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Do you have a hard time keeping track about all the goodies available for Windows Phone and Windows Store app developers? There are many opportunities out there to get free training or even get incentives for your Windows/ Windows Phone application development activities. You are not on your own when taking the first step to dive into Windows Phone/Windows Store app development and if you are ready to submit your app to the app store, you may even get rewarded for your hard work on your app with a little extra bonus. Let’s take a look at some of the offerings!

Keep the Cash

If you want to participate in Microsoft’s “Keep the Cash” opportunity, you have to act pretty quick! This offer ends June 30th, 2013. You get a chance to enter up to 10 apps per Store, Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store, and get a $100 virtual Visa card for each application that qualifies.

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You can find out more about the official Keep the Cash Terms and Conditions here.

App Builder Virtual Summit

If you missed the App Builder Virtual Summit in May, the summit videos are now available for streaming on demand. You can learn the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of designing, building and marketing an app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. It is certainly interesting to listen to first-hand experiences of developers, who have actually done it and want to share their thoughts.

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Connect with your local Technical Evangelist

You have the option to meet your local Microsoft technical evangelist  to get some help and guidance for your app development or idea. You can check out their office hours here.

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Windows Store App Lab

In case you need to test your awesome Windows app on Windows 8 devices, Microsoft offers an amazing test environment calles Windows Store App Labs. These are physical locations in more than 30 cities where you can access Windows 8 devices, get design help, and meet with Windows experts to make your app even more awesome! You can search for the lab locations here.

Last but not least…

If you are excited about all these developer opportunities, but just need some design inspiration, I suggest you check out the case studies of some Windows applications. There is also information out there about the Windows UX patterns to guide you through your application design and development. But before you start the actual development, you may also want to check out how to create apps that run on Windows Phone and on Windows to get an idea of how you could create reusable code for both environments.

Happy coding!

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Microsoft and Seattle Storm women’s basketball team have come together and invite all-female teams worldwide to create a unique app for sports, fitness, or athletics for the ImagineCup Women Athletic App Challenge. This is the final week to submit your application; only 5 days left!

Besides being an exciting challenge, cool prizes await the winning teams. They will travel to Seattle, attend a Seattle Storm game,  have a private meet-and-greet with a Seattle Storm basketball player, visit the Microsoft campus, meet Lisa Brummel, who is Chief People Officer and also receive a $1000 prize per team member. Winners will be announced in July.

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You can check out the Official Rules of the competition here.

You should build your Women’s Athletics Challenge Apps using Microsoft tools and technologies. The application must be developed using at least one product in the Visual Studio family and must be built for one or more of the following platforms:

  • Windows
  • Windows Phone
  • Windows Server and/or ASP.NET
  • Kinect SDK
  • Xbox Indie Games
  • .NET Framework
  • Windows Azure

As a student, you can obtain free tools and software at DreamSpark.

Applications could provide ideas for a healthier lifestyle, keep track of one’s exercise routine, challenge users to be more active, include tips and tricks to stay in shape…ideas are just endless. Since this competition is open to teams from allover the world, I am truly curious of the diverse application content each team will come up with! I also love the tagline of the competition: Play Hard. Code Harder. 

Good luck to all participating female teams!

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If you have been planning to convert your Windows Phone application to a Windows 8 application; here is the ideal event, specifically tailored for your needs: Windows 8 Convert-A-Thon! During the event, you will get all the help you need, to convert your mobile app into a Windows 8 Metro app.

Once the Windows 8 Store is in full action, it will be a tremendous opportunity for developers. If you already have mobile apps, you should definitely consider a transition from your existing Windows Phone apps to Windows 8 apps.

During the beta period, the only access developers have to the Windows 8 Store is through tokens that are handed out. This is a nomination and approval process. Yet your applications do not have to be %100 complete, but if your idea is good and your execution is excellent, you can get nominated to receive a token!

Here is the event agenda:

  • Introductions and overview
  • Your Windows Phone app Reimagined (Group Walkthrough)
  • API Walkthrough – (This is how I did it in WP7.. how do I do it in Windows 8)
  • Convert-A-Thon (Everyone works on converting their application)
  • App show off and prize giveaways
Tomorrow’s event runs from 8AM until 5PM, Saturday, June 9th. You will find the location info and further details on the registration page.

