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 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.
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.
Microsoft Bags Windows Bridge for Android Apps
Microsoft today provided an update on the tools it offers to developers and said it has canceled plans the Windows Bridge for Android (project Astoria). The Bridge was meant to help Android developers re-use their code and port their apps to Windows.
Microsoft Pushes Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 10572
Microsoft today made a new technical preview of Windows 10 Mobile available to fast ring members of the Windows Insider program. As with the previous build, interested testers will need to downgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 before installing build 10572.