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    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:
    Logging in and accessing the Store Portal, learn about Strong Authorization and account security:

    Must-read resources:


    1. Registration pre-requisites

    • Microsoft account, also called Windows Live ID. I highly recommend you create a new account destined for Windows Store (and Windows Phone Marketplace). See Picking a Microsoft Account for Windows Store.
    • For companies: make sure you create a team account as this login needs to be used by developers when submitting apps to the Store. Something you do not want to happen is an account being linked to a person that one day leaves the company and has all the personal info linked.
    • Have a credit card ready for account verification purposes, even if you have a token to receive a free registration. You’ll need to access your credit card statement to verify your account (both Individual and Company accounts).

    2. Registration process

    The registration process is a seven-step flow in which the following elements are important:

    1. Choose the appropriate account type: Indiviadual or Company. This cannot be changed.
    2. In the Account details for a company: make sure you enter a correct Approver name and e-mail. The e-mail address for the approver must be a company mail, not a free service like or
    3. Steps in the process:
      1. Country and account type: make sure to choose the correct one as this info cannot be changed later
      2. Account info
        Approver info: make sure the contact information of the approver section is valid and have the person check their e-mail for account verification and validation (normally from Symantec). The process of approval via Symantec must be completed before your account gets validated, a required step to publish any app.
      3. Agreement
      4. Price
      5. Payment
      6. Purchase
      7. Thank you


    3. Validating your account

    Before your apps can go through certification your account needs to be validated. Depending on the account type, there are several steps to be completed.

    Account verification

    Both Company and Individual verification is done through a withdrawal on your credit card, which is then reverted directly. The transaction number or amount is used to verify your account. Go to the Dashboard > Subscription page to go through verification.



    Account validation status

    Here’s a good overview of where to find the account status.

    Under the “Profile” link, check the status of your account:

    1 – Developer identity validation – Must be set to “Authorized” before any apps can be certified. (Only Company). Vetting is done by an external party “Symantec/GeoTrust” that will send an e-mail to the Approver e-mail you entered in the process of registration. Make sure Spam folder is checked and followed up.
    You can find more information on the types of proof needed for Belgian accounts through Symantec knowledge base:

    2 – Payout account: the status of your bank account information being complete. Must be complete if you are certifying paid apps, or in-app purchase. (Company and Indidual)

    3 – Tax profile must be set to “Valid” if you are certifying paid apps, or in-app purchase. (Company and Indidual)
    Important to note is that the Tax Profile section should be filled in by a company representative, for example the CEO or Financial director.





    Need help? Go through official support

    If you run into an issue with your developer registration, there are several support options available including community forums and the official support team ready to help you (through chat or e-mail).

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    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.

    Expert Class - Windows 8 App Development

    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 advanced topics such as login, services and error handling.

    The following topics are covered during this session:

    • Process lifecycle management: suspension manager, handling suspend, resume
    • Making your app work offline
    • Error handling, detecting offline mode, caching sets of data
    • Advanced XAML controls tips & tricks (data binding, variable sized grids, etc)
    • Accessing services – recommended approaches
    • Architecture with MVVM
    • Semantic zoom in detail
    • Live tiles through background tasks & maintenance triggers

    Your trainer
    : Kevin Dockx (RealDolmen)


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    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 people joining and putting their hands on coding Windows 8 for the first time, while others join to fine-tune what is already underway. It’s a very informal event, bring your machine, have Windows 8 setup and join the community! Check out some of the pictures of last app-a-thon on our Facebook page.

    This time we’ve listened to the feedback, and we’re doing more: we’ve got a designer ready to help you with colors, visuals, and logo material for your app. What about UX and Windows Store guidelines? Covered too, a UX consultant will also be on site part of the day. And don’t forget the MEET community and the Microsoft evangelists ready to help you.

    Hands on. Code. Build. Shine. Totally Metro. Totally Windows 8.


         When? 28 September 2012 
         Where? Microsoft Belgium
         Leonardo Da Vincilaan 3
         1935 Zaventem


    There will be 2 coding sessions, 1 for Day Birds from 10am – 4pm and one for Night Owls from 6pm – 12am. You can join us for one or both sessions. Build an app, have fun and go home with a fantastic prize!

