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 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 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.
Microsoft Open-Sources iOS App Porting Tool
Microsoft today said its Windows Bridge for iOS application is moving to open source. Windows Bridge is the tool developers need to port iOS apps to the Windows platform.