For users of the Nokia Lumia 1520 on AT&T, the Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system update is available for immediate download. The smartphone built from the ground-up to address the security and management needs of every enterprise has arrived.  Some of you developers and early adopters running the developer preview may need to use the Nokia Software Recovery Tool to downgrade back to Windows Phone 8 before you phone will recognize that the Lumia Cyan update is available.  Here at Microsoft, we’ve created the ultimate device to span your business and personal life.  Our super-efficient operating system runs great on inexpensive hardware so no one gets left out.  Highlights include: Cortana She’s a personal digital assistant

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For users of the Nokia Lumia 1520 on AT&T, the Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system update is available for immediate download. The smartphone built from the ground-up to address the security and management needs of every enterprise has arrived.  Some of you developers and early adopters running the developer preview may need to use the Nokia Software Recovery Tool to downgrade back to Windows Phone 8 before you phone will recognize that the Lumia Cyan update is available.  Here at Microsoft, we’ve created the ultimate device to span your business and personal life.  Our super-efficient operating system runs great on inexpensive hardware so no one gets left out.  Highlights include: Cortana She’s a personal digital assistant

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In the latest edition of Inside Window Phone, I joined Matthijs Hoekstra to discuss the different ways you can deploy Windows Phone apps in the enterprise. Sharing my knowledge and helping others never stops, so connect with me on my blog at http://robtiffany.com , follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RobTiffany and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/robtiffany Sign Up for my Newsletter and get a FREE Chapter of “Mobile Strategies for Business!”

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In the latest edition of Inside Window Phone, I joined Matthijs Hoekstra to discuss the different ways you can deploy Windows Phone apps in the enterprise. Sharing my knowledge and helping others never stops, so connect with me on my blog at http://robtiffany.com , follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RobTiffany and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/robtiffany Sign Up for my Newsletter and get a FREE Chapter of “Mobile Strategies for Business!”

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In this week’s episode of “Inside Windows Phone,” Matthijs Hoekstra and I discuss the use of NoSQL. When building mobile apps for the enterprise, an offline data store is absolutely essential so that users can keep working in the absence of wireless connectivity.  In addition to SQLite and SQLCE, NoSQL is a great option to consider in order to achieve your goals with local data storage. Below are some code snippets I created to get you started: Define Table schema (Entity) public sealed class Customer {     public int CustomerId { get; set; }     public string FirstName { get; set; }     public string LastName { get; set; } } Define Table (Generic List to hold collection of Customer objects) public static List<Customer> Customers

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In this week’s episode of “Inside Windows Phone,” Matthijs Hoekstra and I discuss the use of NoSQL. When building mobile apps for the enterprise, an offline data store is absolutely essential so that users can keep working in the absence of wireless connectivity.  In addition to SQLite and SQLCE, NoSQL is a great option to consider in order to achieve your goals with local data storage. Below are some code snippets I created to get you started: Define Table schema (Entity) public sealed class Customer {     public int CustomerId { get; set; }     public string FirstName { get; set; }     public string LastName { get; set; } } Define Table (Generic List to hold collection of Customer objects) public static List<Customer> Customers

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The first glimpse of Windows Phone 8 emerged in San Francisco today. Joe Belfiore, Terry Myerson, and Kevin Gallo took the world on a tour of Microsoft’s next smartphone.  I’m confident that Windows Phone 8 will leapfrog our smartphone competitors so dramatically that they’ll never catch up.  Before diving into the highlights of today’s Windows Phone Summit, just take a look at our beautiful new Start screen: Windows Phone 8 is just Gorgeous! I’m going to get you up to speed with our new phone as rapidly as possible, so hold on to your seat! Shares Windows 8 core > Kernel > Networking > Filesystem > Multimedia > Driver model > Security > Graphics

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The first glimpse of Windows Phone 8 emerged in San Francisco today. Joe Belfiore, Terry Myerson, and Kevin Gallo took the world on a tour of Microsoft’s next smartphone.  I’m confident that Windows Phone 8 will leapfrog our smartphone competitors so dramatically that they’ll never catch up.  Before diving into the highlights of today’s Windows Phone Summit, just take a look at our beautiful new Start screen: Windows Phone 8 is just Gorgeous! I’m going to get you up to speed with our new phone as rapidly as possible, so hold on to your seat! Shares Windows 8 core > Kernel > Networking > Filesystem > Multimedia > Driver model > Security > Graphics

