Microsoft has formally introduced Windows universal apps, allowing developers to write a single app that will run on all Windows-based devices: phones, tablets, and PCs. This move unifies the platform in a significant way.
In order to release Windows Phone apps faster you need to build them by incorporating the tips suggested by Windows Phone Store certification and policy team. These tips are mostly scenarios which cause the app approval to fail.
XAML Spy has released updates for the month of January with support for Add App Wizard with the ability to navigate installed apps by selecting the Show All Apps button in the XAML Spy Explorer toolbar. The latest release also enables you to activate and disable XAML Spy for multiple projects at a time.
TypedMVVM is a collection of samples and libraries developed by Davide Zordan which enables enable developers to build Windows Store apps using WinJS, TypeScript and MVVM.
During a UBS Global Technology Conference held last week, Microsoft’s Julie Larson-Green, EVP Devices and Studios, discussed her company’s approach to today’s software market, providing insights especially into the mobile device operating systems space. We selected the most interesting fragments from the session’s transcript (HTML, DOCX).
Microsoft has taken the first step towards unifying the Windows 8 and Windows Phone stores. Developers no longer have to register for each platform separately. Those already registered for both will be receiving a free renewal for one year in compensation.
First Floor Software, makers of XAML Spy, is now offering a free version of their flagship product. Known as XAML Spy Express, this product allows developers to browse the visual tree of a running WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, or Windows Store application.
The recently conducted survey among 1300 Windows desktop application developers by Embarcadero Technologies measured the taste of developers from across the world. The survey recorded the favourite platform and tools among the respondents.
Today, Microsoft launched a beta version of Windows Phone App Studio, a completely web-based tool to create applications for Windows Phone. App Studio lets developers design applications by applying given templates and plug-ins and is even suited for users with modest development skills.
Nokia recently released an Imaging SDK for Windows Phone 8 with 50 pre defined effects, filters including support for smart camera, simple auto enhance, frame, RAJPEG with patented JPEG technology including the ability to enhance the speed and memory performance of mobile apps.
Private distribution of applications is possible for both WinRT and Windows Phone 8, but the experience is very different for the two platforms. Mobile devices cost 300 USD per year per company, while WinRT costs 3,000 for the first 100 computers or fraction thereof.
Xamarin has announced the availability of Xamarin Mobility Scanner, a free online service for scanning .NET libraries in order to evaluate the effort needed to port them to Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows Store.
Microsoft has released a beta of a new portable library called Bcl.Compression that adds support for zip archives and compress streams (i.e. deflate and gzip) for the Portable Http Client. Unfortunately it requires a native library so Silverlight and Windows Phone 7.x developers are out of luck.
First Floor Software has just released an updated version of their Diff Lists for .NET, Silverlight, and Windows Phone. These updated lists make it easy to see what classes and method are available when moving code from one platform to another.
Shortly after Google announced their Mobile Backend Starter for Android applications, Microsoft has announced the extension of their Azure mobile services adding support for Custom APIs, Git, NPM, Android Push Notifications, and a free SQL DB.