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.

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Windows 8 App Development. The Time is NOW!

There is a lot of momentum with Windows 8 right now. From the launch of the Nokia 2520 to all of the Windows Phones and other tablets, it is a great time to be part of the Windows ecosystem.

With that said, it is a great time for Students and Developers to start building apps and games for the Windows Platform. Listed below are a few promotions going on.

 

App Builder Rewards: Double Points December

App Builder
Publish an app in December • Complete the quest • Earn 10,000 points

It’s Double Points December! Publish your app in the Windows Store and complete the “Apps Quest” between December 1st and 31st 2013, and you’ll get double points for up to 8 apps. The more apps you submit, the more you earn.  Join App Builder Rewards today! https://build.windowsstore.com/rewards

 

Build an app this holiday season and ring in the new year with some cash in your pocket

Holiday App Challenge

We are excited to announce the Windows 8 Holiday App Challenge. Spend your winter break coding an awesome new app to be eligible to win up to $150. Full contest details can be found at http://windows8challenge.com.

How to participate?

  1. Develop a Windows 8 app. Submit your app to http://aka.ms/HolidayAppChallengeSubmission to be eligible to win av$50 gift card.
  2. Promote your app to get 100 downloads. Visit www.windows8challenge.com for tips and tricks to get 100 downloads in no time!
  3. Confirm your app has 100 downloads. Submit your confirmation at http://aka.ms/HolidayAppDownloadConfirmation to be eligible to win an additional $100 gift card. The contest ends on January 15th, 2014.

Offer terms and conditions: http://aka.ms/HolidayAppOfferTerms.

 

The Modev Windows $10k App Contest

MoDev Contest

We’re looking for those game changers, industry disruptors—denizens of creative awesome from across the developer community. We’ll award prizes two ways:

  1. An impartial panel of judges will pick the top three apps from among the entries and award prizes
  2. We’ll put the pool of entries up for a public vote, and encourage some healthy competition between entrants to promote your app and get the public to vote for you

To qualify, entrants need to submit new Windows 8 or Windows Phone apps to the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store between October 1 and December 31, 2013, and fill out the Contest Entry form. Judging and public voting will begin in January 2014, with winners announced by January 31st.

 

Awesome Chance to win Cash for your App

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Just this week on 10/1, some friends at MoDev announced a contest, for a chance to win cash prizes, totaling $10K.  My favorite part, is that you can actually control whether or not you win, with a public vote, which will occur after the contest entry period ends on 12/31.  You just have to get your friends (and their friends) to vote for your app! Helps drive awareness for your published app & increase your downloads, but also increases your chance to win.  Check out the details below.

The Modev Windows $10k App Contest

We’re looking for those game changers, industry disruptors—denizens of creative awesome from across the developer community. We’ll award prizes two ways:

 

  1. An impartial panel of judges will pick the top three apps from among the entries and award prizes
  2. We’ll put the pool of entries up for a public vote, and encourage some healthy competition between entrants to promote your app and get the public to vote for you

 

To qualify, entrants need to submit new Windows 8 or Windows Phone apps to the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store between October 1 and December 31, 2013, and fill out the Contest Entry form. Judging and public voting will begin in January 2014, with winners announced by January 31st.

3 Windows Store Games to Check Out from Small Dev Shops

We all know about the LARGE development shops that create the popular games. At some point in time the makers of Angry Birds (Rovio) were small. I am not saying any of these games will be the next Angry Birds on the Windows platform, but, they are entertaining and worth checking out.

Zombie Pop

Zombie Pop

Fight back the unthinking, undead hordes with your zombie-swapping, color-matching prowess. In this fun twist on classic match-three games, the jewels are zombies who must be stopped. Slow the creeping menace by tapping crowds of three or more zombies of the same color, and watch them collapse, even as more join them. Can you stem the tide, or will you succumb to the zombie invasion

Zombie Lines

Zombie Lines

How long would you last during a zombie apocalypse? Take the test with this new kind of zombie game and find out. Clear rows of advancing undead with a unique matching system. Group sets of three or more matching zombies to kill them (again) and fight back. Compare your score with friends to decide who is most likely to survive when the dead walk the Earth!

