‘Tis the season for big updates to several top apps and games in the Windows Store

The Windows Store continues to grow, with stockings full of new titles every day. And new and old favorites alike continue to get better-and-better, too. Here’s a sampling of some of the latest big app and game updates: Blackberry Messenger (BBM) One of the pioneers of easy, reliable messaging has now added features that let… Read more

Windows Store is first to bring carrier billing to China, India and Brazil

It is estimated that 93% of people who live in fast-growth emerging markets around the world do not have a credit card (Source: Measuring Financial Inclusion, The Global Findex Database), making it difficult or impossible to purchase apps from most global app stores. Today we announced that Windows Store has become the first global smartphone… Read more

Bring your Windows Phone Silverlight apps to Windows Runtime XAML; prepare for universal app development in Windows 10

With the release of Windows Phone 8.1 last year, we introduced the concept of universal Windows apps. Windows 10 will build on our commitment to provide a common Windows platform with one API layer (WinRT) and consistent UX design surfaces. For developers creating new apps for Windows today, this universal approach is recommended as it… Read more

Microsoft’s Windows App Studio and TouchDevelop integrate. Mobile First. Cloud first.

Windows App Studio Beta today released its most impactful update since the move to universal Windows apps last April. Many of you have already tried TouchDevelop, a powerful, touch-friendly programming language that includes a physics engine, a UI framework to compose forms for quick data display and entry and much more. With TouchDevelop you can… Read more

WinHEC registration has started!

In September, I announced the return of the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) Summit in Shenzhen, March 18th and 19th. I am happy to announce today that registration for WinHEC has now started. If you are interested in attending, please request an invitation here. The WinHEC Summit represents an important milestone for Microsoft as we… Read more

Wyoming-based independent developer doubles his income in one year on the Windows platform

Nathan Darst became an independent developer three years ago when he left his job at a helicopter contracting company to build games on the Windows platform. This decision, the Wyoming-based Darst has since discovered, has been lucrative indeed. He now earns more than $100,000 each year, having doubled his earnings in the first year from… Read more