Microsoft has made the Windows Phone 8 SDK available for download, which can be obtained from its website. The SDK provides developers withe the tools to develop apps for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8. The company unveiled the next version of its mobile platform yesterday in San Francisco.
The Xbox Deal of the Week program is running on all cylinders lately. Last week the excellent Zombies!!! went on sale for the first time. Now this week we get another game’s first sale. Sid Meier’s Pirates! is currently marked down from $2.99 to $1.99. That’s not a lot of booty, as the seamen say.
San Francisco was sooo yesterday. Today we're all up in Microsoft's homebase for their BUILD developer conference. From 9am to 11am today is the first keynote (tomorrow is the other), so we figured we'd live blog the event. For full-width live blog, you can tune in at live.mobilenations.com. Join the chat!
UK retailer Phones4u is starting to prepare for Windows Phone 8's arrival by setting up demo stands and promotion material in stores across the country. We've been sent in a collection of shots that show pricing, availability and exclusivity of the Lumia 920 - it's not all bad news.
Microsoft has published a video on its Windows Phone YouTube channel that shows off the new features in Windows Phone 8. Joe Belfiore from the Windows Phone team is the best choice to run viewers through everything, so be sure to check it out if you happened to miss yesterday's event.
Taking viewers through Live Tiles, Live Apps, Data Sense, Office, integration with Windows 8, as well as camera innovation in the Lumia 920, Belfiore ensures we're all eagerly wanting more.
Windows Phone 8 adds new functionality, as well as new hardware, to the platform. While there isn't a long list of new features available as many wanted to become reality, Microsoft has certainly delivered an alternative choice to Android and iOS.
First Row is a Windows Phone app designed to help you find concerts, events and sporting events in your area. First Row also has the capability to purchase event tickets from your Windows Phone. Which can come in handy when you don't feel like waiting in line at the box office.
First Row is powered by SeatGeek and is a fairly comprehensive source for finding your concert and event listings.
Last night I was finally able to get my hands on all the Windows Phone devices here at the UK launch event. The impressions are by no means reviews but simply my feelings at this crucial hands-on moment.
The Microsoft Surface comes pre-loaded with Internet Explorer 10 and the one thing that was odd (or at least for me) was the lack of an obvious way to save a website as a favorite. I kept looking for a 'star" button to add sites to my favorites list.
The process of adding a website as a favorite ended up being rather simple. Just tap on the "pin" button and you'll find two options. First to pin the site to your Start Screen for easy access and second, to add the site as a favorite.
To access your favorites, just tap on the URL field to pull up a tile list listing of frequently visited sites as well as your favorites.
As we covered in our round-up of today's Windows Phone event, Microsoft has been an extremely busy bee indeed. Our Windows Phone forums have also been fairly active lately, particularly when our main website went down for some surprise maintenance. So what's new in the community? Jump into this special edition of From the Forums to find out more.
Phew! Today was fairly eventful, was it not? While not an awful lot was announced by Microsoft, we did manage to see Windows Phone 8 be formally launched into the wild with handsets confirmed for carriers in a number of markets. Welcome to our round-up, which will be useful should you had been absent through the presentation.
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It's been a huge day for Windows Phone fans. Windows Phone 8 was officially lauched by Microsoft, and over the days and weeks ahead we'll see a number of next-generation Windows Phone 8 devices hit the market. Further adding to today's excitement, here on WPCentral we unveiled a newly updated site design! We have lots of contests planned as the Windows Phone 8 frenzy continues, but we're going to kick things off right now with a device giveaway to celebrate both the official launch and our newly updated site.
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We have heard much about Windows Phone 8 and the coming apps but there is a set of apps which we have only had glimpses of. Today I was able to get a good hands on with Nokia Maps 2.9 running on the Lumia 920.
Some interesting functionality is visible, notably and options to download maps and even update those maps within the app itself. I was very keen to see how things were progressing with maps read on to hear what I found out..
While the big news today was definitely the official launch of Windows Phone 8, Nokia was able to slide in an update to their ESPN app over the weekend. The update mainly deals with increasing how you can be notified on scoring and news updates through the Live tile and toast notifications.
The update adds the ability to save and pin your favorite teams and sports to your Windows Phone Start Screen, customize the Live Tile score updates and you can now receive toast notifications for news and score updates.
The clip that went viral within AT&T's latest 4G LTE advert showing off the Lumia 920 has caused quite a stir over at Deadspin, a sports website which publishes commentaries, recaps, as well as sports-related anecdotes, rumors and YouTube videos.