Windows 8 App Spotlight: I Want My Mummy

by on August 28, 2013

I wanted to shine a spotlight on one of our local development studios this week and share some of their story. Pig Out Productions has released the first of their many games to the Windows 8 store.

I Want My Mummy is a 70 levels of rock breaking, TNT exploding physics puzzle fun. You tap on rocks to destroy them and try to get your mummy on the black landing platforms. Along the way, exploding bombs will launch your mummy through the air, knocking over walls and triggering more explosives and mayhem. You'll also have to deal with rocks that defy the laws of gravity and float away.

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Pig Out Productions is a game studio based in Rolla, Missouri founded by William Garrett. Not your typical software developer, William’s preferred tools of choice are GameSalad and Photoshop. He’s completely self taught and specializes in casual, family oriented games with broad appeal. He works with a local artists and musicians to develop and refine his game concepts. As each game crystalizes, his children become his test audience. If sees them picking them up and playing over and over again, he knows has hit on his hands.

Over the last few years, Pig Out Productions has published a solid collection of great games for the iOS and Android platforms. William and his talented team are working feverishly to bring them to Windows 8 for us to enjoy. Look for them in the Windows 8 store in the coming weeks.

As always, stay tuned to my twitter feed for Windows 8, Windows Azure and other Microsoft developer announcements, updates, and links: @clinted



Windows Azure Virtual Machine Test Drive Kit

by on September 27, 2012

imageThe public preview of hosted Virtual Machines in Windows Azure is now available to the general public. This platform preview enables you to evaluate our new IaaS and Enterprise Networking capabilities. Once you have registered for the 90 Day Free Trial and created a new account, you can access the preview directly at this link: https://account.windowsazure.com/PreviewFeatures

If you’ve been to any of my presentations lately, you’ll know that I’m fired up about these new offerings. As I’ve worked through some scenarios for myself and with my customers, I’ve been collecting the resources that helped me to ramp up.

Here’s a collection of links to the items I’ve found most useful:

Core Resources

Videos

Blogs



Windows Azure Training Kit – August 2012 Released

by on August 22, 2012

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In this release of the training kit we have delivered 41 HOLs covering a wide variety of bug fixes and screen shot updates for Visual Studio 2012. We now have 35 Presentations with new content surrounding Windows Azure SQL Database, SQL Federation, Reporting and Data Sync (4) as well as Security & Identity (1); and Building Scalable, Global, and Highly Available Web Apps (1).

Head over to http://aka.ms/WATK and download it now!