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

Sept. 3, 2014
JumpStart migrated their most popular games to Microsoft Azure and is releasing two football-themed apps on Windows


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.
IE and Ubisoft bring Assassin’s Creed Pirates to the Web with Babylon.JS
May 19
Game shines with easy to use, open-source 3D engine built on WebGL and JavaScript.
Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview
April 14
Developers can start building and testing Windows Phone 8.1 apps with the Windows Phone Preview for Developers program.

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