Windows Phone 8

[21-1-2013]

Sabine Douglas - Apadmi

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Mobile Monday Manchester – WP8 Event 

Mobile Monday Manchester, the centre of North West mobile community for discussion, events and information, hosted its first event of 2013 with the topic Windows Phone 8 on Monday 21st January. Sponsored by Nokia and Apadmi, just shy of 100 attendees braved the poor weather conditions to understand how Windows Phone 8 could benefit them, their business and their development needs.

After a few drinks and networking, the audience took their seat and enjoyed engaging and thoroughly insightful presentations from the panel:

Riaz Ahmed: Developer Evangelist at Nokia. Riaz provided an overview of various apps available on Lumia Windows Phone handsets, and informed the attendees how they can use Nokia Music and Here Maps API’s within their WP8 apps with ease. He enabled the audience to understand resources available through the Nokia Developer network, and awarded two members of the audience Premium Developer Programs as well as giving away a Nokia Lumia 820 handset.

Andy Wigley: Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. Andy focused his presentation on maximising the Windows 8 opportunity, both on tablet and phone platforms. Having less apps available in the Windows Phone store poses a unique opportunity for the developer to gain success in a less crowded marketplace. Andy helped the attendees understand resources available to them to enable and utilise all features available, such as Live Tiles, NFC Connectivity and Wallet features. Andy also covered how using the same codebase can enable you to reach not only the Windows Phone population, but the millions of Windows 8 users too.

Graeme Wells: Product Manager (Windows 8 at Rental Cars). Over the last three months Rental Cars have completed full product lifecycle on Mobile Platforms; from zero mobile presence to seven platforms in three months, Rental Cars have developed apps on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 alike. Graeme discussed his relationship with Microsoft throughout the process, the reasons behind platform choice and how they got ‘spotlighted’ in the Windows Phone store. He also compared Windows to other platforms both in terms of technical effort and current results. Rental Cars’ Windows 8 app was launched 26th December 2012, and Windows Phone 8 app is due for release around 31st January 2013.

Pete Vickers: Director at APPA Mundi. Pete provided an introduction to the speakers, Windows Phone 8 and development, as well as providing some useful techniques and methods for developers.

Winners of our Nokia Giveaways:

Lumia 820 phone

Tony Davis – Appsense

2 x Nokia Developer Premium Program

Nick Gallon – RE:SYSTEMS

Alec Stubbs – The Cabbages Shop