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Microsoft merge Windows Phone and Windows 8 developer resources


One day the Windows Phone and Windows 8 platform will merge, and to help prepare developers Microsoft has already started merging the developer resources for both platforms.

The new site will house education materials, guidance, code samples, and reference documentation for Windows Store and Windows Phone, hopefully inspiring developers to develop more universal apps, which will boost both app stores.

The updated site features:

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Archerific (WP8 & W8) Free with Online Multiplayer

Welcome to the world of Archery well the digital world anyway.

Archerific is a 2D game where you play as a student that hopes to become a master in Archery.

Archerific contains 2 modes.

Arcade mode features a a very chilled setting behind a back yard of a school where you’ll learn to aim and shoot at different targets at various speeds.

Hitting targets will earn you points. You’ll be able to shoot at apples, birds, bull-eyes etc. Consistent shooting will unlock upgrades like sharper arrows,lightning arrows, speed increase etc….

Excelling in this mode will put you on the leader boards.  Archerific also features a ranking system. You can go from student all the way to gym leader.

Becoming a Gym Leader will give you slight advantage in Multiplayer Mode. Be warned losing a match in this mode will strip you of your title.
Multiplayer Mode will have you engaged in 1 on 1  score attack matches against anyone in the world (this also includes Windows 8 players).

When searching for a player, an notification will be sent out to all owners of the game creating a chance for anyone to challenge you.

Features include:

  • Wave’s of targets to shoot at.
  • Loads of unlockables
  • Universal App Download for Windows Phone & Windows 8
  • Online leader boards powered by Microsoft Azure
  • Multiplayer Cross Platform gamine with Windows 8 players & soon (Android + IOS)
  • Multiplayer Online Modes powered by Exit Games’s Photon Cloud

Here the link to the game: Download the game now!

NBC Universal release official Bravo app for Windows Phone and Windows 8

NBC Universal has released an official Bravo app for Windows Phone and Windows 8.

The universal app gives you access to full episodes of your favourite Bravo shows – and even new episodes the day after they air – by logging in via your television provider.

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  • Full episode viewing when you authenticate with your TV provider
  • Selected full episodes without authenticating, when available
  • Special clips, interviews, and Bravo video content
  • Program guide

If your provider isn’t currently available there is still a smaller selection of full episodes, clips, and more.

Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.

Sky working on a Sky Go app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone


Sky has not been the greatest supporters of Windows Phone, but they do have some apps on the OS.

The biggest missing piece is a Sky Go app for Windows Phone, in UK at least.

Now it seems, if we can believe Sky support, that an app is on the way.

According to Vinutha from Sky Support the company is developing a Windows 8 app, which should also bring Windows Phone support.

He writes:

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There’s hope for everyone–Windows 8 tablets gain traction in Japan and Korea

There is an impression that the mobile war is over, and that the winners (iOS and Android) have already been chosen, but recent experience in Japan and Korea indicates that this may not be the case.

Digitimes reports that Japan- and Korea-based vendors have recently placed more orders for 8- to 10-inch Windows tablets after strong demand in the region for 8 and 10 inch tablets running the OS.

Apparently Windows 8 tablets have increased their share from 3% to a healthy 15% of the market, with a popular flash-based game being fingered as the reason.

Windows 8 tablets have seen significant maturation over the last year, with massive improvements in usability and battery life percolating down to even cheap models.

We have also recently started seeing carriers cross-promoting Windows tablets and phones, a move which should benefit both operating systems as they grow ever more closer. Windows Phone is reported to have 0% market share in Japan at present, according to Kantar.

Given the much greater utility of these tablets, which only held 2% market share worldwide in 2013, it is certainly possible that we could see a sea change in 2014, as customers get tired of being limited by their operating system.

Thanks JamesSB for the tip.

FB Pages Manager updated to 1.7

FB Pages Manager is a Windows Phone app that allows its users to control their Facebook Pages.

