Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

October, 2012

Posts
  • Jerry Nixon

    XAML Binding Basics 101

    imageHello Windows 8 XAML developer. XAML is a declarative UI language; it's most powerful feature is surely data binding.  But, I admit, with such power comes a lot of things to know. Let’s take a minute to step back, smell the roses, and build out some simple bindings.

    Read to learn?

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    Top 10 features of the Microsoft Surface

    imageMicrosoft Surface is the new tablet device made by Microsoft, running Windows RT and Windows 8. InformationWeek, today, released their top 10 for the coolest features of Microsoft Surface. I have listed them below with a little more information next to each.

    Surface: Where work meets play. The power of Windows, the productivity of Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview, and the joy of Xbox – not to mention apps, social media, music, and more. Surface is also cloud-connected with SkyDrive, so you can access your content from anywhere, at any time.

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    We did it! Office 2013 RTMs today!

    This is truly our season of launch. With the release of Windows and everything else all aligned to a single schedule (you may never see such a feat accomplished again) it is awesome that Office is on that list.

    What’s new?

    Well, the new Office means new Office 365 service, Office 2013 clients, SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, Project 2013, and Visio 2013! That’s a boat load of new, awesome products in the basket of Microsoft offerings this season.

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    Walkthrough: Monetize Windows 8 with the Microsoft Advertising SDK

    imageAn interstitial advertisement is traditionally recognized as a full-page ad appearing between two pages. Interstitial, which means “gap” perceives a gap between to parts of the UI (especially pages on a web site) and fills it with an advertisement.

    Wiki: On the World Wide Web, interstitials are web pages displayed before or after an expected content page, often to display advertisements or confirm the user's age (prior to showing age-restricted material). Most interstitial advertisements are delivered by an ad server. Full-screen interstitial ads are referred to as hyperstitials.

    I am sure we have all experienced this type of advertising. And, I think I can speak for everyone, we all hate this type of advertising. These ads make apps or sites feel slow; we spend most of the time hunting for “skip this ad”, not reading it. So, what’s this article about then?

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    Team Foundation Service is live! It’s Free!

    TFS : One year ago, at the first BUILD conference, we unveiled the limited preview of Team Foundation Service. At Tech Ed, in June, we removed the “invitation code” mechanism and opened it up for anyone to try in a public preview. Now, a year after its...
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    What Windows 8 developers need to know about app certification and publishing

    imageHere are some of the best links for developers building Windows 8 apps.

    Windows 8 app certification requirements

    Thank you for your interest in developing apps for Windows. We’re committed to a relationship with you that supports your ambitions and encourages a diverse catalog of high-quality, engaging apps for Windows customers worldwide. We crafted these certification requirements with those goals in mind and they should help you make choices that enhance your app’s appeal and help speed its listing in the Windows Store.

    We review every app before we list it in the Store. If our certification requirements change, we’ll identify the updates to ease your consideration. If you have feedback on the policies, please let us know by commenting in our forum. We will consider every comment.

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    Best show this season? Forward Unto Dawn. Made by, wait for it, Microsoft!

    imageBattlestar Galactica meets Space Above and Beyond meets Halo! The production quality of this live-action series is better than anything on “television” right now. Period. Corbulo is the academy for poor cadet Lasky (the star of at least this episode), he is suffering from family troubles and cryogenic-training blisters. In this pre-Halo world it’s a battle against separatists.

    Yahoo: Halo: Forward Unto Dawn is a 90-minute live-action version of the popular sci-fi gaming franchise. It will be broken into five 15-minute chunks and released each Friday up until the launch of Halo 4 on Nov. 6.

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    The Absolute Top Features of Windows Phone 8

    imageAll I can say is Awesome! I am so pleased with Windows Phone 8.

    WPCentral: There are two areas in which Windows Phone 8 differs from its predecessor: the core of the OS has been updated with the NT kernel and the addition and refinement of features. Consumers don’t need to know about the kernel specifics but they will see the results: new, top of the line hardware. That hardware will be evident in a few weeks when devices like the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920 become available.

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    Announcing! Windows 8 Bing Maps SDK is Available!

    You heard me right! Awesome! Get it here: http://aka.ms/w8maps So many of you developers with Windows 8 applications with maps were waiting with baited breath. Now you no longer have to wait! You can rebuild your app in RTM bits and submit to the store...
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    New Pepsi website flatters Windows 8!

    It’s a funny thing to see the new UX look and feel of Windows 8 as the core style on a major web site like http://pepsi.com . Flattery is the best form imitation for politicians. For designers, imitation is the best form of flattery. When our UX...
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    Save the date! For Windows Phone 8 on October 29th

    If you are like me and you love Windows Phone, then you are excited about the next version (Windows Phone 8). If you are like me and you love to develop for Windows Phone, then you are excited about the next version. When is the next version coming? Well...
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    Walkthrough: using Windows 8 Custom Protocol Activation

    imageProtocol activation, what is it? Well, when you run “http:{something}” you expect a browser to launch, right? When you type “mailto:{something}” you expect a mail client to launch, right? What if you could create “custom:{something}” that launched your app? That’s custom protocol activation!

