Month: May 2013

What is XBOX SmartGlass? Try it on W8, WP8, Android and iOS

With only 1 week until the new announcement of the next XBOX, there are people that don’t know SmartGlass yet.




It’s a free app that connect your devices to the XBOX entertainment and it’s available for the devices that you already own. It’s available for Windows 8, Windows Phone and many Android and iOS Devices.

Xbox SmartGlass turns your mobile phone or tablet into a second screen that intelligently interacts with your Xbox 360 to elevate your entertainment experience. Xbox SmartGlass allows for your devices and TV to talk to each other to enhance your favorite TV shows, movies, music, sports and games.


So, you can use your phone, tablet, or Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets and PCs to control your living room Xbox experience. Navigate the Xbox dashboard, pause and rewind your favorite movie, swipe, pinch, and tap to surf the Web on your TV, and use your device’s keyboard for easy text input and search on your console.

You can discover more, easier, and don’t just watch your TV but interact with it.

Let’s look into some features from the E3 2012 event.

If you need some guidance about how to use it, you can follow this SmartGlass Tutorials to see what you can do with your tablet or smartphone.

And of course, the official website where you will find all the information required.


So now,… What are you waiting for?

Happy playing!

Gaming 4 developers day – Microsoft Dubai 18th May


Are you a developer and a hardcore gamer? or just a casual gamer that love indie games?

Then you are invited to gaming day at Microsoft. The event will bring together developers from all designations to build gaming applications on Windows 8, Windows Phone and Kinect for Windows.


Here is the agenda and description:





Games, games, games and game development

9:30 – 10:45

Eduardo Ortega

History about gaming, evolution and tendencies. Showcases of game developers success and a game Smackdown!

Game Development with Qualcomm Tools


Gilles Fayad – Qualcomm

Meet the power of Qualcomm Snapdragon and the Adreno SDK

Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:00


Engines, Tools and Game Development

12:00- 13:00

Tareq Ateik

Do you want to try Unity 3D? Marmalade? Game Salad? Oh first, do you know what and engine is? See how to create games in a very easy way.

Real Case: Wave Engine

Interview to Bye Bye Brain Game Developers

13:00 – 13:50

Javier Canton – Weekend Game Studio (Plain Concepts)

Meet the developers of Bye Bye Brain Game with more than 1M downloads and know more about how to use the Wave Engine that is changing the games world!

Kinect for Windows Development

13:30 – 14:20

Tareq Ateik

What you can do with Kinect is only limited by your imagination, come and see how to create Kinect Apps.


More information and registration link below:

Facebook link:

Registration link:


See you there and happy gaming! 🙂

Porting Challenge. Win a WP and a Surface Pro!

As you probably know, Phone Gap is a free and open source framework that allows you to create mobile apps using standardized web APIs for the platforms you care about.

So, easily you can create apps using the web technologies you know and love: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript



Said that, a new challenge is coming for developers and you can win a Windows Phone and Surface Pro devices!

Just take your existing PhoneGap (Apache Cordova) application published in any store and port it to Windows Phone 8.

Expand your opportunities by reaching the fast-growing number of Windows Phone 8 users.

Just go here and discover how you can win these wonderful devices.



And if you want to know more about PhoneGap, here you can watch a 5-minute tutorial on Channel 9 and visit the official page of PhoneGap as well.


Happy coding 🙂

Angry Birds free until May 15th

Fresh news! Angry Birds totally FREE for your Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 7 until May 15th. Don’t miss the opportunity to have one of the most downloaded games for smartphones.



With this new version (new ID in the Windows Phone Store as well) you will be able to access to 8 complete worlds with more than 300 levels and high definition graphics.

Here some links to download it and enjoy the weekend 🙂


Angry Brds for Windows Phone 8.



Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7.x



+ Angry Birds Trylogy for Xbox (this is not free):

Windows Server 2012 Book: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform.

One member of our MVPs and community members, Zahir Hussain Shah just published a book Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform.

Here the overview:

  • A complete step-by-step Hyper-V deployment guide, covering all Hyper-V features for configuration and management best practices
  • Understand multi-tenancy, flexible architecture, scalability, and high availability features of new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
  • Learn Hyper-V Replica, Hyper-V Extensible Virtual Switch, Virtual Machine Migration, Hyper-V Storage, Hyper-V Failover Clustering, and also System Center VMM and DPM for management, backup, and recovery

My sincere congrats to Zahir for the very good work he did on this book and we appreciate the huge effort he made writing it.

By the way, a very great way to put in practice everything you have in the book is downloading the trial of Windows Server 2012 from here, so, what are you waiting for? 🙂