developer interview

How MonoGame is bringing more indie developers to Xbox One

During GDC this year, Microsoft announced that important game development tool MonoGame would support Xbox One. We spoke to Tom Spilman of Sickhead games, stewards of MonoGame and creators of classic Windows game ARMED, to learn about MonoGame's Xbox One progress, UWP development, and much more.

Lara Croft GO Developer interview: Square Enix talks Windows Phone and Windows 10

Last week, Square Enix released Lara Croft GO, the sequel to Hitman GO. Lara Croft GO launched on Windows Phone and Windows 8 and 10 alongside Android and iOS. We recently interviewed Francis Pétrin, the Square Enix Montréal programmer in charge of porting and certifying the game on Windows platforms. Don't miss our detailed interview!

Interview: Nihon Falcom talks about Gurumin, Steam, and Windows in Japan

Although Japan has a rich history of game development, it's relatively uncommon for Japanese-developed Windows PC games to be released in English markets. That makes the recent releases of Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure (see our review) and Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim on Steam reason for celebration. Both games were developed by Nihon Falcom, with Mastiff publishing Gurumin and XSEED publishing Ys VI.

To find out more about Nihon Falcom's experience with bringing its games to Steam, we teamed up with Mastiff to interview Toshihiro Kondo, company President, and Representative Managing Director. He provides unique insights on Steam, Windows 8 and 10, Gurumin, Ys, and even Xbox One.

We also have a Gurumin guidebook signed by voice actress Tara Strong to give away to one lucky reader. Read on for details!

Xbox One developer interview with Woolfe: the Red Hood Diaries creators GriN

Microsoft announced a big batch of upcoming ID@Xbox games for Xbox One at E3 earlier this summer. One of the more interesting titles from that announcement is Woolfe: the Red Hood Diaries from Belgian game developer GriN. Woolfe is a 3D action-platformer starring Little Red Riding Hood. The game intertwines her tale with several other fairy tales, creating a dark and unique fantasy world.

GriNrecently launched a successful Kickstarter campaign (with just over a day left to contribute as of this writing) to help finance Woolfe's development. We reached out to Wim Wouters at GriN to find out more about the studio's plans for the game, as well as their experiences with the ID@Xbox program and Kickstarter. Continue reading for our first Xbox One developer interview!

Meet UI CENTRIC, a consultancy creating incredible apps for Microsoft platforms

Windows Phone Central visits the Windows 8 and Windows Phone development group UI CENTRIC

Located several floors up in an unassuming east London building is a quiet office where some of the most creative and beautiful experiences available on Windows Phone and Windows 8 are being developed. You may have never heard of them, but the guys at UI CENTRIC have produced quality apps that you’ve most likely enjoyed if you’ve been an avid Windows Phone user. We recently had the chance to visit that office and chat with CEO Dan Ulzhoefer, to find out how they work, what they’re most proud of, and their plans for the future.

Dan had some great experience to share which we’re sure would benefit any developers reading this article. UI CENTRIC are currently hiring developers with a passion for Windows Phone or Windows 8, so if that sounds like you, check out the interview below for more details on how to contact them.

Meet Rudy Huyn: Windows Phone developer of TVShow, Wikipedia and more

Recently we took a look at Nokia’s coverage of some developer events in Barcelona and now we have a one on one video with Rudy Huyn, one of the most popular devs on our platform. Rudy won a Windows Phone Geek Lumia Challenge award recently for his popular app TVShow and Nokia was on hand to showcase his talents in this two minute video.

In the video, we catch a glimpse of Rudy working on his apps, learn why he loves Windows Phone (and Nokia support) and how he helps the developers in France through his meet-up group. We even see his famous Bi(n)g Maps (errr, HERE Maps)  which involved linking 28 Windows Phones together for one big map. He’s quite the impressive guy and luckily Jay Bennett and I were able to finally meet him in person during Mobile World Congress.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Huyn’s work, you’re encouraged to try out his various apps including TVShow (keeps track of what you’re watching), Wikipedia (the de-facto Wiki app for Windows Phone), GContacts (Gmail contact syncing), Fuse (RSS news reader) and more.  

Windows Phone Developer Interview: Fisayo Adeleke of Markets & Me

This week we've had the pleasure of being joined by Fisayo Adeleke from Exnesys. He's the brains behind Markets & Me, a financial Windows Phone app for those who enjoy keeping up with stock levels and reports for personal interest. 

