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  • Blog Post: Ensure Your Apps are Published in All Markets

    Unless there’s a good reason not to do so, you probably want to have your app available in as many Marketplace markets as possible. In particular, now we’ve added 19 new consumer markets, taking us from 16 to 35 markets where your application can appear, you’ll probably want to make sure your app appears...
  • 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: Publishing a Mango Update to an Existing App

    Assuming you’ve published Windows Phone applications to the Marketplace, you’re probably wondering how things will work if / when you want to update those apps to Mango. There’s a good post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog that details exactly what will happen: What happens when I publish a Windows...
  • Blog Post: Finding Your App Purchase History

    I’d never given this any thought until I had to do a hard reset on my HTC Trophy just before we made available Beta 2 of the Mango OS . Of course I lost my apps. I found myself scratching my head trying to remember all the apps I had installed. Of course the big ones are easy ( Twitter , Facebook , 4th...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone App Submission and Languages

    You’ll have noticed we’ve made some improvements to App Hub recently. And if, like me, you’ve tried to submit an app to Marketplace since 18th July you may have encountered an error relating to supported languages. My first attempt at submitting a new app yielded this error: The [NeutralResourceLanguage...
  • 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: Tech.Days Live Video: Lap Around Mango

    Brandon Watson takes us on a tour of the upcoming release of Windows Phone “Mango” with a strong focus on developer features including multi-tasking, framework enhancements, XNA & Silverlight integration, access to phone capabilities, performance, database access, push notifications, Marketplace...
  • 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: 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: Failing Marketplace Submission - A Dose of my own Medicine

    I’d been helping someone out with a Windows Phone 7 application. Like many other apps, the app retrieved data from a webservice. If there was an issue retrieving data, a message would be displayed to the user which, in XAML looked like a bit like this: <Border x:Name="NoDataMessage" Grid...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date–Windows Phone 7 Tech.Days Online Conference

    When: Thursday 24th March @ 3pm GMT Where: Anywhere with an internet connection Full details: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukmsdn/archive/2011/02/24/wanna-get-creative-on-24-march.aspx Format The conference consists of a couple of joint sessions followed by two tracks – one on building apps for Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Writing about Windows Phone 7 Development

    Well it took me a little longer than planned to consolidate all of this – things would’ve been a lot quicker if my stomach wasn’t perpetually doing somersaults and my car hadn’t almost caught fire. Anyways…. I got a great response to requests for authors in my last post – thank you – if I haven’t replied...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Content on Demand Pt 3

    Here are sessions 5, 6, 7 and 8 from the DDD WP7 event in Manchester. All the sessions  are available on Channel 9 (including high-quality versions and downloads). "Games Programming on Windows Phone 7 with Silverlight and XNA" with Rob Miles "How to sell Apps through Marketplace"...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Content on Demand Pt 2

    Here are sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4 from the DDD WP7 event in Manchester. All the sessions  are available on Channel 9 (including high-quality versions and downloads). "Understanding the Windows Phone 7 Development Tools and Getting Started" with Maarten Struys "Silverlight App Development...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Content On Demand

    A long time ago I blogged about the DDD WP7 event in Manchester with speakers including Andy Wigley , Rob Miles , Andrej Radinger , Tricky Bassett and Maarten Struys . The good news is that videos of *all* the sessions are now available on Channel 9 . The first session is below and I’ll follow up with...
  • Blog Post: 4 Great WP7 Games from IronSun Studios

    Congratulations to IronSun Studios who now have 4 great Windows Phone 7 games in the Marketplace. Check out the gorgeous graphics below. IonBall A breakout style game with 35 levels and 7 boss battles, plus XP based progression ChronoX A 'Manic Miner' style game, with 30 levels and 5 unlockable levels...
  • Blog Post: How to Fail Marketplace Ingestion

    Doing my public service bit we have some early feedback from the first apps being submitted to Marketplace. The team has compiled some common failure scenarios and put together a list of 10 common issues and how to avoid them. Starting with “Read the docs”, it will save you a lot of time in the long...
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