Kevin Ashley's Blog at Microsoft

Kevin Ashley's Blog at Microsoft

June, 2012

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About Kevin Ashley

Kevin Ashley is a Microsoft Architect Evangelist and a Windows Phone champ.
He has a strong industry and business experience. In his role, Kevin works with
partners, advising on software design, business and technology strategy and project
management. Prior to Microsoft, he was a founder of CloudOLAP an early-stage
cloud and business intelligence software startup. In his role as a senior
software developer and architect, Kevin developed grid, data warehousing and real-time
trading solutions for Fortune 500 companies and hedge funds worldwide: US, UK,
Europe and Asia. Kevin has degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and MBA
from the University of Connecticut.    

  • Kevin Ashley's Blog at Microsoft

    Windows 8 Card Games


    Making popular games for Windows

    This post is about card games and casual Metro gaming experience, based on Card Games Chest for Windows 8. For those of you who played the Windows Phone version of my games, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover them in Windows 8 Release Preview. Thanks to Microsoft, I did lots of changes to take advantage of minimalistic and elegant Metro design language.


    Thinking about how many people will be playing these games, with half a billion or so registered Windows PCs in the world puts a very special responsibility on the quality of my games. I focused on the quality from the start, and I can proudly share some initial stats: even with Windows 8 being less than a week is in release preview, I’m getting thousands of downloads every day. Of these thousands downloads, I had extremely positive reviews that put my games on par with Cut’the’Rope blockbuster (if you sort by highest ranking, it’s now around #8).

    Best things in life are FREE, so Card Games Chest is FREE for your entertainment.

    Card Games Chest for Windows 8

    Card Games Chest for Windows Phone

    My goal is to help startups and developers building great popular products for Windows Phone and Windows 8, I hope to hear your success stories!


    Playing Cards on Windows 8


    When you start the Game Chest for Windows 8, notice how it opens with a beautiful graphics and smooth transition? I worked hard on this animation, making everything, including coffee stains on the cards Smile No worries, stains are decaf (and even built with vector graphics), but I hope you like the quality and notice that every little detail is taken care of. And yes, the design is made in sunny California. 



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