Bing apps get updated, now branded MSN

The Bing apps have been providing people with a set of really awesome immersive vertical experiences around Weather, News, Sports, Finance, Travel, Health & Fitness, and Food & Drink on devices running Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. They are some of my favorite apps and highly recommended. With today’s updates, these apps will now… Read more

Windows and Windows Phone Store Trends – September 2014 Update

This blog post is the latest in a recurring series that provides details about recent Store trends across categories, markets, and more. Understanding these general trends can help you determine what types of apps to build or where to focus your development efforts. Data from the Windows Store is presented alongside Windows Phone Stores, allowing… Read more

Ginny Caughey, grandmother and avid Windows developer, uses Windows 8.1 to scale her enterprise operations

Ginny Caughey, president of Carolina Software in Wilmington, NC, has been a developer for decades—decades she has spent using Windows to develop enterprise applications. Her firm has provided software and support services to the solid waste industry since 1987. Today, her firm uses Windows 8.1 as its development platform, and Caughey swears by the platform’s… Read more

Announcing the return of WinHEC

Every day, Windows hardware partners develop and ship to customers a broad set of innovative devices, ranging from personal mobile electronics like smartphones and tablets, to peripherals and component parts, to laptops, desktops, servers and embedded systems for a wide range of industries. Driving continuous innovation requires deep integration and partnership across our ecosystem. With… Read more

New Update for Windows Phone Preview for Developers

For those of you participating in our Windows Phone Preview for Developers, we’ve got some good news as today we’ll begin delivery of an update that will make more new software available to more of you. Build 8.10.14176 starts rolling today to developer preview participants, and provides a bunch of performance improvements and general fixes…. Read more

See what’s new in Cortana

After launching Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1, the Cortana Team took about 8 minutes to catch their breath, and then set to work making your digital assistant even better. For instance, did you know she can get stuff done in more apps now—like Facebook? Nelson over on the Windows Phone writing team put together a… Read more

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