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  • Blog Post: Game On! March 13: Learn to build a Unity game in 12 hours

    Traditionally writing 3D or 2D games was not for the faint of heart. It took in-depth knowledge in math, physics, computer graphics, etc. to even build the simplest of games that had some level of realism to them. Long story short: game development was hard. What if you could develop a game, that you...
  • 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: 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: GOT AN APP IDEA? GET FUNDING and SUPPORT NOW !

      Do you have a first-to-market idea with a fresh approach on design elegance, and superior quality and performance? Are you a developers and/or entrepreneur with the ambition to launch the next big thing in mobile? The Aalto University (Finland), Nokia and Microsoft have started a joint venture...
  • Blog Post: Starting today you need Windows Phone 7.5 to use Marketplace

    Today’s the day. This afternoon we started requiring Windows Phone 7.5 on phones to download, buy, update, or review apps in Marketplace. These changes will make Windows Phone OS 7.5 the minimum OS required to install new or update existing apps from Marketplace via the phone or Web. If you are wondering...
  • Blog Post: Bring your idea to life- turn it into an app

    Windows Phone 7.5 brings dozens of new platform features to Windows Phone. When you have previously built an application for Windows Phone, you might ask yourself, " How do I take advantage of all these cool new features in my existing Windows Phone application ?" Check out the full post from...
  • Blog Post: Win a Nokia Lumia 800 by filling out our developer survey

    Your feedback is valuable to us and that is why we kindly invite you to take our short European developer survey. We promise it won't take more than 5 minutes. Grab your chance now to win a Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone ! Thank you very much for your time & good luck.
  • Blog Post: PhoneGap now fully supports Windows Phone

    Back in September, Microsoft joined Nitobi to announce a Beta of PhoneGap support for Windows Phone Mango , and at the same time committed to continue working with the PhoneGap Open Source project community to help bring full support. PhoneGap by Nitobi is an open source mobile framework that enables...
  • Blog Post: Azure Spotlight: Agilys myShopi combines mobile and cloud

    Agilys is a Belgian startup company, based in Braine-l’Alleud, involved in mobile development, building mobile applications and Internet sites.  They are a member of the Microsoft BizSpark program, giving them have access to Microsoft software, support and a worldwide ecosystem of peers and partners...
  • Blog Post: Control Your Xbox with your Windows Phone Using the Xbox Companion App

    We have fantastic news for you. The Xbox Companion application for Windows Phone 7 is available for download today. Basically, it will connect your Windows Phone to your TV. Don’t forget checking out the killer video that shows all of the new things that will be possible with an Xbox 360 , Xbox LIVE...
  • Blog Post: Web & Phone UX Tour Belgium: recordings and resources now available

    In November we held the Web & Phone UX event in Ter Elst (Edegem), bringing a full day of sessions focusing on Web & Phone (WP7) Design and Development. Sessions included HTML5, Metro Design from thinking to building and refining, JavaScript patterns, Windows Phone Mango development and Responsive...
  • Blog Post: StudentAppVenture, the Windows Phone 7 Developer Contest for Students : develop, submit and win !

      Are you a student ? Would you like to get a free Windows Phone ? Microsoft announces a new contest for students called StudentAppVenture. The concept is very simple. Develop three Windows Phone applications, submit them to the marketplace and win a Windows Phone. The first 20 students to publish...
  • Blog Post: Register now for the ISV Café event and get your free copy of Forza Motorsport 4

    Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the very first edition of ISV Café , where networking meets Microsoft technology in a thrilling Forza Motorsport atmosphere. The event will take place at the beautiful ‘ Espace Del Goutte’ , located in Ophain near Brussels. In the presence of Joe Wilson , Sr....
  • Blog Post: Register for Web & Phone UX Tour Belgium November 3rd: inspiring day on HTML5, Phone, Web and UX

    Don’t miss our next event: Web & Phone UX Tour Belgium , taking place on November 3rd 2011 in Ter Elst (Edegem, Antwerp). What can you expect? An inspiring day event addressing User Experience and Development for the Web and Phone, with sessions delivered by top international speakers paired with...
  • Blog Post: New version of Windows Phone 7.5 is ready for you

      Yesterday the Windows Phone team announced that the next version of Windows Phone is ready to go. It’s a major release and it offers hundreds of new features for the phone, marketplace and for developers.  You can find here the official blog post from the WindowsPhone team Blog . Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming MSDN Webcasts on SharePoint 2010 and Windows Phone ‘Mango���

    Register now for the following MSDN Webcasts: 27 SEP 2011 Overview of SharePoint 2010 as a Business Intelligence platform Timing 14:00 – 15:30 | Type Live Webcast | Language English Abstract In this session, Serge Luca (SharePoint MVP, Devoteam) and Isabelle Van Campenhoudt (Data Branch Manager, ICT7...
  • Blog Post: PhoneGap mobile HTML5 framework adding support for Windows Phone Mango

    I’m very excited to join Nitobi to announce availability of a PhoneGap beta supporting Windows Phone Mango. This new option to build applications targeting Windows Phone gives more choices to developers. In particular, Web developers will be able to easily leverage their HTML5 skills to target Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7, iOS (iPhone & iPad) and Android.

    I’m pleased to announce the release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 , Windows Azure Toolkit for Android and Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS (iPhone & iPad) . The purpose of these toolkits is to make it easier for mobile device developers – across multiple device platforms – to build...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone SDK 7.1 RC is available now and provides a ‘Go Live’ license that enables you to publish applications to the Windows Phone Marketplace.

    Windows Phone SDK 7.1 RC is now live on the Download Center and the Marketplace is able to ingest WP7.5 apps. This release represents a large step for the platform, the Release Candidate (RC) build empowers the developer to not only develop their Windows Phone 7.5 apps, but it also includes a ‘ Go Live...
  • Blog Post: Dive into the summer with ISVs : Mobility Scenarios

    We kicked off the ISV Summer 3 weeks ago where we invited you to dive into Leveraging the Cloud and Unlocking your Data . Now it's time for the 3rd topic: Mobility Scenarios Take advantage of this special about mobility scenarios to dive a little deeper into one of the hot topics of the moment during...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for Windows Phone 7.1 Development with the SDK Beta 2

    The Windows Phone Developer team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Windows Phone OS 7.1 codenamed Mango for registered Windows Phone developers. Here are some details about this program: You must have an active, validated App Hub account. . Visit our membership page to become a registered...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkits for iOS, Android, and WP7

    We are extremely excited to announce the immediate availability of the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS (v1.0.0) .  This toolkit contains resources and services designed to make it easier for iOS developers to use Windows Azure.  This release pushes forward the momentum around Mobile + Cloud,...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 “Mango” Developer tools and platform

    Last week at MIX11 we announced the next update coming to Windows Phone 7. Joe Belfiore , overseeing Windows Phone Program Management talked about the current state of the phone (more than 12000 apps in the marketplace) and then switching to what’s next. The “Mango” update is coming to developers next...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011 WP7 App

    The official TechDays 2011 WP7 App developed by Realdolmen is now available on the Marketplace . The app will give you the ability to browse to the current and upcoming sessions. Once the session is started you can give live feedback. You can favorite a session and see what your upcoming favorite sessions...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Lunchbox - Developing a Windows Phone 7 Application at Microsoft leveraging Windows Azure

    Register now for the next MSDN Live Meeting (organized by Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg), hosted by myself, on April 12, 2011 : Lunchbox - Developing a Windows Phone 7 Application at Microsoft leveraging Windows Azure. Timing April 12, 2011 - 14:00 – 15:30 (Belgian time: GMT +01:00) Abstract The Lunchbox...
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