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Microsoft has released the first developer preview of .NET Native, previously known as Project N, which is designed to help create Windows 8 apps with faster performance.
Signage put up by Microsoft as part of its upcoming BUILD 2014 developer conference reveales that it is recording a combined 14 million daily app downloads for Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.
A third party website now shows that the Windows Store has finally exceeded the 150,000 Windows 8/8.1 app milestone, 17 months after the launch of Windows 8 in October 2012.
Microsoft has announced it has put in some new features to the beta of its web-based Windows Phone App Studio, including the ability to port the same app so it will work with Windows 8 as well.
Microsoft has announced it has given more control to developers of Windows 8 apps over when those apps are published in the store, along with other new features.
VideoLAN has sent Neowin some new screenshots of their long-awaited VLC app for Windows 8, showing off a revamped UI. The team hopes to resubmit the app for publishing next week.
A new survey of popular Windows 8 apps shows that most third party developers use XAML, while most of Microsoft's first party Modern apps for the OS are developed using WinJS.
As 2014 begins, Microsoft has over 142,000 Windows 8 and 8.1 apps published in the Windows Store, an increase of over 100,000 apps from about the same time in 2012.
The long awaited VLC app for Windows 8 and 8.1 is close to launching and the team at VideoLAN has sent Neowin some new screenshots of the program and a full update on its progress.
We chat with Mathieu Dubuc, the marketing manager of IdeaPress that has created a way to turn WordPress blogs into apps made for Windows 8, Windows Phone and other mobile operating systems.
Microsoft has announced a new partnership with Facebook that will give Windows Phone and Windows 8/8.1 app developers a way to integrate Facebook login support into their apps.
A new rumor claims that Microsoft will be merging its Windows and Windows Phone developer accounts and communities, with an official announcement expected to be made today.
A report reveals some more changes that Microsoft has made to its internal team structure, which could result in the Windows 8 Mail and Calendar apps being replaced by the Outlook app at some point.
Corona Labs has announced it plans to add support for making 2D apps via its SDK product for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms starting with a beta test in 2014.
Microsoft sent Neowin a statement responding to a note on Dell's website on running Windows 8 apps on the Xbox One, saying, "The suggestion that all Windows 8 apps run on Xbox One is not accurate."
An Xbox One pre-order page on the Dell website seems to confirm that the the Xbox One will be able to run all Windows 8 apps and that they can be synced up to a Windows 8 tablet.
Microsoft has announced that Windows app developers can now submit their apps made for the GA build of Windows 8.1 to the Windows Store now that it has offcially launched.
The long awaited official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 is now available to download in the Windows Store today for RTM users, ahead of the official Windows 8.1 launch.
Microsoft has released a new Windows 8 app that offers Xbox One news and information, including a countdown clock for the launch of the console on Nov. 22.
Microsoft has announced details of what it plans to add to its Fresh Paint app for the Windows 8.1 update on October 18th, along with updates for the Windows Phone 8 version on October 14th.
The RTM build of Windows 8.1 includes an option not available in the preview version that lets users run Modern Windows 8 apps and then return to the desktop after closing the app.
Microsoft has now activated an option to pay for Windows 8 apps via a gift card or promotional code in the Windows Store, ahead of the release of the gift cards themselves.
Microsoft has announced that starting Oct. 9, it will allow Windows 8 and 8.1 apps to be installed on up to 81 devices on one account, rather than the current limit of five devices.
The official Foursquare Metro app for Windows 8 has been released in the Windows Store, allowing users of those PCs to let others know when they "check in" to a certain location.
In a new blog post, Microsoft goes over some of the design changes it has put into its in-house Windows 8 apps for the upcoming Windows 8.1 launch that other developers can use in their own apps.
Microsoft has now launched its previously announced Power BI app for Windows 8, allowing users of Office 365 to view multiple live reports and share those reports with others.
Microsoft has released the first major update for its HealthVault app for Windows 8, adding a number of new features such as a way to pin its health and fitness tiles to the Start screen.
Microsoft has quietly launched a new App Builder Rewards program, which lets Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 US app developers earn prizes for coding and publishing app along with attending events.
The head of VideoLAN posted a new development update on their VLC app for Windows 8, stating that they are getting closer to launching a version of the app for testing to its Kickstarter backers.
The official Twitter app for Windows 8 receieved a new update today that added a couple of long awaited new features; the ability to sign in with multiple accounts and list support.
Amazon Web Services has launched an new version of its .NET SDK that finally adds support for connecting Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps to the company's cloud services.
Star Chart, the popular free astronomy app for Windows 8, received a new update today that brings some performance improvements along with two paid in-app upgrades.
Microsoft is offering a number of tips to developers of Windows 8 apps so they can adapt them to work with the new features added for the preview version of Windows 8.1.
Microsoft has launched a new Skype WiFi app for Windows 8, allowing users of the OS to quickly find and connect to the over one million paid WiFi hotspots Skype supports around the world.
MetroTwit, one of the first third party Twitter apps that was created for Windows 8, has a new version that debuts a new design along with many other new features.
A new Windows 8 game, Top Smash Tennis, has been released in the Windows Store for $2.49 and is the first Windows 8 game that uses motion sensing for its controls via a regular 2D camera.
Microsoft has released a new version of its OneNote app for Windows 8, adding a way to sign in to the app with an Office 365 account along with a way to get rid of the on-screen keyboard.
Microsoft has, with no fanfare, released its official SharePoint NewsFeed app for Windows 8, after previously releasing versions for Windows Phone 8 and iOS platforms.
A new version of the Nokia Music app for Windows 8 has been released, adding features such as the ability to buy songs and albums from inside the app, a new Recent Songs list and more.
Microsoft has announced that third party app makers that submit apps to its four download store fronts will be required to update their apps within 180 days of being notified of a security issue.
Microsoft has announced plans to launched a new User Experience Design Competency program in January 2014, to facilitate better, more consistent app design for developers and Microsoft partners.
Microsoft has released its first Windows 8 apps made for Dynamics AX 2012 R2, allowing business users to create new timesheets and expense reports as well as view and monitor approval reports.
Microsoft Research has released a Windows 8 version of its Network Speed Test app that was previously released for Windows Phone 8, allowing users to test their upload and download speeds.
Microsoft has released new updates for its in-house Maps, Finance and Video apps for Windows 8, although at the moment only the Maps and Video apps have a change log of new features.
Microsoft has announced a new program called AppsForSurface which will provide both funding and devices to encourage the creation of enterprise apps for Windows 8 and Microsoft's Surface tablets.
Microsoft has quietly released Yammer Feed, a new in-house developed app for Windows 8 that gives Yammer customers access to the news feed for the business social network.
Adobe has updated its popular Reader Touch app for Windows 8, adding several new features to the PDF reader, including a way to add notes to a document and putting in Save and Save As functions.
Microsoft has released versions of its SkyDrive Pro apps for both Windows 8 and iOS today, offering Office 365 users with SharePoint a way to upload and store files on SkyDrive's cloud servers.
LCARS Interface, a Windows 8 app released in January that simulates the look of the UI seen in Star Trek TV shows, has seen a surprising surge in popularity and is now the top paid Windows 8 app.