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NDC London - are you ready?
NDC London’s drawing nearer and we can’t wait to join the rest of you heading to Excel next week to join the festivities and see some of the best speakers on the circuit. You can still get tickets for NDC if you haven’t already. We’ll be covering the event on Twitter, from @ubelly...
28 Nov 2013
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...
5 Nov 2013
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...
29 Jul 2013
Taking Time Out for some App Innovation
UI Centric , who recently published the very beautiful Great British Chefs app on Windows 8, didn’t stop there but have just published no less than 6 Time Out apps to help us all navigate around 6 cities across the globe. We caught up with UI Centric’s prolific Director of Service Mr. Dan...
17 Jul 2013
Great British Chefs - an app with the user at its core
UI Centric are the brains behind the amazing new Great British Chefs app (GBC), which is pretty much the most beautiful app on Windows 8. Check out the video at the end of the article to see it in action. Despite having hugely successful GBC apps in the iOS and Android Stores, UI Centric were charged...
9 Jul 2013
Beatbox Choir app idea is brought to life with Soft Array
How do you grab people’s attention in a busy, buzzing atmosphere where people are distracted and have a short attention spans? Interactive ideas agency Clusta took the idea of recreating real-life Beatboxers digitally, worked out how users can interact with it, added a jukebox feature and bingo...
3 Jul 2013
A roundup of Key //Build 2013 announcements
http://www.buildwindows.com/ @bldwin Quick Links Session Recordings — Watch all the session recordings on-demand right now Session Evaluations — Attended or watched a session? Tell us what you thought about it Windows 8.1 Preview Download ...
2 Jul 2013
How ads monetise and promote your app
Haven’t got the first clue about how to monetise your app? Thinking about ads but not sure where to start or what’s involved? Mark Allan from Ranyart Systems shares his experiences so far – his Manchester United app is not only the top rated free app in the UK, it’s also the top...
5 Jun 2013
5 top tips to make your app successful on Windows
James Senior is Senior Group Marketing Manager of Windows Apps at Microsoft so he knows a bit about apps marketing. How do you make sure customers can find your app, let alone use it? I caught up with him to get some ideas… ”My team helps developers and designers be successful on Windows...
3 Jun 2013
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...
14 May 2013
.NET Enterprise Dev to Windows App Builder: A Developer's Story
Shhhhhh.... we've heard that lots of .NET enterprise devs are dabbling in app development in their spare time. We caught up with Julius Agweny to find out about the Windows apps he's been building... What's your background? What did you do before building Windows Phone apps? I'm currently working...
8 May 2013
New to the concept of building apps? Read James’ Millar's Story…
I’m an accomplished developer but new to the app concept and certainly new to working for myself and the tools, resources and people at Microsoft have made the journey an enjoyable (and profitable) experience from the off. What's your background? I’ve been a full time software developer...
24 Apr 2013
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...
16 Apr 2013
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...
16 Apr 2013
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)...
8 Apr 2013
Event: Windows 8 design and UX workshops
Many developers are quick to say that the tools provided for the development of Windows Store Applications make Windows 8 the easiest and quickest platform to develop native applications for. In the last few years, many consumers have been quick to voice their opinions about the usability of applications...
3 Apr 2013
Patterns & Practices - Develop Windows Store apps using C++ & XAML: Hilo
If you are developing a Windows Store app using C++ and XAML and you want to use Microsoft DirectX to improve performance or to reuse the assets in your app more effectively, you can use this article to get started. XAML and DirectX Interop QuickStart You will learn How to perform interop between XAML...
2 Apr 2013
From a side project to Windows 8 Store featured app - the Interference story
Interference was built by Nathan Beardmore in his spare time, but proved so successful that it was on the front page of the UK app store over Christmas. Here's what Nathan had to say about the journey he went through to develop his app. "Interference started life a few years ago as a web game I developed...
19 Mar 2013
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...
18 Mar 2013
In the Spotlight Games Studio Mudvark
It’s not often that MSDN get to chat with games developers but we did manage to track down Dan and Henry from Mudvark Games Studio and they gave us this really interesting interview. Could you tell us a little about your studio – its size, make-up and a brief history? There’s just the two of us in our...
18 Feb 2013
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...
4 Feb 2013
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...
21 Jan 2013
Event: Tools for Windows 8 - Tips & Tricks on Visual Studio 2012 to inspire beautiful app development
10 Jan 2013
Poll of the Fortnight: Windows 8 Apps–What do you need?
Fill out my Wufoo form! View the results here
12 Dec 2012
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...
10 Dec 2012
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