Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Tools For Unity 1.9 (Formerly UnityVS)

Microsoft today released Visual Studio Tools for Unity 1.9 to developers. Microsoft announced earlier this month that they have acquired following SyntaxTree, the developer behind the popular UnityVS Visual Studio add-on for developers building games on the Unity framework. Microsoft is releasing it again under their branding along with the new update which will have the following new features. What’s new in v1.9 release?  Start your game and …..

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Local Smartphone Vendors Are The Key To Windows Phone Ecosystem’s Growth

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Today, IDC released their preliminary data from the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. The smartphone shipments growth was fueled by abundance of low-cost smartphones and the total shipments crossed 300 million units for the first time ever in a single quarter in 3Q14. The most interesting part of the report was the top smartphone vendors. Even though Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and LG were on top of the list, more than a dozen vendors that are capable of landing in the top 5 next quarter. Most of those vendors are now operating in one or two countries.

Emerging markets supported by local vendors are continuing to act as the main catalyst for smartphone growth. Among the top vendors in the market, a wide range of Chinese OEMs more than outpaced the market in 2Q14

In the case of Windows Phone eco-system, it is all about Nokia(now owned by Microsoft) for shipment volumes. In fact, Microsoft ships about 95% of the Windows Phone devices. This trend clearly needs to change. Microsoft needs more local vendors to step up their Windows Phone game to grow the ecosystem further.

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HERE Maps For Windows 8.1 Is Now Available Globally, Updated With Many New Features

Nokia today updated the HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 app with new features and the app is now available globally. Check out the list of new features in this release apart from under the hood improvements. Manual Positioning: You can now manually set your location under settings menu. You can switch between Automatic and Manual positioning modes……

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Facebook Messenger App Updated To v6.0 In Windows Phone Store With Video Messaging Support And More

Facebook Messenger Windows PhoneFacebook Messenger app got updated to v6.0 in Windows Phone Store with some new features. For example, you can now send videos with one tap and even play them within the app. There’s a new recent stickers area where you can find the recently used stickers by you.

What’s New:Facebook Messenger Windows Phone qQ

Video: Send photos and video instantly with one tap. When people send you videos, play them right in the app.

Stickers: With recent stickers, find your favorite stickers faster.

Plus, other improvements to make the app faster and more reliable

Download it here from Windows Phone Store

Microsoft Updates Video Tuner App To Fix Crashes And Improve Performance

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Earlier this month, Microsoft released a new video editing app called Video Tuner in Windows Phone Store. Even though the app has got lots of cool features, it was experiencing frequentVideo Tuner Microsoft QR crashes and poor performance for lots of users. Today, Microsoft updated the app in Windows Phone Store to fix crashed and improve performance. Video Tuner app allows you to edit your video before sharing it! Apply filters, add music, trim, crop, rotate, flip, mirror, change speed, adjust exposure/contrast/saturation/volume – make your videos better.

What’s New in 1.1.0.133:

* Crash fixes
* Performance improvements

Download this free app from Microsoft here.

Report: Amazon Web Services Finally Has Some Tough Competition To Face, Microsoft Azure Shows Triple-Digit Growth

Synergy Research Group today released their recent data on cloud computing market. It revealed that Microsoft is the fastest growing among the top 4 companies leading in cloud infrastructure services. While Amazon still remains the largest vendor by far, it is now starting to face tougher competition, from Microsoft and others. AWS did not grow its cloud revenues on a sequential basis, and consequently saw its at year-on-year growth rate drop to…….

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Early Preview Of Crackle’s New ‘Sequestered’ Series Now Exclusively Available For Windows Devices

Here is an another exclusive early preview for Windows Phone and Windows users from Crackle app. You can now preview the upcoming new original suspense thriller series, “Sequestered,” on your Windows device. It will be available to everyone else Aug. 5.

“Sequestered” explores the internal drama of a jury sequestered on a high-profile trial and follows a determined defense attorney as he investigates the case. It stars some familiar faces you’ve seen in “Bring It On” (Jesse Bradford), “Firefly” (Summer Glau), “Seinfeld” (Patrick Warburton) and “Starship Troopers” (Dina Meyer).

Download Crackle app here from Windows Phone Store.

EA Access Subscription Plans Announced For Xbox One Users, Gives Access To Unlimited EA Games For $4.99 Per Month

EA today announced that have partnered with Microsoft to deliver EA Access, an all-new monthly (or annual) membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One. With this subscription which starts at  $4.99 a month, users can access a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play. During the beta, gamers will have unlimited access to four great EA games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4™, ……

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Microsoft Store Has Now Started Selling Nokia Lumia 635 + FitBit Flex Bundle For $149

Nokia Lumia 635 FitBit Flex Bundle

Following the availability of official Fitbit app in Windows Phone, Microsoft Store has now started selling Nokia Lumia 635 + Fitbit  Flex bundle starting $149. The bundle includes No Contract Nokia Lumia 635 for T-Mobile (White) or the Nokia Lumia 635 for AT&T (Black), and a FitBit Flex in the color of your choice.

FitBit Flex wristband tracks your steps, distance, and calories during the day, and monitors your sleep patterns at night.

Check out the listing here from Microsoft.

Xbox Video App Updated With Redesigned UI And More In Windows Store

Microsoft today updated their Xbox Video app in Windows Store and this update brings in all new UI to use the app. Xbox Video app brings you the latest HD movies and TV shows on your Windows 8/Windows RT device and makes it easy to watch what you love wherever you are. Rent and buy new blockbuster movies and favorite classics, or catch up on last….

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AdDuplex: Nokia Lumia 630/635 off to a good start

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AdDuplex has posted their monthly look at the Windows Phone market, and reports that Microsoft’s new low-end hero is off to a good start.

2 months after release the Nokia Lumia 630 is now the 13th most popular Windows Phone globally, moving up from the 20th position last month, while the 635 moved from position 31 to 27.

While globally the handset is still less than 3.5% of the market, in individual countries the handset is doing a lot better.

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Former NFL Player Steve Gleason Who Starred In The Surface Pro Commercial Joins Microsoft Hackathon Event

Microsoft’s last year Super bowl commercial celebrated what technology can do, as told by Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with ALS. He uses a Surface Pro running Tobii’s eye gazer technology to speak, and do many other kind of activities. He is visiting Microsoft’s campus this week for attending the hackathon. A team is working on a solution that would allow people like Gleason to turn their Surface On/Off using the eye gaze…..

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WP8.1 Live Lock screens set to bring amazing lock screen weather animations (video)

The Windows Phone India Enthusiasts Facebook Group has brought us this video, which is a preview of #1Weather with Live Lock screen support.

The app is by the same team as #1 Toolkit and the video shows that the new Live Lock Screen API is much more powerful that we expected, and in the end may be a great contribution to Windows Phone.

See another demo of the great looking app after the break.

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