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 Proximity Sensors and Bluetooth in Windows Phone 8

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 Network Communications in Windows Phone 8

Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP: Android > Cloud

In my ‘Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP’ article last week, I described how to connect Android smartphones and tablets to Microsoft’s On-Premise infrastructure. In this week’s scenario, I’ll use the picture below to illustrate how Android utilizes many of Gartner’s Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Critical Capabilities to connect to Microsoft’s Cloud services in Azure: … Read more Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP: Android > Cloud

Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP: Android > On-Premises

In my last ‘Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP’ article, I described how to connect iPhones and iPads to Microsoft’s Cloud servers in Azure. In this week’s scenario, I’ll use the picture below to illustrate how Android devices can utilize many of Gartner’s Critical Capabilities to connect to Microsoft’s On-Premise infrastructure: As you can see … Read more Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP: Android > On-Premises

Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP: iPhone + iPad > Cloud

In my ‘Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP’ article last week, I described how to connect iPhones and iPads to Microsoft’s On-Premise infrastructure. In this week’s scenario, I’ll use the picture below to illustrate how iOS utilizes many of Gartner’s Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Critical Capabilities to connect to Microsoft’s Cloud services in Azure: As … Read more Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP: iPhone + iPad > Cloud

Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP: iPhone + iPad > On-Premises

In my last ‘Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP’ article, I described how to connect a Windows Phone device to Microsoft’s Cloud servers in Azure. By now you’re probably thinking, “It’s easy to talk about Microsoft endpoints talking to Microsoft servers.” So in this week’s scenario, I’ll use the picture below to illustrate how iOS … Read more Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP: iPhone + iPad > On-Premises

Sync Framework v4 is now Open Source, and ready to Connect any Device to SQL Server and SQL Azure

Sync

Microsoft has brought the power to synchronize data with either SQL Server on-premise or SQL Azure in the cloud to the world of mobility.

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Uploading Data back to Azure

Submarine

Looking back over the last 6 months of this series of articles, you’ve created wireless-efficient WCF REST + JSON Web Services in Azure to download data from SQL Azure tables to Windows Phone. You’ve maintained in-memory collections of objects in your own local NoSQL object cache.  You’ve used LINQ to query those collections and bind … Read more Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Uploading Data back to Azure

What the new App Hub in Windows Phone Mango means for the Enterprise

Windows Phone 8 Tiles

If you attended MIX 11 or watched it on Channel 9, you might have seen Todd Brix’s session titled “Making Money with your Applications on Windows Phone.” In this session, Todd talked about all the great things Windows Phone users and developers can expect with the new Marketplace and App Hub in the Mango timeframe.  … Read more What the new App Hub in Windows Phone Mango means for the Enterprise

The Important User Experience (UX) You Can’t See

Cellular Tower

Whenever I hear the term, “UX,” I immediately think of graphic designers, artists and folks who focus on making the UI of your application beautiful. Nine times out of ten, this is the appropriate connection to make.  Great UX folks at Microsoft came together to make Windows Phone 7 the most visually-appealing smartphone on the … Read more The Important User Experience (UX) You Can’t See

Confronting the Consumerization of IT with Microsoft MEAP

Microsoft MEAP

CIOs are asking for help in confronting the tidal wave of mobile devices entering the enterprise and IT departments have raised the white flag as attempts to block consumer-focused smartphones and tablets have failed. The Consumerization of IT has been a growing trend fueled by cloud-delivered services and compelling mobile devices with wireless capabilities.  This … Read more Confronting the Consumerization of IT with Microsoft MEAP

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Improving the In-Memory Database

Phone 7

About a month ago, I wrote an article intended to help you fill some of the gaps left by the missing SQL Server Compact database. Since your Windows Phone 7 Silverlight app is consuming an ObservableCollection of objects streaming down from Windows Azure and SQL Azure, it makes sense to organize those objects in a … Read more Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Improving the In-Memory Database

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Network Awareness

Phone 6

By now, you’ve heard me talk a lot about the role wireless data networks play when it comes to the success of your mobile application. They are unreliable, intermittent, highly latent and often slower than they should be due to overtaxed cellular towers and congested backhaul networks.  Hopefully, you’ve built an app that tackles those … Read more Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Network Awareness

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Working with an In-Memory Database

Phone3

In my last article of this series, you finally got to consume wireless-friendly WCF REST + JSON Services from both Windows Server and Windows Azure with data coming from SQL Server/SQL Azure. You now have an ObservableCollection of Customer objects residing in a Singleton on your Windows Phone 7 device.  This Singleton looks similar to … Read more Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Working with an In-Memory Database

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Consuming an Azure WCF REST + JSON Service

Windows Phone 7.5

In my last two articles, I showed you how to build WCF REST services using Visual Studio 2010 that can reside on-premise in Windows Server 2008 or in the Cloud in Windows Azure.  Furthermore, I demonstrated pulling data from a table in SQL Server/SQL Azure.  I serialized .NET Objects using lightweight JSON to speed data … Read more Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Consuming an Azure WCF REST + JSON Service