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  • Blog Post: AboutYOU Windows Phone App Released

    There is an old joke: "But enough about me, let’s talk about you. What do you think about me?" A more serious description would be “ Find out what people are saying about you on the web ”. IMHO this is the ultimate vanity app that a lot of people would want to use. It is not just “about me...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Building Phone Applications with Windows Azure

    So, you’re building phone apps for Windows Phone 7 –maybe even iPhone/iPad – and you’re curious about what the cloud can offer.  Is it possible to deploy scalable, mobile Web applications on Windows Azure? How about storing data in the cloud?  Is it possible to use the cloud for push notifications...
  • Blog Post: Follow Ignition Showcase on your Windows Phone

    Ignition Showcase is a site focused on building and enhancing the vibrant ecosystem of Independent Software Vendors and start-ups on the Microsoft platform. The goal of Ignition Showcase is to bring together the right people and experiences from across Microsoft to provide ISVs with the resources they...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark News App

    One of the things I hear from startups occasionally is, how come I never hear what’s going on with BizSpark? Well, I have a couple of answers that I usually give. First, you can visit BizSpark.com and you’ll see a list of our latest BizSpark Blog and news posts. Members of the Microsoft Emerging Business...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK for Windows Phone 7–Version 1.2 New Features Released

    In May we told you about the new Windows Azure SDK for Windows Phone 7. We have just released some really important and valuable additions to the toolkit such as: Support and tooling for the Access Control Service 2.0 Support for Windows Azure Storage Queues Updated UI/UX for the management web application...
  • Blog Post: GigaOM: You’ll Never Guess Which Mobile OS Has Highest Ad Click Rate

    Well, I’m posting a link, so that might give it away. I mentioned in my Facebook post of the link that I think the reason is our really excellent system for identifying the type of ads that a user of a particular app would want to see. Users are much more likely to click through ads they want more information...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS is here now and Coming for Android

    We have just announced the immediate availability of the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS (v1.0.0) .  This toolkit contains resources and services designed to make it easier for iOS developers to use Windows Azure.  This release pushes forward the momentum around Mobile + Cloud, and expands it...
  • Blog Post: Soundtrckr on the Microsoft News Center

    Cool story today on the Microsoft News Center about Soundtrckr, one of our East Region BizSpark One startups. Check out the story below and check out Soundtrckr at http://soundtrckr.com . Harmonic Convergence: Music and Social Networking Join Forces BizSpark One startup Soundtrckr lets listeners discover...
  • Blog Post: Executive Caddie on Windows Phone Radio

    Really awesome mention of one of our favorite East region Windows Phone 7 developers - Executive Caddie . Interesting is their discussion of James Browning’s close contact with customers around new features added to the product. Check out the whole thing here: Windows Phone Radio 23 Good afternoon! Windows...
  • Blog Post: Soundtrckr featured on Hot Apps

    Soundtrckr , once of the BizSpark One companies we work closely with, is featured this week on Channel 9’s Hot Apps . Check out the video for an overview. Link
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 / Windows Azure – How-to Video

    Last month we posted about Wade Wegner’s Windows Phone 7 / Windows Azure Toolkit in our blog post: Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure – Perfect Together .  This toolkit adds templates into visual studio that allow you to generate a Windows Phone 7 app with a SQL Azure cloud based database. ...
  • Blog Post: Available Now: The New Game Development Tutorial on App Hub!

    From the makers of the “XNA Game Studio Beginner’s Guide” DVD’s, the next evolution of Game Development training for Beginners! Online. Plaintext Searchable Code. Lessons for Design, Art, and Programming. Everything You Need, Free. Jump in at: http://create.msdn.com/gamedevelopment Developed in Collaboration...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Phone 7 App Challenge – Win a trip to the Worldwide Partner Conference

    Are you up to the challenge? Build a cool Windows Phone 7 app, earn bragging rights and a chance to get a free ride to Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2011. You could be selected for the best app. Welcome to the Windows Phone 7 App Challenge for WPC 2011! You can participate by developing an application...
  • Blog Post: My 1st Windows Phone 7 App: Top DCRM Blogs

    Checkout my 1st Windows Phone 7 (WP7) App – Top DCRM Blogs , highlighting Top 10 Dynamics CRM Blogs. If you want to nominate any particular blog for next version of this App, please add your comment to this blog-post or drop me a note. To install this FREE App, you may download here or search ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7–11,500 Apps!

    Windows Phone 7 recently passed the 11,500 apps mark.   Some additional landmarks: 1.5 Million downloads of our Windows Phone Developer Tools 36,000 members of the AppHub community who have become members of the Windows Phone developer community. 7,500 apps that are paid in our Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure – Perfect Together

    Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure complement each other very well.  If you are developing a mobile solution a very useful application design is to implement an application that uses Windows Phone 7 as a front end user interface with local application processing that leverages cloud-based  common...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Apps with AppMakr and Free Marketplace Registration

    Starting today, you can build a Windows Phone 7 app quickly and easily using AppMakr . Check out the details below, along with information about getting Free Marketplace Registration for a limited time. Imagine developing an app in less than 30 minutes, with no coding required and no cost to you! Creating...
  • Blog Post: Programming Windows Phone 7 GPS at Coding4Fun

    Great post and resources by Greg Duncan on the Channel 9 Coding4Fun blog. Programming a Windows Phone 7 GPS enabled app without leaving your PC In my twitter stream I caught someone once commenting about how hard it was to test a GPS enabled Windows Phone 7 app while in a building and how he was getting...
  • Blog Post: Jumpstart Development with the Windows Phone 7 Ignition Kit

    Windows Phone 7 Ignition Kit Windows Phone 7 promises to be an amazing mobile phone operating system given its innovative user interface and functionality, as well as its great development platform upon which you can quickly and easily build games and applications. With a myriad of new devices, a powerful...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Recipes

    Have you been developing applications for Windows Phone 7 and found you could use some help? Windows Phone Recipes are common patterns of reusable code available as open source projects. These projects can be used as is, or developers are welcome to adapt them as they see fit for their solutions. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Developer Tools Update Released

    An updated version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools has just been released.  This update includes updated reference assemblies, a new version of the Windows Phone OS image, and some minor bug fixes.  This update also provides updated Silverlight controls that enable copy and paste functionality...
  • Blog Post: Executive Caddie comes to Windows Phone 7

    We met James Browning, the CEO of Executive Caddie, at a Windows Phone 7 Firestarter event last Fall. James was extremely impressed by the features and potential of Windows Phone 7, and set off on moving his successful iPhone application to the new platform. Four months later, Executive Caddie has a...
  • Blog Post: Building High Performance Windows Phone Applications that are Feature Rich and Azure Enabled.

    In the the December 2010 issue of MSDN Magazine Max Zilberman and Dani Diaz give us specific guidance on how to build high performance Windows Phone applications that are feature rich and Azure enabled.  Recommendations and resources in this article will be useful to architects, developers and technical...
  • Blog Post: .toolbox Design Tutorials for Windows Phone 7

    Are you writing Windows Phone 7 applications and can use some help improving the user experience?  Are you a developer comfortable with Visual Studio but when you step into Expression Blend you find yourself overwhelmed? Then take a look at this new resource from Microsoft.  The .toolbox tutorials...
  • Blog Post: How Many Phone Apps can YOU Write in 2 Weeks?

    If you’re Boston-based startup JMA Web Technologies and the phone in question is Windows Phone 7 , then the answer is six phone apps in two weeks.  Not too shabby. A peak at some of JMA’s Windows Phone applications JMA’s founder and president, Joseph Anderson, had never developed for Windows Phone...
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