The Twin Cities iPhone Developers Meetup has Teamed up with Microsoft!

3/20/2013 12:21:52 PM


That’s right.  You read the headline correctly.  The iPhone Developers Meetup is working with Microsoft in an effort to give our members the greatest opportunity to get their applications into the most marketplaces. We are partnering with Microsoft to give you the tools and resources you need to get your iOS applications into the Windows Store.

If you don’t have time to read the whole email now, remember this:

1. Access to software and hardware, including a Microsoft Surface device and Windows Phone device to test your applications on

2. Information on how to port iOS applications or start a new application from scratch

3. Access to the Microsoft development experts and the Twin Cities’ Microsoft Technology Center developer labs

This program is a partnership between the Twin Cities’ iPhone Developers Meetup and Microsoft to provide resources so our members can port or create applications for the Windows Store or the Windows Phone Store.  Between now and June 30th, members will have access to the developer kit, Microsoft developer experts and programs, and the Microsoft Technology Center’s developer labs.

The developer kit contains a Microsoft Surface device, HTC 8x Windows Phone, Windows 8 Pro evaluation bits, and a USB drive with resources, install guides, etc. for running a Microsoft development environment on a Mac.  You can contact John Hibscher (john_hibscher at to schedule use of the kit for up to five days at a time.  If our group can get 15 or more applications into the Windows Store by June 30th, we will be able to keep the kit and will raffle off the Microsoft Surface, the HTC 8x, and a copy of Windows 8 Pro to the members that get applications submitted and approved. 

The Microsoft Technology Center is one of the premier facilities for Microsoft development.  At the MTC, you will be able to schedule time in one of the Windows 8 developer labs where you can use PCs that are state-of-the-art for doing Windows development.  In addition, Microsoft development experts will be on hand to answer any of your questions while you are there.  The MTC developer labs are a great place to get an app started or push it that last mile to completion.

In addition to the resources that are in the kit, here are some additional links to help get you started.

- Windows 8 Resources for iOS developers -

- Port iOS Apps Video -

- Windows 8 Developer Site –

- Window Phone Developer Site –

- GenerationApp Site –

- Games on Windows -

You can also contact our local Microsoft Developer representative, Adam Grocholski.   You can reach Adam via email (adgroc at, on Twitter (@codel8r) of find him around the Twin Cities when he is holding Office Hours (Adam's Office Hours)

With over 70M Windows 8 licenses in the marketplace, the Windows Store is growing rapidly but there are still opportunities to be a first mover.  The Windows Store is open to app builders in 120 markets and apps are sold in more than 200 markets.   The Store support paid, free and trial applications, in-app purchasing, advertising, and more.  Revenue sharing on applications is 70/30 for the first $25K, and then goes up to 80/20 once you have sold more than $25K.  You are also free to use your own advertising and/or in-app purchasing solution.  Some developers are already earning over $20K / month – you could be next!

Thanks and good luck coding!


Headlines | Windows 8 | Windows Phone

Windows 8 Office Hours in Minneapolis

1/15/2013 3:54:03 PM

The local Microsoft DPE team will be hanging out every Monday at the Microsoft Store at the Mall of America to answer any questions you may have about developing applications for Windows 8, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure, or the rest of the Microsoft dev platform.  Feel free to swing by anytime between 1pm and 3pm each Monday (excluding Monday, Jan 28th) to talk tech.



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Headlines | Windows 8 | Windows Phone | Azure

WP7 to Windows 8 Recording Now Available

6/4/2012 3:27:25 PM

From the online seminars I held in late May.  I have posted the complete video.  I am in the process of slicing it up to let you get just the chunks you want, but until that is completed, here is the whole thing.

Full Video Recording -

  • Win8 Overview – 00:00 to 1:15:15
  • Store Overview – 1:15:15 to 1:46:09
  • UX Intro – 1:46:09 to 2:28:50
  • WP7 to Win8 Migration – 2:28:50 to End


Headlines | Windows 8 | Windows Phone

Windows Phone to Windows 8 Online Sessions

4/24/2012 9:23:12 AM

Online Workshops

Option One
Date May 16th, 2012


Option Two
Date May 18th, 2012


FREE Events
Capacity is limited,
so arrive on time.
Events run from
8:30am to 12:30pm CST

Updated on 5/3/2012 with new registration links!!!

