Microsoft has released new data showing download trends for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone app platform in the months of April in an effort to better inform developers.
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Microsoft has announced it will now provide a single set of price tiers for Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps, in support of the company's new universal apps system.
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.
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 made efforts to cut down the amount of time to certify new Windows Phone apps for publication, even making approvals as quick as one hour after submission.
New figures from Microsoft claim that the Windows Phone Store has now seen a grand total of 3 billion app downloads, along with 10 million app transactions each day.
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.
Microsoft has announced the beta version of its Windows Phone App Studio website has helped to create 65,000 apps in its first two months. Microsoft has also added new features to the beta version.
Rudy Huyn has updated 6tag, his unofficial Instagram client for Windows Phone, which now provides more features than the social network's official apps on iOS and Android.
Microsoft's Windows Phone leader Joe Belfiore stated that the lack of key apps made for the OS is still the biggest issue for Microsoft and that it needs to be made more attractive for developers.
Microsoft has announced a number of improvements for developers that make Windows Phone apps, including better ad and payment options as well as improvements to the Dev Center.
Microsoft has announced that there are now over 55,000 active projects taking part in the recently launched Windows Phone App Studio beta and that new features have been added to the app tools.
Microsoft has announced that its Bing apps team have expanded their reach to Windows Phone 8 with new News, Weather, Sports and Finance apps available for download.
Nokia has announced it has sponsored a new Windows Phone camera app developer conference called Nokia Future/Capture, where 10 winners will be offered a trip to Sweden to make apps in a hackathon.
Two separate reports claim that Microsoft may be paying up to $100,000 to some companies to have them make apps for Windows Phone 8, but details on these deals were not revealed.
Microsoft has released a new but minor update to its Skype app for Windows Phone 8/7.5, adding some reliability improvements to the app's chat and call notification features but no video messaging.
Owners of Nokia Lumia handsets with Windows Phone 8 can now download the exclusive Man of Steel movie app, with challenges that unlock content based on the upcoming Superman movie.
Microsoft has released more details on improvements they have made to the Windows Phone Dev Center for app developers, including a new review page to check a app submissions.
Facebook has reportedly sent a notice to some third party Windows Phone Facebook apps that claims those apps are violating their trademark, which will likely lead to their removal.
Microsoft has announced that developers in six more countries can now upload their free and paid Windows Phone apps to be made available in the Windows Store for download.
A new version of the LinkedIn app for Windows Phone devices is now available for download, adding new Live Tile and Lock screen functionality, along with other new features.
Microsoft has announced that Rudy Huyn's Windows Phone Wikipedia app won in the voting for the Next App Star competition and will be featured in an upcoming Windows Phone TV commercial.
Microsoft has announced it has added some new features for Windows Phone app developers to use in the Dev Center section of the Windows Phone Store, including a new way to cancel and resubmit an app.
Microsoft's Next App Star competition for apps made for Windows Phone is now down to the final two apps, ProShot and Wikipedia, with the winner showcased in an upcoming TV ad.
Microsoft has launched a new promotional program that offers app creators $100 cash for each new Windows 8 app and another $100 for each new Windows Phone app, up to $2,000 for each app maker.
Richard Kerris, who headed up developer relations for the company's Windows Phone applications, has confirmed he is leaving his position but will still be a consultant.
Microsoft has announced the winners of the App to the Future design challenge, which was launched to give people a chance to create a design concept for future Windows Phone apps.
ABI Research claims that in 2013, the percentage of apps downloaded for Windows Phone will be less than 4 percent of the total number of smartphone app downloads.
Nokia has announced that its Lumia smartphones will gain a number of Windows Phone-based apps made exclusively for those smartphones, including an official Foursquare app.
Microsoft announced today that there are now over 130,000 Windows Phone apps in the Windows Phone Store and the download rate of those of those apps have increased by 75 percent.
Microsoft has announced a new Windows Phone app developer contest called the Next App Star, which will see the winning app featured in an upcoming Windows Phone TV ad.
Microsoft has announced that 10 popular Windows Phone apps have received price cuts from now until December 31st, including Cocktail Flow, Markets & Me and a number of games.
Microsoft has announced that it has seen app submissions for its Windows Phone Store increase by 40 percent since the launch of Windows Phone 8 earlier this fall.
Todd Brix, the head of Microsoft's Windows Phone apps division, used his Twitter account to state the number of Windows Phone apps has increased over 100 percent since the launch of Windows Phone 8.
Todd Brix, the head of Microsoft's Windows Phone apps division, used his Twitter account this week to reveal that more app creators are signing up to make Windows Phone 8 apps.
Microsoft offers Windows Phone app developers some help on how they should price their apps, including if they should offer a difference price for each market and more.
Microsoft has now resumed publishing new Windows Phone apps, after halting their launches earlier this week due to a problem with the digital certificates used to sign the apps.
Microsoft has offered up some new tips for Windows Phone app developers designed to help their apps earn more money than others, including using dynamic Live Tiles and more.
A new report claims that Microsoft is funding the development of a number of Windows Phone apps by third party developers, which normally would cost those app makers up to $600,000 to fund themselves.
Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, admits that the company has not done the best job in "telling the Windows Phone story" to the world.
Some leaked slides from Microsoft indicate that the company is trying to spend as much as $10 million to get more companies to support Windows Phone with their apps.