Windows Phone 7: If at First You Don’t Succeed

Written by: J. Gerry Purdy 10/20/2010  You have to hand it to Microsoft.   They have certainly fulfilled the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  Microsoft has had a number of previous attempts to build a successful operating system for the mobile market with WinPad, Windows Mobile and Win CE.  These … Read more

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Moving your WCF REST + JSON Service to Windows Azure

Azure2

Ever since my last blog post where I demonstrated how to create lightweight WCF REST + JSON services for consumption by Windows Phone 7, I’ve received many requests from folks wanting to know how to do the same thing from Windows Azure.  Using Visual Studio 2010, the Azure Development Fabric and SQL Server, I will … Read more

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Building a WCF REST + JSON Service

Visual Studio

Let’s start at the server and work our way to the phone.  Anyone who knows me is probably aware that I come from a wireless background so I’m always obsessed with things like coverage, bandwidth and latency when it comes to building mobile systems.  The only thing I assume in mobile development is frequent network … Read more

Build the Mobile Web with WebMatrix

HTML5

Build mobile web sites that adhere to W3C Mobile Web Best Practices using the new WebMatix web development tool. This tool introduces simple-to-use ASP.NET Web Pages which don’t follow the MVC pattern nor do they include server controls like WebForms.  It also introduces the “Razor” templating engine and a model where you have HTML and … Read more

Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta Released

Windows Phone

Just wanted to help spread the word that was posted by Brandon Watson earlier this morning on our Windows Phone Developer Blog.  Go download the new Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta. The term “Beta” is understood to mean that things are close to being finished.  Well, that’s what we mean anyway. This Beta release represents … Read more

Don’t forget to Encrypt your Windows Phone 7 Data

Contoso Encryption

Whether you’re targeting Mobile Line of Business apps for the Enterprise or B2C apps for consumers, ensuring that sensitive data is encrypted is a must.  These days, I can’t have a serious discussion with a CIO unless I can assure her that my mobile device can protect data-in-transit and data-at-rest.  You already know that Windows … Read more

Microsoft by the Numbers

Microsoft

With Microsoft Windows 7 selling more than 600,000 per day, it’s interesting to look at all our numbers and see how they stack up against the competition: 150,000,000 Number of Windows 7 licenses sold, making Windows 7 by far the fastest growing operating system in history.[source] 7.1 million Projected iPad sales for 2010. [source] 58 … Read more

Microsoft Outlines Commitment to the Future of Enterprise Handheld Devices

Embedded Handheld

Microsoft unveils new brand and road map, and extends support for the enterprise handheld devices market. Redmond, Wash. — June 17, 2010 — No one would argue the way we work has changed. From retail, medical, manufacturing and a host of other industries, being tied to a fixed office location simply isn’t an option for … Read more

Walking to Omaha Beach

Big Red One

I caught a train from Paris to Bayeux at Gare Saint-Lazare with only four minutes to spare.  Two hours later I was in the heart of Normandie and ready to crash at my hotel.  Luckily, it was only a half a mile walk from the train station to my hotel so I skipped the taxi.  … Read more

Mobile Merge Replication Performance and Scalability Cheat Sheet

SQL Server Compact

If your Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) is using SQL Server Merge Replication to provide the mobile middleware and reliable wireless wire protocol for SQL Server Compact (SSCE) running on Windows Mobile 5/6.x devices + Windows XP/Vista/7 laptops, desktops and tablets; below is a guide to help you build the fastest, most scalable systems:

Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 has Arrived

SQL Server Compact

My favorite embedded database for Windows Phones, laptops, tablets and desktops has been released to the Web along with Visual Studio 2010. New features for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 include: Supports working with a SQL Server Compact 3.5 database using the Transact-SQL Editor in Visual Studio 2010. The Transact-SQL Editor can be used to … Read more

The KIN is Here

KIN

Today, Robbie Bach and my good friend Derek Snyder launched Microsoft’s newest Windows Phones at an event in San Francisco. Two phones for the socially-connected crowd with multi-touch screens and slide-out keyboards.  We worked with Sharp on the hardware plus Verizon and Vodafone for the wireless networks. KIN ONE Compact keyboard for one-handed texting + … Read more