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  • Blog Post: Prism for the Windows Runtime Visual Studio Extension

    Prism for Windows runtime now has its very own Visual Studio extension courtesy of David Britch.  This extension is a collection of templates to use Prism for the Windows Runtime. Prism for the Windows Runtime provides libraries that accelerate the development of managed Windows Store apps by providing...
  • Blog Post: Making App Development Simple with ZipApp

      Whilst working on a number of early Windows 8 projects I noticed companies often had a base set of features that they were trying to implement, it seemed to me that you could build a tool that could generate a decent base app that would comply with the store rules and give developers a head start...
  • 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: Guest Post: How to develop your first Windows 8 App

    by Marcus Austin at Firebrand Training The New Year is always a good time to make a fresh start in life, so why not choose to start this year by creating your very first Windows 8 app? What’s that? You don’t want to have to learn a new language or buy new development tools? Well relax because creating...
  • Blog Post: Event: Tools for Windows 8 - Tips & Tricks on Visual Studio 2012 to inspire beautiful app development

     
  • 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: Get your Windows 8 apps noticed

    AppSwitch is designed to help people find Apple iOS and Google Android apps on Windows Phone and Windows 8. AppSwitch allows users to search the Windows Store first to see if the app they’re looking for is available under the same name. If the app isn’t available then the user can search for the app...
  • Blog Post: Patterns & Practices: Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using C++ and XAML: Hilo (Windows)

    The Patterns & Practices team have been busy and have just released their latest sample called Hilo. The Hilo end-to-end photo sample provides guidance to C++ developers that want to create a Windows 8 app using modern C++, XAML, the Windows Runtime, and recommended development patterns. Hilo comes...
  • 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: Useful Links: Windows Phone SDK

    Yesterday at BUILD we announced the availability of the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK and I thought it would be good to share some of the useful links relating to that announcement with you alongside the key announcement information that went with these. Windows Phone SDK 8.0 includes development support for...
  • 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: A student, an idea, a business.

    Sometimes people have lots of ideas and dreams but struggle to turn them into reality. Not Manoj Nathwani. Read how, in a year, he took his idea, along with Microsoft Programmes, and turned it into a growing business. Read the full story now
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Apps Developers–Submit this Week to be Included in the Store on Release Day!

    This week is the last week that submissions will be taken for apps that are being entered into the UK Windows 8 app store before the general availability of Windows 8. So if you want your app to be available on the release date for Windows 8 to the general public then you really need to get your app...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Tips & Gotcha’s when designing Windows 8 Apps

    I sat down this week with Dave Crawford and got him to do a quick brain dump of his top tips and gotcha’s that he sees regularly when reviewing Windows 8 Apps that have been submitted in the UK for the Windows 8 App store. Dave and his team review all the apps that UK developers submit for the UK app...
  • 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: 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...
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