Review Category : Developers

Lots of new Xbox games were announced at GDC that is coming to Windows Store soon. The list included Bejeweled LIVE, Samurai vs. Zombies, Temple Run Brave and more. Some of them are already available in Windows Store for download. Check them out below. Bejeweled from PopCap – $4.99: Discover all-new ways to match three gems in this beloved puzzle game. Enjoy the action in three game modes: play Classic Bejeweled for cascades of puzzle fun, Diamond Mine for a jeweled gem-blasting challenge or save butterflies from a hungry spider. Bejeweled LIVE takes special advantage of Windows 8 features such as showing your game status updates on the Start screen with the Bejeweled LIVE live tile, play Bejeweled in Snap mode and check out your friends’ scores on Xbox LIVE. Earn flashy Bejeweled badges and Xbox achievements to prove your multifaceted skills! Samurai vs. Zombies from Glu – Free:   Be ...

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According to Metrostorescanner, a 3rd party site tracking Windows Store apps, Windows Store has now exceeded 50,000 app mark. According to that site, Windows Store has exactly 50,341 apps. Windows Store was opened last October and since then the numbers increased constantly every month to reach this level. For a comparison, Apple AppStore has about 300,000 apps optimized for iPad with all leading app names available on the platform. Windows Store has a long way to catch up with Apple AppStore both in terms of app quality and quantity. Microsoft is working to improve developer experience of Windows 8/RT with upcoming update codenamed Blue which will include no.of improvements on WinRT. Source: Metrostorescanner ...

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Microsoft last week launched a program where it will be paying developers upto $2000 for developing Windows Store and Windows Phone Store apps. This program raised some voice in the industry saying that such programs will lead to poor quality of apps filling up the Windows Store. Microsoft responded to this complaints with the following statement to ATD, “We believe the best apps come from those partners who are invested in the platform and own their experience now and in the future,” Microsoft said. ” Of course, we are always working to spark creativity with new developer audiences and sometimes try limited incentives or contests, like Keep The Cash. However, it is not representative of an ongoing program.”   ...

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Aviary today launched its Photo Editor SDK for Windows 8 designed for apps on Windows 8 tablets and PCs. Aviary team worked with AMD and Microsoft to build this SDK optimized for AMD APU architectural advantages. We’ve achieved significant performance improvements by implementing filters and effects through the new heterogeneous compute language C++ AMP. Computations are performed on the highly parallel graphics processing unit (GPU) cores inside the AMD APU instead of the more serial central processing unit (CPU) cores. Applying CAMP allows for processing of our complete range of filters and effects instantaneously – on average 16x faster than comparable processors. Aviary Windows 8 SDK will be used by partners like Rowi, Myframes, Memorylage, etc,. Developers can download and use Aviary’s SDK here: http://aviary.com/w8 ...

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We all know that Microsoft is no longer actively developing XNA game development framework. Support for XNA in Windows Phone 7 platform was the last significant announcement and XNA support was removed in Windows Phone 8 platform. In an email sent to XNA/DirectX MVPs few days back, Microsoft has officially confirmed the end of further development of these technologies. Here is the email, Our goal is to provide you the best experience during your award year and when engaging with our product groups. The purpose of the communication is to share information regarding the retirement of XNA/DirectX as a Technical Expertise. The XNA/DirectX expertise was created to recognize community leaders who focused on XNA Game Studio and/or DirectX development. Presently the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology. Given the status within each technology, further value and engagement cannot be offered to the MVP community. As a result, ...

