New Early adopter or innovator? InfoQ has been working on some new features for you. Learn more

Stay Connected with HelpBridge

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 29, 2013

HelpBridge, a free mobile app for Windows Phone, Android and iOS platforms developed by Microsoft enables you to keep in touch with your contacts during emergencies.

Cordova/PhoneGap Adds Support for Windows Phone 8

by Abel Avram on  Jan 10, 2013

Cordova 2.3.0 now supports Windows Phone 8 and adds a way of opening a browser window within the application.

Google Drops Free Apps Offering, Paying Customers can Downgrade to Free till January 9th

by Schlomo Schapiro on  Jan 04, 2013

On December 6th, 2012 Google stopped to accept new registrations for free Google Apps domains, that could be used for up to 10 users. Existing free Google Apps users can continue to use the service without any change. Google Apps for Business domains can downgrade to the free version till January 9th if they have no more than 10 users and fit into the reduced features set.

Tools for Building Advanced Media Applications

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 27, 2012

In the //Build/, Mike Downey demonstrated the key technologies that are employed by developers to create advanced media rich applications using Windows 8.

Windows Store Game Development with Visual Studio 3D Starter Kit

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 18, 2012

Microsoft recently demonstrated the samples included with Visual Studio 3D Starter Kit for the development of 3D apps and games for Windows Store.

Why Bother to Develop a Windows Phone 8 App

by Martin Monroe on  Dec 17, 2012

To date Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 is still a distant fourth in the battle for the hearts and minds of Mobile OS users. Google App Director, Clay Bavor stated that they ‘have no plans to build out Windows apps.’

Orubase Version 1 with Project Wizard, SQLite and Encryption Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 08, 2012

Syncfusion has announced the availability of Orubase Version 1 which ships with Project Wizard, SQLite and Encryption Support.

Studio Enterprise with Localization and Visual Studio 2012 Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 03, 2012

ComponentOne has released Studio Enterprise 2012 V3 with new controls for Windows 8, WinRT and existing control suites with support for localization RTF and Visual Studio 2012.

Integrate SkyDrive with .NET and Windows Phone 8 SDK

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 21, 2012 2

Microsoft recently released software development kit which enables developers to integrate SkyDrive into .NET and Windows Phone 8 applications.

Microsoft Improves Delivery of Language Translation with New Dedicated Hub for Developers

by Martin Monroe on  Nov 04, 2012

Microsoft has created a new set of tools for incorporating instantaneous language translating capabilities into mobile apps.With the new Translator Hub developers gain a supple Application Programming Interface (API) for customizing Windows Phone and other operating systems to translate up to 39 languages in their unique apps. The service is on sale now to developers or it can be sampled for free.

Windows Phone 8 SDK Release Brings Native C++ and DirectX

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 31, 2012

Microsoft released the Windows Phone 8 SDK Tuesday as part of its bid to increase developer support. This SDK includes several new features including hardware accelerated DirectX and native C++ code support.

Security for Windows Store Apps

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 31, 2012 1

In the past there was an assumption that only popular applications and services will be attacked. But these days even new services with few or no users is liable to find itself under the hacker’s microscope. In a recent //Build session, Josh Dunn discusses some of the common vulnerabilities found in Windows 8 applications.

Build 2012 Keynote Highlights the Windows 8 Vision

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 30, 2012

Build 2012 begins today and InfoQ is covering the conference on-site. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's opening keynote today highlighted the unified approach Microsoft is taking with Windows 8, Windows Surface, and Windows Phone 8. The keynote emphasized the new opportunities available to developers and the personalized experienced offered to users.

Porting Existing C++ Code to Windows 8/Windows Phone 8

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 30, 2012 1

Porting Existing C++ libraries to Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 mostly involves replacing many, but not all, of the existing Win32 and COM API calls with their WinRT equivalents. The UI itself will most likely not be portable, as GDI is being replaced with XAML, HTML5, and/or DirectX.

Orubase: Develop Hybrid Native Mobile Applications for Windows Phone, Android and iOS

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Oct 13, 2012

Syncfusion's Orubase is a framework for the development of mobile applications for Windows Phone, Android and iOS platforms. You can create apps using ASP.NET MVC and by making use of the Orubase framework.