Let’s help make the Windows Store awesome!

For the holiday season, wouldn’t it be great if we had a windows store on which awesome apps were easily found and plentiful? If you agree, we’d love if you’d take a few minutes out of your day to help us rate apps, so the good ones bubble to the top charts (and the not…


UPDATE: Giving my first talk: your first Windows 8 app!

Loyal readers, I wanted to let you know that I’m giving my first talk tomorrow at the SoCal Code Camp at USC. The talk: Your First Windows 8 App Katherine Harris Christine Matheney 10:15 AM – Sunday, November 10, 2013 Location: USC ZHS 252 You want to build a Windows 8 app, but have minimal…


Follow up: Build a Windows Phone App before lunch

Just an update to my last blog post: Build A Windows Phone App Before Lunch! Update! My app is now in the store! The screenshots and description we developed earlier are now viewable, and people can download my app. Here’s a link if you want to check it out, download and RATE IT! You can…


Build a Windows Phone app before lunch!

So yesterday, I worked from home because I was fighting a bit of a cold. I decided for some crazy reason that I should try to make a Windows Phone app before lunch, it being 8am.  It was completely do able, and now I have an app pending approval to be published. Step 1 –…


Building a Windows 8.1 app – Step 3: Features & Monetization

Back to these steps from App Builder: Create a “best at” statement Decide what user activities to support Decide what features to include Decide if and how to monetize the app Design the UI of the app Design tiles, the splash screen, the first launch, and the home page Prototype and validate the app  …


Designing a Windows 8.1 app – Step 2: Grow your idea

  Just to recap, we have our app idea and we have our toolbox. Day 1 of App Builder is “Planning your Windows Store app” and to me – this is a multiple day (or even week) process.  But follow along, and we’ll get it done. The related MSDN page suggests that we: Create a “best…


Building a Windows 8.1 app – Step 1.5: Locate your toolbox

Sweet! We’ve got our idea. What’s next? We have to ask ourselves a few questions: Am I running windows 8 or 8.1? Do I have Visual Studio 2013 Preview? Do I have a back-end system already set up? Do I have design templates? Most likely your answer to at least one of these questions in…


Building a Windows 8.1 app – Step 1: Pick an idea

Step 1: Pick an idea                 If you’re like me, you don’t necessarily have the creativity where app ideas hit you at every moment or have been dreaming up the perfect app for weeks now. You might be a problem solver though, and you’ll approach the need for an app idea with a few strategies….


First blog post: Introducing Christine the technical evangelist!

Who is Christine? There’s a picture of me in the corner, that’s probably a good start. I joined Microsoft as a technical evangelist a few weeks ago after graduating from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I’m originally from the Bay Area and am very excited to be back…