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Meet the Lumia 530 – the most affordable Lumia yet

Today, the Microsoft Devices Group has announced the very affordable Lumia 530. The Lumia 530 is the perfect entry to Windows Phone 8.1 which includes new features like Action Center, Word Flow, and Cortana - the world’s first personal digital assistant. Show More Summary

Tips and tricks for using XAML controls in your universal Windows apps

This post was written by Rohan Thakkar, Program Manager 2 - Developer Ecosystem Platform on Operating Systems Group at Microsoft. At //build 2014 we introduced the ability to build universal Windows apps, which are able to share a large amount of code between Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 projects. Show More Summary

Modern Combat 5: Blackout arriving soon for Windows and Windows Phone

Modern Combat 5: Blackout is one of the most highly anticipated mobile games of the year. Many of you have been wondering when this first person shooter will be arriving on Windows and Windows Phone. Your wait will soon be over! Today,...Show More Summary

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comes to Windows and Windows Phone

I am so excited for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy which hits theaters on August 1 st. The movie looks fantastic. As we wait for the movie, Marvel has released the game Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon for us to get acquainted with this ragtag group of characters. Show More Summary

New Opportunity: Kinect for Windows + Unified Windows developer portal and documentation and 21 additional payout markets

Earlier this week Microsoft released the Kinect for Windows Public Preview which represents a new opportunity for Windows developers, as apps created with the new SDK may be published to the Window Store later this year. We’re making plans to prominently feature Kinect-enabled apps to provide customers with an exciting new Windows experience. Show More Summary

Free group video calling now available with Skype for Windows 8.1

You can now bring family and friends together for free group video calling with Skype for Windows 8.1 on your Windows PCs and Tablets. Group video calling allows you to have group video calls with up to 9 people at the same time. This...Show More Summary

Viggle now available for Windows and Windows Phone

Who doesn’t like the idea of earning rewards for watching their favorite TV shows and listening to their favorite music? With Viggle, just hold up the app to check in to TV shows you’re watching or match music you’re listening to earn Viggle Points. Show More Summary

WPC 2014: Partnering to win in the mobile era

Today, we are at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington, D.C. This is one of my favorite events of the year because it gives us an opportunity to connect with our partners and gather invaluable feedback on their experiences working with us, our platform and productivity scenarios. Show More Summary

Windows themes from dawn to dusk

Do people still read the Iliad? I studied it in school, mumble years ago, and one of the few things I remember about it is that every single time sunrise is mentioned, it is described as “rosy-fingered dawn” or “dawn’s rosy fingers.”...Show More Summary

Tips for submitting apps in markets that require an age rating

Windows Phone adoption is growing around the world, and as mentioned in my Windows Store trends blog, many of these countries or markets have organizations that have defined a content or age rating system that indicates the suitability of the app for certain age groups. Show More Summary

Bing magic helps Cortana predict the winner in 15 out of 15 Soccer (Football) matches in Brazil

A few weeks ago, we enabled the ability for Cortana to predict the outcomes of soccer matches from Brazil powered by prediction technology in Bing on devices running Windows Phone 8.1. Thanks to Bing, Cortana has accurately predicted...Show More Summary

Rolling out the Windows Developer Program for IoT

You’ve heard quite a bit recently about Microsoft’s strategy for bringing Windows to more devices, including IoT. Today I’d like to update you on the commitments we made during the recent O’Reilly Solid and Microsoft Build events to ship developer kits that allow people to run a version of Windows on the Intel Galileo board. Show More Summary

Microsoft launches new Windows Apportals

Today we launched Windows Apportals on, at WHAT ARE WINDOWS APPORTALS? A Windows Apportal is a Windows 8.1 app that can integrate your entire Line of Business (LOB) stack into a single, modern, touch-based experience. Show More Summary

Which app should I build? Exploring opportunities in the market

This blog post is the first in a guest series of articles from the creators of which walk developers through some of the business aspects of app development. In this post, we will cover the process of identifying your goals,...Show More Summary

Subway Surfers now available on low-memory Windows Phone 8 devices

In an update today to their popular (and really fun!) game Subway Surfers, Kiloo is making Subway Surfers available to low-memory Windows Phone 8 devices (devices with only 512MB of memory). You can download Subway Surfers for free here from the Windows Phone Store. Show More Summary

5 tips for using Cortana reminders

You might think you’re “forgetful” or “scatterbrained” or “have a mind like a sieve.” But how many times have you remembered that you’re supposed to collect your kid from the bus stop right up until it’s time to go—and then gotten distracted...Show More Summary

DEVELOPER SPEAK: Jani Tietäväinen aims to increase user base and engagement through continuous app experience

Jani Tietäväinen, CEO and lead producer of Finland-based Seepia Games, received funding from AppCampus to build a strategy game called Permia Duels. Since he released the app to Windows Phone six months ago, it has been hugely successful, accruing 540,000 downloads. Show More Summary

Twitter app update brings enhancements for sharing and uploading photos

I thought I would pass along that the official Twitter app has received a nice little update today for Windows Phone (version This update includes enhancements for sharing and uploading photos. For example, you can now upload multiple photos to a single Tweet. Show More Summary

Watch your favorite TV shows on your Windows PC, Tablet or Phone this summer

After celebrating the Fourth of July this year, recover on the couch and enjoy all the great new TV apps in the Windows and Windows Phone Stores. Or break out of the house and watch your favorite television shows and movies on-the-go. Show More Summary

New games from Gameloft heat up the Windows and Windows Phone Stores

Summer is on, and so is great gaming on your Windows PC, Tablet and Phone. Award-winning game developer Gameloft is helping to heat things up with multiple top quality new releases now available for your gaming pleasure: 1. Blitz Brigade...Show More Summary

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