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    How do you build a Windows Store Line-of-Business app?

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    imageWhen building a line-of-business (LOB) app there are numerous things to consider.  Of course you need a great user experience, but what about validating user input, user authentication, how do you deal with application state across suspend-resume, do you roam app state across devices, and there is much more to think about.

    Now you can accelerate your development time to build a Windows Store LOB app. A couple of days ago the Pattern & Practices team have released Prism for Windows Runtime and the associated AdventureWorks Shopper reference implementation to the Windows Dev Center.

    What is Prism for Windows Runtime?

    The Prism for Windows Runtime release provides you guidance to help you more easily design and build flexible and easy-to-maintain Windows Store apps using C# and XAML and the Windows Runtime.

    Prism comes with the AdventureWorks Shopper reference implementation which uses the Prism library to demonstrate modern development practices such as Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern with navigation and app lifecycle management. Additionally the reference implementation demonstrates validation, application data management, accessibility, localizability, touch, search, tiles, tile notification, and multiple view states.

     

    Where do you get started?

    The Prism library source code is available with the AdventureWorks Shopper reference implementation on the MSDN Code Gallery at http://aka.ms/prism-winrt-code. The Prism binaries will also be available on NuGet starting Monday May 20. Search for Prism.  You can view the documentation at http://aka.ms/prism-winrt-doc or download a PDF version at http://aka.ms/prism-winrt-pdf.

    Check also our local Apps on Windows portal for more resources on how to develop apps for Windows 8, Windows Azure and Windows Phone – you can find local trainings and events, contests and links to online training resources.

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    Joining the Windows 8 App Race? Win Visual Studio headphones and Asus tablets

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    Join the App Race and win!


    We want to give you a push in the back to develop great applications – join the Windows 8 App Race and win:

    Windows 8 App Race

    How to win

    Your app(s) need to be published between April 1 and June 15, 2013. Complete the contest form(s) on http://aka.ms/race.

    There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit but each entry must be substantially unique and different. The date and time of the first and fifth application as part of the entry submitted in a particular timeframe will determine the winners of the tablets. Note: this contest is only open for residents from Belgium and Luxembourg. Please read the full terms & conditions of this contest before entering. Questions? Contact us msdnbewm@microsoft.com.

    We’re looking forward to see your apps shine in the Store … and who knows soon on your brand new Asus tablet!

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    Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service General Availability

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    Microsoft just announced the general availability of our Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) support! With this release Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Network move out of Preview and are now ready to use for your production apps.

    With Azure Virtual Machines you can deploy and run durable VMs in the cloud, provisioned from prebuilt templates or alternatively upload your own custom-built VMs.  All this in a matter of seconds!  Azure Virtual Network allows you to securely bridge between your on-premises infrastructure and your infrastructure in the cloud. This gives you the flexibility to run your workloads where you want, but manage them all in the same way.

    Whether you want to securely extend your on-premises network to Windows Azure or you want to create a virtual private network with persistent private IPs..

    Let’s look in more detail into what we have announced today:

    • For memory intensive scenarios, we are now introducing two high-memory compute instances: 4 core x 28GB RAM and 8 core x 56GB RAM. With these VM sizes you can run even larger workloads on Windows Azure, for example SharePoint Server or SQL Server workloads.
    • We have added several new VM image templates to the Image Gallery, such as SQL Server 2012, BizTalk Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013 images. These images also come with hourly billing, so you don’t have to pay for an upfront license.
    • We have updated the SLA for Virtual Machines and Virtual Network.  For VMs that have 2 or more instances deployed in the same availability set, we have a 99.95% SLA for external connectivity.  For Virtual Network, we guarantee a 99.9% Virtual Network Gateway availability.
    • As of this announcement, Virtual Machines and Virtual Network are now supported by Microsoft Support staff, so you can confidently run your production apps on Azure.

     

    On top of all these great features, we’re also announcing significant pricing reductions to our Windows Azure PaaS and IaaS VM pricing. You can expect to see from 20% (Virtual Machines) to 33% (Cloud Services) price reductions! These new prices are effective as of June 1.  And as of today, we’re also adding 50 hours of free memory-intensive-instance hours to our member offers and 90-day trials.

    For a more detailed description of the announcement, you can check out Scott Guthrie’s blog post.

    If you don’t already have a Windows Azure account, you can sign-up for a free trial and start using all of the above features today.  Did you know that you already have a lot of free Azure resources as part of your MSDN, MPN or BizSpark membership? 

