Microsoft Offering WP7.8 Compatibility with New SDK
Microsoft today made available a new version of its Windows Phone software developers kit (SDK). The Windows Phone 7.8 SDK will allow developers to make their WP7.1 and WP7.5 compatible with WP7.8, which includes some of the new behaviors for the home screen. Since no Windows Phone 7.1/7.5 devices can be upgraded to Windows Phone 8, Microsoft developed Windows Phone 7.8 as a stop-gap for older hardware. Windows Phone 7.8 does not have the same core code or features of Windows Phone 8, but does offer the new Windows Phone 8 Start screen, which includes three different adjustable Live Tile sizes. The new WP7.8 SDK lets developers adjust their apps to work with the Live Tiles in WP7.8. All apps written for WP7.1/.7.5 are automatically compatible with Windows Phone 8. The SDK is available for download from Microsoft's developer site.
Microsoft Announces the Lumia 640
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 640, a new Windows Phone. It has colorful and interchangeable rear shells.
Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Developer Toolkit
Microsoft today made a software developer kit available to developers interested in creating apps for the forthcoming Windows 10 platform. The SDK requires users to be a member of the Windows Insider Program and have the latest build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, as well as a handful of other 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 Disabling Notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and 8
Microsoft says devices running Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 have reached end-of-life status and will no longer be supported. Beginning February 20, Microsoft will turn off push notification services for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0.