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Now that I’ve spent the last two articles helping you to get your Metro user experience foundation created with CSS3 and Media Queries, it’s time to jump into one of the features of HTML5.  Geolocation is perfectly suited for smartphones because location awareness is something they all have in common.  Most people are under the impression that only native mobile apps have the power to reach into the platform APIs and retrieve a device’s current location.  Luckily, with modern HTML5 browsers like Internet Explorer 9, web pages can use JavaScript to gather this same information.  This API finds your location via the following methods: GPS:  This is the most accurate method

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Now that I’ve spent the last two articles helping you to get your Metro user experience foundation created with CSS3 and Media Queries, it’s time to jump into one of the features of HTML5.  Geolocation is perfectly suited for smartphones because location awareness is something they all have in common.  Most people are under the impression that only native mobile apps have the power to reach into the platform APIs and retrieve a device’s current location.  Luckily, with modern HTML5 browsers like Internet Explorer 9, web pages can use JavaScript to gather this same information.  This API finds your location via the following methods: GPS:  This is the most accurate method

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In my last article covering HTML5 and CSS3 on Windows Phone, I got you started with a simple boilerplate. It just so happened that the style I presented you with was Dark.  Since we know that Windows Phone also has a light theme, I think it’s important that your mobile web site have one as well.  Below is an enhanced version of the boilerplate HTML5 file that displays many commonly used Form elements: <!DOCTYPE html> <html lang=”en”>     <head>         <meta charset=”utf-8″ />         <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=yes” />         <meta name=”MobileOptimized” content=”width” />         <meta name=”HandheldFriendly” content=”true” />         <link rel=”stylesheet” href=”MetroDark.css”>         <title>Web Storage</title>     </head>     <body>         <p>CONTOSO FRUIT COMPANY</p>

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In my last article covering HTML5 and CSS3 on Windows Phone, I got you started with a simple boilerplate. It just so happened that the style I presented you with was Dark.  Since we know that Windows Phone also has a light theme, I think it’s important that your mobile web site have one as well.  Below is an enhanced version of the boilerplate HTML5 file that displays many commonly used Form elements: <!DOCTYPE html> <html lang=”en”>     <head>         <meta charset=”utf-8″ />         <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=yes” />         <meta name=”MobileOptimized” content=”width” />         <meta name=”HandheldFriendly” content=”true” />         <link rel=”stylesheet” href=”MetroDark.css”>         <title>Web Storage</title>     </head>     <body>         <p>CONTOSO FRUIT COMPANY</p>

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I’m excited to pass along the great news that our very own Windows Phone 7.5 is a 2012 Interaction Award winner! In a field of over 300 entries from 33 countries, the compelling UX of Windows Phone stood out.  Our elegant integration of social networks, the Metro design language of color and typography, and the minimalist concept of fierce reduction won the day. The Interaction Awards is an initiative of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), which is a global network of over 25,000 members worldwide dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design. Well done Windows Phone! -Rob Sharing my knowledge and helping others never stops, so connect with me on my

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I’m excited to pass along the great news that our very own Windows Phone 7.5 is a 2012 Interaction Award winner! In a field of over 300 entries from 33 countries, the compelling UX of Windows Phone stood out.  Our elegant integration of social networks, the Metro design language of color and typography, and the minimalist concept of fierce reduction won the day. The Interaction Awards is an initiative of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), which is a global network of over 25,000 members worldwide dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design. Well done Windows Phone! -Rob Sharing my knowledge and helping others never stops, so connect with me on my

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Windows Phone 7.5 is running fast out of the gate for 2012. The stunning mobile operating system from Microsoft was the talk of CES in Las Vegas this year.  The accolades streaming in from the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, reviewers, and tech bloggers are unprecedented. The Nokia Lumia 900 won the Best of CES award in the Smartphone category and it’s no surprise.  Before listing off the impressive specs, just look at this gorgeous piece of hardware.  Looks matter…trust me.  Windows Phone is already the most elegant mobile operating system.  Breathtaking industrial design is the other half of the equation.  When paired with iconic hardware, it’s like pairing your favorite