    If you want to learn more about our Windows Azure IaaS capabilities, don’t forget to listen in on our dedicated IaaS webcast on April 30. If you want to experience this great technology hands-on, join us for our Azure IT Camp on May 6.

    Also don’t forget there is a virtual conference runnning next Tuesday April 23rd: http://www.windowsazureconf.net/

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    TechDays Belgium 2013 online: videos and slides now available!

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    TechDays

      
    We organized Microsoft TechDays 2013 in Antwerp two weeks ago, where we welcomed close to 2900 IT Professionals, Developers and Students all enjoying 90+ sessions with top content led by a broad selection of international and local top speakers. A special THANK YOU goes to our partners, our MVP’s and MEET (Microsoft Extended Experts Team) members and of none the least, all our enthusiastic attendees!  Check out the pictures to get an idea!

    What’s next?

    The session videos and slides are now available on www.techdays.be! (Re)live the sessions and take the next steps to truly master the technologies.

    Here’s a selection of my favorite picks out of the difficult to choose from list!

    Watch the keynote to learn how Microsoft sees the Platform for modern apps – with devices & services taking a central role. Keynote by Tim O’Brien with demos by Nick Harris, Ben Riga, Brian Keller. We also finish off with a case presentaion of the TechDays apps by Kristof Rennen and Gitter Vermeiren.
    Note: you can learn much more of the behind the scènes of building these apps. Don’t miss our webcast next week 26 March at 2PM CET.

    Become a Windows 8 and Windows Phone App Developer at TechDays with Ben Riga

    Bigger, Faster, Stronger: Optimizing ASP.NET 4 and 4.5 Applications with Mads Kristensen

    Behind the scenes of (as many) C# language features with Bart De Smet

     

    The Hands-on Labs
    Many of you also took the opportunity to run through one or more hands-on labs. Good news, if you did not have the time and would like to give a first try on the Windows Store, Windows Phone, or Windows Azure step by step tutorial: you can! The labs can now be downloaded and followed on your own computer. Go here for the latest version: http://bit.ly/applabbe

    Enjoy!

    The TechDays Team   


    Questions? Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or simply via e-mail.

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    Start building apps on Windows 8 – Video training content (French)

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    As announced by our friends at the Microsoft Innovation Center, Renaud Dumont, their evangelist has put together a set of videos in the form of a training to get started on Windows 8 development.

    If you speak French, check out the great work they have prepared and jumpstart your Windows 8 app development! 

    This MOOC (in French) is an introduction to that new Windows 8 development environment. It’s meant for people who want to get started quickly.

    Objectives:

    With the videos, you’ll learn :

        • The new Windows 8 
        • WinRT, the framework for Modern apps  
        • 8 design principles for Windows 8 
        • What’s new for Web developers 
        • What’s new for .NET developers 
        • A few new controls…

    Course :

    1. Introduction :
    2. Windows 8 design principles :
    3. Development’s basics :

    Resources :

    Now that you’re ready to start developing your own Windows Store app, you probably want to dive into code… Here are some must-have resources:

    Microsoft Belgium & Luxembourg:

    The reference for every Windows developer in Belgium. Have a look at the agenda to know about all the Windows 8 events planned by Microsoft and the community.
    http://www.microsoft.com/belux/msdn/apps/windows/default.aspx

    Windows 8 Dev Camp In a Box :

    A Hands-On kit containing all the labs you need to learn how to build Windows Store apps. It is available in JS/HTML and in C#/XAML.
    http://aka.ms/windows8campinabox

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    Belgian Windows 8 Superhackathon on 27 March 2013 – join us!

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    Join us in Brussels, Genk, Kortrijk or Mons on March 27th for the 4-locations Belgian Windows 8 first Superhackathon. Code, build, eat, drink & win.
    Experts will be on site to help you with the last phase of building your first Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 application. superhackathon_logo_final

    We come to your cities (4!), we bring the experts (many!), feed you with breakfast, pizza, coffee (lots!) and Red Bull, honor you with prizes and rewards (countless!). End goal: Get to Windows Store, have fun doing it, go home with prizes (to be announced soon, we promise you: you’ll really like them!). Hint hint: for the best quality app we’ll have a conference ticket…

    Go ahead and reserve your spot. Join us for the Day event or the Night event or both. See the agenda setup at the bottom of this post.

     

    Superhackathon theme
    Yes, winter is cosy with the snow and all – but after months of darkness we all need light. So the theme for the superhackathon is around spring, well-being, health and happiness. To be interpreted very broadly Smile
    Feel the ideas coming?

