SketchFlow – Sketching and Prototyping in Expression Blend

I had a interesting discussion this morning with a business school looking at introducing Mobile App development one of the key things within their assessment is the proof of prototypes and wireframes we got onto discussing the opportunity and advantages of using Microsoft Expression, SketchFlow. SketchFlow addresses three pain points in software sketching and prototyping:…

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Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Training Kit

This week Microsoft released an update to the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Training Kit. This includes updates to labs that we made available at BUILD as well as several new labs. The Training Kit is available in two different offline packages and is also available to browse online at MSDN. You can download the…

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Microsoft announces Silverlight 5

For all of you who may of missed the announcement this week in relation to the release of Silverlight 5. Silverlight is part of a rich offering of technologies from Microsoft helping developers deliver applications for the web, desktop and mobile devices. Download Silverlight 5, a free plug-in less than 7 MB in size that…

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SharePoint 2010 Windows Phone 7 Toolkit

I have been asked a few questions recently regarding developing Windows Phone apps which can access Sharepoint 2010 resources. The easy answer is… download the following toolkit on CodePlex, the toolkit will help simplify the task of building Windows Phone 7 applications based upon SharePoint 2010 servers running Forms Based Authentication. This toolkit also allows…

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Windows Phone Free eBook & Demos

Resource for Teaching and Learning Windows Phone Development Windows Phone Programming in C# (Windows Phone Version 7.5) The main text is provided as a Word document and PDF file. This contains the entire text, broken into chapters. Demonstrations The Demos folder contains a folder for each of the chapters that have demonstration programs. Teaching Content…

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Student Developer get stuck into Windows Phone over the summer holidays

About two months ago the Windows Phone team issued a challenge to student developers over the summer holiday: The challenge, to create an awesome Microsoft Expression Sketchflow prototype of a Windows Phone application. The reward was to win one of 50 HTC Mazaa developer devices. The competition resulted in over 281 prototypes created and over 203…

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Preparation for Build Windows useful links and URLs

So its now only a few days until the Build Windows conference, BUILD takes place between 13th – 16th of September 2011. The event has been total sold out for many months. I have to say I am pretty excited!  why?  I am lucky enough to be attending the event.  As your aware from my…

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Windows Phone - “Mango” Jump Start Videos Just Released!

Microsoft Learning hosted another new and exclusive Jump Start virtual training event featuring renowned MVPs Rob Miles, University of Hull & Andy Wigley AppMundi over 1,270 people joined the two-day event (Aug. 23-24, 2011). The two days of Building Applications for Windows Phone Mango Jump Start was extremely popular and we are thrilled to announce…

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The Interoperability bridges and Labs Center improving interoperability between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies

For all of you whom are interested in open source take a look at The Interoperability bridges and Labs Center, the site is dedicated to technical collaborative work to improve interoperability between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies. On the web site, you will find a live directory of freely downloadable technical resources and related content such…

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Imagine Cup 2011 World Wide Finals

The 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup Finals took place yesterday from 16:00-19:00 EST (NYC Local Time) 8pm to 11pm GMT you can watch a video recording of the stream here. The “World Festival Awards Ceremony” will be held at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in downtown New York City! …

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