FeedPoint updated for Mango

I’ve finally published the update for my FeedPoint app for Mango. It’s got a few bug fixes as well as Mango specific functionality such as ability to pin live tiles for your feeds which get updates via a background agent. The tiles would get updated with the latest post’s image as a backround tile. This is how…


Sketchflow for Windows Phone 7.

Would you like to be able to create your scetchflow designs for the Windows Phone 7? Now you can: http://www.uxmagic.com/blog/post/2011/06/08/Sketchflow-for-Windows-Phone-7.aspx


The recent release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update

Here’s some useful information from the documentation team: The recent release of the Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update includes bug fixes, a new emulator, and utilities. Alongside the release of the tools we have also published an update to MSDN that focuses on documenting key aspects of this release, known issues/limitations and additional…


Is ANID unique?

When developing the FeedPoint app I needed to encrypt the user credentials in order to store them in the isolated storage. So, I used AesManaged class to encrypt and decrypt the data. As a password key, I’ve decied to use the anonymous ID that we can retrieve utilizing the UserExtendedProperties class and I used the following code:  string…


FeedPoint app has been published.

The feed reader app that I’ve been talking about in my previous posts has been published on the marketplace:  http://social.zune.net/redirect?type=phoneApp&id=ec451fcf-7b10-e011-9264-00237de2db9e I’ve decided not to make it a free app (it just a dollar) due to marketplace restrictions for a free apps. The trial is a fully functional version except for a short message in the…


MY FEEDER is available for beta testing.

The feed reader app that I described in my previous post is ready to for beta testing. So if you own a developer unlocked Window Phone 7, have Google Reader account and willing to beta test the app (I named it MY FEEDER) send me email at alex.yakhnin(at)microsoft.com. I’ve also recorded a short video of the functionality of the application.


(Y)et (A)nother (F)eed (R)eader for WP7

I don’t know how about you, but I love the Outlook app on the Windows Phone 7. I like its simplicity, readability, ability to quickly triage the email, etc… I also read feeds every day using the Google Reader on the web. I’ve been looking through a number of available feed readers for WP7 on…


Importing Outlook contacts into WP7.

The Windows Phone 7 doesn’t sync the contacts from the Outlook without a connection to the Exchachge server. I’ve seen a few customers asking about the ways to be able to do it. This KB article outlines the way you could do it: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2454811  


Migrate PickerBox and ListPicker to SL Toolkit.

As you already know, the SL Toolkit team has recently released the update to the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit. This update includes a few controls that I developed in order to fill up the gap – ListPicker and PickerBox controls. So I would recommend to the people who have been using my versions in…


The new release of the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit

The Silverlight Toolkit team has just published the new release of the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit. The update includes the following goodings: AutoCompleteBox (fully themed for Metro) ListPicker (Works as a ListPicker for <5 items and as PickerBox for more) LongListSelector (Real jewel – a custom listbox control that allows to have groupings, headers and…