Another look at the Lumia 1520

When it comes to smartphones, is bigger better? I wanted to find out. So a few months ago, I switched to the Lumia 1520. The Lumia 1520 is one of the biggest smartphones on the market and the biggest Windows Phone device available today. The Lumia 1520 has a 6-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD display with… Read more

Microsoft OCR Library for Windows Runtime

This blog was written by Jelena Mojasevic, Program Manager at Microsoft. We are pleased to announce that Microsoft OCR Library for Windows Runtime has been released as a NuGet package. The library empowers you to easily add text recognition capabilities in your Windows Phone 8/8.1 and Windows 8.1 Store apps. OCR technology enables various scenarios… Read more

5 tips for sharing on your Windows Phone

So, my kids gave me a Cthulhu bobblehead for Mother’s Day (other love offerings have included a Gandalf lunch box, a Frodo action figure, and a talking Yoda doll—proving that nerdiness is indeed inherited). Every day when they get out of school, I pose the Great Old One in some kind of action scene, take… Read more

WinJS Everywhere

This post was authored by Rachel Nizhnikova, Program Manager, Windows Ecosystem & Frameworks Team The Windows Library for JavaScript (WinJS) project is pleased to announce the general availability of its first release – WinJS 3.0 – since the open source project began at //BUILD 2014. The WinJS 3.0 release offers customers: Cross-browser/cross-platform support spanning the… Read more

Responding to app reviews: benefits and guidelines

Last April, we announced the possibility for developers to respond to user customer reviews, and last month we completed the rollout of this feature. Developers who see the “respond” option in Dev Center are ready to respond to customer reviews of Windows Phone apps. We have seen very quick adoption of this feature, starting with… Read more

5 photo tips: Burst mode, secretive selfies, and more

I’ve recently started taking advantage of my Lumia 1020’s double-take inducing photo capabilities. This isn’t your typical camera phone—harnessing its power properly can be intimidating. Luckily, the 1020 (and most all other Windows Phones) comes with some useful camera settings that have helped me fool my Facebook friends into thinking I have some semblance of… Read more