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    Introducing the new FolderShare!

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    Today, the Windows Live team released a new version of Foldershare along with their new website. New features added are: • A new website designed to make managing your FolderShare libraries and computers even easier. • A new FolderShare with a better...
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    Microsoft partners with social networks for contact data portability

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    Microsoft has partnered with some of the world’s top social networks on contact data portability. Starting today, we will be working with Facebook , Bebo , Hi5 , Tagged and LinkedIn to exchange functionally-similar Contacts APIs, allowing us to create...
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    Yahoo sued for spurning Microsoft

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    Two Detroit pension funds have sued Yahoo Inc. and its board of directors , saying they breached their duties to shareholders in trying to thwart a takeover by Microsoft Corp. According to the lawsuit, Yahoo's board is pursuing "value-destructive"...
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    Dictionary nominated for Best Educational App in WP App Awards

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    I am very pleased to inform that my app, Dictionary , has been nominated as one of the best apps on the Windows Phone platform in the Best Educational App category in the #WPAppAwards being hosted by WP7 App List. Please vote for the app at http://appawards...
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    How to determine screen resolution on Windows Phone 8

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    This is a very common scenario most developers stumble across - they are building an app for Windows Phone and have to target all 3 screen resolutions available with Windows Phone 8. The 3 screen resolutions for your reference are: WVGA - 480x800 or 800x480...
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    The build stopped unexpectedly because of an internal failure.

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    If you ever receive the following error while doing development in Visual Studio, don't fret, it just means your system is running low on memory. Close a few apps, or restart Visual Studio and/or your system, if need be, and then try rebuilding your app...
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    Sorting a List in C#

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    I often receive emails from developers asking for help with their development conundrums. One of the common questions I get asked, especially from someone learning C# and writing their first app, is how to sort a list of items. It's quite simple actually;...
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    Error: DEP0700: Registration of the app failed. An internal error occurred.

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    So you've started your Windows 8 app development journey. All things are going smooth until one day you hit this error when trying to run/debug your app. The error says "Error: DEP0700: Registration of the app failed. An internal error occurred with error...
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    Nokia's Developer Rewards

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    I am a Nokia Developer Ambassador, and I have been asked in countless number of emails how to get a device to test apps on, how to get an account for Windows Phone Dev Center, how to get a free phone, and the list goes on... I will try and answer all...
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    DVLUPer Phone Update

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    Here's the update you all have been waiting for! In this blog post, I will mention the criteria to qualify to get a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone from me. * If you write 1 new app for Windows Phone, you can get a brand new Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone device...
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    Windows Phone App Promotion

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    Well, it has been a while since I've run a promotion for all of you Windows Phone developers out there, so I am giving away a Nokia Lumia 520 to one lucky developer who writes and publishes a new app in the Windows Phone store by Mar-31. This low memory...
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    Announcing Windows Phone Day in Portland, OR

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    I am proud to announce the Windows Phone Day in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Learn to make amazing Windows Phone apps at the Windows Phone Day event and you may win big for launching your apps in the store. Join Nokia Developer Ambassador...
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    1 Million Downloads

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    I am happy to report that my apps have surpassed the 1 Million download mark on Windows Phone. This is the first post in a series of blog posts I will be writing about my lessons learned, mistakes made, best practices, monetization and promotion practices...
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    1 Million Downloads, Part-2, App Statistics

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    This is Part-2 in a series of blog posts I am writing to detail my experiences to get to 1 Million downloads on Windows Phone. In this post, for the first time ever, I will make public detailed info around my app statistics which will show you how my...
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    System.UnauthorizedAccessException: Access is denied

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    So you are coding up your next big app and cruising along, but suddenly you face an error like the following: {System.UnauthorizedAccessException: Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED)) at System.Runtime.CompilerServices...
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    How to make your Windows Phone app vibrate?

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    There are 2 simple ways to make your Windows Phone app vibrate the device. The first method makes use of the VibrateController class in the Microsoft.Devices namespace: VibrateController vibrateController = VibrateController.Default; vibrateController...
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    Want to win a $1000?

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    Who wants to win a $1000 just for building a Windows Phone or Windows 8 app? I hear a lot of voices saying "I do!" Well, you've come to the right place. Now you can enter to win one of 3 prizes each month $1000, $500 and $250 from Feb-1 to Jun-30, 2013...
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    Quality Gets Rewarded

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    So you've been toiling around until the wee hours of the night every day to ensure there are no bugs in your app. You've listened to your users and updated your apps accordingly. You made your app stand above your competition! Well, now it is time to...
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    "New Developer New Phone" Promotion

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    If you've been on the fence about writing apps for Windows Phone, or you've dabbled in it but need that extra help or push to make it, or if you made the app but just haven't launched it in the store, or even if you have apps in other stores and want...
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    APPortunity Win

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    So I have been promoting the APPortunity Sweepstakes by Microsoft for a while now and have had lots of developers enter the sweepstakes and today one of the developers who entered the sweepstakes via my link won the Grand Prize of a cool $1,000 in cash...
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    Make an Awesome Marketing Video for Your Windows Phone App

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    Nokia has gone to great lengths to make it easy for developers to create promotional materials for their Windows Phone apps via their Marketing in a Box offering, including marketing videos, banners, facebook page and website among others. Steps to make...
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    Want to win a Windows Phone 8 device?

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    Alright everyone, It's about time I did another awesome Nokia Lumia Windows Phone giveaway. This time I am doing a simple drawing and giving away a brand new AWESOME Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8!!! All you need to do is send the following info to...
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    Windows Phone 8 SDK publically available now.

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    The Windows Phone 8 SDK was announced a few moments ago at BUILD. It can be downloaded at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35471 If you have any questions about any features in the Windows Phone 8 SDK, do not hesitate to ask...
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    Nokia DVLUP program

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    Let me formally introduce myself first for new followers. My name is Paras Wadehra and I am a Nokia Developer Ambassador . Now you may be saying to yourself "Wait a minute, I have no idea what that means!" Hold on to your reins and I will explain it all...
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    Web Client Software Factory 2.0 released

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    The Web Client Software Factory (WCSF) provides a set of guidance for architects and developers building enterprise Web applications. The factory includes samples, reusable code and a guidance package which automates key development tasks from within...
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