Apps? Then you’ll LOVE Mango because…

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a post referencing how you as a developer don’t have to be torn between building mobile experiences in HTML5 or native phone apps.  In fact, with the upcoming Mango release for Windows Phone, the “better together” story is a strong one that allows you to take advantage of...
  • Blog Post: Premiere Training on Mango – And it’s free!

    If you find you aren’t busy on Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24, you may be interested in attending free an online training event that will bring you to speed on how to build Mango apps. If you’re new to building apps on the Windows Phone 7 platform or a veteran looking to understand the new...
  • Blog Post: On Phone Apps and Web Apps

    Being a mobile developer over the past 4 years has been an interesting experience. With the advent of modern smartphones with differentiate experiences, we found out that not only is there a viable market for great apps, but that market is booming and very competitive. We have seen mobile apps that have...
  • Blog Post: IE 9 on Windows Phone, Now That’s What I’m Talking About!!!

    This post was originally created by Atley Hunter here and is re-posted with his permission. More on Atley:  Atley Hunter has been a developer for more than 15 years and a mobile developer since way before it was cool.  With over 30 apps under his belt and numerous talks, blog postings and HackFests...
  • Blog Post: Mango RTMs! Now what?

    Last week, we announced that Windows Phone 7 Codenamed “Mango” RTM’ed (RTM = Release to Manufacturing).  This is great news for a number of reasons because Mango represents a very enticing update to Windows Phone 7 that in essence puts it at least on par with our competitors from a phone capability...
  • Blog Post: Changes to the WP7 Marketplace

    Hello, everyone!  Before I dive into the specific content of my subject title, I’d like to (re)introduce myself to you.  I’m Paul Laberge and I’m a Developer Advisor with Microsoft Canada’s Developer and Platform group.  Those of you who have been following the Canadian Developer blog...
  • Blog Post: Long Weekend Plans? One Word – Mango

    It’s finally here! The first long weekend of the summer! Looks like all of the stars aligned, giving us an amazing opportunity to spend three whole days ramping up on Windows Phone 7 Mango. Yesterday, Brandon Watson of the Windows Phone team announced the availability of the Windows Phone Developer Tools...
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