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  • Find the best indie games—in our new collection available now!

    24 April 2014, 1:33 pm by: Windows Apps Spotlight

    Check out this curated collection of Windows and Windows Phone games from indie developers. These are all stellar adventures, puzzles, and thrilling escapes that, from all first indications, will grow up to be big and famous! Which ones look and sound best to…
  • Remote Desktop Preview app now available for Windows Phone 8.1

    23 April 2014, 1:25 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    If you currently have Windows Phone 8.1 installed on your device as part of the Windows Phone Preview for Developers, you can now try out the Remote Desktop Preview app which is now available in the Windows Phone Store to download. The Remote Desktop Preview…
  • Spring into action: Up to 60% off popular games from Electronic Arts – 1 week only

    18 April 2014, 4:21 pm by: Windows Apps Spotlight

    The EA Mobile Spring Sale is on right now through April 24th. Get gigantic savings on big hits like FIFA 14, Plants vs. Zombies, The Sims 3, and more. Read on for details, or see all the great deals in the EA Mobile Spring Sale Collection in the Windows Phone…
  • You May Soon Get a Response to Your Windows Phone App Review

    17 April 2014, 1:58 pm by: Bernardo Zamora

    Microsoft recently announced that developers would soon be able to respond to user reviews of their apps and games. This new feature allows app developers to address common questions, troubleshoot issues, understand user requests for new app capabilities and…
  • A new spin on Angry Birds – play from the Pigs’ perspective in Bad Piggies

    14 April 2014, 5:11 pm by: Windows Apps Spotlight

    The Pigs are after the Angry Birds’ eggs again—but as usual, nothing is going according to plan. In Bad Piggies, it’s up to you to help them create the ultimate machine to fly, crawl, roll, spin or crash them safely to their destination. Download the…
  • Give Windows Phone 8.1 a try via Windows Phone Preview for Developers

    14 April 2014, 3:30 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    Today, you can now install Windows Phone 8.1 on your phone through the Windows Phone Preview for Developers and try out a lot of the awesomeness we announced two weeks ago at Build. To do this, follow the instructions here on the Dev Center. I suggest reading…
  • Cortana (yes!) and Many, Many Other Great Features coming in Windows Phone 8.1

    2 April 2014, 2:00 pm by: Joe Belfiore

    Whew, what a day! What a week! I’ve just gotten off the stage at Build in front of 5,000 of our beloved developers talking about the future of the Windows platform. And now I’m here to tell YOU about the stuff we’ve been working on to delight all our…
  • Here’s the Next Big Thing – this month’s look at the top new indie games for Windows Phone and…

    25 March 2014, 2:14 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    We love seeing what our top independent developers bring to the Windows and Windows Phone Stores each month. This month is no exception, with a crop of great new titles recently added to The Next Big Thing Collection for Windows Phone – games like Zombie…
  • Microsoft Research’s Blink app gets an update for Windows Phone

    20 March 2014, 1:09 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    Microsoft Research has announced and released an update today for their Blink app on Windows Phone. If you have the app already installed (and over 1 million of you do), you’ll get the update soon. If you don’t have it installed, you can download it here…
  • Avengers Alliance now available for Windows Phone

    18 March 2014, 2:58 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    Stop villains like Loki or Dr. Doom as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. by recruiting Marvel superheroes like the Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk. There are more than 20 superheroes from the Marvel Universe you can recruit. You’ll…
  • Scan to OneNote with Office Lens for Windows Phone

    17 March 2014, 2:14 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    Today, the Office Team has announced Office Lens. Office Lens is essentially a scanner in your pocket that uses your Windows Phone’s camera to take pictures of things like business cards, restaurant menus, and notes on whiteboards or blackboards – and…
  • NCAA March Madness Live now available in the Windows Phone Store

    13 March 2014, 3:32 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    I just posted that NCAA March Madness Live is now available in the Windows Store for Windows PCs and Tablets but it also available for your Windows Phone too! Download NCAA March Madness Live from the Windows Phone Store!  NCAA tournament games start next…
  • Windows Phone, KEXP and SXSW—three things that are better together

