Windows Phone 8 is now FIPS 140-2 Certified

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With FIPS 140-2 certification, Windows Phone 8 now meets the security requirements of the United States and Canadian governments meaning it’s secure enough to be used by federal agencies and the military. This also means Windows Phone 8 is more than secure enough to be trusted by companies and individuals all over the world. The National Institute … Read more

Delta Flight Attendants are now using Windows Phones

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Starting today, more than 19,000 Delta Air Lines flight attendants will be using new Windows Phone 8 devices from Nokia to facilitate on-board purchasing to improve their customer experience. I was thrilled to be a part of this effort from the Microsoft side while working jointly with AT&T and Avanade to help Delta flight attendants … Read more

Bumbershoot 2013 App for Windows Phone

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I’m pleased to announce that my Bumbershoot 2013 app is available for download from the Windows Phone store to run on Windows Phone 8!   Bumbershoot is North America’s largest urban arts festival that consistently draws artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to Seattle every … Read more

Windows Phone 8 and the Enterprise Feature Pack

I’m pleased to announce that we are enhancing the business capabilities of Windows Phone 8 with the Enterprise Feature Pack. Building on technologies like Secure UEFI Boot, BitLocker, and TPM, an update to Windows Phone 8 will arrive in the first half of calendar year 2014 that increases IT control while boosting employee productivity.  The Enterprise Feature … Read more

Proximity Sensors and Bluetooth in Windows Phone 8

During this video, Andy and I cover local communication with Windows Phone 8. After a Bluetooth overview, we show you how to use Bluetooth from an application, Near Field Communications (NFC), bump-to-connect, as well as the proximity API functionality. Be sure to check out previous Windows Phone 8 Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy: Introducing Windows Phone … Read more

Network Communications in Windows Phone 8

During this video, Andy and I show developers how to leverage patterns for the asynchronous use of networking APIs in Windows Phone 8. Topics include WebClient, HttpWebRequest, Listener Sockets, Web Services, OData V3, Data Compression support, Simulation Dashboard, Data Sense and apps. Storing data in Skydrive, encryption and authentication are also covered. Accessing services running on localhost from … Read more

App to App Communication in Windows Phone 8

Learn all about app to app communication in Windows Phone 8. In this video, Andy and Rob demonstrate app to app communication in Windows Phone 8. Topics such as auto-launching with File and Protocol Associations (URI), launching apps to handle particular File Types, and launching one app from another are covered. Be sure to check … Read more

Using Phone Resources in Windows Phone 8

In this video, Andy and I demonstrate how to leverage a variety of Windows Phone 8 resources. Working with Launchers and Choosers, using Contacts and Calendars (SaveAppointment Task, Custom Contacts API), taking still images and manipulating video streams (Camera APIs,  lenses), working with the Windows Phone Microphone and Sensors (such as the Motion sensor) and working … Read more

Windows Phone 8 Push Notifications

During this video, Windows Phone 8 Push Notifications and server-initiated communications are discussed. Andy and Rob discuss the Push Notifications Infrastructure and demonstrate three kinds of notifications including: Raw, Toast and Tile, as well as Push Response Headers. Be sure to check out previous Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy: Introducing Windows Phone 8 … Read more

Windows Phone 8 Tiles and Lock Screen Notifications

In this video, Andy and Rob teach developers about Live Tiles in Windows Phone 8. Topics include Local Tiles API, Updating Tiles from ShellTileSchedule, Updating Tiles from Background Agents, Lock screen notifications for Windows Phone, and Lock screen background for Windows Phone. Be sure to check out previous Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy: … Read more

Windows Phone 8 Background Agents

Andy Wigely and I cover concepts during this video that will help ensure your apps have the best possible performance and battery life for the phone user. Topics such as Windows Phone task management, multi-tasking with background agents, updating tiles from a background agent, creating tasks in Visual Studio, File transfer tasks, and Background notifications … Read more

Windows Phone 8 Application Lifecycle

During this video, Andy Wigley and I focus on key concepts like the Windows Phone 8 program lifecycle. You’ll learn about things like Launching and Closing, Deactivating and Activating, Dormant and Tombstoned applications and the Simulation Dashboard. Next, we discuss Idle Detection on Windows Phone and Detecting Obscured events, Fast Application Resume, Lifecycle design, and … Read more

Files and Storage on Windows Phone 8

This video covers new storage concepts for Windows Phone 8. The concepts covered in this video include accessing the Installation folder or the Local folder using the Windows Phone Runtime Windows.Storage APIs. Additionally, Andy and I focus on background file transfers, Special Folders (Shared/Media, Shared/ShellContent, Shared/Transfers), and exploring the local folder with ISET Using Removable … Read more

Building Windows Phone 8 Apps

Now that you’ve learned how to design Windows Phone 8 apps from the previous video, it’s time to dive into the construction of these apps. This session provides developers with a comprehensive understanding of the key components required to build a Windows Phone 8 App, including Page Navigation, the Application Bar, building UI for multiple screen resolutions … Read more

Designing Windows Phone 8 Apps

With Windows Phone 8, it’s more essential than ever that developers know how to properly express apps so they adhere to the overall look and feel of the phone. In this session, Andy and Rob introduce the Windows Phone design language and how to start designing an app; application structure and navigation models, getting started … Read more