Microsoft has expanded access to the full version of its popular Visual Studio development tools with today's release of Visual Studio Community 2013, which can be used by individuals and small development teams for free with few restrictions.
Microsoft is hoping to help developers increase Windows Phone app revenue by today announcing ad mediation for Windows Phone. Ad mediation lets your app use multiple advertising SDKs. When an app makes a call to one ad control, and that control can't serve the ad, it calls another control. The new mediation control makes implementing and managing this in an app simple.
Microsoft may have announced the dates for its big 2015 BUILD developer conference earlier this week, but the company also revealed a smaller developer conference, Connect(), that will be held in just a few weeks on November 12 and 13.
Microsoft has announced some new features for Windows App Studio Beta. You'll remember that Microsoft released Windows Phone App Studio Beta over a year ago as a way to attract developers to Windows Phone. It consolidated that effort this past April with Windows App Studio Beta, a new tool to allow users to quickly and easily make apps for Windows Phone and Windows. Today we're getting new features like sideloading support on Windows Phone and new languages.
Develop for Windows phone or Windows? Then you're going to want to check out the new AdDuplex Developer Advocate Program. As you know, AdDuplex is a cross-promotion network on Windows Phone and Windows. Instead of running ads in an app, developers can help promote apps for free by helping one another. The new developer advocate program will help developers adopt and implement AdDuplex into their apps.
Microsoft isn't offering much information at this point on its app strategy for Windows 10, but that may change on November 12 as the company could make some announcements at two events; one in New York City and the other in London.
Microsoft is holding an event in London called Future Decoded. Spanning three days, Future Decoded appeals to a variety of communities, including business, enthusiasts and developers. Tech Day (day 3) at the event is focused entirely on IT Professionals and developers and the advancement of technology, coinciding with Apps World. Tickets go for £59, but it's worth it when you consider what's on offer.
Running an app store is likely not an easy technical task. It is probably made more difficult when you are like Microsoft, who is rumored to be combining the Windows Phone and Windows Stores into one, or at least starting that process. Regardless, when outages happen, it can frustrate consumers. When it happens and goes on for days, you start to tick off developers.
Starting this past weekend, people with existing in-app purchases, aka 'durable IAPs', through various apps like MetroMail and Rudy Huyn's '6' apps are having different levels of success. However, the real issue appears to be for users who pay for a service, like remove ads, only to have the ads comeback, making the usual '99 cent' unlock seem like a fraud.
The problem is not app related, but rather server side with Microsoft and their Store. Developers know this as the 'ANID2 problem' and it has happened before, though this time around it seems particularly frustrating, perhaps due to the larger installed user base.
Earlier in the summer we reported on a strikingly lovely Windows Phone puzzle game called Dream of Pixels. The game comes from Slovenian developer Dawn of Play, who first joined the Windows Phone scene with Twinoo, another puzzle game for Windows Phone 7 and 8.
Like many developers, Dawn of Play started out creating games for iOS. Porting Dream of Pixels to Windows Phone 8 represented a new development challenge for the team. Their solution: create a development tool called Automagical that translates Objective-C (iOS) code to C# (Windows Phone 8) code. Automagical makes porting from iOS and Mac to Windows platforms much easier. Read on to find out more about what it does and how to get it.
We are proud to announce a new effort to help promote Windows Phone apps as well as their creators, the WPCentral Developer Program. This new service will include a way for many of those apps to receive front page promotion on our site.
Earlier this year, mobile payments specialist Fortumo launched a fund for Windows Phone and Windows 8 developers. The fund basically provided financial incentives to developers who integrated Fortumo payments into their successful games and apps. That program has run its course, awarding a total of one million dollars to the developers who qualified.
Microsoft has now confirmed that it will only charge Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 app developers a one time fee from now on to subscribe to the Windows Dev Center, as well as confirming a new Dev Center Benefits program.
Microsoft has quietly made a small but very welcome change to its Windows Developer Center. In short, the one year renewal period has now been ditched, which means that Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 developers can keep their apps in their respective stores for as long as they want.
A month ago Microsoft gave Windows Phone developers the ability to respond to Store reviews. This was a new feature welcomed by the developer community as it gave them a way to address misinformed reviews or customer complaints. Now a month later, Microsoft has shared some details on the success of the program so far. For example, most developers see an average star rating increase of +1.2 when they respond to reviews.
There is nothing new in this post. I'm just bringing this up now because a lot of people seem to not know the facts. It also has nothing to do with Windows Phone specifically, but rather pretty much every platform. The point of this post is not to spread FUD, but to remind people to not take security for granted.
For those that don't know what OAuth is, it is an open standard for authorization. OAuth provides client applications a 'secure delegated access' to server resources on behalf of a resource owner. It specifies a process for resource owners to authorize third-party access to their server resources without sharing their credentials.
These days OAuth is used pretty much everywhere where an external client needs to login to some sort of service. You've used it with Google (I used it to upload the video in this post), Microsoft apps (Skype, Xbox Smartglass, Visual Studio), Twitter, Facebook, and countless others.
Microsoft continues to move around – and in some cases layoff – various employees or contractors associated with Nokia and Windows Phone. Although the significant cuts came a few weeks ago, there are still some aftershocks being felt. One of those deals with the Developer Ambassadors from Nokia, as that team is being disbanded effectively at the end of this month.
In a letter sent out to developers from Microsoft DVLUP, the news of the group's demise is revealed, in addition to giving a hearty thanks to the team for their dedication.
Microsoft is rolling out the ability for developers to respond directly to reviews in the Windows Phone Store. Replying to reviews is a feature that we reported on before the Windows Phone 8.1 announcement and was later confirmed by Microsoft. Select developers have had the ability since April thanks to a phased rollout, but a wider rollout is taking place now.
Popular game engine Unity is one of the greatest boons the videogame industry has ever sent. By creating a game in Unity, developers can easily port it to a variety of platforms. Just look at how much the Windows Phone gaming scene has improved since Unity titles started showing up in March of last year.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 is now rolling out to those enrolled in the Preview for Developers program. Enthusiasts and developers can try out the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system by participating in the program. This update introduces new features, like Live Folders on the Start Screen, and also introduces support for new device resolutions. Developers will want to grab the new Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 SDK and emulators to test against those resolutions.
For a few months now, you may have heard us mention that smartwatches and smart accessories were on the horizon for Windows Phone, especially towards August and September. The FitBit app announced last week is the first in that volley, and more are coming later this month.
Developer Jeremy Sinclair has now gone through the Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 that is rolling out today for Preview users and documented all the new APIs available. It is quite telling, as many of these APIs are to handle background and telephony tasks for those connected devices.
A newly revealed service called WPbeta.me claims that it will make beta testing apps for Windows Phone developers easier by creating a custom landing page that can be shared with either private or public testers.
AdDuplex has recently announced that its new Direct service has gone live. To remind everyone what AdDuplex Direct is all about, it's a new platform for app publishers and advertisers to arrange direct advertising placement deals, negating the paperwork, payment processing hassle and other headaches associated with locating publishers to part with their cash for in-app advertising. AdDuplex already offers a range of options for developers (particularly on Windows Phone and it's great to see yet another service added.
Microsoft is changing up how developers get resources for Windows Phone and Windows 8. In fact, they're actually merging developer resources for Windows and Windows Phone. That's not all, they're adding twenty one new payout markets and highlighting the new Kinect for Windows 2.0 SDK. Details on all changes below.