    Xbox 360 + Kinect

    Deluxe App’ero Bongo Box

    Professional Sharp Knife Set


    Seats are limited so don’t lose a sec and SIGN UP NOW! All technical pre-requisites and resources are available on the registration page.

    No app idea yet? No problem! We have a bucket full of ideas and scenarios you can use right away to kick start your project!

    Questions about UX & design? Don’t worry, we’ve got that covered. You’ll be able to talk to a Windows 8 UX Expert (will be there for 4 hours) and a designer (will be there the entire day!) to help out with logo’s, graphic design, etc.

    Looking forward to enjoy this day and/or night with you!


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    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 the game available, find out whether your game is having success      
      worldwide and use this information as starting point of your further professional career.

    Microsoft & Howest DAE invite you on September 11, 2012 to transform your XNA game into a Windows 8 App.


    Windows Store


    Morning: Setting the scene

    1. A walkthrough getting the game from Windows 7 XNA to run on Windows 8 – no long theory but concrete examples
    2. Get insights on:     
      1. How to implement the settings charm
      2. How to implement the sharing charm
      3. How to deal with file reading and writing, threads, and any other topics which vary between platforms
      4. How to prepare art assets for Windows
      5. A list of links and resources for further reading

    Alex Schearer, one of the attendees of our previous Windows 8 Hackathon in August is presenting the MonoGame content. He's working on something attendees can all use to get started.

      Afternoon: App-a-thon to get your game Windows 8 ready

      Alex will coach you during the conversion of your game. At the end of the day, your game might be ready to go, and you can get all visibility with your game.
      At the same time, Microsoft evangelists and folks from Howest are ready to help you. Including yours truly, although XNA venturing will be a first one for me :)

      Practical details

      • Fee: free of charge, including lunch
      • Location: Howest, Graaf Karel de Goedelaan 5, 8500 Kortrijk
      • Timing: Tuesday, September 11 2012, from 10.00 until 19.00
      • Instructor: Alex Schaerer, XNA/Monogame gaming expert
      • Preparation: Install Visual Studio 2010 and Windows 8 (RTM or Release Preview), and Visual Studio 2012. You do not have it yet? No problem, we will send a full checklist in the confirmation mail (including instructions on where to find the installation software).
      • Who: everyone who has developed an XNA game is welcome to attend this session. Our host, Howest DAE, will welcome all game developers.


      Looking forward to seeing you there, and venturing into Windows 8 Games development.


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      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 Windows 8 hits the market on October 26th.

      Develop an app NOW and get a €100 Connections Gift Voucher!

      Millions of people around the world use Windows every day. Windows 8 gives you the opportunity to access this huge potential market by listing your apps in the Windows Store!

      Go Take 4 simple steps by September 14, 2012:

      1. Download the tools you need
      2. Follow on & offline training
      3. Attend an App Clinic
      4. Pass an App Excellence Lab
      Travel voucher

      An App Excellence Lab is a 2-hour review of your application together with a Microsoft engineer. If your app meets all the requirements, you will receive the €100 Connections voucher and a Windows Store token!

      Read the full terms & conditions of this promo.

      From the batcave: Nico Vermeir – ComicDB

      First in our series of #win8devbe app heroes is Nico Vermeir with a juicy story on the development of his comic app.

      Nico Vermeir - ComicDB app

      Do you think your app deserves a place in the spotlights too? Then just contact us!


      Summer App-a-thon 8/8 @ our place :-)

      Appathon Don't miss the Second Summer App-a-thon on August 8th at Microsoft Zaventem. You can get in the running for an Xbox 360 + Kinect and Connections Gift Vouchers!
      No app idea yet? No problem! We will kick off the sessions with an inspiring hour of brainstorming!
      Participation is FREE and seats are limited so be quick and book your seat now!
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      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!
      Will your app be the next big thing? Grasp that first-mover advantage and make sure your app is in the Windows Store by the time Windows 8 hits the market.
      We're here to help you get your app ready with a bunch of support tools ranging from online training to App-a-thons, App Clinics and App Excellence Labs.

      Follow the 4 steps to getting your app published and start building!

