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How do you build a Windows Store Line-of-Business app?
When 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...
28 May 2013
Joining the Windows 8 App Race? Win Visual Studio headphones and Asus tablets
We want to give you a push in the back to develop great applications – join the Windows 8 App Race and win: 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...
17 Apr 2013
Start building apps on Windows 8 – Video training content (French)
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...
4 Mar 2013
Belgian Windows 8 Superhackathon on 27 March 2013 – join us!
Join us in Brussels, Genk, Kortrijk or Mons on March 27 th 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. We come to your cities (4...
20 Feb 2013
Windows App Day – slides and video from the event
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...
21 Dec 2012
Register free and join us for Windows App Day November 23, 2012
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...
6 Nov 2012
Are you ready to WOWZAPP? Belgium part of Worldwide Hackathon for Windows November 10th
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...
22 Oct 2012
Cloudify your Windows 8 and iOS apps with Windows Azure Mobile Services
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...
19 Oct 2012
Marketing material: your app on Windows Store
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...
12 Oct 2012
Windows Store – App Certification Tips
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...
3 Oct 2012
Windows Store – Developer Registration Tips
In this post you’ll find our top tips for going through Windows Store developer registration, based on the learning’s we’ve had these past few months as we work with Belgian developers to get ready for Windows 8 launch. Recommended resources Store Portal Dashboard : https://appdev.microsoft.com/StorePortals...
2 Oct 2012
Windows 8 Apps Expert Class on October 8 – Free Registration
Join us next week (October 8, 2012) at Microsoft Belgium for a free full day training for advanced Windows 8 coders . You’ve finished your first app or are about to finish it and you’re ready for the next level? We have the perfect training you have been waiting for. This ‘advanced only’ class will cover...
1 Oct 2012
Build. Apps. Day and Night. Join us for Windows 8 App-a-thon September 28 at Microsoft Belgium
October 26th is getting closer and closer … is your Windows 8 app ready? You’re invited to the last app-a-thon before Windows 8 hits the market. Join us at our offices in Zaventem on September 28! Past hackathons we organized were an incredibly fun and interactive experience. We have...
19 Sep 2012
From XNA to Windows 8 Game in one day. Join the hackathon September 11
The re-imagined Windows 8 will come soon, and people will love playing games on it. Getting your game into the Windows Store prior to the launch on October 26, will bring you some key benefits: With Windows 8 in full spotlight, your app will gain maximal visibility. You as developer can make...
4 Sep 2012
Build your Windows 8 app NOW and get a €100 Connections voucher!
We hope you have already enjoyed a bit of sunshine this summer! We sure did at the first Summer App-a-thon in Blankenberge with a full day of coding & fun topped with a great show of fresh Win8 Metro apps! Grasp the first-mover advantage too and make sure your app is in the Windows Store by the time...
26 Jul 2012
Turn up the heat this summer with your Windows 8 app – events and support
Our MSDN Belgium & Luxembourg team has been preparing some stuff to keep you busy this summer. Join us at hackathons or online! It's summertime! Time for all of us to throw ourselves into something new, fun and rewarding. With Windows 8 around the corner, now is the time to start building apps !...
4 Jul 2012
Join us for the seaside Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon on July 12
The word is out: on July 12 we’ll be organizing the first of our Summer App-a-thons. And it’s going to be a special, seaside app-a-thon, at the Belgian coast in Blankenberge . What could be more inspiring for building great Metro-style apps than the sound of waves crashing into the beach...
25 Jun 2012
Windows 8 Release Preview: download and build your apps for Windows Store
Windows 8 Release Preview has been made available last week, representing another important quality milestone in the road to Windows 8 General Availability (GA). In this post we provide you with the must-know information around what and where to download the bits, the tools and information on how you...
4 Jun 2012
Windows Store expanding to more markets including Belgium: get your app ready
Last week the Microsoft Windows Store blog announced an expansion of the Windows Store coming soon. By the next milestone of Windows 8, the preview release of Windows Store will include new markets and new languages. Currently Windows Store includes five markets in Consumer Preview: France, Germany,...
23 Apr 2012
Top resources on fixing IE issues and optimizing for a standards experience on Windows 8
With Windows 8 currently at the Consumer Preview stage for tech and devs alike, the next version of Internet Explorer is available in preview. Internet Explorer 10 brings 33 new HTML5 & CSS3 site-ready web standards and a noticeable change: One Browser: Two Experiences . To learn more about the browsing...
13 Apr 2012
Windows 8 App Clinics: book your slot and let’s talk apps
Have you looked into the new developer opportunity with Windows 8 Metro Applications? Combining the broad reach of Windows, best-in-class developer tools, a reimagined user experience, support for new chipsets, and a built-in Store with industry-leading business terms - Windows 8 is the largest...
10 Apr 2012
Write up on the first Windows 8 Developer and Hackathon event in Belgium
A good ten days ago on Friday 23rd of March 2012 we kicked off the Belgian developer events around Windows 8 Metro Applications. And from my standpoint: it was an event to count! The Developer Day We started with a keynote by Giorgio Sardo presenting before a packed room. Giorgio introduced Windows...
4 Apr 2012
Get your apps up: upcoming Windows 8 Metro Apps activities
The first Belgian Windows 8 developer event did not go by unnoticed: a full day of sessions and a first code night with the Windows 8 Hackathon generating the first apps. But now is the time to get further: more technical sessions, hands-on labs and support from the local team to help you go from idea...
3 Apr 2012
Missed the Windows 8 Developer Day? Join us this week for Windows 8 Project Call info sessions
Last Friday 23rd of March we kicked off a series of Windows 8 Metro developer events in Belgium with the Windows 8 Developer Day. My personal write up is coming. In the meantime, some people were asking for other events so here’s a quick post with some events coming very soon. 1. Windows 8 Project Calls...
26 Mar 2012
Quick tip: Player Framework and Smooth Streaming for Windows 8 Metro (BETA)
[Update 13 March: added the Smooth Streaming Client SDK info] The Microsoft Media Platform team has released the beta version of a Player Framework for Windows 8 Metro Style Applications . If you are building media applications for Windows 8 this is for you. What is the Player Framework? The Player Framework...
12 Mar 2012
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