Jerry Nixon

Microsoft Developer Evangelist

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    What Windows 8 developers need to know about app certification and publishing

    imageHere are some of the best links for developers building Windows 8 apps.

    Windows 8 app certification requirements

    Thank you for your interest in developing apps for Windows. We’re committed to a relationship with you that supports your ambitions and encourages a diverse catalog of high-quality, engaging apps for Windows customers worldwide. We crafted these certification requirements with those goals in mind and they should help you make choices that enhance your app’s appeal and help speed its listing in the Windows Store.

    We review every app before we list it in the Store. If our certification requirements change, we’ll identify the updates to ease your consideration. If you have feedback on the policies, please let us know by commenting in our forum. We will consider every comment.

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    We did it! Office 2013 RTMs today!

    This is truly our season of launch. With the release of Windows and everything else all aligned to a single schedule (you may never see such a feat accomplished again) it is awesome that Office is on that list.

    What’s new?

    Well, the new Office means new Office 365 service, Office 2013 clients, SharePoint 2013, Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, Project 2013, and Visio 2013! That’s a boat load of new, awesome products in the basket of Microsoft offerings this season.

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    Walkthrough: Monetize Windows 8 with the Microsoft Advertising SDK

    imageAn interstitial advertisement is traditionally recognized as a full-page ad appearing between two pages. Interstitial, which means “gap” perceives a gap between to parts of the UI (especially pages on a web site) and fills it with an advertisement.

    Wiki: On the World Wide Web, interstitials are web pages displayed before or after an expected content page, often to display advertisements or confirm the user's age (prior to showing age-restricted material). Most interstitial advertisements are delivered by an ad server. Full-screen interstitial ads are referred to as hyperstitials.

    I am sure we have all experienced this type of advertising. And, I think I can speak for everyone, we all hate this type of advertising. These ads make apps or sites feel slow; we spend most of the time hunting for “skip this ad”, not reading it. So, what’s this article about then?

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    Walkthrough: The Windows 8 AppBar, you might as well have the coolest! (feat. Expression Design)

    Windows 8 apps don’t have a ribbon. Windows 8 apps don’t have a top menu. Instead, Windows 8 apps have AppBars. An AppBar on the bottom of your app is where you place command buttons. An AppBar on the top of your app is where you place navigation elements...
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    There is absolutely *no* reason you aren’t using Visual Studio ULTIMATE!

    imageOften when I talk to developers the examples I provide them or the walkthroughs I give them don’t match their version of Visual Studio. And why? Because they are using Express. Expression is the free version of Visual Studio and for what it is, it’s awesome. But VS Ultimate is the freakin’ bomb!

    Here the deal: if you are a developer there is absolutely no reason reason you aren’t using Visual Studio Ultimate to build your Windows 8 app!

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    XAML Binding Basics 101

    imageHello Windows 8 XAML developer. XAML is a declarative UI language; it's most powerful feature is surely data binding.  But, I admit, with such power comes a lot of things to know. Let’s take a minute to step back, smell the roses, and build out some simple bindings.

    Read to learn?

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    Walkthrough: using Windows 8 Custom Protocol Activation

    imageProtocol activation, what is it? Well, when you run “http:{something}” you expect a browser to launch, right? When you type “mailto:{something}” you expect a mail client to launch, right? What if you could create “custom:{something}” that launched your app? That’s custom protocol activation!

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    What is a Microsoft account?

    Store: A Microsoft account is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services like Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, Xbox LIVE, or Outlook.com as well as products including Windows 8 PCs, Windows Phone and Xbox. If you have made a purchase from Microsoft online, you may already have a Microsoft account.image

    Live: Your profile contains personal and work info that you'd like to share with your friends. For example, you can share contact info, including email addresses, phone numbers, and street addresses for your home and work. You can also connect services like Facebook, LinkedIn, flickr, and Twitter to your profile

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    Microsoft DevRadio: Your Top Windows Store Questions Answered

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    Jerry Nixon welcomes Principal Program Manager Arik Cohen to the show as they discuss the recently launched Windows Store and a wide variety of topics developers ask most.

    • [8:11] Can I use my existing MSI to sell my apps?
    • [9:51] Can I use the Windows Store as a delivery mechanism for a Windows 32 bit desktop app?
    • [11:45] What other markets / currency does the Windows Store support?
    • [14:16] Can Penguins in Antarctica use the Windows Store?
    • [15:34] What is the opportunity size for Windows 8 Developers?
    • [16:32] Payment Options?
    • [18:20] How are apps sorted? How can I get featured?
    • [20:41] What analytics are available?
    • [22:10] How do I get paid?
    • [24:35] What is the revenue split?
    • [25:54] Pricing & Licensing for my app?
    • [30:41] Do trials work?
    • [36:31] What about subscription support for my app?
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    Top 10 features of the Microsoft Surface

    imageMicrosoft Surface is the new tablet device made by Microsoft, running Windows RT and Windows 8. InformationWeek, today, released their top 10 for the coolest features of Microsoft Surface. I have listed them below with a little more information next to each.

    Surface: Where work meets play. The power of Windows, the productivity of Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview, and the joy of Xbox – not to mention apps, social media, music, and more. Surface is also cloud-connected with SkyDrive, so you can access your content from anywhere, at any time.

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    The Absolute Top Features of Windows Phone 8

    imageAll I can say is Awesome! I am so pleased with Windows Phone 8.

    WPCentral: There are two areas in which Windows Phone 8 differs from its predecessor: the core of the OS has been updated with the NT kernel and the addition and refinement of features. Consumers don’t need to know about the kernel specifics but they will see the results: new, top of the line hardware. That hardware will be evident in a few weeks when devices like the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920 become available.

