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

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

Windows Phone 8.1, the smartphone of choice for business

In April, we announced Windows Phone 8.1 and with it we introduced several key features that were developed specifically with business customers in mind. Today, Windows Phone 8.1 is the smartphone of choice for many businesses – across the globe and across industries. Windows Phone 8.1 is uniquely differentiated in a number of key areas,… Read more

//publish/ – connecting the world’s developers results in innovative apps

In May this year, we wrapped up the incredibly successful //publish/ event series—imagined by developers for developers to connect developers worldwide at the same time. While Microsoft organized events across 60 locations, Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) community organized numerous satellite events all over the world. //publish/ succeeded in both of its goals. First, we… Read more

Wordament: The developer story of one of Windows’ most original and compelling hit games

If you’ve been following Windows Phone for any amount of time, you are likely familiar with the popular game Wordament. This multiplayer, original word puzzle game was initially developed by two Microsoft employees in their free time. Neither were professional game developers, but they had a passion for software that was clearly demonstrated in their… Read more