What’s New in Windows Phone 8.1- New features overview (Part 4 out of 5)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

With convergence, WP8.1 received many interesting feature from Windows 8.x. In this post I will overview some of them: * Geofencing* Sharing* Roaming* Background tasks* Push notifications, Tiles and Toasts* WP Emulator and Tools   Geofencing Geofencing APIs enables scenarios such as notifications when the device enters or leaves an app-specified geographic region. This makes possible app scenarios such as displaying a reminder when the user arrives at home or notifying the user of deals at stores in area he is currently. Let’s see how to setup the geofence an respond on the geofencing events. First of all, the...

My Session at Sela SDP 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Yesterday I delivered a session about live tiles, toasts and push notifications in Windows 8. I like to thank all the participants – you were great and I had a great pleasure to present for such quality audience. I loved the questions and the conversation after the session. The slides deck I used for presentation can be viewed online here.   Thanks and stay tuned for more updates, Alex

Silverlight for Windows Phone 7: Push Notifications (Part 2 of 2)

Monday, July 12, 2010

In previous post I described how to build server part of push notification mechanism for Windows Phone 7. This time I’ll show how to handle push notifications on the phone. To demonstrate it I created pretty simple Silverlight application for Windows Phone. The UI of this application looks like the follows: Lets see how the push mechanism is implemented. Phone API defines a class, which responsible for push notifications: HttoNotificationChannel. This class is responsible for subscribing to events and receiving those messages once they arrives. Phone registers to such channel with channel name (and optionally service name). Once channel is...

Silverlight for Windows Phone 7: Push Notifications (Part 1 of 2)

Now, after Beta tools released it is a time to start talking about new features and changes since Apirl CTP. This is the first part of two parts blog post about push notification mechanism in Windows Phone 7. The API described in this article according to recently released Beta version of Windows Phone Development Tools (WPDT). Windows Phone 7 application can’t run in the background (performance, battery life, usage of radio) and therefore there is a need to have a mechanism that facilitates a communication channel between backend services and application on the phone. Push Notification is the mechanism through which...