Active Fitness for PC, tablets and Surface

Download Active Fitness for PC, tablets and Surface: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/active-fitness/5a64d9f1-aea7-493c-a353-da41c08c0e77

Active Fitness for PCs and Tablets

Active Fitness is a personal trainer and fitness organizer for your Surface tablets or any Windows PC, with a companion Windows Phone app and a social network of quarter of a million users. Active Fitness is great for running, cycling, walking and hundreds of other activities, the app that earned raving reviews by Microsoft Phone blog and WPCentral for its companion Windows Phone app. Now with a Windows version of the app, you can enjoy your free sports analytics from the comfort of your tablet or PC and import data from other apps or devices.

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Take your active lifestyle with you

With Active Fitness you can use the same account you used for companion Windows Phone app, or your Winter Sports app account from another popular app for tracking activities. You are presented with a simple and rich interface that allows you to check your stats, add your activity from Windows Phone or any other app or device, check your training schedule, find your friends and see where they run or exercise and more!

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Hub for all your sports activities

Active Fitness automatically synchronizes your data with Windows Phone Ski & Ride app, and easily imports your data from other apps, Web sites and devices. Essentially, Active Fitness is a personal trainer, organizer and a fitness hub for all your sports activities on any Windows devices.

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Personal Training

Active Fitness provides dozens of training plans: both videos and automatically tracked with Active Fitness app for Windows Phone. Training plans keep you organized and motivated, and you can see your progress real-time as you run or cycle with Windows Phone.

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Companion app for Windows Phone

Active Fitness app comes with a free companion app for Windows Phone: the app that earned raving reviews from Microsoft Phone blog, WPCentral and is included in Nokia Collection.

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Feels like Olympics

Active Fitness has a rich global leaderboard that immediately makes you feel like you are in the middle of Olympic Games. Compete with thousands other users of Active Fitness social network and Active Fitness will track your position on the leaderboard.

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Where’s your friend?

Active Fitness has 200,000+ active users, the number that grows by thousands every day. To see where your friends are, use Active Fitness Friend Finder feature to find your friends.

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For Windows PC, tablets and Surface

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For Windows Phone

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POWERED BY ACTIVE FITNESS SOCIAL NETWORK

Winter Sports app available for PCs, tablets and Surface

Winter Sports for PCs and Tablets

Download: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/winter-sports/e142d77f-4266-44e6-ac4a-4a8bcd28fd52

For all snow-sports enthusiasts, Winter Sports is this season’s must have app for your Surface tablets and any Windows PC and Windows Phone. If you like skiing, snowboarding or any winter activity, Winter Sports is an official app of Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructors of America. Winter Ski & Ride for Windows Phone is the companion app for Winter Sports, has been translated to 10 languages and is crazy popular with skiers and snowboarders around the world, overall quarter of a million users. Now, there’s a large screen version of the app with tons of new capabilities, in case you want to show off your skiing or snowboarding to your friends, import data from other apps and devices.

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Take your skiing and riding with you

With Winter Sports you can use the same account you used for companion Windows Phone app, or your Winter Sports app account, and also load data from another popular app for tracking activities. You are presented with a simple and rich interface that allows you to check weather reports and conditions at thousands of resorts worldwide, check your stats, add your activity from Windows Phone or any other app or device, check your training schedule, find your friends and see where they ski or ride and more!

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Hub for all your snow-sports activities

Winter Sports app automatically synchronizes your data with Windows Phone Ski & Ride app, for all other apps and devices, such as Strava, RunKeeper, Garmin etc, Winter Sports allows you to import that data, and also add and edit your sports activities. Essentially, Winter Sports is a hub for all your sports activities on any Windows devices.

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Personal Training by Professional Ski and Snowbnoard Instructors of America

Winter Sports provides dozens of training plans: both videos and automatically tracked with Winter app for Windows Phone. Training plans keep you organized and motivated, and you can see your progress real-time as you ski or ride with Windows Phone.

