As touch becomes a more and more prevalent means of interacting with PCs as well as phones and tablets (I’m typing this on a Lenovo Carbon X1 Touch laptop), developers should be aware of how to create touch-friendly sites and apps that help users make the most of touch-enabled devices.
If you’re building apps for the Windows Store, there’s good guidance available on touch interaction design on the Windows Store developer center.
Continue reading Tweak Touch Behavior in Internet Explorer with User Style Sheets
In previous installments of this series, I’ve shown how you can quickly create REST-based services accessible via HTTP that allow you to easily store and retrieve data in a Windows Store app, using several different approaches including WCF Data Services, ASP.NET Web API, and the new Windows Azure Mobile Services. You can read all of the previous parts of the series here. I recommend reading the intro post at a minimum, so you’re familiar with the games I’m using to demonstrate the concepts in the series.
Continue reading Building Back-end Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps: Adding Push Notifications
To round out the group of solutions I’m exploring in the series, in this post I’ll show you how to build the same game leaderboard service on top of the new Windows Azure Mobile Services (in preview as of this writing).
Continue reading Building Back-end Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps: Windows Azure Mobile Services
In this post, I’m going to kick off a series in which I’ll walk through the creation of a back-end service for a Windows 8 app. This first post will provide an overview of the series, and introduce a couple of potential technologies you can use to build your back-end services.
Continue reading Building Data and Services for Windows 8 Apps
In today’s episode Developer Evangelists Andrew Duthie, Brian Hitney and Peter Laudati recap the “Rock, Paper, Azure” – (#BeatTheGu) challenge from this year’s TechEd as well as how they built a Windows 8 App for the competition. Tune in for this lessons learned session on what considerations and features Andrew took into the design of the app. Continue reading Microsoft DevRadio: Developing a RockPaperAzure Windows 8 app