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Sr. Architect Evangelist, Developer & Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Silicon Valley

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  • Blog Post: Debugging the Update Process for Windows Phone Apps

    In my blog post entitled Testing the Update Process for Windows Phone Apps published last night we discussed the need for testing the update process for your Windows Phone applications. In this blog post we explore how to debug the update process for Windows Phone applications. “It was the best of times...
  • Blog Post: Testing the Update Process for Windows Phone Apps

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” It was with these famous words that Charles Dickens began his book A Tale of Two Cities , “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”, while he was referring to one of history’s most explosive eras, he might have also been writing A Tale...
  • Blog Post: Dilbert’s Scott Adams accepts the Windows Phone Challenge

    We’re all likely familiar with Scott Adams Dilbert cartoon although what you might not have heard about is the fact that Microsoft’s Brandon Watson just challenged Scott Adams to the Windows Phone Challenge. Brandon challenged Scott to give the Windows Phone an honest run and said that if he didn’t prefer...
  • Blog Post: Got Exceptions? AppHub Windows Phone Application Crash Reporting

    Any developer will tell you that debugging applications in production environments presents them with some unique challenges and applications on Windows Phone are no different.  With the new version of the AppHub developers portal debugging exceptions occurring within your applications on phones...
  • Blog Post: Install Windows Phone “Mango” on Retail Devices

    Brandon Watson wrote a blog post this morning that should be music to the ears of all Windows Phone developers, announcing the availability of the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta 2 and also how you can install Windows Phone “Mango” on retail Windows Phones such as the Samsung Focus. Learn more by...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Advertising SDK Update is Now Available

    We’re excited to let you know that we’ve just released an updated version of the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone with support for both Silverlight and XNA. We strongly encourage you to download the Advertising SDK June 2011 Update , and start taking advantage of all of the new features and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Gamefest 2011 – Seattle, WA August 22-23, London, England July 14-15, and Tokyo July 29!

    From the launch of the new Windows Phone to the award-winning Kinect for Xbox 360 to Windows 7 and Xbox LIVE , Microsoft continues to provide developers with the technologies, tools and services for the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences. Microsoft Gamefest is the place to get the latest...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Election for Windows Phone RTM

    Over the Memorial Day weekend I wrote two patriotic applications, the Independence Day application that counts down to our nations birthday, and also the 2012 Election application that counts down to the 2012 Presidential Election. You can download the 2012 Election application from the Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Independence Day for Windows Phone 7 RTM

    With Memorial Day this past weekend I decided to take sometime and write a patriotic application or two, including Independence Day that counts down to our nations birthday and all the awesome BBQ and fireworks with friends and family. You can download Independence Day from the Windows Phone Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Samsung Focus Ranked #1 AT&T Smartphone, Sorry Apple!

    The Samsung Focus ranked as the number one smartphone in the PC Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2011: Mobile Phones and Carriers , Sorry Apple! I have been using the Samsung Focus for a little while now as my primary phone and this phone is totally amazing and personally I think it’s a more impressive...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta Release

    Today, in New York City, Andy Lees announced the next major release of Windows Phone, previously codenamed “Mango”, to the world.  We’re excited to release the Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta and would encourage mobile developers to download and experience what is possible with the upcoming...
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