First Technical Preview of Windows 10 for Phones launched

Today Microsoft launched the first version of Windows 10 for Phones. This is a Technical Preview just like the desktop counterpart, and is only recommended for the hardcore enthusiasts that don’t mind to encounter bugs, crashes, weird behavior and unfinished work. I like to live on the bleeding edge of technology. If there is something new I can test then I want to test it out. Unfortunately, this first release is only intended for a small sub-set of Lumia devices in the low-end part of town. If you got one of these devices then you should be able to test out Windows 10 today:

  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 830

That means I won’t be able to test it out quite yet, I posess a Lumia 520, 530, 1020 and 930, so you have to rely on other sources for videos, screenshots and “reviews” of the Technical Preview. If you want to see what’s new and what’s coming in the near future, take a look at this video feautring Joe Belfiore:

Why am I not getting this preview right now!?

Apparently our beloved high-end devices have very tight OS-partitions and no possibility at the moment to dynamically adjust the partitions, which as stated by Microsoft makes it hard to update the OS in-place:

“Some context on why we chose these and not higher end phones like the 930/Icon or 1520: We have a feature that will be coming soon called “partition stitching” which will allow us to adjust the OS partition dynamically to create room for the install process to be able to update the OS in-place. Until this comes in, we needed devices which were configured by mobile operators with sufficiently sized OS partitions to allow the in-place upgrade, and many of the bigger phones have very tight OS partitions.”

Check out the blog post announcing the release, and be sure to check out the known issues before you decide to install the Technical Preview on your phone!

Microsoft Blog: Announcing the first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones

RuterReise featured in the Windows Phone Store

Last week I got some good news regarding the app we at Shortcut did for Ruter, the organization in charge of the public transportation service here in Oslo. The app is RuterReise, and it now has become a featured app in the Windows Phone Store! For me, it’s a first, and for the company it’s a first on the Windows Phone Store for sure.

In case you’re not familiar with the app, it’s a great tool for planning your journeys or seeing when a bus departs. Take a look at it here at Windows Phone Store. I’ve posted some screenshots below so you can get a quick peak:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a Windows Phone and live in Oslo/Akershus, be sure to download the app!

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Project of the Week #3 – Day 1

Happy new years everybody! We are just at the starting line of 2015, and one of my goals this year is to be more productive. Productive in my own definition is the art of starting, working and finishing a project. The project itself can be anything from creating an app, conceptualizing a service, decorating a room etc. The idea I came up with is “Project of the Week”, where I decide on a project to do for a week starting on a Monday with deadline on Sunday evenings.

Due to the short deadline I’m hoping this will make me better at scoping projects, estimating and setting realistic goals. It’s very important that by the end of the week I have a finished product, or if it’s part of something bigger that I have a working version.

For this week I have decided to create an app called “Build Attendees” for Windows Phone.

Skype Qik Impressions

Skype announced earlier today a new app: Skype Qik (pronounced Quick I guess), a video messaging app which bears similarity to apps like Snapchat and Facebook Messenger.

skype-announced-qikThe tagline is “The new mobile messenger for swapping videos with groups of friends”, and that is exactly what and all it does. In Skype Qik you have the ability to send videos to a person or groups of people at the same time. Nothing more, nothing less. How does it fare? Find out after the break

Want to learn C# and Windows (Phone) development?

The best inspiration for writing blog posts is absolutely the questions I receive from people via Facebook, Twitter, E-mail and more. For this particular post the question at hand was if I had any good resources for learning to code and develop applications in C#.

How one learn is different for each person. Someone needs to have hands-on tutoring, visual/audio-based material and of course reading. However; the only way to truly learn is by doing and practicing. If you are the one who needs hands-on tutoring then I might suggest you look up courses near you, as I can’t help you there. In this post I have tried to come up with some good video walkthroughs and reading material for each category, so continue reading to get to the good stuff.

OneDrive ups its value; 15GB free for everyone, 1TB for Office365 subscribers

Microsoft announced earlier today that they are increasing the storage plans for everyone using OneDrive and lowering the cost of the storage plans of up to 70 %. That means for users of OneDrive they will be upgraded in the coming months to 15GB storage, a little more than doubling your storage space previously. This is for the regular free version, and  if you have paid for more space then you will continue to get that but at lower rates.

The OneDrive team reports that the monthly pricing of their storage plans have dropped, and is now priced the same as Google Drive, at $1.99 per month for 100GB of extra storage, and $3.99 per month for 200GB. This is great news for users. With prices equal to Google Drive and both having lower rates than Dropbox ($9.99 per month for 100GB), it’s a competition on who can deliver the best service for the same price.

This is not the only announcement they made today. Office365 subscribers will soon get 1TB of storage per subscription. For Office365 Home users ($9.99 a month) that means 1TB per person (up to 5 people). That is quite interesting, as the Office365 subscription includes access to the Office Suite and other perks as well, and for the prices ranging from $6.99 per month up to $9.99 per month (or $74.99 for 4 years in the University package) that is great value you’re getting.

If I were you, then I would certainly go for the Office365 subscriptions and get access to the Office suite which now is available on Windows, OS X, iOS, Windows Phone and Android, as well as 1TB of online storage.

Source: https://blog.onedrive.com/new-onedrive-storage-plans/

Oslo Startup Weekend

This weekend started like any other great weekends, chilling out on the sofa after a long week, with Netflix streaming a good show on the TV. On saturday evening I got a text from my good friend, Petri Wilhelmsen over at Microsoft (one of the sponsors of the event), asking me if I wanted to come down to Oslo Startup Weekend to help out with some development. After a bit of consideration, I decided to hop on down to see if I could do anything constructive:

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