Working with GIF images in Windows Phone

As you know, Silverlight does not have native support for decoding gif images. That is downer, but not a showstopper since several 3rd party, opensource libraries for decoding Gifs. The Twitter for Windows Phone team used the ImageTools project from Codeplex to decode gifs.   It worked well, but when we implemented there were two things…


Windows phones hardware reviews

Kevan Hutson (or some one in his team) created this great ‘aggregation’ of reviews of different Windows Phone models.It is a bit US-centric, because it aimed at helping the MS-based US Employees order their phones now that Windows Phone is launched in the US. Still think it might be useful to many of the people…

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Hail to the swiss army knife of Silverlight Windows Phone Apps LongListSelector

Today,  David Anson announced the second release of the Silverlight for Windows Phone  toolkit.    This release doubles the number of controls in the kit, includes page transitions, ListPicker, and the new Swiss Army style control for Windows Phone: LongListSelector.. I am still getting deep into LongListSelector and trying to fit into some apps, but the…

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Running a Windows Phone Application under the lock screen

Last week, Microsoft published new Application content policies for Windows Phone 7 Apps.  One of the changes that got attention was the ability to run applications under a locked screen.  Refer to section 6.3 of the application certification requirements. In reality, the change is pretty minor, the capability to run under lock screen has been…


Windows Phone Design Day Recordings

Windows Phone is getting very impressive reviews, and all of them mention the great, innovative user experience on the phone. A few weeks ago, our Studios team, the folks responsible for the end-to-end user experience on the phone, invited a few partners and agencies for what we called “Windows Phone Design Days”.  This was a…

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Windows Phone 7 performance white paper is now online.. got questions?

Shane Guillet has been working on Silverlight performance since way back when it was called WPF/E…  Shane wasprobably 14 years old then 🙂 Recently, he wrote this great white paper on how to monitor and optimize performance on Windows Phone 7 apps.  Even if you are a performance expert, this is a great read, because Shane gets into the optimizations we have…

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Video recordings for first Windows Phone 7 Jumpstart event

  This week, MS learning did the first delivery of our Windows Phone 7 Jumpstart training.  The JumpStart is a four part deep-dive into Windows Phone.  The four sessions included: An Introduction to the Windows Phone Platform Game Building on the Windows Phone Platform Advanced Windows Phone Development Selling Your Windows Phone Solutions & Wrap…

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Tips for uninstalling the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTPs and moving to beta

To install the Windows Phone Developer Tools beta, you will first need to uninstall the older CTP (if you had it installed). The process is straight forward if you get the order right and don’t have other pre-release bits installed.   All this means is You should uninstall the item named Microsoft Windows Phone Developer Tools…

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Migrating apps from Windows Phone April CTP Refresh to the beta build

There were a good number of breaking changes and new features introduced in the “beta” release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. Going forward from beta to RTM; the number of breaking changes will be minimal, so let’s just “buckle up” and migrate our code this once. The migration is a lot easier than it…

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WIndows phone developers please hold on Blend 4

Today at Internet Week New York we are launching Expression Studio 4. This new version is shipping just 10 months after Expression Studio 3 and includes support for Silverlight 4, .NET 4, and interop with Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010. In this version we are also moving to a new SKU lineup which aligns…

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