Windows 8 with Metro-style applications offers one of the biggest opportunities for developers in a very long time. As a Windows Phone developer, you are uniquely positioned to be able to get in on the ground floor of this exciting new platform.

Microsoft has already provided some great resources that you may want to look to learn how you can move your Windows Phone applications to the Windows 8 platform:

Migrating WP7 to Window 8

Metro UX style, design and principles

Creating your first Metro app with C#/XAML

Samples and SDK

Because of your interest in Windows Phone 7 you are also asked to please join us for a special, invitation-only Windows 8 event created specifically for Windows Phone developers – Windows Phone to Windows 8 Workshop. Because of your interest in Windows Phone 7, and your past attendance at a Windows Phone Boot Camp, Microsoft would like to extend to you a unique opportunity to get ready for Windows 8.

These FREE half-day workshops will provide you an overview getting from Windows Phone to Windows 8. Leveraging your XAML and .NET skills, these workshops will introduce the fundamentals of developing Windows 8 Metro-style applications, tips for migrating your Windows Phone applications, and guidance on Metro UX. Technical experts will be on hand to address your questions, discuss your existing Windows Phone applications, and help get you started on developing your applications on Windows 8 and getting them into the Windows Store.

To participate in a workshop, all you need to do is pick one of the two dates and attend the online seminar. Each workshop is the same, so you only need to attend one workshop. Each meeting has limited online capacity, so join on time.


Windows 8 | Windows Phone | Headlines

Windows Phone 7 to Windows 8 Lab

3/21/2012 9:40:49 AM

Noodling on having a Windows Phone 7 to Windows 8 lab in Minneapolis.  A full day of tech briefings, examples, and discussion. The goal would be to get you up to speed on what it would take to move your WP7 app to Windows 8.  It would be a free event.  Thoughts?  Would you come?  Email me at if you would attend this kind of event and what would you like to see and accomplish.


Headlines | Windows 8 | Windows Phone

Mobile March WP7 Workshop

3/6/2012 9:27:42 AM

I will be delivering a hands-on lab on Windows Phone development at the Mobile March Twin Cities conference in a couple weeks.  Check out this great conference, and join me for the hands-on lab.  I’ll have a sweet Nokia Lumia 800 to give away, and if things fall into place, I may have a special prize for the first group of people to show up to the lab.  You can get all of the tools you need for the lab at

In addition, I’ll be going head-to-head against Rory Lonergan in an iOS vs. WP7 challenge on the second day of the event.  Should be a lot of fun.


Headlines | Windows Phone

MDC Code Samples Posted

10/18/2011 12:05:13 PM

Finally go around to posting the code samples.  You can find the links to the presentations here.


Silverlight 5


Silverlight | Windows Phone

MDC Presentations

10/7/2011 9:43:04 AM

The slide decks for my MDC11 presentations can now be downloaded from the site or from the links below…

What’s New in Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)

What’s New in Silverlight 5


Silverlight | Windows Phone

New WP7 App in the Marketplace

6/24/2011 8:11:36 AM

TimeRunning-small landscapeI was able to put the new Windows Phone 7.1 “Mango” tools through their paces and finally got an app I had wanted to write for a while into the marketplace.  Taxi Meter is an app that let’s you “play taxi” and charge based on things like time, distance, etc.  It wasn’t a complicated app to write, but I had been putting it off for a while because it made heavy use of the GPS and working with the GPS in the “old” tools was a pain.

The new Mango tools, with the Location emulator, made it a snap!  Impressive and very easy to use.  I haven’t had a chance to play with the Accelerometer emulator yet, but it appears to be just as easy based on the demos I have seen.  WP7 has the best dev tools on the planet!


Windows Phone | Headlines

Message Based Navigation for WP7 MVVM Apps

4/26/2011 8:30:00 AM

Do you have an MVVM-based Windows Phone 7 application and you don't like having to hook into the RootFrame to navigate between pages? Do you wish you could just "ask" to navigate to a new view from your view model? One possible solution can be found in my new Channel 9 screencast.

Using an message bus to process navigation messages, view models can publish messages that are then handled by a separate navigation service, successfully decoupling your view model from the Windows Phone navigation service.

Get the finished source code here


Blend | Windows Phone | Screencasts | MVVM

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