Code samples + slide deck available of my “Masters in Microsoft” session on new Windows Phone 8 developer features

This post is made for everyone who was at my session at the “Masters in Microsoft” event at the Avanade office yesterday. Hopefully you enjoyed my session! I got asked for the sample code and slide deck a couple of times after the event during the drinks so therefore I’m uploading them here so everyone can grab a copy if they want it.

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I’ve uploaded the slide deck as pdf and the complete visual studio with all the working samples is also included in the same directory on my skydrive:

you can download it here

I’ve also uploaded Jermaine’s slide deck on Windows 8 to the same skydrive folder so you can also have a look at them as well.

If you have any questions regarding Windows Phone or Windows 8 development let me know on twitter @geertvdc or just add the hashtag #wpnl and the Dutch Windows Phone community will help you!

Geert van der Cruijsen

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I’ll be speaking on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in November

November is going to be a big month for everyone who likes developing for Windows. 2 days ago Windows 8 was officially launched and this Monday Windows Phone 8 will be launched.

Lots of events are organized and in November I’m speaking on two of them. First is a Dutch event called “Bedrijf zoekt app” held on the 13th in Bussum. In this session we’ll dive into the possibilities of building apps for Windows 8 without focusing on the development techniques themselves but we’ll be looking more into why companies should develop for Windows 8 and what are the possibilities when you’re going to develop apps for Windows 8.

More info on the “Bedrijf zoekt app” event here.

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2 days later on November 15th I’ll be doing a session on Windows Phone 8 on the Avanade “Masters in Microsoft” event held for software engineering students. This event is FREE and includes food before we start the sessions (should be enough reason for every student to sign up ;) ). This evening I’ll be talking on all the new features of Windows Phone 8 and showing code demo’s on how to use these new features.

More info on how to sign up for this free event here (Masters in Microsoft Event)

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Hope to see you there!

Geert van der Cruijsen

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First impression of the HTC Trophy and Windows Phone 7

A few weeks after the official release of windows phone 7 our entire company (Avanade Netherlands) moved to Windows phone 7. Every Employee (225) received a HTC Trophy today and tonight i’ve put my new phone to the test. Here are my first impressions:

the hardware:

The phone is feeling really robust and the screen is looking really well. the captative screen works very good aswell. all menus and buttons are reacting really fast and Microsoft really did their best in getting the UI right.. And they did! After testing the Camera i have to say that this is probably the worst part of this phone. when it’s a bit dark the pictures get really bad. i also don’t like the “hardware”/tip buttons under the screen. ofcourse you dont need them that much but when i compare this to my girlfriends HTC Desire i have to say i prefer real hardware buttons.

booting it for the first time:

after booting it you get a small tutorial to set stuff up. i choose to skip the windows live id and to just get started. within 1 minute my phone was ready to go. I’ve started setting up my exchange mail since all my contacts/mail/agenda stuff is in there. the setup was also done really easy, just add an exchange account, add your username/password and press ok. everything just worked. after this i’ve added my facebook account. after i did that all contacts were synced and merged perfectly. my exchange contacts have facebook pictures etc. looking pretty slick.

After this i tried setting up my live id.. stubborn as i am i ofcourse added my dutch liveid to see what would happen.. first it would ofcourse sync my mail/contacts etc.. that was the positive part. then i tried to open the marketplace but that wasn’t working. i tried to deinstall the live id but that isn’t possible. so a hard reset was a fact :D (within 5 minutes after i first touched it).

after playing with facebook/mail/apps etc i tried the most important thing a phone has to do: call someone. to make this extra hard i called someone while i was on my way home through my parrot carkit. some windows phone 6.5′s wouldnt even make this test but sound quality was really good with my new phone. also the ui of the call screen and contact screen  is really well thought off.

next try: setting up a US based live id and adding my dutch live id after. Perfect. i get all the contacts/agenda/mail from my dutch live id and i can get to the marketplace through my US live id.

ofcourse i had to set my facebook/exchange stuff again but that was done in a few minutes.

after playing around with it for a few hours this evening i have a pretty good feeling about this. my conclusions for now:

pro’s:

  • WP7 is really responsive and intuitive
  • overall hardware is robust and looking nice
  • everything just works (except dutch live id’s )
  • most important thing calling works really good (nice contact screen, nice call screen)

cons:

  • camera is a bit flaky
  • power charge is on the side of the phone (i am left handed and can’t even hold it normally when the power cable is in….)
  • Support for dutch marketplace / xbox live missing (will be there in april 2011)
  • no tethering (will come someday)

i’ll update some more about the new phone after i’ve played with it a bit more after a few days (battery use for example)

Geert van der Cruijsen

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