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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Windows Phone Developers Get More!

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:00 PM

This is an exciting week for Windows Phone fans! With the release of Mango, many more users will be clamoring for great apps to download and utilize. Developers may not realize this, but the release of Mango meant not only a better api and tool set, but access to more markets, more consumers through the web marketplace, and access to the advertising platform for international developers. There is a lot more for developers coming with this release, so hit the link for the full run down.l

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Woo Hoo: Mango Out For Developers!

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 03:30 PM

"Brandon Watson has announced on his Twitter account that Mango for developers is now out, it was previously expected that the release would occur tomorrow. This is good news for not only developers but consumers in general. With developers now getting their hands on the new platform, it is one step closer to being released to the consumer. Also, with developers getting a head start, applications that can utilize the new features should be plentiful in the marketplace when consumers do finally get their hands on the update."

OK. This is what we've been waiting for. Mango has been released to developers. That means we are ever closer to the release of the upgrade for consumers. Note to developers: get going, we can't wait to see what you come up with! Download details at the Read link.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Microsoft Releases Numbers Showing Strong Developer Support For WP OS

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:50 PM

"Instead of talking about those points one-by-one, we thought it would be more fun to take a look at some of the numbers that illustrate our commitment to those principles over the course of our first year."

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Microsoft has just posted in their blog some numbers related to the developer base for their Windows Phone OS.

1.5 million copies of the Windows Phone Developer Tools has been downloaded and 36,000 people have paid to become a member of the developer community with 1,200 new registers per week. Also reported is there are now 11,500 WP7 apps in the Zune marketplace. This number may seem lower than reported by the blogosphere because Microsoft does not count "lite" version of paid apps, wallpapers, duplicate versions of an app in different languages or "tonnage" created by competitor's apps running on the platform.

A couple other interesting numbers is that on average, users are downloading 12 apps per month and app certification takes only 1.8 days. More developer information and what can be expected for the future of Windows Phone OS will be coming at MIX11.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Robert Scoble on Windows Phone 7

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:00 AM

Robert Scoble over at posted recently on why he thinks Windows Phone 7 will be a success. Chief among those reasons is the development environment and the support available from Microsoft. Robert also gives a list of things that mobile companies (Apple, Google) can learn from Windows Phone developers. Hit the link for his thoughts as well as a couple of video demonstrations of Windows Phone 7 apps.

Friday, October 22, 2010

A Video Look at App Switching on Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 12:16 PM

A bunch of us reviewers with devices are trying to wrap our heads around how the back button works in relation to applications. There's a bit of controversy here, because a few people are saying that this behaviour is correct - that re-launching the application from scratch is the proper behaviour, while others are saying there's a lack of proper state saving. From my experience using an iPod Touch (pre-multitasking), some apps save the state (also called "Tombstoning") very nicely; if I'm typing an email, and I hit the home button and check a Web site, then hit the home button again, and go back into the email app, the email I was typing is right there. Other apps, such as games, don't handle that same scenario very gracefully, but that's not surprising. Read more...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Apps: The Developers Are Getting Ready

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:15 PM

If you'd have to pick the focus for the Windows Phone 7 efforts that are going on before launch, it would be these three words: developers, developers, developers. Developers were the first ones to get the hardware, and Microsoft has concentrated much of their effort on getting thousands of developers on board making applications. How great these apps will be depends on what you're looking for; without the ability to execute native code, some developers are holding off until that situation changes. And some developers, as the videos below show, are coming up with some creative apps - I'm really looking forward to firing up the Windows Phone Marketplace on my Windows Phone 7 device and seeing a broad offering of applications.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Keeping Your Golf Score On Windows Phone 7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 06:00 PM

This is pretty neat - Engadget has caught wind of a Microsoft demo app for Windows Phone 7 focusing on golf score-keeping and including such features as keeping track of people you've played with, courses you've played on, and keeping detailed stats of your round. The only thing that's missing that I could see is GPS distance measurement, but then that's not legal for competitive rounds, right? Anyway, enjoy.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Developers and Windows Phone 7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:30 PM

"As cringe-inducingly awful as it was when Steve Ballmer got up on stage to sweat and holler about developers (developers, developers, developers...), the guy had a point. What Ballmer was, uh, explaining to the attendant masses of Microsoft salespeople was that developers -- third-party developers writing software for Microsoft's operating system, leveraging Microsoft's server software, writing using Microsoft development tools -- were critically important to the company."