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Rank Jan Price December Price iPad W4 2013 Price 1 Drift mania  $2.99 Angry birds star wars  $4.99 Minecraft – Pocket Edition  $6.99 2 Angry birds space  $4.99 Draw stickman:epic  $2.99 Angry Birds Star Wars HD  $2.99 3 Plex  $2.99 Plex  $2.99 Pages  $9.99 4 Angry birds star wars  $4.99 Angry birds space  $4.99 Joe Danger  $2.99 5 Where is my Perry  $4.99 Pin stream  $1.49 Scribblenauts Remix  $0.99 6 im+ pro  $4.99 Touch file  $1.99 Bad Piggies HD  $0.99 7 Libraries file explorer app  $1.49 Fruit ninja  $4.99 Notability  $1.99 8 Doodle god  $2.99 Tweetro  $4.99 Toca Hair Salon 2  $1.99 9 Rat on a skateboard  $1.49 Youtube +  $2.99 Temple Run: Brave  $0.99 10 4 elements II special edition  $2.99 Shark dash  $1.99 Sofia the First: Story Theater  $3.99 Avg Price    $3.49    $3.44    $3.39 Games   7   5   8 Other   3   ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are ceasing the development of Expression Suite. Expression Studio Ultimate included the following programs, Expression Web, HTML editor and web design program Expression Design, vector graphics editor Expression Encoder Pro, Video editing tool for authoring VC-1 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC contents Expression Blend, graphical user interface builder for XAML or HTML applications SuperPreview, complementary web design program for testing compatibility and performance  SketchFlow, complementary user interface tool that facilitate workflow design Microsoft will no longer develop any of these products and Expression brand will be discontinued. Here is the announcement from Microsoft. Blend will be fully integrated with Visual Studio 2012. Blend for Visual Studio 2012 provides a rich design-centric environment for building Windows Store apps and Windows Phone apps. In addition to that, WPF, Silverlight and SketchFlow support is available today as a preview and will be released in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2. Blend ...

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In a blog post Microsoft announced that they have started accepting  games with a rating of PEGI 18. The first two games to be offered will be The Witcher, by CD Projekt, and Grand Theft Auto IV, by Take Two—with more games coming soon. Unfortunately both games are Desktop, not Windows 8-style titles. Minors will remain protected by the integration with the Windows 8 store of Microsoft Family Safety, which help parents control the kinds of apps their children can install. Microsoft emphasized that due to this the Store continues to be a safe and positive place for children to explore. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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Before Windows 8 got released, there were some discussions about the security model of Windows 8 Modern apps. Microsoft fixed some of those issues. Justin Angel, a well known Microsoft platform developer has blogged about various way to tamper Windows Store apps in a Windows 8 device. He provided the following weak points in Windows Store app model with examples, #1: Compromising in-app purchases by modifying IsoStore #2: Cracking trial apps to paid versions for free #3: Removing in-app ads from games by editing XAML files #4: Reducing the cost of in-game items by editing game data files #5: Compromising In-app purchase items by injecting scripts into the IE10 process Here is his summary of his findings and the ways Microsoft can fix them, In-app purchase items Storage: In-app purchase is fast becoming the #1 revenue stream for game developers. We’ve seen we can trick games local storage to acknowledge ...

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The Windows 8 Store is one of the fastest growing app stores, but one of the reasons behind this is an issue which the Windows Phone marketplace had long struggled with – Developers publishing hundreds of spam applications which are often simply RSS readers for specific websites with only the name and the feed changed. This issue is well illustrated by Win App Update, who note only 12% of developers are responsible for 61% of the apps in the app store, giving an average of more than 16 apps each for developers who have more than 5 apps in the store. Of course an argument can be made that the best applications will still float to the top, and that at this early stage quantity is more important than quality, at least until we get to 6 figures, but it does take some of the shine of the growth in ...

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In a post on MSDN Microsoft discussed the Windows 8 Play To functionality, which allows Windows 8 devices to connect seamlessly to Xbox 360 and other (unspecified) devices and stream media like photos, videos and music to the device. The post describes how developers can enable to feature in only a few lines of code in their own applications, and that even web pages can be Play To enabled, meaning a video streaming website could easily allow one to move the stream to a big screen. The functionality is only waiting for developers to take advantage of it. If that’s you hop on over to MSDN to make sure your app can take advantage of the biggest screen in your home. Via Neowin.net ...

