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

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

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

Extend your App Studio app’s reach with Azure Mobile Services

Windows App Studio Beta allows you to download your complete source code package to be edited in Visual Studio, providing countless opportunities for the types of apps that can be built. Adding Azure Mobile Services to your app allows you to host your own database collections to increase size and capabilities. In this post, Josh Drew discusses… Read more