Shawn has created a guide that is easy to read, up-to-date, and comprehensive covering the entire application surface area for Windows Phone developers. Enjoy! Jeff Wilcox, Senior Software Development Engineer, Microsoft 'Essential Windows(r) Phone 8' is the definitive guide to creating powerful mobile apps with Microsoft s dramatically improved Windows Phone 8 platform. Ten-time Microsoft MVP Shawn Wildermuth draws on his extensive experience teaching Windows Phone development, helping you to get started fast and master techniques that lead to truly outstanding solutions. Updated throughout, this edition reflects new APIs and development best practices, ranging from new WinRT APIs to voice integration. It also contains a comprehensive new chapter on developing enterprise solutions for business. After introducing the platform and its key improvements, Shawn dives directly into the essentials. Using realistic code, he illustrates today s best techniques for delivering robust, well-performing apps. You ll build a complete app from start to finish and then deepen your skills with increasingly sophisticated techniques. From planning through delivery, Shawn guides you through the entire lifecycle, helping you make the most of Windows Phone 8 s valuable capabilities. Whether you re a Windows developer going mobile or a mobile developer moving to Windows Phone, here are all the skills you ll need. Coverage includes Setting up the WP8 development environment, including the emulator Using XAML to fully control the look and feel of your app s interface Providing robust user interactivity through controls Creating mobile experiences built around the real needs of Windows Phone users Localizing your app for native languages and global markets Utilizing vibration, motion, sound, the camera, or other hardware features Supporting voice commands such as Call Mom or Open Twitter Integrating features that use Contacts, Appointments, Alarms, the media library and hubs, and the lock screen Storing data in simple files, caches, or a full-fledged database Multitasking in the background without compromising performance Implementing location-aware apps that can track where users are Retrieving external data and assets via REST, Web services, push notifications, or Windows Live Preparing your application for the Windows Phone Store Building and distributing enterprise apps for your company s internal customers '