Microsoft Outs New Windows Phone 8 Apps and SDK
Microsoft today revealed that its Windows Phone 8 platform will be party to brand new versions of Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and (coming in 2013) Pandora. These new applications will be able to take advantage of new tools built into Windows Phone 8 that allow users to send content to the lock screen, such as notifications and live, updating backgrounds. The apps will be able to run in the background without draining the battery. Additionally, Microsoft is publishing the software developers kit (SDK) for Windows Phone 8 tomorrow, October 30. Developers will be able to use the SDK to create apps that can take advantage of the new features that are a part of Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft Releases Skype for Business App on Windows Phone
Microsoft today replaced its Lync 2013 corporate messaging app with Skype for Business for Windows Phone. The app has a refreshed user interface for messaging, more emoticons, and improved interactions with the server.
Microsoft's Project Rome SDK to Let Android, Windows Play Nice
Microsoft this week released the Project Rome SDK, a tool for developers that will let Android devices control Windows devices and vice versa. Once fully enabled, third-party apps will be able to see Android and Windows devices when they are connected to the internet.
Windows 10 to Run Android and iOS Apps
Microsoft today said Windows 10 devices will be able to run Android applications. According to Microsoft, developers will be able to reuse Java and C++ code to run Android apps in an Android subsystem on Windows 10 devices.
Microsoft Lets Android Owners Compare Apps
Microsoft has released a new tool aimed at helping people switch from an Android smartphone to a Windows smartphone. AppComparison, an app for Android handsets, scans the device for apps and then finds the corresponding Windows apps.