      Build your app now! 
      Four simple steps to your app in
      Windows Store:

      Four simple steps

      Summer App-a-thons

      We have 2 App-a-thons planned this summer: join us in Blankenberge (12 July) or Antwerp Zaventem (8 August) and start building your Windows 8 Metro Style App!
      You can win fantastic prizes too: Xbox 360 + Kinect, Connections Gift Vouchers, ...




      Correction: the app-a-thon for 8 August is taking place at the Microsoft Office in Zaventem, no longer in Antwerp due to location issues.

      Want to stay in the know about all things Windows 8 app development?
      Sign up now for the (Belgian & Luxembourg) MSDN newsletter!

      Your MSDN team.

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      This is why these 3 young Belgians need your Imagine Cup Vote!


      imagine-cup-2012The Microsoft Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and asks them to use their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. Back in May you could read that 2 of our Belgian teams made it to the finals in Sydney.

      One of the teams “Make a Sign” created this amazing project that uses Kinect in combination with Azure to recognize sign language used by deaf people and learn people how to use it. Earlier this week the 3 students from HEPL in Liege met with minister-president Rudy Demotte of the Walloon region.
      Press: On RTL TV news. In La Derniere Heure. In Le VIF.

      So before you read/watch any further do this:  go to the People’s Choice Award site and vote – and then ask your friends, family and network to vote too. Then read the rest of this post and you’ll know why you did the right thing Smile.

      Congratulations to:

      Julien Rousselle

      Antoine Trippaers

      Nicolas Bertrand

      This is where you can find the full project video:

      Imagine Cup 2012 - Make A Sign (Project Presentation)
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      Join us for the seaside Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon on July 12


      Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon (Belgian Coast)

      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, ice cream and a beautiful sunset!

      We’re building upon the success of the coding night at the Windows 8 Developer Day and have a hackathon to build cool Metro-style apps.  So team up with your best UX or developer friend and form a killer app team, come alone or sign up with an entire group, whatever you want! 

      This seaside Summer App-a-thon promises to be an experience like N.O. O.T.H.E.R!   Hands on. Code. Build. Shine. Totally Windows 8. 

      There will be 2 coding sessions: 1 for Day Birds from 10AM - 4PM and one for Night Owls from 6PM - 12AM. You have 3 registration options:

      1. Only the Day Birds coding session
      2. Only the Night Owls coding session
      3. Both the Day Birds and the Night Owls session  


      So if you’re a developer or UX designer, sign up right now to join us for an unforgettable experience!   

      Sign up

      Technical pre-requisites

      - Familiarity writing either desktop apps, mobile applications or developing websites. Familiarity with either Javascript, C# or C++.
      - Bring your own laptop: any device capable of running Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express
      - Required software: 

      Windows 8 Release Preview
      Visual Studio 2012 RC
      Windows 8 SDK samples

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      New Windows Azure Features and Services Announcement and Live stream today


      Yesterday, Microsoft announced previews of new Windows Azure services that help developers build applications that connect data to users across public and private clouds, take advantage of VHDs and deploy scalable websites quickly and cheaply. 

      Today, Scott Guthrie will host “Meet Windows Azure” to introduce these new services.  And on Monday, as part of TechEd North America and broadcast live online, Scott, along with Mark Russinovich, Quentin Clark, and Bill Staples will host “Learn Windows Azure” to provide deeper demonstration of the latest Windows Azure features and services to build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud.

      Among the highlights of the announcements made yesterday:

      • Windows Azure Virtual Machines enable the moving of workloads on virtual hard disks (VHDs) between on-premises environments and the cloud.  Windows Azure supports both Windows and Linux VHD images, which can be customized or chosen from a pre-populated gallery.  With the commonly supported VHD format, developers and IT Pros can move existing workloads like a SQL Server database or an existing line-of-business application into Windows Azure to create greater scale, lower cost or deploy to new users.  It has never been easier to move your applications to the cloud and boost them with virtually unlimited power, flexibility and reliability.
      • Windows Azure Virtual Network enables the creation, extension and management of virtual private networks into Windows Azure.  Organizations can now more effectively and securely extend their corporate networks into the cloud.  Did you ever wish you had an extra couple of servers for running a calculation job or to deal with a peak in user demand?  Now you can seamlessly add and remove computing resources to your network, as your need them.
      • Windows Azure Web Sites makes building .NET, Node.js, Java and PHP web experiences easier and cheaper than ever while supporting deployment techniques like Git and FTP and framework applications like WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke, Umbraco and Drupal that web developers already know and trust. Why should it be hard to setup a website that can scale with user demand, that is always up and running, regardless of the technology you’re using?
      • Python support, new Tools  The new Windows Azure SDK (June 2012) includes updated support for Java, PHP and .NET and adds Python support, while providing 100% command line support for developers using a Windows PC or a Mac.  No matter what your development flavor is, you can build applications that take advantage of Windows Azure and all its building blocks – experience the openness and interoperability of Windows Azure.

