In past couple of months I had the honor to get invited from Microsoft Malaysia to conduct Windows Phone development workshops for students and professionals and share my personal experience as developer and trainer with them. In few workshops, I had the chance to get to know about 200 new developers who just get to know Windows Phone platform and eco-system and ready to develop amazing apps. And for those who already familiar with the platform, get a chance to improve the quality of their application by applying useful tips and tricks from the workshops.
In past couple of years with increasing of popularity of Windows Phone mobile operating system and increasing the number of the developers in the community, the competition with other mobile platform get more serious than before. Even though, the application development on Windows Phone platform is much easier than other mobile platforms, It doesn’t stop Microsoft from making the app development more easier, faster and even make it available to those who does not have programming background and may not be familiar to application development.
In 2013, Microsoft created web-based solution to ease the application development called Windows App Studio which allow the developers to create their application in few simple steps. The most important thing is, if you are not even experienced, you can follow Microsoft’s guide on how to use the App Studio where it has the step by step guide on how to use different features of App Studio to create useful and informative applications for Windows Phone and Windows 8.
I had the honor to get invited by Microsoft Malaysia to conduct the first Windows Phone rapid application development (RAD) in the region and train the students and professionals on how to speed up their development by using the App Studio. In past few weeks, I was grateful to have more than 100 participants and enthusiastic people how were interested in developing applications for Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms. Continue reading
Few weeks ago after E3 2013, Microsoft announced that they are working on a new Halo game but this time not for their popular game console Xbox 360, but for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices. After all the successful series of Halo game for Xbox, not it’s the turn to try the new platforms and make the game to next level and experience the power of mobile devices. That would be enough said about the history of the Halo games, now its time to check the final result and the game itself.
The new game is called “Halo: Spartan Assault” which is available right now for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices on Marketplace from today. If you are expecting this game to be an amazing first-person shooter (FPS).
If you never heard of an application called Viber, you may miss a lot in your social life and communicating with your friends and family. Viber is a very popular messaging application which is available for most of mobile platforms including Windows Phone. As Windows Phone comes to the competition late, Viber Media Inc was working hard to port the first application for the platform and as they were making voice calls available for Windows Phone version, they released Viber Messenger only with messaging functionality.
It comes to my attention that if you installed Viber Messenger first on your Windows Phone device, you may face some issues with latest Viber version. I was experiencing the problem without knowing the reason until recently I discover the cause and the solution. If you are wondering what error is that, after you try to setup your Viber account, it comes with an error saying “Viber service is currently unavailable or being blocked”. What I’m thinking is, when first you install the Viber Messenger, it will lock the Viber service to the application and it denies the access from any other application.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced brand new SkyDrive app for Xbox 360 which brings your photos and videos from the cloud to your living room. SkyDrive for Xbox 360 is able to work seamlessly to bring every photo, video, movies and any other files from SkyDrive from Windows, Web and even your smartphone and make it available on your Xbox-connected TV.