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  • Blog Post: Superhackathon is back on November 15: Bigger, Better, Bolder

    With the general availability of Windows 8.1 , the official launch of Surface 2 , the announcement of Windows Phone 8 Update 3 , the timing is perfect for you to show off your app development skills!  Continuing a great tradition, on November 15th we are organizing our second Superhackathon . At...
  • Blog Post: Apps made in Belgium: new in the Store #7

    It’s time for our 7th blog post in our series of new Belgian Apps and it’s been a pretty big harvest again! If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here . Personalize your device right now by installing these apps . And don’t forget to provide your feedback to the developers by rating them...
  • Blog Post: Stars of the Store

    Over the last few weeks we have posted about new Belgian apps published to the Windows Store.  In this post we want to highlight a few ‘ Stars of the Store ’, great apps that have been in the Store for a while and have been updated recently. Yelo TV by Telenet – great for live watching your favorite...
  • Blog Post: Apps made in Belgium: new in the Store #6

    This is the 6th blog post in our series to highlight new apps in the Windows and Windows Phone Store, made by developers in Belgium.  And what great activity we have seen since our previous post! If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here . Personalize your device right now by installing...
  • Blog Post: Getting more downloads for your Windows Store app

    How can you make your app more visible in the Windows Store and boost your downloads?  As we describe in the App Promotion Checklist , collecting user feedback can be accelerator for driving app downloads. In this blogpost I’m going to cover how to integrate collecting user feedback in your Windows...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Checklist to Promote Your App

    Learn how to build a high quality app, that's visible in the Store, gets downloaded and receives good ratings. Introducing: the ultimate checklist on promoting your Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps ! (Also available as PDF document: right here .) It all starts with a quality app. But how can you make...
  • Blog Post: Build 2013: Visual Studio 2013 Preview Available Now

    On Wednesday Steve Ballmer kicked off the Build 2013 developer conference in San Francisco, and there’s been quite some buzz about the announcements we have made. And you’ll agree that with the Windows 8.1 Preview, a whole bunch of really cool features have been added to the OS! But what is it that really...
  • Blog Post: How do you build a Windows Store LOB app?

    When building a line-of-business (LOB) app there are numerous things to consider.  Of course you need a great user experience, but what about validating user input, user authentication, how do you deal with application state across suspend-resume, do you roam app state across devices, and there...
  • Blog Post: Join the Windows 8 App Race: Win Visual Studio headphones and Asus tablets

    We want to give you a push in the back to develop great applications – join the Windows 8 App Race and win: How to win Your app(s) need to be published between April 1 and June 15, 2013 . Complete the contest form(s) on http://aka.ms/race . There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit but...
  • Blog Post: [MOOC] Start building apps on Windows 8

    Windows 8 is a Windows re-imagined designed for both touch and keyboard. It is a mobile cloud-powered system which makes it easy to keep people connected and across multiple devices while leveraging the power of all the new capabilities of today’s hardware, such as GPS, 3G, NFC,… It’s made easier, but...
  • Blog Post: Belgian Windows 8 Superhackathon on 27 March 2013 – join us!

    Join us in Brussels, Genk, Kortrijk or Mons on March 27 th for the 4-locations Belgian Windows 8 first Superhackathon . Code, build, eat, drink & win. Experts will be on site to help you with the last phase of building your first Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 application. We come to your cities (4...
  • Blog Post: Windows App Day November 23rd – Cook up the next great app

      The app market is here to stay. Are you ready to talk Apps? Are you ready to design Apps? Are you ready to develop Apps? Don’t miss the first Windows App Day , packed with national and international speakers to talk about App Development, User Experience and Design. The speakers?  All actively...
  • Blog Post: WOWZAPP: Worldwide Hackathon for Windows in Brussels (November 10)

    Eat. Drink. Code. Join us at HUB on November 10 th . Belgium is part of the app revolution! By registering, you’ll be joining thousands of developers worldwide as we build apps for the next generation of Windows. Microsoft app experts, MEET-members, developers and trainers will be available on-site to...
  • Blog Post: Turn up the heat this summer with your Windows 8 app

    UPDATE: location of the August 8 Summer App-a-thon has changed to Zaventem. It's summertime! Time for all of us to throw ourselves into something new, fun and rewarding. With Windows 8 around the corner, now is the time to start building apps ! Will your app be the next big thing? Grasp that first-mover...
  • Blog Post: Join us for the seaside Windows 8 Summer App-a-thon on July 12

    The word is out: on July 12 we’ll be organizing the first of our Summer App-a-thons.  And it’s going to be a special, seaside app-a-thon, at the Belgian coast in Blankenberge .  What could be more inspiring for building great Metro-style apps than the sound of waves crashing into the beach...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 RP: download and build your apps for Windows Store

    Windows 8 Release Preview has been made available last week, representing another important quality milestone in the road to Windows 8 General Availability (GA). In this post we provide you with the must-know information around what and where to download the bits, the tools and information on how you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store expanding to new markets including Belgium

    Last week the Microsoft Windows Store blog announced an expansion of the Windows Store coming soon. By the next milestone of Windows 8, the preview release of Windows Store will include new markets and new languages. Currently Windows Store includes five markets in Consumer Preview: France, Germany,...
  • Blog Post: Working on an app? Register Windows 8 App Clinics

    Combining the broad reach of Windows, best-in-class developer tools, a reimagined user experience, support for new chipsets, and a built-in Store with industry-leading business terms - Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity, ever. But now what? In Belgium we have announced a series of developer...
  • Blog Post: Register for upcoming Windows 8 Metro Style App events

    Now is the time to register for the upcoming Windows 8 Metro Style Apps events. In this post you can find a summary of the main activities, for which you can find an updated view on our Metro Map . Windows Camps at Microsoft and the Innovation Centers MIC Call for Projects Windows 8 Metro Style Apps...
  • Blog Post: MIC Brussels organizes Windows 8 project call

    Last week was memorable for Microsoft BeLux: first we launched the Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) Vlaanderen , and at the end of the week we organized our Windows 8 anchor event !  In the slipstream of these events, MIC Brussels is launching a Windows 8 project call   with the first info...
  • Blog Post: Get your company ready for Windows 8

    As Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division, stated : “We reimagined Windows. From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise”. Last September at the BUILD conference, Microsoft announced the Windows 8 Developer Preview...
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