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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: Marketing 101 for developers

    You’ve got mean coding skills but why would you ever really need fluffy marketing? No-one likes being sold to, right? But… whether it’s selling yourself, promoting your app or making sure people know about your website, sometimes marketing is a necessary evil. If you need some tips and tactics, you might...
  • Blog Post: The Windows 8 apps opportunity

    Businesses can empower employees, create new business opportunities and boost developer productivity by developing apps for Windows 8. See how leading companies including IHS, British Telecom and John Lewis are taking advantage of the latest Windows technology. When you’re running dozens of big events...
  • Blog Post: Event:Realise your idea for a mobile wallet application in 48+ hours

    With expert help on everything from coding to agile project development to business planning. Sanity check your ideas (or conceive a new one) with help from thought leaders and industry experts. If you’re a one man band or a leader of a team of hundreds, if you have an application idea (or want one)...
  • Blog Post: Get Rewarded for Building Windows 8 Apps!

    Show us that you’re a game changer and collect points every step of the way to redeem rewards like a brand new Windows 8 RT Slate. Make your app the next big thing. Create the next app phenomenon by building your original and unique Windows Store and/or Windows Phone App (app). Get recognised and rewarded...
  • Blog Post: Maximise your game’s potential with Marmalade

    We’re always on the lookout for new ways to build games for Windows 8 and the Marmalade SDK looks to be an awesome way to do just that.  Marmalade is a cross platform SDK, produced by Ideaworkslimited, that provides developers with a set of libraries and development tools they can use to create...
  • 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: Resources for Building Apps for Office & SharePoint

    With this week’s recent announcement about the consumer release of Office 2013 and Office 365 I thought it would be good to show you a few of the resources that are available for you as a developer to extend the Office platform. Whilst the consumer edition of Office is already out in the wild the business...
  • 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: Windows Phone 8 JumpStart Videos now Available

    Andy Wigley recently delivered the JumpStart video series and these are now available on Channel 9.  There is a full course so you’ll need a bit of time to run through all of these but they are a great place to start if you looking to start writing apps for Windows Phone.  Full course outline...
  • 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 free HTML5 exam voucher

          Get ahead of your competition: Earn your MCSD certifications and start developing Windows 8 web and Windows store apps. We’ll get you started with our “Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3” course and exam. It’s all FREE: Register for the free online course , and receive...
  • Blog Post: The Windows 8 opportunity for developers. An interview with my Director.

    This post draws on an interview with my Boss’ Boss, Anand Krishnan, and provides a good overview of the opportunity App developers have with Windows 8 . I won’t repeat the contents here but it covers the projected size of the Windows 8 market, the developer ...read more
  • 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: Announcement: Introducing Windows 8 | Elite

    Elevate your app with the Windows 8 | Elite Programme. As an Elite member, you will be invited to exclusive networking and training events as well as opportunities to enhance the discoverability, quality and business value of your Windows 8 app. Receive your invite to Windows 8 | Elite programme by publishing...
  • Blog Post: Top Tip: Using CSS Sprites for responsive images

    This top tip was provided by Ian Haynes In this article Maykell Loomens discusses using the technique for solving issues with high density displays (Retina etc.) but it may be possible to use the technique for responsive images in general. Interesting. http://miekd.com/articles/using-css-sprites-to-optimize...
  • 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: Windows 8 for Application Developers

    Millions of people around the world use Windows every day and Windows 8 is the biggest platform opportunity available to developers. Windows 8 is a new experience, personal, connected, open, fast, fluid. Leverage your existing skills to build Windows 8 apps. Code fast, fluid, immersive and beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Microsoft Advertising SDK available to UK Developers!

    Today the Microsoft Advertising SDK compatible with Windows 8 RTM is available. As a developer this means that you can start integrating advertising into your Windows 8 applications now which will provide you with an additional revenue opportunity for use within your applications. To receive payment...
  • 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: Windows 8 Camps Update!

      Hi everyone!  Windows 8 is almost here and places are filling up fast for the Dev Camps!  So that you can see what events are running where, here’s a list of camps for you to attend.  There are limited numbers at each event so if you want free training, app support and to get ahead...
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