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These Windows 8 and Windows Phone Apps Just Made Your New Year Bright
We told you earlier today that the fun was not going to stop with just a few Windows 8 apps made by some Microsoft BizSpark members. No, we said there would be more on the way. So, here continues our deluge of Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps that you can download and tinker around with as you end the...
25 Dec 2013
Windows 8 Apps That Should be On Your End of Year List
The holidays are here, and that means one thing: you are not going to be doing much work. We hope. But it is a time of the year when you plan on how you are you going to tackle the new year. For some of you that means more fun. For others, that means more work, or more efficient work. We have produced...
24 Dec 2013
Peer Into Real Time Usage with Tap-O-Mizer, a Microsoft BizSpark Startup Tool Released This Weekend
The continually morphing Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ecosystem added another feature this weekend as one of our Microsoft BizSpark members, Ilija Injac, delivered to the Windows Azure market a new app for Windows developers. Introducing TapMap , a heatmap extension for Windows developers. TapMap...
28 May 2013
New 30 to Launch Event in Seattle
We've had a lot of signups for the 30 to Launch Series for Windows 8 happening at Rocketspace in San Francisco in June . So, we've decided to open another one in Seattle. Here are the details. Photo courtesy of Ttstam on Flickr under Creative Commons license Seattle 30 to Launch...
30 May 2012
With a Kickstarter Campaign and Windows Phone 8 App Experience, Echoboom Scans Skies for Opportunities
There are so many games out there that it is very hard to do something new or different, but every now and then, one comes along that just stands out from the crowd with. Spanish start-up Echoboom has done just that, combining unique idea with strong game play in Dogfight . This multi-player game has...
24 Apr 2013
Microsoft 30 to Launch: Where You Can Make an App That Goes Into the Store
So, what do you do when you show up to an app building workshop in San Francisco to learn how to build Windows 8 apps? Well, you make an app and it goes into the store. Microsoft just closed their 30 to Launch in San Francisco on Monday. It was pretty cool. About three dozen app developers gathered...
27 Jun 2012
Analytics for Your Apps, Even in Offline Mode
MarkedUp, which offers analytics to mobile apps makers, is going after the growing Windows 8 apps market by offering a mobile apps analytic tool that will even tell you what your app is doing in people's hands when they are sitting in an airplane, or in other instances when they don't have their wireless...
23 Oct 2012
Join Microsoft BizSpark at TechCrunch Disrupt NY!
Guest blog by Alp Tilev It's that time again! Foot thumping music, party glasses, luxurious cars… are a just a few of things that come to mind when … Oh wait sorry wrong post. Let me try that again: Hackers, ruby on steroids, piles of awesome swag, red bull are just a few things that...
18 Apr 2013
Windows 8 Design Principles Simplified Part 3 - Fast and Fluid
Welcome to the 'Windows 8 design principles for dummies' series. One of the key reasons for apps being rejected or sent back for fixes is Design. This is a five part series where I will cover five key highlights for each design principle that aims at helping developers build a high quality app. If...
1 Jul 2013
Pride in Craftsmanship -- Windows 8 Development Part 2
Sonal Mane , a Microsoft startup technologist in Chicago, provides us with the second chapter in a series on effective and efficient Windows 8 development. This series helps members in Microsoft BizSpark move quickly through the design of an app in Windows 8. One of the key reasons for apps being...
24 Jun 2013
Reimagining App Development: Introducing Windows 8
By Brett Laffel The LAUNCH you’ve been waiting for! Are you interested in learning more about Windows 8? Do you want to see some awesome demos of the tech industry’s newest and most exciting platform? If so, you are invited to a full-day, knockout, blow-your-socks off event taking...
13 Mar 2012
Founder Institute Hosts Founder Showcase at Microsoft -- And Here's What It's Like to Work with BizSpark Plus
Update: Adding this email that just came in that gives some new information about the Showcase discussed in the previous post: The Founder Showcase is less than a week away, and tickets are almost sold out. As a loyal customer, you get 25% off using the code 'showcase_veteran' at http://foundershowcase...
20 Jul 2012
Calling all MEGA Startup Weekenders!
