Jennifer Marsman

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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 games made by college students

    Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some college students who are building games.  Some of the students have published games in the Windows Store.  Most games are free.  Check out the screenshots below – there are some really fun games, addictive puzzles, creative...
  • Blog Post: College Fight Song Apps

    College football bowl season is upon us!  A local company based in East Lansing, Michigan has created a series of 45 “college fight song” apps which include the university’s fight song(s), lyrics, and photos.  For a limited time to the first 100 downloaders , these 45 apps will be FREE. ...
  • Blog Post: App Review: Parents Pregnancy & Baby Guide

    As the only pregnant member of my team, the Parents Pregnancy & Baby Guide app for the Windows Store is an excellent choice to review.  I am actually a subscriber to Parents magazine.  I love their content, and I like keeping up with the latest recommendations on children’s health, discipline...
  • Blog Post: It’s now even cheaper to build apps for the Windows Store!

    Whoo-hoo!  Now, I personally don’t believe that developing for the Windows Store was ever that expensive (an individual account used to be $49/year, and it is $99/year for iOS developer registration ), but it has gotten even better!  Starting today, you can develop for both the Windows Store...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Central US Events through Dec 2013

    My team and I are running 4 event series through the end of the calendar year, in numerous cities across the Central United States. You can get caught up on the big announcements from //build, learn Windows 8 and Windows Phone development, and more! Join us for...
  • Blog Post: Student Event Resources

    I have run a number of Windows 8 student events recently at numerous universities and colleges, and I’m gearing up to start again for the fall. Here is the list of links and resources that I provide to students, gathered in one place. Getting set up Visual Studio Windows 8 Development Resources...
  • Blog Post: “Frank’s World” Build 2013 videos – Windows Store improvements

    My teammate Frank LaVigne created a video on the second day of Build 2013 .  Near the beginning, I talk a little bit about the improvements in the Windows Store for the Windows 8.1 release.  You can view the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Per58dCBb0 .   You can see Frank...
  • Blog Post: Comparison of Windows Store vs. Google Play

    In this article, my goal is a facts-based comparison of the Windows Store (for Windows 8 apps) and Google Play (for Android apps).  I’ve included links to my references throughout this article that were available and published as of April 25, 2013.  Ability to make money First, here is a quick...
  • Blog Post: Android to Windows 8: Top 10 tips for passing Windows Store certification

    As an Android developer publishing an application in Google Play, you simply publish the app and it appears live.  However, in the Windows Store (and Apple’s App Store), there is a certification process where your application undergoes testing and a review by a human being before being published...
  • Blog Post: Reveal a Picture

    I published my first application into the Windows Store in November 2012, but I never blogged about it.  It is a simple game called Reveal a Picture , which I made for my kids.  You can download it here .  In this children’s game targeted at ages 2-6, you touch the screen or move the mouse...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store opportunity for Android developers

    I’m super excited about building apps for the Windows Store.  In this article, I’ll discuss why Android developers should consider developing for the Windows Store as well.   First of all, let me be clear about what we are developing for.  Developing Windows Store apps allows your...
  • Blog Post: Keep the Cash Offer – Make $100/published app!

      App Builder –  Keep the Cash Offer Offer runs March 8 – June 30, 2013 http://www.buildforwindows.com/keepthecash   Keep the Cash • Publish an app • Get up to $2000* Publish your app(s) in the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store and fill out the form at http://aka.ms/CashForApps...
  • Blog Post: Contoso Food & Dining Sample App

    I’m excited to announce that the Food & Dining sample app is available for download from the Windows Store!  For a couple of months in 2012, I worked with a great team of evangelists across US DPE (DPE is Developer and Platform Evangelism, my business group at Microsoft): Ian Bennett , Jennifer...
  • Blog Post: Publish an app in the Windows Store or the Windows Phone Store and win crazy prizes/get store registration refunded!

    Win the Ultimate Gaming Experience. First, register at http://aka.ms/JenPrizes .  Then, publish your app to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between December 20, 2012 through February 28, 2013 and qualify for the following rewards: A store registration reimbursement† AND a copy of Halo...
  • Blog Post: Common Windows Store certification errors: 6.5 App must be localized

    This week, I am writing a blog post series explaining the most common certification failures when submitting an app to the Windows Store. I began the series with some general guidance and overall tips & tricks .  Then, every day this week, I discussed a common Windows Store certification failure...
  • Blog Post: Common Windows Store certification errors: 4.1 Your app must comply with privacy requirements

    This week, I am writing a blog post series explaining the most common certification errors when submitting an app to the Windows Store.  I began the series with some general guidance and overall tips & tricks .  Now I’m going through the specific requirements that fail most often, and we...
  • Blog Post: Common Windows Store certification errors: 3.8 App must meet the basic performance criteria on a low-power computer

    This week, I am writing a blog post series explaining the most common certification errors when submitting an app to the Windows Store.  I began the series with some general guidance and overall tips & tricks .  Then yesterday we discussed the commonly-failed requirement 1.2 on apps being...
  • Blog Post: Common Windows Store certification errors: 1.2 App must be fully functional

    Yesterday, I kicked off my blog post series on common Windows Store certification errors with some general guidance and overall tips & tricks .  For the rest of the week, I will explain the top certification errors when submitting to the Windows Store. Today, we will examine certification requirement...
  • Blog Post: Common certification errors when submitting to the Windows Store

    This post kicks off a blog post series on common certification failures when submitting an app to the Windows Store.  Windows 8 development is taking off, and some folks have pinged me with questions when their apps don’t get in the first time.  I will address the most common issues with Windows...
  • Blog Post: What is the difference between a company vs. individual account for the Windows Store?

    When you register to develop apps for the Windows Store, you have the option to register for a company or an individual account.  What are the major differences between them?  Cost .  An individual account costs $49/year and a company account costs $99/year.  Verification . ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DevRadio: Reasons Why You Should Develop a Windows 8 App

    I was recently interviewed by G. Andrew Duthie for Microsoft DevRadio .  We discussed reasons to develop a Windows 8 application.  This episode was inspired from my blog post on “ Why Would You Want to Develop a Metro Application for Windows 8? ”  It’s now live; enjoy!  --> Here...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for migrating Windows 7 desktop apps to Windows Store apps

    Windows 8 introduces a new breed of application called Windows Store or WinRT apps (formerly called “Metro-style” apps).  You can build Windows Store apps using a variety of different development languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript XAML and (VB or C# or C++) DirectX and (C++ or (C# using SharpDX...
  • Blog Post: Developing a Windows 8 Metro App Part 1: Why Would You Want to Develop a Metro Application for Windows 8?

    This post kicks off another blog post series on developing a Metro application for Windows 8. But, before I spend the rest of this series describing HOW to develop, let me devote one post to WHY you might want to develop a Windows 8 application and publish it in the Windows Store. One of the things...
  • Blog Post: “Introduction to Windows 8 and the Windows Store” webcast

    I gave an introduction to Windows 8 development and the Windows Store in an hour-long webcast.  This webcast was part of an MSDN series, and is now published on Channel 9 .  Enjoy! Introduction to the Windows 8 Platform and the Windows Store Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined! Join this session...
  • Blog Post: Do you want the Contoso Cookbook (and other Windows Dev Camp content)?

    I promised that I would blog when the official Windows 8 Developer Camp content was available online, and now it is! You can get the slide decks, samples, resources, and wonderful hands-on labs from the Windows Developer Camps at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29854 (NOTE...
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