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All posts tagged "windows phone marketplace"


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Microsoft Provides iOS to WP7 API

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_...plications.aspx

Although the Windows Phone Marketplace recently hit 15,000 apps, it is still dwarfed by the Apple and Google offerings. The bottom line is that to continue to grow, Microsoft will need to attract some of the developers from rival platforms. In that vein, Microsoft has created a white paper and new API that helps developers quickly port their apps from the iPhone to Windows Phone. The API functions as a translation dictionary, so that developers can look up equivalent classes, methods and notification events in WP7. Although the API will initially be limited to those classes and methods that have a WP7 equivalent, Microsoft is seeking suggestions from developers on how the API could be extended at http://wp7mapping.uservoice.com. If you are an iPhone developer and looking for a quick and easy way to develop for Windows Phone please leave your comments on the new API below once you have a look.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Windows Phone Marketplace: Why Can't This Just Work?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:02 PM

Is anyone else getting a bit fed up with the fact that Windows Phone Marketplace can't seem to do what it was designed to do on a consistent basis? Every time I go into Marketplace I'm never quite sure what will happen. I haven't had the problem of it crashing on me yet, but the above photo is a new issue that I can't seem to get past: moTweets Pro and the Facebook app won't update and instead give me an error about the license. It starting happening over the weekend and despite daily variations of tap and hold/tap here, I'm not able to get the apps updated. I've deleted the downloaded apps and re-downloaded them in an attempt to get the problem fixed. No joy there. A device reboot hasn't helped either.

I've had various glitches with Marketplace since getting my first Windows Phone 7 device, but this has to be the most frustrating. The Facebook app is free, so why would there be a license issue? And I purchased the moTweets Pro app, so one would expect I'd have a license to update it. Anyone else seeing similar issues with these, or other, apps?

I have no experience with the Android Marketplace, but when I compare the Windows Phone Marketplace to the Apple App Store, it simply doesn't measure up. In owning an iPod Touch and purchasing apps for it over the past three years or so, I've only ever had one app download/install go a bit wonky - and it was easily fixed by rebooting the device. Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace has to get significantly more reliable if people are going to trust it and purchase apps with confidence.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Need For Speed Undercover: Rocking, Racing Fun!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:51 PM

"Real cars! Real fast! Designed just for Windows Phone 7. Enabled for Xbox LIVE. earn achievements and track leaderboards as you power 20 of the worlds hottest high-performance cars through 24 undercover missions and eight challenging modes of hot-pursuit action!"

What do you get when you combine Windows Phone 7 and a potent racing franchise? You get Need For Speed Undercover, a fast-paced racing game that takes full advantage of the hardware horsepower we have in our Windows Phones. The graphics are superb, using up the full 800 x 480 screen resolution - I'm honestly not much of a racing game fan, but this game had me hooked from the first few seconds. The game mechanics are simple: your car automatically accelerates to maximum speed constantly, and your job is to steer, hit the brakes, and apply a nitro boost to gain some extra speed. Read more...


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Check Out Windows Phone 7 Apps via Your Desktop

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.marketplacebrowser.com/

It's strange that Microsoft still hasn't updated the Windows Phone Marketplace to reflect the newly launched platform, but Paul Willen has delivered a solution in the form of Marketplace Browser. It allows you to browse available apps via your desktop browser, and when you click on download, it will open up the Zune desktop application and show you the app. I think that function might only work in the USA though - for whatever reason, whenever I click on the download link, the Zune Desktop software tells me that "the requested item isn't available" in my location. Yet when I do a search for that same app, it's there in the marketplace. Maybe it will work better for you?