The app currently has more than 100,000 downloads, recently was the runner up on a Nokia Create mini mission and it is chosen by Microsoft as the best alternative to the official Facebook Pages Manager app. Thanks to our users the app is available in 17 different languages.

Today we announce the latest update the 1.7 version which new features include:

  • Notification refresh (pull to refresh)
  • Home button when entering in the app via Page tile.
  • Multi Photo Upload on albums
  • Photo on messages
  • Ability to share photos directly into the app.
  • Redeem codes support (WP8 only)
  • Complete remake of the notification system
  • Major bug cleanup
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The app has two version, the free lite version has the basic features and some ads, the full version ($1.99) has all the features for an advanced Facebook page manager.

The Windows 8 version of the app is also on its final beta testing stage, if you wish to help us testing please send us a message to the app Facebook page.

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Report: Microsoft Planning To Offer Windows Phone And Windows RT For Free To OEMs


Currently, Microsoft is licensing Windows Phone OS and Windows RT OS to OEMs at a nominal rates. According to some reports, Microsoft charges around $10 – $15 for each Windows Phone OS license and $35 – $50 for Windows RT license. Today, The Verge reported that Microsoft is planning to offer free versions of Windows Phone OS and Windows RT to OEMs to combat the invasion of Android and Chrome OS.

Licensing Windows for free could lead to potential revenue loss for Microsoft, but they will try to compensate it by selling subscription services like SkyDrive, Office, Skype and more. Also there is a great advertising revenue opportunity, thanks to new Bing apps and Bing Smart Search that comes with all Windows RT devices. According to the report, this plan of offering free Windows licenses to OEMs will happen in the time frame when Microsoft will be delivering the “Threshold” updates for Windows in 2015.

I think this is a right way to take of Google which is offering free Android and Chrome OS to OEMs. What do you think?

Source: The Verge

VLC for Windows 8 confirmed close, Windows Phone soon after


In an update to their Kickstarter page, the VLC team has confirmed that they are close to releasing a Windows 8 Metro version of their video player.

The x86 version is closest to release, having been submitted to the Windows Store already, but having failed certification after an audio crashed.

At present the port supports all the usual VLC formats, file and network stream support and even basic subtitles.

The team are still working on some small bugs and hope to re-submit the app for certification this weekend.

They also promise to open source the code after a successful release.

On the ARM version, which includes Windows Phone, they write:

At the same time, we’re spending quite a bit of time to get a working version for ARM, so we can deploy on Windows RT too. We don’t know exactly how much time, but we hope it’s a matter of weeks. The issues are mostly compiler related.

Windows Phone should not need a lot of extra work for the API, but will require some work for files management. Adaptation of the basic UI should be simple enough. 

Read more at the Kickstarter page here.

VLC for Windows Phone and Windows 8 gets closer to release as VideoLan gets Audio working in Metro


We had hoped to have a working VLC player to Windows 8 Metro by April this year, but clearly the schedule has slipped a bit, due to multiple limitations the frustrated VideoLan team have posted about on their Kickstarter page.

The team eventually managed to get a version of the app certified in the Windows 8 store, but to do this they had to drop Audio support from their video player, a rather fatal limitation.

At the time they wrote:

We were able to integrate a new networking layer, without violating the Store guidelines,  work-around the threading limitations (with a hack, though) and rewrite some more code.

So far, the main issue is that to pass the validation, we had to cut the audio completely.
Who needs audio to play a movie anyway?
We have a theoretical solution, but it still fails for unknown reasons.

We are working on fixing this audio issue and we will share a build to you backers, as soon as it is done.

Now, as can be seen in the above tweet, they appear to have navigated their way around the obstacles which prevented Audio playback, and as one of the last reasons why the app has still not been published we are hopeful that it will not be long before we see the multi-codec player in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone Store.

Thanks Joe for the tip.

Official Parrot AR.FreeFlight app on the way for Windows Phone and Windows 8


We posted earlier about the Parrot Zik app for Windows Phone, but it turns out that Microsoft and Parrot are also cooking up some other Windows apps.

