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//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...
17 May 2013
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...
16 May 2013
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...
16 May 2013
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...
14 May 2013
Guest Post: The Visual Studio and TFS 2012 DevOps Story
Cloud, mobile and distributed software services have made “simulating production” impossible while production and release cycles are becoming more frequent. At the same time, communication and collaboration between development and operations has become a focal point for process improvement, spawning...
13 May 2013
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...
26 Apr 2013
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 ...read more
17 Apr 2013
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 ...read more
17 Apr 2013
Poll of the Fortnight: Developers & Education
Share your educational background to show the bigger picture amongst Microsoft developers. Share what got you into IT and what tools today you wish there were to get the next generation of developers interested. <ahref="https://saraallison.wufoo.com/forms/m7p3x3/">FilloutmyWufooform...
16 Apr 2013
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 ...read more
5 Apr 2013
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 ...read more
21 Mar 2013
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 ...read more
21 Mar 2013
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...
19 Mar 2013
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 ...read more
18 Mar 2013
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 ...read more
18 Mar 2013
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 ...read more
5 Mar 2013
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 ...read more
25 Feb 2013
Event: Build Open Source Apps on Microsoft’s Cloud
The 4th step in Microsoft UK’s “6 Steps to Azure” programme, concentrating on Open Source software is to run as an in-person event on the 11th February in London. There is a great line-up of community speakers, all involved in the UK Windows Azure User Group, who will bring the real-world, roll-your...
23 Jan 2013
Perfect competition for Design Students and courses - App to the Future is an app design competition open to the international design community
Now You Can Change the Future Challenge ends February 3, 2013 Design an app for Windows Phone that showcases how to create, connect and maximise the use of the Windows Phone Platfrom. Mobile apps are used by millions of people worldwide on a daily ...read more
16 Jan 2013
Poll of the Fortnight: Windows 8 Insights
Fill out my Wufoo form! View the results of this Poll
30 Oct 2012
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...
25 Oct 2012
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...
19 Sep 2012
Community Content: DeveloperFusions
DeveloperFusions is a great place to find new content and great list of UK community events. Head over there and take a look at some of these recent articles. Continuous Integration Using NuGet And TeamCity by Xavier Decoster Xavier Decoster demonstrates how to incorporate the creation and reuse of NuGet...
21 Aug 2012
Event: Free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps
Just a reminder that the first of the latest round of free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps kicks off next week in our London Office in Victoria. The Windows Azure Developer Camp will take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having deployed a simple application to the cloud and...
6 Aug 2012
Behaviour Driven Development with BizTalk
Michael Stephenson has started a new Wiki page over on the TechNet Wiki that is all about Behaviour Driven Development with BizTalk which focuses on developing software that fits with the way the business works. At the time of writing this was what he had made available: This page is intended as...
2 Aug 2012
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