Not all Windows app developers use Windows phones; indeed, many of them have ditched devices running Microsoft's mobile OS in favor of those on other platforms. Microsoft is now working on making life a bit easier for Windows developers who own Android devices.
Microsoft has brought its Windows Dev Center app to Android, launching an early alpha preview on the Google Play Store. The app offers a range of tools to help developers monitor their apps on the go, including:
- Track app performance data
Use the dashboard to view acquisition, revenue, and crash highlights across all your apps. Then dig into specific app data to get a more detailed view, including customer demographics and OS version.
- Investigate crashes
Use crash data to help identify and correct issues in your apps. View crashes over time by type, device, app version, and the exception type to help pinpoint issues in your code.
- Respond to customer reviews
Check out the latest reviews and respond to your customers directly through the app.
Given that the app is still at the alpha stage of its development, it may be a while before the final version is released. It's likely that Microsoft will make a more stable beta build available in the not-too-distant future, but for now, you can take the alpha release for a spin, and see what it has to offer.