We think highly of Adeleke's app, which follows Metro to the letter. Be sure to check out what he has to say about Windows Phone as a platform, as well as the development process. Head on past the break for the full interview.

Developer Interview: George Banfill from Linknode

This week we've got hold of George Banfill from Linknode, the team behind the likes of AlbumFlow and MegaTile. We met up with George and his colleague Crispin Hoult back at a recent WPUG meetup where we took a look at MegaTile and how the app provides the user with an impressive collection of tools for homescreen tile customisation. Head on past the break for the read through.

Developer Interview: David Hamilton, CTO and co-founder of Pepper

This week in our Windows Phone developer interview series we're joined by David Hamilton, CTO and Co-Founder of Pepper. We took a quick look at Pepper from a recent Windows Phone User Group meet-up and were intrigued by both the idea behind the app and the vision for future cross-platform development.

So what's the deal with Pepper and how did it come to be? We threw Hamilton a set of questions for an insight into not only app-specific development, but how the team views Windows Phone against competitors. Head on past the break for the full interview.

Developer Interview: Pratik Kothari of Techark Solutions

For this week's developer interview we've had the pleasure of being joined by Pratik Kothari of Techark Solutions. The company has produced some high quality (and highly rated) Windows Phone apps with Social Mints, Mood Swing and RedMinder to name but a few.

As well as having Social Mints winning the Core77 Fast Track to the Mobile App International Design Challenge and being featured at Mobile World Congress by Microsoft, the developer has also been selected for the "Your App Here" campaign.

Head on past the break to read the full interview.

Developer Interview: Saleh Esmaeili and Nadeem Mardini developers of Carbon

This week we've been joined by Saleh Esmaeili and Nadeem Mardini from dots and lines, a small developer firm based out of the United Arab Emirates who are responsible for the Twitter client Carbon. We've managed to get an insight into how they view the development environment of Windows Phone, as well as a sneak peek at what's next planned for Carbon.

Head on past the break to read the full interview.

Developer Interview: Richard Castle from Igneous Software

This week we've had the pleasure in being joined by Richard Castle of Igneous Software, the brains behind the BBC Radio apps and upcoming BBC Podcast Lounge. As well as a solution for BBC radio streaming, the Podcast Lounge offers Windows Phone users Metro-influenced access to the BBC catalogue of programs. Castle walks us through his background in software development and how he started up the covered projects. 

Head on past the break for the full interview.

Developer Interview: Alan Mendelevich from AdDuplex

For this week's Windows Phone developer interview, we're joined by Alan Mendelevich from AdDuplex. While his time isn't focused on app development per se, Mendelevich does an incredible amount of work to help developers on the platform increase their revenue potential and promoting their apps. At the recent WPUG meet up, we viewed an AdDuplex presentation that outlined details surrounding effective use of social media among other promotion means to increase exposure.

Check out the full interview after the break.

Developer Interview: keyboardP of Air Pick Voice

This week we've been joined by keyboardP, the developer behind Air Pick Voice ("epic voice"), who agreed to a Windows Phone developer interview. Should you be interested to learn more about his project and experience developing for Microsoft's mobile platform, head on past the break for the full interview.

Developer Interview: Damian Karzon


We've been joined by Damian Karzon, the developer (DK Development) behind BoxShot (Windows Phone client for Dropbox), for this week's interview. Head on past the break for the insightful answers provided on platform development.

Developer Interview: Gergely Orosz

This week, for our series of developer interviews, we're joined by Gergely Orosz who is an established developer with the likes of  AppFlow Cocktail Flow and Flashlight 7 under his belt. Head on past the break for the interview and to read up on his advice and thoughts on the Windows Phone developer experience as well as the platform itself from a consumer perspective.

Developer Interview: Chris Field

This week we're joined by Chris Field, developer of the Mehdoh Twitter client, for some insightful advice and experience building apps on the Windows Phone platform. Check out the interview after the break.

Developer Interview: Long Zheng

This week (it's back on baby!) we've got Long Zheng in for the weekly developer interview. The brains behind MetroTwit and part of the Chevron team, Long is known in the community as an established figure.

Developer interview: Dave Amenta of Send to WP7

This week we have the pleasure in being joined by Dave Amenta, who's the brains and developing power behind the likes of Send to WP7. Check out the insightful interview after the break. 

Developer Interview: Mike Newman of Penguin

This week we have Mike Newman, an independant app developer for Windows Phone, for an insightful interview. Mike is the developing power behind Penguin and Fireworks. Head on past the break for the interview.