Microsoft Fleshes Out Windows Mobile Marketplace Details
Microsoft today made a number of announcements regarding plans for Windows Mobile in 2009, including new details of the forthcoming app Marketplace. Microsoft will allow consumers to purchase apps with either a credit card or be billed through their carrier. There will be a 24-hour window to return apps for a full refund. Also, developers will now be able to provide app updates for free. (A previous proposal would have charged developers for each update.) Over 25 major companies have announced plans to offers apps in the the Marketplace, including Facebook, MySpace, Accuweather, EA Mobile, Gameloft, Pandora, ShoZu, Sling Media, Zagat, and Spb. A Facebook app for Windows Mobile will be available for free in April, including support for capturing and uploading video directly to Facebook. Microsoft also announced that Windows Mobile 6.5 will support interface themes. Designer themes will be available from Microsoft, and a custom theme generator tool will be available to consumers later this year.
Instagram for Windows Grabs Huge Update
Facebook today announced three new apps for the Windows 10 platform, including a proper Instagram app for phones, and dedicated Facebook and Messenger apps for desktops. The Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile includes features that have long been available only to the Android and iOS apps, including Instagram Direct, videos, the Explore tab, and more.
Facebook for Windows Phone Receives Major Facelift
Microsoft has made available a new version of Facebook for the Windows Phone platform. The latest update to the social networking app mixes in several new features that were previously only available in the beta, as well as overhauls both the user experience and performance.
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 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.