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Download Windows Phone SDK Update for WP7.8

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Above expectation, Microsoft released the WP7.8 SDK update for the Windows Phone 7 developers who wants to upgrade their apps to target the new WP7.8 OS rolling out after 31st January 2013. This update brings some prominent features like the new start screen.   In this post, I am going to share the downloadable links of the new SDK and the instructions to install this SDK update.   The important feature that the Windows Phone 7 developers were looking for in this SDK update is the new start screen experience which
is already available in Windows Phone 8 SDK. By using this update, the developers will be able to provide the new Start Screen experience of Windows Phone 8 in their Windows Phone 7 (more precisely, 7.5) applications.   Microsoft confirmed that, this update supports both the WP7.1 SDK and the WP8.0 SDK. This will not change the existing installation. Hence you will still be able to develop apps for the other OS image you already installed.   This update will bring two new emulator images to your existing Windows Phone SDK installation (whether that...(Read whole news on source site)

TFS Build On Azure with Incremental Version Number

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I’ve recently needed to create a TFS Build over Azure Web Sites and Hosted TFS with incremental build versions (changing AssemblyInfo.* files). I’ve found this excellent project in CodePlex that works with TFS 2010. So, I’ve made the following modifications for it to work in Hosted TFS Build and Azure Web Sites: Take the AzureContinuousDeployment.11.xaml workflow and add the custom activities for it to support the same functionality as in the CodePlex Project. Changed the revision incremental logic to accept ChangeSet numbers.   The
code is not best quality, only proof of concept. Download it from here and follow the deployment instructions on the original CodePlex project (work over the Build Definition generated by Azure Web Sites)....(Read whole news on source site)

Tip: a common error with Dependency Property metadata

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Recently someone pointed me to a malfunction on one of my examples. He sent me a repro project and, after I've run the example, I found the problem as he described it to me. But it took me a long time to figure out the reason. The problem was really simple: an instance of a templated control in a page seems to share a property with another instance of the same control in another page... This sounds impossible at first sight but if the property is a Dependency Property the issue is real. Here is the original code:

Announcing Release of Windows Azure Media Services

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I’m excited to announce the general availability (GA) release of Windows Azure Media Services.  This release is now live in production, supported by a new media services dev center, backed by an enterprise SLA, and is ready to be used for all media projects. With today’s release, you now have everything you need to quickly build great, extremely scalable, end-to-end media solutions for streaming on-demand video to consumers on any device.  For example, you can easily build a media service for delivering training videos to employees in your company, stream video
content for your web-site, or build a premium video-on-demand service like Hulu or Netflix.  Last year several broadcasters used Windows Azure Media Services to stream the London 2012 Olympics. Media Platform as a Service With Windows Azure Media Services, you can stream video to HTML5, Flash, Silverlight, Windows 8, iPad, iPhone, Android, Xbox, Windows Phone and other clients using a wide variety of streaming formats: Building a media solution that encodes and streams video to various devices and clients is a complex task.  It requires hardware and software that has to...(Read whole news on source site)

Quick Hits Issue 1: Ultimate Experience and the Return of Rock Paper Azure

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Starting a new series of posts with announcements of interesting stuff for app developers... Generation App Ultimate Experience If you haven't yet signed up for Generation App, here's another good reason to do so: Win the Ultimate Experience ∙ Make an App and Go Backstage Want to win the chance to visit Microsoft Studios meet the Windows 8 Games Studios team and join the developers in a coding session? Publish your app(s) in the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store and fill out the form at to enter.  Even if you don’t
win the ultimate backstage pass, you could still qualify for other rewards! The Rock Paper Azure Challenge is Back! I'm a bit behind on this one, but you still have time to enter if you cards, a Microsoft Surface device, and an XBOX 360 are among the prizes at stake: Get Started Now… Get Your Windows Azure Account
Don't have one? Get your FREE trial here or activate your MSDN Subscription benefit that includes Azure access. ...(Read whole news on source site)