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  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Emulators or Simulator to test your apps or games

    So if your looking for the Windows Phone Emulator to test your apps or games please follow the links below.   Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone 8.1 development tools The Windows Phone 8.1 development tools are installed with Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows with Update 2 or later and Visual...
  • Blog Post: Why is App or Game Feedback so Important?

    We all use apps or games on daily basis.. we usually just download these  from a apps store on the device we own, but how many of you actually share your experience or feedback with developers or with other consumers. Here some quick reason why feedback and ratings are so important in today app...
  • Blog Post: Register today for a Mobile App Acceleration Camps (MAACs) one-day events To maximise you chances of 20k- 50K euros funding

    The Mobile App Acceleration Camps (MAACs) are a series of one-day events designed to help you prepare your application for the AppCampus program and launch a successful mobile app or mobile game. This offers you an unmissable opportunity to pitch your ideas to people who understand the market, chat to...
  • Blog Post: Watch the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit ON DEMAND

    This year Microsoft;s Faculty Summit, was streamed LIVE to people all over the world. For those of you who weren't available to watch the live stream during July  you can now watch all of it on your computer. During the summit viewers watched and participated in the keynote Q&A with Bill Gates...
  • Blog Post: Nokia Lumia 1020 & New Nokia Imaging SDK

    Hopefully your excited by the Nokia announcement of the Lumia 1020 with its 41-megapixel camera.  The Nokia 1020 Launch included a  great presentation featuring a really fantastic demos see http://conversations.nokia.com/2013/07/11/nokia-lumia-1020-the-smartphone-camera-revolution-begins/ The...
  • Blog Post: //Build 2013 Windows Phone Resources

    There was a vast amount of content presented at //Build 2013 for Windows Phone. All of this is now available online for you to view at your leisure on demand via MSDN Channel 9. The following are some of the available resources to help you master development for Windows Phone    Foundational...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 //Build Announcement and resources

    In today’s Build keynotes , you had the opportunity to hear from Steve Ballmer, Julie Larson-Green and Antoine Leblond about the latest Microsoft’s devices and services. They clearly discussed the vision and provided and end-to-end view of the developer opportunity on Windows 8.1.  If you have not...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Games with Construct 2

    Guest post by Henry Hoffman from Mudvark. Who are Mudvark Mudvark are an independent games studio based in Central London. Specialising in crafting award-winning games for a variety of platforms, they have self-published titles which include Mortar Mellon for Windows8 and Windows Phone 8 . Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: //Build Conference San Francisco 26th June 2013

    This week at San Francisco’s Moscone Center we will host developers and press from around the world for three days of immersive content, hackathons and demos during our annual Build Developer Conference . It all begins at 9:00 am PDT on June 26th. Microsoft’s senior executives and top technical leaders...
  • Blog Post: Advertising is a key monetization option for app developers

    This week we launched a new format designed to create interactive and panoramic adverts within applications the following verge article is nice summary. As part of the opportunity of developing advertising as a monetization option I wanted to share some guidance on including advertising in general. 1...
  • Blog Post: Developing a Windows Store Business App using C#, XAML, and Prism

    About patterns & practices The Microsoft patterns & practices team is responsible for delivering applied engineering guidance that helps  Software architects, developers, and their teams take full advantage of Microsoft’s platform technologies in their  application development project...
  • Blog Post: //Build/2013 Conference See what's next • Learn from our engineers • Network with your peers

    The right content for your role There are hundreds of thousands of topics in the Dev Center, http://dev.windows.com and http://dev.windowsphone.com . We know in any organisation discoverability and sharing of content is critical to success. So why not get to grips with this detail in person at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Cinder C++ now supports Windows 8 Store Apps/Games

    Cinder is a cross platform framework for C++ design engineering. In order to run and Apple, Android and Windows devices prior to Windows 8, the rendering libraries leveraged OpenGL as the open source, cross platform solution. Even though DirectX has been Microsoft's preferred rendering solution for advanced...
  • Blog Post: New look for Windows Developer Center and Design.windows.com

    So What is NEW at Design.windows.com ? A new UX Checkilist Checklist is a welcome addition to design.windows.com. It can empower designers when self-evaluating their app so they can better understand what is required and prioritize when they make need to make tough choices. Guidance links are...
  • Blog Post: Rapid2D v1.3 C++ DirectX Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Game Dev has never been better!

