Windows 8 App Spotlight: I Want My Mummy

I wanted to shine a spotlight on one of our local development studios this week and share some of their story. Pig Out Productions has released the first of their many games to the Windows 8 store. I Want My Mummy is a 70 levels of rock breaking, TNT exploding physics puzzle fun. You tap…

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Windows Azure shown to have the best IaaS performance value

I just stumbled upon an industry report by Cloud Spectator (www.cloudspectator.com). They ran a test on the top IaaS providers, looking for who had the best performance for the buck. As far as I know Windows Azure and Microsoft had nothing to do with this report. The abstract of the report: With a lack of…

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The Windows 8 Store Application Object Model

While working on my latest Windows Store application, I found that I needed a better mental model of the relationships between the framework classes. Here are some quick sketches that cover the core objects and their interactions during application launch. Core Objects The diagram below shows the core objects common to all store applications:               …

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Migrating a Blog to Windows Azure Web Sites

For many years, I’ve hosted my blog on Orcsweb.  I moved there about 5 years ago or so, after outgrowing webhost4life.  Orcsweb is a huge supporter of the community and has offered free hosting to MVPs and MSFTies, so it seemed like a no brainer to go to a first class host at no charge. …

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Taking your Apps to Market

I’ve written a lot of apps (and have used a lot of apps) so one thing I’m always on the lookout for is what is working when it comes to top apps – getting users, feedback, and ultimately monetizing your apps.  The market is always changing and the trends are different in different app categories,…

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My Farewell to the Community

<warning>Just to be clear up front, this isn’t some rant about how I was offended at some event, or lost a twitter purse fight, and how I am having a public toddler meltdown and deleting all of my content and history to spite the world. I figured that’s been done enough as it is./> Dear…

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