Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 8.1 SDK
Following the revelation of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has released the related set of tools that developers need to adjust their apps for the new operating system. Registered developers can download the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK and emulators from Microsoft's developer support site. Windows Phone 8.1 includes a number of new features that developers can take advantage of, such as customizable lock screens and integration with the Cortana personal assistant. Windows Phone 8.1 will be made available to consumers in several months.
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.
Cortana Says 'Hello' to Four New Countries
Microsoft today made Cortana available in four more countries. Cortana is the voice-controlled personal assistant built into Windows Phone 8.1.
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.