Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7, The Mobile Game Has Changed

    Yesterday, we announced the next generation of Microsoft mobile phones.  At Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Steve Ballmer and Joe Belfiore unveiled Windows Phone 7 Series .  With Windows Phone 7 Series, we have taken a generational leap forward to deliver a unique, delightful customer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Marketplace for Mobile, now supports WM 6.X

    Yes, with all of the big news coming from the PDC this week, this tidbit slips under the radar this week. Per the Windows Phone Blog , we updated the Windows Marketplace to support Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 (to go along with the initial audience of Windows Mobile 6.5). To start your interaction, on...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phones, and Windows Mobile 6.5

    This is an interesting day for Windows Mobile fans. Microsoft has this new branding, Windows Phones. We have a new O/S, Windows Mobile 6.5. Phone companies around the world have announced new Windows phones. Why all of the excitement? It’s just a minor release – from 6.1 to 6.5. Right? It is just...
  • Blog Post: Windows Marketplace for Mobile has launched!

    Are you a developer, wanting to get an app into the store? Click here. Wanting to win a Surface table? Click here . Are you wanting to purchase and/or download an application? On your Windows Mobile 6.5 device, click on MarketPlace icon (under the Start menu). On your PC, click here . Your Live ID is...
  • Blog Post: A Thin Windows 6.5 Widget

    To prepare for a talk on widgets, my learning process started with: an MSDN article, Developing Widgets for Windows Mobile 6.5 looking at the Live Search widget included in the emulators building a thin / lite widget, i.e not a lot of code or UI Why widgets? Good question. Their easy. No tools required...
  • Blog Post: Race To Market Challenge, and Windows Marketplace for Mobile

    In preparation for tonight’s talk, wanted to record these additional links: Windows Marketplace for Mobile helps developers transform their ideas into profitable new business opportunities . Using familiar skills and comprehensive support resources, you can create unique mobile applications, easily follow...
  • Blog Post: Total Access, a site for Windows Mobile users and free software

    I wanted my friends to know about this site. It’s not new, but a lot of folks are unaware of it. Here’s their elevator pitch: Total Access is your guide to help you personalize your Windows Mobile phone. Express yourself with free offerings—including ringtones, wallpapers, and themes—available only to...
  • Blog Post: Ramp Up: Program of Free Classes

    Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based learning program, with a number of different tracks that will help you build your portfolio of professional development skills. Ramp Up has a solid foundation of premium technical content from subject-matter gurus, and provides easy-to-access content in a variety...
  • Blog Post: My Visit to MIX

    I’ll break this down in more detail at a later time. You can see some keynote details at my Twitter page . Day 1 Keynote: Bill Buxton, Scott Guthrie ( video ) Windows Mobile 6.5 Overview : Loke Uei Tan ( video ) Building Amazing Business Centric Applications With Silverlight 3 : Brad Abrams ( video ...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Case Study of LAMP Application moved to VS and .NET

    Ran across a case study with some very interesting quotes. This case study is from Earth Class Mail. Check out some of the comments: Benefits Saved U.S.$750,000 and six months on development Scales to support business growth Enables mobile solution with managed code Fastest Time To Market “Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phones: A New Name, and Raising The Game

    Yesterday, Microsoft presented at Mobile World Congress 2009, in Barcelona. Steve Ballmer and Andy Lees presented our strategy for our mobile strategy. One of the early points is that we are calling our devices Windows Phones. We also announced officially Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft Marketplace, and...
  • Blog Post: Probably no more important MIX than this year’s

    Well, it’s that time again. MIX is an important event where we show our thinking and direction for the web. Again targeted at designers and web developers, this event continues to bring in voices from the online companies – like frog design, Yahoo!, MySpace, Baidu, ESPN.com, Adobe, Digg, Facebook, schematic...
  • Blog Post: Interesting News of the Day

