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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...
7 May 2013
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...
28 Apr 2013
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...
11 Feb 2013
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...
30 Jan 2013
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...
8 Jan 2013
[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...
30 Dec 2012
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...
21 Dec 2012
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...
12 Dec 2012
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...
5 Dec 2012
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...
20 Nov 2012
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...
12 Nov 2012
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...
29 Sep 2012
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....
12 Sep 2012
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
29 Jul 2012
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!
23 Jul 2012
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...
18 May 2012
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...
14 May 2012
MSDN Provides More than 3,500 Code Samples for Developers!
The Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is a free, centralized code sample library driven by developers' needs . The goal is to provide typical code samples for all Microsoft development technologies, and reduce developers' efforts in solving typical programming tasks. The team listens to developers’...
3 May 2012
The Windows Phone 7 Student Hackathon... Are you up for the challenge?
Microsoft Gulf presents the Windows Phone 7 Student Hackathon ... The Windows Phone 7 is set to make an impact in the Gulf pretty soon, and this is your chance to make a mark as a developer for the Gulf. To encourage all the young and talented aspiring developers, Microsoft is proud to host...
29 Apr 2012
Windows 8 App Camp Now Online - Watch today to learn how to build apps!
The very successful Gulf Windows 8 App Camp is now available to you on our YouTube MS Gulf Community Channel ! By watching this recording you'll have the opportunity to learn how to build amazing Windows 8 apps. Watch it again and again while you build your own app! The speaker leading this session...
29 Apr 2012
Join us online for the Windows 8 App Camp!
Gulf Windows 8 App Camp welcomes you to join us online where you will learn how to build amazing Windows 8 apps! We will be streaming Day 1 of this event so you can join us no matter where you are located! Here we will also be announcing a new competition...see how you can WIN A SAMSUNG WINDOWS 8...
17 Apr 2012
You're Invited - Learn how to build Win8 apps in Dubai!
Gulf Windows 8 App Camp welcomes you to a 2-day workshop where you will learn how to build amazing Windows 8 apps! Here we will also be announcing a new competition...see how you can WIN A SAMSUNG WINDOWS 8 TABLET! We have an amazing speaker leading the session who comes to us from our Corportate...
7 Apr 2012
What's New in Visual Studio 11...
I know all of you developers, testers, architects, project managers, and stakeholders are all asking the same thing...what's new about VS11 anyway? The Technology Cafe has written an excellent article that explains just that. Here are just some of the highlights of this article: Platform Development...
18 Mar 2012
Save today on VS 2010 + MSDN...get ready for VS 11!
Help seize the future of Visual Studio ® with MSDN ® , save up to 35%, and get ready for the next version of Visual Studio! Whether your team is already sharing ideas in a bullpen, considering the newest software development methodologies, or just thinking about Agile, you should upgrade now...
11 Mar 2012
Visual Studio 11 Beta Released!
Finally the moment developers have been waiting for....VS 11 Beta release! Developers around the world are excited to have the opportunity to get their hands on this amazing new software so they can start building Windows 8 Metro-style apps! VS 11 supports five languages right out of the box: C#,...
1 Mar 2012
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