Junk Rocket

Junk Rocket

Aliens have destroyed all of the best and brightest in the world, and now it’s up to one brave soul and his crew of poorly trained technicians to mount a desperate counterattack. Use your junk cannons to prepare your ship for the ravages of space, and then navigate your way to the alien overlord for a thrilling showdown!

Keep Track of Your Local Rivers

Screenshot.202925.100000Weather has always been unpredictable, just ask anyone who lives in Florida. However, when we look at patterns we can “sorta” predict weather. There is an app in the Windows Store that looks at these patterns to display rising rivers in your area. Why is this useful? Well, have you seen what happened in Colorado or even in Austin?

Fluvium (Fluvial – term used in geography and Earth science to refer to the processes associated with rivers and streams and thedeposits and landforms created by them – Wikipediaallows you to find nearby rivers and add them to your watch list. Data comes in from the USGS is updated every fifteen minutes, providing close to real-time monitoring. There are thousands of USGS monitored sites that you can choose from and add in Bing Maps integration to give you a pinpoint view of the area.

The app is definitely worth checking out.

Your Windows App Start Here!

MicrosoftYour App Starts here! Windows App Developer Workshops

Whether you want to develop Games or Apps we’ve got workshops for you! These free hands-on workshops are perfect for beginning developers and experienced coders alike. Get individual guidance on marketing and publishing your app or game. Who knows? Your app could entertain, educate or even change the world!

Seating is very limited – Registration is required for each workshop.
While you learn how to leverage well known open data APIs (such as Twitter, Meetup, Instagram, Edmunds and more) through our easy Starter Kits we’ll also show you how to approach marketing and publishing your app in the Windows and Windows Phone stores.
By attending a workshop you will:
1. Code Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and/or Windows Phone 8 apps by leveraging our APIMASH starter kits
2. Publish your apps to the Windows and Windows Phone stores
3. Market your app online and through social media to drive downloads

Workshop Agenda:

  • Hour 1 Presentation: Getting started with the Windows App Starter Kits
  • Hours 2 & 3 Code your app following our Hands-On Lab Workbooks and get expert, personal help with your project
  • Hour 4 Presentation: Marketing Apps 101

Refreshments will be served.

Here are our East Coast Events

Ft. Lauderdale http://aka.ms/g7j0jv
Malvern http://aka.ms/we6wac
Cambridge http://aka.ms/Svpnr6
Farmington http://aka.ms/wk7vu3
Alpharetta http://aka.ms/ftdday
Raleigh/Durham http://aka.ms/Ig4y8q
New York City http://aka.ms/lx5ief
Rochester http://aka.ms/oebikj
Reston http://aka.ms/j8tw7b

 

 

Getting Started with Windows Application Development

If you are a developer and have not heard about building apps for mobile devices then you must still be in a dark room with coffee and loud music. Apps are all the rage. Ranging from seasoned developers to 12 year old kids with a Mac. But how do you get started? Do you just start coding and submit? Sure. Well it is not that simple but there are some great tools to get a jump start on app development. This article will talk about a few ways to jump start your application development for the Windows 8 platform.

The Idea

Do you have one? Great. If not, there are plenty of ideas out there you just need to ignite the spark. What better way to ignite it with some starter kits. The Technical Evangelist team at Microsoft has created a bunch of “starter kits” that consume public API’s.

apimash StarterKits · GitHub

They range from the more popular Foursquare and Instagram to Chuck Norris and World of Warcraft. Download these, fire them up, and see how they can jumpstart your app idea.

More Help

Once you are up and running with your idea, you might need more help on location services or media access. There is a plethra of examples and kits over at the Windows Dev Center that can point you in the right directon or answer that question.

What Next?

In the next few weeks I will be sharing a starter kit along with my Windows Store app submission process. I have a great idea, the app will…wait…I can’t let you know yet.

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