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  • Blog Post: Act quickly to get your Windows Phone app showcased

    The Appvertise campaign from Windows Phone and Nokia is a great opportunity to have your Windows Phone app showcased in current campaigns including banner ads, Marketplace, PR and press outreach. Each month a limited number of apps will be selected for ...read more
  • 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 - 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: New Phones, New Markets

    Hot off the press from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the news that Windows Phone will be rolling out across another 23 markets and the engineering team have done the work to optimise Windows Phone OS to run on lower-cost hardware. This means devices ...read more
  • 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: More Windows Phone Events (UK)

    We have another couple of free Windows Phone events coming up – one in London and one in Bristol. London is on Saturday 4th Feb (I’ll be there) Bristol is on Saturday 11th Feb (my fellow evangelist Andrew Spooner will be there) For full details see the ...read more
  • 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: The AdControl Requires Certain Capabilities

    In my post last week I talked about the Advertising SDK and using the AdControl in our applications as a means of generating revenue. I should have mentioned something that could catch you out – the AdControl requires certain capabilities to be defined ...read more
  • Blog Post: You know the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone works in the UK right?

    If only I had a pound for every time I’ve been asked when Microsoft’s in-app advertising would be available in the UK. The Microsoft Advertising SDK was only available in the US for the initial Windows Phone launch. With the release of Mango however, ...read more
  • 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: Windows Phone eBook 1st Edition Published

    “It was with a sense of trepidation that I blogged a request for people who might like to help create a Windows Phone eBook back in February 2011. Despite my initial scepticism, there was an overwhelming response; both from people interested in the idea ...read more
  • Blog Post: Plug for our Windows Phone Online Conference

    Just a quick plug for our upcoming online conference (Wednesday 5th October) which is themed “Design from a User Perspective”. More details on the UK MSDN blog here ....( read more ) ...read more
  • 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: 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: Free GUI Isolated Storage Explorer Tool

    Those fabulous (and generous) guys over at Appa Mundi have created a free GUI version of the isolated storage explorer tool that ships with the Windows SDK 7.1 RC . If you’re a command-line person you’ll feel right at home with the tool that ships in ...read more
  • Blog Post: Ensure Your Apps are Published in All Markets

    Unless there’s a good reason not to do so, you probably want to have your app available in as many Marketplace markets as possible. In particular, now we’ve added 19 new consumer markets, taking us from 16 to 35 markets where your application can appear ...read more
  • 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: Publishing a Mango Update to an Existing App

    Assuming you’ve published Windows Phone applications to the Marketplace, you’re probably wondering how things will work if / when you want to update those apps to Mango. There’s a good post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog that details exactly what ...read more
  • 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: Windows Phone “Mango” Is Done

    Or, more correctly, it has been release to manufacturing (RTM’d) – ie the development team have signed off the final build and that build is now in the hands of handset manufacturers and mobile operators. The final build number is 7720 (those of you running the beta build are running 7661). We’re still...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone App Hub Enhancements

    [This post was cross-posted from the UK MSDN Team Blog ] 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 ...read more
  • 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: Windows Phone App Submission and Languages

    You’ll have noticed we’ve made some improvements to App Hub recently. And if, like me, you’ve tried to submit an app to Marketplace since 18th July you may have encountered an error relating to supported languages. My first attempt at submitting a new ...read more
  • Blog Post: Orange Selects, Free Apps and Mango

    If you have a Windows Phone and you’re on Orange, you’ll hopefully have heard that they’re celebrating the launch of the “Orange Selects” Marketplace with a free app every day for the whole of July. Today for example, you could enjoy Birdsong , the excellent ...read more
  • Blog Post: Tech.Days Live Video: From Zero to Hero - Getting your Apps on Marketplace

    Oops – somehow this one slipped through the net. Brandon talks about Marketplace, recent and future improvements and how to maximise your opportunity by building apps customers really want. View this video as a WMV ...read more
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