Kevin Ashley's Blog at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Active Fitness with SensorCore adds Pedometer + GPS + Social + Action Photo + Music to all in one free app

    DOWNLOAD new version Do you need to spend extra bucks on a pedometer when you already have a phone? Now with SensorCore technology in select Windows Phones, your phone can work as the best social pedometer and count your steps, whether walking or running 24x7. With apps like Active Fitness which already...
  • Blog Post: Rollerblade® Inline Skates app for Windows Phone

    As the summer and spring season starts, and it’s time to take your skates for a run, I’m happy to announce that we just launched Rollerblade® Inline Skates app for Windows Phone at Microsoft BUILD conference in San Francisco! http://bit.ly/rollerbladeapp The app is immediately available from Nokia Collection...
  • Blog Post: Best ski apps 2012-2013 for Windows Phone–WINTER SKI & RIDE

    Last year I did a review of ski and snowboard apps for Windows Phone, but this season we have a star app, it’s better than anything iPhone or Android have by an order of magnitude, which makes Windows Phone a leader in snow sports industry. Don’t believe me? This app is endorsed by professional ski and...
  • Blog Post: Data, Files and Networking in Windows 8 apps: examples from my book

    If you are looking for code examples for Professional Windows 8 Programming: Application Development with C# and XAML book, specifically for the section on handling data, files and networking, you can get them directly from Wiley: Chapter 6 code for Pro Windows 8 Programming 11.23 MB Click to Download...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Shockingly good video calls from Windows Phone

    I have to admit that I experienced a discovery and an emotional shock not dissimilar from those experienced by people who saw Morse or Marconi devices for the first time, and this is what my post is about. This weekend Skype for Windows Phone has been released to all Windows Phone users, and I happened...
  • Blog Post: I just ranked #10 in Card+Board Category in the Windows Phone Marketplace!

    Get the games here In November 2011, i.e. less than four months ago I humbly released a card game app to the Windows Phone marketplace. Mostly I built it, because I feel that as a Microsoft Windows Phone evangelist, I can help developers and partners better, if I have a hands-on experience on the subject...
  • Blog Post: Async CTP – Task based asynchronous programming for Windows Phone

    async await 6 code samples for this post Intro Asynchronous programming is super-interesting especially today, with responsiveness required by all modern devices. In the context of Windows Phone 7, Async CTP Version 3 was released last year, and it’s compatible with SDK 7.1, Silverlight 5 and Roslyn...
  • Blog Post: Top ski apps for Windows Phone season 2011-2012

    Check out WINTER SKI & RIDE! The best app not only for Windows Phone, it easily beats Android and iPhone apps! UPDATE: 2012-2013 Ski Apps Review – WINTER SKI & RIDE is the best app for Windows Phone skiing Microsoft Windows Phone blog about WINTER WPCentral about WINTER   Update: Do you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone “30 to Launch” campaign kicks off today!

    Our campaign is launched! I’d like to share this info with all mobile developers: this is a great chance for you to build a Windows Phone app, even if you are new to our platform. Welcome, iOS and Android developers! This is a great chance to earn your glory in the most rapidly growing platform in the...
  • Blog Post: 30 to Launch Event Starting Soon! Register Now!

    For all current and future Windows Phone, iOS and Android or any mobile developers: Microsoft is launching “30 to Launch” campaign is just a few days (6 at the time of writing). You still have time to register and claim your glory! Your path to a Windows Phone app in 30 days The Challenge Is On: January...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year 2012: My Favorite Windows Phone tiles of the 2011

    Happy New Year! The 2011 was a fantastic year for me, full of energy, new friends, interesting and challenging tasks and I wish everyone a Happy New Year! Looking back at 2011, Windows Phone reached 50,000 apps in the Marketplace and gained a lot of respect and following from users and developers. Happy...
  • Blog Post: 5 Windows Phone games great for holiday travel

    In my previous post we discussed using Expression Blend to create a flipping card animation. Since the Holiday season just started, I’d like to share these games I built, that use this technique. Happy Holidays, have a great holiday season, and for those skiers: Let It Snow! Enjoy the games! DUO is my...
  • Blog Post: Flipping Card animation for Windows Phone 7 using Expression Blend

    Download Source In this post I’ll show you how to create a card flipping animation for Windows Phone 7, using Expression Blend. The source code is available for download in the attachment. First, I create a Windows Phone 7 project from scratch, using Expression Blend, you can also create a project in...
  • Blog Post: Register for Windows Phone Camps!

    If you are a developer, or just curious about Windows Phone platform, we have a series of Phone Camps in Costa Mesa, Phoenix, Denver, Santa Monica, San Diego, San Francisco, Redmond and Portland. I’ll be speaking at Costa Mesa, Denver, San Francisco and San Diego (my session will be about Live Tiles...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7.5 Cheat Sheet: Beyond Mango SDK – Toolkits and Controls

    This cheat sheet lists more advanced tools, toolkits and controls beyond the standard Mango SDK 7.1, such as NuGet, Silverlight Toolkit, MVVM Light, Catel, Phone7.Fx, Coding4Fun and others. I just needed one place to stick them all to, and I think this format is great for it. Other Windows Phone Cheat...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Cheat Sheet - Live Tiles

    One of the most important (and unique!) features of Windows Phone 7.5 is live tiles. Live tiles make Windows Phone truly recognizable, even if you see it from 10 meters away in a store. I created this cheat sheet to help you quickly add live tile features to your app. Enjoy! Other Windows Phone Mango...
  • Blog Post: Connect Windows Phone 7 Apps to Wordpress using XMLRPC

    Download Code Samples This post was originally published on my main blog: http://kevinashley.com This is Part 1 of my Windows Phone connectivity series. Check out Part 2 on how to connect to Wordpress using JSON. Many of us use Wordpress: it's an excellent platform for bloggers. Every time I start a...
  • Blog Post: Connect Windows Phone 7 Apps to WordPress using JSON

    This post was originally published on my main blog: http://kevinashley.com Download Code Samples This is the Part 2 of connectivity posts for Windows Phone. In Part 1 we discussed how to connect a Windows Phone app to Wordpress using the blog’s built-in XMLRPC mechanism. This time we’ll use another popular...
  • Blog Post: MVVM is your friend to get sensor data in Windows Phone 7

    See my original post at http://kevinashley.com There’s little doubt that MVVM pattern makes your life as a developer a lot easier. There’re several MVVM frameworks for Windows Phone that make it happen: MVVM Light  http://mvvmlight.codeplex.com Caliburn http://caliburnmicro.codeplex.com Catel http...
  • Blog Post: A vector set “I Love Windows Phone” and Metro in SVG

    I feel like giving out something to the community today. And there’s one thing I’ve been missing: a set of vector graphics for Metro UI, and in particular, “I love Windows Phone” piece. Several people asked me about it, so I created one in SVG, using my favorite vector tool: Inkscape . License: This...
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