    First time app? Build your first one – see how to get started here.

    Design reference templates
    You can use a template fully created for the Windows 8 style & experience. Just by binding the relevant data, you should have a good looking app that runs in the paradigm of Windows 8. And the good news: the templates are available as Visual Studio 2012 project in both C#/XAML and HTML/JavaScript options. So pick your template and platform and build your app in a breeze.

    The template addresses App Views (Landscape, Fill, Snap and Portrait), Live Tiles, Search & Share Contract, Settings, Navigation across pages, Bottom & Top App Bar (If applicable). So get started today and finish off the app together with us!

     

    Agenda

    Day

    8:30: Welcome and registration

    9:00 – 9:30: Introduction and getting started

    9:30 – 12:30: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site

    12:30 – 13:30: Lunch

    13:30 – 16:00: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site

    16:00 – 17:00: Demo time and best app showdown for Day attendees
    Publish your first finished app: prize

    17:00: Break and end of the Day part


    Night

    17:30: Welcome and registration (or continue working for those going for the full day)

    18:00 – 18:30: Introduction and getting started

    18:30 – 19:30: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site

    19:30 – 20:30: Dinner

    20:30 – 23:00: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site

    23:00 – 24:00: Demo time and best app showdown
    Publish your first finished app: prize

    24:00: End

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    Modern.IE: new tool for web developers for browser testing and compatibility

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    Earlier this week, Microsoft launched Modern.IE: a new web base tool that helps you test, identify, and correct browser compatibility. Whether you are on Windows or not, Modern.IE will help you optimize your site for cross-browser compatibility and provide lots of guidance and tools to help you implement it.

    To discover what Modern.IE is all about, check out the video below and then dive into the site to start benefiting from the tools.

     

    The main features:

    1. Scanning a web page

    The page scan tool detects common coding practices that may cause compatibility problems, giving you clear indication of where the issues are occurring and providing you with guidance on how to solve the issues to deliver a better experience to your users.

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    2. Virtual testing tools

    Testing on multiple versions of Internet Explorer is hard. With the virtual test tools, Modern.IE delivers two solutions to help you:

    • A free 3-month subscription to BrowserStack that allows you to test your sites through a web based application, without the need to setup a virtual environment.
    • Virtualized environments for you to download on Windows, Mac and Linux

     

    3. Code with standards guidance

    A great overview written by Rey Bango and Dave Methvin on coding practices and patterns for building modern standards-based sites while still supporting older versions of Internet Explorer.

    Highly recommended: Modern.IE.

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    Mobile app idea? Get funding and support with AppCampus

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    Do you have a first-to-market idea with a fresh approach on design elegance, and superior quality and performance? Are you a developers and/or entrepreneur with the ambition to launch the next big thing in mobile?

    The Aalto University (Finland), Nokia and Microsoft have started a joint venture to accelerate mobile application development. With a working budget of 18 million euros they foster mobile application development on Windows Phone and any other Nokia platform. All Belgian – Luxembourg entrepreneurs, start-ups and companies can apply for the AppCampus Award.

     

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    Successful AppCampus-applicants will receive awards varying from 20.000, 50.000, to 70.000 euros, depending on the complexity of the app. In addition, from within the AppCampus initiative, you will get access to world-class training, coaching and marketing support. Windows Phone Store and Nokia Store offer global monetization opportunities to program participants via distribution to consumers around the world.

    AppCampus is 100% free of charge. It does not obtain intellectual property rights, nor is it interested in any commission from the investment.

    Conditions?

    AppCampus is a global initiative. Anyone from anywhere in the world can apply as long as you have a corporate identity. (For students we have the Imagine Cup and Imagine Cup grants program)

    The only requirement is that successful applications are expected to be available exclusively on Windows Marketplace, or Nokia Store for a limited time. More information here.

    No time to lose – apply now on www.appcampus.fi

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    Windows App Day – slides and video from the event

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    A small month ago on November 23rd we welcomed over 200 attendees to our first Windows App Day in Antwerp, focusing on developer and User Experience/web content for building apps. What types of apps you ask? A lot of it was centered around Windows 8 Store apps but also Windows Azure and mobile services as well as Windows Phone 8 Platform.

