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    Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools released (RTM)


    Today developers can start with the final migration of their Beta Windows Phone 7 code to RTM, as today the developer tools hit RTM version. This means that as of now code can be developed against the RTM version, with the final step before submitting your app to the Marketplace.
    The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will start accepting submissions early October, in the meantime it’s a good idea to get registration done as this can take some time to get all required documents through.

    Download the RTM tools: Windows Phone Developer Tools package is a free single download containing all of the tools that developers need to create apps and games for Windows Phone 7: Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, the Windows Phone Emulator, Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone, and XNA Game Studio 4.0.

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    • An update to the emulator based on RTM Windows Phone code
    • Panorama control
    • Pivot control
    • Bing Maps controls fully integrated into the Windows Phone 7 Developer Toolkit with the Bing Maps Control SDK

    Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone

    A special version of the Silverlight Toolkit to be downloaded separately from CodePlex contains these features, amongst others:

    • GestureService/GestureListener
    • ContextMenu
    • DatePicker
    • TimePicker
    • ToggleSwitch
    • WrapPanel
    • A few sample applications

    Check out this video with Charlie Kindel and Scott Guthrie celebrating the final version of the tools, notice how a few of the upcoming apps are being previewed:

    Get Microsoft Silverlight

    Also recommended: Windows Phone Developer blog post by Brandon Watson on the final tools release.


    5kwp7belgiumAnd don’t forget the Belgian 5K Contest!
    If you’re in Belgium, don’t forget you still have about two weeks to register for the Windows Phone 7 5K Challenge.

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    Internet Explorer 9 Beta is here: download and experiment


    Internet Explorer 9 Beta is here, and it’s here for you to try out. Yesterday we had the official beta launch event in San Francisco, with our own local event in Belgium.
    Windows© Internet Explorer 9 Beta
    Download now!

    With a bunch of new features, the team has focused on three main areas:

    • Performance, with a new JavaScript engine (Chakra) and hardware accelerated HTML5
    • Standards  support with HTML5 and CSS3; Canvas and SVG, …
    • New UI, with what we are calling site-centric browsing. This allows you to pin a website to the Windows 7 taskbar, add tags to generate jumplists and add script for icon overlay (for example to notify the user of new messages).
      Facebook Jump List tasks and new content notification

    Make sure you read the IE Team blog post on the beta release with loads of good information on the new features of the browser.

    After downloading and installing you can then head over to ‘Start Developing’ section of site.

    Some great resources:

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    Mobile Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7 announced


    Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7 is available for download as of today (note: currently available only in the U.S. but still interesting news as the availability will expand in the future).
    Get started with Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7 via the official page on Microsoft Advertising.

    As announced on the Microsoft Advertising blog post:

    “With this launch, Windows Phone 7 app developers can maximize their mobile ad revenue by leveraging the industry’s first real-time bidded Mobile Ad Exchange, our superior ad targeting, multiple purchase models and leading resellers including Microsoft’s sales force –as well as the large-scale adCenter marketplace. Specific capabilities of our Mobile Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7 include Demographic, Category, Carrier and Location targeting; Text and Image Units; Click to Call and Click to Web ad actions, and robust reporting on in-app ad revenue, ad inventory, clicks, CPM and sell thru rate. ”

    What we, developers, need to know is that integrating the ads in our applications is really straight-forward (something like a few lines of code) with ads being displayed to the user as text or image banner. Be sure to check it out (today if you are U.S. based).

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    Script Junkie – a resource on scripting, HTML and CSS


    2010-09-16_1309The tagline for this Microsoft resource says a lot, Script Junkie: “Essential cross-browser code, information and discussion”.

    With the beta launch of Internet Explorer 9 yesterday this site is even more a great resource for web scripting and HTML.

    The site contains articles organized into the following sections:

    • HTML
    • Script
    • CSS
    • Gallery (with mainly jQuery samples, you can also upload your own samples here)
    • Forum
    • Community

    Take a look!

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    REMIX10 – Update and final chance to register


    This is it, next Tuesday 28th of September 2010 we will be hosting REMIX10 in De Montil, Affligem. We’ve managed to get a great list of speakers, both national and international, join us to deliver eight different sessions.

    If you want to register, now is the time! You have a choice for Web Developer or User Experience track. Don’t worry if you wish to switch rooms once at the event: you are welcome to move between tracks.

    Register for the Web Developer track Register for the User Experience track

    FYI: You are also welcome to register for Architect Forum or TechNet Cloud event on September 27th 2010.

    Here’s our final REMIX10 agenda, looking forward to seeing you next week!


