Windows 8 Notifications: Push Notifications via Windows Azure Web Sites (Part 3)

It’s finally time to get to the “Azure” piece of this three-parter! Those of you who haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 may want to at lease peruse those posts for context. Those of you who have know that I created a Windows Store application (Boys of Summer) that features push notifications to inform…

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Windows 8 Notifications: Push Notifications via Windows Azure Web Sites (Part 2)

In this post, I’ll cover what’s required to outfit my Windows Store Boys of Summer application to receive toast notifications. If you haven’t already, I suggest reviewing the previous post for context. To provide the underlying ‘glue’ for the Windows Notification Service, a Windows Store application must be associated with an application profile you’ve created…


Windows 8 Notifications: Push Notifications via Windows Azure Web Sites (Part 1)

If you haven’t read my previous post on push notifications for Windows 8 applications, you may want to do so before continuing with the next few articles, which are a deeper dive into the development of a cloud service to support a specific Windows Store application.  To provide a more concrete scenario, I’ve developed a…

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Windows 8 Notifications: Push Notifications

Previous Notification Posts Overview Programmatic Concepts Image Handling Leveraging Azure Storage Local Notifications Scheduled Notifications Periodic Notifications Using Azure for Periodic Notifications It’s been a while since my last post on the topic of notifications in Windows 8, so I’m going to pick things back up and cover the two remaining notification options: push notifications…

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Windows 8 Notifications: Using Azure for Periodic Notifications

At the end of my last post, I put in a plug for using Windows Azure to host periodic notification templates, so I’ll use this opportunity to delve into a bit more detail. If you want to follow along and don’t already have an Azure subscription, you can get a free 90-day trial account on…


Windows 8 Notifications: Periodic Notifications

Previously I took a look at incorporating Local and Scheduled Notifications into a Windows 8 application, and with this post I’ll move on to the first of what I consider ‘external notification’ mechanisms – periodic notifications. Bookmark-worthy References for Periodic Notifications Periodic notification overview Guidelines and checklist Tile guidelines and checklist Badge guidelines and checklist…


Windows 8 Notifications: Scheduled Notifications

Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to review my previous post on Local Notifications as it sets the foundation nicely for taking the next step to scheduling notifications to occur at some point in the future – when the application itself may or may not be actually running. Bookmark-worthy References for Scheduled Notifications Guidelines and checklist…


Windows 8 Notifications: Local Notifications

In this fifth post of my series on notifications, I’ll start looking at each of the notification delivery mechanisms (local, scheduled, periodic, and push) in turn. The structure and mechanics of creating notification content, which I covered in a previous post, are for the most part independent of the delivery method, so the posts that…


Windows 8 Notifications: Leveraging Azure Storage

When incorporating images into your toast and tile notifications, there are three options for hosting those images: within the application package itself, using an ms-appx:/// URI, within local application storage, using an ms-appdata:///local URI, or on the web using an HTTP or HTTPS URI. The primary advantage of hosting images on the web is that…


Windows 8 Notifications: Image Handling

In the last post, I discussed the structure of a notification template and the mechanics for providing the various bit of information in that template. As you know, many of the notification templates can include one or more images, and that brings up a host of configuration options that I didn’t have a chance to…