Ensure Your Apps are Published in All Markets

Unless there’s a good reason not to do so, you probably want to have your app available in as many Marketplace markets as possible. In particular, now we’ve added 19 new consumer markets, taking us from 16 to 35 markets where your application can appear, you’ll probably want to make sure your app appears in…


Windows Phone “Mango” Jump Start Training 23rd/24th August

Building on the success of the original Windows Phone 7 Jump Start training, the dynamic duo* will be in action again to deliver free Mango Jump Start training live on 23rd and 24th August – 2 full days of it! Day One — August 23, 2011 | 8am-4pm PDT | Live online training (4pm –…


Publishing a Mango Update to an Existing App

Assuming you’ve published Windows Phone applications to the Marketplace, you’re probably wondering how things will work if / when you want to update those apps to Mango. There’s a good post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog that details exactly what will happen: What happens when I publish a Windows Phone ‘Mango’ application update? Key…


Finding Your App Purchase History

I’d never given this any thought until I had to do a hard reset on my HTC Trophy just before we made available Beta 2 of the Mango OS. Of course I lost my apps. I found myself scratching my head trying to remember all the apps I had installed. Of course the big ones…


Windows Phone App Submission and Languages

You’ll have noticed we’ve made some improvements to App Hub recently. And if, like me, you’ve tried to submit an app to Marketplace since 18th July you may have encountered an error relating to supported languages. My first attempt at submitting a new app yielded this error: The [NeutralResourceLanguage] attribute is missing on the entry…


Orange Selects, Free Apps and Mango

If you have a Windows Phone and you’re on Orange, you’ll hopefully have heard that they’re celebrating the launch of the “Orange Selects” Marketplace with a free app every day for the whole of July. Today for example, you could enjoy Birdsong, the excellent Twitter client from Red Badger for free. If, like me, you’re…


Tech.Days Live Video: Lap Around Mango

Brandon Watson takes us on a tour of the upcoming release of Windows Phone “Mango” with a strong focus on developer features including multi-tasking, framework enhancements, XNA & Silverlight integration, access to phone capabilities, performance, database access, push notifications, Marketplace etc.


Windows Phone Sessions at MIX11

I’ve just spotted a great index of recordings of the Windows Phone sessions delivered at MIX11 on create.msdn.com. http://create.msdn.com/en-US/news/watch_MIX11_presentations


Last Chance for Spring Cleaning – Get Your App Featured

If you’re building Windows Phone apps and you’ve not heard about “Spring Cleaning” then take a couple of minutes the review that link. Essentially, in May and June you have a chance to get your app featured in Marketplace but your app must be published to Marketplace by the 15th of the month. The app…


Failing Marketplace Submission – A Dose of my own Medicine

I’d been helping someone out with a Windows Phone 7 application. Like many other apps, the app retrieved data from a webservice. If there was an issue retrieving data, a message would be displayed to the user which, in XAML looked like a bit like this: <Border x:Name="NoDataMessage" Grid.RowSpan="2" Background="Black" IsHitTestVisible="False" Opacity="0.75" Visibility="Visible"> <Border VerticalAlignment="Center">…