Jennifer Marsman

Windows Development

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  • 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: Introduction to Windows Store app development for Android programmers

    My teammate Hanu and I presented a session at Build 2013 (all recordings from the conference are here ) that introduces Windows 8 development to Android developers.  Here is the official abstract: This session will help developers leverage their existing Android concepts to build Windows Store apps...
  • Blog Post: //build 2013 – Day 1 Keynote

    Today was the first day of the //build conference 2013.  In case you missed it, all session recordings will be available at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013 .    Day 1 Keynote Recording: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/1-001 Steve Ballmer kicked things off.  He...
  • Blog Post: Windows tablets vs. iPad

    Microsoft’s latest campaign directly compares the new wave of Windows 8 tablets/slates against the iPad.  For side-by-side spec comparisons, see http://windows.com/compare .  (Notice that you can change the Windows tablet to one of four options: the ASUS VivoTab Smart, the Dell XPS 10, the...
  • 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: iOS developers who want to learn Windows 8 development

    Here is a compiled list of resources for iOS developers who want to learn Windows 8 development.  Porting your app to Windows 8 will allow you to sell it in the Windows Store as well, and take advantage of the huge global reach of the Windows operating system.  MSDN Resources http://msdn.microsoft...
  • 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: More Windows 8 Office Hours

    My team and I are continuing to offer office hours for developers who are building applications on Windows 8, Windows Phone, or Windows Azure.  There is a mixture of in-person and online office hours.  My team’s office hours: http://usdpe.ohours.org My personal office hours: http://ohours.org...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 office hours in Canton, MI on Fri 2/8

    I will be holding office hours to help with Windows 8 development questions on Friday Feb 8 from 11am-2pm at the Panera Bread in Canton, Michigan (halfway between Detroit and Ann Arbor).  Panera Bread 41950 Ford Rd Canton, MI Walk-ins are welcome, but preference will be given to those who reserve...
  • 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: Windows 8 Unleashed events in Ann Arbor and Columbus

    There are a couple of upcoming Windows Unleashed events in my area.  (You can find the full list of events on the main Windows Unleashed site .)  These events are run by some very smart guys in our developer community, including Bill Wagner and Samidip Basu .  Hope to see you there!  ...
  • Blog Post: DevRadio webcast: Ashley Gullen on using Construct 2 to build amazing games for Windows 8

    I was very excited to speak with Ashley Gullen from Scirra as part of the Microsoft DevRadio series on Channel 9 .  Ashley demoed Construct 2 , an easy-to-use HTML5 game engine that allows anyone to create gaming apps for Windows 8, Windows Phone, and other platforms.  With this tool, you can...
  • Blog Post: DevRadio webcast: Patrick Godwin on “How I Wrote and Deployed a Cloud-Powered Windows 8 App in Six Days”

    I interviewed Patrick Godwin as part of the Microsoft DevRadio series on Channel 9 .  Patrick has a cool story, in that he is a student (at the University of Michigan – go blue!), and he wrote and deployed a Windows 8 app to the Windows Store in just six days with the help of Windows Azure Mobile...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 holiday app challenge for students

    Students can create and publish a Windows 8 app by January 20 and win a $100 gift card!  Take advantage of this promotion and some extra time over the holidays to get your app published. Here are the steps: · Get Visual Studio Express for Windows 8: http://aka.ms/JenVS2012 (halfway down the page...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store development for iOS developers

    NOTE: this event will live stream today and tomorrow (Dec 13-14) from 9-5pm Pacific time both days.  You can view the live stream at Channel 9 or the Verge .  The recordings will be available later at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Windows-Camp/Windows-Store-App-Development-for-iOS-Developers...
  • Blog Post: DevRadio webcast: Jason Follas on developing a Windows 8 app

    I interviewed Jason Follas as part of the Microsoft DevRadio series on Channel 9 .  We had a great conversation about his applications Knave Defender and Knave 21 .  He demoed his apps (very cool card games!).  He discussed his HTML5/JavaScript code and the libraries that he found useful...
  • Blog Post: Real-World Live Tiles: Working with Live Tiles in Windows 8 Apps

    Some teammates and I have built a “Contoso Food & Dining” app that surfaces top restaurants and their reviews from Yelp based on your location.  We built this app as a reference application to be published on MSDN.  (NOTE: I also have another article on building secondary tile support for...
  • Blog Post: Real-World Secondary Tiles: Top Three Tips for Working with Secondary Tiles in Windows 8 Apps

    A group of colleagues and I developed a Windows 8 reference application called “Contoso Food & Dining”.  This application shows restaurant information and reviews around some location.  Among other things, I owned the implementation of secondary tiles.  Secondary tiles enable users...
  • 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...
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