    We kicked off by an opening session with Luc Van de Velde, director of our Developer Platform team; followed by the presentation of several cases. I would like to thank our partners for being on stage with us:

    1. Alain from Nascom with the Bumba Windows 8 app. App was built in HTML5 using CreateJS, you can read about the migration from iOS game experience here.
    2. Persgroep with the apps for De Morgen, Het Laatste Nieuws and others;
    3. Brecht Kets from Howest University on the student games created using MonoGame
    4. Johan Peeters on his experiences with Windows Phone development and the Belgian Apps app. Note: Johan is currently working on the “Belgian Apps” for Windows 8 too. If you are interested in beta testing contact him through Twitter.
    5. Twipe Mobile on their digital newspaper platform partly based on Windows Azure, and presenting the case for the Windows 8 app for “De Standaard’.

    A big thanks to my colleagues too for joining me on delivering a team keynote. We all had lots of fun presenting it.

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    The content, videos and speakers

    Looking at the session evaluations and by talking to many of the attendees, we know folks especially appreciated some of the less typical sessions, that is: the UX guidance for Windows Store apps. For example, Bart Claeys’ session on migrating an iOS app to Windows Store was hugely popular.

    The good news: you’ll find the sessions slides below, and available at the MSDN Belux SlideShare.

    Video

    Even more: most video recordings of the sessions are now also online on Channel9. Do note that some of the coding sessions’ recording quality is not what we would consider optimal. We still chose to publish them as it might be interesting for folks that want to review something they missed in a session.

     

    Session slides

     

    UX/Web track

    Developer track

     

    Build your apps and win a tablet.
    At the same event we also launched a new contest in which you could win a device for the development of some cool apps. Check out the details here: http://aka.ms/5apps.

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    Microsoft TechDays 2013 Belgium: first sessions & speakers announced

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    TechDays 2013  TechDays 2013

    Every year, TechDays Belgium is THE go-to event for Belgian developers and IT-Professionals, and we are happy to announce the first set of confirmed speakers and sessions. The agenda is forming and you can have a first glimpse as of today.
    In 2013, the event takes place on 5, 6 and 7 March. On the first day we are organizing two pre-conferences to dive into Modern application lifecycle management with Visual Studio 2012; and a track on the development of SharePoint 2013 apps.

    Join top international and local speakers who can't wait to share their excitement with you about Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, HTML5 ... and much more!

    We're very happy to announce the following top speakers for developer sessions:

    Bart De Smet
    Bart De Smet

    Clemens Vasters
    Clemens Vasters

    Jeff Prosise
    Jeff Prosise

    Other confirmed speakers for developer sessions: Brian Keller, Andrew Peters, Brad Sullivan, Dan Holme, Jim Wang, Kevin DeRudder, Lieven Iliano, Maarten Balliauw, Pieter Gheysens and Yves Goeleven. 

    The preliminary agenda is available online.

    Sessions

    TechDays 2013 is a 3 day event, taking place at Kinepolis Antwerp. On the first day (March 5) we'll be hosting a pre-conference with 4 different tracks (2 for developers and 2 for IT professionals). The main conference will be on March 6 and 7.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to join thousands of technology professionals to network with peers and experts, while diving deep into Microsoft technologies at one of biggest IT events in Belgium & Luxembourg. Register now to get a 15% discount on your ticket (valid until January 1, 2013).

    Early Bird

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    Register free and join us for Windows App Day November 23, 2012

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    Are you ready to talk Apps? Are you ready to design Apps? Are you ready to develop Apps?
    Then Windows App Day, on November 23 in Antwerp is something you cannot miss. When we say Apps we mean Windows 8 Apps, Windows Phone Apps and Windows Azure Apps and last but not least, Web Apps, from design to development.
    During our first
    Windows App Day we’re packing the agenda with national and international speakers to talk about App Development, User Experience and Design.

           

    The speakers?  All actively working on apps, design & the web and ready to share learnings and best practices.
    We’re bringing over folks like Dave Crawford and Tom Eddings from the Windows 8 and Windows Phone Centre of Excellence team, Microsoft (UK); Nathan Gonzalez from Clarity and Maksym Hryniv, the maker of Contre Jour; Leslie Cottenjé from PurePlexity, one of our Belgian Windows 8 UX experts and, Belgian turned international speaker Bart Claeys now working at Ratio Interactive in Seattle.
    On the developer side we’re going deep into the new Windows Phone 8 SDK with Maarten Struys, the power of Windows Azure Mobile Services with Kristof Rennen, custom controls with Diederik Krols. To finish off developer track we go into a real-world case with Kevin Dockx. As you can see, more than enough content to provide a day worth outside of the office.

    Join us and get inspired!

