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  • Blog Post: Trade Up Your Device - Get Up to $350 Back

    Just got wind of a fantastic program we've kicked off. Trade in your old iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Samsung and dozens of other makes and models of phones and tablets , and get up to $350 back (via a prepaid Visa card) when you buy a Surface, Windows PC or laptop, or Windows Phone. And you can trade in...
  • Blog Post: Build Apps. Get Stuff.

    Are you looking to build your first Windows Phone or Windows 8 app? Got an iOS or Android app and want to expand its visibility to a new platform and market? Have you already built a few Windows 8 apps and published them in the store? Well, the new and improved App Builder site covers whichever of these...
  • Blog Post: Building Your First Windows Phone App

    What’s cooler than showing off your new Nokia Lumia 1020? Showing off your own Windows Phone app running on that Nokia 1020 (or any of the fantastic Windows Phone devices out there). There are plenty of great ways to get started and for about the next week you can get a Window Phone developer account...
  • Blog Post: Testing Your APIMASH app with Fiddler

    The primary goal of our Windows Store and Windows Phone Store APIMASH Starter Kits is to pave your way toward integrating a great many diverse data sets into your own applications. To that end, the provided projects tend to focus mostly on the “happy path,’ where the expectation is that the service is...
  • Blog Post: Unity – Your Path to $30K?

    With the release of Unity 4.2 yesterday , Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers have another fantastic option to build AAA quality 3d- games leveraging the C# skills they already have. With this update, developers using either the free version of Unity or Unity Pro (a $1500 license) can publish their...
  • Blog Post: APIMASH: Porting to Windows Phone 8

    You may recall that in May my evangelist colleagues and I launched a series of workshops around a bevy of API Starter Kits designed to kickstart HTML5/JS and C# developers into building their own, unique Windows 8 applications. Since then we’ve seen a few of your efforts appear in the Windows Store including...
  • Blog Post: Practical Azure #24: Windows Azure Mobile Services

    Well, this one went a bit longer than most, but only because Windows Azure Mobile Services has so many cool features that are relevant to just about anyone building mobile applications today - regardless of platform. Join me for this pre-Build 2013 session , in which I build a Windows Phone 8 application...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: May 20th, 2013

    As we head into Memorial Day, we won’t be running our normal Saturday workshops this coming weekend, but we’ll be back in June (and we’re cooking up some other on-line opportunities too!)   Don’t forget the $100-per-app incentive and several partner promotions end next month, so be sure to...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: May 13th, 2013

    It’s another great week of events for Windows and Windows 8 developers – and not just in Boston! Note the inaugural meeting of the Windows Phone Group in New Hampshire and the 6th annual Hartford Code Camp just north of the city in Bloomfield.  Tuesday, May 14th Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center...
  • Blog Post: Who’s on 8: Donate Boston

    As my evangelism focus and interaction has moved more and more to helping developers build apps (versus just presenting on latest technology X), I have to say it’s been incredibly rewarding and enlightening to see the great ideas and experiences you continue to channel into Windows 8 and Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: May 6th, 2013

    Welcome to May! We’ve just kicked off a series of Saturday workshops at both our Cambridge and Farmington offices, so be sure to take advantage of those opportunities to build your first Windows 8 application!   Tuesday, May 7th Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 11:30 a.m.-1...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: April 29, 2013

    Hopefully the gorgeous weekend (in Boston, at least) has re-energized you, and you’re raring to go for another week of Windows Phone and Windows 8 activities! Tuesday, April 30th Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.    Thursday, May 2nd Virtual Office Hours...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: April 22, 2013

    Here’s this week’s CORRECTED lineup of events for Windows Phone and Windows 8 developers ! Tuesday, April 23rd Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.    Windows AzureConf 2013 , on-line, 12 noon – 8:00 p.m. (several sessions quite relevant to mobile application...
  • Blog Post: Launch of the Boston Challenge (April 20th)

    For those of you in the Boston area here's a great way to have some fun outdoors, experience a unique Windows Phone event, and contribute to The One Fund benefitting the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The Boston Challenge is the third of a number of location-based episodes (ala The Amazing Race...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead – April 8th, 2013

    Here's what the week looks like for all of you looking to learn more about building applications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Tuesday, April 9th Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.    Windows 8 Games and Social Apps , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge...
  • Blog Post: Make $100 x 5 this Weekend on Windows 8!

    Let's face it, your March Madness bracket is toast - and any hope of winning that pool is lost. But there's a better way to make some extra cash, have a bit of fun, and get bragging rights by having your casual game appear in the Windows 8 store – the Gr8 St8 Student App-a-thon . This is the last weekend...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead – April 1, 2013

    Be sure to grab your spot at the Boston Hackathon being run by Nokia and Telerik at the Microsoft Office in Cambridge on the weekend of April 13th and 14th! Tuesday, April 2nd Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.    Drinks on Tap , Ned Devine’s, 1 Faneuil...
  • Blog Post: Boston Hackathon - April 13 and 14th

    You don't have to run 26.2 miles to go the distance! In fact you don’t even have to break a sweat or wear special shoes. With the first ever Boston Hackathon , sponsored by Telerik and Nokia , you’ll have the opportunity to learn all about building Windows Phone 8 apps and the opportunity (and encouragement...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead - March 25, 2013

    It's time for the very first Spring listing of happenings for Windows 8 and Windows Phone-focused developers. Note especially the change in office hours both in time and day; with a lunchtime offering we’re hoping to better accommodate your workday schedule   Be sure to grab your spot a the...
  • Blog Post: Strut Your Stuff at App Demo and Drinks – March 28

    Our friends from PreApps are hosting the next App Demo and Drinks Meetup at Champions in Boston on March 28th, and this event has two featured guests: Jonathan Kay , COO and Founder of Apptopia , will be kicking off the event. Apptopia is a local success story with global traction and has been featured...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead – March 18, 2013

    Here’s the post-St. Paddy’s Day edition of what’s going on for Windows 8 and Windows Phone-focused developers over the next week. Monday, March 18 Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 3–5 p.m. Windows Phone 8 (with Lance McCarthy) at Merrimack Valley Software Engineers , 40 Shattuck Road...
  • Blog Post: Build a Following for Your App – Before You Launch!

    A couple of months ago, I met the marketing director and CEO of a local Boston startup that had an awesome idea, with a name that says it all: PreApps   And in that brief time since, they’ve seen some incredible traction and launch buzz , including being featured in the Boston Herald and TechCrunch...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead - March 11, 2013

    Here’s what’s on tap for Windows 8 and Windows Phone-focused developers over the next week. With the announcement of the App Builder - Keep the Cash program, there's no time like the present to get your Windows 8 and Windows Phone applications underway - it pays to code! literally. Monday, March 11 Office...
  • Blog Post: Launch Your App at a Microsoft Store!

    Getting your Windows 8 or Windows Phone app into the store is an incredible accomplishment. Why not celebrate that achievement with friends, family, and your users – by launching your app at one of the retail Microsoft stores ! There are roughly 30 (non-specialty) stores across the US and Canada (with...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead – March 4, 2013

    Here’s what’s on tap for Windows 8 and Windows Phone-focused developers over the next week.  I specifically want to call out the Windows 8 Game Jumpstart being held in Rochester on March 6th; Chris will be heading out there for that. Monday, March 4 Office Hours at the Microsoft Store, Prudential...
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