Microsoft Shares More Mobile Marketplace Details
Today Microsoft announced details on how its Windows Marketplace for Mobile will work. The Windows Marketplace for Mobile will be available in 29 countries at launch, and Microsoft will certify each application to be sure they work properly. Application developers will get 70% of all revenue generated by the sales of their applications, and developers will be able to set the sales price of their apps in each market it is available. Developers can submit up to five applications per year for $99. If they wish to submit more applications, they will need to pay $99 for each additional app. Developers will receive feedback from Microsoft during the certification process. Developers will be able to use standard tools for creating applications, including the Windows Mobile 6 SDK and .NET Compact Framework 3.5. Microsoft will share more details with developers when the market opens later this spring. Microsoft expects to begin accepting applications for approval starting this summer.
Microsoft to Connect Windows 10 PCs to Your Text Messages
Microsoft today announced several new mobile initiatives that pair its own Windows platform with Android and iOS devices. First is a new tool, tentatively called Your Phone, that connects Android and iOS devices with a Windows 10 PC in order to access text messages, photos, and notifications.
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.
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 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.
Microsoft Wallet Gains Tap-to-Pay Functionality
Microsoft today updated its Microsoft Wallet app and gave Lumia smartphone owners the ability to make mobile payments at supporting retailers. Windows Mobile has long included a Wallet app, but until today it was reserved for loyalty cards and other retail programs.