TFS Live app for Windows Phone

Team Foundation Service, TFS, Windows Phone
If you happen to 1) work with Microsoft’s Team Foundation Service (TFService) or another publically accessible TFS server and 2) own a Windows 8 Phone, then you will want to check out the tfs live app for Windows Phone. The tfs live app provides quick, at-a-glance totals for the various types of work items you’re most interested in. When you install the app and run it for the first time, you will have to configure the app to connect to your TFS server: Although a template has been provided for the server URL (as shown in the above image), it is not the best template to follow if you’re connecting to a TFService instance.  In this case, use the following template:      https://{account}.visualstudio.com/DefaultCollection – replacing {account} with your specific TFService…
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Support and Suggestion Links for Visual Studio and Windows Phone

Visual Studio, Windows Phone
This post is as much for my benefit as it is for anyone else :-)  Although I have frequented all of the sites referred to below, it sometimes takes me a minute or two to come up with the link.  Being able to reference this blog post just might save me a little time in the future.  Along with that, it may also point out a few support sites that you weren’t aware of. The links below are specific to Visual Studio and Windows Phone.  As these are two of the most common technologies that I interact with on a daily basis, I thought I’d point out a few shortcuts on where to submit feature ideas, bugs, as well as where to ask questions. Visual Studio Visual Studio UserVoice –…
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Highlights of the Windows Phone Summit

Windows Phone
Today, Microsoft held their first ever Windows Phone Summit.  Although the event lasted only two hours, there was quite a bit of information provided, lots of questions answered, and several questions still left to be answered.  Below are some of highlights of the event (in no particular order): Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will both utilize a Shared Windows Core Device drivers can be built once to support Windows 8 as well as Windows Phone 8 Support for multi-core chipsets A total of three screen resolutions to be supported: 800x400 (current resolution for Windows Phone 7.x) 1280x768 1280x720 Support for (removable) MicroSD cards (can be used for photos, music, videos, apps) Internet Explorer 10 – includes SmartScreen anti-phishing filter (same as in Windows 8) as well as improvements to…
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My First Published Windows Phone 7 Apps

Windows Phone
Like many other developers out there (there’s over 18,000 registered developers so far) I decided to take a try at writing some applications for Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7.  I decided to create two simple applications (to start with) – one for free and the other to (try to) sell for $0.99 (USD).  The details for each application is included below.  But first, a few lessons learned. Lessons Learned All the tools necessary for creating Windows Phone 7 applications are FREE!  Check out this link to get started. Being able to utilize existing Silverlight skills is a huge plus.  I didn’t have to spend hour after hour learning yet another language and/or framework.  A good deal of the Silverlight knowledge I’ve gained over the past couple of years translate directly…
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