New book: Architecting Mobile Solutions for the Enterprise

We’re happy to announce the availability of Architecting Mobile Solutions for the Enterprise, by the well-known and prolific author Dino Esposito. This book is an architectural guide to a paradigm shift. Paradigm shifts just happen—and mobile represents a big one. Mobile enables both new business scenarios and new ways of doing the same business, and…

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New book: XAML Developer Reference

We’re pleased to announce that the new Microsoft Press book XAML Developer Reference (ISBN 978-0-7356-5896-7, 340 pages) is now available for purchase! This book covers XAML from the ground up for both Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight development—and of course, because XAML is a foundational technology in building Windows 8 applications, learning the information here…

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Author news: Andrew Whitechapel article on “Mango” apps

Hello. Andrew Whitechapel, who is working on a book titled Windows Phone 7 Development Internals (Microsoft Press, 2012), has an article in the November 2011 issue of MSDN Magazine called “Building a ‘Mango’ App.” The article describes use of some of the new features in the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 release (released September 25, 2011)….

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“Mango” Jump Start videos just released

Remember the “Mango” Jump Start online training event that took place in August? The videos of this training are now available. Who is the target audience for this training and what’s the high-level overview? Targets mobile application developers, technical product managers, etc. The 14-hour course covering all aspects of Windows Phone development Visual Studio 2010,…

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Beta release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools that support Mango

Greetings. Just a quick note today to share this news: the beta release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools that support Mango will be available for download sometime today. Here’s some information from Matt Bencke’s announcement on the Windows Phone Developer Blog: First the tools. Developers can use this beta release to get ready for…

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New book: Microsoft Silverlight Edition: Programming Windows Phone 7

Greetings! If you follow our blog, you’ve probably already seen our free ebook titled Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold. If not, you can find the 24-chapter ebook here. You can see the ebook’s full Table of Contents on that page, but here is its high-level organization: Part I   The Basics (6 chapters) Part…

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RTM’d today: Microsoft Silverlight Edition: Programming Windows Phone 7

Hello. You’ve probably seen our recent free ebook by Charles Petzold called Programming Windows Phone 7, which is available here. That ebook contains three parts: Part I, “The Basics” (Chapters 1-6), Part II, “Silverlight” (Chapters 7-18), and Part III, “XNA” (Chapters 19-24). In case you’d appreciate a fully indexed print version of the content in…

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Special Event: Future of Silverlight–December 2, 2010

You’re invited to a very special event on December 2nd, 2010 Learn about the future of Silverlight from Corporate Vice President, Scott Guthrie and other experts, direct from Microsoft’s HQ. Hear about our plans for the next version of Silverlight, the latest developments as well as in-depth sessions on building applications with Silverlight. Registration is…

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Free ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold

Gang, we’re done! 24 chapters, about 1,000 pages. Congratulations to Charles, who has outdone himself! Speaking for Charles and for the Windows Phone 7 team, we hope that you will enjoy Programming Windows Phone 7: You can download a PDF here (38.6 MB). [NEWER NOTE: the presentation issues have been fixed.] [OLDER NOTE: we see…


New book: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step

Russell Jones, editor of this title, here. Laurence Moroney’s Microsoft Silverlight 4 Step by Step, now available, walks you through the basic procedures you need to know to program in the latest Silverlight release—and you’ll need that Silverlight knowledge to program Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7. Chapter 11, “Windows Phone Development” shows you how to…

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