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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: Marmalade and Windows Phone

    On the 19th of Nov we ran a dedicated day for developers building Windows Phone apps using Marmalade Marmalade Windows Phone Offer https://legacy.madewithmarmalade.com/wp8/faq https://www.madewithmarmalade.com/offers/wp8 Here are some video for those who could attend the event.. Building your first Marmalade...
  • Blog Post: Unity3D - Getting Started on Building/Porting to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

    Getting started with the basics for Unity The Unity Getting Started guides cover everything you need to know: configurations, SDKs, general considerations and first steps Getting started on Windows Phone (663 KB) Getting started on Windows Store (720 KB) Porting to Windows tips Once...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Marmalade Developer Day 19th Nov at Birmingham City Uni

    Marmalade and Microsoft along with Birmingham City University are hosting one of the largest Marmalade and Windows Phone 8 porting events in the UK and they would love to see you there! By attending this free one day event you’ll receive the latest information regarding Marmalade 7 and Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: UK's Largest Unity Porting Day 29th Nov 2013 Microsoft/Nokia/Unity

    Nokia, Microsoft along with Unity are hosting one of the largest Unity porting events in the UK and they would love to see you there! By attending this free one day event you’ll receive a whole host of rewards, the latest Nokia devices and app store marketing. Over the last 12 months we have seen the...
  • Blog Post: Register today for a Mobile App Acceleration Camps (MAACs) one-day events To maximise you chances of 20k- 50K euros funding

    The Mobile App Acceleration Camps (MAACs) are a series of one-day events designed to help you prepare your application for the AppCampus program and launch a successful mobile app or mobile game. This offers you an unmissable opportunity to pitch your ideas to people who understand the market, chat to...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 via DreamSpark.com

    Visual Studio 2013, .NET 4.5.1, and Team Foundation Server 2013 are now available for download ! DreamSpark subscribers can download Visual Studio FREE of Charge from either their Institutional DreamSpark ELMS store or direct from DreamSpark.com . Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers...
  • Blog Post: More opportunities for developers as Windows Phone sales soar

    By Asavin Wattanajantra , writer at Metia . Some interesting news for developers – the market share for Windows Phone is growing across Europe, hitting double digit sales figures in France and the UK . Windows Phone-based devices now account for 9.2 per cent of smartphone sales across...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Nokia AppCampus – What is required?

    This week I have done a number of events including Games Marketing Europe where I was asked to present on the 6 Top Tips for Marketing your App for Windows 8 and Windows Phone you can see my deck below 6 Top Tips for Marketing Success for Your Apps from Lee Stott One of the most common question...
  • Blog Post: The Internet of Things

    There’s a lot of buzz about the “Internet of Things” (IoT) One of the key areas I get asked most questions about in regards to students projects is the internet of things. This is a great topic for student and researchers based at Microsoft we have  huge passion for the Internet of Things over the...
  • Blog Post: Great news for Cocos2D and XNA developers Cocos2d-XNA

    Cocos2D-XNA is a 2D/3D game developer’s framework that is written specifically for XNA. XNA is the game API developed by Microsoft for independently published games on Xbox Live Arcade. To support other platforms than the now deprecated Microsoft XNA targets, Cocos2D-XNA supports the MonoGame runtime...
  • Blog Post: DirectX immediate mode rendering in your C#/XAML app using the SharpDx library.

    Last week we had a huge Microsoft representation at Eurogamer ranging  from Xbox360, XboxOne, Windows Phone and Windows 8 demonstrating our devcies, services and latest titles. During the event I had a lots of interesting discussions with game devs, educators and students, one of the key themes...
  • Blog Post: Adding Animations as the final gloss for your Windows Phone app

    by Andy Wigley , Microsoft Technical Evangelist Summary: Appropriate use of animations are a key part of any successful Windows app, whether on Windows 8.x or on Windows Phone. For Windows Phone apps, there are six essential animations that every developer and designer needs to know how to implement...
  • Blog Post: Get your non technical students Publishing a Windows Phone App

    Great new app ideas aren’t worth much if you don’t get them out there. There is nothing more important to students than being to develop a suitable portfolio to get them ahead in future career aspirations. So with student getting back to University this week its key that they make the most of the FREE...
  • Blog Post: Getting started building Windows Phone Games with Unity

    With the release of Unity 4.2, you can now take your Unity games and quickly port them to Windows Phone 8 and extend your reach to Windows users. Getting started building a Windows Phone 8 game with Unity To develop, compile and submit a Unity game to the Windows Phone store, you will need: ...
  • Blog Post: Increase opportunity – Build for Windows Phone and Windows

    A well-designed and built Windows Phone 8 app can be a great start for building a Windows 8 app. You can leverage the same programming language skills like C# and XAML, and powerful development tools, such as Visual Studio 2012, to accelerate your development, testing and publication time. By building...
  • Blog Post: Tools for the Job: Notifications made easy with Windows Azure Notification Hubs

    by Andy Wigley , Microsoft Technical Evangelist. A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced the release of Windows Azure SDK V2.1 which is a major update containing many new features and enhancements. One of the standout features was GA (General Availability) of Windows Azure Notification Hubs as part of...
  • Blog Post: GDC/GamesCom 2013 Cologne

    Last week I had a hectic week in the city of Cologne, Germany. Why Cologne well simply because Cologne was serving as host to both GDC Europe and Gamescom 2013. I had the opportunity to meet many of my European colleagues and represent the UK developer ecosystem on the ground for two of the...
  • Blog Post: Monetizing your Windows Phone App/Game with NAX Nokia Add Exchange

    Introducing Nokia Ad Exchange, a private mobile advertising exchange offering access to the top ad networks in the world. With one API and one partner. The exchange’s SDK lets you incorporate in-app advertising and be ready for payments in few minutes. You will also get a single dashboard to track your...
  • Blog Post: Prompting for Feedback within your Windows Phone or Windows 8 app/game

    Getting feedback for your apps and increasing your download number is a key way of increasing your ranking of your Windows 8 and Windows Phone application or game. So here is a quick guide to how to increase the numbers of feedback rating you can receive, by simply asking people to review your app after...
  • Blog Post: Unity3d competition over $100,000 in cash and prizes to be won in our new Windows and Windows Phone contest

      Unity and Microsoft are inviting Unity developers to enter a new contest by submitting beautifully crafted, high-quality new or existing games or content for the upcoming Windows Store Apps and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Over $100,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to a number of talented...
  • Blog Post: Nokia Lumia 1020 & New Nokia Imaging SDK

    Hopefully your excited by the Nokia announcement of the Lumia 1020 with its 41-megapixel camera.  The Nokia 1020 Launch included a  great presentation featuring a really fantastic demos see http://conversations.nokia.com/2013/07/11/nokia-lumia-1020-the-smartphone-camera-revolution-begins/ The...
  • Blog Post: Building apps for Windows devices using Microsoft Open Source Technologies http://msopentech.com/

    Are you are a mobile developer and want to extend your reach and your customer base? Do you want to make your mobile app available on more stores? Are using open source technologies? Well lets look at the opportunity of using open source technologies to build apps for Windows Phone and the Windows...
  • Blog Post: UK team from University of Exeter - Crowned World Wide Imagine Cup Winners

    Thursday 11 th July was a proud day for our UK and University of Exeter. Team Colinked with their app SoundSYNK competed against top teams from over 190 countries, beating everyone to win the coveted prize of $50,000 and the title of ‘Imagine Cup Winner’! The Imagine Cup is a Microsoft...
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