      To discover, learn and get started building applications on the Windows Azure platform, I encourage you to:

        image Follow the live stream of “Meet Windows Azure” and discover the new Windows Azure services.
        image Tune into Learn Windows Azure on Monday June 11 for a deeper demonstration of what’s new. 

        Set up a trial account for getting free access to Windows Azure.

        image Of course you want to play with these new features! How can you host your own virtual machine in Azure? What is needed to create a PHP web site using MySQL on Azure?
        As of Monday June 11, the Azure Training Kit will be updated and guide you step-by-step through a series of hands-on labs.

        Download the tools now and get started!        
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        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 can count on our support in taking your app to launch.

        Windows 8 Release Preview: downloads

        1. For Windows 8 downloads and ISO files you can go to
        2. For developer downloads you’ll find the developer SDK with Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 RC and Expression Blend for Visual Studio, remote debugging tools, Live SDK and more:
        3. New samples for Release Preview: Download sample app pack (300 MB)
        4. Updated documentation:
          If you have read through the documentation previously you’ll see that a lot of the content has been updated, this includes both the developer documentation as well as UX Guidelines.


        Changes with Windows 8 Release Preview: the most important resources

        Belgian Apps?

        If you have been following our local activities around Windows 8, ever since our developer event in March Windows 8 Developer Day and Night of Windows 8 (app-a-thon), you know folks are working hard on apps.

        We are very happy to announce that two of our Belgian partners we’ve been working with since the early stages now made it into the Windows Store for Release Preview: Le Soir by Rossel and Slash Monsters by Fishing Cactus/Tokkun Studio. Le Soir is the first European newspaper in Windows Store!



        Your app in Windows Store? Loads of stuff coming to you

        As we get closer and closer to the next milestone for Windows 8, locally here in Belgium and Luxembourg we are preparing a bunch of ways to support you along the way into publishing that app in Windows Store by launch – you do want to take that first mover advantage.

        How we’re helping you

        Below you can find a collection of activities and resources coming your way. Or come our way by means of an App Clinic.

        image Training events for developers and designers
        Windows Camps and UX Workshops, check out our Metro map.       
        image Seaside coding at the Belgian Coast: Summer App-a-thons on Windows 8 Metro Style Apps.
        When: 12 July (and 8 August in Antwerp)        
        app clinic

        App Clinics: join Evangelists, external developer or Metro UX consultants to discuss any questions on your mind regarding your app.

        By joining an App Clinic you are also on the right track to get access to App Excellence Labs.

        Lab App Excellence Labs
        When you’ve been in touch with us through an App Clinic and your application is polished enough go to review, you are invited to participate in an App Excellence Lab. This is a 2-hour review of you application with a Microsoft engineer and if you pass the requirements checklist you get a Windows Store Token! 
        Because the Store is still closed for public registration for now, this is the only way to get registered and reserve your app name for future fame.
        Have an app ready? Register your interest via the App Clinic form (mention App Excellence Labs) .

        We are looking forward to helping you take advantage of this huge new opportunity to reach millions of users worldwide.
        It’s going to be a hot Summer!

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        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, India, Japan and the United States and China, as well as a “Rest of World” setting that all other regions get to see. By the next milestone Microsoft is adding 33 new developer submission locales, expanding the possible reach even more.

        And there is good news for Belgian developers: in addition to being able to publish to the new markets, developers will also be able to target a Belgian market specifically.

        >> To learn more, please read the official announcement post: Windows Store expanding to new markets.

