Windows App Studio Beta adds 9 languages and Windows Phone 8.1 sideloading

Since launching 14 months ago the response to Windows App Studio Beta has been nothing short of incredible. From small business owners to skilled developers learning the basics of our platform, our more than two million users have created just under 1 million app projects, and published almost 50,000 apps to the Windows Store and… Read more

WinSock and more Open Source for your Windows Store apps

Back at the //Build conference in April, I outlined our goals for the Windows 8.1 developer platform and summarized them in a post about Extending platform commonality through universal Windows apps. Those goals were as follows: Reach customers across phones, tablets, and PCs Deliver innovation that supports developer investments Make cross-platform technology easier and more… Read more

18 year old student and designer develops an app for a global manufacturer using App Studio

Mick Brege is more than just your average 18 year old. Full-time student and part-time designer, Brege attends Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI and works for Promess, Inc. – a global leader in sensing systems for manufacturing. Using Windows App Studio Beta, Brege built an app, Promess, Inc, to increase the company’s ability to engage… Read more

Universal Windows apps get better with Windows 10

Today Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore talked about the future of Windows and gave the world its first look at Windows 10. They demonstrated new features designed to make people and businesses more productive and announced that a Technical Preview build of Windows 10 will be available tomorrow through the Windows Insider Program. I know… 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