Cortana will be getting even smarter and more useful in an upcoming build which will bring some new user interface changes and more. In the upcoming build Cortana will offer much deeper integration with Windows apps than we have seen currently with Windows Phone.
Microsoft has just made web apps exponentially more powerful on Windows 10 with new developer tools. Developers can reuse server hosted website tools and rich capabilities of the universal Windows 10 platform to give the site a live tile, and push notifications.
Today at Build 2015 Microsoft introduced Windows Store for Business. The idea behind Windows Store for Business is to make things easier for employers. With this they are able to customize the apps that their employees see, making more relevant apps show in search results.
During today's Build 2015 keynote address, Microsoft has revealed more about its plans to offer new APIs for Office, which will allow third-party developers to create apps and add-ins for Office applications. The company revealed some of those plans earlier this week when they posted their full Build 2015 panel schedule.
Microsoft has announced two new services for developers building products on Azure. The new SQL Warehouse service makes it easy to aggregate and store petabytes worth of data. The service makes it easy to visualize your data, as well as search through it. It also features integration with Hadoop and more, and can use machine learning to create predictive models.
Microsoft plans to offer more information on plans to develop a new file format for 3D printing as part of its Build 2015 developers conference next week in San Francisco. The reveal will be made as part of the session "Developing 3D Printing Applications and Services in Windows 10" on April 30.
The Microsoft Garage program has released a number of apps for Windows Phone, Android and other platforms. Many of them are the work of college students who have worked with the company as part of the Microsoft Foundry program.
Microsoft wants students to learn about how to make apps for Windows 10 with a series of 24-hour events that will be held around the world in over 30 cities. The Windows 10 Game Jam events are just one of Microsoft's latest efforts to promote Windows 10 to the overall development community.
Microsoft is gearing up to to go on the road to promote Windows 10 app development to software creators. Today, the company announced the Build Tour, which will include one-day stops at 23 cities worldwide in May and June, after Microsoft holds its larger three day Build 2015 conference in San Francisco in late April.
Microsoft has released the first version of its SDK tools for the Windows 10 Technical Preview. This first release will allow developers to create apps that fit with Microsoft's universal app platform for the operating system.
Microsoft will update the price tier values for Windows Store during the week of April 13, 2015. Windows Store supports 96 tiers that publishers can use to price paid apps and in-app products. These price tier values are updated periodically to maintain consistency across currencies, accounting for changes in foreign exchange rates, taxes, and other geographic pricing considerations. The information comes through an email Microsoft has sent out to developers, alerting them of the change.
Beginning April 13, the price tier values will be updated and while the US Dollar (USD) price in each tier will remain the same, the prices in all other currencies adjusted relative to the USD price.
Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 documents reveal new changes in a future update
All eyes are on Windows 10 for phone these days, even for Microsoft, who have shifted development to focus on the new OS. Reports going back to April 2014 note that Windows Phone 8.1 was to have at least two GDR (General Distribution Release) updates over its lifespan. Windows Phone 8.1.1 came out last year, but the fate of GDR2 (8.1.2) or Update 2 was not so clear.
Now, Microsoft has published documents on Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 dated January 28, 2015. Usually, such information is put behind a firewall and is limited to manufacturing partners only – that is, these docs do not reflect consumer-facing features and may be hidden again.
In-app ad provider AdDuplex will offer Windows Phone developers a new type of banner ad they can use in their releases. These interstitial ads will take up most of the screen and are designed primarily for games, although they can be used for any type of apps.