A first look at Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators

With Build 2014 started, we have a new Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC available. The update brings with it the new Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators. Here are some screens from the emulator and my app Maps+ running on the emulator. The emulator has new features like: Volume up/down Lock screen button Camera button Ability … Continue reading A first look at Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators

MSDN: Build apps that target Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 by using Visual Studio

This is a post from MSDN for the new Universal apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Get the latest resources from http://dev.windows.com You can build an app for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 at the same time, and share code, user controls, styles, strings and other assets between them. This reduces the expense … Continue reading MSDN: Build apps that target Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 by using Visual Studio

Supporting large screen Windows Phone devices

With the latest GDR 3 Update, Windows Phone 8 now support new 6" devices like the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320. As always your existing apps will continue to work on these new devices without any change in the code. However, you can take additional steps to use this new screen real estate more efficiently. … Continue reading Supporting large screen Windows Phone devices

LongListSelector control design guidelines for Windows Phone

The new LongListSelector control in Windows Phone 8 gives app users the ability to jump directly to a spot within a list instead of scrolling through the list to find the item they want. By using this control in your app, you can help users parse large amounts of data more efficiently, and you can more easily … Continue reading LongListSelector control design guidelines for Windows Phone

VS2012, Windows Phone and the “Reference to a higher version” error

Thanks. I had the same problem for Microsoft.Practices.Prism.Interactivity.dll

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Having installed Windows 8 Pro, Visual Studio 2012 Premium and the new Windows Phone 8 SDK, I was keen to make sure that my Windows Phone 7.1 project still built & worked. That meant getting all of the references to work again.

Most of the references were for packages that I could install through Nuget. However, one was for a Zip file that I had to download and unpack. Upon browsing to the appropriate DLL and selecting it as the reference, Visual Studio promptly reported:

A reference to a higher version or incompatible assembly cannot be added to the project

The ultimate solution was to right-click on each of the files that had been contained in the Zip file, choosing Properties and then clicking on the Unblock button. Once that was all done, Visual Studio then allowed me to add the reference, although it did warn me that it might…

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Updating Windows Phone 7 App to Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 added exciting new features that you can make use in your app. I decided to upgrade my app Near Me to Windows Phone 8. I had two choices going for the upgrade, migrate my app to Windows Phone 8 or maintain two separate versions of the app, one for Windows Phone 7.x … Continue reading Updating Windows Phone 7 App to Windows Phone 8