From late Microsoft arrivals and early Steam deals, to more Sony leaks, Lollipop on LG, Denim on Verizon, and a phone the size of your head, we look back at highlights from the week's top tech news.
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The Windows maker wants to convince devs to join it's platforms this holiday season by highlighting success stories, development tools and what it claims is a great financial opportunity.
Microsoft has taken a first step into the world of bitcoins and US users can now use the cryptocurrency to add money to their digital wallets, which they can spend in the company's digital stores.
Microsoft has pushed out an update to the Xbox Video app for Windows 8.1 which adds support for the MKV file format and a few other fixes. The new version can be downloaded right now.
Not sure what to get for your geeky friend or family member? Now there's an easier way to spend cash on a digital gift card to say "Thanks!" that can be used on Xbox and Windows Stores.
While we know that Microsoft intends to unify both the Windows Phone and Windows Store with the release of Windows 10, that hasn't stopped Microsoft from promoting it ahead of time.
Microsoft has had a rough time this week when it comes to outages with Azure, the Windows Store and even Bing being knocked offline which is an alarming trend the company can't afford to continue.
Microsoft quietly updated its App store policies recently and the change affects the cut that Microsoft will take on app store sales and the change works against developers.
Windows 10 will bring with it many new features and for business, the Windows Store will be getting a few new updates that will make it easier for IT managers and the like.
For many months, we have been hearing about the possibility of Microsoft bringing Android apps to the Windows Store - and that conversation still continues inside Microsoft to this day.
The Windows and Windows Phone Store has surpassed the 500,000 app mark as of September 2014. Although this is a combined number, it's an important mark that indicates steady growth for both platforms.
Thanks to Microsoft's feedback sites, we can get a small glimpse into the world of politics as citizens in Iran are asking Microsoft to make its products available in that country.
Thanks a blog post that was posted on a Microsoft site, and then quickly pulled, we have a few more details about the upcoming changes to the way the Windows Store will work in Windows 10.
Microsoft has announced their new initiatives to clean up the Windows Store and as part of that process, they have removed 1500 apps that they considered to be misleading.
If you have taken a look inside the Windows Store on any Windows 8 device, you will likely find a bunch of apps that do nothing but take your money and then give you a download link.
If you have an Xbox One controller lying around and are looking to use it with your Windows 8 machine, we've highlighted five great games that work with the device that will keep you gaming on the go.
Microsoft has updated the user interface for the Windows Store in Windows 8 and 8.1, adding in features such as a persistent navigation bar on top with catagories, app sales charts and more.
"Halo: Spartan Assault" is now a universal app in the Windows and Windows Phone stores, meaning users can purchase it in either store and receive a license for the game on both platforms.
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.
Microsoft will launch yet another redesign of the Windows Store when Windows 8.1 Update is released next week and that new storefront was demoed live at BUILD 2014.
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.
VideoLAN confirmed the long awaited VLC port for Windows 8 has passed Microsoft's certification, but the leader of the dev team tells Neowin there are still things to do before it will be released.
Leaked Microsoft slides hint at a unified app development platform with the ability to easily "create a single app that targets Windows Phone and Windows", and a move to AppX packages in WP8.1.
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.
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.
A new server side update to the Windows Store in Windows 8.1 makes lists of app categories and sub-categories visible on the main pages, rather than making users right click to view them.
In a new blog post, Microsoft says that the Windows Phone Store now has over 200,000 apps and that it is seeing 12 million app transactions being generated per day.
In a new blog post, Microsoft stated that the Games category of Windows 8/8.1 apps had the highest number of downloads, while apps in the Social category have the highest ratio of downloads per app.
The Windows Store enjoyed a significant boost in paid game downloads during the month of November, up 34 percent from October. If the trend continues, it could be incentive for potential developers.
Microsoft has launched a new TV ad designed to promote many of the third party apps that can be downloaded for Windows 8.1 and confirms a $25 gift card offer when buying a new Windows 8.1 touch PC.
A report, based on internal Microsoft data, claims that the Windows Store saw an average of 1.7 million daily Windows 8/8.1 app downloads in October, up 38.56 percent compared with June.
Neowin's already taken a look at the top apps available for Windows 8.1, and now it's time to look at the best games available for Microsoft's newest operating system.
Did you just purchase a brand new Surface or another machine with Windows 8.1 and are looking for a few apps to fill out your Start Screen? Neowin has 5 must have apps you should check out right now.
The official Facebook app for Windows 8.1 has quickly become the most downloaded free app in the Windows Store. In addition the app has received its first software update.
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.
If you have Windows 8, you should now be able to download the free GA build of Windows 8.1 from within the Windows Store, which brings lots of new features and improvements.
Microsoft has now pushed out a bunch of updates for Windows 8.1 core apps, which can be installed on the RTM of Windows 8.1. The updates include fixes and enhancements since the initial release.
Microsoft has announced that starting on Oct. 18th, the launch date for Windows 8.1, it will take no more than five days for a Windows 8.1 app to pass certification for posting in the Windows Store.
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.
Until now there was no official way for users to search inside the Windows Store from their browser, but Microsoft has gone and implemented such a search feature on their Windows website.
Microsoft has announced that the first Windows Store retail location inside a Best Buy store will open on Wednesday in Los Angeles, with the openings continuing through September.
It was one year ago today that Windows 8 was released to manufacturing amid heavy criticism and high hopes. Now we take a look back and see where the OS has succeeded and where it has failed.
The Windows Store now has 100,000 apps, after Microsoft announced the milestone today. It's taken the software giant just seven months to hit the 100K milestone, which is an impressive feat
More information has been revealed about the new SkyDrive and Windows Store features in Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8.1 update, along with additional info on downloading the free update.
Microsoft has announced the launch of the new Window Store Partner Directory website, designed to be a "one-stop" location for Windows 8 app makers to find resources to make their apps.
Vevo released its first app for Windows 8 and Windows RT on Tuesday, allowing users to stream music videos and similar content from the service. Vevo now has apps on all Microsoft's major platforms.
It looks like people who are using the leaked early builds of Windows 8.1 can now access the revamped version of the Windows Store, allowing them to download Windows 8 apps.
Microsoft has offered up more information on exactly how owners of Windows 8 PCs will be able to upgrade to the free Windows 8.1 OS, including if they will have to reinstall their Windows 8 apps.
Xbox SmartGlass remains the most popular free Windows 8 app in the Windows Store, but the recently launched Adobe Photoshop Express app has surged up to the number two spot.