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.
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.