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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Pimp your Windows phone 8 emulator!

    Got bored of the default skin of Windows Phone 8 Emulator? Now you can change the look of your Windows Phone 8 emulator by using the WP8 Emulator Skin Switcher to make it look like a Nokia Lumia 920, HTC 8X or Samsung Ativ S. http://wp8emulatorskins.codeplex.com/
  • 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: 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: 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: Future proofing your Windows Phone apps

    How do you ensure that an app built for an earlier release of Windows Phone continues to work great on Windows Phone 8? Andrew Whitechapel provides some tips for future proofing your apps and readying them for the next release of Windows Phone. There are three aspects to this issue that Andrew touches...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Tip: How do I customize my lock screen?

    You can change the wallpaper by selecting a picture that you like. If it doesn't quite fit, you can choose how to crop it. The lock screen will show the new wallpaper and information that might be important to you, like the time and date, or missed phone calls and new voice mail messages, text messages...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Tip: Add or create ringtones

    You can use your own ringtones so you can match your jingle to your mood, or match just the right tune to your contacts. Just make sure the audio file is: In MP3 or WMA format. Less than 40 seconds. Less than 1 MB. Not protected with digital rights management (DRM...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure: The perfect companion to your Windows 8 or Windows Phone App!

    Windows Azure is Microsoft’s open and flexible cloud platform that lets you deploy and manage your apps across a network of reliable global datacenters. What’s more, Azure lets you build an application using any operating system, developer language or tool. Also Windows Azure introduced...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Gear Store

    If you haven't, check out the new Windows Phone Gear Store on CafePress where you can buy T-shirts, mugs, stickers, magnets, water bottles, and more with the fun “I Heart Windows Phone” logo on them! This store is a work in progress, and we’re still tweaking the product selection and...
  • Blog Post: Good news for game developers! Unity3D & Unreal game engines coming to Windows 8!

    Two of the best game engines are coming very soon to Windows 8. When you heard “the best game engines”, you probably guessed it right, “Unity3D” & “Unreal” game engines. For game developers that means two things. Game developers will be able to port their games...
  • Blog Post: Inside Windows Phone [Video Series]

    Get the insiders’ view into all things Windows Phone. Watch exclusive interviews with the designers, product managers and developers coding the Windows Phone OS and developer platform! Visit: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Inside+Windows+Phone
  • Blog Post: Yalla Migrate to Windows Dev Center

    Microsoft is expanding the availability of the Dev Center (formerly App Hub ) and you can check if your country is now available on Dev Center here . If your country is listed you can now register your own developer account with Microsoft and if you follow the migration instructions below, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Check out the *new* Windows Phone Dev Center: Cleaner, better reporting, PayPal support and more!

    Attempting to make it easier for developers to design, build and manage apps within its Windows Phone ecosystem, Microsoft has pushed live its new Windows Phone Dev Center, picking up from the now redundant App Hub developer portal and offering a whole host of new features and tools. Alongside the...
  • Blog Post: Free Programming Windows Phone 7 eBooks

    You can download Free eBooks about programming on Windows Phone from the below links. Programming Windows Phone 7 PDF EPUB MOBI Programming Windows Phone 7 (Special Excerpt 2) PDF [Please read the DISCLAIMER for this blog here .]
  • Blog Post: BUILD 2012 is confirmed: October 30 – November 2, 2012

    It’s official: BUILD 2012 is confirmed. When? Tuesday October 30 – Friday November 2. This is the week following the Windows 8 ship date (General Availability) on Friday October 26. Where? BUILD will be held on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington. It is pretty cool to attend...
  • Blog Post: Nokia Lumia 800 available on Waha Store!

    We know that you were waiting for a while to hear this and it is a pleasure for us to announce that Nokia Lumia 800 is available on Waha Store ! Visit www.wahastore.com now and get your Lumia 800 with your preffered color- Black, Cyan or Fuchsia. Waha Store is currently available in UAE and...
  • 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...
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