    • All About Apps: Windows 8, Windows Azure, Windows Phone and Web Apps
    • The opening keynote is 100% focused on Belgian cases, welcoming attendees from both the developer and UX tracks.
    • After the app keynote we split into two tracks: one focused on UX, designers and web experts; a second one for developers.
    • Feel free to switch tracks during the day to compose the schedule of your taste. Find detailed info on the sessions and our speakers on our Windows App Day page.      

        

    Don’t miss this first Windows App Day on November 23rd!    

    When: Friday 23 November 2012, 9AM to 6PM
    Where: ALM Meeting Point
    Filip Williotstraat 9
    2600 Antwerp (Berchem)
    Entrance fee: free, but registration is required

    Find out more here.

     

    Sign up

    Hint: we’ll be announcing an interesting Windows App contest so you might want to get working on some apps before and after this event! More to come very soon, or join us for the full announcement on the 23rd.

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    Are you ready to WOWZAPP? Belgium part of Worldwide Hackathon for Windows November 10th

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    wowzapp worldwide hackathon for Windows - in Belgium on November 10

    Free up your Saturday, be part of a worldwide coding event to build your (first) Windows 8 app! On November 10 2012, we are joining the worldwide hackathon with a local event at HUBrussel. Registration is free, open to all. Just bring your laptop loaded with Windows 8, bring ideas or questions and join us for a day.

    Eat. Drink. Code. Join us at HUBrussel on November 10th.

    Belgium is part of the app revolution! By registering, you’ll be joining thousands of developers worldwide as we build apps for the next generation of Windows. Microsoft app experts, MEET-members, developers and trainers will be available on-site to assist your learning and coding. Learn about building Windows Store apps today – download the info, tools and resources you need now.

    No Sleeping. Live to Code.

    SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10th 2012

    08:08 – 00:00
    HUBrussel

    Warmoesberg 26
    1000 Brussels
    Belgium

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    SIGN UP

    WIN an ASUS Vivo Tab!

    ASUS Vivo Tab

    At WOWZAPP, we will launch a Windows 8 apps contest, where you can WIN a brand new ASUS Vivo Tab! The contest rules will be explained during the hackathon.

    Be smart. Be fast. Love coding. Win a tablet!

    What to expect

    Expect

    What to bring?

    Are you a developer?

     

    Are you a (UX) Designer?

    Photoshop or your familiar wireframing tool / Check out the Windows 8 UX Guidelines
    You might want to download Windows Store Apps Design Assets

    See you on November 10th!

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    Cloudify your Windows 8 and iOS apps with Windows Azure Mobile Services

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    Leveraging my colleague Nick’s post on Windows Azure Mobile Services here. WAMS has received an upgrade, now supporting iOS next to Windows 8, and including new authentication support, sending e-mails, SMS en more.
    If you are from Belgium or Luxembourg, and are thinking about leveraging WAMS for your Windows 8 or iOS apps please let us know. We’d like to hear about your experiences.

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    With the introduction of apps and application stores, the process of building, selling and distributing software has been truly democratized.  But what if your application becomes a top hit and is being downloaded and used by millions of users?  How do you make sure that your backend services scales dynamically with this unpredictable demand?

    Windows Azure Mobile Services makes it incredibly easy to connect a scalable cloud backend to your client and mobile applications.  It allows you to easily store structured data in the cloud that can span both devices and users, integrate it with user authentication, as well as send out updates to clients via push notifications.

     

    Windows Azure Mobile ServicesA couple of weeks ago we announced Windows Azure Mobile Services with support for Windows 8 apps. This week we delivered initial support for connecting iOS based devices (including iPhones and iPads) to Windows Azure Mobile Services.  We’ll also be adding support to enable these same scenarios for Windows Phone, and Android devices soon.

     

    In addition, we have also released the following great improvements to Windows Azure Mobile Services:

    • Facebook, Twitter and Google authentication support
    • Sending emails from your Mobile Service, in partnership with SendGrid
    • Sending SMS messages from your Mobile Service, in partnership with Twilio
    • Support for connecting to Azure Storage and Azure Service Bus

     

    Read this getting started tutorial to walkthrough how you can build (in less than 5 minutes) a simple iOS “Todo List” app that stores data in Windows Azure.  Then follow the below tutorials to explore how to use the iOS client libraries to store data and authenticate users.

     

    image If you don’t already have a Windows Azure account, you can sign-up for a free trial and start using Mobile Services today. Visit the Windows Azure Mobile Developer Center to learn more about how to build apps with Mobile Services.