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    What did //Build/ attendees get?

    Well, if you watched the Keynote(s), you saw it. Every attendee at //Build/ received some great swag today from Microsoft! Here’s what they got: 100 GB storage on SkyDrive A Microsoft Surface RT 32GB w/Touch Cover Windows Phone Developer Account for ...
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    What iOS developers need to know about Windows 8 development

    imageIf you are an Apple iOS developer, WIndows 8 might be a strange world for you to spelunk. Well, don’t miss out on the many resources developed just for you on MSDN !

    Installing Windows 8 and the dev tools on your Mac

    Using a Mac? Get Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express 2012 installed on your Mac so you can start building Windows Store apps now.

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    DevRadio: Managing Windows 8 Enterprise Apps

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    Jerry Nixon welcomes Sr. Program Manager Mark Williams from the Windows Intune team as they discuss how developers can deploy and manage their Windows 8 Enterprise Apps with Windows Intune.

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    Team Foundation Service is live! It’s Free!

    TFS : One year ago, at the first BUILD conference, we unveiled the limited preview of Team Foundation Service. At Tech Ed, in June, we removed the “invitation code” mechanism and opened it up for anyone to try in a public preview. Now, a year after its...
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    See you at the Windows Azure Conference!

    imageOn November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Windows Azure community members.

    Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9, the event will allow you to see how developers just like you are using Windows Azure to develop applications on the best cloud platform in the industry.

    Community members from all over the world will join Scott in the Channel 9 studios to present their own inventions and experiences. Whether you’re just learning Windows Azure or you've already achieved success on the platform, you won’t want to miss this special event.

    November 14, 2012 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

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    Light-styled XAML Controls in a Dark-themed Win8 Project

    imageOne of my favorite Colorado community leaders and XAML Jedi, Shawn Kendrot, wrote a great article helping XAML developers dynamically style controls with the standard light and dark layouts. In his article, Shawn uses the Settings charm to show how to do it.

    One of the things I love about Windows Store apps is their ability to integrate with the system. One of these integration points is the Settings Charm. I’m not going to show you how to create a settings flyout. There are already lots of examples out there that do this. There are even some helpers like the SettingsFlyout available in Callisto and the helper created by Jerry Nixon. Recently Tim Heuer made a change to the SettingsFlyout to set the background to white. This change allows your app to follow the guidelines. He also added a property that allows you to change what you want the background to be if you are not a fan of white.

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    Introducing the Windows Azure Store; we’ve loved it for years!

    imageMy fellow developer evangelist in California, Bret Stateham, wrote a great article on how Windows Azure developers can now more-easily leverage the Windows Azure Data Marketplace. Check it out.

    Did you know that Windows Azure has it’s own store?  It’s been around for some time as the Windows Azure Marketplace.  Well, today an update to the Windows Azure Management portal allows both store vendors and consumers a much better shopping experience! 

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    The Largest Hack-a-thon in the World is in Colorado!

    imageBuild your one-of-a-kind Windows app at the free Gen Appathon event on November 9th. Join thousands of developers just like you on November 9, 2012 for the world's largest code fest – Gen Appathon. Here's your chance to get down to business and start building your dream app, or polish up the last lines of code on that app you've already started.

    This hackathon was renamed from WowZapp!

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    Announcing: WCF Data Services 5.1 Released!

    First and most importantly, this morning (November 7th) we uploaded WCF Data Services 5.1 to NuGet. "5.1" is a deceptive version number - this release of WCF Data Services is arguably one of the most important releases as it contains the new...
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    It’s official. Goodbye Windows live Messenger. Hello Skype.

    Think Microsoft has too many messaging engines (Messenger, Lync, Skype)? Honestly, can you really have too many messaging engines? Well, it turns out “yes, you can”. All it took was the inevitable integration of the Microsoft Account into the Skype world...
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    Training Resources for native C++ and C++CX programming, graphics and gaming

    imageLooking for a great set of C++ resources out there? There is an increasing focus on native programming on our client stack, especially with gaming and high fidelity graphics being super important. If you look at the number of sessions dedicated to DirectX and C++ in the recently concluded //build, it should be obvious. Clearly not all of us will focus in this area, but if you are interested in building an expertise in the area, I wanted to collect some of the training resources available for you to use.

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    With Steven Sinofsky leaving Microsoft, Windows 8 will have to stand on its own!

    It’s amazing what Steven has accomplished as the head of the Microsoft Windows Division. I am sure he is exhausted after the past years of miracle-working. I will miss his tenacity to do what everyone else didn’t think could be done! With Steven gone...
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    DevRadio: You’re Coding from the Wrong End! Adventures in Advanced Data Modeling

    imageThis is a combined post of part 1, 2, and three especially united for my readers. in this episode I have a lot of fun with Buck Woody who has forgotten more about Data Modeling that most of us. Listen in and take a course with the professor.

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    Jerry Nixon welcomes Sr. Technology Specialist from the Windows Azure team, Buck Woody to the show as they kick-off their 3 part series on how data applies to developers and how this ties in with Windows Azure’s service offerings. Tune in for part 1 of this 3 part series as they discuss data modeling and how this should be used first in the design process.

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    Walkthrough: Building a Sweet Dial in XAML for Windows 8

    imageCustom XAML controls are a breeze. But, honestly, if you aren’t familiar with building them, there’s a learning curve. Let’s break this barrier and build a custom user control together.

    I’ll build a control that works like a standard oven dial. The application uses of such a control are many. The implementation is a little sticky, but I can do it in about 10 minutes. That should raise your confidence a little. Plus, it will demonstrate the flexibility and power of the XAML framework for building complex controls with simple implementation.

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