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  • 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: 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: Mobile Devs: Why Windows Phone Matters to You

    Everyone knows how competitive the mobile space is.  There are a wide range of platforms available for you as a developer to adopt and build your mobile app masterpiece, each with their pros and cons.  So Microsoft introduces a new mobile platform (Windows Phone 7 and now the upcoming Mango...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Development at DevTeach

    There was a lot of buzz around mobile development at DevTeach Montreal a few weeks ago with an entire track dedicated to mobile development, 4 Windows Phone 7 sessions, and a post-conference full day event all about Windows Phone 7 with Colin Melia . As an added bonus, Carl Franklin ( @carlfranklin ...
  • Blog Post: Connecting Windows Phones and Slates to Windows Azure

    In the words of Rob Tiffany ( @robtiffany ), Mobility Architect at Microsoft, “the combination of mobile and cloud computing is like peanut butter and chocolate. Nobody does it better than Microsoft when Windows Phones and Slates are connected to Windows Azure over wireless.” If you haven’t had a chance...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Hackfest in Ajax This Saturday!

    Guest post by Atley Hunter ( @atleyhunter ) Hackfest? If you’re in the Toronto area and you’ve been meaning to write apps for Windows Phone 7, there’s a Hackfest near you this coming Saturday, May 14th!  · If you have an idea for an app but don’t know how to build apps for Windows Phone, this event...
  • Blog Post: Connecting Windows Azure to Windows Phone 7 Just Got A Whole Lot Easier

    As of today, connecting Windows Azure to your application running on Windows Phone 7 just got a whole lot easier with the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 designed to make it easier for you to leverage the cloud services running in Windows Azure. The toolkit, which you can find...
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