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research2guidance: The Most Preferred Cross-platform Tools

by Abel Avram on  Aug 22, 2014

research2guidance has published a study (PDF) comparing the top 40 cross-platform (CP) tools by asking 2,188 developers from 5 continents to name and rate their satisfaction with the tools they are using.

Windows Phone App Certification Errors and the Steps to Avoid Them

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 11, 2014

In order to release Windows Phone apps faster you need to build them by incorporating the tips suggested by Windows Phone Store certification and policy team. These tips are mostly scenarios which cause the app approval to fail.

XAML Spy 2.0.5 Adds Add App Wizard and Feature Improvements

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 09, 2014

XAML Spy has released updates for the month of January with support for Add App Wizard with the ability to navigate installed apps by selecting the Show All Apps button in the XAML Spy Explorer toolbar. The latest release also enables you to activate and disable XAML Spy for multiple projects at a time.

TypedMVVM Uses TypeScript to Build Windows Store Apps with WinJS

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 10, 2013

TypedMVVM is a collection of samples and libraries developed by Davide Zordan which enables enable developers to build Windows Store apps using WinJS, TypeScript and MVVM.

Microsoft Envisions One OS Running on Mobile Devices and Sensors

by Abel Avram on  Nov 26, 2013

During a UBS Global Technology Conference held last week, Microsoft’s Julie Larson-Green, EVP Devices and Studios, discussed her company’s approach to today’s software market, providing insights especially into the mobile device operating systems space. We selected the most interesting fragments from the session’s transcript (HTML, DOCX).

Windows/Windows Phone Takes a Step Towards Unification

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 13, 2013

Microsoft has taken the first step towards unifying the Windows 8 and Windows Phone stores. Developers no longer have to register for each platform separately. Those already registered for both will be receiving a free renewal for one year in compensation.

XAML Spy is Now Free

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 10, 2013

First Floor Software, makers of XAML Spy, is now offering a free version of their flagship product. Known as XAML Spy Express, this product allows developers to browse the visual tree of a running WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, or Windows Store application.

Developers Voice on Mobile Application Scenarios

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Sep 14, 2013

The recently conducted survey among 1300 Windows desktop application developers by Embarcadero Technologies measured the taste of developers from across the world. The survey recorded the favourite platform and tools among the respondents.

Microsoft launches Windows Phone App Studio Beta

by Ralph Winzinger on  Aug 07, 2013

Today, Microsoft launched a beta version of Windows Phone App Studio, a completely web-based tool to create applications for Windows Phone. App Studio lets developers design applications by applying given templates and plug-ins and is even suited for users with modest development skills.

Nokia Imaging SDK with Support for Effects, Filters, Smart Camera, Auto Enhance and RAJPEG

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jul 17, 2013

Nokia recently released an Imaging SDK for Windows Phone 8 with 50 pre defined effects, filters including support for smart camera, simple auto enhance, frame, RAJPEG with patented JPEG technology including the ability to enhance the speed and memory performance of mobile apps.

Private App Stores for Windows Phone and WinRT

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 10, 2013

Private distribution of applications is possible for both WinRT and Windows Phone 8, but the experience is very different for the two platforms. Mobile devices cost 300 USD per year per company, while WinRT costs 3,000 for the first 100 computers or fraction thereof.

Evaluating Porting Efforts with Xamarin Mobility Scanner

by Abel Avram on  Jun 25, 2013

Xamarin has announced the availability of Xamarin Mobility Scanner, a free online service for scanning .NET libraries in order to evaluate the effort needed to port them to Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows Store.

Portable Compression Libraries for .NET 4.5, Windows Store and Windows Phone

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 21, 2013

Microsoft has released a beta of a new portable library called Bcl.Compression that adds support for zip archives and compress streams (i.e. deflate and gzip) for the Portable Http Client. Unfortunately it requires a native library so Silverlight and Windows Phone 7.x developers are out of luck.

API Diff Lists for .NET, Silverlight, and Windows Phone

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 20, 2013

First Floor Software has just released an updated version of their Diff Lists for .NET, Silverlight, and Windows Phone. These updated lists make it easy to see what classes and method are available when moving code from one platform to another.

Windows Azure Extends their MBaaS with Custom APIs and Git Support

by Abel Avram on  Jun 14, 2013

Shortly after Google announced their Mobile Backend Starter for Android applications, Microsoft has announced the extension of their Azure mobile services adding support for Custom APIs, Git, NPM, Android Push Notifications, and a free SQL DB.

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