    9:00 - 10:15

    Opening keynote
    Luc Van de Velde, Katrien De Graeve and Guests


    10:15 - 10:45

    Coffee break


    10:45 - 12:00

    UX Track


    Web developer track


    Design venturing
    Design techniques for identifying, developing and evaluating business opportunities
    This session will cover several case studies and best practices from the Microsoft Pioneer Studios, a design venture team that is chartered with developing new consumer businesses for Microsoft. Learn how to harvest insights, translate them into value propositions and build products around core brand ideas. Examples include ventures in emerging markets and mobile devices. Q&A to follow.
    Speaker: Georg Petschnigg


    Internet Explorer and HTML5: A Lap Around Windows Internet Explorer 9 For Developers
    Internet Explorer 9 contains many new features that give developers many new options for building rich Web applications. From enhanced features like the developer tools and or support for more DOM interactivity – Internet Explorer 9 is the browser you’ve been asking for. We take a dive into these features and learn how you can take advantage of brand new HTML5, Canvas, SVG, ECMAScript 5 and much more.
    Speaker: Pete LePage


    12:00 - 13:00



    13:00 - 14:15

    UX Track


    Web developer track


    UX Super Powers with Expression Blend 4
    Expression Studio and Silverlight have come a long way. We are now in version 4 and it is full of powerful and sophisticated new additions that will help you produce UI intensive experiences in fun and creative ways never seen before like with PathLayout to order and animate objects along a path of any shape creating all sorts of creative UI metaphors. We will also review the use of Expression Blend to design Windows Phone 7 applications leveraging the best of Expression Blend
    New Rich UI Tools in Expression Blend 4
    Designing Windows Phone 7 Apps with Expression Blend
    SketchFlow Techniques
    Photoshop | Illustrator | Expression Design
    Speaker: Arturo Toledo


    Building a Silverlight 4 Application End to End
    When you’re asked to build a new Silverlight application from scratch, it may be a bit hard to know where to start exactly. What would you say if you spend 75 minutes of your day and I show you the steps involved in creating a complete business application? Sounds neat, doesn’t it?! In the scenario, we are following a company that wants to set up a campaign site in Silverlight 4 that makes it possible to send Christmas cards. Among others, we’ll be spending some time with printing and webcam interaction, data binding, COM interop, out-of-browser features and data service access. Indeed, Christmas does come early this year!
    Speaker: Gill Cleeren


    14:15 - 14:30

    Change sessions


    14:30 - 15:45

    UX Track


    Web developer track


    Windows Phone 7 Design Principles
    Windows Phone 7 brings a radically new approach to user interface to the phone. In this session we’ll discuss how you can utilize this approach in your application design, enabling the delivery of powerful user experiences that integrate tightly with the overall look and feel of “Metro,” the codename for the Windows Phone design system.
    Speaker: Kat Holmes and Karen Davis


    Building for the cloud: integrating an application on Windows Azure
    It’s time to take advantage of the cloud! In this session Maarten builds further on the application created during Gill Cleeren’s Silverlight session. The campaign website that was developed in Silverlight 4 still needs a home. Because the campaign will only run for a short period of time, the company chose for cloud computing on the Windows Azure platform. Learn how to leverage flexible hosting with automated scaling on Windows Azure, combined with the power of a cloud hosted SQL Azure database to create a cost-effective and responsive web application.
    Speaker: Maarten Balliauw


    15:45 - 16:15

    Coffee break


    16:15 - 17:30

    UX Track


    Web developer track


    A Website's Life: From Sketch to Publishing
    WebMatrix is a new, free, fully featured, easy to install web development tool that helps you build ASP.NET and PHP websites, perform validation, SEO optimization and one-click publishing. My favorite feature however is a new script syntax for ASP.NET called *Razor* which will help you creating dynamic websites incredibly easy. We will spend some time sketching/wireframing our website, doing visual design work in Expression Design and then into experiencing the rich development toolset in WebMatrix.
    - Sketching and Designing with Expression Design
    - Introducing WebMatrix
    - Web App Gallery, SEO Optimization, Publishing
    - ASP.NET Razor Syntax
    Speaker: Arturo Toledo


    Using WebGallery, WebDeploy and IIS Extensions
    Microsoft Web Platform Installer streamlines the installation and provisioning of Web Applications on a developer machine or web server. Web PI with the power and extensibility Internet Information Services is a winning combination. This session shows you how to take advantage of IIS modules like SEO Toolkit, Media Services and more. We will also show you how to streamline the deployment of application and data using WebDeploy.
    Speaker: Luis Alves Martins

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    Our team is looking for an ISV Developer Evangelist, maybe you?


    Want to join a great team at Microsoft: DPE (Developer & Platform Evangelism) in Belgium & Luxembourg? You might want to check out this job description and who knows, you might be the one to join us!
    If you are strong in technology but also have a good feeling for business relations, it might be a match.

    Here’s an excerpt from the job description, be sure to check it out and apply if you fit the profile.

    We are looking for a professional with the unique combination of business and technical acumen. This individual must be equally comfortable talking with ISV (Independent Software vendors) technical executives about Microsoft innovations and with ISV business executives about future Microsoft market opportunities. You will be responsible for developing the overall local technical evangelism strategy for ISVs (depth and breadth).
    The ISV Developer Evangelist mission is to drive platform adoption and revenue growth with depth and breadth ISVs. The ISV Developer Evangelist is focused on winning ISV adoption of Microsoft platform technologies by working with ISV senior technology decision makers within these organizations. This is accomplished by collaborating with the ISV PAM (Partner Account Manager) to build a well-managed, mutually beneficial alliance that drives revenue growth and expands the reach of strategic Microsoft products within the partner's solution portfolio.

    More details at

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