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    Comprehensive guide: Windows Phone development resources


    Looking for a comprehensive guide to development resources for Windows Phone? Visit the Windows Phone developer resources pages on App Hub.

    Please find the following topic pages so you can learn everything you need to know to create great apps and games for Windows Phone:

    Silverlight for Windows Phone

    XNA Game Studio and XNA Framework

    Windows Phone Developer Tools and Device Unlock

    User Experience and User Interface

    Application and Execution Model

    Input, Touch and Gestures

    Launchers and Choosers


    Frame and Page Navigation

    Isolated Storage


    Advertising Services

    Camera and Photos

    Media – Audio and Video

    Push Notifications and Live Tiles

    App Bar and Controls

    Location and Mapping

    Networking and Web Services


    Globalization and Localization

    Porting Your App or Game to Windows Phone 7

    Application Publishing and Marketplace

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    MIX 11: Hardware-accelerated HTML5, IE9 & Mango


    Last March 2010 @ MIX 10, we (MS) announced Hardware-Accelerated HTML5, Pushes Boundaries on Web and Cloud Development. Also MS released first platform preview for Windows Internet Explorer 9, highlights commitments to jQuery, OData, expanded support for HTML5, hardware-accelerated graphics and text, and a new JavaScript engine. Together these allow developers to use the same markup and deliver graphically and functionally rich Web applications that take advantage of modern PC hardware through a modern operating system. As part of its commitment to interoperability, MS detailed its support for a number of HTML5 specifications, including CSS3, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), XHTML parsing, and the video and audio tags using industry-standard (H.264/MPEG4 and MP3/AAC) codecs, among others. In addition, MS demonstrated a new JavaScript engine that uses the multiple cores of today’s modern chips to effectively manage computing resources and improve Web performance. By combining increased interoperability with a new JavaScript engine and Direct 2D technology, Internet Explorer 9 enables Web developers to provide users with richer experiences that render more quickly and consistently.

    Now @ MIX 11, MS demonstrated the value of developing for HTML5 and the standards-based Web with Internet Explorer 9 on PCs running Windows and Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Phone. With the forthcoming release of Windows Phone, coming later this year, MS is providing developers with more hardware capabilities, better browsing and improved tooling, as well as expanded opportunities and Windows Phone Marketplace options. Together, these technologies create a richer application environment that expands mobile usage scenarios.

      Qantas for Windows Phone allows users to manage travel plans including checking in and reviewing the status of an upcoming flight. Coming soon to Windows Phone Marketplace.

    The new application platform enables developers to take advantage of the following:

    • Application multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast application switching

    • Deeper phone integration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles (refer the above pic)

    • Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so developers can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences

    Apart from this, MS provided the first deep look at the development platform for the next version of Windows Phone, arriving on new and existing handsets later this year. Developers will soon have updated Windows Phone Developer Tools. Improved tools include a performance profiler and sensor simulation, enabling developers to build more integrated and high-performing applications. Using this, the developers (we) will be able to take advantage of these new capabilities to create even more creative and engaging Windows Phone apps and games.

    Way to go!!

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    Download: Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1


    Here we go… you can download the latest released Update Rollup 3 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Issues that are resolved in the update is published @ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2529939.

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    Exchange Server Protocol docs


    You can find the Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 RTM Protocol technical documentation set provides detailed technical specifications for Microsoft protocols and extensions to industry-standards or other published protocols that are implemented and used in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 RTM. This allows the user to interoperate or communicate natively with Microsoft Office client and other server products. You can download the documentation, which is designed to describe each protocol in detail as it is used by the Microsoft Exchange Server. Each protocol specification documents the technical requirements, limitations, dependencies, and Microsoft-specific protocol behavior. The documentation set includes a set of companion overview and reference documents that supplement the technical specifications with conceptual background, overviews of inter-protocol relationships and interactions, and technical reference information

    Note: The protocol specifications are available in the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) for that you can use the Adobe Reader 8.0 or later @ http://www.adobe.com.

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