What’s New in Windows Phone 8 for Developers



Another one of my popular conference talks is now available as an on-demand webinar! Excited?

Who is this webinar for?

You can approach this webinar from many different perspectives, depending on whether you are a:

  • .NET Developer: You already know Visual Studio, C# and/or VB.NET, Windows Forms, ASP.NET, Silverlight or WPF. You’re now ready to make the jump into the world of mobile development. Windows Phone is a natural transition as your current skillset translates very easily to this platform.
  • Windows Phone Developer: You’re already familiar with Windows Phone 7.x but maybe you haven’t had a chance to explore the new consumer and developer features in Windows Phone 8. This webinar is a great way to get started on your ramp-up.
  • Mobile Developer: You already know mobile development on iOS, Android or maybe jQuery Mobile? Windows Phone is a platform that is definitely worth exploring. The market share may be small today but it is growing fast, especially given the similarities between Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows Store apps. This webinar does go over some of the reasons why you should care about Windows Phone too.

What is covered in the webinar?

In this session I discuss how Windows Phone fits in the overall mobile ecosystem along side Apple, Android, Blackberry and hybrid HTML5 apps (i.e. PhoneGap). We look at why you should care about Windows Phone, what makes these devices unique, where the Windows Store is at, and what the opportunity is for you as a mobile developer.

I present a demo on getting started with Windows Phone 8 development in Visual Studio 2012. We then dive into the brand new Windows Phone 8 features for both consumers and developers, what the upgrade story is for WP 7.5 devices, and explore some of those new features in greater detail, such as the new text-to-speech and voice recognition APIs, Nokia Maps control and more.

Watch the Webinar Video

The webinar video is available via GotToWebinar. Free registration is required if you did not register for this specific webinar before. You can access it with the video image link below:


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Interested in iOS Development?

Windows Phone is a great platform, but you can’t really call yourself a mobile developer until you’ve learned about other mobile platforms, especially when it comes to iOS development. Fortunately, we have another webinar for you!

More and more .NET developers seem to be considering iOS development. This webinar is targeted at developers who know nothing about iOS development, Xcode or Objective C, and everything is presented from the perspective of people already knowledgeable about .NET, Visual Studio and C#.

Watch the webinar here: iOS Development Survival Guide for the .NET Guy (or Gal)

If you have any questions about the topics discussed in this webinar, you can post them in the comments below or contact me on Twitter at @ActiveNick. Also make sure to let me know what other topics you’d like to see in future webinars.