Survey finds Windows Phone developers spend more time on the design of their apps


In a press release by Evans Data of a survey of 400 mobile developers, it was revealed that Windows Phone developers spent significant more of their app development time budget on getting their app to look right compared to iOS, Android and other mobile operating systems.

Windows Phone users spend 30.2% of their time on app design, vs 21.3% on iOS and 19.1% on Android.

Of the 3 major mobile platforms, Windows Phone developers spent the least time debugging their apps (19.8% vs 36.1% on Android) and the most time releasing updates (6.3% vs 3.7% on iOS).

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Microsoft Re-releasing Windows 8.1 August Update To Users

Last month, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 August Update that included the following new features and improvements: Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag. Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers……..

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Big news: Opera Mini comes back to Windows Phone!


After years of abandonment, Opera has come back to Windows Phone with its data sipping Opera Mini browser.

The browser’s arrival may be part of improving relationships between Opera and Microsoft, with Microsoft recently making the browser the default on its Nokia X handsets.

Opera Mini is well know for being extremely fast due to pre-rendering content on a separate server and then only sending necessary data to handsets. It has more than 250 million users.

Join the beta by submitting your email address here.

See a demo of the iPhone version after the break.

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Microsoft Launching Xbox One In 28 Additional Countries This Month

As we all know, Microsoft is releasing Xbox One in 28 additional countries this month. Even though Sony launched their PS4 is several dozen countries before Xbox, Microsoft took their time to get the experiences right in each market. With Xbox One, gamers will be able to play games like Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, and Ryse: Son of Rome, will be joined by Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection in the coming months……

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Microsoft releases NFL Apps for Xbox and Windows 8

Microsoft today released a personalized and interactive NFL football experience for consumers on their television with Xbox One and on any Windows 8 laptop or PC. The new NFL app for Xbox One and Windows 8 brings NFL fans a more immersive and interactive experience that has Snap feature to give you in-game video highlights, fantasy scoring and stats as you watch your favorite games live. If you already have millions…….

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Citrix GoToMeeting App Updated With Cortana Support In Windows Phone Store

GoToMeeting Windows Phone

Citrix GoToMeeting app for released last year for Windows Phone devices. The app was updated in Windows Phone Store to v1.2.0.120 with Cortana support and more. With this app, you can view slide presentations, design mockups, spreadsheets, reports – whatever meeting presenters choose to share onscreen and communicate over the built-in internet audio or phone conference.

Change log:GoToMeeting Windows Phone QR

•Added the ability to control the app using Cortana voice commands.
•Improvements to the user experience per feedback from our users.
•Fix for a crash.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

Microsoft Announces monthly subscriptions for Office for iPad

Customers needed an Office 365 subscription to create or edit Office documents in Office for iPad. As more customers asked for more flexibility in signing up for Office 365 subscriptions on iPad, Microsoft today announced  a monthly subscription to Office 365 which anyone can buy from within Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad. They can choose between Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home. Office 365 Personal is designed to help individuals who want to use Office on one PC or Mac and one tablet, while Office……

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Microsoft updates extras+info app in Windows Phone Store

Microsoft today released an update for its Extras + Info app in Windows Phone Store. The app has been updated to version v3.11.2.1 and the old change log “general fixes and improvements” was not updated in the Store listing. Microsoft claims that this latest version of this app provides ‘under the hood’ improvements to fine-tune your Nokia LumQRCodeia experience.

extras+info is an easy way to ensure you always have the latest features, app updates and current settings.

Download it here from Windows Phone Store.

Microsoft Updates Office 365 With Themes, Navigation, And Notification Improvements

As individuals, consumers wanted to show their personalities and preferences when using software and services. To serve that purpose, Microsoft today updated Office 365 with the support to both customize and personalize your Office 365 experience by using themes. Also, as an Office 365 admin will have the ability to create custom themes for your organization and, at the same time, users will have the ability to personalize their experience by selecting an Office 365 theme. Microsoft has also rolled out improvements to your navigation and notification experience.

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Great Deal For Students: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Now Starts At Just $649, Save Over $200 On 512GB / Intel i7 Model

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 models are now available for lower prices for students from Microsoft Store. The entry level model is now available for just $649 and the savings increases up to $195 when you order the Intel Core i7 / 512GB model. Find the new pricing and Microsoft Store links below, Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $649 (Actual: $799) Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $849 (Actual: $999) Intel® Core™ i5,…….

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New Microsoft video compares iPhone and Siri with HTC One for Windows and Cortana


Microsoft has posted another video in their Siri vs Cortana videos, this one comparing the iPhone with the HTC One for Windows.

The video shows Siri sounding rather mechanical while Cortana sounds natural, and makes much of the great looks of the HTC One and the great sound due to the front facing speakers, noting the iPhone only had one speaker, and was “sitting on it.”

See the video after the break.

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Microsoft China Accidentaly Posts Windows 9 Teaser On Weibo

Microsoft China’s official Weibo account today accidentally posted a teaser for their upcoming Windows 9 OS. The post was removed after few minutes and before that cnbeta was able to take a screenshot of the same. The post had an image and question asking people whether the Start menu will appear in the lower left corner. “Microsoft latest operating system Windows 9 was released, you guess, lower left corner of the start menu appears?……..

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