How we’re addressing misleading apps in Windows Store

As Windows Store expands to reach more customers in more markets with a growing list of great titles, we are continuously looking for ways to improve both customer experience and developer opportunity. We strive to give our worldwide customer base easy access to amazing app experiences while keeping developer friction to a minimum. From time-to-time… Read more

Toronto-based developer will leverage Windows 8.1 features to more deeply engage gamers

Onome Igharoro is a co-founder of Toronto-based Sterling Games Inc., which makes the hugely successful Xtreme Joyride game. After two years of publishing their games on Windows platforms, Onome and his partner, Steve Fernandes, are now porting their games to Windows 8.1. They like that Windows 8.1 provides them the convenience of single sign-on through… Read more

Download the updated Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview

Last week, Microsoft released an updated version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview. We made more than 200 improvements to the core SDK, including the addition of the Kinect Fusion tool kit, which provides higher resolution camera tracking and performance. With substantial improvements to the tooling, specifically around Visual Gesture Builder (VGB), the… Read more

Spotify now free on Windows Phone

Spotify is rolling out an update today that gives you access to millions of songs on your Windows Phone device for free. Spotify lets you discover new music, save, shuffle and share. You’ll be able to listen to playlists you’ve created or playlists from people you follow. You can shuffle through a certain artist’s entire… Read more

Royal Caribbean Announces 40K Windows Tablets

We are thrilled that today, Royal Caribbean International announced that every shipboard employee in the Royal Caribbean International fleet will receive their own Windows tablet – a total of 40,000 Windows tablets. “The Royal Caribbean men and women who provide such great vacations are the real heroes of our fleet and these gifts demonstrate our… Read more

Tentacles: Enter the Mind now available worldwide for Windows and Windows Phone

Copenhagen-based studio Press Play has released the sequel to their award-winning game Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin today. Tentacles: Enter the Mind is now available worldwide for download (free with in-app purchases) from the Windows Store and from the Windows Phone Store.   Tentacles: Enter the Mind is a full 3D adventure that continues the crazy… Read more

DEVELOPER SPEAK: Music industry professional Brian Mulligan helps Jamestown Revival fans connect via universal Windows app built with App Studio

The Agency Group is a global talent agency that services top talent from numerous industries, including music. Brian Mulligan, assistant to the senior vice president, manages bands’ tours, and their show schedules. In the course of his work, he became concerned about the fragmentation of his bands’ identity across the myriad social media properties fans… Read more