Microsoft Releasing Final WP7 Dev Tools Sept. 16
Microsoft today announced that it has finalized the software developer kit for Windows Phone 7 and will make the final build available starting on September 16. The new version of the developer tools adds new features that developers can use to finalize their own applications for Windows Phone 7. Microsoft also said that the Windows Phone Marketplace will open in early October. Microsoft didn't confirm that Windows Phone 7 devices would also be available in October. Microsoft has also adjusted the policies for its Windows Phone Marketplace, and reiterated that it will maintain an open and transparent application approval process as apps are submitted by developers for the market. Microsoft will be beta testing the application submission and approval process over the course of the next few weeks leading up to the September 16 availability of the final SDK.
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.
Windows 10 for PCs Lands July 29; No Word On Mobile
Microsoft today announced that Windows 10 will be available as a free download to PCs and tablets on July 29. Most hardware running Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 should be able to upgrade to the new operating system.
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 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.