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    Ready to develop for Windows Phone 8?

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    Windows Phone 8 start screenWindows Phone 8 launched this week, so how can you build apps for the latest phones?

    Windows Phone 8 was launched Monday and the reviews are in. If you haven’t seen it yet, the Windows Phone website is a great place to see what’s new for the phone user.

    For the Windows Phone developer, the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is available now. I just wanted to give you a heads up on what you need to know to start developing for Windows Phone 8. I’ll cover:

    • Where do I get the SDK so I can build Windows Phone 8 apps?
    • What’s in the SDK?
    • What are the system requirements for the SDK? (hint: Windows 8 with Hyper-V enabled)
    • What new APIs and features can I leverage?
    • If I am building an app with the Windows Phone 7 SDK do I have to restart it?

    Where do I get the SDK so I can build Windows Phone 8 apps?

    Download it here. (TIP: Don’t forget to register for developer movement to get rewards for your apps!)

    What’s in the SDK?

    The SDK includes Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Phone, or will work as an add-in to Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium, or Ultimate (TIP: As a student you can those higher editions of Visual Studio for free from DreamSpark!).

    The SDK also includes emulators. So if you install the SDK you have everything you need to develop, test and deploy your Windows Phone 8 application. (TIP: As a student you can even get your Windows Phone Store account for free)

    What are the system requirements for the SDK?

    Here are the system requirements for the Windows Phone 8 SDK

    • Supported operating systems: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 64-bit (x64) client versions
    • Hardware: 4 GB of free hard disk space, 4 GB RAM, 64-bit (x64) CPU
    • Windows Phone 8 Emulator: Windows 8 Pro edition or greater, a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

    If you have already been developing for Windows Phone 7,note the new requirement: You need to be running a 64 bit Windows 8 OS to install the Windows Phone 8 SDK.

    If you don’t meet the requirements for the Windows Phone 8 Emulator, the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 will install and run but the Windows Phone 8 Emulator will not function and you will not be able to deploy or test apps on the Emulator.

    The emulator uses Hyper-V so if you try to run a project in the emulator and Hyper-V is not enabled, you will be prompted to turn on Hyper-V. Turning on Hyper-V will require you to restart your computer.

    What new APIs and features can I leverage?

    If you visit the Windows Phone Dev Center you’ll find all documentation and samples for the Windows Phone 8 SDK. I’ll mention a couple of new features here just to whet your appetite

    If I am building an app with the Windows Phone 7 SDK do I have to restart it?

    No. Apps built for Windows Phone 7.5 still run on Windows Phone 8, so finish and publish that app you are working on! Then if you want to leverage some of the new Windows 8 features, you can do that in your next release. (TIP: Don’t forget to register for developer movement to get rewards for your apps!)

    Windows Phone 8 Designed for each of us, now what app will you put out there for each of us?

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    Windows 8 development for iOS developers

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    If you’ve already built an iOS app, what do you need to know to build a Windows 8 app?

    The Windows Store site has added some great resources to help iOS developers create Windows 8 store apps.

    You’ll find Resources for iOS developers that includes all kinds of tips to help you get started

    So what are you waiting for to start coding? Don’t forget students can create Windows Store accounts for free, and you’ve got the Developer Movement to reward you for your published apps. Get coding Canada!

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    Catch the //build/ keynote live now!

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    The //build/ conference sold out before many developers could register. But you can watch some of it online!

    Just a short note to remind you that if you want to build Windows 8, Windows Phone or Windows Azure. The Build conference is this week and some of the content will be live.

    The keynote is live at 11:30 AM Eastern, 8:30 AM Pacific today October 30th!

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    Your code + Developer Movement = Rewards

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    Developer movementDeveloper Movement is back and ready to reward you for your Windows 8, Phone and Azure apps

    Due to it’s incredible popularity last year, Developer movement is back, and it’s bigger and better!

    The Developer Movement program allows you to collect points for a variety of different tasks. You could earn 1,000 points today just by registering!

    • Publish a Windows Phone or Windows 8 app 5,000 points
    • Publish a Windows Phone or Windows 8 app using Windows Azure 10,000 points
    • When you publish your first app, earn a bonus 5,000 points

    Collect a few more points while you take a break from coding your apps

    • Refer a friend who registers 200 points
    • Refer a friend who publishes 1,000 points
    • Complete a Windows Azure lab 500 points

    What can you get with your points? Here’s a few examples

    • 1,000 points could get you a t-shirt, so if you register today, you’ve already earned a reward!
    • 5,000 points could get you an Xbox 360 Wireless Headset, or a Laptop Backpack
    • 8,000 points could get you World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition
    • 11,000 points could get you a Xbox 360 Kinect
    • 19,000 could get you a Samsung 21.5” LED Monitor

    The program ends on March 28, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM EST that gives you lots of time to get coding! Here’s some resources to help you get started

    Don’t forget as a student, the same apps that are earning you rewards for Development Movement could take you to Russia for the Imagine Cup!

    So what are you waiting for? Get all the details and register today!

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    The Windows Store is open

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    A guest blog from the Windows Store

    Throughout the Windows 8 preview timeframe, we’ve been humbled by interest in the Windows Store and amazed at the level of creativity you’ve poured into app development on the new platform. With today’s launch of Windows 8, we’re excited to open the Windows Store to the world, providing new opportunities for your apps to be discovered and downloaded by consumers around the world. In this post, Ted Dworkin, Partner Director of Program Management, talks about the path to Windows 8 general availability and the great work our partners have done to support the grand opening of the Windows Store today.

    --Antoine

    October 26th marks the opening of the Windows Store for consumers around the world. We’ve spent the past year jointly building the Windows Store with our early partners, and starting today, consumers broadly can experience Windows 8 and the amazing apps you’ve built.

    The Windows Store has come a long way in less than a year. From our Store preview last December, to Windows 8 Consumer Preview with 70+ partners, Release Preview with 200+ partners, to general availability – we’ve had tremendous support from the publishers you see in the Store today, building multiple times while we delivered an evolving platform. Thank you to all of them for their early commitment and effort in joining us today for general availability.

    Apps bring Windows to life

    Over the past year, we’ve showcased some of the great apps that bring the new Windows 8 experience to life. The apps you see in the Store today take advantage of Windows 8 design and represent fantastic diversity across categories.

    The Windows Store is an international store, with apps for more than 200 markets and 100 languages We love the global support from top social sites like Renren, QQ and Sina Weibo in China, Daum in Korea and Vkontkakte in Russia. We’re also proud to feature media apps like Sky News, Financial Times and Dailymotion in the UK and top commerce sites like Mercado Libre in South America.

    Windows 8 Start Screen

    Today is just Day 1
    As much as we celebrate the joint effort that has realized today’s Store, we are focused on moving forward every day—evolving and expanding the service in ways that benefit consumers and our publishing partners. In the past four weeks alone, we’ve seen a 300% increase in the Store catalog and the submission trend continues. Since we started outreach through efforts like the Windows 8 Developer Camps in early 2012, we’ve hosted more than 400,000 developers in 87 countries. We’re excited to see the growing momentum.
    Our very first blog post noted our commitment to deliver the most significant opportunity for app builders in history and that mission fuels us daily. On behalf of all of us who work on the Windows Store, thank you for creating great apps, for continuing to inspire us with your innovation and creativity, and for joining us on this journey.

    --Ted

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