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Companion app for Windows Phone

Winter Sports app comes with a free companion app for Windows Phone: the app that earned raving reviews from Microsoft Phone blog, WPCentral and is included in Nokia Collection.

Feels like Winter Olympics

Winter Sports has a rich global leaderboard that immediately makes you feel like you are in the middle of Olympic Games. Compete with thousands other users of Active Fitness social network and the app will track your position on the leaderboard.

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Where’s your friend?

Winter Ski & Ride is part of Active Fitness network which has 200,000+ active users, the number that grows by thousands every day. To see where your friends are, use Friend Finder feature to find your friends.

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Download Winter Sports app for Windows tablets, PCs

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Download Winter Ski & Ride app for Windows Phone

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Active Fitness: now in German, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese…

It’s been only a month since Active Fitness was released on Windows Phone, and I was amazed at the growth! In one month we had close to 50,000 downloads, from 95 countries. In the first month our users ran, biked, jogged and tracked the distance from Earth to Moon with Active Fitness app! Wow, that’s pretty impressive for a Windows Phone app that’s just beginning its career. We had more than 500 reviews, with 4.5+ out of 5 ratings. And for all of that, THANK YOU!

Active Fitness: Wir sprechen Deutsch! Nous parlons français ! ¡ Hablamos a Español! 日本語を話す !我们讲中文 !Мы говорим по-русски!

 

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Many of our users come from countries that speak languages other than English, and we were working hard on getting the app translated to native languages for our users. You can now download Active Fitness app in German, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and more languages are coming.

Special thanks to our translators and those who simply helped with reviewing and translating the app: Lily Li, Marc Maciej, Nana Spade, Marie Fanget, thanks to you our app can now speak new languages!

Why is it important to translate apps?

Remember, when you build apps, you are speaking to the world. According to this resource, English represents only 4.83% of native speakers. Mandarin is at 12.44%, Spanish 4.85%. Active Fitness app users have a different distribution, besides English speaking countries, like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and the UK, we have many users in Germany, Spanish speaking countries, French speaking countries, Russia, China and Japan.

For us to translate the app is a way to say thank you to our users.

Active Fitness also SPEAKS all these languages!

Active Fitness has a great feature that helps athletes when they cannot look at the screen: our audio cues help users, just like a coach would gently remind you that you have a few more miles to reach your goal. If your Windows Phone has a voice installed, Active Fitness will also speak to you.  Enjoy!

Supported languages (7) Deutsch English (United States) español français 日本語 русский 中文(简体)

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Windows Phone: one week with professional ski and snowboard instructors

Event Facts:
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200 ski and snowboard instructors
30+ Nokia Lumia Windows Phones uploading real-time stats and photos
Nokia and Microsoft employees helping on-site and skiing
1,000,000 vertical ft tracked by Winter Ski & Ride app
Technology used: Windows Phone, Windows Azure, SkyDrive and Windows 8
Altitude: 8,000 – 11,000 ft
= TOTAL SUCCESS

Tons of photos here

… even more photos and videos here

Windows Phone taken to the extreme

What’s the best proof of technology? Taking it to the extreme! Last week more than 200 attendees of the National Academy of Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) have been skiing, riding, taking pictures, videos and played with the apps, like the Winter app, at 10,000 ft elevations in the mountains of Utah. Microsoft and Nokia helped in this event, providing phones, skiing with the teams and of course showcasing the app for Windows Phone. Result? Thousands of pictures, videos, lots of smiling faces and memories that last.

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In the mountains of Utah…

All National team leads were given latest Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Windows Phones, and they took them to the places, chutes, cornices, bowls and steep bumpy rides we could never think of. Together teams skied almost 1,000,000 ft vertical, tracked by Winter Ski & Ride app. The amount of April snowfall in Utah made every day the best day of skiing ever: with 5-8” of fresh snow falling almost every day, we also enjoyed days of sun and light, champagne powder.

