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  • Blog Post: App Builder Virtual Summit, May 2 / 9am – 12:30pm PST

    60+ million Windows licenses sold. On May 2, learn the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of designing, building and marketing an app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Hear from developers who have done it and find out for yourself. Sign up now ! Keynote: The Windows Opportunity Windows 8 brings a new opportunity! Create...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Developing Windows Store apps

    If you are relatively new to Windows Store app development, you may find useful the resources listed below. This set of resources touches many key areas that developers will need to work with while developing Windows Store apps.  Writing code for Windows Store apps (JavaScript) Creating a UI Defining...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store Development Series by joelcitizen

    My colleague Joel Reyes has recently published a series of Windows Store development post to discuss some broad issues w.r.t. Windows Store application development. In the first four posts, he discussed the constraints and tradeoffs of developing Windows Store apps, the decision on programming languages...
  • Blog Post: Creating Windows Store Apps Using 55 App Templates

    They are available for download now at here .  
  • Blog Post: Can you build Windows Store App and Make Money?

    The answer is YES and perhaps a lot by my standard. But that all depends on how you do it. My colleague Kevin Ashley tells his story of how to make $30,000 a month. Read his blog here . Please don’t ask me how you can make money because I don’t have an answer. The opportunity is there; it’s up to you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store App Helps Build Vocabulary

    This is one of the apps I’d like to build but I am super happy to see that my colleague Steve Seow has made it available at the Windows Store. I remember the days when I relied on dictionaries, books and fresh cards to learn new words while preparing for TOEFL, GRE and GMAT tests. This free tool makes...
  • Blog Post: A Game Startup Arkarium Makes Big Bets on Windows 8

    You may have seen or played one of the games Arkarium has released to Windows Store and other platforms. But the game startup has decided to double down its development effort on the Microsoft platform after receiving $5 million venture capital. Read the story at Venturebeat to find more detail about...
  • Blog Post: Develop and Publish Windows 8 / Windows Phone Apps Get Up to $2000 ($100 Per App)

    How It Works Publish your app to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between March 8, 2013 through June 30, 2013 Submit up to 10 published apps per Store and get a $100 Virtual Visa for each one that qualifies Who Is Eligible? Below is a summary. READ THE FULL Terms &Conditions for all the...
  • Blog Post: Sign Up and Start Building Your Windows Store App

    Visit our revamped App Builder program (previously known as Generation App). Jumpstart your app development over the next 30 days with the tools, help, and expert guidance you need to make sure your app is ready for the Windows Store. Great resource at no cost to you.  
  • Blog Post: Building iOS Applications with Windows Azure Mobile Services

    Join Brent Simmons, creator of NetNewsWire and Mars Edit on Mac and iOS, in learning how to build iOS your app with data stored in the cloud , user authentication and use of push notifications via APNS.  
  • Blog Post: Top 10 List About Microsoft

    If you’ve been following up technology news, you probably have seen a lot of new things at Microsoft. So how would you describe Microsoft? I jogged down a few things to share with you. Please note that this is not an official list. 10. Microsoft opens Windows Store for developers to...
  • Blog Post: New Website Makes It Easier to Find College Info From Cost to Graduation Rate

    The new website College Scorecard released by the Department of Education makes it easier to search colleges and find info on costs, graduation rates and so son. Check it out below. While the web app works well in browser, I certainly would like to see one or more apps on Windows 8. If you are interested...
  • Blog Post: Coding is Fun and Writing Apps is Rewarding

    The video at code.org may be for students but the message is good for all of us. Coding is fun and you can start with something small and grow your skill over time if you like to continue the passion. Writing apps is rewarding. Create something you like, something to help people solve problems, or something...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Next App Star Contest and $60K Prize

    Contest open only to students, hobbyists, or developers in the field of software technology 18+. Submission period ends 3/5/13 and public voting period ends 4/8/13. For details, see Official Rules . All you have to do is register via our email opt-in and make sure your apps are live by 11:59 p.m. PST...
  • Blog Post: A Prototyping Tool for Your Windows Store and Windows Phone Apps

    I came across a website that provides PowerPoint templates for prototyping your Windows Store and / or Windows Phone apps. These templates are NOT free, but they may be helpful in getting your prototypes done quickly. (Note: I haven’t tried any of the templates and therefore cannot offer my personal...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Virtual Office Hours

    I will be hosting weekly office hours to discuss Windows 8 app development and answer questions from Windows 8 developers. While discussing technologies, I will focus on apps that are built for government, healthcare and education. You can stop by during virtual office hours via your computer browser...
  • Blog Post: Can iOS and Android Developers Make Money on Microsoft Platform?

    My colleague Kevin Ashley has shared with us his first-hand app dev experience and his success with a few Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps. His message was very clear to us: be there, be the first, be a change enabler for the industry. I will not say how much money he makes but I’ll say that I am totally...
  • Blog Post: Resources for iOS Developers to Create Windows Apps

    Set up dev environment on your Mac. You can create a virtualization solution for cross-platform development on OSX . Check out my previous post on how to install Windows 8 and developer tools on Mac. Learn how to build Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 apps More beginners’ sessions are available here. You...
  • Blog Post: Creating Windows Store Apps with Windows Azure Notification Hubs

    Service Bus Notification Hubs are Service Bus entities that allow a user to send push notifications through third-party platforms, e.g. Windows Notification System (WNS), Apple Push Notification Service (APNs).  Note: Support for Windows Phone’s Microsoft Push Notification Service (MPNS), and Google...
  • Blog Post: How to Send Live Tile Notifications in Windows Store Apps

    Working with Tile notifications in Windows Store apps is pretty easy. Check out this blog post and download and play with a great example from MSDN . Now, how do you send live tile notifications in your Windows Store apps? You can send tile notifications when something happens in your app, e.g. when...
  • Blog Post: Finding Things Around You with Nokia City Lens for Windows Phone

    The app makes finding what’s around you rather easy. Nokia explains on its web site: City Lens uses your phone’s camera display to reveal the best shops, restaurants, and points of interest as virtual signs overlaid on the buildings right in front of you, so you instantly see what’s there. To see how...
  • Blog Post: How to Create Email with Attachment in a Windows 8 App?

    I came across similar questions at a few online forums such as MSDN and Stackoverflow and thought I’d share the answers. A direct answer to the question is “No, you cannot”. Since supported APIs in .NET for Windows Store apps do not include email function as the full .NET framework does, you cannot create...
  • Blog Post: Fresh Paint – A Wonderful Digital Painting Tool on Windows 8

    If you, your family or friends like painting, you’ve got to try this wonderful Windows 8 app (free). It’s so easy to use. You can save your very own art work as a png image file and share it with people if you like. See more info on the app, read the blog post here. I am not an artist, but enjoy watching...
  • Blog Post: Publish an App 12/28/2012-2/28/2013 and Get Free Windows Store or Windows Phone Store Account and More…

    Publish your app(s) to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between December 20, 2012-February 28, 2013 to qualify for the following rewards: A Store registration reimbursement† AND a copy of Halo 4 for Xbox 360! A chance to win one of 12 Xbox 360 consoles with Kinect. The more eligible apps...
  • Blog Post: Creating Windows Store Apps Using Store Ready Templates

    A Microsoft team in India has created fabulous fifty Windows Store app templates. These templates will be available soon. For more detail check here .  
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