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How the Surface RT became the most reliable Server in our house (Co-starring: Azure and Windows Phone)

I loved my Surface RT from the beginning. The reason why I preferred the Surface RT over the Surface Pro was that the Surface Pro was too small for me as a Notebook, and too heavy as a tablet. So I was always the Notebook+tablet-guy, and not the one-device-for-all-guy. But you know, this might change with the Surface 3.

Ok, now to this story. When I bought the Surface 2 (RT) last year, (more…)


Microsoft TechDays 2013 Basel

Thanks to all who joined my sessions at TechDays in Basel. Also a big thanks to Microsoft Switzerland for organizing this great and successful event. I really enjoyed the two days of networking with awesome people.

Please find the slides and demos of my talks on my homepage by (more…)


BASTA! – Mobile, Mobile, Mobile

Die BASTA! ist vorbei. Vielen Dank an die Teilnehmer, die Aussteller, die Organisatoren und natürlich besonders an die Besucher meiner Sessions und der Keynote. Mir hat es sehr viel Spaß gemacht und ich freue mich bereits auf die BASTA! Spring in Darmstadt.

Ein paar Details zur Keynote sind hier zu finden:


Die verfügbaren Slides und Demos meiner Vorträge sind unter dem jeweiligen Vortrag auf folgender Seite zu finden:


Falls es Fragen oder Anmerkungen gibt, immer wieder gerne. Einfach direkt per E-Mail an mich.



Windows Phone 7 – the Maps-app and its functionality

I switched from iPhone 3GS to a Samsung Omnia 7 with Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 7 has  a really great user experience, especially with a great display like my Samsung Omnia 7 has. I even like the user experience of Windows Phone 7 much more than the user experience of my iPhone 3GS. And the development of apps with Silverlight is totally awesome.

There are just a few things I miss from my iPhone:

  • A navigation-app like Navigon or TomTom. I think there’ll be one in the near future. (German Telekom already has Navigon, but it’s an exclusiv app that you only get there)
  • The “Maps”-Application.

The second one is very amazing. On my iPhone I was able to open the Maps-app, enter a street and streetnumber and the app displayed me the route to it from my current location.

The “Maps”-Application on Windows Phone 7 just displays my current location, it can’t display a route. Oh, I can hear you say “no, that’s not true, it can display a route”. You’re correct, but for some users the functionality is not there. And as I found out, it’s based on regional settings. Is this a bug or a wanted behavior? I don’t know. Maybe Microsoft can give a statement to that. For me it doesn’t make sense to show a different set of buttons for Switzerland than for Germany/US and other regions.

When you’ve set up your Phone with region German (Switzerland), in the maps-app you can just look at your location, but there’s no way to get a route to another location. When the region is switched to German (German), you can enter a route to another location. Let’s look at the screens.

Here is the screen with German (Switzerland) setting. Notice that there are just two Buttons in the ApplicationBar. One to jump to the current location (Ich) and one to search (Suchen). The latter one just opens Bing-Search with the current location.


When I now go to the settings of my Windows Phone 7 and set everything from Deutsch (Schweiz) to Deutsch (Deutschland), I get an additional icon as you see on the following screenshot.


The additional icon allows it to search an address to get a route. And that was what I wanted. You can check it out on your handy. Just go to the settings and set all region-based informations to Deutsch (Schweiz). There are three settings under region & language:

  • Region Format
  • System locale
  • Browser- and search language

If you’re a swiss guy, set all to Deutsch (Deutschland): Now enjoy your Maps-App. Winking smile


Beyondtellerrand Mobile – 7th February Cologne (GER)

Book your ticket now to get an early bird

On February the 7th there’s a fantastic conference in cologne about mobile devices and mobile applications., the Beyondtellerrand mobile. Beyond Tellerrand is a mixture of English and German. “Tellerand” means the edge of a plate. Don’t just look at the mobile devices and applications with the blinders like a horse, look over the edge of the plate and get new ideas, check out the new possibilities and jump on the train of the mobile world.

Find all informations about the conference on http://www.beyondtellerrand.com.


I’ll give a talk at the beyondtellerrand-conference about creating Services for mobile devices based on OData and the Cloud. Connect to them via Windows Phone 7 or Android or any other plattform. There are great and famous speakers there, and I’m very pleased to give a talk beside those big players. Find some of them below:

Laurent Bugnion – Director of UX Integration Development for IdentityMine and “the” MVVM-Expert, Author of the “english” Silverlight 4 Book.

Jens Franke – freelance Senior Interactive developer building web-, mobile-, dekstop-apps and author.

Saban Unlü – CEO of netTrek.de and developer/consultant. Author of numerous books about Flash.

So go and grab your ticket now. I’m looking forward to meet you there.