Microsoft Moves to Combine Windows, Windows Phone Devs
Microsoft today announced that it is combining the registration processes for its Windows and Windows Phone developer programs. Any developer that has registered for either the Windows or Windows Phone developer programs will automatically be enrolled in the other. Further, it now costs less to join Microsoft's Windows/Windows Phone developer organization. Despite the unified registration process, developers will continue to use the separate Windows Store and Windows Phone Dev Center Dashboards to submit and manage their applications. Microsoft is offering some incentives, such as cash prizes, for developers who submit apps for both Windows and Windows Phone. Developers can learn more by visiting Microsoft's developer support site.
Review: Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile
Window 10 for smartphones builds on the foundation created by Microsoft for its desktops, laptops, and tablets. Windows 10 is a unifying platform that boasts universal apps and common, key functions that make for a seamless experience across form factors.
Microsoft Lets Android Owners Compare Apps
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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 Pushes New Preview of Windows 10
Microsoft today released Windows 10 Technical Preview build 11082 to members of the Windows Insider program. According to Microsoft, this preview chiefly impacts the OneCore, which is the heart of Windows across all platforms.
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.