Susan IbachTechnical Evangelist
Hi, my name is Stephanie and I have been a co-op at Microsoft for approximately 6 months. As a University of Waterloo student this is my last co-op before I graduate and I couldn’t have asked for a more challenging or more exciting job. Working here has brought about some amazing opportunities. I have developed some amazing friendships with other co-ops and various managers across the organization.
I currently work on the Marketing Communications team whose primary focus is to support the promotional aspects of campaigns across the business. I have been exposed to some AMAZING stories along the way that have truly inspired me. The one story that always keeps coming back up in my head is about two University students just like you and me called Jake Poznanski and Sam Kaufmann. These two student developers started developing for the Windows Phone 7 after many attempts of trying to work with the PC Android toolkit. After a “horrifying” experience they swiftly shifted to developing for the Windows Phone 7 platform. Aside from being developers and students at a prestigious East Coast university Jake and Sam grossed over $12,000.00 from their Windows Phone 7 apps.
I have heard of so many student developers, like Jake and Sam, talk about developing apps for the chance to make a little bit of cash on the side. The great thing about the Windows Phone 7 MarketPlace is that, unlike its competitors, it is less saturated with random apps. Apps have the opportunity to stand out on the Windows Phone 7 platform since the new platform means that there is “room for improvement among currently offered apps” (Jake and Sam, 2010).
In my opinion a lot of Jake and Sam’s success came from being among the first in the Windows MarketPlace to create well known “staple” app games. That is why I believe the sooner we (college/university students) get our apps into the Windows MarketPlace, the more money we will potentially be able to make.
The world is our oyster.
Check out the full case study of Jake Poznanski and Sam Kauffman here!
- Stephanie Martel
If you’re a registered developer on the AppHub (http://create.msdn.com), you should have already acquired both Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta 2 and Windows Phone OS 7.1 build 7661, better known as Mango. This is a beta build, but it is stable enough to get your started on testing apps for the next OS update.
If you’re not a registered developer… wait… what?! You’re not a registered developer?
Alright, this is not the end of the world. Just follow these simple steps:
As a new registrant you will have to wait patiently until the next batch of invites for the Mango beta update are sent out. This shouldn’t take more than a week or two.
And remember, as a student you don’t pay any fees to develop for the Windows Phone 7 marketplace and yet you are allowed to monetize on your apps.
As usual, if you have any questions, let us know.
My name's Mary and I am a university student that just started as an intern with the DPE team here at Microsoft! One of the cool perks that I get from working here is that I get to play with a Dell Venue Pro to get a feel for WP7 for the next few months!!! Coming from an iPhone 4, this is sure to be an interesting transition! Oh, and did I mention that I woke up at 4am and then lined up for 10 hours to get my iPhone 4? So yes, this will be a very interesting indeed. (If you're wondering, I got a micro-SIM card adapter to get it to work on the WP7!)
For starters, here are some first thoughts:
Join me as I learn to use the phone and hunt down cool apps (GAMES!) and functions on WP7! :) PLEEEASE let me know if you have any good tips on getting used to the phone, or any good recommendations on apps! :)
- Mary Lee
Yesterday, I posted my first of several interviews with Canadian developers who are working with Windows Azure on the Canadian Developer Connection. I thought I would share the interview with you as well since it was with a digital media start-up company run by students out of the Ryerson Digital Media Zone in Toronto, Ontario. Check out their story, be inspired, and think how you can take your application or your app idea and go global without having to learn new platforms and more importantly, without requiring money to invest up front.
If you’re a student start-up just getting started or you just have an idea that you’d like to develop further, I’d love to hear from you and see how I can help! I had the pleasure of having several discussions with the members of Fersh (the below was just one of them) about technologies, business models, etc. Feel free to send me an email or find me on Twitter at any time. Let’s connect and see what’s possible.
Lead is a worldwide leaderboard platform which developers can integrate into their games to engage its users. Lead provides a consistent reliable service and a growing ecosystem of products for developers regardless of the platform on which they develop. Lead is developed by Fersh, a student digital multimedia start-up operating out of the Ryerson Digital Media Zone in Toronto, Ontario. Fersh’s portfolio includes a number of award-winning mobile games, applications and developer resources. Fersh offers a range of products and services including consulting and customized software solutions across several platforms.
