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April, 2013

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    Next best thing to WWDC?

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    If, like me, you are bummed you didn't get tickets for WWDC, then I've a treat in store - a virtual one-day summit for Windows 8 app developers on May 2nd! Now, now settle down there, don't worry, you don't have to set your alarm app to wake yourself...
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    Porting to Windows 8 from iOS - Part 3

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    After a few more days tinkering around with my astronomy app, the time finally had come to submit it to the Windows App Store and see what would happen. Software is never finished, but I was keen to see what kind of issues I would be encountering on the...
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    Hey, iOS devs! Get Windows for cheap!

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    ** Sorry, it's US only at this point ** The amazing offer is on again - get Windows running on your Mac for cheap - NOW. http://www.swish.com/details/demo-devkit
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    Porting to Windows 8 from iOS - Part 2

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    Last week I started porting my iOS Astronomy app to Windows 8, and now I've had some time to do a little more work on it. When I last left the app, I had pretty much "ported" it. That is, it worked. Next it was time to get down to the fun stuff - making...
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    Porting to Windows 8 from iOS - Part 1

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    For the past few years, I’ve been writing apps – mostly Astronomy apps – for various devices, and this week I’ve been experimenting with porting them to Windows 8. I thought I would start with a relatively simple app called “What’s...
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    The Easy Way to Write Windows 8 Games

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    One of my goals in my new position on the Windows 8 Developer Documentation team is to help encourage the vast number of App Developers out there to take a look at Windows 8 (if they haven’t already). As an app developer myself, it was a little...
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    Got a Mac? Try Windows 8.

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    Through a remarkably generous offer, Microsoft is helping you Mac folks try Windows 8 - primarily to aid with testing websites on the latest Internet Explorer. If you visit the Modern.ie website , you'll see a special offer which allows you to get...
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    I'm back, baby!

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    The last time I posted on this blog site was about 3 or 4 years ago, and I was a PM in Microsoft Ireland - messing around with games, and XNA and - believe it or not - Zunes. Now (after an absence from Microsoft that I might explain later) I'm back...
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