Slashgear reports that the folks are also working on an app to control Parrot’s famous AR.Drone, with a Windows 8 app to show up in the Windows store in December, and a Windows Phone 8 app coming early in 2014.

The app will work well with Nokia and HTC handsets, though (suspiciously) other brands appear not to be supported.

Thanks counterblow for the tip.

Microsoft confirms unified Windows and Windows Phone developer registration

imageIn a blog post Microsoft confirmed rumours that they will be unifying the developer registration and fees for the Windows phone and Windows 8 store.

Announced by Todd Brix, the General Manager of the Windows Apps and Store, he noted that now Windows Store developers were also Windows Phone developers, and Windows Phone developers were also Windows Store developers.

The changes mean:

  • Registered Windows Store developers can now submit apps to the Windows Phone Store, using the same Microsoft account.
  • Registered Windows Phone developers can now submit apps to the Windows Store at no additional cost, using the same Microsoft account.
  • New developers can register and existing developers can renew their account using the same Microsoft account. Developers will enter registration information just once and pay a single lower price of $19 for an Individual and $99 for a Company account, providing access to publish
    apps for both Windows and Windows Phone users.
  • Developers already registered with both Windows Store and Windows Phone using the same Microsoft account will receive a code via email this month, valid for a free one-year
    renewal when their existing registration is up for renewal.
  • Students continue to be supported through the DreamSpark program.

The move signals another long-rumoured development – that Windows Phone apps will be able to run on Windows 8 without any significant coding changes, and that Windows Phone and Windows 8 will eventually merge.

If this was to happen it will certainly be some years away, but I am sure by that time Windows developers will be pretty familiar with either platform.

Read more at Microsoft here.

Corona Labs cross-platform SDK announce support for Windows Phone

Built_with_Corona_XLGCorona SDK is a tool which allows developers to easily create cross-platform 2D apps and is used by more than 300,000 developers worldwide.

Corona Labs has now announced coming support for Windows Phone and Windows 8.

The tool allows maximum code re-use, allowing developers to code 10x faster, and decreasing time to market and increasing iteration speed.

Matthias Schindler, CTO of flaregames notes, “Corona SDK makes it extremely easy to publish for iOS and Android with a single code base. By supporting Windows, Corona Labs will make it even easier for us to maximize our apps’ reach and success.”

“We continue to see strong growth within the Windows app ecosystem, thanks in part to contributions from companies like Corona Labs,” says Todd Brix, general manager, Windows Apps and Store, Microsoft Corp. “Corona’s platform has attracted a large number of successful developers who will be able to easily extend their apps into the Windows ecosystem.”

“Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 have proven to be great platforms for developers, and their growing user base presents a large opportunity,” says David Rangel, COO, Corona Labs. “We look forward to working with Microsoft, empowering Corona developers to build apps for Windows devices and reaching an even broader audience for their apps and games.”

Beta support for Windows Phone 8 will be available in the first quarter of 2014, followed by full support for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

Read more at Corona Labs here

Microsoft is working on “iBooks” for Windows, probably Windows Phone

microsoft-reader-screenIn yesterday’s Reddit Q&A Microsoft revealed that they are working on an eBook service for Windows.

They were asked and answered:

Does Microsoft plan on building the Windows equivalent of NewsStand or iBooks for Windows? It would be nice to not rely on Kindle and others, and instead be able to purchase books with my Microsoft account.

Microsoft: Definitely on the radar and something we’re working on!

While the answers relate to Windows 8.1, the service is extremely likely to support Windows Phone also, meaning Microsoft could soon have it own Kindle-like ebook service on Windows Phone.

Like so many things Microsoft was of course a pioneer in the ebook field, with their own Microsoft Reader app in the early 2000’s (right), but this work was eventually abandoned. Hopefully their next attempt will have a more rosy future.

Via TechCrunch.com