Notifications extend the reach of your app to the desktop and device, but with a large user base timely delivery can be challenging without the right tools. In this session we’ll review the notification options available to Windows Phone and Windows Metro Style apps, demonstrate how you can deliver notifications using Windows Azure, and discuss features provided by Windows Azure to scale your notification solution. By the end of this session you will understand how to use Windows Azure to rapidly develop a notification enabled service for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps.
The Social Viewer application template enables you to create mashups from Twitter, Facebook, RSS and Atom feeds with all the plumbing for security, sharing, offline, Trial mode and advertising support built in.
I have tried it out and the Social Viewer template really rocks its makes it extreemly fast and simple to create a mashup WP7 app. Nick Randolph (Built To Roam) has really done an awesome job on this template.
You can get the full details, and template from Dave Glover in this blog posting. Also note he has mentioned a limited number of Tokens available to Australian devs for free WP7 marketplace registration – quite generous and a surefire way to kickstart your WP7 dev.
If you would like to see an app built with the Social Viewer template try out the Perez Hilton Reader
Announced at Mix11 at the start of the the Day 2 Keynote: Windows Phone fan Brandon Foy inspired our community and inspired Microsoft with his “We Love Windows Phone” video. We want to thank him by jump starting his resume. If just 200k people view his new video, we’ll air it in a national ad spot!
Now thats how funky the ads should be :), lets get him up to 200k
All in all a great night and we seen several cool new WP7 apps.
The app of the night was Mix11. Check it out here on Zune its free and will surely come in handy this month if your heading to Mix11 @ LA. Description of Mix11 app follows:
Attending the Microsoft MIX11 conference in Las Vegas, April 2011? You need the complete shcedule on your Windows Phone 7 for quick and easy offline reference. Includes session information, speaker bios, a map and news feed. Favorite the sessions you plan on attending so you don’t accidentally miss one!
NOTE: the final schedule will not be announced until much closer to the date in April – the app will update over wifi or 3G. Until then, browse the schedules from previous conferences and watch the recorded sessions.
For those of you who dont have PowerPoint here is the March Rollup:
Nick Harris is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft specializing in Windows Azure. Before Microsoft, he founded his own startup AdGAC a mobile advertising company developed utilizing Windows Azure, WP7 and ASP.NET MVC. In the 9 years prior, Nick worked as both a consultant and Senior Software Engineer delivering smart client applications, distributed enterprise applications and airborne software systems. While not working you can find him blogging or on Twitter about Windows Azure along with a diverse range of related technical content.