Laptop Setup:

Your laptop will need to be running Windows 8 Release Preview and install Visual Studio 2012. You can find all of the links here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/apps

You may also want to run it on a VM. There are a couple of ways to do that, boot to VHD or run in a Player. You can find instructions for each here :

Scott Hanselman’s boot to VHD blog post: http://bit.ly/win8vhdboot

MJ’s VMWare Player installation instructions: http://bit.ly/win8vmware

This is a last minute event announcement! So hurry up with your registration to catch a spot for tomorrow’s exciting Windows 8 Convert-A-Thon!

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One of the sessions I thoroughly enjoyed was “Designing Metro style apps that are touch-optimized” by Jan-Kristian Markiewicz and Kay Hofmeester. You can browse to the session’s information/recording on Channel 9. But until then, feel free to check out some of the slides I captured during their session.


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The second day of BUILD had several news in store for developers. The buzzwords were “connected and continuous”, which topped the word charts with the very frequently used other pair: “fast and fluid”.

The following pictures show some of the highlights of the second keynote with limited commercial interruption:)

@kellabyte – seeing anything familiar here? 🙂

Visual Studio 11 – clone search enabled.  Let the clone wars begin!

even more announcements for developers!

DOM Inspector also available in ASP.NET MVC 4.

ScottGu shows how ASP.NET MVC 4 now even supports IPhone:)

Windows Azure Publish goodness.

They got their tablet; but crowd is still here! 🙂

TFS Preview in Azure.

TFS in the cloud.

Hello Windows Server 8; we have been expecting you.

Idenity detail: support for Claims based authentication.

Windows Server 8 – performance improvements.

Another opportunity for devs.

funky + cool naming: Windows.Security.Credentials.PasswordVault()

Steve Ballmer in the house; reading out comments on Windows 8 announcements.

Windows everywhere!

Windows Phone 7/7.5 love.

Hardware + software go hand in hand.

Clouds on the horizon.

Are you ready?

Developers, developers, developers!

Action Plan following BUILD Day#2

Check out BUILD’s Wednesday Keynote here. Opening keynote is available on this link.

Download Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview (MSDN subscribers only).

Download Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8.

Wait for Windows 8 Server preview to become available this week.

Download ASP.NET MVC 4. More info on Phil Haack’s blog.

Visit the Windows Dev Center.

Take a look at the Channel 9 – Build Videos; more content is added after each day of BUILD.

Let’s get ready for BUILD day#3.

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Due to some last-minute luck and when I least expected it, I got a free pass to BUILD. I have to emphasize the luck factor, as the conference tickets had sold out rather quickly, in spite of  the lack of public session and speaker lists as well as keynote topics.



I have to send a big THANK YOU to StartupWeekend  and Microsoft BizSpark, who teamed up with the Windows team to offer a limited number of free passes to BUILD. I had been following the BizSpark newsletter for some time and I was also checking out StartupWeekend news, as both provide news sources for and about aspiring entrepreneurs. I especially want to thank Maris McEdward, Community Manager at StartupWeekend, and James Senior, Senior Technical Product Manager in the Windows 8 team, who both have been very helpful with the registration process.


The following 140 character short yet very poetic (!) reasoning about my enthusiasm to attend BUILD made me a ticket winner: This geekgirl can’t wait to discover Windows8 + deep dive into HTML5. If you don’t want my dreams to be killed, let me win a ticket to BUILD. Well, for those, who thought poetry doesn’t get you anywhere, I may have thrown an unhandled exception just this very moment.


In the past weeks, I tried to steer away from any heated discussions and conspiracy theories. I am certainly curious to find out about the latest announcements and I may have a few predictions. As expected, the announcements will please a certain crowd, while starting off upset discussions among others.  As for me; I am ready to embrace mind-blowing news, ground-breaking  changes and the modern Web. The term “modern” is mentioned multiple times in a latest feature story about BUILD on the Microsoft News Center site and when there is such an emphasis on modern, who wants to stay outdated, right? Fun aside, in my opinion, two of the key details in the article: “the modern Web – a place of rich, immersive, and engaging user experiences that consumers interact with across a wide spectrum of devices” and “Web projects becoming more application-like”… I guess, we need to read between the lines.


With less than 12 hours to the first keynote, the BUILD countdown has officially begun. Numerous predictions already popped up in Twitter (#bldwin) and the blogosphere today, however the non-stop stream of news, tweets etc. will take place tomorrow. If you want to catch up with the latest BUILD updates, MicrosoftFeed has compiled a thorough list of links on how to follow BUILD Windows related news. You may also browse to the BUILD virtual pressroom tomorrow morning for the live streaming/video link of the keynote.


Until Microsoft unveils all the mysteries surrounding BUILD in a few hours, there is not much to do than “Abwarten und Tee trinken“.

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