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Windows Phone store expands to 37 new countries, adds universal search, and supports installing apps via SD card

December 14, 2012 .NET, All, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store No comments

Microsoft Windows Phone team announced the availability of Windows Phone web store to new 37 countries. It is pretty fast that Microsoft is expanding its reachability, now consumers from most of the countries from all over the world have the accessibility to Windows Phone store.

The new markets are: Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (DRC), Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

With these additions, customers can browse and buy apps through Windows Phone website in a total of 112 markets worldwide (see the full list here). The web outlet complements the phone Store, which is now available in 191 markets worldwide. And we’re continuing to work to bring the Store to more places.

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Quoting from Windows Phone blog

Several more new or recent upgrades to the website.

1. Universal search: Instead of having to go one place to find apps and another to search for how-to articles, you’ll now see all these search results in one place, which should help make it faster and easier to find what you’re looking for.

2. Support for installing apps via SD card, which many Windows Phone 8 models support. This option can be useful when a cellular or Wi-Fi data connection isn’t available. Just look for the “Download and install manually” link on the app’s details page. Click to download the app’s installation—or.xap—file, which can then be copied over to the phone’s SD card and installed. (See How do I install apps from an SD card? for step-by-step instructions.)

3. Improved app reinstallation feature that’s part of My Phone on the website. This feature comes in handy particularly if you lose a phone or upgrade to Windows Phone 8. As long as you use same Microsoft account, you’ll see a Reinstall option beside each of the apps in your purchase history—just click it to put the app back on your new phone. This feature is available for both free and paid apps, which you don’t have to buy again. This how-to article has more details.

Visit – http://www.windowsphone.com/store

Source – Windows Phone blog

Free eBooks from Microsoft Press on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

December 1, 2012 .NET, All, CodeSnippets, Community, DevLabs, Help Links, Microsoft, Microsoft Press, MSDN, Must-Have, Recommends, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Store No comments

Introducing Windows 8: An Overview for IT Professionals (Final Edition)

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You can download the eBook in:
Introducing Windows 8- An Overview for IT Professionals – PDF ebook

Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – Mobi format for Kindle
Introducing Windows 8-An Overview for IT Professionals – ePub format

If you prefer a hard copy of the final book, you can order it here for $14.99 from official distributor, O’Reilly Media.

Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

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PDF – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – PDF ebook

EPUB – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – ePub format

MOBI – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – MOBI format (for Kindle)

If you prefer a hard copy of the book, you can order it here for $14.99 from official distributor, O’Reilly Media.

 

 

Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (Final Edition)

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You can download the eBook in:

PDF – http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=270056 (17.9 MB)

EPUB – http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=272592 (37.3 MB)

MOBIhttp://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=272591 (69.5 MB)

 

Provided to by Microsoft Press Team Blog

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1–Available Now

November 28, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, All, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, Community, HotFixes, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

Microsoft has released the Update 1 for Visual studio 2012 RTM.

The key features available with this update include:

  • SharePoint development: additional ALM capabilities in SharePoint – such as Load Testing and Coded UI testing support – improving quality, scalability and agility.
  • Agile team support: easier agile planning with Web Access and new Kanban support, alongside existing Scrum support.
  • Continuously enabling quality: improvements for testing, from organizing unit tests to more flexible workflow for manual test execution.
  • Windows development: improved Windows 8 application development, such as support for debugging mixed managed and native Windows Store Applications and improved ARM debugging for Windows 8 apps.
  • The updates will also contain bug fixes and other enhancements.

For more information, see the Visual Studio blog. and Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 from Microsoft 

DOWNLOAD: Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

 

Updates for these other products are also available:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012.1
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Express 2012.1
  • IntelliTrace Collector for Visual Studio 2012.1
  • Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2012.1
  • Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio
  • Agents for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.1
  • Agents for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.1 Language Pack
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    Source: Microsoft Download Center

    Windows Phone Marketplace is now Windows Phone Store

    September 12, 2012 All, Featured, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.0, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Store No comments

    Welcome to new Windows Phone Store!!

    Today Windows Phone team has announced the changes to Windows Phone Marketplace and this has been officially renamed to “Windows Phone Store”.   Read the Windows Phone team announcement blog.

    Here is how the new phone store will look like

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    the shiny new default home page

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    Find my phone

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    Just for comparison below I have given – how marketplace looked before . Hope you notice the changes in top navigation menu’s.

    1. Marketplace is renamed to ‘Apps & Games’
    2. More improved search

    3. News feature – about latest windows phone related announcements and news

    4. Features and Phones

    Screenshot – Old marketplace

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    and new store icons aligned with Windows Store.

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    You can visit the new website @ http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us

    and old marketplace @ http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-IN/

    Windows 8 UX Guidelines for Windows Store apps–PDF

    August 16, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, All, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Silverlight, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows SDK, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

    User experience guidelines from Microsoft for Windows Store apps (based on latest RTM release).

    Download from Windows 8 UX Guidelines for Windows Store apps