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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics Summit - Largest Dynamics Event in the Middle East!

    Think of a bundle of easy-to-learn, easy-to-use business solutions designed and tailored to your business size and market, and devoted to expanding your operations through satisfied customers. Microsoft is creating a variety of devices and solutions for both businesses and individuals with the purpose...
  • Blog Post: Dubai Hackathon

    Dubai, UAE Microsoft Office,GEMS Room, Bldg #8, DIC November 22-23 9am-7pm FREE EVENT Limited seating, register today. To find out more click here Join the Dubai Hackathon week-end and develop Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 applications. This is your opportunity to get training and support...
  • Blog Post: Windows and Windows Phone developer accounts merged

    2 Platforms + 2 Stores + 2 Markets = 1 Developer account Exciting news today regarding your Windows and Windows Phone developer account benefits. As announced on the official Windows Blog , starting today, developers (and basically anyone interested) will be able to register (and renew) their account...
  • Blog Post: App Academy Dubai

    App Academy is back to Dubai!!! It's happening next weekend on Friday and Saturday 8 and 9th. Check the below information for registration and agenda: Dubai, UAE Microsoft Office GEMS Room, Bldg #8, DIC November 8-9 9am-6pm FREE EVENT Limited seating, register today...
  • Blog Post: 10 Online sessions for Windows Phone 8 Development

    Windows Phone and non windows phone developers brace yourselves for a series of 10 weekly online sessions throughout the upcoming 2 months, the sessions cover Windows Phone 8 Development from a general introduction and overview of the Windows Phone 8 differentiated features across building and designing...
  • Blog Post: Implementing LongListSelector as JumpLists in Windows Phone 8 : Creating Custom Jump Lists

    At the end of my previous blog post, we have successfully implemented an alphabetically arranged JumpList. In this post, we will see how to customize the JumpList to any other category you would like to use. To do this, we will use a new solution, where we will sort Famous Movie Characters based on their...
  • Blog Post: Implementing LongListSelector as JumpLists in Windows Phone 8 : Alphabetical List

    The LongListSelector control in Windows Phone 8 is highly versatile. I decided to delve into the various ways we can use the LongListSelector as a JumpList. After a lot of searching on MSDN and a little bit of dabbling on my own part, I preparing a short tutorial in 2 parts: Part 1: To help implement...
  • Blog Post: ZipApp – Create your own Windows 8 App without any coding!

      This post was originally posted at The Developer Movement , I wanted to share this with Gulf educators and students to demonstrate how easy it is to get started as a Windows 8 app developer.     The promise : “Quick, simple and faster than hell”, “You don’t need to be a programmer” The...
  • Blog Post: Designing UX for Shopping apps – Windows 8

      Choosing the Colors: Most of the Apps like ebay, amazon, ocado etc have very simple and clean UV design which highlights the items or the content. Usually the background of the canvas is set to WHITE or preferably light color or a very light blurred image which doe snow meddle with the content...
  • Blog Post: Make your Windows Phone App Come Alive with Live Tiles

    Live tiles are the newest and the Coolest features of both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Imagine incorporating Live Tiles within your application! These Dynamic tiles are the features which draw users to using your application. I would like to share this sample project I found on MSDN which has some...
  • Blog Post: Get the new Windows Phone 8 Application

    Now you can get Windows Phone application installed on your Windows 8 laptop/desktop/tablet to sync files between your phone and PC via USB cable. Features: Sync music, photos, movies, TV shows, and podcasts from your existing Apple iTunes library or your Windows Libraries to your Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: ANNOUNCING VISUAL STUDIO 2012 UPDATE 2 CTP 2

    We are excited to announce the availability of the CTP of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 , as it bring forwards a number of improvements for the XAML developer. The following are some of the key improvements you will find in this release: WPF, SILVERLIGHT AND SKETCHFLOW SUPPORT IN BLEND Blend for...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 – 60 Million Licenses Sold

    At the 11th Annual J.P. Morgan Tech Forum at CES 2013 today, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller announced that Windows 8 has sold 60 million licenses to date . This represents the cumulative sales of Windows 8 including both upgrades and sales to OEMs for new devices...
  • Blog Post: [Free App] A Wallpaper A Day from Bing!

