Recent Articles | Windows Central

Order Today: Lumia 950 XL | Surface Book | Surface Pro 4 | Band 2

Recent Articles

Headlines

2 years ago

Microsoft refreshes Windows Phone Store badges for developers

15

Microsoft has released a new batch of badges for Windows Phone developers to use. While you can easily create your own in one of many available graphic programs, it's good to know that some effective images are ready to use immediately with a standard size and design. If you have your own website and would like to showcase your shiny new Windows Phone app, then these are definitely worth checking out.

More →
2 years ago

Windows Phone racing games that get great gas mileage

17

Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Racing Games
Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Racing Games

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

This week's Windows Phone Central roundup is focused on racing games. Windows Phone games that have you racing the clock, an opponent or the bad guy.

These games are entertaining ways to pass the time with and won't fetch you a traffic citation as you peg out the speedometer. We picked four titles that caught our eye but keep in mind, these gaming only scratch the surface of the racing games available.

More →
2 years ago

SkyDrive for Windows Phone gets bug fixes in latest update

59
2 years ago

Lomogram updated, adds new filters and tilt-shift

21

The popular Windows Phone photography app Lomogram was updated today taking it to version 1.7. The updated gives Lomogram a boost in special effects filters, adds a tilt shift tool, an option to preserve your image's exif metadata, and squishes a few bugs for good measure.

All totaled, Lomogram has 47 effects filters, 72 lighting effects, 49 borders, and crop, rotate and flip your photos. Edited images can be shared with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and vk.

More →
2 years ago

Microsoft shows off Windows 8 apps running on Xbox One, states devs get a head start by starting now

43

While Microsoft's Build 2013 conference continues to reveal more goodies about Windows 8, there has also been some talk regarding the upcoming Xbox One. Today Steve Guggenheimer, vice president of Microsoft's Developer and Platform Evangelism group, teased some rather large hints at how developers will be able to develop for both Windows and Xbox One in the future.

More →
2 years ago

It's official as Mint.com plans on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 apps later this year

81

Good news for all of those who have been waiting for an official Mint.com app, as it looks like the popular Quicken-like service is coming to both Windows Phone and Windows later this year. The announcement comes via their support forums from an “official” responder earlier today.

Mint.com is considered by many to be the foremost financial planner service and with apps on iOS and Android, Windows Phone was left holding the bag. Indeed last we checked, back in March, Mint.com was filed under “no plans yet”, despite a constant barrage of users requesting it.

More →
2 years ago

Microsoft wants you to become a walking billboard; releases free Xbox One shirts for your avatars

52

Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One earlier this year, but that hasn't stopped Redmond wanting to get the word out and reach as many potential buyers as possible. This includes those who are subscribed to Xbox Live and own a current-gen 360. The company has released two new free shirts that bear the Xbox One logo. Pretty neat, but only if you wish to either advertise the console, or display your undying loyalty.

More →
2 years ago

Reach for the Sky, a Windows Phone 8 game where being full of hot air isn't a bad thing

6

Reach for the Sky is a relatively new game for your Windows Phone 8 device that has a jumper feel to it (e.g. Doodle Jump) but instead of jumping from platform to platform, you guide a hot air balloon up through the sky.

Along the way you collect coins that can used to purchase upgrades and fire balls to keep the hot air balloon afloat. You do have a few dangers to avoid such as ducks and airplanes that will burst your balloon.

Reach for the Sky has promise but could use a little fine tuning to help it off the ground.

More →
2 years ago

Popular Windows Phone store browser, AppFlow launches on Windows 8

16
2 years ago

NBC News for Windows Phone 8 updated, voice commands added to the mix

14
2 years ago

Shazam for Windows Phone updated with automation and LyricPlay

23
2 years ago

Walgreens, ABC News and more join Voxer on Windows Phone 8

41

It's becoming quite the busy term for Windows Phone with all these new official apps that are appearing on our store. We recently looked at Voxer, which has just been released, but Microsoft has announced a handful more that are definitely worth checking out. We've got ABC News, Walgreens, MarketWatch and XFINITY TV Remote joining push-to-talk messenger Voxer.

More →
2 years ago

Bing releases new developer APIs - new features inbound

18

In a world where Google is king, Bing is beginning to spread. The service’s take over on iOS devices as Siri’s new backend search engine is a large step forward for the company, but Microsoft isn’t done there. Yesterday at Build 2013, the company announced that they would be opening a large number of new APIs and controls to developers.

More →
2 years ago

By the numbers: How much faster are Windows 8.1 apps with new code?

45

Yesterday during a Build session, Microsoft software engineer Polita Paulus held a session on what it means for developers to upgrade their apps for Windows 8.1. While current Windows 8 apps will of course run just fine on 8.1, developers interested in taking advantage of the new code base will need to recompile their app and add or modify a few lines of code.

Like all OS updates, those of you who are straight up consumers just want to know, what does it mean for me? We know already that in 8.1 the “snap view” is basically gone in the sense that predefined sizes (1/3 or 2/3 of the display) are no longer required. That means you can drag and resize multiple “snapped” windows to whatever size you want.

More →
2 years ago

User Poll: Up all night, updating to Windows 8.1 Preview - Have you?

256

Yesterday, Microsoft took the wraps off of the much discussed Windows 8.1 “preview edition” for your current Surface Pro, 32 or 64 bit system. The process was supposed to be simple, with a downloaded file and a trip to the Store. Indeed, the installation was easy, but the line for the server was getting hammered on early in the day.

Here at mobile HQ for Windows Phone Central, myself and Sam Sabri updated no less than five devices to Windows 8.1, because hey, we’re excited. From the Acer R7, to the little 8-inch Iconia to two Surface Pros we plowed through the process. (Build attendees were given USB flash drivers with the installation files onboard, making the process super simple).

More →
Show More Headlines

Pages