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Build Compelling Windows Store Apps with Free Tallan Windows 8 Shopping Reference App

Rocky Hill, CT — May 14, 2013

Tallan, Inc., a leading professional services firm with over 28 years of custom application development, business intelligence and systems integration experience, announced today the successful release of its Windows 8 Shopping Reference App to the Windows Store Samples area of MSDN.

The “Head to Toe” app is a free Windows Store implementation of the app described in the Shopping idea book found in the Windows Design Inspiration area of the Windows Dev Center. Anyone can use the “Head to Toe” sample app to see how the design concepts of a shopping app are implemented in Windows 8 . The sample app includes UI based on the idea book including examples of live tiles, Semantic Zoom, the Search and Share charms and Snap. The app also includes ASP.NET MVC Web API services to provide the product data and handle the shopping cart order processing.

Craig Branning, CEO of Tallan, said “This is a great example of Microsoft and Tallan working together to turn an idea into reality. We see tremendous value in our clients getting their apps into the Windows Store and establishing a solid presence across all devices on the Windows 8 platform. The Windows 8 Shopping Reference App provides our clients with a great head start in building their Windows Store app.”

John Richards, senior director of Windows App Marketing for Microsoft Corp., added, “Tallan’s Windows 8 Shopping Reference App is a great resource to help developers build compelling shopping apps that engage consumers and take advantage of Windows 8’s fast and fluid user interface and unique features like the Search and Share charms.”

The Windows 8 Shopping Reference App can be downloaded from:

Additional documentation, including an in-depth architectural design document and a document describing the application functionality by screen can be downloaded from the Ecommerce Solutions area within


About Tallan

Tallan provides custom application development and integration services to customers in the retail, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, media and entertainment, and government industries. As a Microsoft National Solutions Provider (NSP), Tallan has achieved five advanced gold competencies including Application Development, Business Intelligence, Application Integration, Portals and Collaboration, and Application Lifecycle Management. Tallan is headquartered in Hartford, CT, and has offices in Boston, New York, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
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