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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: What Metro style app packages are installed?

    There comes a time when you’ll want to see a list of all the Metro style app packages installed on your Windows 8 machine. Occasionally you may need to do this in order to fix a registration issue – I’ve seen this happen occasionally in Consumer Preview – manually removing the app package can resolve...
  • 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: Windows Phone–Skype Beta

    Today we also announced the availability of a beta of the much anticipated Skype app for Windows Phone. It looks absolutely awesome. I’m installing it now. Get the beta from Marketplace here      
  • 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: Mango Jump Start Training Recordings Available

    The Windows Phone “Mango” Jump Start Training with Rob Miles and Andy Wigley that took place on 23/24th August is now available to view on demand on Channel 9 . This is  a great way to learn about Windows Phone development and upcoming enhancements in the Mango release. There are a total of 14 session...
  • 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: 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 Mango Feature Videos

    [Cross posted from the MSDN UK Team Blog ] Nice idea this one – ask the people who created specific Mango features to talk about them. Each video is very short – perhaps a couple of minutes – but gives you a succinct overview of features such as: Email: Conversations Email: Linked Inbox People Hub: Groups...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone “Mango” Is Done

    Or, more correctly, it has been release to manufacturing (RTM’d) – ie the development team have signed off the final build and that build is now in the hands of handset manufacturers and mobile operators. The final build number is 7720 (those of you running the beta build are running 7661). We’re still...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone App Hub Enhancements

    [This post was cross-posted from the UK MSDN Team Blog ] If you’re a Windows Phone developer, the scheduled App Hub outage last Monday probably piqued your interest, along with a number of new features you may have noticed that started to roll out during the week. Sworn to secrecy here at MSDN UK towers...
  • 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: Windows Phone Status Bar Symbols – What on Earth?

    Having been berated on Twitter this morning for failing to be intimately familiar with the symbols on my status bar (specifically I didn’t recognise the vibrate mode symbol), I thought I’d clear things up by publishing my understanding of what they mean. Or you could follow this link if you need to know...
  • 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: From Zero to Hero - Getting your Apps on Marketplace

    Oops – somehow this one slipped through the net. Brandon talks about Marketplace, recent and future improvements and how to maximise your opportunity by building apps customers really want. View this video as a WMV Direct link to the video on the Tech.Days website.
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Live Video: Expression Blend 4 – Design, Develop, Deliver

    Brennon Williams takes a look at user-centred design, Expression Blend, inspiration, SketchFlow and rapid prototyping, and design templates for Windows Phone whilst at the same time attempting a world-record for the number of libellous statements referring to Will Coleman in a single presentation. Good...
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