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

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

Tile design guidelines for Windows Phone 8

A Tile allows you to present rich and engaging content to your customers on the Windows Phone Start screen when your app isn’t running. Tile design philosophy Your goal is to create an appealing Tile for your app. If you use a live Tile, your goal is to present engaging new content that your customers … Continue reading Tile design guidelines for Windows Phone 8

Runaway tasks in Windows Phone Applications

The task parallel library is one of the good additions to Windows Phone development. However, using the Task Parallel Library within the Windows Phone application can become tricky. While developing an app, I found that when you await on a Tasks say a Web client download in the Loaded event of a page. Now when … Continue reading Runaway tasks in Windows Phone Applications

Update Lock screen image in Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 allows any app to update the lock screen images in the background. Lets see how you can do this in your app. First you need to declare that your app can act as a lock screen image provider. This is done by updating the Extensions section in the WMAppManifest.xml Make sure you have the … Continue reading Update Lock screen image in Windows Phone 8