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National level ski and snowboard event

The National Academy is an annual event gathering professional ski and snowboard instructors of America (PSIA-AASI), an organization of more than 32,000 ski and snowboard instructors training students in every region of the US. During the Academy instructors learn from the top national instructors.

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Microsoft and Nokia showing new technologies

Microsoft and Nokia representatives were very busy at the event, answering questions about Windows Phone, showcasing the app, making new friends and skiing! Some Microsoft employees skied for the first time, but after the event were ready to hit the slopes again! Presentation1

Photo: Matt Rothschild, Nokia’s head in North America demonstrating Nokia devices. Nokia and Microsoft showcasing devices, skiing and answering questions

What we learned

We’ve heard many great comments about Windows Phone, its video stabilization capabilities that make devices especially useful in the mountains, when taking instructional videos. Many mentioned superior device and camera capabilities that Windows Phone has, and also the software: such as Winter app that makes skiing with friends fun and also helps ski instructors teaching students. Together with PSIA-AASI, we also had a feedback and planning session from 30 national team leads, suggesting ideas for the next generation of Winter software and what a ski instructor may need in the mountains. This brainstorming will take the app to the next level. By the next season we are planning to significantly extend the app to include more exciting features.

SkyDrive + Windows Phone + Large Events = Awesomeness!

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Photo: Windows Phone SkyDrive settings

SkyDrive integration with Windows Phone provided seamless photo transfer from the mountain to the slideshows at night. Windows Phone 8 can seamlessly sync photos and videos with the SkyDrive, and with 30+ phones we managed that integration allowed us to instantly prepare slideshows at night, when the skiers came back from the mountain. To access this feature go to Photos –> SkyDrive Settings. We used PowerPoint to play the shows, but what we didn’t discover until the last night was the Windows 8 Photos app, which can also play the slide show!

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Photo: Windows 8 Photos app, notice Slide Show button at the bottom

Highlights

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Photo: PSIA Alpine Team member David Oliver, wearing Winter app snow-bandana.

Peter Kray, the author of “American Snow” book reached more than 100K vertical, skiing with the Winter app and had a goal of beating top skiers on the leaderboard. Pete’s book is beautifully printed, with pictures from both the old and modern days of ski instruction in America. Passionate skier himself, Pete says in his book: “To teach someone how to ski or snowboard is like sharing superpowers – giving the gift of motion, freedom, and flight – it’s the sensation of flying, with the world spinning beneath your feet and wind whipping across your face”.

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Custom made Winter skis made by Wagner Custom Skis to theme with the Winter app have proven to be a huge success: I skied them every day of the event, at various conditions: on groomers, steep, bumpy terrain and loved the way they feel. Winter app now includes a form where you can order skis made by Wagner with either Winter or any custom graphics. Skis are created personally for you to fit your skiing needs: Wagner makes any types of skis: from racing to big mountain skis. Born in the mountains of Colorado, in Telluride, these skis provided me with the best moments of my National Academy – at the end of the feedback session the skis were signed by national team leads – this will keep me motivated on working on the app in the summer. I hope to meet Pete Wagner personally to thank him for the joy of skiing his skis.

More about the event:

PSIA-AASI Selected as exclusive content provider for Winter Ski & Ride app

PSIA-AASI National Academy Day 2: Deep Returns, Hot App + Ages and Stages

Winter app

Photos taken by Nokia Lumia Windows Phone

Thanks!

Many thanks to Mark Dorsey, William McSherry, Earl Saline, Matt Rothschild, Thierry Doyen, Olga Vigdorovich, Matt Thompson, Warren Wilbee, Nisha Baxi, Kenny Spade, Randy Guthrie, Ain Indermitte, Razvan Furca, Ben Adams, Max Felix, Mike Hafer, Nick Herrin, Lane Cleua, David Oliver, Rob Sogard, Michael Rogan, Robin Barnes, Bob Barnes, Scott Anfang, Matt Boyd, Jennifer Simpson, Jeb Boyd, Dave Lyon, Ryan Christofferson, Jonathan Ballou, Jim Schanzenbaker, Heidi Effenger, Chris Fellows, Eric Lipton, Andy Docken, Dave Lundberg, Kelly Coffey, Pete Kray, Susan Urbanczyk and many others who helped organizing this event.

