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By Nick Landry | Technical stuff and news for mobile developers building cool apps & fun games on Windows Phone and Windows devices.

Is 2017 the beginning of the end for the app economy?

For the last few years, apps have seemed set to dominate the way customers interact with brands. In 2016, Apple’s App Store grew by an average of nearly 2500 apps per day, and Google Play downloads are expected to triple by 2020.<p>At the same time visits to brand websites seem to be declining in …

Mobile

Microsoft releases iOS App Analysis tool for Windows Bridge

Microsoft today announced the availability of the App Analysis tool for Windows Bridge for iOS. It’s a free web service that automatically analyzes source code to determine what will work with the Windows Bridge, an open source project for turning existing apps into Universal Windows Platform (UWP) …

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Microsoft adds tap to pay via Wallet for Windows 10 Mobile Insiders | ZDNet

Microsoft is starting its rollout of tap-to-pay to certain U.S.-based Windows Insiders; general availability in the U.S. is 'later this Summer.'<p>Yes, …

Microsoft's plan to get iOS apps on Windows is moving forward

Microsoft's plan to get iOS apps onto Windows, codenamed "Project Islandwood," is moving forward, according to a report from ZDNet.<p>Project Islandwood is part of the Bridge Projects, which were created by Microsoft to bring different kinds of apps — from iOS, to Android, to web apps — onto Windows …

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This is our best look yet at Microsoft's HoloLens holographic computer in action

Microsoft just released six minutes worth of new footage of its funky futuristic HoloLens holographic goggles in action, and boy, is it something else.<p>(A note before you watch: This is actually "b-roll," meaning that it's intended to be spliced into a news broadcast while people talk over it. So …

Augmented Reality

You can now log in with your face using Tobii devices and Windows Hello

Microsoft's Windows Hello is a smart feature, letting Windows 10 users sign into their machines with just their face But it's only available on the newest devices with special depth-sensing cameras or, if you buy Intel's RealSense developer kit. Now, to expand Windows Hello's availability, …

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Netflix revamps Windows 10 app with Cortana voice commands

Netflix's new Window 10 app is more than just a pretty makeover.<p>The video streaming app has been completely rewritten from the ground up as a …

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Using Breakpoints for Debugging in Visual Studio 2015

Knowing your tool is essential to being productive but who has time to watch long videos? Get up to speed quick with short video lessons and get on …

Microsoft Visual Studio

Building Apps for Continuum | Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 Version 1511

One of the most exciting new features in Windows 10 version 1511 is Continuum for Mobile which allows newer phone hardware such as the Lumia 950 to …

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Microsoft Surface Book review

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Microsoft's taking HoloLens on tour to woo developers

Microsoft has already said its mixed reality headset, HoloLens, will be reaching developers early next year. But while we wait for that to happen, the company plans to take it on tour across the US and Canada, in an event that's going to give developers the chance to try the device firsthand. …

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5 reasons business users should consider Microsoft's Lumia 950

Introduction<p>After having attracted a niche and devoted audience of mobile photographers with the Lumia line of smartphones, Microsoft is hoping to …

Microsoft teaches 'absolute beginners' to code for Windows 10

Ever wanted to code an app, but have no coding experience whatsoever? Don’t worry, Microsoft has you covered.<p>The company is offering an ‘absolute beginner’ series of video lessons for anyone looking to learn how to code a Windows 10 app.<p>More specifically, it’s a series on creating Universal Windows …

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Bridging the WinPhone to UWP Gap...

One of the questions I hear allot is how do you convert your Windows phone 8/8.1 Silverlight app into a Windows 10 UWP app? Is there a simple …

Software Development

ASUS unveils the Intel-powered, Windows 10 VivoStick

Intel generated a storm of interest when it launched the HDMI-based Compute Stick, but is anybody willing to buy a tiny, underpowered PC? Who knows, but ASUS has just launched its own model that trumps Intel's in nearly every way. It's a lot less clunky-looking and one-ups Intel's Atom CPU with a …

Windows 10

Windows 10 grabs 5.21% market share, passing Windows Vista and Windows 8 in just one month

The effects of a free upgrade to Windows 10 are starting to trickle in. Available for just over a month, Windows 10 has now captured more than 5 percent market share, according to the latest figures from Net Applications.<p>In just four weeks, Windows 10 has already been installed on over 75 million …

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Cortana for Windows 10 arrives in four more countries

Microsoft's making good on its promise to release Cortana for PC in more locations after a limited launch. Now, the voice assistant is available as an optional download in Nihongo for Japan, as well as in English for Australia, Canada and India, but only if you're running the latest Windows 10 …

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Now you can ask Cortana to translate words and phrases for you in Windows 10

Microsoft Translator has already been incorporated into Skype, allowing for real-time translation into French, Mandarin, and four other languages. Now it's also been integrated with Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant, on Windows 10. Users of Microsoft's new operating system will now be …

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Want to Know What Microsoft is Doing in New Jersey? Ask Its Rep on the Scene, Nick Landry

Nick Landry, Microsoft’s senior technical evangelist, loves his job. That's because promoting Microsoft technology also involves working closely with …

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Azure Mobile Apps August 2015 update

Last month, we released an update to the Azure Mobile Apps .NET server SDK making it easier to get started and facilitated use of the SDK with any …

Mobile Apps

.NET Native – What it means for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) developers

<i>This blog was written by Daniel Jacobson, Program Manager</i>What is .NET Native?.NET Native is a precompilation technology for building Universal …

Software Development

Slack Beta for Windows Phone now publicly available, download here! | On MSFT

It seems everywhere a tech nerd turns; there is some article or mention of the new messaging app Slack being posted. The relatively new incumbent to …

Windows and Windows Phone Store Trends – April 2015 Update

This blog is the latest in a <b>recurring series</b> about recent Store trends across categories, markets, and more. Understanding these trends can help you …

Windows Phone

Lumia Camera will be the stock camera app on Windows 10 devices

In case you haven't noticed, team Engadget has spent a <i>lot</i> of time today covering Windows 10, Microsoft's next-gen operating system. Over the course of the company's three-hour keynote, we heard quite a bit more about its so-called universal apps, which will run on all manner of Windows devices, …

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Dropbox for Windows Phone Has Arrived

Not only has the long-awaited WhatsApp Web app launched, but today also brings the introduction of the much-anticipated Dropbox for Windows Phones and tablets.<p>Announced in a blog post, the new apps offer access to the core Dropbox features you’d hope to see, like automatic photo backups, your …

Windows Phone

Microsoft finally delivers the Windows we really wanted

Over the last few years, Microsoft seems to have been flailing. Windows 8, while a step in the right direction for the company, was an utter mess and saw slow adoption along with poor developer uptake.<p>Windows 8 went too far, too fast; it was a user experience disaster. As users bemoaned Windows 8’s …

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This is Windows 10 for phones

Microsoft showed off a number of new features for Windows 10 on phones today, but in afternoon sessions at the company’s press event, we got a closer look at what’s coming. Most of the demonstrations focused on improving the built-in apps and features of Windows Phone, and fixing a lot of the …

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AzureChatr: Building a Cross-Platform Chat App for Windows, iOS & Android | Age of Mobility - by Nick Landry

by Nick Landry (last updated on 10/7/2014)<p>Have you ever witnessed a big news announcement about some mobile app or website being acquired for …