‘Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games’ Preview on Codeplex

The Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games allows you to quickly get started building new social games in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes accelerators, libraries, developer tools, and samples that you can use in your own .NET or HTML5 game. The toolkit also enables unique capabilities for social gaming prerequisites, such as storing user profiles,…

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Kinect SDK Due This Spring

Since Kinect launched in November 2010, enthusiasts have been exploring the potential of Kinect in a number of unexpected, nongaming scenarios. Today at MIX, Microsoft detailed some of the features in the Kinect for Windows Beta SDK from Microsoft Research coming in the spring, including the following: Robust Skeletal Tracking for high-performance capabilities that track…

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Windows Phone Roadmap Includes Free Developer Tool Update in May

Microsoft executives today showcased the next version of the Windows Phone operating system and other powerful next-generation applications that span phones, PCs and other devices. The free Windows Phone Developer Tools for the new Windows Phone OS will be available to developers in May. Microsoft also demonstrated the value of developing for HTML5 and the…

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ISV Video: Advertising Supported Silverlight Game on Phone Begins Life in WPF

Simon Said game on began life as a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application that showed off touch user experience. Since then, it has become an advertising supported application for Windows Phone 7. David Kelley, User Experience Architect for Wirestone, explains how you can get AdCenter working to monetize your Phone application. He talks with ISV…

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Get Started -- New Free Game Development Tutorial on App Hub

A new game development tutorial is now available on App Hub. Online. Plaintext Searchable Code. Lessons for Design, Art, and Programming. Everything You Need, Free. From the makers of the “XNA Game Studio Beginner’s Guide” DVD’s, the next evolution of Game Development training for those getting started. Bite-Sized Lessons, A Great Single-Screen Experience This combination…

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What Can Microsoft Do to Help Promote My App?

A common question we often hear from developers is: “What can Microsoft do to help me promote my app?” One of the great things about the Windows Phone Marketplace is our unique range of merchandizing opportunities. On any given day and in every single market, there are at least three different types of merchandizing slots…

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ISV Video: Startup Creates XNA Game Development for Phone in One Sitting

A small mobile app development shop of professional video game developers who create XNA games for Windows Phone 7 in their spare time. This video features their founder, Jason Weimann, talking about their Alpha Strike game, which these developers made virtually in one sitting. Video Link: XNA Game Development on Windows Phone 7 in One…

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New Windows Phone 7 Game Tutorial Part 7, 8 and 9 for Triangle Shooter

  Kenny Spade has updated his blog with 3 new parts to his game development tutorial for the Windows Phone. In part 7-9 of the TriangleShooter project, Kenny covers: Spawning More Enemies Adding Shooting Refactoring and Death Behavior The previous tutorials covered an introduction to XNA, using multi-touch, and basic collision. If you missed the…

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Game Building Tutorial for Windows Phone 7 - Part 6

This is part 6 in a weekly series of blog post created by my office mate and Academic Evangelist @kennyspade. In this weeks tutorial, Kenny will be adding basic AI, and then showing how easily you can scale out more enemies in the Triangle Shooter Game. The previous tutorials covered an introduction to XNA, using…

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Ballmer Delivers Keynote to CES Tonight

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, will deliver our annual opening keynote at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tonight at 6:30 PM Pacific Time. We invite you to watch the keynote via our webcast on the Microsoft News Center or on the Microsoft Facebook page. 2010 was a very exciting year for Microsoft as we…

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