Windows Store app development for iOS developers

  On December 13 and 14th,  Microsoft and the Big Nerd Ranch team are having a two day training on building Windows Store apps. The event will be in Microsoft’s Mountain View (CA) campus. To attend in person, register at Both days will also be streamed live at You can find a detailed…


Building Windows Store games with the Unity engine

This event has been post-poned to a soon to be announced date (it will be end of January). Apologies for the inconvenience. Stay tuned for the new confirmed date details in the coming weeks.   Our Windows Evangelism team is partnering with Unity to put a great two-day workshop on building Windows Store games with Unity.  The…


Free, online Windows 8 UX Training

  This coming Thursday (6/14) members of the Windows User Experience team are delivering an all-day, free, virtual training on Windows 8 UX fundamentals. You can register for the event here. Below is a brief excerpt from the registration site ( sorry for blatant copy paste )..  Metro style apps are the focal point of…


A free, early Windows 8 Store token plus a free Windows 8 slate..

I have blogged before about the process to get a Windows 8 developer token early so you can reserve your name and submit your app.   Now, a few colleagues in US DPE Central region are raising the bounty with a contest that gives free slates to the best apps that complete a lab by June…


MSDN Webcast series on building Metro style apps

A few colleague evangelists are doing a series on MSDN Webcasts on building Windows 8 Metro style apps..   Catch the whole series and get a very concise, yet comprehensive introduction to building Metro style apps..   See below for abstracts and presenter for each session, click on the title for each session to visit the registration…


Building Metro style apps with C++ event is now a live webcast

Two weeks ago, we announced an all day training for those Building metro style apps with C++.. Event sold out within a few days, and we got a lot of requests for it to be recorded (or broadcasted live)..   I am happy to announce that the event will now be live.  Please pencil us in in…


Announcing the Building Windows 8 apps with C++ Windows camp

Join the Microsoft Visual C++ and Windows teams in Redmond on May 18, 2012 for a free, all-day event focused on building Windows 8 Metro style apps with C++.   Whether you are a new C++ developer ready to learn about the writing Metro style apps, an intermediate developer who wants to hone your code…


Wanted!! Great Windows 8 Metro style apps

Tuesday, the Windows Store blog announced that in the next significant Windows 8 preview release they will be expanding their global coverage with 33 additional app submission locales for developers.  As Antoine Leblond alluded to in the post, our store services are ramping up as planned–and of course the plan includes ramping up developer registrations…


Installing .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

  [I am traveling today, so it might be a one-off due to low band-width at the hotel, but in case it helps others] I was installing Live writer and got a prompt to install the .NET Framework 3.5, I agreed to do that and got a “following feature could not be installed. Error: 0x800F0906….


Ad SDK for Windows 8 Metro style apps

Yesterday, Microsoft released the Beta Ad SDK for Windows 8. This is an update to the SDK released at build. It works with Windows 8 Consumer preview. Here are the relevant links for the announcement:        Ad SDK download    Microsoft Beta Ad SDK documentation on MSDN Blog post announcing the SDK Happy Windows 8 coding.