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 Officially Kicks Off Sales of Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft began selling the Nokia Lumia 630 today, marking the official availability and launch of Windows Phone 8.1. Both the Lumia 630 and Windows Phone 8.1 were revealed by Microsoft and Nokia during the former's Build developer conference in April.
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.
BBM Beta for Windows Phone Now Available
BlackBerry and Microsoft today announced the immediate availability of BBM for the Windows Phone platform. BBM is being offered as a beta, but it includes many of the features available to the Android and iOS versions of the app.
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.