Shockingly good video calls from Windows Phone

P1050780_thumbI have to admit that I experienced a discovery and an emotional shock not dissimilar from those experienced by people who saw Morse or Marconi devices for the first time, and this is what my post is about. This weekend Skype for Windows Phone has been released to all Windows Phone users, and I happened to be closing 2011-2012 skiing season in Kirkwood, CA. It has been a great season, by the way, as I mentioned earlier in my other Windows Phone skiing posts Smile on ski apps available now from the Marketplace.

It’s worth mentioning that Kirkwood Mountain has a great AT&T 4G coverage. I suspect that this is because they have a couple of transmitters right on top of the Wall chairlift, at least they look like cell towers of some sort. Skype

When I mentioned that my emotional shock from using Skype while skiing was of the same kind experienced by first Morse and Marconi device users, I was completely honest.

It’s Tuesday, a couple of days have passed, and I still feel that it’s the beginning of a completely new era in ski gadgets. It seems with Skype for Windows Phone you can now literally be out there with your friends and family real-time!

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5 Windows Phone games great for holiday travel

In my previous post we discussed using Expression Blend to create a flipping card animation. Since the Holiday season just started, I’d like to share these games I built, that use this technique. Happy Holidays, have a great holiday season, and for those skiers: Let It Snow!

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Register for Windows Phone Camps!

 

If you are a developer, or just curious about Windows Phone platform, we have a series of Phone Camps in Costa Mesa, Phoenix, Denver, Santa Monica, San Diego, San Francisco, Redmond and Portland. I’ll be speaking at Costa Mesa, Denver, San Francisco and San Diego.

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DEMO Fall 2011 Highlights

P1050205To someone transplanted from the East Coast and new to Silicon Valley, it’s charged with events. And September seems to be the craziest month, with Microsoft showing new products at BUILD in Anaheim, CA,  MEGA Startup Weekend in Mountain View, CA and DEMO Fall 2011 in Santa Clara, at a Hyatt convention center next to CITRIX.

This is my first DEMO event: last time I was about to present at DEMO when I was running my own CloudOLAP startup project. I didn’t happen because I feel that the event is about technologies that change the world radically, and CloudOLAP is a business intelligence “workhorse” type of product. So, it was interesting to see startups that actually made it to DEMO to change the world Smile

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I’m at the Hacker Dojo today: coding a sensor app for Windows Phone 7

I have to complete parts of the app today, and dojo seems like the perfect place for this. Will be updating this post as I do the coding. So basically, the idea is very simple: have a Rubik cube rotating and turning using the Windows Phone 7 sensor API. I converted a fantastic open source Rubik’s Cube Silverlight app available on Codeplex by Ligang Wang to a Windows Phone project. Iimage hope at some point is to submit back to Ligang’s original project. Parts of the app were in F#, it took me a bit of guessing to figure out that although F# piece is added to the project, it’s been rewritten in C# in Silverlight 3.0. This is my entry point so to speak Smile

I may be imagining things, but in the Silicon Valley, opening my brilliant 13” i7 Touchscreen/Tablet Windows laptop feels a bit like a revolt against the conforming majority of Apple laptops. Unfortunately, none of the Apple wonder laptops are touchscreen, even at $2000 price tag. And I really-really-really like to draw with things like Expression Design.

So, the first day was spent converting a Rubik’s Cube open source app to Windows Phone Mango project, rebuilding with the latest Silverlight 4.0, et voila! It works immediately out of the box. All I need to add now is sensor controls and some more native touch manipulation.