Visual Studio Team Announces Roadmap of Products, Pricing, Features

The final product lineup and specifications for the next release of Visual Studio has been announced on the Visual Studio blog. The announcement was made in the posting A look ahead at the Visual Studio 11 product lineup and platform support. The tooling offered in Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Phone is being added…


ISV Case Study: Smartphone Users Share Privately With Groups on Glassboard over Windows Azure

Glassboard is a mobile service for sharing privately with groups. With Glassboard, you create ‘boards’ which are groups of people around a common interest where you can share messages, comments, photos, videos, and even your location (when appropriate). When the Glassboard team was developing Glassboard, they looked for a platform that offered scale, worry-free operation,…


MSDN Article: Building a Massively Scalable Platform for Consumer Devices on Windows Azure

Excellent article shows how you can use web services hosted in Windows Azure and have it communicate across various devices, such as Windows Phone, iPhone, and Android. And have that service scale to terabytes in size. My colleagues Bruno Terkaly and Ricardo Villalobos wrote the article for MSDN magazine Building a Massively Scalable Platform for…


30 to Launch

With great devices hitting the market and the broadly acclaimed user interface based on Metro design principles, Windows Phone is setting the new cool for mobile computing. Take advantage of the excitement and create a cutting edge application – fast. Really fast. 30 days fast. Starting Jan 31, you will have access to a weekly…


New API Lets You Show Three Alternative Routes on Bing Maps

A new API lets you show up to three alternative routes on Bing Maps. The new routing engine is called Customizable Route Planning. Also the team announced a brand new algorithm for computing driving-direction queries, include reduced latency and higher performance. Learn more at Bing Maps New Routing Engine. If you’re really hardcore, you can…


ISV Video: Social Media Goes Mobile with Glassboard on Azure

You can now share your private data with groups of your friends, coworkers, and those outside your work organization courtesy of a new free product, Glassboard, from social media company Sepia Labs. Users can connect with each other’s Windows Phone, Android, or iPhone. Soon users can connect from within a Silverlight part in Office 365….


Check Out Cheat Sheets for Phone Developers on Live Tiles, Controls

My colleague Kevin Ashley has created new cheat sheets for Windows Phone 7.5 developers – one for Live Tiles, another on Additional Controls and Toolkits. The cheat sheets show XAML, sample code, and key points that you need to know to use the features. Check them out at  Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Cheat Sheet -…


Register Today for Upcoming US Developer Events for Windows Phone 7.5

Events are available around the United States for developers to learn about Windows Phone. MSDN Events is offering one-day and two-day sessions around the US. Register at MSDN Events. Windows Phone Camp Windows Phone 7.5 (codename: Mango) is here – and we want to give you the upper hand on this new release. Windows Phone…


Windows Phone 7.5 Rollout Begins, New SDK Now Available for Download

Microsoft announced that the rollout for updates to the “Mango” release of Windows Phone has begun. The Windows Phone team shared that we started rolling out the update to customer handsets and shared lots of developer goodness and started rolling out RTM updates to dev devices. And now the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 RTW release…