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Now available: Emulators for Windows Phone 8.0 Update 3

Microsoft just released new emulator images for Windows Phone 8.0 Updates 2 and 3 to the Microsoft Download Center.

Update 2 Emulators: The existing Windows Phone Update 2 (v 8.0.10322) emulator installer has been refreshed to support Visual Studio 2013 RTM development environments.

Update 3 Emulators: This is a new set of emulator images that correspond to Windows Phone Update 3. In addition to updating the existing five emulator images to 8.0.10512, Update 3 also includes a new 1080p image for emulating the Lumia 1520 experience.

Both of these emulator updates are optional installations for the Windows Phone SDK 8.0, available for WPDevs interested in testing their against the latest Windows Phone 8.0 updates. For more information, see the WPDev blog posts on the emulator updates and developing for large screen 1080p devices.

Happy new year!


Whitepaper: Updating your app from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview

This paper provides information about how to migrate a Windows Store app built for Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview. It provides guidelines for developers to successfully port their existing Windows 8 code investments to Windows 8.1. It assumes that the reader is familiar with Windows Store app development, the Windows Runtime, either XAML or the Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS).

This information applies to the following operating systems:

Windows® 8.1 Preview
Windows 8

The current version of this paper is maintained on the web at:

Also familiriaze yourself with the Windows 8.1 New APIs and features for developers at:



General Flash support for tablets is finally here

Starting tomorrow, Microsoft is updating Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT to enable Flash content to run by default. On Windows 8, all Flash content continues to be enabled for IE on the desktop.

As has been seen through testing over the past several months, the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life. With this update, the curated Compatibility View (CV) list blocks Flash content in the small number of sites that are still incompatible with the Windows experience for touch or that depend on other plug-ins.

Microsoft believe having more sites “just work” in IE10 improves the experience for consumers, businesses, and developers. As a practical matter, the primary device you walk around with should give you access to all the Web content on the sites you rely on.  Otherwise, the device is just a companion to a PC. Because some popular Web sites require Adobe Flash and do not offer HTML5 alternatives, Adobe and Microsoft continue to work together closely to deliver a Flash Player optimized for the Windows experience.

  Windows 8 Windows RT
Immersive IE Enabled unless on CV list Enabled unless on CV list
Desktop IE Enabled for all sites Enabled unless on CV list

This updates the immersive IE experience on Windows 8, and both the immersive and desktop IE experiences on Windows RT. The update will be made available to customers with Windows Update. The curated CV list applies to IE on the desktop for Windows RT since the most common reason to block Flash is that the site relies on other plug-ins that are not available on Windows RT.

More compatible Web experiences

Microsoft’s approach to Flash in Windows is practical for Windows customers and developers. For Windows 8, Microsoft worked with Adobe to include a version of Flash that is optimized for touch, performance, security, reliability, and battery life. Adobe made substantial changes to the Flash player to align with the Windows 8 experience goals. Microsoft shipped this optimized Flash component as part of Windows 8, and we service it through Windows Update. IE10 with Flash on Windows 8 enables people to see more of the Web working with high quality, especially compared with the experience in other touch-first or tablet browsers and devices.

When Microsoft released Windows 8 and Windows RT we used the IE Compatibility View (CV) list to enable sites to run Flash content compatible with the Windows 8 experience, including touch responsiveness, performance, and battery life. In Windows 8, IE on the desktop runs all Flash content, like it does on Windows 7.

Looking at our engineering experience with Flash and Windows 8 and RT, as developers improve their Flash content, the vast majority of sites with Flash content that we have tested are now compatible with the Windows experience goals. Of the thousands of domains tested for Flash compatibility to date, we have found fewer than 4% are still incompatible, in the most part because the core site experience requires other ActiveX controls in addition to Flash. With Windows 8 in the hands of customers and developers, we listened to feedback around the experience of Web sites with Flash.

Developing compatible Flash content

For developers building sites with Flash content, this document posted on MSDN goes into more technical detail about the criteria used to place sites on the Flash CV block list, as well as steps that developers can take to test their content in immersive IE and submit their sites to be removed from the block list. The documentation also includes a best practices guide to help developers, designers, and content publishers create experiences with Flash that play well in IE for touch, responsiveness, and battery life. These best practices complement existing recommendations and tools like modern.IE for authoring touch-friendly HTML5 sites. Also, starting tomorrow, modern.IE enables testing whether or not your site is on the curated Flash CV block list.

