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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: 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: 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: Windows 8.1 //Build Announcement and resources

    In today’s Build keynotes , you had the opportunity to hear from Steve Ballmer, Julie Larson-Green and Antoine Leblond about the latest Microsoft’s devices and services. They clearly discussed the vision and provided and end-to-end view of the developer opportunity on Windows 8.1.  If you have not...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Events

    We have a couple of Windows Phone events coming up. For Developers Who Have a Windows Phone 7 App in The Store The first is targeted at developers who have an app in the Store for Windows Phone 7 but who haven’t ported it yet to Windows Phone 8. That event...( read more )
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: How The Windows App Store and Windows Azure Are Transforming Education

        By Carlos Oliviera Rise of the MOOCs, it may sound like this year’s next blockbuster, but it’s very much a reality, and the revolution is taking place on the Web and the Windows 8 app store. Massive Open Online Courses ( MOOCs ) are free educational online courses that can be completed...
  • Blog Post: 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)...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8–When Saving Isn’t Saving and Opening Isn’t Opening :-)

    In a Windows 8 Store app, it’s pretty easy to put a dialog on the screen that allows the user of your app to save or open a file from/to somewhere. For example, here’s a simple piece of code which attempts to ask the user for a zip file and then will ...read more
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Infographic: The State of Cloud Storage in 2013

    Infographics are always useful and this one is particularly useful if you are looking at the state of play when it comes to cloud storage and what it means for your business.  This is a great way to compare at a glance the different offerings and if you want to try out Windows Azure for free just...
  • Blog Post: Interview: Scirra Construct2–Rapid Application Development with Ashley Gullen

    This week we caught up with Ashley Gullen the creator of games development tool Construct 2. About Ashley: Ashley has been working on game creation tools since 2007. A graduate of Music & Sound Recording, Ashley is now Director of Scirra Ltd, developing the HTML5 game creation tool Construct 2 and...
  • 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: In the hot seat: Jason Zander

    Who is Jason Zander I'm the corporate vice president for the development team of Windows Azure in the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft.  I've worked on lots of products in twenty years at Microsoft with the unifying theme of building platforms and tools for developers to do great work. ...
  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: Appy New Year

    We always enjoy hearing about what you think of new tools and technologies. This time we are discussing all things around Windows 8 application development. Let us know how we can help you! Fill out my Wufoo form!
  • 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: RTM’d today: Training Guide: Configuring Windows 8

    We’re happy to announce that Training Guide: Configuring Windows 8 (ISBN 9780735673229) by Scott Lowe has shipped to the printer! This book will be available at retail stores by the end of the month. If you’re an IT professional with a ...read more
  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: Windows 8 Apps–What do you need?

    Fill out my Wufoo form! View the results here
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 JumpStart Videos now Available

    Andy Wigley recently delivered the JumpStart video series and these are now available on Channel 9.  There is a full course so you’ll need a bit of time to run through all of these but they are a great place to start if you looking to start writing apps for Windows Phone.  Full course outline...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer & UK developers talk beautiful apps on @Windows8

    A bunch of developers and designers got up close and personal with Steve Ballmer (yep, Steve Ballmer!) earlier this month at Modern Jago , Microsoft's new collaboration space in Shoreditch, East London. The event showcased some of the best examples of the Windows 8 design and user interface, aka “…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: 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: A student, an idea, a business.

    Sometimes people have lots of ideas and dreams but struggle to turn them into reality. Not Manoj Nathwani. Read how, in a year, he took his idea, along with Microsoft Programmes, and turned it into a growing business. Read the full story now
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