Gifs N Giggles Released for the Windows Store


My newest app has jus made it to the Windows Store. It is called Gifs N Giggles. The app is powered by and utilizes its repository of animated gifs for you enjoyment.

My first release is just consuming the Giphy API to show the top trending and most recent gifs. There is a feature called “Make me Giggle”, which will get a random gif. Sharing is done via the Windows charms bar for now.

My next release will add some for features. I am thinking of adding a meme generator, like and dislike functions, rating/ranking and more.

I am using the MVP (minimum viable product) approach to get a product in the market, test and gather feedback and iterate on it.

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Go download it now and let me know what you think.


Microsoft Training and Certification Guide – There’s an App!

Microsoft Certification App

The Microsoft Training and Certification Guide provides a quick, comprehensive view of our training and certification landscape, and covers all of the training requisites and upgrade paths that lead to modern Microsoft Certifications. Microsoft training helps to improve your technical skills while certification helps further your career by proving your technical knowledge. Use this guide to help you achieve your IT goals.


  • Microsoft Official Courseware mapped directly to Microsoft Certification exams
  • Interactive subway map of technical training and exams
  • Deeper information regarding technical training and certifications via weblinks
  • Guidance to map keywords directly to the appropriate certifications
  • Print pages of the app by viewing as a PDF

Get it now!

CodeAcross 2014

CodeAcross 2014
CodeAcross 2014 is a weekend of events taking place in cities around the world. There will be events hosted simultaneously in dozens of cities all around the globe on the weekend of February 21-23, 2014. Coinciding with International Open Data Day, the goal of CodeAcross is to activate the Code for America network and inspire residents everywhere to get actively involved in their community.

CodeAcross events will be hosted by members of the CfA network: Fellows, government partners, and volunteers. This is the third annual CodeAcross event (formerly Code Across America).

This year, we’re offering a theme for CodeAcross: Beyond Transparency. Let’s take the open government movement one step further, by focusing on not only making data open, but actionable. Join us to push the ball forward in your community. Read more “CodeAcross 2014”

WormRun for Windows 8. Interview and more!

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My fellow evangelist, Stacey Mulcahy welcomes Mike Christatos and Andy Wallace from Golden Ruby Games as they discuss how they created “WormRun” for Windows 8. Tune in as they share their story from concept to creative to code as well as how they integrated the use of an Xbox controller to play their game.

Download “WormRun” for Windows 8

If you’re interested in learning more about the products or solutions discussed in this episode, click on any of the below links for free, in-depth information:

Blogs & Articles:


Virtual Labs:

Windows App Studio Updated

App Studio



4 easy steps and you have an app. It is true!

Head on over to App Studio for the Windows Phone and you will find an updated site and features to build yourself a Windows Phone app in a few easy steps.

Redesigned UI, touch enabled, a better emulator, new templates and other features makes this a pretty powerful tool.

Most of all when you generate your project you have a choice of a Windows Phone project or a Windows Phone AND Store project! Woohoo!











Start your app today!

Read more about the enhancements fromt the developer blog

SkyDrive is now OneDrive – Time to Update

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Microsoft has updated SkyDrive app to become OneDrive app. If you do not have SkyDrive or OneDrive installed, it is real simple to get going. If you have it installed, it is still pretty simple.

New Installations:

Head on over to and download the app. OneDrive








OneDrive is available for Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. It is also available for Mac OS X.

Have a Tablet? No problem. OneDrive is available for it as well.

OneDrive Tablet

OneDrive is even available for your mobile phone.
OneDrive Phone

Installation is straightforward and if you activate photo synching, you get some extra storage. Also, refer friends, get more space as well!

Upgrading Installations

If you are installing on a Windows 7 or Windows Vista computer, running the setup from the links above will upgrade you to OneDrive.

On Mac OS X, head on over to the App Store and run the upgrade from there.

Tablets – head to your marketplace or store and perform the updates.

Phone – head to the marketplace or store and perform the update as well.


The update brings a new thumbnail view, improved view of shared files, the ability to share multiple items at once, the ability to pin folders to your Start screen, open your OneDrive files in other apps, and bug fixes and performance improvements. A worthwhile update!


Join the App Madness

We are super excited to announce the return of the Windows 8 Student App Madness Challenge. Create and publish a Windows 8 app by April 14th, 2014 and you could win* a $50 gift card. Promote your app and receive 100 downloads for the chance to win* an additional $50 gift card. Microsoft will provide you with all the software, resources and support you need to get started, build your app, and publish it to the Windows Store. This is a great opportunity for you to get some app building experience, and win prizes while doing it! 

App Madness Ad

West Farms Mall Announces New Microsoft Store

West Farms Mall, located just outside of Hartford CT, will open Connecticuts second Microsoft Store (the first being in Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury CT).

West Farms Mall - March 1st

The West Farms Mall had a Microsoft Kiosk for some time now and will receive a full blown store with all of its bells and whistles.

As your local Technical Evangelist, I will be setting up shop on connsecutive Tuesdays delivering Windows App Dev workshops.

(Topics TBD. Stay tuned)

  • March 4th
  • March 11th
  • March 18th
  • March 25th
  • April 1st
  • April 8th

Workshops all start at 5:00pm and last about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.


Is Your Windows Device Ready for the Super Bowl?

This years Super Bowl (or should I call it the “Big Game”) has a few interesting plot lines. Will Peyton Manning quiet the critics by winning the game with the most explosive offense we have seen since the Brady Bunch back in the 2007 season?

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Will Richard Sherman live up to the “best cornerback in the game” quotes (or you should I say rant)?


Will New York and New Jersey be able to host a cold weather game?

Will there be any commercials worth talking about on Monday?

Once we get past the plot lines we can focus on the real things that matter…the food and beer at the party.

While you bring chips, wings, ribs, beer, drinks, I will be bringing the apps to my Super Bowl party. Not apps as in appetizers but apps in Windows apps for tablets and phones.

Here is my list.

Windows Phone Apps that are Super Bowl worthy.

  1. Nokia Camera – You need to have the Lumia Amber update but is a great app to maximize your devices hardware. Great for the pre-game pics as well as some embarassing moments.
  2. 6tag – After I take those pics I can use 6tag to show them off on my Instagram feed. #Hashtag away!
  3. Untappd – While you are sitting there and drinking some craft brew, “check-in” and follow your brewery with this great app.
  4. Touchdown Run – During the halftime special or some local commercials, check out this game. Simple yet addicting.
  5. Waterville Resort – Since my beloved Patriots are not in this years game and I dont have a team to root for I will be investigating some great ski resorts to spend my Sundays at.

Windows 8 Apps that will get everyone talking.

  1. Sports Memory Match – This is a fun game to keep the excitement going of the BIG GAME. Take a break and play this one for a bit.
  2. WTD in Seattle – If all this Richard Sherman talk got you motivated to take a trip to the left coast and check out Seattle, what better app to download and see whats happening out there.
  3. Are We There Yet – Since this will be the last weekend most of us will be glued to a TV set watching Football, our family gets us back. What a perfect time to start thinking about trips and travel.
  4. Take Me Out to the Ballgame – And speaking of travel and no more Football, we can start looking towards Baseball. This app helps you get there with ease.
  5. Cholesterol! How Much – Since we just chowed down a ton of food and beer for the past Football season, we can now start getting back in shape. First lets see how healthy we are with this app.

Good luck!