    See the resulting Synth of Inauguration Check out how the CNN Inauguration Photosynth turned out (after my earlier promotion ). Uses Silverlight and the Photosynth viewer to see, but very cool how they do this. You can zoom in and see President Obama in action. Watching Inauguration on Linux Systems...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile next steps disclosed

    PDC was very cool, but I was disappointed that not more of our mobility story was disclosed – but much smarter people than me are the holder of those plans. I am glad to see that this is now starting to come out a little. Yes, I’m waiting for WM7 and want it here today – but good things come to those...
  • Blog Post: Making a Big Splash with Windows Mobile

    This month, Windows Mobile is supporting Ellen DeGeneres and her Ellen for the Cure campaign for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and we can help! In October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Windows Mobile is making a donation for every guest that Ellen dunks in the dunk tank on the Ellen DeGeneres Show....
  • Blog Post: MSN Direct Lives On!

    Years ago, I loved SPOT watches. While the watches did not survive, the underlying technology evolved into the .NET Micro Framework , and the application went away - at least that is what I thought. Now, I see that they are involved in several app scenarios ( navigational devices and appliances ) including...
  • Blog Post: Jon Box Talks Mobility on "Thirsty Developer" Show, plus a little about Chicago

    Two weeks ago, I was in Chicago with the rest of the Central Region DPE team. It's always great to catch up with folks that you work with virtually and rarely see. We have a little fun but we work too. During the day, we're taking care of business - reviewing team plans (audience, customer, partner,...
  • Blog Post: AT&T Sumsung Blackjack II upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.1

    Yes, friends, the time has arrived. I've been using WM6.1 for months on my Blackjack. I've been loving the experience ( as I've noted before ) and now you can too. So, check this out from Samsung. Be careful as the directions were written by a techie evidently.
  • Blog Post: Showing GPS Altitude, Speed, and Heading on Windows Mobile

    Small update from yesterday's post - a screen shot to show Speed (knots I think) and Heading (360 degree based, Zero is north). This lat/long is at MaxTrain . Last night's post was done from my hotel. Interestingly, I'm am a little higher here than at the hotel (319 ft. above sea level, versus 231 as...
  • Blog Post: Managed GPS on BlackJack II

    This week, I'm leading the Mobility Metro this week in Cincinnati. During one of the labs, I had the opportunity to start looking at querying the GPS on my BlackJack II . And then this evening, I had time to dig in more. This is very cool stuff. Here's what I've done so far. Connect my BlackJack II...
  • Blog Post: .NET and Java Growth

    I was reading through the latest issue of Redmond Developer News . I most like this magazine as I can get a quick view of Microsoft development from a industry perspective, although sometimes I disagree with a few points here and there. In this issue, they have a variety of articles. I'll point out a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assists Ailing Blackberry

    Well, although not what you might interpret by the blog post title, the below picture accurately shows how Microsoft provided another day of life to this Blackberry. It's just a joke, sort of! Yesterday, I was at the Memphis community launch event sitting in the back listening to Colin Neller and Ron...
  • Blog Post: Which version of SQLCE is on that platform?

      There are some questions that I get occasionally and I have to go look them up. In an effort to cut down this look up time, I wanted to record this link . What kinds of questions am I talking about? What version of VS targeted which platform? (tough to answer with new features in VS2008, but there...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Announcements and Sessions hitting the Internet

    Tech Ed 2008 site Tech·Ed NA Developers Keynote delivered by Bill Gates Also, check out Denny Boynton and other DPE folks doing Tech Interviews . There's quite a who's-who list of folks, interviewers and interviewees. Microsoft PressPass TechEd Virtual Pressroom - with videos and written transcripts...
  • Blog Post: Device Emulators

    We have a great emulator story. You can test your application on a virtual device that is running the real O/S binaries. The story improved with Visual Studio 2008, due to the release of Device Emulator 3.0 (as part of the Windows Mobile 6 SDK's ). A potential challenge with the Windows Mobile SDK's...
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