We want to showcase two articles here today. First Ars Technica has an editorial outlining just why getting developers onboard Windows Phone 7 will make or break the platform. Second, Justin James at TechRepublic offers a developer's viewpoint of WP7 - the good, the bad, and the (really) ugly. Both articles are worth the price of admission.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Are Microsoft's Army of Developers a Secret Weapon for Windows Phone 7?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

"Microsoft got a lot of attention yesterday for its Oprah-style announcement that every employee would get a Windows Phone 7 after the new mobile platform launches this fall. As it turns out, they're not just expensive toys. They're part of an effort to create some unexpected hits and seed the market using the energy from Microsoft's enormous pool of internal developers."

Ed Bott raises an interesting point with a bit of history - for years, the internally-developed but not-officially-supported Powertoys released by Microsoft employees were coded in their spare time. They offered fixes and workarounds to limitations in the platform. In the Palm-sized PC days (anyone remember those?) we saw a lot of Powertoys, and in the Pocket PC era we saw some more - but slowly we saw less and less of them...and I can't even recall the last one I saw for Windows Mobile. Maybe getting a free Windows Phone 7 phone will spark some of that passion to develop great apps and we'll see some amazing things from Microsoft's very talented developer pool.

Monday, July 19, 2010

BostonPocketPC User Group Meets Wednesday, Has Awesome Giveaway, and Me

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 12:00 PM

"Continuing our meeting focus on preparing for Windows Phone 7 development, I will be presenting "Silverlight UI Tips and Tricks for Windows Phone Developers" - In our previous presentation on Windows Phone 7 development for Compact Framework developers, be were introduced to the essentials surrounding UI development with Silverlight and Visual Studio 2010. The logical "next step" in the learning process is to enhance our user interfaces using the powerful capabilities that Silverlight provdes. In this presentation, you will be introduced to animation capabilities to enhance your Windows Phone 7 UI. You will also learn about data access and data binding capabilities and see how to leverage "the cloud" and services it provides."

BostonPocketPC is holding their monthly user group meeting this Wednesday, which developers and end users alike may find interesting to attend. Fellow MVP Don Sorcinelli will be discussing Silverlight Tips & Tricks, a discussion on essential apps will take place, and a sweet door prize will be given away: A Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate MSDN Subscription! Oh, and I'll be there too - making the trek up from NYC to see some of the Boston crew and to personally heckle Don. So if you're not busy that night feel free to drop by around 6:30, details on BostonPocketPC's site.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

No Secrets in the Windows Phone Application Store

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 03:04 PM

"Apple's App Store has run into a few widely publicized controversies over its acceptance policies for applications, of which Microsoft seems aware. During June's TechEd conference, Microsoft offered up a document on its Windows Phone for Developers Website, clearly delineating its content policies; in addition to forbidding applications that are libelous, slanderous, threatening or discriminatory, Microsoft also bans applications that somehow promote hate speech, the use of illegal drugs and excessive alcohol consumption, and violence."

Given some of the anger Apple has elicited from developers over applications that haven't been allowed into the app store, Microsoft should have a fairly easy time doing a better job of application approval than Apple has done. I haven't seen any mention of barring applications that "duplicate functionality", so I really hope that's not part of the plan. If someone wants to build a better Web browser, then they should be allowed - and encouraged - to do so.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Adding MultiTouch to your WP7 Apps

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 10:00 AM

If you're interested in adding multitouch to your Windows Phone 7 apps, Laurent Bugnion has the information you need. Check out his videos and add some "touching motions" to your apps today!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Microsoft Giving Developers Device Heads Up

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 10:30 AM


"Looks like MS is reaching out to developers who have apps in the WM (6.5) Marketplace already and sending them emails about how to obtain WP7 devices, and yes, they're loaner devices so they go back to MS in the end. This is an email received by Herm of Herm's Software"

Looks like Microsoft isn't kidding about getting developer devices out there soon. The email from Todd Brix outlines the process for getting a device. Looks like developers won't be restricted to the emulator for much longer.

Friday, June 11, 2010

How You'll Unlock A Windows Phone Device (As A Developer!)

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 08:00 PM

"Today at the TechEd North America 2010 event Microsoft has confirmed Windows Phone 7 developers will be able to register a number of devices which unlocks the capability to side-load applications on to devices directly from development tools such Visual Studio or Expression Blend. Initially, Microsoft will offer three device registrations per Marketplace account ($99 per year) tied a Windows Live ID. Developers who legitimately require more will be considered by Microsoft on a case-by-case basis."

