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  • Blog Post: 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  ...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: Poll of the Fortnight: Windows 8 Apps–What do you need?

    Fill out my Wufoo form! View the results here
  • 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: 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: Windows 8 Launch Event Live Stream

    A few of you have been asking where to find the live stream for the Windows 8 Launch event.  Well here it is!  Please enjoy the event and we look forward to hearing what you think of the devices and OS.  We really hope some of you will come and develop your apps for this platform.  ...
  • 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 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: Weekly Wrap Up 24th Sept - 1st Oct

    This last week we have been a little bit quiet on the blog but do not fear we have plenty more interesting content coming your way.  This week we’ve had a mix of Windows 8 Apps content and Windows Azure and Mobile content. Windows 8 Apps Developers–Submit this Week to be Included in the Store on...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 are almost here!

    The Windows team have just announced that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 have both been released to Manufacturing!  The wait is almost over! People will be able get Windows 8 starting on October 26 th either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. And if you buy an eligible Windows...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Cut the Rope to Life in an HTML5 Browser: Behind the Scenes

    by Giorgio Sardo Cut the Rope is an immediate favourite for anyone who plays it. It’s as fun as it is adorable. So we had an idea: let’s make this great game available to an even bigger audience by offering it on the web using the power of HTML5. To do this, Microsoft’s Internet...
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