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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Push Notifications via Windows Azure Web Sites (Part 3)

    It’s finally time to get to the “Azure” piece of this three-parter! Those of you who haven't read Part 1 and Part 2 may want to at lease peruse those posts for context. Those of you who have know that I created a Windows Store application (Boys of Summer) that features push notifications to inform its...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Push Notifications via Windows Azure Web Sites (Part 2)

    In this post, I’ll cover what’s required to outfit my Windows Store Boys of Summer application to receive toast notifications. If you haven’t already, I suggest reviewing the previous post for context . To provide the underlying ‘glue’ for the Windows Notification Service...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Push Notifications via Windows Azure Web Sites (Part 1)

    If you haven't read my previous post on push notifications for Windows 8 applications, you may want to do so before continuing with the next few articles, which are a deeper dive into the development of a cloud service to support a specific Windows Store application. To provide a more concrete scenario...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Push Notifications

    Previous Notification Posts Overview Programmatic Concepts Image Handling Leveraging Azure Storage Local Notifications Scheduled Notifications Periodic Notifications Using Azure for Periodic Notifications It’s been a while since my last post on the topic of notifications...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Using Azure for Periodic Notifications

    At the end of my last post , I put in a plug for using Windows Azure to host periodic notification templates, so I’ll use this opportunity to delve into a bit more detail. If you want to follow along and don’t already have an Azure subscription, you can get a free 90-day trial account on Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Periodic Notifications

    Previously I took a look at incorporating Local and Scheduled Notifications into a Windows 8 application, and with this post I’ll move on to the first of what I consider ‘external notification’ mechanisms – periodic notifications . Bookmark-worthy References for Periodic Notifications Periodic notification...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Scheduled Notifications

    Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to review my previous post on Local Notifications as it sets the foundation nicely for taking the next step to scheduling notifications to occur at some point in the future – when the application itself may or may not be actually running. Bookmark-worthy References for...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Local Notifications

    In this fifth post of my series on notifications, I’ll start looking at each of the notification delivery mechanisms (local, scheduled, periodic, and push) in turn. The structure and mechanics of creating notification content, which I covered in a previous post , are for the most part independent of...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Leveraging Azure Storage

    When incorporating images into your toast and tile notifications, there are three options for hosting those images: within the application package itself, using an ms-appx:/// URI, within local application storage , using an ms-appdata:///local URI, or on the web using an HTTP or HTTPS URI. The primary...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Image Handling

    In the last post , I discussed the structure of a notification template and the mechanics for providing the various bit of information in that template. As you know, many of the notification templates can include one or more images, and that brings up a host of configuration options that I didn’t have...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Programmatic Concepts

    In my previous blog post , I provided a high level overview of notifications in Window 8, breaking the functionality down in terms of the user experience (tiles, toast, and badges) and delivery mechanisms (local, scheduled, periodic, and push). This post will look at the common programmatic concepts...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Notifications: Overview

    Hopefully you’ve had a chance to experience Windows 8 – Windows reimagined – by downloading the Windows 8 Release Preview , but even if you haven’t gotten your hands on it yet, it’s clear that more than any other release, Windows 8 enables an intensely personal experience. Clearly Windows 8 design with...
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