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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure InfoKit for Public Sector – April 2012 Update

    I updated the resource kit to add links to Big Data and Hadoop on Windows Azure. Download the PPT file here ( http://aka.ms/cloudinfokit ). Developer Tools Windows Azure SDK /zxazuresdklink – All tools you need to create cloud apps with Microsoft Visual 2010 Windows Phone SDK /zxphonesdklink – All tools...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure InfoKit for Public Sector – March 2012 Update

    I updated the resource kit to add a link to Windows 8 Consumer Preview developer resources. Download the PPT file here. Developer Tools Windows Azure SDK /zxazuresdklink – All tools you need to create cloud apps with Microsoft Visual 2010 Windows Phone SDK /zxphonesdklink – All tools you need to create...
  • Blog Post: Skype for Windows Phone (Beta) Available Now

    Starting today, download the beta version directly from your Windows Phone or at the Marketplace from your computer to test drive Skype for Windows Phone. The gold version of the app will be available in April. More info here . Note: You cannot find the beta app directly from the marketplace. But you...
  • Blog Post: Soundtracker Builds Global Geosocial Music Service on Multiple Platforms including Windows Azure and Windows Phone 7

    Daniele Calabrese, founder and CEO of Soundtracker , a Microsoft BizSpark One company, discusses with Zhiming Xue the enabling technologies behind their geosocial music service Soundtracker. The free global geosocial internet radio service, which currently supports smartphone and web users with 12 million...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure InfoKit for Public Sector February 2012 Update

    I updated the resource kit to add links to resources for iOS and Android developers. Download the PPT file here. Developer Tools Windows Azure SDK /zxazuresdklink – All tools and bits you need to create cloud apps with Microsoft Visual 2010 Windows Phone SDK /zxphonesdklink – All tools you need to create...
  • Blog Post: Winners of Public Sector Windows Phone 7 App Contests

    Top nine or ten apps have been selected as winners for each of the three categories below. Federal Contest Airport Status Congress Congress 411 Homeland Security Most Wanted Recovery.gov Relief Central rGov Recalls United Nations News State & Local Advanced Mobile 311 Amber Central Control of Communicable...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Most Downloaded Free Windows Phone 7 Applications

    1. YouTube 2. Fable Coin Golf 3. Monopoly 4. Full House Poker 5. Need for Speed Undercover 6. Fruit Ninja Final 7. Pro Evo 2011 8. Bejeweled 9. Super Monkey Ball Deluxe Final 10. The Harvest Deer Hunter 3D Final 4   For more info on Windows Phone 7 apps, click here .
  • Blog Post: Why Windows Phone Will Be a Success

    A recent post at guardian.co.uk argues why Windows Phone will be a success by citing two big reasons: Clearly, Windows Phone has significant developer momentum. That's important. But the real reason why the lightbulb went on is much simpler: Nokia .   Read the full post here to see if you agree...
  • Blog Post: iPhone iOS to Windows Phone 7: Check Out this API Mapping

    Launched today, the iPhone/iOS to Windows Phone 7 API mapping tool helps developers find their way around when they discover the Windows Phone platform.  Think of the API mapping tool as being like a translation dictionary. For example, let's say that you're planning a vacation to France. Since...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Updates Available on AT&T’s Samsung Focus

    Finally it’s here. You should have received a notification on your WP7 device about the availability of the February/March 2011 (aka NoDo) updates. Or, if you connect your WP7 to your PC, you’ll see an update note under “Phone Software”, similar to a screen below.   While the update should be a...
  • Blog Post: Who Created This Windows Phone 7 Video?