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SAP, a leading enterprise solution company today announced its full support for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. They announced 6 business apps which are listed below, SAP WorkDeck, developed first for Windows 8, is a new persona-centric app that offers contextual integration of various information sources and processes into a role-based view. SAP WorkDeck allows employees to initiate new requests, oversee upcoming events and monitor the progress, as well as enables managers to react and process workflows on-the-go, such as travel, leave and purchasing requests. SAP Manager Insight is an employee profile app that provides managers with access to key indicators, such as diversity, headcount, employee talent by location, as well as employee profiles, to drive collaborative and informed human resources (HR) decision-making. SAP Learning Assistant is a training app that gives on-the-go workers tag-along teachers. It makes on-demand, online training available anytime, anywhere so workers can access required ...

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There is an interesting article up on TechCrunch urging developers to “Get Your Ass To Metro” or to put it more gently, that the time is now for developers to join the Windows 8 Store, to take advantage of the small marketplace to gain a loyal following and some prominence before it becomes extremely crowded. The writer and developer Tadhg Kelly made of point of saying that this is likely the last major new app store to open, representing a massive but fleeting opportunity for developers who are bold enough to join the store before it is a proven success, rather than after with everyone else. As if to underline this thesis MetroTwit has just announced passing 100,000 downloads on Windows 8, little more than week after the official launch of the OS.  Windows 8 Metro still does not have an official twitter app, and it seems by the time ...

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Havok™, a leading provider of game development technologies, today will showcase its complete technology suite across the Windows ecosystem, including Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, co-presenting in two Windows Phone 8 Gaming Overview sessions at Microsoft Build 2012, held October 30th– November 2nd, on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington. “We are pleased to be one of the first technology partners to deliver a robust game engine and full suite of game development technologies to Windows Phone 8 developers,” said Andrew Bowell, Head of Product Management at Havok. “Windows Phone 8 development environment has been great to work with. With direct access to the native code, our engineering team was able to deliver highly optimized technologies for the hardware and we are looking forward to seeing some great Havok-powered games on Microsoft’s platforms.” Ross O’Dwyer, Head of Support at Havok, will co-present two Gaming Overview sessions during ...

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At Build Conference held at Microsoft campus, Microsoft announced that all the paid attendees with get a Microsoft Surface for Windows RT with Touch Cover, Nokia Lumia 920 device and 100GB SkyDrive storage for free. Of course, all the developers present at the event went wild while Microsoft made these announcements. Seeding developers with devices is not new for Microsoft and they have been doing it for last few years. However with early registration costing $1595 and full $2095 the toys certainly are not free. Microsoft encouraged developers to create apps for Windows 8, calling it  “the best opportunity software developers will see.” “Hundreds of millions of people are just aching to use your applications,” said Ballmer, who also announced that 4 million Windows 8 upgrades have been sold over the weekend. Are you planning to attend Build conference next year? ...

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Today, Microsoft announced at BUILD keynote that many new high profile apps are coming to Windows 8 platform soon. Microsoft announced that Twitter is working on a Windows Store app that will coming in months ahead. Also Dropbox, PayPal, ESPN, Adobe Reader, etc, are also coming to Windows 8′s Windows Store soon. Disney’s Phineas and Ferb game, “Agent P Strikes Back”, aka Perry the Platypus, on Windows 8, and forthcoming on Windows Phone 8, showcases how easily browser-based games can become Windows Store apps. Disney developed the game for Windows 8 by taking advantage of Windows 8 HTML5 support as well as built-in capabilities like in-game sharing and support for an Xbox controller via USB. “Agent P Strikes Back” is the first of a series of games that Disney will bring to the Windows 8 platform, including the hit mobile games “Where’s My Water?” and “Where’s My Perry?”. Dropbox’s new Windows Store ...

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