        For developers and companies in Belgium and Luxembourg I’d like to take reiterate our support in getting your apps ready. We have training events (online webcasts as well as hands-on sessions), App Clinics to discuss apps face to face and validation of the app through Excellence labs which is your ticket to a Windows Store token later in the process.

        Don’t hesitate to join us at either step of the way:

        1. Metro Map with all free events listed per date, make sure to register in time:
        2. App Clinics book a slot with an evangelist or consultant (your ticket to the App Excellence Lab) – note Belgium & Luxembourg only:
        3. Discover how your application can be monetized in the Windows Store:

        Windows 8: Windows Reimagined

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        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.

        IE10: one browser, two experiences

        To learn more about the browsing experiences in IE10 on Windows 8, please read the IE Team Blog post: Web browsing in Windows 8 Consumer Preview with IE10.

        In this post I’m gathering some recommended steps you can take to make sure your website is implementing cross-browser standards code, and optimized for rendering and using on both the desktop and the Metro style IE10 browser versions.
        We’ll look at the top recommendations for an optimal experience for your users, and I’ll add the links to the best resources to help you accomplish this.

        1. Update your docmode for web standards and solve common issues
          Read the post by my colleague Rey Bango, that describes the process and possible issues to set your pages to the standards docmode: Fix Common IE Problems: Update your Docmode for Web Standards
          Use the IE Compat Inspector Tool to help solve issues: and Compat Inspector User Guide:
        2. Detect features instead of browsers
          Review the section Feature Detection (with Modernizr) in this post: iOS to IE10 Metro: Building Cross-Browser Plugin-Free Experiences
          Read the article: How to Detect Features Instead of Browsers
          Read the article: How to Create Effective Fallback Strategies
        3. Implement a plug-in free browsing experience:
          Read the blog post Metro style browsing and plug-in free HTML5 to understand the Metro style browser.
          Then, go over the steps described again by Rey Bango in the case study: iOS to IE10 Metro: Building Cross-Browser Plugin-Free Experiences
        4. Invest in touch-first experiences:
          Read the article: Handling Multi-touch and Mouse Input in All Browsers

        That’s a start, but I want more resources

        More resources are available, here’s are my picks:

        What about site pinning features in the new browser?

        Just like in the Windows 7 (and 8) desktop, users can pin websites to the start screen in Windows 8. There are also new features available in the Metro experience, allowing users to receive information about updates (badges) without having to open the site.

        For more information about the experience and the technical details on how to implement this, please see

        Watch the above video for a good overview of new site pinning in IE10.

        And while we’re at it: there is a new resource available you should check out if you are games building using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. is a partnership between Microsoft and Bocoup to make building web games easier for developers.
        Full announcement here:

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        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? 
        imageCombining 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 developer opportunity, ever.

        But now what? In Belgium we have announced a series of developer camps, webcasts and MIC calls for projects. These activities will allow you to dive technically into the platform to support you in building apps. However, you probably need more.

        What about testing on more than one device? What about discussing the best UX and experience to integrate with Metro? And most importantly, what about getting that access to the Windows Store and publish an app? If you are based in Belgium or Luxembourg don’t hesitate to take advantage of this option.

        The answers are the App Clinics. Join us for a meeting with the Microsoft Evangelists and consultants to discuss the app, the ideas, the application flow, architecture, technical questions and more. It’s an open discussion and allows you to be ready for the next step: passing an App Excellence Lab with a Microsoft engineer, the last step before getting access to the Windows Store as a developer.


        Are you actively working on a Windows 8 Metro app? Have an idea but are not sure what the next step is? Join us at an App Clinic and we’ll help you move to the next stage.


        App Clinic dates (currently all dates are on Tuesdays): 24th April 2012, 8th May 2012, 31th May 2012, 5th June 2012 and 19th June 2012.


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        Register for Web Camp Special Edition on May 3 – All New Content



        Join us on May 3rd for a special edition of Microsoft Web Camp to learn the latest on web development on the Microsoft Platform.  Place to be is the exquisite Event Lounge in Brussels.

        After the first Belgian Web Camp with Scott Hanselman keynoting in January 2011, as well as some local hands-on Web Camps the past few months by Kris van der Mast we now welcome another full day event with all new content.