The rumors we were hearing last week are true - Developers will be able to unlock devices without having to buy special "unlockable" devices. Pretty cool - All you need is a phone, a $99 per year developer account, a mess of free tools, and a dream to start building!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

All Windows 7 Phones Can Be Unlocked and Used By Developers

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 08:00 AM

Here's an interesting story from Dutch website reporting that, according to a Microsoft spokesperson (apparently on a developer conference call). You can check out the story for yourself, translating from Dutch if you don't speak it, but the gist is this: All Windows Phone 7 devices will be able to be unlocked and used by developers. This is pretty huge as both Android and Apple developers need to either purchase dedicated devices for development, or pay quite a bit of money to be allowed to develop on device. Let's hope this is "for real", the price is the same as all other development tools for 7 to date (free) and we get more details soon!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Want to Develop a Windows Mobile 6.5 Game?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 02:30 PM

"Windows Mobile Game Development will tell you everything you need to know to write your own games, using the powerful Microsoft Visual Studio development environment and either C# or VB.NET. In Windows Mobile Game Development I give you everything you need to allow yourself to maximize your own creativity and bring both yourself and the world some fantastic mobile gaming opportunities. Just think about how a gaming device is always in your pocket, as a phone always is... it's too good an opportunity to miss, so I'll show you how to create the games you want to make."

Adam Dawes dropped us a line to tell us about his new book on Windows Mobile Game Development. It's out now, but covers WinMo 6.5, so it may not be as timely as some developers would want. Of course if you're into developing games for the excellent HD2 or similar premium hardware, then this may be the book for you.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Microsoft Details Windows Phone Marketplace Experience for Developers

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 02:20 AM

"On Monday, I wrote about how the Windows Phone Marketplace provides a different kind of shopping experience from a customer point of view. Today I wanted to describe how the Marketplace experience helps application and game publishers improves discoverability, monetization, and long-term customer connection. We've learned a lot from our experience with the Windows Marketplace on Windows Mobile, and listened to feedback from over a thousand developers that informed the design and experience of the Windows Phone 7 Series Marketplace experience."

Microsoft has published the second part of its Windows Phone Marketplace guide with a discussion on discoverability, monetization, and customer connection - all key topics of interest for both developers and publishers. If you're in that crowd, be sure to give it a read.

Monday, March 15, 2010

All the Goodies from MIX 10, Engadget Style

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Events" @ 03:15 PM

"Microsoft just dropped its first press release of MIX 10 on us, and in addition to detailing the Sliverlight and XNA-based Windows Phone 7 Series development situation, we've also got a list of launch software partners and some screenshots of apps in action. There's some heavy hitters here, and everything from games to enterprise apps are represented -- notables include the Associated Press, Citrix, EA Mobile, Foursquare, Namco, Pangeonce, Pandora, Seesmic, Shazam, and Sling."

Engadget has gobs of information, screen shots, and videos about all the good stuff happening at MIX 10 today. The quick takeaway is that Microsoft has done a great job at attracting top-level partners to create software solutions for the forthcoming Windows phone 7 platform. Couple of videos after the break. Read more...

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Demo Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 02:30 PM

I've never been super impressed with the design of the current Windows Marketplace for Mobile; it loads slowly and feels a bit cumbersome and awkward when compared to the iPhone app store. The Windows phone 7 Marketplace is a radical leap beyond anything we've seen before - it makes the iPhone app store look positively weak in comparison. Damn this looks fine!

Friday, March 5, 2010

WP7S: The Backwards Compatibility Story Thickens

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 01:30 PM

"One final note at today's event is that Microsoft has now officially confirmed for the first time that 7 represents a clean break from Windows Mobile as we know it today; existing apps won't be compatible. Though that's likely to be a pain for existing owners with specialized apps who are looking to stay in the Microsoft ecosystem, Windows Phone 7 Series itself is a very different beast than the operating system it replaces -- it feels different, seeks a different demographic, and symbolically represents a very important clean-slate departure for a company that had lost its way in the mobile space. The bright side for the 6.5 faithful, we suppose, is that Kindel closes by saying that they "will continue to work with our partners to deliver new devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and will support those products for many years to come" -- a message Microsoft has been echoing recently."

In case you hadn't heard deduced this, our favorite third party apps won't work with Windows Phone 7 out of the box. Will this mean that developers will flock to technologies such as XNA and Silverlight to re-design their apps? Or do you think they may just leave the platform?

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