I had a chance to sit down with one of Lead’s developers and Ryerson’s Microsoft Student Partner (MSP), Kowsheek Mahmood (@aredkid) to find out how he and his team built Lead using Windows Azure.
Jonathan: Kowsheek, when you and the team were designing Lead, what was the rationale behind your decision to develop for the Cloud, and more specifically, to use Windows Azure?
Kowsheek: Being a start-up company with constrained funding, it was not feasible for us to have multiple dedicated servers for Lead. Furthermore, since we wanted Lead to provide a consistent experience across geographical locations, a distributed solution was the right fit. At Fersh we use Microsoft technologies to develop our applications which range from games to mobile and web applications. We chose Windows Azure because we could use our existing knowledge of the technologies involved and leverage them well. Also, Windows Azure provided for high availability and a flexible utility-style service, that fulfilled our requirements and was affordable.
Jonathan: What Windows Azure services are you using? How are you using them?
Kowsheek: We are using Windows Azure Compute Web Role instances to host the frontend site, as well as our simple but really powerful API with developers will integrate in their games. SQL Azure hosts our databases in which we store the leaderboard data for each game using the API. We are also using Blob Storage and the Content Delivery Network (CDN) for static content, distributed to different geographic regions.
Jonathan: During development, did you run into anything that was not obvious and required you to do some research? What were your findings? Hopefully, other developers will be able to use your findings to solve similar issues.
Kowsheek: While working with the ASP.NET Membership service, initially it wasn't clear how the database on SQL Azure would have to be built. A quick Bing search showed that there is a tool similar to the regular tool called "aspnet_regsqlazure" that builds the database. You can find out more in this support article. Once we downloaded the proper files and ran them against the database, all was well.
Jonathan: Lastly, what were some of the lessons you and your team learned as part of ramping up to use Windows Azure or actually developing for Windows Azure?
Kowsheek: Initially, dedicated servers seemed feasible but after taking into consideration things like scalability and reliability, the hosting solutions seemed to fall short, so it always serves well to consider all the requirements and available options from the get-go.
That’s it for today’s interview with Kowsheek Mahmood of Fersh about their application Lead. Lead is currently in Alpha release but has already been integrated into several games, such as the popular Windows Phone 7 game Sudoku3D (Facebook, Twitter). If you’re a game developer, Lead is definitely something to check out. Perhaps you could even participate in testing Lead.
Hello everyone! My name’s Judy and I am—or was—a self-confessed BlackBerry addict.
I'm a student at Wilfrid Laurier University and doing my co-op term at Microsoft on the Developer Platform Evangelism team and it’s been very rewarding and cool in a plethora of ways. One of our product managers just gave me a Samsung Focus with WP7 to own for the duration of my term (!). This was going to be my baby, but it also meant adios to my beloved BlackBerry Bold 9700. Au revoir to BBM. Sayonara to my dear, abused button keys.
My BlackBerry has been at the gut of many frustrations and distractions in lectures, and using the WP7 so far has been like a welcome breath of fresh air. Why, do you ask?
1) Interface: With live tiles, navigation has never been this beautiful and friendly to me!
2) Phone design: Wide screen + dedicated camera start-up button x thin, light design = phone-photography win.
3) Integration: Upload everything and anything, share and post, quick and easy to Facebook, email, skydrive, etc.
Once upon a time, my ‘BB’ used to be a lifeline, and how quickly that attachment faded within days of the switch. In comparison, it feels crammed, the interface is uninspiring, and the size of the screen and the capabilities cannot even compare. Letting go has never been easier.
Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh in judging my once-loved phone like an ex-boyfriend. Perhaps I'm just excited to be with something new and innovative that eases so smoothly into my life (hello, Facebook/contact-list integration?). Perhaps I’ve finally found a phone that ties together all my social interactions and connections without tying up my time. Only time can tell (re: future blog posts). J
– Judy Lin
Follow @godevmental and me @judy_lin, and tell me about your own transition stories or your love/hate relationship stories with your phones, because—let’s be real (T9Word, shattered screens…)—we’ve all been there.