     

      

    For more information about building applications on Windows and an overview of our local activities, visit the Apps on Windows landing page.

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    Marketing material: your app on Windows Store

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    If you have an app published on the Windows Store, chances are you want to let the world know. Which visuals should you use? How about a Windows Store app badge. What’s the guidance and wording?

    Since a few days you can find this guidance on the Windows DevCenter: Windows Store logos and usage specifications

    The documentation contains the following:

    • License to Microsoft Marks
    • Windows badge info
    • License to Microsoft Marks
    • Windows Store badge
    • Windows Store tile
    • Tablet and laptop device chassis visuals: includes layered high-res .PSD files, with 10 images on different perspectives
    • Windows Store localized info and terms: for example, did you know that for Belgium we name it “Windows Store” in both French and Dutch, while in Afrikaans the Windows Store is called “Windows Winkel”. And in Luxembourgish we’ll just say “Windows Store” too. That makes it easy for all of us in BeLux area.
    • FAQ

     

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    Linked to the usage of the logo and materials, you might also find the following resources useful:

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    Windows Store – App Certification Tips

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    Windows 8 launches globally on October 26th, as we move closer and closer, we’re supporting many Belgian developers go through the process of certifying their apps. To help other developers we might not be in touch with, I’m sharing an aggregation of tips and resources we use. It’s worthwhile browsing through this post before you submit so that you increase the chance of passing certification from the first time.

    The tips are based on what we have been working on, many times it’s small things that you can have fixed before you submit, such as forgetting a support contact or privacy policy. We’ll be updating this post as we move along.

    Before going into the details, keep the following resources handy when certifying apps on Windows Store.

    Most recurring omissions

    From our experience, this is what I ask developers before they submit:

    1. Have you created a Privacy policy settings entry in the Settings charm?
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    2. Have you added a Privacy URL info in the Additional details of the Store Portal dashboard? See below.
    3. Have you set your Default language correctly in the App Manifest? See below.
    4. Are your Capabilities correct? Remember capabilities also influence requirements around age rating and privacy. If you do not need Internet access, make sure to uncheck the capability as it is checked by default.
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    Store Portal: Description Page

    In the description page of the Store portal, after you submit your package, you will be able to enter the details for the Windows Store app listing. For a complete overview of the content needed to complete this page, please see the Dev Center Checklist for submitting an app. This is a great resource to send to your business team as they will provide visuals, description, features and category information in each language the app supports.

    Support contact

    Failing to fill in the Support contact URL or e-mail address will have your app rejected. Double-check the content you are entering here.

    Add a Privacy URL

    We also recommend you add the same privacy URL as an entry in the app settings pane.

    Choosing the right Age Rating

    Review the guidance: Pick a suitable Windows Store age rating and Give your app an age rating.

    Linked to the Age rating, make sure the screenshots you upload for your app listing (metadata) are viewable by 12+ if your app requires higher age rating.

     

    Before submission

    Language of the package, default language and multiple languages

    Windows Store allows for global distribution. This is a huge potential you should take advantage of, and which will be even more successful if you offer the app in several languages.

    When uploading the app package to the Store, detection of the supported languages is done through the AppManifest resources. Make sure you entered your default language correctly (default might go to en-US depending on your version of Visual Studio).
    Open the AppManifest file in the XML editor.

    Case 1: single language (US English)

    For English, you can either leave the default setting (x-generate) if you are using an English version of Visual Studio or adapt manually:

    <Resources>     
         <Resource Language="en-us"/>
    </Resources>

    Case 2: single language (only Dutch for both Belgium and Netherlands)

    <Resources>
        <Resource Language="nl" />   
    </Resources>

    Case 3: several languages (English, French and Dutch as example)

    The first language in the list is the default language. We are using the country code to make it more specific. You can choose to omit it.

    <Resources>
       <Resource Language="en-us" />
       <Resource Language="fr-be" />
       <Resource Language="nl-be" />
    < /Resources>

    Privacy policy in settings pane (charm)

    Many applications use the Internet capability, for which a privacy policy URL is required in the Store portal. Note that this is a very important one and also linked to activating a number of capabilities such as:

    • SMS
    • Text messages
    • Location
    • Microphone
    • Webcam
    • Documents Library

    See full details: 4. Windows Store apps put the customer in control on the Resolving certification errors documentation.

     

    Disclaimer and About

    Depending on the content you use, information you share, a disclaimer and about sections in the Settings pane are also recommended.

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    I wish you a lot of success with your app. Don’t forget our local events and support options through App Clinics.

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