By Claire Lee The Windows team is in town this week from rainy Redmond to give you world-class, expert training on how to build Windows 8 apps that rock! If you haven’t heard, Windows 8 is currently in preview and is going to be the next version of Windows that runs great on tablets, laptops...
11 Apr 2012
Live Stream of the Windows 8 Launch in New York City
We are covering the live stream of the Windows 8 launch in New York City right here.
25 Oct 2012
Wappwolf Releases Version for Windows 8
We got word this morning that BizSpark company Wappwolf, a cloud automator app, has just released a version of the app in the Windows Store for Windows 8 charmbar, the toolbar that runs on the Windows 8 interface. You can check out the Wappwolf Windows Phone app here . Image of the Charm Bar...
8 Aug 2012
Infantium for Windows 8: How An Idea Becomes an App
It’s exciting enough when we hear about developers taking existing apps and putting them on our new Windows 8 platform, but it’s even more exciting when it’s a brand new app that is breaking new ground – and in children’s education. Infantium is one of a number of W8 apps...
3 Nov 2012
Microsoft Developer Evangelist Hackers Enter TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon -- Follow Them on Twitter
For the first time ever, Microsoft has entered its evangelists in the Tech Crunch Disrupt Hackathon . You can follow them on Twitter. You can follow this list on Twitter to connect with them: The TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 Microsoft Hackers Or follow their individual tweets. The hashtags are #tcdisrupt...
8 Sep 2012
Register for Windows 8 Hackathon -- From the Comfort of Your Own Home
A Windows 8 hackathon will take place this month, but instead of being in one physical location, we are making it virtual, so that anyone, anywhere, can take part in it. It's an online event, so you can code from the comfort of your home. App submissions will be accepted from August 17 - 26. Check...
10 Aug 2012
Jason Calcanis Says Microsoft is Having a Renaissance
I think Jason Calacanis likes the X Phone, his co-hosts idea to rename the Windows Phone. Calcanis sat down with a couple of dudes (Erik Rannala, founder of Mucker Lab , and Ryan Block ) the other day and the conversation kept swerving over to Microsoft's crazy moves in the market these past few weeks...
11 Jul 2012
Reza Alizadeh, Architect Evangelist Wins Facebook Hackathon
Microsoft's awesome developer evangelist Reza Alizadeh won the Facebook-Heroku hackathon a couple of weeks ago. This was a big deal. Reza went on to TechCrunch last weekend and participated in that hackathon with a team of about four other evangelist . That story is here , and here . We were waiting...
13 Sep 2012
Software Solves and Unifies -- Why Developers Work On Microsoft Stack Technology
These three videos explain what many of the digerati fail to mention -- software is not really eating the world. It's really creating new growth. It is now so easy to get software -- you can get free Windows and Azure stuff through Microsoft BizSpark -- and it is so easy to get information about the...
7 Dec 2012
Announcing: 30 to Launch for Windows 8!
By Brett Laffel Come join us at RocketSpace in San Francisco every Monday night throughout the month of June to build great Windows 8 apps. Throughout the course of this four-part series, guests will have a chance to learn from Microsoft experts about the world’s largest opportunity for app...
23 May 2012
Microsoft Helps Break Guinness World Record With Largest Appathon Ever
From Microsoft in Bangalore, a world record has been broken. "Thousands of developers from all over India and beyond attend Windows AppFest to build apps for Windows 8 and made history by setting a Guinness World Record for the Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location....
24 Sep 2012
Doing More With Less in Windows 8 Development -- (Part One)
Sonal Mane, a Startup Technologist working for Microsoft in Chicago, walks you through steps to make the Windows 8 app development process easier. Here's her first post in a series. Welcome to the 'Windows 8 design principles simplified' series. One of the key reasons for apps being rejected or...
17 Jun 2013
Swiss Apps: How Ricardo.Ch Uses Windows 8 to Bring a Tighter Focus and Local Color to Auctions Online
Worldwide, online auction sites are the way that many people buy a variety of products, but often they lack local feel and focus. This is one of the main reasons that Switzerland-based ricardo.ch online auction site has been so successful and since launch a decade ago, is now used by over 2 million registered...
2 Nov 2012
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