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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: Windows Phone 8 Learning Roadmap

    I was asked by a lot of developers to compile a learning roadmap regarding Windows Phone 8 Development. I compiled lots of Windows Phone 8 Developer resources in 1 Slide that should help you get started with the platform (Learning, Porting, Designing, Building, Testing, Publishing, and Monetizing your...
  • 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: 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: 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: Windows Phone Toolkit: Context Menu getting selected item within a long list selector

    Windows Phone Toolkit: Context Menu getting selected item within a long list selector Now you can add touch-sensitive menus to your Windows Phone 8 apps by using Context menus. One of the new components in the Windows Phone Toolkit is Context Menu. Basically when the user taps and holds on any item the...
  • 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: 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: Porting Challenge. Win a WP and a Surface Pro!

    As you probably know, Phone Gap is a free and open source framework that allows you to create mobile apps using standardized web APIs for the platforms you care about. So, easily you can create apps using the web technologies you know and love: HTML , CSS , and JavaScript   Said that, a new challenge...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-step tutorial to merge text on image (customize live tiles) and save it into the media library - Windows Phone 8 - Visual Studio 2012 using C#

    Would you like to update your live tiles to a customized one? Here is the step by step tutorial on how to merge text on an image. To merge text and image into a single image, we have to convert the image to a writable bitmap, render the text over the image and position it, and then save the image. Let...
  • 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: Company Hub App for Business on Windows Phone 8

    Windows Phone has been always a great choice for consumers with its great set of features, and its level of customization, to simply make your Windows Phone unmistakably yours. But Microsoft didn’t just focus on delighting the consumers. Microsoft also focused on meeting the needs of business...
  • Blog Post: Angry Birds free until May 15th

    Fresh news! Angry Birds totally FREE for your Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 7 until May 15th. Don’t miss the opportunity to have one of the most downloaded games for smartphones.   With this new version (new ID in the Windows Phone Store as well) you will be able to access to 8 complete worlds...
  • 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: How I Convinced my Friend to buy a Windows Phone!

      A constant dilemma for a technology consumer in this time is deciding what new gadget to buy. My roommate found herself in the same situation when she declared it was time she bought a new phone. I have been a Windows Phone 7 user for the past year and a half, and I loved the phone from the first...
  • Blog Post: Download SharePoint SDK for Windows Phone 8 + Free Developer Resources

    If you are interested in developing Windows Phone 8 apps that would connect to SharePoint 2013 . I’d like to announce that Microsoft released SharePoint 2013 SDK for Windows Phone 8 . Install the tools: 1. Prerequisite: Make sure you have the Windows Phone 8 Developer tools installed on your PC. 2. Download...
  • 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: Free download to Windows Phone 8 offline documentation

    Let me share with you the latest tip I learned about Visual Studio 2012 when I was attending some training in Amsterdam last January. Now you can download all MSDN documentations OFFLINE on your machine so that you can browse/search them so easily without having to be online. It’s a very useful tool...
  • 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 Phone SDK Update for 7.8

    As Windows Phone app developers, we were waiting for this release with expectation , we had the Windows Phone 7.0 SDK, the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK and the update to 7.1.1 that allows you to work with 256-MB Devices. Later in October 2012 we had the release of the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, but we were still...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Mobile Services New Features & Content Updates

    Today, Microsoft announced updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services which allows developers to take advantage of the cloud to build and deploy modern apps for Windows 8 and iOS. Whether you are a developer building for the Windows Store, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, or iPad, Mobile Services provides an easy...
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