Windows Phone Stopwatch 5.1 RTM

Updated for Windows Phone 7.5, formerly known by the codename “Mango”, Windows Phone Stopwatch 5.1 has been Released to Marketplace (RTM) and so I thought I’d give an overview of this latest release and some of the new features. With 100,000 downloads and an average rating of four stars, from over 420 reviews in the…

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Debugging the Update Process for Windows Phone Apps

In my blog post entitled Testing the Update Process for Windows Phone Apps published last night we discussed the need for testing the update process for your Windows Phone applications. In this blog post we explore how to debug the update process for Windows Phone applications. “It was the best of times, it was the…

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Customize a Windows Phone 7 Live Tile

Windows Phone 7 “Mango” adds a lot of great new features to Live Tiles.  An app can now create Secondary Tiles that are controlled programmatically and deep link directly into the app.  One feature that I could not find, however, is the ability to control the appearance of text on a tile.  This seems to…

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Dilbert’s Scott Adams accepts the Windows Phone Challenge

We’re all likely familiar with Scott Adams Dilbert cartoon although what you might not have heard about is the fact that Microsoft’s Brandon Watson just challenged Scott Adams to the Windows Phone Challenge. Brandon challenged Scott to give the Windows Phone an honest run and said that if he didn’t prefer the experience to that…

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Windows Phone “Mango” – Released to Manufacturing

While I’m sure you have already heard the news, Windows Phone “Mango” was Released to Manufacturing this morning and is now on its way to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize “Mango” for their specific phone and network configurations. You can read more about the RTM announcement in the blog post written by…

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Got Exceptions? AppHub Windows Phone Application Crash Reporting

Any developer will tell you that debugging applications in production environments presents them with some unique challenges and applications on Windows Phone are no different.  With the new version of the AppHub developers portal debugging exceptions occurring within your applications on phones out in the wild just got a little easier. AppHub now allows registered…

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Install Windows Phone “Mango” on Retail Devices

Brandon Watson wrote a blog post this morning that should be music to the ears of all Windows Phone developers, announcing the availability of the Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta 2 and also how you can install Windows Phone “Mango” on retail Windows Phones such as the Samsung Focus. Learn more by reading Brandon’s blog…

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Microsoft Advertising SDK Update is Now Available

We’re excited to let you know that we’ve just released an updated version of the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone with support for both Silverlight and XNA. We strongly encourage you to download the Advertising SDK June 2011 Update, and start taking advantage of all of the new features and fixes such as:  …

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Microsoft Gamefest 2011 – Seattle, WA August 22-23, London, England July 14-15, and Tokyo July 29!

From the launch of the new Windows Phone to the award-winning Kinect for Xbox 360 to Windows 7 and Xbox LIVE, Microsoft continues to provide developers with the technologies, tools and services for the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences. Microsoft Gamefest is the place to get the latest information on current technology, hear about upcoming…

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2012 Election for Windows Phone RTM

Over the Memorial Day weekend I wrote two patriotic applications, the Independence Day application that counts down to our nations birthday, and also the 2012 Election application that counts down to the 2012 Presidential Election. You can download the 2012 Election application from the Windows Phone marketplace today!

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