Cross-Platform Development with Visual Studio and Xamarin


In a mobile-first, cloud-first world, being able to develop for different mobile platforms is a requirement for many organisations. Join Andrew Coates on May 6 from 12pm – 1pm in an exploration of true cross-platform development using C# and Visual Studio with the Xamarin toolset. Be amazed as the same code runs on Windows (8.x, Phone and Desktop), Android and iOS (both iPhone and iPad). In the first of a 2-part series, Andrew will discuss setting up a development environment that allows you to achieve this and then show how simple it is to use a common code base to build an app with the same functionality on six different platforms.


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//learn/ – is on!

LearnWhether you are a New Windows App Developer or an Experienced one- we have something for you!

Join us and take a deep dive into the latest features and technologies for Windows Phones, PCs and Tablets.//learn/ from our community in this “to the community, for the community and by the community” event where our MVPs and Expert Developers will help you better understand all that’s new with Windows.

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Announcing Cre8! Unity Porting Workshops in Sydney and Melbourne

Have you got a Unity game on other platforms that you haven’t yet taken to Windows? If you’re in Sydney or Melbourne, wait no longer. We’re coming to you!

The Cre8! Unity Porting Workshops are hands-on, demonstrative workshops that will walk you through porting your Unity game to Windows 8 and/or Windows Phone. Your individual issues will be looked at and resolved and, by the end of the weekend, your game should be ported to the Windows platform giving access to a whole new market.

Join the 2,000+ Unity games that have collectively enjoyed 3,000,000 downloads in less than 3 months.

The event is free, but places are limited – peeps with existing titles first. You’ll need to sign up quickly!

Sydney (9a.m. Saturday 3rd May – 5p.m. Sunday 4th May)

Melbourne (9a.m. Saturday 17th May – 5p.m. Sunday 18th May)

See you there!

Startup Muster 2013 Launches!

Startup Muster 2013 is a survey of the Australian startup community to take a snapshot of what Australia has accomplished in 2013, launching on February 28th, 2014.

Run by Murray Hurps, with research/design help from Richard Kroon, and statistical help from a statistician and a survey methodology expert.

There will be a free report each year, along with a free anonymised data set.

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Cre8! Developer Intensive – Unity porting workshops

Microsoft wants to help you bring your Unity game to Windows.


You may have heard. Unity devs are making some magic over in the Windows store. We are seeing great games succeed in this “new gold rush”. There are already 2000+ Unity games in the Windows Store with some hitting 3,000,000 downloads in less than 3 months. This is a new and amazing opportunity on the biggest operating system on the planet.

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Skill up & win prizes! – Winner

Congratulations to Murray Hipper of South Lake in WA.

Murray is the winner of our Microsoft Virtual Academy for Developers competition.

By simply completing the course Build Apps for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Murray has scored himself some great prizes – an Asus Vivo Tab valued at $289RRP and a Nokia 925 valued at $450RRP.