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: Kinect and Windows Phone (Mango) Experiment

    Here’s the video and source code to a project that connects Kinect and WP7 Mango device, via NodeJS. Made by an intern.
  • Blog Post: Window Phone Gaming Bootcamp Online–Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Jared Bienz is giving a FREE online event. You can register here: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032486598&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US What is it? This App and Gaming Bootcamp is an 8 hour event where you’ll learn about Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Beta Mango Tools Available Today

    More good news for Windows Phone 7 today. You can download later today. Other news coming out during the press conference, so might want to watch it live or later here . A press release is here , but here’s a summary of the new features. Another summary on Windows Phone blog. Communications: Easier to...
  • Blog Post: WP7 Stencil Kit

    Thought this was kinda cool. It’s made by UI Stencils , and they produce stencils for other popular platforms. The Windows Phone 7 Stencil Kit allows you to mock-up app ideas with ease. Use the precision cut stainless steel stencil to let the ideas flow. Perfect for doodling user interface, user experience...
  • Blog Post: Are you an iPhone developer, and looking to expand your kingdom ?

      There’s a lot of dynamics unfolding before us in the mobility space. Android is putting pressure on iPhone sales, and Gartner says WP7 will catch up with the competitors. Who knows for sure. However, I do feel that Windows Phone 7 is a quality product, and it will only get stronger. And if you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Accelerator Labs Coming to Chicago and Dallas in May

      Working on a WP7 application and want some help? Check out Dave Bost and his teammates, who are hosting a Windows Phone Accelerator Lab in Dallas (May 9-13) and Chicago (May 16-20). Limited seating, and registration is a submission process.
  • Blog Post: Ballmer Keynote at CES

    CES Keynote Video (58 minutes) and Keynote Transcript Interesting things from my view: Kinect sold 8M Kinects… integration with Zune, Hulu, Netflix ESPN Avatar Kinect WP7 9 phones across 60 mobile operators in 30 countries 100 new applications every 24 hours Updates coming through the year Games for...
  • Blog Post: P&P publishes WP7 Developers Guide

      Windows® Phone 7 provides an exciting new opportunity for companies and developers to build applications that travel with users, are interactive and attractive, and are available whenever and wherever users want to work with them. By combining Windows Phone 7 applications with on-premises services...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners

    Clint Rutkas is one cool dude, and he proves it again right here. He and some friends have created a great video series so that almost anyone can get into the WP7 programming development game.
  • Blog Post: WP7 Marketplace Anti-Piracy Guidance

      The mobility team has delivered a whitepaper on securing your application. The outline looks like: Application Lifecycle in Windows Phone Marketplace Leak Prevention Leak Containment Future Anti-Piracy Enhancements
  • Blog Post: Browsing the List of WP7 Applications

    I’ve seen several MS folks pointing out this capability, so I just had to share this tidbit. To my knowledge, the only way to see WP7 applications in our WP7 Marketplace was either on the phone or via the Zune software on your PC. Now, Bing Visual Search provides another way – just using your browser...
  • Blog Post: October 11th WP7 Press Conference with ATT

      On October 11th, Microsoft announced more about Windows Phone 7. Leveraging Steve Ballmer and Joe Belfiore (the phone mastermind leader), the phone was shown with some of it’s big capabilities, carrier partners, app partners, and OEM partners. Here is the video and transcript , but I also typed...
  • Blog Post: Jeff Blankenburg’s series: 31 Days of Windows Phone 7

    Fellow evangelist and Silverlight extraordinaire, Jeff Blankenburg starts his new WP7 series on October 1st. Each day, Jeff will cover a programming principle of WP7, so that you can make the best phone application. Can’t wait for the first article. The series can be found at: http://bit.ly/31daysofwp7
  • Blog Post: The Latest WP7 Learning Resources

    Windows Phone 7 Jumpstart Series: · Blog Reference: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2010/08/17/windows-phone-7-jump-start-training.aspx · Supporting Course Materials: http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/wp7/m/classresources/default.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0 · Windows Phone 7 Jump Start ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Design Day Recordings

    I looked forward to seeing what Jaime Rodriguez has posted: Windows Phone Design Day Recordings . This comes from 1.5 days of a deep-dive for design agencies on WP7.
  • Blog Post: KT Video on WP7

    In our inside world at Microsoft, we respectfully refer to Kevin Turner as KT – and when KT talks, people listen.  And when he’s giving launch facts that I don’t have, I definitely take a listen. Engadget posted a video this morning of KT talking about the phone platform, and even alluding to launch...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Bootcamp - Silverlight, XNA, and Windows Phone 7

    As I’m posting this, I’m in Seattle at a week of internal MS training. And there’s an emphasis on several products – and one of the top ones is Windows Phone 7 (or WP7). They are showing 3 different phone devices here, and all the employees are going crazy to get one. The sessions that I’ve sat in on...
  • Blog Post: Tools + Apps + Ambition = $$$

    Mobile App Match   is bringing the people who build Windows phone apps together with the people who seek them for personal use—to start conversations, exchange ideas, and see what develops. Your activity will help guide starter ideas from first blush to finished products available on Windows Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 hits Technical Preview status

      http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2010/07/18/a-windows-phone-7-milestone.aspx Before release of this milestone, the software has undergone extensive testing – in daily use by more than 1000 people at Microsoft who have been using WP7 as their only phone for the past...
  • Blog Post: Assistance to Design a Windows Phone 7 Application UI

    Thanks to a tip from Rob Cameron , a fellow Architect Evangelist at Microsoft and who has a nice list of WP7 blog posts , I see there’s an interesting resource for those designing for WP7. Properly named Design Resources for Windows Phone , this MSDN page has several goodies that your designer will appreciate...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft by the numbers

    Ok, I need to vent for a moment. As a Microsoft evangelist, you have to develop “thick skin”. And with all the competitive loving going on, and all the news going on, people come to the conclusion that Microsoft is not doing well. At a local university As an example, I was down at Mississippi State this...
  • Blog Post: Announcements: VS 2010 and .NET 4 Availability Today, and Silverlight 4 Later This Week

    REDMOND, Wash. — April 11, 2010 — Kicking off a global launch consisting of more than 150 developer-focused events, Microsoft Corp. announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. The company also announced that Silverlight 4 will release to Web (RTW) later in the week...
  • 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...
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