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  • Blog Post: You need to control yourself when adding controls to mobile UIs

    By now, most people have realized (in theory) that recreating a PC-based app (or web app) is not exactly the right idea for mobile apps.  In practice, however, it is clear that this is not as easy as it sounds .  When you’re building an app that has no history on the PC or web, building the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone links for the week

    A good number of us from the team are in Redmond this week on our annual pilgrimage to the mothership (Microsoft Headquarters) for training, so content from me will be a little lighter than usual. As a result, I wanted to share with you a set of links and resources that are new to help you learn more...
  • Blog Post: Winning on the Marketplace: The differentiation game

    When a mobile app marketplace hits a population of five figures, it becomes a little tough at times to have your app stand out of the crowd. Even if your app or game is the most awesome thing ever invented since the spork , it’s still tough to get that initial traction when there is a sea of other apps...
  • Blog Post: 2 in 1! A Metro primer and a webcast.

    If you waited on reading my 5-part Metro and Mobile app design series until the final post, there’s great news in that you can now read each of them online.  Also, if you want an overview of the developer perspective of Windows Phone, from a development standpoint as well as a Marketplace and marketing...
  • Blog Post: Going with the flow… Using Metro to control the experience

    Figuring out the flow of your mobile app is tough but it’s key to the experience. Without good app flow your app will be tough to use and users will get annoyed with it. Annoyed users tend not to use the app that annoys them. In fact, there’s a statistic that only 1 in 100 apps downloaded...
  • Blog Post: My app has principles – understanding the Metro design principles

    Metro is gaining popularity as a way to create compelling app designs for Windows Phone. It’s theme is distinct and very oriented towards providing the user with information. At the same time, given its emphasis on information, it is more than just presenting data on the screen. A well-built Metro...
  • Blog Post: Going Metro in your Windows Phone Apps

    I’ve been on the road for the better part of the month of November, meeting with developers and IT Pros across the country and it’s been a blast.  Because I’m the guy on the MS Canada evangelism team most focused on Windows Phone, more often than not those conversations trend towards mobile. ...
  • 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...
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