HTC Windows Phone 8XT now on sale at Sprint

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Just a quick reminder that Sprint customers can grab HTC’s handsome Windows Phone 8XT starting today. The phone—here it is on Sprint’s website—is available for just $99.99 (after a $50 rebate and with a two-year contract).

Use open source code in your Windows Store apps

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When developing apps, it’s essential for developers to be able to reuse their code and build on existing skills, without having to reinvent the wheel. The good news is that you can count on a lot of libraries and SDKs from partners, but also from the open source communities to support Windows Store apps.

Windows is a great playground for open source developers and many apps in the Store use open source frameworks and libraries already.

Inside Windows Phone – Motion design using the Windows Phone Toolkit

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One of the most beautiful design aspects of the Windows Phone OS is the use of motion design. Windows Phone is alive with motion, which acts as a huge differentiator in quality apps. Unfortunately, motion design can be very painstaking work and difficult to implement. Fortunately, the Windows Phone Toolkit has everything you need to implement powerful animations that bring your Windows Phone apps to life.

Making Windows Phone an even better choice for business

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[This post was written by Tony Mestres, vice president of Windows Phone partner and channel marketing.]

Microsoft is investing in Windows Phone enterprise capabilities to make it an even better choice for businesses of all sizes.

We’ve decided to increase the length of our support lifecycle from 18 months to 36 months. Beginning with Windows Phone 8 we’ll make updates, including security updates, available for 36 months.

Windows Phone 8 Development for Absolute Beginners

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We initially launched Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners back in November 2010 with the intent of providing the completely new developer with information about the basic tools necessary to build a meaningful Windows Phone app. We hadn’t expected it to become one of the most popular series we’ve ever produced on Channel 9!

Windows at WPC 2013

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Today at the Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas – Microsoft executives took the stage to discuss the company’s devices and services approach with our partners. Tami Reller, Windows CMO and CFO, talked about how Windows is the foundation that people trust and how it’s powered by high-value services – like Xbox, SkyDrive, and Skype – bringing customers a great experience across all their devices.

User Experience Design Competency coming to the Microsoft Partner Network

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In the past few years, we've focused on improving the user experience and design of our platforms, making them more intuitive, familiar and enjoyable to engage with. Our point of view is embodied in the Microsoft design language: we sweat the details of every pixel, we let the OS fade into the background while your ideas and content come to the fore, and we believe in presenting content and controls in a way that is authentically digital.

Running the Windows Phone Emulator on Windows 8.1 Preview

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With Windows 8.1 Preview now available, we would like to highlight a compatibility issue with the Windows Phone Emulator included in the Windows Phone SDK 8.0. When you start the Windows Phone 8.0 emulator in Visual Studio 2012 on Windows 8.1, the following dialog may appear to indicate a compatibility issue:

Build talk of the week: Beautiful apps at any size on any screen

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Many tasks performed on slates, laptops, and desktops require using more than one app. As a user, you may have found yourself referencing documentation while writing code, copying a funny quote from a website into an email, or comparing prices from different online stores. Windows 8 opened the door to this kind of multi-tasking by allowing users to put more than one Windows Store app on screen at the same time.

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