    So, 2013 is just beginning and I would like to share one of my favorite Windows 8 apps with you! Bing wallpapers lets you download every day a new high resolution photos to use for your computer Desktop or smartphone's lock screen. Every day (when you are online), the lock screen will be updated with...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store apps for Absolute Beginners with C# (Free online course!)

    Ready to make money and share your great Windows 8 app ideas with the world? Not sure where to start? Start here! Over the course of 34 lessons, our friend Bob Tabor from www.LearnVisualStudio.net will teach you the fundamentals of Windows Store app development by walking you through building the Contoso...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s new SkyDrive app for Xbox Live — created by Microsoft interns

    Just how sharp are computer science and engineering students these days? Look no further than the new SkyDrive app for Xbox Live, rolled out by Microsoft today . It was created from scratch by a team of six Microsoft interns, who were able to make a feature-complete version of the app over the summer...
  • Blog Post: Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start (Online Course)

    This two-day course is specially tailored for developers looking to leverage C#/XAML to build cool apps and games for Windows Phone 8. Clearly, this platform is another leap forward in Microsoft’s overall mobile strategy and the developer community has taken notice. Now is the time to embrace your...
  • Blog Post: New Features on The Store on Windows Phone 8!

    The Windows Phone Store is now available in 50 languages, 191 countries or regions around the world, and stocks 120,000 apps and games. One of the biggest challenges for any app store of this size is not just helping people find great apps, but finding ones that are timely and matter where they live...
  • Blog Post: Skype for Windows Phone 8 preview available for download!

    Today, we are excited to announce the availability of an early, preview version of Skype for Windows Phone 8. In this Preview, you'll get all of the Skype basics in the new, modern design along with many of the new features such as integration with the People Hub and a combined contact list with buddies...
  • Blog Post: How-To Build Arabic (Right to Left) Apps on Windows 8 RTM

    If you are developing an Arabic application for Windows 8, you can do it LTR, with Arabic content while keeping the LTR UI, or you can flip the entire UI of your app to have a full RTL experience. I wanted to share a tip on how you can create the RTL experience! Default LTR Application: RTL...
  • Blog Post: Develop a complete Windows 8 App in 30 days

    A great online tool that helps you to develop a full Windows 8 App just in 30 days starting from setting an idea all the way to submitting your App in the marketplace. Get (recourses, tools, Videos, tips and more) to develop your App, all you need to do is to login with your live ID and get started....
  • Blog Post: Dubizzle on your Windows Phone 7!

    Now you can get Dubizzle on your Windows Phone 7! Dubizzle is an online classifieds and community portal offering users the opportunity to buy, sell and find things within their community! You can get the app from: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/78211b5a-ac25-48d6-92fe-f3264921aabc
  • Blog Post: Ramadan Times app on your Windows

    Now you can download the Ramadan Times app on your Windows Phone 7 to track your Suhoor and Iftar timings! Link: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/ad7adcab-0099-4e6c-a94f-71df2bdf2bbf Wishing you all a blessed Ramadan with family and friends!
  • Blog Post: Hands On: LinkedIn Windows Phone App Better Than iOS, Android Versions

    Windows Phone Marketplace checked another major app off of its wish list. LinkedIn quietly rolled out its Windows Phone app over the weekend and officially announced the release in a blog post on Monday . LinkedIn’s iOS and Android apps have been around for a long time, but now Windows Phone users...
  • Blog Post: Replace Apple's MetroWorks with Visual Studio for iOS development

    It’s no secret that there is a large surge of new development occurring on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. While plugging in to Android development with Team Explorer Everywhere is a workable option, Visual Studio developers that have invested in Microsoft’s ALM platform continue to...
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