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Bing knowledge and action graph API now open to third-party developers

Microsoft is now offering third-party developers access to its newly revealed Bing's knowledge and action graph API. It will allow those developers to create apps that will allow users to access Bing's collection of data and information from inside apps.

Windows Phone developers can claim free Xamarin subscriptions until Aug. 31

Xamarin, which offers tools to help create cross-platform mobile apps, is giving independent Windows Phone developers a chance to get free subscriptions to its iOS and Android tools from now until August 31.

Microsoft's plans to convert Android apps to Windows 10 Mobile revealed in info leak

A leaked document for "Project Astoria" has been posted on the Internet, showing more information on how Microsoft plans to let Android developers convert their apps to work on Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft releases preview of tools to convert iOS apps to Windows 10 as open source

Microsoft is releasing an early version of its Windows Bridge for iOS tools to the open source community, in order to receive feedback and participation from developers. The final version of the tools, which will covert iOS apps so they work on Windows 10, will be released this fall.

Former Microsoft developer Mike Porter talks gaming degrees and games

I recently met with Mike Porter of San Diego-based NewSchool to learn about his schools' gaming education programs. Mike formerly worked at Microsoft on Windows 8 and games like Halo 3. Even if you don't aspire to make games, you'll want to watch our video interview for Mike's insights into gaming!

The Windows 10 SDK tools are now available for developers

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 SDK tools so that app developers can begin making or converting apps that will work on the final non-preview version of the PC operating system.

Visual Studio 2015 released, watch Microsoft's launch event right here

Microsoft is holding an online launch event for software developers to celebrate the release of Visual Studio 2015, starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time (8:30 a.m. Pacific time).

Use this handy tool to sideload apps to your Windows 10 phone

Thanks to a handy new tool, WinAppDeployCMD, sideloading apps to your Windows 10 mobile devices just got a whole lot easier. You will still need the SDK installed to do it, but once installed you can use the new utility to complete the process easier.

Microsoft shows how developers will add age ratings to new Windows Store apps and games

Microsoft has offered some more details on how developers can add age ratings for apps and games in the new version of the Windows dev center, ahead of the launch of Windows 10 which will have one unified store for PC and mobile apps.

AdDuplex announces HERO APPS promo campaign, partners with Windows Central

AdDuplex is a cross-promotion network specifically targeted at Windows Phone and Windows Store apps. Partnering with Windows Central and other industry leaders, today AdDuplex launched the HERO APPS program aimed to help developers increase exposure for their apps and games.

Visual Studio 2015 will launch on July 20, nine days before Windows 10

Microsoft has announced that the final RTM version of Visual Studio 2015 will be released to developers on July 20, just nine days before the official launch of Windows 10.

Monkey Labour comes to Windows Phone and tablets thanks to the magic of Automagical

Monkey Labour is a classic LCD-style game starring a robot laborer who battles a mean monkey. The game was ported from iOS to Windows Phone and tablets using a tool called Automagical. In celebration of its launch, the game is free this weekend! Read on for impressions and video.

New options coming to Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 Dev Center this month

Microsoft will start migrating Windows Phone Store and Windows Store app developers over to the new Dev Center dashboard next week, which will include a number of new features to help promote and publish their apps.

Microsoft to unify payouts for developers with Windows and Windows Phone apps

Microsoft continues its efforts to unify its app stores ahead of the Windows 10 launch. It announced today that in June, payouts will be unified for developers that release apps for Windows and Windows Phone platforms.

Make your own Windows 10 apps with the latest beta of Windows App Studio

Microsoft has updated the beta of its free Windows App Studio Beta so it supports making apps for Windows 10, along with some other new features.

Google has now fixed the AdMob revenue bugs that plagued Windows Phone apps

Google has announced that the AdMob fill rates issues that were affecting revenues of many Windows Phone apps on the ad network have been fixed. No reasons for the issues were revealed.

Google says it is working to fix Windows Phone AdMob revenue problems

Google now says it is aware of AdMob fill rate issues that have been recently reported by Windows Phone app developers and it is working now to fix those problems.

Many Windows Phone app developers are reporting revenue drops from Google's AdMob network

A number of Windows Phone app developers who use Google's AdMob network are reporting major drops in revenue from that source, but at the moment there's no word as to why this is happening.

App developers won't be able to unlock Windows Phone 8.0 devices after today

Windows Phone app developers are being sent emails from Microsoft telling them that after 7 p.m. Pacific time today, they will be unable to unlock smartphones with Windows Phone 8.0 installed.

Interactive Live Tiles still coming in future update to Windows 10

Microsoft confirms that 'interactive' Live Tiles are still coming to Windows 10 in a future update. Also, during last week's Ignite conference, details about new Live Tiles, features in the Action Center, and actionable Toast notifications were presented to developers. Here are the highlights.