This is the most important control you may ever use

There are two version of PianoTime for Windows 8 – a successful title from a Colorado publisher. The free version sponsored by ads, and the $3.48 ad free version. Do people purchase their way out of ads? Yes, they do. Do most people. No, they don’t. So, is it worth it? Freemium Freemium is a…

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5 things you must do BEFORE you publish your app.

You have your idea. You are developing your app. It’s coming along great. You can see the finish line. But do you need to do more than just develop your app? Here are 10 things you should do before you publish.

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When Windows 8 copies Windows Phone, we are all winners

Windows 8 is the reimagining of Windows. Sure. But, let’s not forget, Windows 8 didn’t invent the new design language, Windows Phone did. To be fair Windows Media Center introduced the first low-chrome Microsoft UI for the 10 foot experience. Zune, then, adopted that clean approach and adjusted it for a small touch screen. But,…

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Walkthrough: Reordering items in a GridView with Drag and Drop

So, you have some data showing in a GridView. You have ordered it programmatically. Now, you want to let the user reorder it, manually, by dragging and dropping GridView items anywhere they want. Is it easy? It sure is. GridView inherits from ListViewBase, which ultimately inherits from ItemsControl – the core repeater for the XAML…

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Windows 8 and Windows Phone Exclusive: Halo Spartan Assault

What’s this? A new Halo game? Yes! And what’s this? Exclusive to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8? Yes! We’re starting to see what we’ve been expecting for some time – Microsoft titles being released as exclusives to the Microsoft platform. This, Smart Glass, and the sheer buttery beauty of Windows Phone should help compel…

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Best Windows Phone Commercial Ever

“Siri, search one-trick pony” “Aren’t you a little young to have an IPhone” “Isheep” “Copy-bots” “Auto-correct… this!” Boom! “Is there an app for that?” “Siri, search karate! No, Ka-ra-te!” “Do you think if they knew about the Nokia Lumia they would stop fighting?” “I don’t know. I think they kind of like fighting.” Stop fighting….

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DevRadio: Windows Phone 8 Features Overview

Technical Evangelists Jerry Nixon, Daniel Egan and Ryan Lowdermilk discuss their Top 20 (give or take) Windows Phone 8 features. Tune in as they discuss NFC support, Data Sense, Geolocation, Writable OS Tasks, Bluetooth and Skype APIs and much, much more! Next Steps: Step #1 – Begin Your Windows Phone 8 App Adventure here Step…

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Where is PhoneGap for Windows Phone 8? Right here!

Native applications on mobile devices deliver a great experience to users. Only native applications can deliver excellent fidelity and performance, and support a disconnected state. But if you don’t know the devices mobile technology development can be difficult. Mobile web sites deliver a poor experience to users. Mobile web sites are simply web pages; they…

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Choosing the Windows Phone That’s Right for Me

Stop me if you have heard this one: so, a Microsoft Developer Evangelist walks into an AT&T Store and asks to see their Windows Phones. Which phone gets recommended? Since time immemorial, the recurring trend is this: people like what they know and recommend what they like. This is true with cultures, languages, religions, movies,…

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The Absolute Top Features of Windows Phone 8

All I can say is Awesome! I am so pleased with Windows Phone 8. WPCentral: There are two areas in which Windows Phone 8 differs from its predecessor: the core of the OS has been updated with the NT kernel and the addition and refinement of features. Consumers don’t need to know about the kernel…

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