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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Camp in a Box

    If you’ve recently attended one of our Windows 8 Events or Windows 8 Camps (London, Edinburgh, Manchester, London again, Birmingham etc etc) then you may have asked us about how you can get hold of the materials. You’ll be pleased to hear that the official materials including Hands on Labs, presentations...
  • Blog Post: Act quickly to get your Windows Phone app showcased

    The Appvertise campaign from Windows Phone and Nokia is a great opportunity to have your Windows Phone app showcased in current campaigns including banner ads, Marketplace, PR and press outreach. Each month a limited number of apps will be selected for promotion. The deadline for the June campaign is...
  • Blog Post: New Phones, New Markets

    Hot off the press from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the news that Windows Phone will be rolling out across another 23 markets and the engineering team have done the work to optimise Windows Phone OS to run on lower-cost hardware. This means devices based on the SoC (System on a Chip) architecture...
  • Blog Post: More Windows Phone Events (UK)

    We have another couple of free Windows Phone events coming up – one in London and one in Bristol. London is on Saturday 4th Feb (I’ll be there) Bristol is on Saturday 11th Feb (my fellow evangelist Andrew Spooner will be there) For full details see the UK MSDN blog (don’t ask me about that URL – that...
  • Blog Post: Star Chart–A Definitive AR App for Windows Phone

    I asked San Shepherd, co-founder of Escapist Games Ltd , a few questions about Star Chart, a high tech star gazing companion that allows you to see what’s out there in all its augmented reality glory. Q. Tell me a bit about your background and Escapist Games. "Our vision was to make the heavens...
  • Blog Post: The AdControl Requires Certain Capabilities

    In my post last week I talked about the Advertising SDK and using the AdControl in our applications as a means of generating revenue. I should have mentioned something that could catch you out – the AdControl requires certain capabilities to be defined in your app manifest. Specifically: For Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: You know the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone works in the UK right?

    If only I had a pound for every time I’ve been asked when Microsoft’s in-app advertising would be available in the UK. The Microsoft Advertising SDK was only available in the US for the initial Windows Phone launch. With the release of Mango however, 11 additional countries were added including the UK...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone eBook 1st Edition Published

    “It was with a sense of trepidation that I blogged a request for people who might like to help create a Windows Phone eBook back in February 2011. Despite my initial scepticism, there was an overwhelming response; both from people interested in the idea and those keen to volunteer their time and knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Plug for our Windows Phone Online Conference

    Just a quick plug for our upcoming online conference (Wednesday 5th October) which is themed “Design from a User Perspective”. More details on the UK MSDN blog here .
  • Blog Post: Free GUI Isolated Storage Explorer Tool

    Those fabulous (and generous) guys over at Appa Mundi have created a free GUI version of the isolated storage explorer tool that ships with the Windows SDK 7.1 RC . If you’re a command-line person you’ll feel right at home with the tool that ships in the SDK. If you prefer a more “graphical” experience...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone “Mango” Jump Start Training 23rd/24th August

    Building on the success of the original Windows Phone 7 Jump Start training , the dynamic duo* will be in action again to deliver free Mango Jump Start training live on 23rd and 24th August – 2 full days of it! Day One — August 23, 2011 | 8am-4pm PDT | Live online training ( 4pm – midnight in UK ) Building...
  • Blog Post: Orange Selects, Free Apps and Mango

    If you have a Windows Phone and you’re on Orange, you’ll hopefully have heard that they’re celebrating the launch of the “Orange Selects” Marketplace with a free app every day for the whole of July. Today for example, you could enjoy Birdsong , the excellent Twitter client from Red Badger for free. If...
  • Blog Post: All the latest Mango Goodness

    I’m sure most of you reading this will already know we released Beta 2 of the developer tools for Windows Phone Mango last week. In addition, if you’re a registered AppHub developer, you’ll be able to update a developer-unlocked Windows Phone 7 (retail) device to the matching Beta 2 build of the Mango...
  • Blog Post: TaxiRoute – A Windows Phone Application

    Some time ago, at a Windows Phone User Group meeting in Cardiff, I saw Trevor Daniel talk about his application TaxiRoute . It’s an interesting concept – and one we can all relate to – how much is a taxi going to cost me from A to B? (Or how much should this taxi I’ve just flagged down cost me to make...
  • Blog Post: Mango Developer Tools

    On the off chance you haven’t heard, we shipped the first beta of the next release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools last week . The Windows Phone Developer Tools 7.1 Beta allows you to target both the next version of Windows Phone (Mango) as well as the current version (WP7). There’s also a “Go Live...
  • Blog Post: UK Tech.Days Windows Phone Agenda – What Lies Ahead

    I posted the Day 1 agenda as there was some new information that hasn’t yet been published on the UK Tech.Days website . However for Day 2, things are looking pretty good. We may try and sneak in another Mango session if we can but I can’t confirm that yet. As of today, this is how things stand.
  • Blog Post: UK Tech.Days Windows Phone Agenda – State of the Nation

    When you’re organising an event, things change rapidly. Sometimes it’s just not possible to keep the Tech.Days website 100% in sync so I’ve pasted below a summary of the “Windows Phone – State of the Nation” day (Tuesday 24th May) with all the latest info. Note the addition of VerySoftware in the afternoon...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Sessions at MIX11

    I’ve just spotted a great index of recordings of the Windows Phone sessions delivered at MIX11 on create.msdn.com . http://create.msdn.com/en-US/news/watch_MIX11_presentations
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Emulator is doing a complete OS boot…

    If this starts happening whenever you launch the Windows Phone emulator Can I suggest following the advice from Eric Fleck on this thread . Delete the emulator saved state files (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\XDE) Reinstall the January Update Open an elevated command prompt Execute msiexec /update WindowsPhoneDeveloperResources_en...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance for Spring Cleaning – Get Your App Featured

    If you’re building Windows Phone apps and you’ve not heard about “ Spring Cleaning ” then take a couple of minutes the review that link. Essentially, in May and June you have a chance to get your app featured in Marketplace but your app must be published to Marketplace by the 15th of the month. The app...
  • Blog Post: Join us for Two Days of Windows Phone at Tech.Days in May

    If you haven’t yet signed up to come along to our Tech.Days event in May, you still have a chance to attend the two days dedicated to Windows Phone – we still have some places available. Day 1, on Tuesday 24th May , is all about Windows Phone as we know it today and includes sessions on creating beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Jumpstart Building a Windows Phone App

    If you’ve been thinking about building a Windows Phone app but weren’t sure where to start, how about this for an idea? Nick Randolph of Built to Roam has created a customizable Social Viewer app template for Visual Studio. The template is the core of an application that allows you to aggregate multiple...
  • Blog Post: Are you going to MIX11?

    Sadly this year I wont be there – I didn’t even ask to go (personal reasons) – but I do feel I’m going to miss out on what’s likely to be the most exciting MIX event so far. From a phone perspective, from a web perspective, from a client perspective – there’s just so much going on. Bootcamps If get there...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Online Conference Session Recordings

    The recordings for the Windows Phone 7 Online Conference last week are now available. You can find the links below and embedded in the original agenda over here . Keynote: Developing for Windows Phone 7 in the UK (Will Coleman) General session: Tips & Tricks for Windows Phone 7 Applications and Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Capturing Screenshots on Windows Phone 7

    One of the requirements for application submission to Marketplace is a representative screenshot of your app in action. Being old-fashioned, I usually just use the built-in Snipping Tool in conjunction with the emulator (don’t forget to set it to 100% before capture). Last weekend though, at the Windows...
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