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April 18, 2014

//build/ –> //learn/-> //publish/: new resources to help you publish your universal Windows apps

You’ve heard announcements at //build/ around the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 and the converged development platform; now get the details and support from community experts to bring your universal Windows apps to life. We’d like to invite you to join us over the next month for a series of educational and hands-on events.

First up is //learn/, a unique opportunity for you to get an introduction to building your own universal Windows apps for phone, tablet and pc. Ask questions and learn what’s new from Microsoft MVPs and get insights from your peers.

Jumpstart, a 3-day training course from Microsoft’s Virtual Academy follows, giving you an in-depth overview of the most important new features and platform capabilities.

Once you’ve started your app, be sure and register for one of our in-person //publish/ regional events, where Microsoft MVPs and local experts will be on hand to help you bring your apps over the finish line and into the Windows Store.

See below for details.

//learn/ – coming soon, April 24

Microsoft MVPs will present live webinars introducing the latest features and technologies for phones, tablets and PCs. Learn to build your own universal Windows app, get training on the new application lifecycle, the new XAML runtime, the new Silverlight features, and more. The webinars will be broadcast in eight languages (Chinese; English; French; German; Italian; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish) in local time zones. Whether you are a new or experienced developer, join us for //learn/ to get the information you need to start building.

Date: April 24, 2014

Click here to register


In this live training webinar by Microsoft Technical Evangelists Andy Wigley and Matthias Shapiro, you will learn how to design and build Windows Phone 8.1 apps using XAML and C# to share a high percentage of code. You will also learn how to maximize app compatibility and optimize code. And, finally, you’ll learn to program the many new Windows Runtime APIs that are available to apps built for Windows Store with Windows Silverlight.

This event is for experienced software developers with knowledge of object-oriented design. Familiarity with C# or XAML is helpful, however no prior experience with developing Windows Phone 8 apps is required.

Dates: April 29 – May 1, 2014

Click here to register.

If you are unable to attend live, you can watch this course on-demand on Channel 9 after May 9, 2014.


//publish/ is a global event series where you will bring your project to polish and complete, and receive support, incentives, prizes and just have a lot of fun along the way.

//publish/ events occur in more than 60 different locations worldwide – simultaneously, all connected by a big online digital dashboard (“The Board”) You will receive expert guidance and support for app design, performance, testing, publishing, and Unity porting in a cool and inspiring environment.

Attend in-person at one of the 35 Microsoft-led events or 30 MVP-led satellite events at locations worldwide. No matter which event you attend, you’ll find it an extraordinary opportunity to learn, share and code; connected to the others via a unique online experience. Register early as space is limited.

Dates: May 16 – May 17, 2014

Click here to register

We hope these events provide everything you need to build universal Windows apps, and can’t wait to see what you publish. Follow #learnwindows and #pubwin to get all the details.