      The answer is available at http://www.youtube.com/user/windowsphone or http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/mix/videoGallery.aspx
  • Blog Post: Free Marketplace Registration to Developers (Limited Offer)

    Microsoft is offering free Marketplace registration ($99 Value) to developers who install the Ad Control SDK into their Windows Phone 7 Apps via AppMakr. First 500 to qualify will receive! Take advantage of this special incentive today by contacting adsinapp@microsoft.com   What is AppMakr? AppMakr...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Operating System March 2011 Update

    I received an email yesterday that Windows Phone OS March 2011 update (dubbed “NoDo”) is available, with many anticipated improvements including the copy and paste feature. But I quickly realized that the update was not available on my Samsung Focus (AT&T) device. In fact, my WP7 device...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 Available for Download

    http://watoolkitwp7.codeplex.com/   Note: The toolkit relies on the Windows Azure , Windows Phone and ASP.NET MVC 2 project types. Therefore, to run the sample solution and create projects from the project templates, you will need to have either Visual Studio 2010 Professional (or higher) installed...
  • Blog Post: Public Sector Developer Dinner Video Recordings: March 16 2011 Update

    You can view the recordings of our developer dinner events below. We will update the links as we continue to publish the video recordings and make them available.   February 2011 Take your SharePoint solutions to the cloud, Vishwas Lele <video coming soon> Download presentations here ...
  • Blog Post: A Windows Phone 7 Application Starter Kit

    You can download the application along with source code (both VB.NET and C#) here . Though this application, created by Mark Frydenberg at Bentley University, is for a school, you can easily replace the logo, links to RSS and web sites in the xml files to make it your own and publish it to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Debugging Windows Phone 7 Apps with Fiddler

    I came across this blog post by Eric Law and thought I’d share the info here. I just configured Fiddler on my computer and the tool worked beautifully! Fiddler and the Windows Phone 7 Emulator Install Fiddler 2.3.0.7 . Start Fiddler. Click Tools > Fiddler Options. Open the Connections tab and tick...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Updates Are Coming In a Few Months

    The updates when available in a few months will provide a highly sought new feature “copy and paste” and several improvements such as “faster apps and games” and “better marketplace search”. Check out the detail here .
  • Blog Post: Amazon’s Kindle for Windows Phone 7

    Amazon has released Kindle for Windows Phone 7 and it is available for download in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.             With Kindle for Windows Phone 7, you can read over 775,000 books in the Kindle Store. See more info about the application at amazon.com .
  • Blog Post: Unlock Your Windows Phone 7 For Development

    The process of unlocking your Windows Phone 7 device is very straightforward and take a few seconds. However, the information about the process provided at the developer portal is inadequate and even misleading. (Mister Goodcat put up a great post explaining the issue.) The tool you will need is called...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Manufacturers Sold Over 1.5 Million Phones in the First Six Weeks

    Achim Berg, Microsoft’s vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones, states in a recent interview with the Microsoft News Center that phone manufacturer sales – phones being bought and stocked by mobile operators and retailers on their way to customers – exceeded 1.5 million phones in...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Promotions from AT&T and T-Mobile Starting November 26, 2010

    Starting November 26, you can get one for yourself and one for a special someone on your list with 2-for-1 offers from AT&T and T-Mobile. Click the image below to see more details.
  • Blog Post: How to Customize Your Windows Phone 7 Home Screen

    I just bought a Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7 device from a local AT&T store, and really liked it. While I am still learning new features and things you can do using the device, I’d like to share one trick I just learned: customize the home screen. The device came with a customized home screen which...
  • Blog Post: Open Source Release of the .NET, Silverlight, and Windows Phone 7 client libraries for the Open Data Protocol (OData)

    The current release at http://odata.codeplex.com contains a Visual Studio 2010 solution with the source code for the OData .NET 4, Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 Client library. To use, unzip the file locally and open the solution in Visual Studio 2010.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Developer Dinner Series for Partners–Windows Phone 7 Garage Event, November 10, 2010

    REGISTER TODAY! This evening event is the opportunity for you to get started on that next cool app for the public sector for Windows Phone 7, or put the finishing touches on your masterpiece. As you are designing, writing & testing your apps onsite, we’ll provide Windows Phone 7 experts (both Microsoft...
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