Attention webOS Developers: Here Is The Message From Microsoft To You All

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As you all know Microsoft is keen on providing necessary resources  and guidance for webOS developers in getting started with Windows Phones. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience got over 1000 emails so far from the webOS developer community regarding developing for Windows Phones. He has been busy for the past two days in preparing to reply them all. Here is the email sent out to all the webOS developers. You can share it with your webOS friends ! !

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“First things first. Thank you so much for reaching out to the Windows Phone team to signal your interest in bringing your talents to our platform. To be honest, we didn’t expect this level of response, so we were caught a bit flatfooted. It took a few days (on the weekend) to pull all the mails together into one place to allow me to respond in a smart way and not retype every mail by hand.  Consider this a first step in building a relationship with the Windows Phone team.  We are psyched to have you aboard and to see what your imagination can do on the Windows Phone canvas.

Getting Started With Windows Phone

First things first.  Thank you so much for reaching out to the Windows Phone team to signal your interest in bringing your talents to our platform.  To be honest, we didn’t expect this level of response, so we were caught a bit flatfooted.  To avoid retyping the same mail over and over again, we spent the extra time to load the mails into our CRM system so we could ensure we were following up with each of you.

Here are some of the common questions we have received: Where do you get the tools?  What is the App Hub?  How do you submit apps?  Where can I get a phone?

We pulled together a set of links to get you going on your path.  You will find that content in a table at the bottom of the mail.  It should get you well on your way, and we have a great community of MVP support, which can be found on the App Hub forums, or on Twitter (#wpdev is the hashtag).

Insofar as training, we have arranged to have a 2 day, live, streamed training event about how to build apps for Windows Phone.  It is coming up this week.

Registration: http://bit.ly/Mango-Jump

It’s important to note that while this will be delivered live and streamed, but that we will also be posting the recorded version of the videos online shortly after the completion of the training event.

Students

If you are a student developer, your best first stop is to contact Ben Lower on our team.  He is spearheading the academic efforts for Windows Phone.  His email is [email protected] and his twitter is @BenLower.

Mobile Champs

Our mobile champs are our developer evangelists in your area.  They are empowered to do whatever it takes to make you successful.  They will have invites to in person Windows Phone training events, access to coding resources, will be able to introduce you to our marketing programs once your apps are in Marketplace, and they have phones and tokens for App Hub accounts (if cost of an account is a hardship).  Here’s the list of champs

CountryMobile Champ & Email
AustraliaChris Bright [email protected]

Dave Glover (DPE MELBOURNE) [email protected]

AustriaAndreas Schabus [email protected]

Max Knor [email protected]

BelgiumKatrien De Graeve [email protected]

David Hernie [email protected]

BrazilSilvia Valadares [email protected]

Caio Chaves Garcez [email protected]

CanadaPaul Laberge [email protected]

Joey DeVilla [email protected]

Chile Wilson Pais [email protected]
ChinaLiwei Zhao [email protected]

Felix Yan [email protected]

Simon Duan [email protected]

Czech RepublicFilip Rehorik [email protected]
ColumbiaWalter Novoa (Adecco) [email protected]

Ricardo Marulanda [email protected]

DenmarkBjarne Dollerup [email protected]
FinlandJukka Wallasvaara [email protected]
FranceAntoine Markarian [email protected]

Pierre Cauchois [email protected]

Alex Danvy [email protected]

GermanyFrank Prengel [email protected]

Bernhard Carli [email protected]

GreeceGina Tiriakidou [email protected]
Hong KongAndy Cheung (HK DPE) [email protected]
HungaryZsolt Batorfi [email protected]
IndiaGirish C Joshi [email protected]
IndonesiaIrving Hutagalung [email protected]
IrelandDave Northey [email protected]
ItalyRoberto Cavallini [email protected]

Lorenzo Barbieri [email protected]

JapanShinobu Takahashi [email protected]

Akira Onishi [email protected]

KoreaJinho Seo [email protected]

Kyoung Yoon Kim [email protected]

MalaysiaHoong Fai Lai [email protected]
MexicoEdgar Omar Aviles Rosas [email protected]
NetherlandsMatthijs Hoekstra [email protected]
New ZealandNigel Parker [email protected]

Mike Zeff [email protected]

NorwayPetri Tapio Wilhelmsen [email protected]
PhilippinesZandra Nicolas [email protected]
PolandBartlomiej Zass [email protected]
PortugalNuno Silva [email protected]
Puerto RicoYamille Morales [email protected]
RussiaMik Chernomordikov [email protected]

Vladimir Kolesnikov [email protected]

SingaporeChris Ismael [email protected]
South AfricaNyaladzi Mpofu [email protected]
SpainIsabel Gomez Miragaya [email protected]

Elisa Garcia Anzano [email protected]

SwedenDag König [email protected]
SwitzerlandStefano Malle [email protected]

Sascha Corti [email protected]

TaiwanEric ShangKuan [email protected]
ThailandEkaraj Kongswangwongsa [email protected]
UK William Coleman [email protected]

Paul Foster [email protected]

Mike Ormond [email protected]

USJoe Shirey [email protected]

Reza Alizadeh [email protected]

Christian Thilmany [email protected]

Max Zilberman [email protected]

Rob Cameron [email protected]

Phones

We have phones for developers committed to building apps and games for Windows Phone.  This isn’t a free ride program where we just hand out phones to people because they say they want one.  When you connect with your local champ, you are building a relationship that will hopefully last a long time.

We have current retail phones, and in the coming weeks/months, we will have updated Mango retail hardware phones.  We also have prototype Mango devices (which have the gyros not available on current retail devices), so if you are building an app which requires Mango hardware, you can make an ask of those as well.

Online Resources

TopicWhat is it?Link
App HubThe central repository for all things Windows Phone for developers.  This is where you will go to create an account, get the tools, submit and manage your apps, participate in forums, etc.http://create.msdn.com
Getting StartedYour first stop to get going on devhttp://wpdev.ms/startwpdev
DownloadsThe dev tools – FREE – are herehttp://wpdev.ms/wpdowns
RegistrationSome people need a little extra help, and this walkthrough of the developer registration should be usefulhttp://wpdev.ms/regwalk
SubmissionsA little extra help on the submission process.http://wpdev.ms/subwalk
Certification RequirementsOK, your app is done, but will it pass cert?  We aim to give you plenty of visibility into the process and be very transparent on why your apps failed, but please read through this.http://wpdev.ms/certreq
Jump StartA video series sponsored by Channel9, our developer focused online video destination portal.http://wpdev.ms/jumpstarts
Design DayEvery developer could probably use a little extra help with their app design.  Here are some great tutorials all about the Metro UI design language for Windows Phone.http://wpdev.ms/designday
Absolute BeginnersThere’s always the possibility that you are big on ideas, but maybe not so much on dev skills.  That’s OK.  We have a great course which will get you up to speed even if you are an absolute beginner.http://wpdev.ms/beginvids
Mango Hands On LabsIf you want to dig a little deeper, but prefer the lab walkthrough format, we have some great labs here for you.http://wpdev.ms/mangohol
clip_image002brandon watson | sr. director
windows phone apps
@brandonwatson
+1(425) 985-5568

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