Build 2015 Keynote Day 1 Summary

Recordings of the event will be available at https://channel9.msdn.com/events/build/2015.  Microsoft’s Build 2015 conference opening keynote was a testament to Microsoft’s openness.  We demonstrated and announced a new free cross-platform Visual Studio edition, great integration with Docker, and methods for developers to bring code for the Web, .NET/Win32, Android, and iOS to Windows 10.  We also…

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Windows 10 announcements on Jan 21, 2015

Wow.  Today Microsoft made some major announcements at http://news.microsoft.com/windows10story.  I’ll cover them in order, but read to the end…you don’t want to miss the excitement about Windows Holographic.  This blog post was created from my live tweets during the event, so apologies if there is some disjointedness.  At the beginning, Terry Myerson announced that they…

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Windows 8 games made by college students

Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some college students who are building games.  Some of the students have published games in the Windows Store.  Most games are free.  Check out the screenshots below – there are some really fun games, addictive puzzles, creative storylines, and impressive graphics.  If you run…

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It’s now even cheaper to build apps for the Windows Store!

Whoo-hoo!  Now, I personally don’t believe that developing for the Windows Store was ever that expensive (an individual account used to be $49/year, and it is $99/year for iOS developer registration), but it has gotten even better!  Starting today, you can develop for both the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store for the single…

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Upcoming Central US Events through Dec 2013

My team and I are running 4 event series through the end of the calendar year, in numerous cities across the Central United States.  You can get caught up on the big announcements from //build, learn Windows 8 and Windows Phone development, and more!   Join us for these free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by…

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Student Event Resources

I have run a number of Windows 8 student events recently at numerous universities and colleges, and I’m gearing up to start again for the fall.  Here is the list of links and resources that I provide to students, gathered in one place.  Getting set up Visual Studio Windows 8 Development Resources Scirra Construct 2…

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Introduction to Windows Store app development for Android programmers

My teammate Hanu and I presented a session at Build 2013 (all recordings from the conference are here) that introduces Windows 8 development to Android developers.  Here is the official abstract: This session will help developers leverage their existing Android concepts to build Windows Store apps. We will show the Windows 8 equivalents of Android…

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//build 2013 – Day 1 Keynote

Today was the first day of the //build conference 2013.  In case you missed it, all session recordings will be available at https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013.    Day 1 Keynote Recording: https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/1-001 Steve Ballmer kicked things off.  He talked about the rapid release cycle of Windows; the Windows 8.1 preview is available today!  The Windows 8.1 preview is…

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Windows tablets vs. iPad

Microsoft’s latest campaign directly compares the new wave of Windows 8 tablets/slates against the iPad.  For side-by-side spec comparisons, see http://windows.com/compare.  (Notice that you can change the Windows tablet to one of four options: the ASUS VivoTab Smart, the Dell XPS 10, the HP ENVY x2, or the Microsoft Surface RT.)  There is a corresponding…

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Android to Windows 8: Top 10 tips for passing Windows Store certification

As an Android developer publishing an application in Google Play, you simply publish the app and it appears live.  However, in the Windows Store (and Apple’s App Store), there is a certification process where your application undergoes testing and a review by a human being before being published.  So, you might wonder if there are…

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