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Today, there are millions of people out there are just waiting to press the download button.
So the questions you now need to ask yourself are..
So how are you going to grab their attention?
How will you convince them to download your app?
Here are some great links
We have additionally put together some low-to-no-cost tools and tips that can help you market and sell your app.
Great way of showing your windows phone games and app projects to your fellow students well with Windows Phone 8.1 you now have the option of projecting your screen either via miacast or via a USB.
Here are the steps for setting up your phone to project via the project my screen app via USB
By using the Project my Screen app on a PC you simply need to connect your Windows Phone 8.1 devices to your PC running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 with a USB cable
How to install it To make use of the Project my Screen app, you need to do the following:
There is a limited number of commands available in the application to control the demo experience. The table below summarizes the commands available to you (you can get this list in app by hitting F1):
View the help screen <F1>
Quit to windowed mode <ESC>
Toggle background image on/off B
Toggle the expanded screen mode E
Toggle full-screen mode F or <Alt>+<Enter>
Toggle the phone shell image P
Toggle visibility of ‘touch dots’ T
Display the current [desktop] frame rate R
Force orientation to landscape left Left arrow key
Force orientation to landscape right Right arrow key
Force orientation to portrait up Up arrow key
Force orientation to portrait down Down arrow key
Reset orientation to match phone <spacebar>
If you don’t get a prompt on your phone and the Project my Screen app remains blank/black, you may have old driver so you need to uninstall these via device manager.
To do this, do the following steps, keeping the Phone plugged in:
One of the most popular question I am getting at present is how to get started or improve my knowledge of Unity the easy answer is simply keep building and playing?
However here some quick guides and links to get you started no matter what level of experience you have.
This list has been a collation of resources from the community and tips and tricks so thanks to Simon Jackson and the Windows Games Ambassadors who have been helping me with www.unityportinguk.com and collating and sharing these great resources with the attendees.
Tools for Visual Programming:
TechEd Europe is Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, providing the technical education, product evaluation, and community resources to plan, architect, deploy, manage and secure a connected enterprise.
We are excited to announce that TechEd Europe will be held October 28-31 at Fira Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. We hope you will join us to increase your technical expertise through deep hands-on learning, sharing of best practices and interaction with Microsoft and a variety of industry experts.
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Cocos2D-x is a great open source C++ cross-platform gaming engine for building games for mobile devices. Microsoft Open Technologies is contributing code to the open source project for the Windows devices support.
Cocos2D-x. Cocos2D-X is originally based on OpenGL ES. Microsoft Open Technologies contributing support for Windows Devices
In order to port Cocos2D-X to Windows Devices MS Open Tech have used the Angle project, The Angle Project simply translates OpenGL ES 2 API calls to DirectX API calls.
To learn more about MS Open Tech's work with the Angle Project, check out our blog post.
To participate/contribute/just check out our work, you can visit our GitHub repo.
To learn how to port your existing iOS or Android Cocos2D-x game to Windows Store or Windows Phone, check out this white paper.
Six Top Tips for Poring your Cocos2dx Game to Windows
These tips in a white paper that details the 6 main steps required to port games to Windows on Cocos2D-x and are happy to share it broadly on our projects page.
Here is a quick overview of the six steps which are required to get your existing code to run on Windows Phone and/or Windows Store:
The Back button – Windows Phone requires handset manufacturers to implement a hardware back button for a consistent user experience. Because of this, your game should behave similar to the guidance below in order to pass certification.
Here’s a code sample of handling the back button
in Unity the back button can be handled by the Escape Key Mapping
Today Microsoft Education UK have launched our much anticipated, brand new Computer Science e-book! The e-book explores everything from coding, debugging, gaming and developing for the web, to providing links to prestigious Computer Science communities that schools and teachers can join, and links to our own Microsoft Computer Science resources. With the new Computer Science curriculum being implemented in September, there is a huge demand from teachers for information and practical guidance on delivering Computer Science.
So please share your thought and comments on Twitter @microsofteduk You can download it by clicking on the 'Save' dropdown at the top of the e-book and learn more about Microsoft Schools at http://blogs.msdn.com/ukschools
Developer you can update your personal phone(s) to run Windows Phone 8.1 using the Windows Phone Preview for Developers program.
Along with the tooling delivered in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC, developers can now get everything they need to start building and testing Windows Phone apps and universal Windows apps. Even better, Windows Phone Store is also starting to accept app submissions and to enable app linking today – enabling you to bring the universal Windows app experience to your beta users and consumers.
To update your Windows Phone 8 device to 8.1, you will need to download the app and opt into the program (the process is outlined on the Windows Phone Dev Center); if your phone is already opted in, then all you should need to do is head over to your phone’s settings and check for an update.
The Windows Phone Preview program gives our developer community access to prerelease builds of Windows Phone updates before the operating system updates are made generally available to consumers.
Participation requirements for the Windows Phone Preview program is simple, you must meet one of the following three criteria:
(a) you’re a registered developer on the Windows Phone Dev Center, or
(b) you’re a registered developer with Windows App Studio, or (c) your phone is developer unlocked (which anyone can do using the developer phone registration tool, which is included as part of the Windows Phone tooling).
As mentioned above, check out the Windows Phone Preview Program for Developers page for full details. If you have any further questions or encounter an issue while updating your phone, we have a team of update experts monitoring the program’s support forums – ask a question in the support forum, and someone should be able to help you out.
Update your Windows Phone to 8.1 update your phone
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BAFTA, in partnership with Burberry, is looking for the next generation of British talent in Film, TV and Games. If you're working professionally in these industries and making a name for yourself in your chosen field – or you know someone who is – then we want to hear from you.
Up to 20 talented newcomers will be selected by a stellar industry Jury to take part in this year-long mentoring and guidance programme, kicking off with an evening reception at Burberry's Regent Street flagship store and a day of in-depth career guidance and mentoring from leading industry figures at BAFTA headquarters. BAFTA supports each Breakthrough Brit by working with them to tailor a programme of support, mentoring and career development. Successful Breakthrough Brits will also receive non-voting membership of BAFTA for a year, giving them free access to BAFTA events and screenings and to our members' space at 195 Piccadilly.
Applicants in Games
You will have been involved with a piece of work that has been, or will be, released or published in the UK between August 2013 and August 2014. In addition, the project on which you undertook your first lead or impactful role will be in a playable state by August 2014. One project might fulfil both of these criteria.
In other words, we would like to hear from people who have made a real difference to the successful completion of a project and who are making a name for themselves in games. This may include more junior team members who have demonstrated exceptional promise and gone above and beyond to drive the success of a project.
Do you know a Breakthrough Brit?
Breakthrough Brits aims to champion creative individuals who may not be household names in their field yet but have already shown incredible promise. Applications are now open for the initiative and if someone you know is working professionally in the Film, Television or Games industry and making a name for themselves in their field then please encourage them to apply. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name and contact details of your suggested candidates and we will get in touch with them directly. All candidates must fully complete the application form in order to be considered for the initiative.
Applications close 10am, Monday 9 June 2014
For more information, please visit bit.ly/Breakthrough-Brits or contact email@example.com.
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