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  • Blog Post: Seasonal apps – are they worth the effort?

    by Gary Pretty , Technical Strategist at Mando I'm a big fan of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone and I’ve developed apps for both platforms. It’s almost the holiday season again and back when I started developing for Windows Phone, the first app I wrote was Christmas Presents , a seasonal...
  • Blog Post: Building Connected Apps

    By Andy Wigley , Technical Evangelist, Microsoft UK In the beginning, an app was just an app. You installed it onto your smartphone, ran it, it performed some useful or entertaining function, and then you closed it. And that was that – a nice, encapsulated experience, easily accessed and...
  • Blog Post: Testing mobile apps using Visual Studio 2013

    by Vinu Chandran , Software Test Engineer, Testhouse . Vinu is a computer science graduate, and has been working with Testhouse India as a software test engineer for more than a year. He’s currently focusing on Coded UI and other testing capabilities of the Microsoft ALM solution. Previously...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Phone SDK 8.0 update for GDR2 - good for thorough testing

    by Andy Wigley , Microsoft Technical Evangelist This is the first of a regular monthly column by Windows Phone Technical Evangelist Andy Wigley. For those of you who don't know Andy, he helps developers build apps for Windows Phone devices and tablets, slates and other mobile computers running Windows...
  • Blog Post: Scoopt - innovating with the app product lifecycle

    By Glynn Jones , Founder and CEO of Scoopt . “I’ve worked for big Corporates for many years and gained lots of experience, from creating the first website for the European Union way back in 1995 when no-one know what the Internet was (including me!) through to Student Loans Company, banks...
  • Blog Post: NV Interactive pioneer HTML5 and JavaScript for native apps

    If you’re a cricket fan you probably already use Cricinfo, whether via the website , iOS app, or Windows Phone and Windows 8 . The Windows 8 app is billed as ‘the most beautiful way yet to follow cricket’, but NV Interactive , the team who built the app, had to face the huge challenge...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Behind the scenes with Windows 8 Application Development – A developers perspective

    By Richard Garside My first real look at Windows 8 and developing for Windows 8 was at a roadshow in Manchester back in April 2012. It was a bit of a whirlwind tour but I was impressed. Windows 8 looked slick and as a seasoned .NET developer I was excited to have a new platform to program on that...
  • Blog Post: Video: Explanation of Pop-up Labs in the Cloud

    Devs, IT Pros, Architects, Marketeers, Salespeople, Business-oriented people – they are all rapidly becoming part of the pop-up lab phenomenon. Until now it was very difficult for private individuals with an interest (whether casual or professional) in large-scale IT, to build large IT labs – the capital...
  • Blog Post: Interview: Scirra Construct2–Rapid Application Development with Ashley Gullen

    This week we caught up with Ashley Gullen the creator of games development tool Construct 2. About Ashley: Ashley has been working on game creation tools since 2007. A graduate of Music & Sound Recording, Ashley is now Director of Scirra Ltd, developing the HTML5 game creation tool Construct 2 and...
  • Blog Post: Pitfalls for the unwary when developing Windows Store apps by 5App

    In the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy has just arrived and is looking around awed at the splendour. She says to her dog “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more”. Well some of you seasoned Microsoft developers are going to feel exactly the same way when you get to the gates of...
  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: Windows 8 Apps–What do you need?

    Fill out my Wufoo form! View the results here
  • Blog Post: Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using JavaScript: Hilo (Windows)

    The JavaScript version of the Hilo photo sample provides guidance to JavaScript developers who want to create a Windows 8 app using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, the Windows Runtime, and modern development patterns. Here's what you'll learn: How to use HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the Windows Runtime to create...
  • Blog Post: Learning Announcement: MCSD relaunched!

    We are delighted to announce the new MCSD designed for developers! The new MCSD credential focuses on the ability to design and build application solutions, which may include integrating multiple technologies and may span multiple versions of a single technology. It also demonstrates a candidate's commitment...
  • Blog Post: Promoting your app - AppSwitch

    What is AppSwitch? If somebody switches from an iPhone to a Windows Phone and can’t find their favourite apps, it won’t be long before they get fed up and switch back. AppSwitch is an app designed to help users find Windows Phone and Windows 8 app equivalents to Apple iOS and Google Android apps. The...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Windows Store App Labs for app builders

    Windows Store App Labs are places where app builders can get technical help from Windows experts, and very soon will be able to access the newest Windows 8 devices and receive design guidance from designers and digital agencies. Get technical guidance from Windows 8 experts Our Windows experts are on...
  • Blog Post: Helpful tips for submitting your app to the Windows Store and getting it certified on the first review

    Here is some guidance on what to make sure you have covered off on your app before submitting it: · Make sure you have included the right privacy requirement ( Certification Requirement 4.1 ) · Check you have the appropriate Age Rating · Run the Windows App Certification Kit before app submission · Familiarise...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store App Labs

    Windows Store App Labs are places where app builders can get technical help from Windows experts, and very soon will be able to access the newest Windows 8 devices and receive design guidance from designers and digital agencies. Get technical guidance from Windows 8 experts Our Windows experts are on...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Elite Programme Update

    We have received a significant amount of interest with the Windows 8 Elite programme and we wanted to provide a brief update on how you can get invited. The process is very simple and we want to ensure that we can invite as many UK app publishers as possible, so we are opening to all publishers who have...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Developers Get Your Apps into the Windows Store Now

    We’re very excited to announce the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26. The Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in our supported markets – and the UK is one of those...
  • Blog Post: Poll: Writing Apps–Questionnaire

    <a href="https://saraallison.wufoo.com/forms/z7p9k5/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> View the Results
  • Blog Post: Event: Windows 8 Code Weekend - 8-9th September – London

    A dev4good event in collaboration with TheGivingLab.org and Givey.co.uk this year to bring together talented thinkers, designers and coders from around the UK to work on some real-world issues faced by UK charities. The technology theme for the event is Windows 8 , but no prior knowledge of Windows 8...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Exclusive benefits for those who publish a Windows 8 app before GA - Windows 8 Launch Publisher Programme!

    Have you heard about our new Windows 8 Launch Publisher Programme which is open to those who publish their Windows 8 app to the Store before 26 October 2012 (Windows 8 GA). The programme will give members access to a range of exclusive benefits including an invite to our launch party, selected training...
  • Blog Post: Event: Fine tune your app at the Windows 8 App Excellence Lab

    If you have an app almost ready to publish, you are invited to the Windows 8 App Excellence Lab. This two hour one-to-one session with a trained Microsoft Engineer will accelerate your time to completion. The App Excellence Lab is an incredibly valuable resource for you to: § Test your app on...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: An Introduction to LightSwitch

    Tim Leung is a software developer based in the UK. For the past 12 years, he has specialised in enterprise application development using products from the Microsoft technology stack. In particular, he possesses deep knowledge of the Microsoft .NET Framework and SQL Server. He's an active member of the...
  • Blog Post: Inside the UK Windows 8 App Excellence Labs

    By Rajen Kasha, Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft As a Premier Field Engineer I have been delivering the Windows 8 App Excellence Labs (AEL) over the past couple of months. For those of you who don’t know, an App Excellence Lab is a 2-hour engagement with a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) that is used to...
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