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  • Blog Post: transcript from background agents Q&A..

    Last week we did a video on background agents for the Inside Windows Phone show.. If you want to go deep into agents, you must watch the video. It is here . To lure the super starPeter Torr into coming and doing yet another video on background agents, I had to prove to him the questions were deeper than...
  • Blog Post: Useful Mango Developer Resources

    With the Windows Phone (codenamed) Mango beta release, the Windows Phone team thrived to have great documentation and useful learning resources for WP7 developers. I think they did a superb job and given it came after MIX (and we had lots of great video content) the docs have gone unnoticed a bit, so...
  • Blog Post: System Tray Progress Indicator

    In my last post , I teased that system tray in Mango is now customizable and data binding friendly   On top of that, the SystemTray now has a ProgressIndicator   that you can use to replace your PerformantProgressBar and display progress on async operations.   Here is everything you...
  • Blog Post: Customizing SystemTray’s Background in Mango

    A missing feature from Windows phone 7.0 was the ability to set the Background and Foreground color in the SystemTray. For branded apps (like Facebook) this was a problem cause the tray looked ugly, so most of these apps had to hide it, hiding important notifications (like clock, battery indicator )...
  • Blog Post: Slides and samples for the Helsinki mobile day event..

      Thanks to those that attended our all-day Mobile Day event in Helsinki.      As promised, the content follows. The decks are here . The sample code is here . Thanks again for attending. Happy Windows Phone coding!
  • Blog Post: An update from Windows Phone developers themselves

    The past few days have been very exciting for Windows Phone developers: The Microsoft partnership with Nokia promises great synergy for delivering on our platform and fueling the ecosystem, thereby creating a huge opportunity for developers. Steve Ballmer and Joe Belfiore disclosed just a few...
  • Blog Post: Details on the Push Notification app limits

    Yesterday, Kevin Marshall wrote a blog post   with a good developer tip: to code defensively for the 15 application limit in push notification.  I know the post was well intended (as a developer tip) and fair criticism (to platform limit); but a few people got confused or misinterpreted and...
  • Blog Post: UpdateSourceTrigger on Windows Phone data bindings

    I am writing this tiny demo app, that has a TextBox data bound to a ViewModel.  I want the TextBox to fire notifications to the ViewModel whenever the text changes (as opposed to only firing notifications when the textbox loses focus). In WPF, this is trivial to do, you just set the UpdateSourceTrigger...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Application Performance at Silverlight Firestarter

    Yesterday I did a dry-run of my performance talk for today’s Silverlight fire starter . Conclusion was that the talk is like drinking from a fire-hose. It is tight for 45 minutes, but the content is good and we could not agree on what to cut. It was all too good and useful to cut stuff.   So...
  • Blog Post: ISO image for the Windows Phone developer tools..

    For those of us who have multiple machines or re-install often and don’t like to download every time using the web installer, there is an ISO image for the Windows Phone Developer tools Download using this link.. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=201927 . This is the RTM version ( so what...
  • Blog Post: Working with GIF images in Windows Phone

    As you know, Silverlight does not have native support for decoding gif images. That is downer, but not a showstopper since several 3rd party, opensource libraries for decoding Gifs. The Twitter for Windows Phone team used the ImageTools project from Codeplex to decode gifs. It worked well, but when...
  • Blog Post: Windows phones hardware reviews

    Kevan Hutson (or some one in his team) created this great ‘aggregation’ of reviews of different Windows Phone models. It is a bit US-centric, because it aimed at helping the MS-based US Employees order their phones now that Windows Phone is launched in the US. Still think it might be useful...
  • Blog Post: Hail to the swiss army knife of Silverlight Windows Phone Apps LongListSelector

    Today,  David Anson announced the second release of the Silverlight for Windows Phone  toolkit.     This release doubles the number of controls in the kit, includes page transitions, ListPicker, and the new Swiss Army style control for Windows Phone: LongListSelector.. I am still...
  • Blog Post: Running a Windows Phone Application under the lock screen

    Last week, Microsoft published new Application content policies for Windows Phone 7 Apps. One of the changes that got attention was the ability to run applications under a locked screen. Refer to section 6.3 of the application certification requirements. In reality, the change is pretty minor, the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Design Day Recordings

    Windows Phone is getting very impressive reviews, and all of them mention the great, innovative user experience on the phone. A few weeks ago, our Studios team, the folks responsible for the end-to-end user experience on the phone, invited a few partners and agencies for what we called “Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 performance white paper is now online.. got questions?

    Shane Guillet has been working on Silverlight performance since way back when it was called WPF/E... Shane wasprobably 14 years old then :) Recently, he wrote this great white paper on how to monitor and optimize performance on Windows Phone 7 apps. Even if you are a performance expert, this is a great...
  • Blog Post: Video recordings for first Windows Phone 7 Jumpstart event

    This week, MS learning did the first delivery of our Windows Phone 7 Jumpstart training. The JumpStart is a four part deep-dive into Windows Phone. The four sessions included: An Introduction to the Windows Phone Platform Game Building on the Windows Phone Platform Advanced Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Tips for uninstalling the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTPs and moving to beta

    To install the Windows Phone Developer Tools beta, you will first need to uninstall the older CTP (if you had it installed). The process is straight forward if you get the order right and don’t have other pre-release bits installed.   All this means is You should uninstall the item named Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Migrating apps from Windows Phone April CTP Refresh to the beta build

    There were a good number of breaking changes and new features introduced in the “beta” release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. Going forward from beta to RTM; the number of breaking changes will be minimal, so let’s just “buckle up” and migrate our code this once....
  • Blog Post: WIndows phone developers please hold on Blend 4

    Today at Internet Week New York we are launching Expression Studio 4. This new version is shipping just 10 months after Expression Studio 3 and includes support for Silverlight 4, .NET 4, and interop with Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010. In this version we are also moving to a new SKU lineup which aligns...
  • Blog Post: Windows phone capabilities security model

    Today, Microsoft released the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP- April Refresh .  You can find most of the details on the new features for this release at the Windows Phone developer blog . One of these new features is the capabilities-driven security model. What are capabilities? A Capability is...
  • Blog Post: Theming in Windows Phone

    A theme is a visual definition of the look & feel for common controls in an Operating System. Themes are usually end-user selectable, changing the theme at the OS level, impacts the look & feel of running applications that are ‘theme aware’. As an example, on Windows Vista and Windows 7, a popular...
  • Blog Post: A JOURNEY INTO SILVERLIGHT ON WINDOWS PHONE -VIA Learning WIndows PHone Programming

    If you are a Silverlight  developer take a quick “ Journey into Siverlight on Windows Phone ” by checking out the free preview of Chapter 6 on the “ Learning Windows Phone Programming ” book by  my colleague Yochay Kiriaty and yours truly.    In this quick read, and you will...
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