Windows 8.1 ‘Blue’ - What we know so far

Microsoft’s latest Windows OS launched to a lot of criticisms, many of which both developers and consumers alike are hoping to see resolved in the first major “Blue” update, so let’s take a look at what we know so far.

The final update is likely to be released at Build 2013 in June, but four leaked builds have made their way online already giving us a glimpse at what to expect.

Build “9364”

  • New ‘Snap Views’ – Allow up to four apps side-by-side for increased multitasking, up from the current limit of two (with one...

By Ryan Daws, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Industry, Languages, Marketing, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Windows 8 devs bemoaning lack of ad money

Many developers rely on in-app advertising to fund development; from initial release through to expansion. Windows 8 developers have been wondering, where has their ad revenue has gone?

The advertisements provided in both Windows 8 and mobile OS equivalent Windows Phone 8 is provided by pubCenter.

Since March 31 however, these ads are just not being displayed. Potentially apps which should be getting millions of impressions aren’t converting into cash.

So what’s happening? Despite many posts on...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Analytics, Development Tools, Marketing, Microsoft, Monetisation, Platforms.

Microsoft tries to help web developers with modern.IE

Microsoft has launched modern.IE, a set of testing tools designed to help developers “ensure their sites work beautifully across Internet Explorer as well as other modern browsers”.

This has come about in conjunction with browser tester BrowserStack, with which developers get three months free if they sign up with modern.IE.

There are three distinct elements to modern.IE. The first is a code detection wizard; the second is the three months of free testing from BrowserStack; and a best practice...

By James Bourne, 31 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Microsoft, Testing.

Lotaris gives alternative commerce platform for Windows 8 devs

Mobile app licenser Lotaris has launched a new commerce platform for Windows 8 which, it claims, offers the best revenue opportunities to Windows 8 developers.

Called ‘Lotaris in-appCommerce for Windows 8’, the company, who has the likes of Symantec and Sega on its books, claims a “compelling alternative” to the usual channels of monetisation through Windows 8.

Utilising the three month Windows 8 Early Release Programme – available to the first 300 who register on the platform...

By James Bourne, 19 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Microsoft, Monetisation.

Windows Phone dev revenues up 100% after WP8 release

A tweet from Todd Grix, the senior developer of the Windows Phone Apps Team, has revealed that Microsoft developer revenue and app downloads have gone up 100% since the launch of Windows Phone 8.

Grix noted (below): “If you build it, they will come.” This might be a little bit optimistic given previous Windows Phone adoption figures, but it appears the future is looking a little brighter for Microsoft.

If IDC figures are anything to go by, Windows Phone has been on something of a slump after a...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Microsoft.

Windows 8 app submission process may need a few tweaks

Developer cries foul after his app was sent back a number of times, but was his complaint fair?

With the whirlwind surrounding Microsoft at present – the Windows 8 release, today’s announcement of Windows Phone 8 among others – it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and excitement.

One man who cut through the hype, however, was Jeffrey Harmon; a developer whose app, photo viewer Memorylage, had failed validation in Microsoft’s app store six times with no apparent explanation as...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2012, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Microsoft.

What's getting devs all excited about Windows 8?

Windows 8 appears to have gone down very well with enterprise app developers, according to a new piece of research from IDC and Appcelerator.

In its latest quarterly study, Appcelerator reported that almost a third of developers said they were interested in creating apps for Windows 8 in the near future; interesting numbers for a product not yet even commercially available.

Over 43% of respondents described Microsoft’s new Metro...

By Matt Henkes, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Microsoft, Platforms.

Microsoft shows how to port iPad apps to Windows 8

Microsoft is on a mission to woo iPad developers as it seeks to bolster its app ecosystem ahead of the launch of Windows 8.

Having learned a hard lesson with WP7 that the success or failure of a platform hinges on the availability of apps, the firm said that on high roller apps, it would pay 80% of app download revenue to developers.

“With successful apps on Windows, you'll make more money than the industry standard, earning 80% of every customer dollar, after an app makes more than $25,000...

By Matt Henkes, 22 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft.