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Microsoft takes steps to improve its Windows 8 business-app story

Microsoft has taken steps to ease onerous restrictions that have curtailed development of business applications for Windows 8. But some say the company still hasn't gone far enough.

Build 2014: TabTale Brings Popular Kids Apps to Windows 8 Platform

Israel-based TabTale is a world leader in children’s mobile entertainment and education and has repeatedly been featured among the Top 10 on Apple’s iOS global publisher rankings. Serving over 25 million active users globally each month,...Show More Summary

New and updated apps and games spring into the Windows Stores

It has been a busy week for Microsoft at the Build conference in San Francisco where we announced what’s next for Windows PCs, tablets, and phones with two updates: Windows Phone 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 Update. It’s hard not to be excited,...Show More Summary

Windows-compatible hardware development boards available soon

Viraf Gandhi is a Senior Program Manager in the Engineering Partner Experience team in the Operating Systems Group. Windows is a compelling platform in part because it delivers a single development environment for a broad range of hardware, including PCs, embedded devices, Internet of Things (IOT), and system-on-a-chip (SOC). Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: April 4th Edition — Cortana coming to Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft creates a cloud portal

This edition of Weekend Reading is all about the Build developer conference in San Francisco where Microsoft unveiled new opportunities for developers, the new Microsoft Azure Preview Portal, Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana on the way, and updates to Windows 8.1. Cortana, your personal virtual assistant in Windows Phone 8.1, was introduced at Build. Show More Summary

Delight and engage your users with these new Windows Phone 8.1 capabilities

This week at Build, we announced Windows Phone 8.1 and the Visual Studio tooling to build apps for it. With this release, the team brings platform convergence to the Windows developer platform, completing the convergence journey to the...Show More Summary

New features for side-loaded apps in Windows 8.1 update

With Windows 8.1 Update, we’re pleased to introduce two features for side-loaded Windows Store apps that make it possible to interoperate with desktop processes (apps or local services) outside of the app container. First, is the ability...Show More Summary

Windows App Studio Beta: Build a Windows Phone AND Windows app in one session, no code required

Eight months ago we launched Windows Phone App Studio Beta. Over 400,000 of you have used it, including novice developers who have built and published their first app, college professors, who’ve used App Studio to teach app design in...Show More Summary

72% off Halo: Spartan Assault, plus 5 more Red Stripe Deals on apps

The Windows Store has six new Red Stripe Deals on apps and games today. The big news is that Halo: Spartan Assault is 72% off, from now until next Thursday in both the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store! But there are some other fun Windows apps and games you’ll want to check out too, all of them 50% or more off the original price. Show More Summary

Windows 8.1 Sideloading Enhancements

Windows 8.1 includes the ability to run modern apps, ypically delivered from the Windows Store. But for organizations that develop their own line-of-business apps, we have also provided a mechanism called “sideloading” that allows the installation of apps without using the Windows Store. Show More Summary

Microsoft open sources more of its .Net technologies

From the truth-is- stranger-than-fiction files, Microsoft -- along with its mobile-dev tool partner Xamarin -- is creating a new foundation to open source more.Net technologies.

Microsoft announces new cloud experience and tools to deliver the cloud without complexity

The following post is from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft. On Thursday at Build in San Francisco, we took an important step by unveiling a first-of-its kind cloud environment within Microsoft...Show More Summary

Microsoft releases a preview build of its mysterious 'Project N'

Microsoft's 'Project N,' now officially christened '.Net Native' -- a new compiler for building faster Windows Store apps -- is available now as a developer preview.

Microsoft courts developers and enterprises with Internet Explorer 11

New updates for Internet Explorer 11 are included with the Windows 8.1 Update and will be pushed out to Windows 7 users next week as well. A key change is Enterprise Mode IE, which is designed to ease compatibility hassles with old internal web apps. And a new status page allows developers to find out which HTML 5 features IE supports.

Windows Store universal Windows app opportunity

Greetings from the 2014 //build/ conference! Platform commonality and consistency across devices and services has been a major theme of the start of the event. For the past several months, the Store team has been driving greater commonality...Show More Summary

Link your app to search results with new Bing feature

Bing just released a new app-linking feature that allows you to link your Windows and Windows Phone apps to web search results. By surfacing app links alongside web search results, app linking helps boost discoverability and engagement of your apps. Show More Summary

Microsoft to developers at Build: You have the power

On Wednesday at the Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft outlined new opportunities for developers and showed how businesses can benefit from new capabilities in the Windows 8.1 update and Windows Phone 8.1. The company also showed how Cortana, a new digital assistant, is powered by Bing. Show More Summary

Update on 3D Printing in Windows

This post was authored by Kris Iverson, a software developer lead who works on the 3D printing team in Windows. Last year, at Build 2013, I demonstrated how easy it is to turn bits into atoms using 3D Printing on Windows 8.1. For the...Show More Summary

Bringing WinJS cross-platform and open source

This post was authored by Maria Kang, Program Manager, Windows Ecosystem & Frameworks Team Today the source code of the Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS) is being released under the Apache 2.0 license as an Open Source project by Microsoft Open Technologies (MS Open Tech). Show More Summary

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