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Monday, March 29, 2010

Great Blog Post from Singapore: Panoramic Navigation on Windows Phone 7 with No Code!

Here’s a great blog post from Jocelyn of the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Singapore, showing you how to do panoramic navigation for Windows Phone in Expression Blend, including a nice little behavior library for flick gestures.


Oh, almost forgot the link :-)


posted by cs at 23:22  

Friday, March 19, 2010

Using SketchFlow to Prototype for Windows Phone

Since we introduced the Blend 4 add-in for Windows Phone at Mix, several people have asked me how to use SketchFlow to work on Windows Phone projects.


posted by cs at 18:18  

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mix 2010: Blend 4 for Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone Video Now Online

See it here

posted by cs at 16:41  

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Great Blog Posts on Expression Blend 4 for Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone

Here are two great blog posts on Expression Blend 4:

  • The first is by Kenny Young, Wizard of Layout on the Expression Blend team. Kenny describes dynamic layout, transitions and layout morphing in Expression Blend in great detail. A detailed sample project comes with the post.
  • The second post is by Pete Blois, Lead Program Manager on the Blend team. Pete shows you an example for how to create physics-based games for Windows Phone and Silverlight. Pete shows how Blend can be used as a great level editor for 2D game design.


posted by cs at 14:20  

Monday, March 15, 2010

Introducing Blend 4 – For Silverlight, WPF and Windows Phone

It feels like it was only yesterday when we boarded the plane to fly to Las Vegas to Mix 2009, where we announced Blend 3 and SketchFlow. Thank you all so much for the wonderful reception you gave to Blend 3, by the way.

I can hardly believe it is time for Mix 2010 already – and that it’s time to introduce the next release of Blend…

If you happen to be in Las Vegas, please come and see our sessions on Blend and SketchFlow here at Mix!

Blend 4 running a Windows Phone project, with the Windows Phone Emulator


posted by cs at 10:00  

Monday, March 15, 2010

Introducing Expression Blend for Windows Phone

Windows Phone is an amazing platform to use and to design applications for. We are very proud to make a preview version of authoring for Windows Phone available with Expression Blend 4. Downloads will be available around 10:45am today at http://developer.windowsphone.com.

For those of you who have already been using Blend for designing applications for Silverlight or WPF, creating applications for Windows Phone will be a very familiar experience: Basically, authoring is almost entirely identical with the design experience for Silverlight. All your existing skills are still valid, and you can be immediately productive for the new Windows Phone platform.

For an overview of some of the news on Blend 4 in general, please see this post


posted by cs at 09:41  

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mix Session: Windows Phone UI and Design Language

Michael Smuga, Albert Shum and Chad Roberts have a talk at Mix about Windows Phone UI and Design Language. The talk is in Mandalay Ballroom A from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

Like all mix videos, it will also be made available as online video at http://live.visitmix.com.

posted by cs at 23:48  

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Michael Klucher on XNA Game Studio for Windows Phone

Michael Klucher just posted about XNA Game Studio 4.0 for Windows Phone. It has its first outing at GDC in San Francisco this week.

For more on Windows Phone 7, here are a number of people from the Windows Phone 7 Series Dev Team on Twitter:

(@ckindel) (@shawnhargreaves) (@ozymandias) (@ai) (@lokeuei) (@mklucher) and  (@cschormann)

Looking forward to seeing you at Mix next week or online here, or at http://live.visitmix.com with lots of more info…

posted by cs at 09:33  

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series Live QA tonight at 6pm PST

Tonight, there is a live QA session about Windows Phone 7 Series @wp7dev, on Twitter, 6pm

Update 3/5/2010: Find the timeline from yesterday’s session at http://twitter.com/wp7dev

posted by cs at 17:55  

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series for Designers and Developers

Yes, I know, there have been sooooo many rumors everywhere. But this evening Charlie Kindel, evangelist-in-chief for all things Windows Phone 7 Series, shared a little more about the strategy of the new platform, just in time to set the stage for Mix…


posted by cs at 17:52  
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