Microsoft Mobile Corner

Build a Xamarin.Forms Application with MvvmCross

Wed, 16 May 2018 22:11:00 GMT

Building cross-platforms applications has never been easier using Microsoft's Xamarin.Forms. In this article Nick introduces v6 of MvvmCross and shows how it can be leveraged to accelerate development and improve the architecture of a Xamarin.Forms application.

Getting Started with Augmented Reality in iOS 11

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:15:00 GMT

With the release of iOS 11 and ARKit, creating augmented reality experiences has never been easier. Here’s a hands-on look at how easy it is to get started.

Consuming REST Services from Your Mobile Application Using Swagger and AutoRest

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:09:00 GMT

Consuming services is something every application needs to do. In this article, Nick demonstrates how to document a REST service using Swagger in order to make it easy to consume from a Universal Windows Application.

Create a UWP-Based ChatBot Using the Microsoft Bot Framework Direct Line API

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:41:00 GMT

Chatbots are the new mobile application. In this article, Nick demonstrates how you can integrate a bot right into your Universal Windows Platform app via the Microsoft Bot Framework Direct Line API.

Build Data Applications for the Universal Windows Platform Using Entity Framework and SQLite

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:58:00 GMT

Saving and retrieving data is a fundamental part of all but the simplest of applications. In this article, Nick walks through getting started using Entity Framework with SQLite to persist application data.

Extending a Universal Windows Platform Media App

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Both the MediaElement and Player Framework provide rich, on-screen elements for controlling media playback. Here's how to use a Universal Windows Platform app to use both the System Media Transport Controls and Cortana to provide an alternative, more integrated player experience.

Building Media Apps for the Universal Windows Platform Using the Player Framework

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Universal Windows Platform comes with rich media capabilities. In this article Nick explores how to customize and extend the media playback experience using the Player Framework.

Build Interactive Tiles for Microsoft Band

Thu, 12 May 2016 17:55:00 GMT

Now that you know how to communicate with the Band apps, here's another twist. Let's get interactive.

Build Apps That Talk with the Microsoft Band

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:44:00 GMT

The Microsoft Band is one of the most sophisticated fitness and health trackers available today. In this article, Nick walks through building a Windows Phone app that can communicate with it.

Building UWP Apps Using Xamarin.Forms

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:50:00 GMT

One of the hardest challenges of mobile development is how to minimize the cost of building the same application for multiple platforms. Nick shows how to use Xamarin.Forms to develop a cross-platform application that also targets the Universal Windows Platform.

Building Universal Windows Apps for Universal Performance

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 19:24:00 GMT

With the Universal Windows Platform, developers can target a wide variety of devices with a single application, but it comes with performance ramifications. We look at ways to make those apps more efficient and highly performant.

Cortana, How Do I Add You To My Windows Apps?

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 18:13:00 GMT

With the Universal Windows Platform, you can now build apps that truly interact with the new digital assistant for Windows. In this article, Nick Randolph walks through using Cortana to launch and interact with your application.

Hosting JavaScript in a Windows 10 App

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:09:00 GMT

An introduction to the Chakra JavaScript engine and how it can be used within a Windows 10 app to execute JavaScript.

It's Universal: Understanding the Lifecycle of a Windows 10 Application

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:08:00 GMT

Nick Randolph pulls apart the lifecycle of a Windows 10 application and reveals what goes on programmatically when users launch, switch between and close Windows 10 apps.

Debugging XAML with Live Visual Tree and Live Property Explorer Windows

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:24:00 GMT

In this article Nick Randolph breaks down XAML for the Universal Windows Platform using the Live Visual Tree and Live Property Explorer tool windows in Visual Studio 2015.

Compiled Data Binding in the Universal Windows Platform

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Nick Randolph investigates the inner workings of the new compiled data binding support available to Windows platform developers in the Universal Windows Platform.

What's New with the Windows Universal Application Platform

Wed, 27 May 2015 18:57:00 GMT

Microsoft finally unveiled the Windows Universal Application Platform at Build in San Francisco. Nick Randolph takes the new controls -- and other changes that assist developers building adaptive layout applications -- out for a spin.

Leverage Azure When Building Enterprise Mobile Apps with Windows Phone

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Building line-of-business mobile apps for Windows Phone that connect to Microsoft Azure for authentication, data storage and notifications isn't much different from on-premises apps. Here's what it takes.

Add Real-Time Diagnostics to Your Windows Phone 8.1 App with SignalR

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Adding real-time diagnostics and communication to a Windows Phone 8.1 application is no challenge for SignalR.

How To Inject Analytics Code into Windows Phone 8.1 Apps

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Nick Randolph dissects a Windows Phone 8.1 application package in order to inject analytics tracking code into a pre-build application.

Tips for Creating Windows Phone Apps Using Blend for Visual Studio 2015

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:53:00 GMT

Nick looks at the preview release of Blend for Visual Studio 2015 and demonstrates some tips and tricks that will save you time and help you build better looking Windows Phone applications.

Build Network-Aware Windows Phone Apps with Azure Mobile Services and Background Tasks

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Here's how to build a Windows Phone application that synchronizes data with Azure Mobile Services, triggered when the device restores its network connection.

Add Azure Active Directory Support to Azure Mobile Services-Enabled Windows Phone Apps

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Windows Phone applications can use Azure Active Directory to authenticate users and authorize access to Azure Mobile Services. Nick Randolph walks through the process, step by step.

Enterprise Distribution of Windows Phone Applications

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Nick Randolph discussed how Windows Phone applications can be deployed within a company using enterprise distribution.

Windows Phone and Windows 8.x: Designing Once for Both with XAML

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 07:00:00 GMT

How to define common XAML resources to improve the consistency of your applications.