For the development community, platform continuity and technology choice are important. Flash in IE10 on Windows 8 and Windows RT provides a bridge for existing sites to transition to HTML5 technologies where it makes sense and at a pace that is right for the experiences they want to deliver to their customers. With today’s update to Windows 8 and Windows RT, consumers can experience more of the Web by default.


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Are you a Designer? – Windows 8 UX Design Camp in Finland 2.-3.4-2013

UX Camp

Windows 8 is a new digital canvas where you can showcase your creativity and flair with apps that reach hundreds of millions of people. The platform provides unique features like Live Tiles, Contracts and Cloud services, so you can engage your audience more deeply in new and creative ways. There’s never been a more exciting time to be a designer and we’re pleased to invite you to a Windows 8 UX Design Camp to learn how to design great apps.

Register here >>

What is a Windows 8 UX Design Camp?

Windows 8 UX Design Camps are free, fun, no-fluff workshops for designers, by designers.  In this camp you’ll learn from experts on Windows Store app UX design and apply what you’ve learned by designing your first Windows Store app. During the course of the workshop, we’ll have experts on Windows Store app design on hand to review your design and answer your questions.

Time and place

2.-3.4.2013, Keilaranta 7, Espoo, Finland

What’s the agenda?

In this design camp, we’ll cover:

  • Windows Store App Design Principles
  • Designing a Great Windows Store App
  • Navigation
  • Layout
  • Commanding
  • Snap and Scale Beautifully
  • Win as One
  • Tiles and Notifications
  • Touch
  • Animation
  • The Windows Store

What can I expect?

Windows 8 UX Design camps are workshops where your time will be split between discussing key principles of Windows Store app design and applying what you’ve learned in design exercises. All design exercises are done sketching with paper and pencil to provide you a way to quickly apply what you’ve learned and get feedback from camp mentors.

How Do I Register?

To secure your seat in this event, please register here. We can accommodate up to two people from the same organization.


This event is free of charge. Attendees are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation.

More info

You can find more info about the Microsoft Design Camps at designcamps.azurewebsites.net


Email your questions to msdnfi@microsoft.com 


Teppo Kotirinta
Principal Designer, co-founder @ Nordkapp

Teppo has been building internet, multimedia and mobile services since 1997, first more on the technical side, then in design. He’s worked in an e-commerce startup and with various digi-media and marketing agencies. He’s designed and developed frontend and backend solutions for rich & interactive social sites before there was social media, various things from mobile power plant maintenance system to DJ software, and anything from Video-on-Demand to healthcare and banking.



Sami Niemelä
Creative Director, co-founder @ Nordkapp

Sami is a designer blatantly excited about the new; things, experiences and interactions digital technology connects and enables all around us. He has worked on digital products and services since 1997, and while at it assisted an ethnographic study in India, facilitated participatory design in a daycare, won a Finnish Grammy, had his name on 10-ish design patents and designed for pretty much any format, size and OS there are, both digital and physical.



Sauli Lehtovaara
Interaction Designer @ Nordkapp

Sauli has been part of Nordkapp since the day one in the company’s history. During these years he’s been privileged to work with various kinds of challenging and successful projects for companies scaling from domestic start-ups to large multinational corporates. Nowadays you most likely find him in concept workshops or finishing interaction designs for services but he also has a strong engineering background in the past with web and software development.



Register here >>

Free Developer and Design mentoring available for your Windows 8 app (9th–10th of November)

This is something that YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!!


WOWZAPP is a worldwide Windows 8
coding and learning event organized by Microsoft. There will be 6 anchor points  and many satellite locations simultaneously around the world.


will host the anchor event for Western Europe! All of the events will start at 17:00 their local time and continue with a overnight coding and learning night aka the hackathon.

Check it out now at www.microsoft.fi/wowzapp



Why 24 hour night coding you may ask…

As Finland is an anchor location there will be many professional developer and designer onsite helping you during the hackathon. If you have a challenge in your project we’re there to solve it with you.

You’ll have the mentors reserved the whole time to help and if you have any problem that we can’t resolve with you there’s many other professionals simultaneously elsewhere in the world that we can connect with to be able to answer your questions.

NOW It’s time to register

for the greatest event ever! WOWZAPP will be a chance for you to meet a bunch of fellow developers from around the world, experience the newest devices and take your app to the next phase !

