Last Minute Perf Video for Mango

I had the opportunity to join Microsoft Research and this year’s Interns at a recent XAPfest event (a regular internal Windows Phone development event) and give a performance talk for Mango / Tango (i.e. WP 7.x) – here’s hoping it’s the last one before we move on to Windows Phone 8! To check it (and my bad…

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Windows Phone Power Tools

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it’s also often the mother of Open Source tools which are not really reinventing the wheel, but perhaps make our lives just that little bit easier (or more functional). A common pain point, especially as more and more developers move their apps to Mango is testing update…

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WP Marketplace FAQ: What happens to my apps if I don't renew my subscription

The Question I’ve signed up for the Windows Phone marketplace and submitted my apps. They’re selling well – but I’m not actually planning on doing any more development, so I don’t think I need to renew my subscription. What happens if I don’t pay the Marketplace renewal fee at the end of the year? The…

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WP7 Marketplace FAQ: Do my free app submissions reset every year?

Summary Yes. Seriously? Yup, you get 5 free submission credits a year, so every year you could potentially submit another 5 free applications to the marketplace (not to mention the unlimited free updates to existing free applications). Can I see how many submission credits I have left? Not at this point, though I hope to…

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WP7 Marketplace Tip #4: Include Contact info in your next app update

Summary Make sure that you include the app name, version and technical support contact info within your app (or your next update) The Fine Print Section 5.6 says: An application must include the application name, version information, and technical support contact information that are easily discoverable.  But my app was improved without this? This was a…

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WP7 Silverlight Gotcha: Using the ListPicker from the Toolkit may cause you to fail certification

Applies To: Anyone using the current iteration of the Silverlight Tookit from Nov 2010 Toolkit Link: http://silverlight.codeplex.com/releases Quick Bits A Toolkit ListPicker control that has less than 5 items in it will display inline (expands) but will not collapse when you press the back button (like the native control does). This can cause you to fail…

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WP7 Marketplace Tip #3: Free app updates are free, even if they fail!

This has finally been clarified by the Marketplace team as the most current, up to date, lore on the subject of free app updates – they’re free, they don’t count towards your 5 free submissions, even if they fail. Here’s the word for word story straight from a Marketplace PM:   Paid Developer (USD$99): 1.     Unlimited…

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WP7 Marketplace Reporting Outage

Hot on the heels of the previous post (but, unfortunately, not related) the Marketplace team have sent out a notice that there will be a reporting outage affecting Trial and Free download numbers for the next couple of days:  Details: Starting tomorrow (1/6), developers will see a drop in the 12/31 download numbers for their…

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New Year, New WP7 Marketplace Clarifications

Check out the final word: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oren/archive/2011/01/09/marketplace-tip-3-free-app-updates-are-free-even-if-they-fail.aspx I’m starting the year off a couple of days late so there’s plenty to catch up on… We’ve got some new policy clarifications incoming from the Windows Phone Marketplace team – though as usual there is still some confusion around free apps. For now this is what I have: Paid…

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