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Building universal Windows apps for all Windows devices
With the release of Windows Phone 8.1, it is now possible to use the Windows Runtime to build apps that can target each form factor in the family of Windows devices. Using the universal Windows app project templates, you can now create one app where your business logic can be surfaced up through a user experience relevant to the device. This unified approach to app development means that your app has the potential to reach not just Windows phones and tablets, but Windows laptops and workstations as well.

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Starting with Universal Apps on Visual Studio 2013
As probably so many of you are still excited after Build Event, this is the best moment to start practicing what we’ve learnt from the online sessions. Today I’m going to start creating my first Universal App, so let’s go step by step.

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Build Android Apps With Xamarin Using Portable Class Libraries
In a previous post, Using Portable Class Libraries to Reuse Models and ViewModels, I showed an example of creating a portable class library (PCL) and how to use it with several types of clients (WPF, Windows 8, and Windows Phone).  This post is going to show how to reuse the same PCL library to create an app for Android with Visual Studio 2013 and Xamarin.Android.

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Authoring Windows 8.1 Apps in XAML
At the BUILD conference last week, we announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 and Blend for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. We have been busy improving the overall experience of XAML development in Visual Studio and Blend, and this post gives you an overview of some of the cool new features we have added to this Update that you might have missed amongst all the other big and exciting headlines.

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Videos we favorited

TWC9: Windows Phone 8.1, Installer Projects are back, Microsoft Azure for IoT and more

This week on Channel 9, Brian and Dan discuss the week's top developer news.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Prism 5.0 for WPF – April 2014

Prism provides guidance designed to help you more easily design and build rich, flexible, and easy to maintain Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop applications. Read more

Azure Updates: Web Sites, VMs, Mobile Services, Notification Hubs, Storage, VNets, Scheduler, AutoScale and More

It has been a really busy last 10 days for the Azure team. This blog post quickly recaps a few of the significant enhancements we’ve made.  These include:

  • Web Sites: SSL included, Traffic Manager, Java Support, Basic Tier
  • Virtual Machines: Support for Chef and Puppet extensions, Basic Pricing tier for Compute Instances
  • Virtual Network: General Availability of DynamicRouting VPN Gateways and Point-to-Site VPN
  • Mobile Services: Preview of Visual Studio support for .NET, Azure Active Directory integration and Offline support;
  • Notification Hubs: Support for Kindle Fire devices and Visual Studio Server Explorer integration
  • Autoscale: General Availability release
  • Storage: General Availability release of Read Access Geo Redundant Storage
  • Active Directory Premium: General Availability release
  • Scheduler service: General Availability release
  • Automation: Preview release of new Azure Automation service
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Windows Phone 8.1 now available on Windows Phone Preview for Developers

Starting today, you can update your personal dev phone(s) to run Windows Phone 8.1 using the Windows Phone Preview for Developers program . Along with the tooling delivered in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC, developers can now get everything they need to start building and testing Windows Phone apps and universal Windows apps. Even better, Windows Phone Store is also starting to accept app submissions and to enable app linking today – enabling you to bring the universal Windows app experience to your beta users and consumers. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

Microsoft Corporate BI and SAP BI Integration Jump Start

So much data. So many users. What's an IT pro to do? Self-service business intelligence (BI) frees users to mine data like never before. And IT BI professionals support their efforts with analyses, reports, and dashboards. But how can business and IT teams work together for a more holistic approach? Many organizations are turning to Microsoft BI tools, which bring you the next generation of data visualization and monitoring with Power BI, Power Query, and Power View in Excel. And Microsoft recently announced a new add-in to connect with SAP BusinessObjects BI, offering even greater reliability, Read more

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