Optimizing Apps for Lower Cost Devices

The recent announcement of lower cost Windows Phones like the Lumia 610 brings with it a great opportunity for you to reach many more users with your apps. See http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_phone/b/wpdev/archive/2012/03/07/optimizing-apps-for-lower-cost-devices.aspx for some high-level guidance regarding how to optimize your apps for these lower cost devices. Also watch https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Inside+Windows+Phone/Inside-Windows-Phone-33–Windows-Phone-75-Refresh–60-more-Opportunity for some more context about the release…


Geocoding and Routing with Bing Maps

Location-aware applications offer some of the richest experiences on a smartphone that really showcase the smartphone’s unique blend of portability and network connectivity.  These applications often use geocoding and route calculation to power their experiences.  With the Bing Maps Control and Bing Maps Web Services, you can incorporate these features into Windows Phone applications to…

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Handling Events with Reactive Extensions

If you’ve had a chance to play around with Silverlight for Windows Phone, you’ve likely realized the importance of asynchronous programming and event handling.  Pushing tasks off thread keeps your UI responsive and allows users to interact with your application while you perform important tasks in the background. While standard event handler patterns work well…