HTML5 and CSS3 on Windows Phone: Dark and Light Styles

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 … Read more

Windows Phone 7.5 wins 2012 Interaction Award

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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 … Read more

HTML5 and CSS3 on Windows Phone: A Simple Boilerplate

Mobile Web on Windows Phone

Internet Explorer 9 running on Windows Phone 7.5 has seriously raised the HTML5 mobile web profile of Microsoft’s latest phone operating system. Up until recently, it’s been all about the apps written in Silverlight.  With hardware-accelerated video, text rendering, canvas drawing, and the high-speed “Chakra” JavaScript engine, IE9 compiled for ARM processors means business.  But diving … Read more

Prediction: 2012 Will be the Year of Windows Phone

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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 … Read more

Encrypting your Credentials on Windows Phone 7.5

Azure Security

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 … Read more

Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP: Windows Phone > Cloud

In this week’s scenario, I’ll illustrate how Windows Phone utilizes many of Gartner’s Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Critical Capabilities to connect to Microsoft’s Cloud services in Azure

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

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

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 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

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