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What's New in Windows Phone 8 for Developers

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Windows Phone is the fabled “third version” of Windows Phone where, historically, Microsoft gets things right. True to tradition, Windows Phone 8 has a lot to offer to consumers, like new screen resolutions, multi-core devices, NFC support, IE10 and more. But it doesn’t end there: The true value of Windows Phone 8 comes from you, the developers, and the great apps you build. Come learn about all the great features in Visual Studio 2012 and the Windows Phone 8 SDK to help you design even greater apps for greater profitability. We’ll cover new app models like camera lenses and location-aware background agents, VoIP capabilities, in-app purchasing, the new tile options, tooling changes, and more. We’ll also compare the Windows Phone application development model to Windows 8 and discuss how you can share assets between the two. Get ready for some great demos as we dive in the good stuff. Build Mobile Apps. Publish. Profit!

You will learn:

The basics of the Windows Phone 8 SDK, how to get started in mobile development and the available tools, including the emulator. How to design a Windows Phone user interface with Expression Blend or Visual Studio, which controls are available, how to extend the controls toolbox, and more. About new Windows Phone 8 specific development features like in-app purchases, camera lenses, VoIP apps, background location services and more.

Speaker Info

Nick Landry (@ActiveNick ( is a Senior Product Manager for Infragistics, the world leader in user interface development tools that empower developers to build and style immersive user experiences and rich data visualization in line of business applications across all .NET platforms, the Web and mobile devices ( ). Nick is at the helm of Infragistics' mobile, data visualization and mapping developer tools across multiple technologies and platforms. He previously spent a total of 16 years of his career in IT consulting and services organizations across various technical and business roles, designing, building, managing and selling innovative software solutions for some of the world's top brands and Fortune 500 companies. Known for his dynamic and engaging style, he is a frequent speaker at major software development conferences worldwide like TechEd, DevConnections, DevTeach and others, and is an 8-year Microsoft MVP awarded on Windows Phone Development. With 20 years of professional experience, Nick is a developer and software architect by trade and specializes in Enterprise Mobility, Location Intelligence & Mapping, Touch Computing & NUI, Cloud Computing and Game Development with XNA. He wrote multiple articles for CODE Magazine, published white papers, wrote several mobility courses, has been a technical editor for IT books, and holds several professional certifications.