Holy //BUILD Batman!

I thought the previous //BUILD conferences (2012 | 2011) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 Preview is the next step forward for a truly modern computing experience with…

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Build 2013 Developer Conference

I can’t believe almost 6 months has passed since the last Build conference. This year the event will be held between June 26–28 in San Francisco where Microsoft will share what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and more. Visit the Build site to get yourself registered on April 2 for three days of…

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New Dev Center App Preview

Checking the performance of an app is something all good developers do. But until now, you could only check the performance of your Windows Phone app from a browser. Recently at Mobile World Congress it was announced that a handy new app lets you stay connected on the go as well. The new “Dev Center”…

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Upgrade or Die

Enhancements in technology move at a blistering pace now a days and before you know it that device which was once “state of the art” is now a museum piece. Of course there’s some hyperbole to that statement but some of it holds true. This movement can easily be found in mobile devices and carrier…

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Hurricane Sandy and My Windows Phone

I’ve lived through my fair share of hurricanes, snow storms and other natural disasters but after Sandy I could easily write a book that had an ending scene of epic proportions. Although Sandy was only a category 1 hurricane, you would’ve thought it was a category 5 as the wind that was generated and the…

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Build Conference 2012

In January Tim O’Brien, General Manager of Developer & Platform Evangelism outlined the path forward for Microsoft developers in his blog post titled: “Thinking About Developer Events.” Today he announced that BUILD 2012 will be held at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington from October 30th through November 2nd. If BUILD 2012 is anything like BUILD 2011,…

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A New Microsoft

To say the past few weeks were chock full of Microsoft announcements would be an understatement. First came the Surface, then Windows Phone 8 and recently the acquisition of Yammer. Add in the fact that there’s new entertainment experiences for XBOX along with Gizmodo proclaiming “Microsoft Is the Most Exciting Company in Tech, Hands Down”…

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Windows Phone “How Do I? Videos”

“Keeping up the Joneses” is generally associated with materialistic goods (i.e. your neighbor purchases a [insert shiny new item here] so you do as well) but now that same metaphor can be easily related to technology. In today’s ever increasingly connected world, mobile devices are at the forefront of this tidal wave of information and…

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Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Released

If you’re doing a lot of Windows Phone (WP) development then you’re certainly going to be happy to know that the release of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update is now available for immediate download on the Microsoft Download Center. The WPSDK 7.1.1 Update provides developers with a WPSDK patch that enables developers to develop…

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Windows Phone 7 Guidance

Over a year ago the Microsoft patterns & practices (p&p) team released the Windows Phone Developer Guide as part of a series on Windows Azure service and client application development. The guide described a scenario concerning a fictitious company named Tailspin that had decided to embrace Windows Phone as a client device for their existing…

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