I am glad (and surprised) that DVLUP (challenges, badges and rewards for Windows Store developers) has not disappeared after Microsoft took over Nokia, in fact as of today it is integrated in MSDN!

Your profile has been migrated and you are now required to login with an MS account.

If you were using DVLUP before, the new site will look familiar, with improved learderboard and profile pages. Now we also have access to Points and XP history.

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Good news for Windows Phone App developers…the Dev Center will soon (March 27) add new reporting features (an area it was lacking a bit…):

  • Cleaner, data-rich interface
  • Proceeds by market for app and in-app purchase
  • Transaction-level payout export

In an ongoing unification effort those changes will roll out later to Windows Dev Center as well!

Get all the details here:

Here are 2 issues you might encounter while trying to publish apps that you created based on App Studio source code:


Error on certification report: The binary HtmlAgilityPack.dll is built in debug mode”

The problem is that (currently) App Studio is using HTMLAgilityPack version 1.4.8 which was built in debug mode (by mistake).


You can resolve this error by updating HTMLAgilityPack to version 1.4.9 via NuGet.


Error when you compile the same solution in Visual Studio:

“Payload contains two or more files with the same destination path ‘HtmlAgilityPack.pdb’. Source files:


To resolve the issue, just change the “Copy Local” property of the HTMLAgilityPack reference to False in the Windows project.


Want to get a jump start on developing Universal Windows Apps with C# and XAML?

Sign up for this free virtual event:
Developing Universal Windows Apps (C#/XAML) Jump Start

This free course will last 2 days: Sept 30-Oct 1 from 9am to 5pm PDT (get it in your time zone).


  • Designing a Universal Experience
  • Getting Started
  • Client Foundation
    Client Views
  • MVVM Techniques
  • Windows Store Features
  • Location and Maps
  • Enterprise Features

The Dev Center Benefits program is designed to accelerate your success on the Microsoft platform by helping you develop, improve and market your apps with a variety of offers and tools and is available to all registered developers worldwide of all experience levels and platforms.

You will receive technical, design, publishing, and marketing offers to help build and promote your app.

Register now for free:

There are 3 levels in the program:

  • Explorer, gets you started quickly with design and architecture guidance and consulting help from a Microsoft expert, Gift Cards, and Dev Center registration fee.

  • Expert
    , helps you reach more users faster with advertising offers, a publishing contract, and more.

  • Master
    , unlocks VIP access to developer marketing and support, SDK early access and more.

Developers move from Explorer to Expert, then to Master as your apps get more downloads, higher revenue, better ratings, and improved app experiences.

Microsoft seems to be taking over DVLUP…

Good news, Microsoft has removed the one year renewal fees ($19), which means that Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 developers can keep their apps in their respective stores for as long as they want.

So having both a Windows and Windows Phone developer account is now a one-time lifelong Dev Center registration fee!

Then you are able to submit apps to both the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store for as long as you want with no annual renewal fee.


This is going to be fun, and I know for sure that lot’s of great folks from the WP community will be there:
Atley Hunter, Sébastien Lachance, Matthieu Guyonnet-Duluc, Christian Hissibini, Tom Walker, Peter Henry, John Marshall, …


What: Full day workshop on Windows Phone apps development (bring your laptop!)

When: Saturday May 3, 2014

Where: Microsoft Montreal office

Cost: free, and you’ll leave with plenty of goodies!



See you there!


Really glad that more XAML events comes to Montreal:

Beyond Tiles Design Integration Workshop Tour in Canada

“Join us again in this second wave of the Beyond Tiles Workshop and learn advanced design integration techniques to produce pixel perfect Windows and Windows Phone user interfaces. Replicate the original vision of designers with fidelity by following best practices as implemented by the Windows Phone design studio and leading agencies in the Microsoft ecosystem.”
Previous experience developing Windows and/or Windows Phone apps is required.

What can I Expect?

In this hands-on workshop you will be able to explore the process of taking a set of high fidelity comps provided by a designer and translate those to Blend and Visual Studio with pixel perfection quality. You will learn techniques for exporting vector and bitmap assets from Expression Design into Blend and to define the right layout panels to host your UI. You will also learn how to skin controls and design lists. The goal is to achieve perfection when translating comps to UI. You should already be familiar with Blend, Visual Studio and XAML in general

What will I Achieve?

In the morning you will learn different Design Integration techniques with the help of a couple design experts. In the afternoon you will put this learning to the test with a hands on workshop where you will be provided with a couple UIs for Windows and Windows Phone. You will then take these UIs and turn them into high fidelity UIs in Blend – all with XAML.

What Should I Bring?

This is a workshop: bring your laptop! You will need Expression Design (download for free at www.microsoft.com/expression) and Visual Studio with both Windows and Windows Phone SDKs. When installing Visual Studio make sure Blend for Visual Studio is also installed. If you need a free version of Visual Studio you can download and install from here: http://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs (install both Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone).

How much does it cost?

This is a complimentary event‚ specifically offered to support the Canadian design and developer community.


More info and registration (Montreal):



See you there!