Windows Phone Developer

Well this weekend has been fun, I have had a 50% failure on updating to Window 8.1. The Surface RT went well and only took less than an hour or so. The Surface Pro which had a preview copy of Windows 8.1 also updated without a problem, well except it uninstalled some applications and removed them from the computer. The warning stated that you will have to reinstall your apps (Which Microsoft uses to describe the Modern App not full applications). Fooled me, it uninstalled Visual Studio and everything else. This is annoying, but not has bad as the other two system. The desktop find the update in the store, but fails consistently installing it. It does gibe me useless error codes. Note this system did not have the preview on it. The last system is the portable, which had the preview. It cannot see the update in the store. This one I think I am going to have to rebuild from scratch, which will take a week or two. Oh well, and I found out that Microsoft release GDR3 to developers. I think I will hold off on that one until I get the other two computers up and running.

I see that T-Mobile has two new Windows phones by Nokia, both excellent devices, the Nokia Lumia 925 being the better of the two. The Lumia 521 is no slouch, but only has 512mb of memory. I am unclear if I should recommend either. T-Mobile has the annoying habit of obsoleting the windows phones at the drop of a hat. For those who has the Nokia Lumia 710, T-Mobile was one of the only Windows Phone suppliers that did not update the phones to 7.8, this means only 11 months before the phone was obsolete. The next Nokia phone the offered was the Nokia Lumia 810 which was available in December of 2012 and phased out by March 2013, that was less than 6 months of life.

There is a hint that GDR2 will be available, but who knows past that. T-Mobile’s track record for the Windows Phone 7/8 platform is dismal. Even with there new own “Bring You Own Phone” plan, they do not support either the Nokia Lumia 710 or Nokia Lumia 810. If T-Mobile is listening, you are doing a disservice to the Windows Phone products and more importantly, your customers. I am just waiting until my contact expires in a month or two to jump ship after a decade of service with them.

I have always enjoyed listening to classes from Bob Tabor, and his newest on Windows Phone 8 is maybe one of his best. I had downloaded the series for a friend, but I started watching and became intrigued. This ties up a lot of loose ends that I have been missing. Thank you Bob.

BUILD 2013 has come and gone. There were some up moments, but mostly things unanswered, well for the Windows Phone side. I was invited and attended the BUILD 2013 Innovators Party at the Thirsty Bears pub. Good event and great venue. The Stout was very tasty as was the catered food. A large notch above the normal pizza party events.

On Nov 7 Nokia hosted a Developer Appreciation Party. I went and had a good time. Some interesting announcements were made, talked to many people. Now I am waiting for the new phones to arrive.

The night before I went to a Meetup at the Microsoft Store in Valley Fair shopping center in San Jose on game development. Good talk by Kenny Spade on gaming. Not happy that XNA/Xbox is deprecated in WP8.

Sitting at my computer waiting for the launch to happen.

  • Windows Phone shared the same core code as Windows 8
  • 191 countries and 50 languages
  • 120,000 apps on the Windows Phone store.

Product Features

  • New live tiles – on Lock Screen
  • New face book at to lock screen
  • 46 out if 50 popular apps on WP8
  • SDK available tomorrow
  • Data sense reduce and monitor traffic and data plan 45% on average more data
  • Kids corner to protect you phone from you kids – I understand the need

I had a chance to play with the Surface Tablet on Friday at the Microsoft Store in south bay. I liked it, good feel, quick and responsive. Did not like the membrane (standard) keyboard, but that is minor issue.

Microsoft today released the pricing for the Surface table $499 for 32GB model, $688 for a 64GB model. The keyboard, touch cover add $119 or a full keyboard for $129. Bundled price of Surface with keyboard add $100. It comes with gyro, accelerometer and compass. No word if it has a GPS on board, and it is only wireless no cell. I was looking forward to this device, but because of the pricing, I will wait a bit or maybe skip this version. Still waiting for the pricing on the Windows 8 phone and what carriers will handle them.

Without a GPS, then that renders the tablet nearly useless for augmented reality and my apps, I really hope they decided to add it in.

Update: The Surface table specs does not include a GPS. Well i guess i will focus only on the phone for now


Today is Friday the 12th of October, in eleven days Microsoft is going to do the Windows 8 kick off, and rumors have it the Windows 8 Phone and Surface Tablet with Window RT. There is still no SDK for Windows phone. This must be some great feature you going to demo for these new products to make you developers so unhappy by keeping the SDK closed. I hope this does not backfire. I know as soon as T-Mobile puts up one of the Windows 8 phones, I will go get it. Depending on the price, I will buy the Surface tablet. By closing the SDK, making phones less than a year old obsolete, Microsoft is doing everything possible to kill this product. On the news today Apple will announce its mini iPad several dace before the Surface, stealing its thunder.

Spend the last two days at Silicon Valley Code Camp 2012. Started the day by volunteering directing traffic, someone had to do it.

Saturday 10/6

1st class Windows 8 design speaker Jeremy Foster – Well done class

2nd class Advanced Windows 8 App Development with JavaScript speaker Jeremy Foster – Good class

3rd class Mastering Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 speaker Deborah Kurats – I have always enjoyed her talks.

4th class IIS for Developers speaker Steve Evans – Unexpected joy.

5th class Windows 8 & Windows Phone XMA graphic and sensor integration by Bary Nusz- I especially enjoyed this class.

Volunteer Dinner – Excellent BBQ with chicken, ribs, brisket and smoke links. Volunteering has its rewards.


Sunday 10/7

Developing for Windows Phone and Windows 8 speaker Kenny Spade was canceled due to equipment failure however Jeremy Foster stepped in. I however, was running late and saw Kenny talking with Bary Nusz and never made it to class.

1st and only class Intro to Windows 8 Development by William Leong and Alice.

Lunch and prize drawing. They had several dozen prizes donated by their sponsors. I would like to thank all of them for their generosity, especially ComponentOne who put up a full version ComponentOne Ultimate, which I won. I was later interviewed by Russ Fustino for his Russ CAM show for ComponentOne.