Register now at www.microsoft.fi/wowzapp

The event is free of charge

we’ll provide you with the training, mentors, food & beverages and a lot of fun activity through the code-night!
You don’t need any previous experience with Windows 8 app development, we’ll teach you! All you need is your amazing self and your laptop with Windows 8!

“but I already started a project”

no worries, then we can help you to tweak your app to be beutiful , fast and fluent and ready to be published to the Windows Store with potential 700 000 000 users.

Learn from the best

During the event we’ll have a ton of mentors to assist you with your app development. There will be local trainers and experts from our partners, such as Avanade, Symbio, User Intelligence and many more! There will also be international trainers like Arturo Toledo and Microsoft experts and product group representatives, to answer your toughest questions!

To get the most out of the experience you should sign up for either one of the workshops (App or Game) and the 24h code-night! There is also a extremely interesting Windows & Windows Phone seminar on Thursday, that you can attend!

Showcase your skills


It’s not just about developing apps, it’s about the community and the whole experience! During the event you’ll get to learn from fellow developers and designers. This is a great chance to showcase your apps to Microsoft staff and possibly get some extra visibility and promotion for your application.  We’ll also have some extra activity available for all of you through the night, so you will definitely be entertained!

We’ll also have the great Channel9 team join us for the event, so you’re definitely in for a treat!


“so what do I need to participate?” you may ask…

You need yourself and perhaps some colleagues to form a team, your laptops with Windows 8 on it and Windows 8 developer tools. If you don’t have the software we’ll provide them. Check out how to get ready for this awesome opportunity.

“what do I get from this?” you may ask…

well…the experience, the mentors, the connections, your great Windows 8 app, extra visibility to you app.

…and not to mention that you might walk away with brand new Windows 8 tablet and much much more..

For the great app ideas that you build the first version for Windows 8 and plan to build it for phone you might even get 20 000 € granted by AppCampus


Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview program is now open

LUM920_EmoImage_Inferno_02_Yellow_RGB_150dpiToday we begin accepting requests for access to the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Developer Preview program. The objective is to let developers of our most-downloaded apps start optimizing them for Windows Phone 8, and we expect the majority of published developers in this situation to qualify for access.

To apply, please visit the Microsoft Connect site and complete a short application. Be sure to have your Developer ID and Application’s Product ID on hand, as well as the name of your local Phone Champ (For Finland that’s Drazen Dodik). We’ll be taking applications until Monday, September 17 at 5pm PDT. If you’re accepted to the program, you’ll hear from us in the following week with instructions on how to download the SDK and get support for questions and issues.

Today you may have also seen the online launch event for Visual Studio 2012. The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is built on top of Visual Studio 2012, and will give you the ability to build applications and games that target both Windows Phone 8 as well as Windows Phone 7.5. Windows Phone SDK 7.1 can be installed side-by-side with Visual Studio 2012 and runs on Windows 8.


Windows Store now open to all developers in 120 markets

Today’s 82 additional markets more than doubles our support toward enabling developer opportunity everywhere there’s a developer with desire. And as we’ve said before, we will just keep going. You can check out the complete list of supported markets on the Dev Center.

We’re also announcing a number of additional subscription program offerings that recognize and thank developers for their interest and commitment to Windows. All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. (Eligible subscriptions include Visual Studio Professional, Test Professional, Premium, Ultimate, and BizSpark.) We have a program for students—DreamSpark—that similarly waives the subscription fee. And we have an offer for businesses in our BizSpark program, as well.

Throughout the Windows Store preview stages, we’ve seen fantastic interest from individual developers, large development houses and component and service providers. And as we’ve opened up new markets for onboarding and expanded our invitations, we’ve seen a great increase in both the number and diversity of apps—all during our preview milestones, before broad availability of the OS and before even the first production Windows 8 PC is in the market. And the Windows 8 PCs are on the way, with many unveiled recently at IFA.

If you’ve already signed up—fantastic. We’re ready for your app. Haven’t signed up yet? Getting started is easy—just go to the Windows Store Dashboard on the Windows Dev Center and sign up. The dev tools are free, the SDK is ready, and we have a ton of great supporting content to help you build your app and submit it for Store certification. Sign up now, reserve your app names—we look forward to seeing your app in the Store in time for the general availability of Windows 8.