Bill Reiss is a Windows Platform Development MVP and a Senior Consultant for AgileThought

Archive for September, 2013

There are so many great promotions right now for Windows Phone developers in the USA (and some in Canada). Here are a few, please leave any more you know of in the comments and I’ll add them. I’ll do another one of these next month.

  • Rich Dunbar, Lead Nokia Developer Ambassador, is holding a drawing for the flagship Lumia of your choice (1020 or any of the 9xx series phones). All you need to do is have published a Windows Phone app or any update to an app in the last 6 months, basically anything related to uploading a new XAP to the store. Deadline is Sept 30, details here: http://richarddunbar.blogspot.com/2013/09/september-lumia-blowout.html Even if you’ve entered a previous drawing with Rich before, you can submit the same information for this drawing as long as that app was updated or new in the last 6 months. (USA and Canada only)
  • Microsoft is doing their Tech Affiliate monthly drawing, where you can win cash in the form of gift cards. For this one you need to publish a new Windows Phone or Windows 8 Store app in September. Enter here: http://www.mstechaffiliate.com/members/billreiss (USA only)
  • Nokia is running a Nokia Create contest with great prizes, this one goes through December: http://developer.nokia.com/create/ (Worldwide)
  • If you do not yet have a Windows Phone app in the store, when you are nearly ready to publish, I (or your local Nokia Developer Ambassador) can give you a Nokia Premium Developer Program token which includes a Windows Phone Store membership for a year and other great products and services. Just contact me as your app nears completion for details. (USA and Canada only)
  • Also when you publish your first app, once it is certified and in the store you qualify for a free Windows Phone, the Lumia 800. This is not a drawing, anyone who publishes their first app in the USA or Canada qualifies. Contact me for details. (USA and Canada only)
  • You probably know about http://www.DVLUP.com by now but if not, it’s a free site where you can register and get rewards for doing the things you’re doing anyway when developing for Windows Phone. I almost have enough points for two 1020s right now through the DVLUP program. (only in a few countries, check DVLUP.com to see if you qualify)

At the Sarasota .Net Developer’s Group in July I gave a presentation about how to improve the number of downloads and reviews for Windows Phone apps. I am by no means an expert on the topic but I’ve learned a lot along the way and everyone who has seen this session the handful of times I’ve presented it have had very positive feedback for me about it.

I will be converting as much as I can of the presentation over time into blog posts, but I was fortunate enough to have Russ Fustino, lead evangelist for ComponentOne, record the Sarasota session and with the help of his team at ComponentOne, the video is now available on YouTube.

If you like the video, and appreciate the content, please say thanks by taking a moment to download and review some of my apps, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!

Links to my apps:

Reading Lens Free
Reading Lens
Wipeout

Enjoy!

There have been a couple of recent developments that have really reduced the cost of getting started with Windows Phone development. First of all, it only costs $19 a year now to get developer access to the Windows Phone Store.

http://www.winbeta.org/news/microsoft-extends-windows-phone-dev-center-19-fee-so-you-can-get-your-app-published

This was originally a short term promotion for the summer but has been extended indefinitely. Also if you’re a BizSpark, DreamSpark, or other MSDN Subscriber, you get a free developer token for the Windows Phone Store.

Add to this the fact that the Windows Phone SDK is free and comes with a free copy of Visual Studio Express, and you have everything you need to publish to the store for $19 or even free.

Ok, I know, some of you are saying “but I don’t have a Windows Phone so I can’t test my app”. Fair enough. First of all, the Windows Phone emulator is very good. Unless you use some specific hardware on the device, you can do everything you need in the emulator. Of course it’s always better to test on a device if you have access to one, so how about being able to test on the most popular Windows Phone on the market? The Lumia 520 is an amazing little phone and it’s not surprising that it’s skyrocketed to the top of the charts. It’s also amazingly affordable. You can pick one up for $100 on Amazon without a contract.

Use it as a prepaid phone with AT&T or just use it on WiFi. Put a SD card in it and have a sweet little media device. So for under $120 you can have absolutely everything you need to get going.

Of course once you publish your first app, if you’re in the USA or Canada, contact me or your regional Nokia Developer Ambassador (if it’s not me, I can point you in the right direction) to get a free Lumia 800 and enter all sorts of other promotions, and let us know if you need any other help.