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    Walkthrough: Adding Text Translation to your Windows 8 App

    imageThe Microsoft Translator is a powerful service that developers can leverage in their Windows 8 apps. It’s core functions are to detect the language of some text. To translate text from one language to another. And, to read text to you – that’s right! The API is hosted on Azure’s Data Marketplace. It has a pricing schedule, including a free tier that developers can leverage to develop with the API.

    ADM: Microsoft Translator delivers automatic translation (Machine Translation) of a text into a specified language. It is a state-of-the-art statistical machine translation system translating between any of the supported languages, and powering millions of translations every day. It also provides additional functionality such as detection of the language of a given text. For more technical information about Microsoft Translator, please visit http://api.microsofttranslator.com.

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    Walkthrough: Capturing photos in your Windows 8 application

    Windows 8 apps easily access all the sensors on a Windows 8 machine. But Windows 8 apps can’t access any sensors on a Windows 8 machine without first asking the user’s permission. Asking Permission Windows 8 apps are safe. That’s...
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    Microsoft DevRadio: Your Top Windows Store Questions Answered

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    Jerry Nixon welcomes Principal Program Manager Arik Cohen to the show as they discuss the recently launched Windows Store and a wide variety of topics developers ask most.

    • [8:11] Can I use my existing MSI to sell my apps?
    • [9:51] Can I use the Windows Store as a delivery mechanism for a Windows 32 bit desktop app?
    • [11:45] What other markets / currency does the Windows Store support?
    • [14:16] Can Penguins in Antarctica use the Windows Store?
    • [15:34] What is the opportunity size for Windows 8 Developers?
    • [16:32] Payment Options?
    • [18:20] How are apps sorted? How can I get featured?
    • [20:41] What analytics are available?
    • [22:10] How do I get paid?
    • [24:35] What is the revenue split?
    • [25:54] Pricing & Licensing for my app?
    • [30:41] Do trials work?
    • [36:31] What about subscription support for my app?
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    There is absolutely *no* reason you aren’t using Visual Studio ULTIMATE!

    imageOften when I talk to developers the examples I provide them or the walkthroughs I give them don’t match their version of Visual Studio. And why? Because they are using Express. Expression is the free version of Visual Studio and for what it is, it’s awesome. But VS Ultimate is the freakin’ bomb!

    Here the deal: if you are a developer there is absolutely no reason reason you aren’t using Visual Studio Ultimate to build your Windows 8 app!

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    Walkthrough: the Windows 8 Settings and About Dialogs

    Windows 8 is a new user experience. One of the best parts is a uniformity and consistency across applications to handle common tasks the same. Specifically, I mean the charms. Users search consistently. Users share consistently. And, users access settings...
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    What iOS developers need to know about Windows 8 development

    imageIf you are an Apple iOS developer, WIndows 8 might be a strange world for you to spelunk. Well, don’t miss out on the many resources developed just for you on MSDN !

    Installing Windows 8 and the dev tools on your Mac

    Using a Mac? Get Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express 2012 installed on your Mac so you can start building Windows Store apps now.

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    What is a Microsoft account?

    Store: A Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services like Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, Xbox LIVE, or Outlook.com as well as products including Windows 8 PCs, Windows Phone and Xbox. If you have made a purchase from Microsoft online, you may already have a Microsoft account.image

    Live: Your profile contains personal and work info that you'd like to share with your friends. For example, you can share contact info, including email addresses, phone numbers, and street addresses for your home and work. You can also connect services like Facebook, LinkedIn, flickr, and Twitter to your profile

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    Walkthrough: The Windows 8 AppBar, you might as well have the coolest! (feat. Expression Design)

    Windows 8 apps don’t have a ribbon. Windows 8 apps don’t have a top menu. Instead, Windows 8 apps have AppBars. An AppBar on the bottom of your app is where you place command buttons. An AppBar on the top of your app is where you place navigation elements...
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    The HealthVault Windows 8 SDK is now available!

    imageWhat is HealthVault?

    HealthVault is the single repository of your entire medical life – across doctors, clinics, and years. HealthVault is a secure repository for you and your family’s medical and fitness data. It can be, at your control, shared with health providers or anyone you trust – but only if you want to. It can be integrated into applications and technology.

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    DevRadio: Managing Windows 8 Enterprise Apps

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    Jerry Nixon welcomes Sr. Program Manager Mark Williams from the Windows Intune team as they discuss how developers can deploy and manage their Windows 8 Enterprise Apps with Windows Intune.

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    See you at the Windows Azure Conference!

    imageOn November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Windows Azure community members.

    Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9, the event will allow you to see how developers just like you are using Windows Azure to develop applications on the best cloud platform in the industry.

    Community members from all over the world will join Scott in the Channel 9 studios to present their own inventions and experiences. Whether you’re just learning Windows Azure or you've already achieved success on the platform, you won’t want to miss this special event.

    November 14, 2012 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

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    What did //Build/ attendees get?

    Well, if you watched the Keynote(s), you saw it. Every attendee at //Build/ received some great swag today from Microsoft! Here’s what they got: 100 GB storage on SkyDrive A Microsoft Surface RT 32GB w/Touch Cover Windows Phone Developer Account for ...
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    What if your Windows Phone app idea got funded? Here it is!

    My colleague Brian Hopkins introduced AppCampus! Do you have a great idea for a Windows Phone app? Figuring out how you’re going to raise money for it? You’ve come to the right place for a fresh new way to fund your project. Microsoft BizSpark has teamed...
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