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  • Blog Post: Target Multiple Various Clients, Use Same Project for Business Logic with Visual Studio PCL

    So you want to use the same code base and target different user experiences? For example, say you want to use the same business logic to access data in Windows 8, Windows Phone, and your Silverlight or XBox applications. (Or maybe even Android and iPhone using Mono.) In the past, this has meant different...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team Announces Roadmap of Products, Pricing, Features

    The final product lineup and specifications for the next release of Visual Studio has been announced on the Visual Studio blog. The announcement was made in the posting A look ahead at the Visual Studio 11 product lineup and platform support . The tooling offered in Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows...
  • Blog Post: ISV Case Study: Smartphone Users Share Privately With Groups on Glassboard over Windows Azure

    Glassboard is a mobile service for sharing privately with groups. With Glassboard, you create 'boards' which are groups of people around a common interest where you can share messages, comments, photos, videos, and even your location (when appropriate). When the Glassboard team was developing Glassboard...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Article: Building a Massively Scalable Platform for Consumer Devices on Windows Azure

    Excellent article shows how you can use web services hosted in Windows Azure and have it communicate across various devices, such as Windows Phone, iPhone, and Android. And have that service scale to terabytes in size. My colleagues Bruno Terkaly and Ricardo Villalobos wrote the article for MSDN magazine...
  • Blog Post: 30 to Launch

    With great devices hitting the market and the broadly acclaimed user interface based on Metro design principles, Windows Phone is setting the new cool for mobile computing. Take advantage of the excitement and create a cutting edge application - fast. Really fast. 30 days fast. Starting Jan 31...
  • Blog Post: New API Lets You Show Three Alternative Routes on Bing Maps

    A new API lets you show up to three alternative routes on Bing Maps . The new routing engine is called Customizable Route Planning. Also the team announced a brand new algorithm for computing driving-direction queries, include reduced latency and higher performance. Learn more at Bing Maps New Routing...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Social Media Goes Mobile with Glassboard on Azure

    You can now share your private data with groups of your friends, coworkers, and those outside your work organization courtesy of a new free product, Glassboard , from social media company Sepia Labs . Users can connect with each other's Windows Phone , Android, or iPhone. Soon users can connect from...
  • Blog Post: Check Out Cheat Sheets for Phone Developers on Live Tiles, Controls

    My colleague Kevin Ashley has created new cheat sheets for Windows Phone 7.5 developers – one for Live Tiles, another on Additional Controls and Toolkits. The cheat sheets show XAML, sample code, and key points that you need to know to use the features. Check them out at Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Register Today for Upcoming US Developer Events for Windows Phone 7.5

    Events are available around the United States for developers to learn about Windows Phone. MSDN Events is offering one-day and two-day sessions around the US. Register at MSDN Events . Windows Phone Camp Windows Phone 7.5 (codename: Mango) is here – and we want to give you the upper hand...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7.5 Rollout Begins, New SDK Now Available for Download

    Microsoft announced that the rollout for updates to the “Mango” release of Windows Phone has begun. The Windows Phone team shared that we started rolling out the update to customer handsets and shared lots of developer goodness and started rolling out RTM updates to dev devices . And now...
  • Blog Post: Symbian Devs Get Started on Windows Phone with New Microsoft, Nokia Tools

    Microsoft and Nokia have announced guidance, training, and technical mapping for Nokia Symbian developers to learn Windows Phone and have built a great package to help developers get started. This package contains the following tools and documentation to help along the path to learning Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Weekly Video, Live Chat Series on Windows Azure, Windows Phone Begins Tuesday

    Starting Tuesday September 27th for tens weeks you will be able to watch pre-recorded videos covering many aspects of the Windows Azure platform. PLUS you will be able to chat LIVE with Microsoft subject matter experts to get your Windows Azure platform questions answered. It gets better. We’re...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit Updated

    Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit has been updated. The toolkit offers developers additional controls for Windows Phone application development, designed to match the rich user experience of the Windows Phone 7. The kit includes: Complete C# source code Open Source Microsoft Public License...
  • Blog Post: Toolkit Helps You Market Your Phone Apps

    You've built a great Windows Phone app – now you need to market it. The Windows Phone Marketing Kit for Marketplace App Publishers is now available on App Hub. This easy to use toolkit is designed to help you start promoting your Windows Phone app in all your marketing activities and on your...
  • Blog Post: Build, Connect Cloud Apps to Windows Phone Using Updated Toolkit

    Wade Wegner has written a post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog that explains how you can Build Windows Phone Applications Using Windows Azure . The post explains how to get started building cloud apps using the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone , how to get the toolkit, how to start your application...
  • Blog Post: How to Test Your Windows Phone Apps Before Submitting to Marketplace

    You can now test your Windows Phone apps before submitting them to the Marketplace. One of the new features in Windows Phone SDK is a tool that lets you test your app for certification requirements on your machine. The SDK lets you run the same technical cert tests that the Marketplace team runs....
  • Blog Post: Tools, Marketplace Ready for You to Go Live on Windows Phone ‘Mango’

    Today you can begin will submitting and certifying Windows Phone ‘Mango’ apps through the Windows Phone App Hub . This means that new and existing titles optimized for Mango features like fast app switching, background audio, multiple and double sided Live Tiles, better Search integration...
  • Blog Post: Free E-Books on Windows Phone, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Server Offered on E-Readers

    Free eBooks from Microsoft Press were available as XPS or PDF formats are now available so you can read them on e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad. Current selection of books include: ...
  • Blog Post: Two Days of Free Windows Phone ‘Mango’ Developer Training Online

    Windows Phone MVPs i.e. Rob Miles and Andy Wigley will host this two-day Jump Start class is specially tailored for developers looking to build cool applications and games for the new Windows Phone 'Mango' Platform. Click here to register for the free training. Day One August 23, 2011 | 8am...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone Updated for ‘Mango’

    Create better Phone apps with the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit (August 2011) add-on. This is a great new release provides extra controls to those in the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK. For more details, see The Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit is now available for ‘Mango’ application...
  • Blog Post: Phone Roadmap Adds Geos, Ways to Distribute Apps – Mango Apps Coming in August

    The roadmap for Windows Phone ‘Mango’ was explained in a team blog post. The announcements included these of significance to ISVs worldwide: Nineteen new markets and seven countries have been added to Windows Phone Marketplace. ISVs can distribute applications through Marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Monetize your Windows Phone Apps with Updated Ad SDK

    Microsoft has updated our Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone . The Ad SDK June Update makes it easier for developers to earn money and build ad-enabled mobile apps using either Silverlight or the XNA Framework. Enhancements include: Simpler. An easier-to-use Ad SDK ensures that developers...
  • Blog Post: Developers Can Update Your Retail Windows Phone to Mango Pre-release, Test Apps

    Developers will be able to update your retail Windows Phone to Windows Phone Mango pre-release to test your applications. Coinciding with the update Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools release comes the new beta Windows Phone SDK, a new program via Microsoft Connect will allow you to upgrade your Windows...
  • Blog Post: New Beta Adds Features to 'Windows Phone Developer Tools'

    We are happy to announce that the new beta release of the Windows Phone SDK (renamed from 'Windows Phone Developer Tools') is available for download now. New Features The new beta Windows Phone SDK improves on last month's beta, and provides additional developer tooling features and capabilities...
  • Blog Post: How to Get Ready for the Windows Phone 7 Exam 70-599

    Windows Phone 7 exam which will be available starting July 14. Peter Kuhn of the Silverlight Show has posted a series about how you can get ready for the exam. The official outline of the measured Phone 7 skills breaks down the topics into the following parts: Designing Data Access Strategies...
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