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Apps: The Developers Are Getting Ready

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:15 PM

If you'd have to pick the focus for the Windows Phone 7 efforts that are going on before launch, it would be these three words: developers, developers, developers. Developers were the first ones to get the hardware, and Microsoft has concentrated much of their effort on getting thousands of developers on board making applications. How great these apps will be depends on what you're looking for; without the ability to execute native code, some developers are holding off until that situation changes. And some developers, as the videos below show, are coming up with some creative apps - I'm really looking forward to firing up the Windows Phone Marketplace on my Windows Phone 7 device and seeing a broad offering of applications.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

No Secrets in the Windows Phone Application Store

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 03:04 PM

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/Wi...cutives-733189/

"Apple's App Store has run into a few widely publicized controversies over its acceptance policies for applications, of which Microsoft seems aware. During June's TechEd conference, Microsoft offered up a document on its Windows Phone for Developers Website, clearly delineating its content policies; in addition to forbidding applications that are libelous, slanderous, threatening or discriminatory, Microsoft also bans applications that somehow promote hate speech, the use of illegal drugs and excessive alcohol consumption, and violence."

Given some of the anger Apple has elicited from developers over applications that haven't been allowed into the app store, Microsoft should have a fairly easy time doing a better job of application approval than Apple has done. I haven't seen any mention of barring applications that "duplicate functionality", so I really hope that's not part of the plan. If someone wants to build a better Web browser, then they should be allowed - and encouraged - to do so.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Availability and Windows Phone Live

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:00 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_...-connected.aspx

"We are working closely with our partners to determine exactly where and how Windows Phone 7 will be available regionally this holiday season and beyond. I'm happy to say that Windows Phone 7 will be well represented in countries around the world this holiday. During initial availability, Windows Phone 7 will support 5 languages; English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. The Windows Phone Marketplace will support the buying and selling of applications in 17 countries; Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and United States."

That's a fairly disappointing list, and I'm hoping it will expand fairly rapidly after WP7 hits the market - I mean, why Hong Kong, and not Taiwan or Korea (Japan, I can understand)? This blog post also mentions the Windows Phone Live companion site, which integrates with your WP7 phone to allow you a single spot to see your media, calendar and contacts; allows sharing of files; 25GB of Skydrive space; and the Find My Phone service - all for the great price of $0.00. Interested? Hit the link for more.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Windows Phone Marketplace Will Support Private App Betas

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 02:30 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_...f-my-cloud.aspx

"Microsoft is making several announcements at TechEd this week that developers should be sure to catch, like the introduction of our new Windows Phone Marketplace policies. We're also providing more details about some developer features, one of which I think is worth exploring more closely; private beta distribution through Windows Phone Marketplace. This is noteworthy not only as a cool new Marketplace feature, but also as a prime example of Microsoft embracing the concept of the public and private cloud."

That's a nice evolution of the features for Marketplace - and I can't help but notice it's being referred to as "Windows Phone Marketplace" rather than the more cumbersome "Windows Marketplace for Mobile". Although, why not just call it Marketplace? Maybe a trademark thing. At any rate, this is another useful feature that developers will be able to tap into in order to help them test their apps.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Microsoft Talks About Windows Phone Marketplace for End-Users

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone News" @ 03:00 AM

"Today we're disclosing the details of the Windows Phone 7 application development platform and tools and how to create more compelling and creative applications and games based on Silverlight and XNA. Everything starts there, but it doesn't end there, not until you've been able to distribute and sell your application to a customer. The way users discover and download an application or game on their Windows Phone 7 Series device is through the Windows Phone Marketplace."

There's no denying that the existing Windows Mobile Marketplace is a stretch from what it should be. Enter the Windows Phone Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 Series. Microsoft has significantly revamped the shopping experience to meet user expectations.

The Marketplace will ship on every Windows Phone 7 Series device and deliver a single, consistent environment from which you can browse through, purchase, and update apps, games, music, and podcasts, and also view special offers and exclusives as they happen. Now, Apple, take note! There's also a Trial API available to developers to release trial versions of apps if they wish to. Microsoft describes the Marketplace in greater detail on The Windows Blog, so be sure to head over there and check out the article.

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