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Vol 14-4 | March, 2010
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With over 1 million downloads of the developer tools , 28,000 registered developers and 8,000 apps in a mere four months , Windows Phone 7 is off to a good start , and we want to make sure you’re not missing out on the opportunities. Windows Phone 7 is an easy phone OS to develop for, it’s got great developer tools, not one but two app frameworks to suit your needs, and a great marketplace where opportunities abound for you to make a splash!

Better still, there’s The Great Canadian Apportunity , our competition where Canadian developers strive to make the best Windows Phone apps. There are prizes galore, including the grand prize of $10,000 and the opportunity to get recognition, exposure and most importantly, customers for your app. Any app written by a developer in Canada, even one that’s already in Marketplace is eligible, so enter today!

If you’re still not convinced, we’ll sweeten the deal. The first 20 people to register for The Great Canadian Apportunity competition will get a free App Hub membership* (over $100 value), which lets you deploy apps to the Phone (and games to the Xbox!) and submit them to Marketplace. Act quickly, and this deal is yours.

Don’t miss out on the Apportunity’s opportunities! Register for the competition today and email us at greatapp@microsoft.com  to get a free App Hub membership, and then submit your apps to The Great Canadian Apportunity for a chance to win great prizes.

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Windows Phone Announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

There have been announcements about the updates coming to WP7 this year, have a read of what was announced and more importantly, what it means for you when you’re writing Windows Phone 7 apps.
On Writing Apps

Smartphones have transformed the workaday experiences, what makes smartphones different? It’s all about the platform and apps. We’re taking care of the platform part and you, the developer are the important other half in the equation — you make the apps.
Student Developers — Join the Battle of the Apps

Student developers and designers can join the Battle of the Apps, the app competition for Windows Phone 7. The ask is simple build an awesome app for the new Windows Phone 7, and post a quick video demo, or photos on the competition page to win prizes and career opportunities. Learn more about the Battle of the Apps .

Events & Webcasts for Canadian Developers

IE9 and WP7 Boot Camps

Register for these free community events in your city now .
6 New Windows Phone Virtual Labs

Learn how to build great applications for Windows Phone through a series of guided hands-on labs that take 90 minutes or less. MSDN Virtual Labs require no installation and are available immediately - for free.
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How to enter the competition & win a free App Hub Membership
*Offer only available in Canada. The first 20 individuals who email us at greatapp@microsoft.com confirming registration and providing their registered username will receive a Windows Phone Marketplace token. Your email must include your name, email address and the registered username that you have submitted to the www.greatcanadianapportunity.ca competition site.
Limit one gift per person. The gift is a token that provides free access to Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for one year and the estimated retail value of one token is $99.00 USD.  This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. Due to government gift and ethics laws, government employees are not eligible to participate.  This offer ends on March 25th, 2011 while supplies last, and is not redeemable for cash.  Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient.  Any gift returned as non-deliverable will not be re-sent. Please allow 2-5 business days for delivery of your gift which will be provided to you via email. We reserve the right to substitute a gift of equal or greater value. 
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