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The Windows Azure Platform is well-suited to provide the scalable compute and storage services for mobile applications. With a friendly REST-based API, a comfortable development environment, easy to leverage services such as Access Control Services, the Service Bus, and ready-to-go toolkits, the Windows Azure platform provides a wealth of opportunities for mobile application developers. In this demo-heavy session, we will explore how easy it is to leverage these services for Windows Phone 7 applications. Coming away from this session we will have a solid understanding of ways to leverage the Windows Azure platform as a component of a mobile application.
by Brad Colbow
Small interface changes can have a big impact in your design. A poorly labeled button here or a feature missing there may seem insignificant but can add add up to big problems for your users. Brad shares his experience designing for mobile platforms and how small differences between iOS, Android and other platforms can really change your interface.
With so many tools available today to make applications run across multiple platforms, it's easy to think that a user experience can translate well to all platforms. The fact of the matter is, users on different platforms have different expectations. What works on Android might not work on iOS, and what works on iOS probably won't transfer well to Windows Phone 7. Apps should make use of features and UI elements specific to their platform, and make the user feel right at home. Together, we can examine the design metaphors of each platform and determine the best way to provide a consistent and elegant user experience.
4th May 2012