We’re committed to the success of the developer community, and we’ve been proactively working with third-party development tool vendors to ensure that their developers can take advantage of the monetization opportunities and global user base on the Windows platforms. The latest of these shops is Marmalade, which just released the final version of Marmalade 7, their cross-platform C++ SDK that includes support for Windows Phone 8, ending the beta phase.
Hundreds of Marmalade developers have already taken advantage of the opportunity to develop for the Windows Phone Store, and to participate in Marmalade’s special offer*, with rewards for porting your app to the Windows Phone Store. The Marmalade offer closes on December 31, 2013, so don’t miss your chance to participate.
While some developers are still polishing their apps, many have published already. Some of these developers have shared their porting experience with us, and we’re featuring a few of their cool games here.
Marmalade and Microsoft along with Birmingham City University are hosting one of the largest Marmalade and Windows Phone 8 porting events in the UK and they would love to see you there! By attending this free one day event you’ll receive the latest information regarding Marmalade 7 and Windows Phone 8.
Over the last 12 months we have seen the Windows Phone UK market share increase rapidly, more and more consumers are purchasing Windows Phones and Windows tablets and we are seeing amazing success on the Windows ecosystem from game developers with titles such as Mortar Melon reach 750k+ downloads; Guns4Hire & Judge Dredd with 1m+; Royal Revolt with 1m+ in 6 weeks and Lego Hero Factory: Brain Attack with 500k downloads in 4 weeks.
There will be hands-on advice from Marmalade experts to help you port your existing or new mobile games to the Windows Phone
If you don't have the necessary hardware to port to Windows Phone we have that covered! We will provide hardware running all the necessary developer tools and will provide access to Marmalade 7.
This event is for new and existing marmalade developers and students
10.30 - 10.40 Intro from Uni
10.40 - 11.00 Welcome from Microsoft/Marmalade
11.00 - 12.00 Getting started with Marmalade - Jamie Grossman Marmalade
12.00-13.00 Lunch Break
13.00-14.00 Using Marmalade walkthrough popup lab tutorial - Jamie Grossman Marmalade
14.00-15.00 Designing beautiful windows phone games - Lee Stott Microsoft
15.00 -15.10 Break
15.10 - 16.00 Microsoft/Nokia developer programmes and Opportunity - Lee Stott Microsoft
16:00 -20:00 Hackathon/Gameaton with Marmalade for Windows Phone 8
20:00 - 20.30 Games Showcase
Register Now http://aka.ms/microsoftmarmaladeday
I've chatted with the folks at Marmalade and we've hung out at a few Microsoft events and they are good people. It's good to see them moving forward with their product and relationship with Microsoft...