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Windows Phone 7.5 is running fast out of the gate for 2012. The stunning mobile operating system from Microsoft was the talk of CES in Las Vegas this year.  The accolades streaming in from the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, reviewers, and tech bloggers are unprecedented. The Nokia Lumia 900 won the Best of CES award in the Smartphone category and it’s no surprise.  Before listing off the impressive specs, just look at this gorgeous piece of hardware.  Looks matter…trust me.  Windows Phone is already the most elegant mobile operating system.  Breathtaking industrial design is the other half of the equation.  When paired with iconic hardware, it’s like pairing your favorite

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The last time I talked to you about Windows Phone security, I showed you how to encrypt your data and save it in Isolated Storage using Silverlight’s AesManaged class to create a Key and an Initialization Vector (IV) based on a password and salt value.  This gave your consumer and line-of-business apps the iron-clad AES 256 encryption they needed to secure sensitive data.  While this made 3rd-party Windows Phone apps the most secure in the industry, users had to deal with the hassle of entering their credentials each time they launched their secure app.  The reason users had to reenter their credentials each time is because there was no secure way

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The last time I talked to you about Windows Phone security, I showed you how to encrypt your data and save it in Isolated Storage using Silverlight’s AesManaged class to create a Key and an Initialization Vector (IV) based on a password and salt value.  This gave your consumer and line-of-business apps the iron-clad AES 256 encryption they needed to secure sensitive data.  While this made 3rd-party Windows Phone apps the most secure in the industry, users had to deal with the hassle of entering their credentials each time they launched their secure app.  The reason users had to reenter their credentials each time is because there was no secure way

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Prior to the Mobile and Embedded Developer Conference (MEDC) back in 2007, my teammates Loke Uei Tan, Mike Hall, James Pratt, Derek Snyder and I made a movie that illustrates presentation worst practices…

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Prior to the Mobile and Embedded Developer Conference (MEDC) back in 2007, my teammates Loke Uei Tan, Mike Hall, James Pratt, Derek Snyder and I made a movie that illustrates presentation worst practices…

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The home screen, or Start, on Windows® Phone 7 Series can be customized with “live tiles” that show the latest updates from the Web directly to customers. For example, create a “live tile” of a friend and gain a readable, up-to-date view of that person’s latest pictures and posts, just by glancing at Start. The People Hub is communication central, where customers can see all relevant content associated with a contact, including live feeds from social networks and photos. It also provides a single place from which customers can post updates to Facebook and Windows Live in one step. The Pictures Hub brings together photos from the phone, the PC and

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The home screen, or Start, on Windows® Phone 7 Series can be customized with “live tiles” that show the latest updates from the Web directly to customers. For example, create a “live tile” of a friend and gain a readable, up-to-date view of that person’s latest pictures and posts, just by glancing at Start. The People Hub is communication central, where customers can see all relevant content associated with a contact, including live feeds from social networks and photos. It also provides a single place from which customers can post updates to Facebook and Windows Live in one step. The Pictures Hub brings together photos from the phone, the PC and

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I’m pleased to announce that today we’re launching a new line of Windows® phones around the world that are available in a broad range of styles and prices. With a Windows phone, you can navigate easily with the touch of a finger and browse the Internet on a great mobile browser. You can also connect to two new services that allow you to back up and share data from your phone to the Web and buy a variety of useful applications from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Microsoft expects partners to deliver more than 30 new phones in more than 20 countries by the end of 2009. One Phone for Work

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I’m pleased to announce that today we’re launching a new line of Windows® phones around the world that are available in a broad range of styles and prices. With a Windows phone, you can navigate easily with the touch of a finger and browse the Internet on a great mobile browser. You can also connect to two new services that allow you to back up and share data from your phone to the Web and buy a variety of useful applications from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Microsoft expects partners to deliver more than 30 new phones in more than 20 countries by the end of 2009. One Phone for Work

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