    12 March 2014, 3:37 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    It’s that time of the year when it seems like everybody’s heading to Austin, Texas. South by Southwest is one of the nation’s premier festivals featuring music, film and interactive. But to call it a mere “festival” doesn’t really do it…
  • Windows Phone heads to the North Pole with adventurer Eric Larsen

    6 March 2014, 4:41 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    Starting tomorrow, Eric Larsen and his 3-person team of adventurers will start off on an epic journey to traverse the Arctic Ocean from Northern Ellesmere Island to the geographic North Pole. The goal: break the current expedition speed record that was set in…
  • Race The Stig from BBC’s Top Gear! #RaceStig

    6 March 2014, 2:59 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    I love show Top Gear. So when I saw that BBC had released the game Race The Stig today, I quickly downloaded it from the Windows Phone Store. It was the reason why I was late coming into work this morning (woops!). The game is super fun. You essentially go…
  • 8 year old kid builds Windows Phone app using App Studio

    5 March 2014, 4:18 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    Last night, an article written by Cal Borchers at BetaBoston was sent to me that was too awesome to pass up doing a short blog post about and linking to. Cal recently stopped by Microsoft in Cambridge and met one of Boston’s newest developers: 8 year old…
  • Facebook Messenger arrives in the Windows Phone Store

    4 March 2014, 9:16 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    Last week at Mobile World Congress, it was announced that Facebook Messenger was coming to Windows Phone. And today it’s here! You can now download Facebook Messenger from the Windows Phone Store.  With Facebook Messenger, you will be able to see who’s…
  • FIFA 14 now available in the Windows Phone Store

    28 February 2014, 11:10 am by: Brandon LeBlanc

    One of the most authentic football games is now available for download in the Windows Phone Store: FIFA 14. FIFA 14 brings real players, real teams, and real leagues right to your Windows Phone where you can use touch controls to pass, shoot, and tackle right…
  • Here’s the latest Next Big Thing – our latest collection of amazing new apps and games

    27 February 2014, 2:06 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    We’re always watching to see what independent developers are going to come up with for Windows Phone. And every month, we add our favorites to The Next Big Thing Collection. Here are a few new games we’ve added for this month we think you should check out:…
  • Scaling Windows Phone, evolving Windows 8

    23 February 2014, 8:30 am by: Joe Belfiore

    A lot of you folks know me as “the Windows Phone guy.” Over the past five years I’ve been co-managing the Windows Phone product team on a mission to make Windows Phone a delightful and successful platform. Recently my job changed to focus not just on…
  • Update from SkyDrive to OneDrive now live for Windows Phone 8

    19 February 2014, 3:52 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    If you’ve installed the SkyDrive app on your Windows Phone, head on over to the Windows Phone Store and get the update for OneDrive. SkyDrive is now OneDrive! The update also brings along a new thumbnail view, improved view of shared files, the ability to…
  • Keep track of your valuables with Nokia Treasure Tag

    19 February 2014, 2:30 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    Today, Nokia has announced Treasure Tag to help you keep track of valuable things like your car keys, wallet, or even your bag. Treasure Tag is a small 30 x 30 x 10mm device that gets paired to your Lumia Windows Phone via NFC or Bluetooth. Once you do that,…
  • New and Updated Bing Apps for Windows Phone

    18 February 2014, 12:11 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    Today, the Bing Team is announcing a comprehensive update for their existing Bing apps on Windows Phone (Bing News, Bing Finance, Bing Weather, and Bing Sports) and introducing 3 brand new apps: Bing Food & Drink, Bing Health & Fitness, and Bing Travel. Along…
  • Marvel Run Jump Smash! comes to Windows Phone

    17 February 2014, 1:42 pm by: Brandon LeBlanc

    As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I’m a huge fan of Marvel and Marvel games. So whenever there is an opportunity to promote a new Marvel game, I’ll take it. Marvel Run Jump Smash! is now available in the Windows Phone Store for $.99 (U.S) ( the…
  • Nokia Lumia Icon, a video star with Windows Phone 8, comes to Verizon Wireless Feb 20

    12 February 2014, 12:55 pm by: Michael Stroh

    Verizon Wireless has a big red valentine for anybody who loves to take and share mobile video: The new $199 Nokia Lumia Icon, which goes on sale Feb. 20 and sports some of the best recording technology packed into any smartphone.…

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