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Windows Phone 7.x Upgrade Labs

Windows Phone 8 offers up some exciting new features and opportunities for developers. The customer base is getting larger with new form factors and low-memory devices. Is your app ready? Are you ready to add the new Windows Phone 8 features to your existing 7.x app? Do you understand the key scenarios to make your app shine on Windows Phone 8 and bring nothing but 5-star reviews? The Windows Phone Evangelism team at Microsoft is hosting a Windows Phone 7.x Upgrade Lab to help you make your app shine on Windows Phone 8.

What is a Windows Phone Upgrade Lab?

The Windows Phone Upgrade Lab is a free, fun, no-fluff workshop for Windows Phone Developers by Windows Phone Developers. Our Technical Evangelist team will introduce you to the new features in Windows Phone 8 and what you, as a Windows Phone Developer, need to do to take advantage as these features. We will also guide you along the path of making your app work great across the new form factors and low memory devices coming from the many Windows Phone manufactures. Below are the locations and dates of our upcoming labs:

Location Date
Houston, TX 4/11
Irving, TX 4/15
Southfield, MI 4/16
Columbus, OH 5/3
Chicago, IL 5/7
Edina, MN 5/7
Indianapolis, IN 5/9

What can I expect?

The Windows Phone Upgrade Lab is a working lab. This means, bring your development machine and your source code and be ready to submit your Windows Phone 8 updates by the end of the day. We will start off the day by discussing the new developer features of the Windows Phone 8 SDK. Following this, our technical experts will be on-hand to assist you in bringing some of these features to life in your app. We will help identify what features would be best utilized in your app, help you implement those features, and assist you in submitting your app into the store by days end. We will cap off the day by introducing you to strategies for bringing your app to Windows 8 and opening up your app to a whole new world of new customers!

Some of the features we’ll be discussing, include…

  • New Windows Phone 8 Features
  • What is the Windows Phone Runtime?
  • What’s new in Tiles and Notifications
  • Handling Multiple Resolutions
  • Understanding the required artwork
  • New Proximity Scenarios with Bluetooth and NFC
  • New Mapping technology from Nokia
  • Lock Screen integration
  • How to start thinking of bringing your app to Windows

1. Download and Install the Windows Phone 8 SDK at

2. The Windows Phone 8 SDK Emulator requires your machine to support SLAT (Second Level Address Translation). You can verify if your machine supports SLAT by running the CoreInfo tool. More information can be found at

If your machine does not support SLAT, you can still use the SDK and test against a physical Windows Phone Device. If you don’t have a Windows Phone 8 device, we will have some on hand during the workshop to test with.

3. You can get a jump start on the workshop by working through the tutorials in the Windows Phone 8 Training Kit or playing around with the many Windows Phone Code Samples.

In addition to registering for this Workshop, be sure to take advantage of great resources such as access to free expert guidance, app and game frameworks, as well as free storage and tools with Generation App! Sign up at

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Hey there! My name is Adam Grocholski, and I'm a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft where I spend time focusing on Windows, Windows Phone, and Windows Azure. I live in the frozen tundra of Minnesota and run You can also follow me on twitter at @codel8r.

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