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  • Blog Post: 4 Windows Phone Apps to Try

    Check out these 4 Windows Phone Apps.  If you like them, please give them a rating. TRAINR ™ is a game-changing, fitness application for your smartwatch that automatically tracks your repetitions and exercises. Challenge yourself with our Challenge mode and try to beat your best score, or use our...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Apps That Should be On Your End of Year List

    This is a repost from our friends at the BizSpark Group Blog . The holidays are here, and that means one thing: you are not going to be doing much work. We hope. But it is a time of the year when you plan on how you are you going to tackle the new year. For some of you that means more fun. For others...
  • Blog Post: From the Windows Phone Developer Blog: New Tools and Capabilities that Further Expand Opportunity and Enhance Productivity for Windows Phone Developers.

    Making it easier to get started with Windows Phone App Studio beta, simplified phone registration, support options & more payout markets New tools for first-time developers We’ve heard from many potential Windows Phone developers who have great ideas, but who might not have the coding skills to create...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Phone Dev Center App is in Preview

    The Windows Phone Dev Center app (preview) gives you all that great data about how your app is doing in the real world to help you make it the best it can be. Access download and crash trends, and read user reviews quickly from your phone. IMPORTANT: This app requires a Windows Phone Dev Center account...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming West Region Events

    App Madness Student Challenge Looking for a way to get started building awesome Windows 8 apps? Participate in the Windows 8 App Madness Challenge and qualify to win $100 for each published Windows 8 app! Additionally there are four app sprints you can take part in. Publish the highest number of apps...
  • Blog Post: Check Out TouchDevelop

    TouchDevelop is a programming environment that runs on your mobile devices. You write scripts by tapping on the screen. You do not need a separate PC or keyboard. Scripts can perform various tasks similar to regular apps. Any TouchDevelop user can install, run, edit, and publish scripts. You can share...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Windows Phone SDK Update for 7.8

    The Windows Phone SDK Update for WP 7.8 has been released to the web and is immediately available for download via the Microsoft Download Center using the following links: Direct link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36474 FWLink: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID...
  • 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: Enterprise Features for Windows Phone 8 Build on Windows 8 Core

    New enterprise features for Phone were announced in the roadmap for Windows Phone 8 last week. Some of the new business-friendly features include: Device encryption : To help keep everything from documents to passwords safe, Windows Phone 8 includes built-in technology to encrypt the entire...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 Team Announces Developer Roadmap

    Developer tools for the new Windows Phone 8 are coming later this summer and will include a Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows Phone 8 and new Visual Studio 11-based development tools. In addition, game developers will profit from supports from popular gaming middleware New features for...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 Built on Windows 8

    The next release of Windows Phone on the rock-solid technology core of Windows 8, according to the announcement made on the Windows Team Blog, Announcing Windows Phone 8 . This new shared core—along with all the extra work we’ve done on top of it—opens up a new world of capabilities...
  • 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: 3500 Code Samples at Your Fingertips

    Code samples are developers’ favorite asset. In partnership with MSDN Samples Gallery team, we just released a new Sample Browser applications - a new way for developers to search, download and enjoy 3500 code samples at their fingertips . The 3500 code samples are from MSDN Samples Gallery...
  • Blog Post: Western US Dev Camps Showcase Cloud, HTML5, Phone, Students

    Mostly hosted on University campuses across the West Region, these DevCamps provide both student and professional developers the opportunity to choose a technology and start learning and building applications for it. Camps covering the web, phone, and cloud platforms will be presented simultaneously...
  • Blog Post: Test Applications Running in 256MB With Preview of Windows Phone SDK

    A technical preview of Windows Phone SDK update gives you access to the 256MB emulator to let you determine how your apps install and run on new lower memory Windows Phone devices shown at Mobile World Congress 2012 . The SDK supports a new series of lower cost devices like the affordable Nokia Lumia...
  • 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: Nokia, HTC Announce New Windows Phones at CES

    New Windows Phones were announced jointly by Microsoft and partners at CES according to That’s a Wrap: Microsoft 2012 CES Keynote Recap by Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Corporate Communications. He writes, “Wednesday, Jan. 11, T-Mobile customers in the United States...
  • Blog Post: PhoneGap Features Support Windows Phone 7.5

    All the features of in the new version of PhoneGap version 1.3 are supported on Windows Phone 7.5. This release extends the cross-platform capabilities of PhoneGap, giving more choices to developers in need of a programming environment allowing them to easily deliver the same mobile experience to...
  • 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: Samples, Tool Helps You Convert SQL Lite to SQL Server Compact for Phone Apps

    A database conversion tool help you convert you SQLite database to SQL Server Compact. The tool and examples combined with previous extensive guides (for Android , iPhone , and Symbian Qt ) to accelerate your ramp up time and improve your experience in porting apps to Windows Phone from iPhone and Android...
  • 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...
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