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.
Update: Well that was extremely quick. Tickets for Build 2015 have now sold out. Microsoft is still taking signups to be included on the waitlist, however.
Original story: As it promised last week, Microsoft has begun accepting registrations for its Build 2015 developers conference. The event will be held at San Francisco's Moscone Center from April 29 to May 1.
Microsoft will begin accepting registrations for its Build 2015 developer conference on January 22 at 9 am PST, ahead of the conference itself, which will be held in San Francisco's Moscone Center from April 29 to May 1.
Microsoft's Tech Days Online event is returning to the UK in 2015 for the fourth consecutive year running. The event will offer multiple sessions for anyone to tune into, covering a wide range of topics from Microsoft Azure to cross-platform development. If you fancy learning something new, we recommend you check the sessions out on February 3-5, 2015.
Last week we took notice of a new offering on the Windows Phone Store called Gunhouse that takes elements from puzzle and tower defense games. This is the first time I've seen this style and Necrosoft, the developers of the game, mixed the elements perfectly. Surprisingly, this beautiful and unique title is not available on iOS or Android. The only other system you'll find it on is the PlayStation Vita, another underdog platform.
Microsoft will be making a new push to close the 'app gap' that currently exists between its Modern apps for Windows and Windows Phone and apps made for iOS and Android by attracting more independent software vendors (ISVs). However, a new report claims that Microsoft is still considering an option that could allow Android apps to run in Windows 10.
Developers making Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 apps with Microsoft's Windows App Studio can now import games and apps made with the TouchDevelop language as a data source as part of the latest update for the web-based app creation tools.
Microsoft has announced today the acquisition of Stuttgart, Germany-based company HockeyApp, which provides Windows Phone, iOS and Android developers with detailed app crash reports, along with a way to distribute beta versions of those apps. The specific financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed in the announcement.
App Annie, a well known source for tracking downloads and rankings for mobile apps, has announced support for developers to gather analytic information about apps published in Microsoft's Windows Phone Store and Windows Store for the first time.
Remember that fancy new feature that allows you to search every tweet ever posted that Twitter announced last week? Well if you're one of the many users of third-party Twitter apps, prepare to be disappointed: Twitter's new search API won't be open to third-party clients, much to the frustration of developers.
At the Connect() event in New York City, Xamarin extended their partnership with Microsoft and announced a new set of offers for developers. Xamarin enables development of cross-platform mobile applications targeting phones, tablets, and embedded devices running on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.
Connect(), a developer event hosted by Microsoft outlining the company's next steps with their developer tools and application platforms, was branded as a cloud-first, mobile-first, developer-first, virtual event. At the event, Nat Friedman, CEO, Xamarin and Miguel de Icaza, CTO, Xamarin joined Microsoft executives on stage and talked about their partnership.
Microsoft appears to be a new company since Satya Nadella came into power. Yesterday, the tech giant had another announcement to make - its .NET framework is going open source. Microsoft will allow the free code to run not only on Windows-based computers, but also systems powered by Linux or Mac OS. The company has been making some radical changes, and those interested will soon have access to .NET code that will run on multiple platforms.
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.