Announcements for Developers on Microsoft’s Platform, Apps and Developer Tools

Sept. 16, 2014
WinJS 3.0 is a result of community feedback and contributions that have helped Microsoft make it even easier for developers to share their code across apps and websites.

Highlights

Dev Center lifetime registration
Sept. 16
Now Windows Dev Center requires only a one-time registration payment, which grants developers the ability to submit apps to both Windows and Windows Phone stores, with no annual renewal fee.
Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2013 Update 3
Aug. 4
This full-featured Visual Studio 2013 update includes new and previously previewed features. Download it today!
Windows Phone 8.1 Update for developers
Aug. 4
Windows Phone 8.1 Update is now available to developers through the Windows Phone Preview Program and emulators package.
Gameloft continues betting on the Windows platform
July 21
Games publisher Gameloft announced Microsoft as one of its official launch-day partners for the release of its highly anticipated game, Modern Combat 5: Blackout.
Castle Rock moves to Microsoft to expand global reach
July 11
Castle Rock ported SOLARO, their e-learning Android app, to Windows 8.1 and is migrating the backend onto Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft acquires SyntaxTree, creators of the UnityVS plugin for Visual Studio
July 2
Paired with the productivity of Visual Studio, UnityVS enables game developers to author, browse and debug the code for their Unity applications.
Internet Explorer releases Developer Channel
June 16
Fully functioning browser allows developers to test new web platform features, including WebDriver and Gamepad API.
Kabam bringing hit games to Windows devices
June 4
Mobile games developer Kabam will bring its lineup to Windows devices over the next year.
Global hackathon helps developers 'Publish' their apps
May 20
Microsoft and community experts teamed up to provide developers with 24/7, global support, coaching and 1:1 consulting to finish and publish their apps during //publish/, a 60 location, 38 country simultaneous hackathon.

Developer Stories

Helping enterprises be more efficient with Windows Phone 8.1
June 25
Peter Nowak and Lars Keller, Microsoft MVPs, recently ported their apps to Windows Phone 8.1. to help enterprises increase their IT efficiency and productivity.
Zattoo TV launches Live TV Universal Windows App
June 11
Zattoo TV, Europe’s largest provider of live web-based TV, is one of Microsoft’s first partners to launch a universal Windows application, available today.
Magma Mobile garners 2.5 million downloads on Windows Phone
March 12
Magma Mobile takes advantage of Microsoft’s app porting tools, ports 14 games to Windows Phone