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Top Expert Advice UI & Dev: Windows 8 App Group Event - Food & Prizes!

Notice: Feel free to get to the meeting at any time. Leave when you need to. and remember, its at One Cambridge (not NERD).

Top Tips and Tricks for Developing  Windows 8 Apps - Free Food & Prizes

Our February 12th event is now sponsored  by Microsoft

Celebrate the launch of the new Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet!

Don't miss this meeting, even if you already have an app in the store. Not much code, but lots of Windows 8 App Development & UI best practices that will put you ahead and 'in the know'.

There are 3 key features that you can be focusing on now to make your app better. In this meeting local experts, that have done it before, share with you their insider information and tips about what makes for a great Windows 8 app and how can you save time in the development process...

Giveaways & Swag

As always, we will give away $5,000 in Windows 8 developer tools software licenses, books, sponsor SWAG and other great prizes.

Plugging into Windows 8

Jeffrey Harmon - Creator of Memorylage Windows 8 Store App

"Plugging Into Windows 8", which would go through concrete examples of implementing many of the new Windows 8 features within your app (sharing, appbar, live tiles, etc.).  I will use Memorylage as an example, so you can see how they are implemented within an actual app, and not just in the context of a sample.  I can also show off my new popup control (which will hopefully have a blog post about it by then), which is a Modern-UI version of MessageBox.Show().

Memorylage is a beautiful new way to view your photos in Windows 8. You can also create custom collages from your favorite photos, or from new ones that you take with the Photo Booth feature.

Creating App Experiences with Charms

Jennifer Smith, Avlade

In this UX focused session you will discover how your users can take advantage of the Search, Share and Settings charms to enable unique integrated experiences between your app and the Windows 8 platform. You’ll also see why you should create and implement scenarios where your app’s users can integrate with other apps or services on the platform. Helpful guidelines for the implementation of charms is also included.

Jennifer is a Microsoft MVP and she blogs about UX design topics at and teaches UX training classes at American Graphics Institute:

Q & A with Microsoft Experts

Jim O'Neil, Microsoft

An open discussion with Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 experts. Bring your questions & get answers. Find out what other members also want to know. Learn tips and tricks to get your Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 App into the store or improved.

App Demos & Guest Speakers

You are invited to demo your Windows 8 app or app concept.  Get there at 6:00 to get your spot and give a 5 to 10 minutes demo describing your 'best at' statement.

Windows Phone 8 'Best At' Statements

Give away two free Nokia Phone 8 developers licenses to the top 'best at' statements for a unique Windows Phone 8 app as voted on by the group. (bring your phone idea)

Microsoft Windows 8 App Developers Survey

Special prizes for helping Microsoft determine the best way to help developers like you. Complete a short survey from Microsoft for a chance to win additional meeting prizes.

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  • Jeffrey H.

    For those who missed it, here is the link to my blog post, which has the slides from my presentation. If anyone has any questions on anything, feel free to reach out.

    February 13, 2013

  • Steve H.

    The presentations for Jennifer Smith, Avlade are now available as PDFs in our group file center.

    1. Share Charm
    2. Search Charm
    3. Settings Charm

    February 13, 2013

  • jennifer s.

    Hi Don, I sent my decks to Steve last night...hopefully they made it to him and will be posted soon.

    February 13, 2013

  • Don P.

    Where are the PPT shown last night posted?

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kid duty :)

    February 12, 2013

  • Gary J.

    I want a front row seat to the parking fights!

    February 12, 2013

  • Bill M.

    Blizzard backs up work schedule

    February 11, 2013

  • Steve H.

    I hope to see at Tuesday's meeting. You'll want to attend this one! Informative and interactive. (plus food)

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Boston Unity Group meeting tonight. I would love to share about Construct 2 and GameSalad in a future meeting for sure

    February 7, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Yes, we are waiting on GameSalad. March would be great to get the GameSalad developers together to let the group know what the dev platform is all about.

      February 11, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Passing this along to the Group...

    Hope you are doing well! I'd love to provide your group with some giveaways of our latest Windows 8 titles as well as provide your group with a discount perk off our titles. In addition we're doing a giveaway on our site this month it's also a great page to see our latest and greatest books: Discount of 45% off eBooks on our site use coupon code at checkout: MEETUPEBOOK
    Discount of 35% off print books on our site at checkout: MEETUPPRINT Take Care, Andrea

    February 4, 2013

  • Steve H.

    The main speakers start between 630 and 7. Get there when you can. Prior to speakers there will be other presentations. See you there.

    February 2, 2013

  • Richard M.

    What time will the main speakers (Harmon, Smith) be starting?

    February 2, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Thanks for coming to the community event and talking apps.
    Now you can enter your apps in a sweepstakes for a chance to win cash prizes!

    Microsoft has a new contest for developing apps.

    Here is the link for our group (We are a MS tech affiliate group)

    Each month: $1,000 first prize, $500, $250

    Take a look. Its free and from Microsoft.

    February 2, 2013

  • Steve H.

    We'll be looking forward to checking it out. Try to get there early to get set up with AV and make sure you can project. Sounds like a great app.

    January 30, 2013

  • Roman J.

    I'd like to demo my recently published app in the Windows Store, Skipping Frog, More details at the meeting. Originally available on IOS for iPhone and iPad, i successfully ported it over to Windows Phone and now Windows 8! Thanks for the support.

    January 30, 2013

  • Gregory G.

    Hello All, I am a web developer recently graduated from BU CDIA. Looking to meet other developers and check out the latest Windows 8 App vibe.

    January 28, 2013

  • Ron B.

    How do I make a windows 7 App backwards and forwards compatible?

    January 17, 2013

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