    Rapid2D v1.3 introduces Rapid2D Pro which allows you to deploy to Windows Phone ! Now you can release your game onto desktop, tablets and mobiles with a single click! Y ou now have greater control over your game’s objects ; adjust the finer details of how they behave, right in the editor...
  • Blog Post: Top Tips for Windows 8 App & Game Designers

    Next week, I have been asked to present to a group of developers who are new to Windows 8. The group have been developing their first Windows 8 store apps and wanted me to cover the following topics. 1) Design guidelines and how make your app look beautiful 2) How to successful submit and publish your...
  • Blog Post: Where can I get some tips and guidance design resources?

    I wanted to put this quick blog together to answer the most common questions I get from students/developers wishing to build apps.   1. How can I get a Store Account for Windows? All Students get FREE Windows 8 Store accounts via DreamSpark follow this presentation on the steps to how to validate...
  • Blog Post: UX/UI Design the benefits of building prototype, even if you have only initial sketches of your prototype.

    This week I had a really interesting discussion/debate with a University lecturer on teaching user interface design and it took me back just to how things have changed since the mid-nineties. When I was a student a lot of CS courses which looked at interface design had materials which referenced the...
  • Blog Post: Student to Start-up Building Beautiful Apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone

    Location of event: Kingston University Penrhyn Road John Galsworthy Building Penrhyn Road Kingston upon Thames Surrey KT1 2EE Date   Friday 17 th May - Saturday 18 th 4.30 pm With Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Store’s you have a choice of control schemes, a variety of devices tablets, notebooks...
  • Blog Post: Help uncover the next great app by voting in the Windows Phone Next App Star contest.

    Windows Phone Next App Star is a 21-day tournament style challenge between March 19 th and April 8 th Windows Phone Next App Star is a contest designed to get developers more visibility with more customers by allowing them to compete for the chance to have their app featured in a Windows Phone prime...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft want to show you how Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are the perfect platform for you to build your next app!

    Through this one day event we will have keynote speakers from Microsoft and Nokia. Hear first-hand from developers who have built apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Thursday, 18 April 2013 from 08:30 to 17:00 (BST) Portsmouth, United Kingdom There is a chance to build your own app during our Hackathon...
  • Blog Post: What is your chosen UI/UX Design tool for concept meetings?

    I was having a discussion at weekend and got into the discussion of client meeting and UI/UX workshops and got into discussing the great blogs by the Cooper teams. I am sure as part of your academic reading lists Alan Cooper, “ The Inmates are Running the Asylum ” and “ About Face ” will be cited.. Here...
  • Blog Post: Windows Design Inspiration and Things We’ve Learnt About… from MS Research

    I would like to make you aware of new enhancements to “Design Inspiration” these include case studies and content updates on http://design.windows.com Design principles – This a new document in the design guidance section that focuses on the Microsoft design principles. New design inspiration and case...
  • Blog Post: Building an app for the Windows Store, iPhone, iPad, or Android and want an easy backend connection for storage, identity and push notifications, Windows Azure Mobile Services

    Furthering Windows Azure commitment to open source development, today, Microsoft announced  the release of our official Android SDK for Windows Azure Mobile Services.  Android developers now have easy access to structured data storage, authentication, push notifications using Google Cloud Messaging...
  • Blog Post: Design Students – What a challenge!

    Yippee Entertainment are launching a unique competition. Yippee are offering one person in the UK and one in the US a chance to design a member of Chuck’s Chimpact family and have their design turned into a character in the Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8 versions of the game. Chimpact is available on...
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