Windows Phone to Windows 8 – An insight (in progress) by Jared Bienz

From Jared’s blog:

Here are some of the articles I’m currently planning for the series:

  • User Interface – New and Different Controls, Porting UI, Form Factors
  • View States using Visual State Manager – Sample for handling Portrait and Snapped views using VSM
  • Application Framework – WinRT, Components, Asynchronous Code
  • Missing or Different – APIs, Notification, Tile, Isolated Storage
  • New Features – Timed Trial, In-App Purchase, Cloud Sync
  • System Integration – System Dialogs, Settings Pane, Permissions, Contracts
  • Localization – Supporting multiple languages
  • Media and Games – Local Folders, Background Audio, DirectX + XAML

via Windows Phone to Windows 8 « The Good, the Bad and the Mobile.

SkyDrive APIs for Docs and Photos—now ready to cloud enable apps on Windows 8, Windows Phone and more

With the announcements on Windows Store we
wanted to share new work we were doing to help developers on Windows, Windows
Phone and other platforms use SkyDrive in their applications. A few months ago
as part of the preview of Windows Live for Windows
8, we announced the availability of the developer preview, the next version of
the Live Connect APIs and the newly created Live SDK. A major
change to the API was to address feedback we’d gotten from developers about
access to SkyDrive. The primary change for SkyDrive was providing the ability
for applications to fully access, upload and share documents, photos and videos
from a user’s cloud storage in SkyDrive.

Windows phone marketing resources

Marketing Guidance and Assets

  • Windows Phone Marketing
    Guidelines and Assets for Application Developers
    (ZIP, 40.7 MB)
    Phone Marketing Guidelines and Assets are designed to help you quickly start
    promoting your Windows Phone app on your website and in all of your marketing
  • READ the Windows Phone Marketing Guidelines for Windows Phone Marketplace
    Application Developers before using any Windows Phone assets that Microsoft
    provides to you. Assets may only be used pursuant to the guidelines contained in
    this document.
  • Included here you’ll find:
    • Windows Phone Marketing Guidelines for Windows Phone Application Developers
      – READ this first
    • Windows Phone Start Screen
    • Windows Phone Chassis
    • Microsoft Download Button for Windows Phone (5 languages)

The Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit is now available for ‘Mango’ application development

developers will be happy to know that today we are releasing the Silverlight for
Windows Phone Toolkit
(August 2011) add-on. This is a great new release of
extra controls and should let you create even better apps with the Windows Phone
7.1 SDK.

In this toolkit you will find user interface controls like those found
throughout the Windows Phone, with components like toggle switches, page
transitions, picker controls and more. We have also localized the toolkit into
all of the Windows Phone ‘Mango’ languages, since there’s a whole world out
there hopefully looking to purchase your apps from the Windows Phone

You can download the new release straight from the CodePlex site at – it requires
the latest ‘Mango’ developer tools as well.

The release is also available on NuGet as the SilverlightToolkitWP package.

Windows Phone Developers Get New App Hub Features w Mango

Enhanced application management: For Mango, we’ve also heard your
feedback and made lots of improvements, big and small, to App Hub to give you
better account management tools, a streamlined application submission process
and enhanced reporting capabilities.

  • Better application management: By selecting ‘Edit catalog details’ on
    the app ‘Lifecycle’ tab you can now change the app metadata without submitting
    your app for re-certification, thus reducing the time to update and publish new
  • Enhanced developer dashboard: Now from a single location, when you
    sign-in you can quickly see all top app performance metrics, payout status,
    distribution reporting and all available ratings & reviews on your app(s) on
    a per language basis.
  • More detailed reporting: You are now able to select between
    ‘Summary’ and ‘Detail’ views of all reports and export them in an
    Excel-compatible format for offline data handling and analysis.
  • New ‘Crash Count’ report: App Hub now enables you to retrieve data on
    crash counts and stack traces for each of your apps to use in debugging
    publisher updates faster.
  • Streamlined application submission process: Developers no
    longer need to upload artwork files one-by-one. By clicking the ‘Browse’ button,
    developers can bulk select upload multiple artwork files all at once during the
    app submission process. The App Hub will automatically detect the image sizes of
    all artwork and place them in the correct artwork locations for developers to
    edit or delete before final app submission.
  • New App Categories: To make discoverability of apps easier we have
    added 3 new top level categories (education, kids & family and government
    & politics) and several new sub categories. In addition, during the app
    submission process, developers can now select categories and sub-categories for
    all languages.