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  • Blog Post: Develop Apps and Fly

    Ready, Set, Go! ✓ Are you passionate about developing apps? ✓ Are you looking to be a famous developer? ✓ Are you super-excited to attend TechEd in Europe? If you answered yes to all of the above then the Develop and Fly Challenge is your chance to win a trip to TechEd in Europe. Click here...
  • Blog Post: New Courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy

    New Windows 8.1, Windows Azure and Visual Studio 2013 courses are now being offered on Microsoft Virtual Academy. For those who are not familiar with Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA), it offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses...
  • 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: Summer events for Developers and IT Pros!

    Summer is going to be a very busy month for developers and IT Pros that want to practice with the new tools and  technologies that Microsoft is releasing, so don’t miss any of the events that are happening.     After the huge success of TechEd North America 2013 some weeks ago now TechEd...
  • 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: Top Windows 8 tips and tricks

    Customize your tile Make the most of your Windows Start screen tiles by adjusting the sizes, where they are located, and what is listed. Move any tile by clicking and dragging the tile. While moving a tile, if you need a larger view of the Start screen move the tile towards the top or bottom...
  • Blog Post: Hand gestures to control Windows mouse cursor – Kinect for Windows

    Did you know that Kinect for Windows for lets you control the Windows mouse cursor with your hands? It lets you interact naturally with your computer. How the application works? Cursor Moving Just move your hand for controlling the cursor. The recognition of your hand is a bit insensitive...
  • Blog Post: Reverse Geocoding in Windows 8

    Wouldn’t it be cool if you could click on a point on the map and get the complete address of that point? Here are the easy steps for including this feature in your Windows 8 App. 1. Add Service Reference: Right click on Reference folder in your project – select Add Service Reference...
  • Blog Post: Facebook makes it easier to integrate with Windows 8 and WP8 apps!

    While we still wait for Facebook to release an official app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 , the social networking service is now making it easier for third-party app developers of those platforms to put in Facebook features in their apps. In a post on the Windows Phone developer blog...
  • Blog Post: OneNote Windows 8 app updated with finger drawing support!

    It's only been a few weeks since Microsoft has released an update for the free OneNote app for Windows 8 . The company released yet another update that adds a feature that will please many users who access OneNote on touchscreen devices like the Surface. As described on the official Office...
  • Blog Post: Skype for Windows 8 gets updated with video messaging preview!

    Earlier this week, the Windows desktop version of Skype got an update that added the long awaited video messaging feature. Today, the company released a new update for the Modern Windows 8 Skype app that includes a "preview" version of those video messaging additions. The update, with the version...
  • Blog Post: Gaming 4 developers day – Microsoft Dubai 18th May

    Are you a developer and a hardcore gamer? or just a casual gamer that love indie games? Then you are invited to gaming day at Microsoft. The event will bring together developers from all designations to build gaming applications on Windows 8, Windows Phone and Kinect for Windows.   Here is the agenda...
  • 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: Welcome to Khaleej Apps

    We are pleased to announce the availability of Khaleej Apps , an exciting one stop website where you can find all of the Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications in the Gulf as well as top International apps, top games, social and news apps to showcase to your customers, partners, family and friends...
  • Blog Post: Using Applications bars and Flyouts in Windows 8

    There are many analogies between Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications, and the Application Bars are for sure one of these. Windows Phone introduced the application bar in his first release and, no matter if it's rough and limited, it's an important surface that adds space to the the main phone canvas...
  • Blog Post: Learn the Secrets of the Windows Build Number

    Most of you may not even know what a 'Windows Build Number' is, and for the others who did, I'm sure you never gave it much attention. But it does hold an interesting secret since Windows Vista! You can see the build number by opening up a command prompt, which will display the build number right at...
  • Blog Post: Build Apps for Both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Jump Start (Video Course)

    Great opportunity for all developers! Learn how to develop on two environments in one course! Join Senior Technical Evangelist Ben Riga as he dives into the major similarities and differences between these two platforms while providing invaluable guidance, best practices, and patterns as well as demonstrating...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store apps for Absolute Beginners with JavaScript (Video 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 31 lessons, our friend Bob Tabor from www.LearnVisualStudio.net will teach you the fundamentals of Windows Store app development with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript by walking...
  • Blog Post: Portable Class library, MVVM and other pretty things

    When developers want to create a navigation architecture on Windows Phone Apps they need to take care about how they want to link the pages with the Business Logic and the Data. One of the most extended programming methodologies on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 is MVVM (Model – View - ViewModel) where...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 for IT Pros Jump Start (Free Course)

    Beyond the new UI, are there any real improvements for IT? How will Windows 8 make IT and the rest of the organization better? Why is the industry reacting differently to this version of Windows? If these are the types of questions you’re asking, this Microsoft Jump Start is for you. COURSE...
  • Blog Post: Making $30,000 a month on Windows 8 apps

      Developers have been asking me about the revenue you can get from your Windows 8 sales, because now that the product is new, you have a very good opportunity to be on the top apps for many categories, we only have by now not more than 42,400 apps in the store. First I would like to share with...
  • 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: Set Up Windows 8 to the Beat of a Different Drum!

    Microsoft's latest version of its operating system, Windows 8, has more personalization options than any predecessor. Backgrounds, themes, colors, start screen, apps, picture passwords and more can all be customized. Here's how to get the best personalization features out of Windows 8. Step...
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