Delivering Toast Tile and Badge Notifications to Windows 8 and Windows Phone using Windows Azure

Here is a recent talk I gave at TechDays Belgium.

Notifications extend the reach of your app to the desktop and device, but with a large user base timely delivery can be challenging without the right tools. In this session we’ll review the notification options available to Windows Phone and Windows Metro Style apps, demonstrate how you can deliver notifications using Windows Azure, and discuss features provided by Windows Azure to scale your notification solution. By the end of this session you will understand how to use Windows Azure to rapidly develop a notification enabled service for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps.

or watch direct from channel 9

Enjoy,
Nick

Windows Phone 7 Manufacturer Market Share Stats

The following is a summary of the market share of Windows Phone 7 devices.  The sample is from those devices running applications using the www.AdGAC.com user control.

Device split by manufacturer:

AdGAC Windows Phone 7 Manufacturer Market Share Stats. HTC, Samsung, LG, Dell, Asus

AdGAC Windows Phone 7 Manufacturer Market Share Stats

Device split by model:

AdGAC Windows Phone7 Device Model Market Stats

If you would like to increase your market share through advertising, particularly if you are one of the brands above, please contact www.AdGAC.com

Enjoy,

Nick

Windows Phone 7 Social Viewer Application Template Released

Hi Guys,

The Social Viewer application template enables you to create mashups from Twitter, Facebook, RSS and Atom feeds with all the plumbing for security, sharing, offline, Trial mode and advertising support built in.

I have tried it out and the Social Viewer template really rocks its makes it extreemly fast and simple to create a mashup WP7 app.  Nick Randolph (Built To Roam) has really done an awesome job on this template.

You can get the full details, and template from Dave Glover in this blog posting. Also note he has mentioned a limited number of Tokens available to Australian devs for free WP7 marketplace registration – quite generous and a surefire way to kickstart your WP7 dev.

If you would like to see an app built with the Social Viewer template try out the Perez Hilton Reader

Kind Regards,

Nick Harris

We Love Windows Phone community video rocks

Announced at Mix11 at the start of the the Day 2 Keynote: Windows Phone fan Brandon Foy inspired our community and inspired Microsoft with his “We Love Windows Phone” video. We want to thank him by jump starting his resume. If just 200k people view his new video, we’ll air it in a national ad spot!

Now thats how funky the ads should be :) , lets get him up to 200k

Enjoy,
Nick

WP7 Nights at the Round Table Slide Deck March 31st

Hi there,

For those of you that were asking for the links here is the slide deck Meeting_WP7_Nights_at_the_Round_Table_Mar2011, that was presented on my phone :)

All in all a great night and we seen several cool new WP7  apps.

The app of the night was Mix11. Check it out here on Zune its free and will surely come in handy this month if your heading to Mix11 @ LA.  Description of Mix11 app follows:

Attending the Microsoft MIX11 conference in Las Vegas, April 2011? You need the complete shcedule on your Windows Phone 7 for quick and easy offline reference. Includes session information, speaker bios, a map and news feed. Favorite the sessions you plan on attending so you don’t accidentally miss one!

NOTE: the final schedule will not be announced until much closer to the date in April – the app will update over wifi or 3G. Until then, browse the schedules from previous conferences and watch the recorded sessions.

For those of you who dont have PowerPoint here is the March Rollup:

  1. Azure
  2. Windows Phone 7

Enjoy,
Nick

WP7 Nights at the Round Table Slide Deck Feb

Hi there,

For those of you that were asking for the links here is the slide deck, that was presented on my phone :)

All in all a great night and we seen several cool new WP7  apps some of which were supported by Azure services.

The app of the night was What I Ate and Drank – a WP7 app with services and site both up on Azure. Check it out here on Zune its free.

Note: we are in need of a Logo if you got the design skills please feel free to create our group a free logo – creative inspiration could include WP7, Knights, Azure, Cloud Power, Sydney

Kind Regards,
Nick Harris

Two Great Competitions one for Windows Phone 7 and one for Azure

Hi there readers,

There are two great competitions I have come across that I think are well worth mentioning.

  1. The Windows Phone 7 LG App Starter Competition now in the Final Round run by Nick Randolph of Built To Roam.
  2. Windows Azure Marketplace: The DataMarket Contest run by codeproject

Both have great prizes and are well worth checking out.  Why not build a WP7 app that consumes free datasets from the Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket and enter both ? :)

Kind Regards,

Nick Harris