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  • Blog Post: Creating a Great User Experience

    By Gemma Yussuf , Microsoft Technical Evangelist As a developer, you need to consider the importance of user experience, it is not all about how an app looks within its design but more around how the user navigates and interacts with the application, put the user first considering how they feel whilst...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe: Enterprise Mobility Insights by Rob Tiffany

    Whist I was at TechEd Europe I armed myself with my trusty video camera and attempted to track down some of the interesting speakers that were wondering around the stands during the sessions.  Being quite into mobile I immediately recognised Rob Tiffany and managed to grab six minutes of his precious...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Get the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update

    If, like me, you’d were disappointed to discover that Windows Phone development on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview wasn’t a realistic proposition (due to incompatibilities with the emulator) help is at hand. The recently released update to the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 includes an updated emulator which will...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Windows Phone–Skype Beta

    Today we also announced the availability of a beta of the much anticipated Skype app for Windows Phone. It looks absolutely awesome. I’m installing it now. Get the beta from Marketplace here .    
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Windows Phone - Mobile World Congress

    Some significant announcements today at Mobile World Congress . Windows Phone will soon be available to almost 60% more potential customers through a combination of entering 23 additional markets and optimising the OS to run on lower-cost hardware (reducing the minimum memory requirement from 512MB to...
  • Blog Post: Video: Phone developers should use the cloud

    When you think about the monetization (awful word!) of apps for the phone, you can narrow it down to either: The app is free – it was fun building it, I don’t want to be rich. The app is paid for and entirely standalone. It doesn’t rely on any service that is firmly rooted in terra firma. The app is...
  • Blog Post: Connecting with customers

    By Mike Ormond , Microsoft Technical Evangelist It’s been a long time since I dabbled in the stock market. Recently though, given the limited returns available from my bank, or Premium Bonds or pretty much anywhere else (why didn’t I buy gold a couple of years ago?) I decided to take the...
  • Blog Post: Star Chart–A Definitive AR App for Windows Phone

    I asked San Shepherd, co-founder of Escapist Games Ltd , a few questions about Star Chart, a high tech star gazing companion that allows you to see what’s out there in all its augmented reality glory. Q. Tell me a bit about your background and Escapist Games. "Our vision was to make the...
  • Blog Post: Nokia in 4d

    To celebrate the launch on the new Nokia WP7 the finish phone giant brought the Canadian techno music producer Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"), to the bank of the River Thames in London’s West End where they converted the 120-metre Millbank Tower into a huge 4d Music extravaganza. You can...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days UK Online Conference (October Edition) - Recording Now Online

    Thank you for attending the recent Tech.Days Online Conference for Windows Azure, Windows Phone and Internet Explorer. If you have missed the live online conference, you can now view the recordings by clicking on one of the links below. Get up to Speed with Windows Azure Click here to see the live...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone eBook Published

    I had a crazy idea back in the early part of the year to try and create an eBook about Windows Phone development written by the community for the community. You can read more about it here: Would you like to write about Windows Phone 7 Development- Writing about Windows Phone 7 Development Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Mango Jump Start Training Recordings Available

    A few weeks ago I blogged here about the Windows Phone “Mango” Jump Start Training with Rob Miles and Andy Wigley that was taking place on 23/24th August. The Windows Phone team have done an outstanding job and the recordings are already available to view on demand on Channel 9 . This is a great way...
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Online Conference for Windows Phone - Registration Open

    Our new series of free Tech.Days Online Conferences for developers gives you access to hand-picked video content and technology training from our UK team, and the chance to get involved online, listen to speakers and ask our panel questions - live. 'Design from a User Perspective' Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: What’s in Windows Phone Mango for me?

    We’re not far away from the final version of Mango hitting the streets – whether it be in new handsets or delivered as a free update to existing Windows Phone users – so I thought it might be useful to try and précis some of the more interesting improvements coming down the pipe. I wont try and do all...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone “Mango” Jump Start Training 23rd/24th August

    Building on the success of the original Windows Phone 7 Jump Start training , the dynamic duo* will be in action again to deliver free Mango Jump Start training live on 23rd and 24th August – 2 full days of it! Day One — August 23, 2011 | 8am-4pm PDT | Live online training ( 4pm – midnight in UK ) Building...
  • Blog Post: Fancy Building Your Own Tower Defence Game?

    If you do, or you just fancy learning some more about XNA, the Coding4Fun guys have created an open source game engine for Windows Phone that might just help. Not only is it a fully-featured Tower Defence game (you can grab it from the Marketplace – search for “scripttd” - to try it out), it’s configurable...
  • Blog Post: Flickr App for Windows Phone

    Last week in passing, Martin asked me if I’d seen the Flickr app for Windows Phone as it’s been nominated in the .net Awards “ Mobile App of the Year ” category. I’d seen it but I hadn’t paid much attention to it. Under the circumstances I thought I ought to check it out. First impressions good – definitely...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Mango Feature Videos

    Nice idea this one – ask the people who created specific Mango features to talk about them. Each video is very short – perhaps a couple of minutes – but gives you a succinct overview of features such as: Email: Conversations Email: Linked Inbox People Hub: Groups People Hub: Live Tiles & Contact...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone App Hub Enhancements

    If you’re a Windows Phone developer, the scheduled App Hub outage last Monday probably piqued your interest, along with a number of new features you may have noticed that started to roll out during the week. Sworn to secrecy here at MSDN UK towers we were excited to the point bursting. What...
  • Blog Post: Free Apps for Windows Phone 7 on Orange

    Do you have a Windows Phone 7 on Orange? If so, you will be glad to hear they a giving every Windows Phone customers a free app every day during July. To download the free app, navigate to “Orange Selects” within the Marketplace on your phone. The app with the £0.00 price is the free app of the day,...
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