        This European edition has speakers flying in from the Microsoft main offices: Brady Gaster (of Channel9 Web Camps TV fame) and Matthew Osborn currently working on NuGet. Expect a lot of code and great fun!

        Learn how to develop beautiful, interactive and scalable web sites using Microsoft’s web tools and platform including IE, ASP.NET, MVC, WebMatrix, Windows Azure and Visual Studio. Learn from experts and get the resources for publishing to the web.

        Quick preview of your camp content:

        • The Microsoft Web Stack
        • WebMatrix 2.0 – The Comprehensive Web IDE You Thought You’d Never Need
        • Creating Rich HTML 5 Experiences
        • Integrating Your Site with IE
        • Building Sites Using ASP.NET 4.5
        • Deploying Web Apps to the Cloud

        Check out the full program  & register as places are limited.


        We hope to see you on our campground !

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        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 8 Platform, with some very cool demos along the way.

        After the keynote and a session on HTML5, Lieven Iliano took over with sessions on Windows Runtime for .NET Developers and Process Lifetime, Local Data and Roaming in Metro Style Apps.

        Our third speaker was Gill Cleeren covering Windows 8 Metro Style UI: controls, data views and Windows 8 Search and Share Contracts.

        To close off, I had the pleasure to talk about Tiles & Push Notifications in Metro apps. As I showed the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 which simplifies the development of your back-end, you can now watch the new video on Cloud Cover Show Episode 73 - Nick Harris on Push Notifications for Windows and give it a try.

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        For your convenience we have uploaded the slides from the different presentations:


        Coding into the night

        You’d think most of the attendees want to head home after a full day of sessions. Not the case here. After sessions it’s time to get hands dirty and start coding your first apps. That’s just what about 100 of the attendees thought and they moved from attendees into coders after the beat of 6 o’clock.
        First hackathon is a fact, or should we say app-a-thon: De Nacht van Windows 8/La Nuit de Windows 8 (for non-Dutch of French-speaking: The Night of Windows 8). Believe us, in Dutch and French it even rhymes.

        What better way to apply the learning’s of the day than getting in front of the computer and start coding on your idea. We had several teams, some of two people, one up to 10 members big. Of course using Team Foundation Server or GitHub to work in group! There were apps in C# and XAML, and apps in HTML/JavaScript. And I learned some people master Blend in an amazing way!

        From a personal standpoint, this was a fantastic atmosphere and event leading to more than 10 apps fighting for the top prizes of the night, including a Windows Phone and helicopter flights.
        We saw teams working on apps for fun, developer tools, community, comics and more. You can have a look at NuGet Explorer from the MyGet team. I was truly amazed at the amount of work some teams got done in just an evening. Congras to all participants, and a big thank you for making this such a fantastic code night!

        We are currently planning some more hackathon events, please do let us know your feedback on this!

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        562516_10150742304725050_129685125049_11837386_343681283_n[1] And special branded M&Ms to give us power to code :)

        MEET members

        A special call-out to our Microsoft Extended Experts Team: a group of experts we recognize in Belgium and Luxembourg for their great work in the community. A mix of MVPs, User Group leads and overly active bloggers.
        The MEET group was one of the active participants in the hackathon and they have several Windows 8 related activities planned including several sessions, Community Day and an app contest by VISUG. 

        What’s next?

        I already mentioned the Metro Map previously, a full map of activities coming in the next few months around Windows 8 Platform. The Metro Map is now web based too, make sure to take a look at the forthcoming events and register because seats are limited.

        In the meantime we also kicked-off the two Calls for Project Windows 8 Apps at the MIC Brussels and MIC Mons. At this stage the introduction session is already done but you still have a possibility to sign up for the training and full project call schedule.

        But still, what’s next? How do you go from an idea into moving it into an app? How do you get your tokens to the Windows Store? All of this goes through our App Clinics, then App Excellence labs and in the last stage accessing Store tokens.

        App Clinics
        Twice a month you can meet with Microsoft Evangelists and experts to discuss your app, Metro UI, get access to devices for testing your app and more. Dates and sign-up info will be announced very soon.


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