Respond to App Reviews: a phased rollout

Posted 3 days ago ago at Microsoft Windows Team Blog with 2 recent echos

This capability is designed to help you maintain closer contact with users to inform them of new features, bugs youve addressed, as well as get feedback and ideas to improve your app. This capability is not to be used for marketing and does not provide you as the developer with the users personal information, such as an email address. At this time, developers will be able to respond to reviews posted from Windows Phone 8.1 devices, as well as reviews posted from Windows Phone 8 devices in the US...

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You May Soon Get a Response to Your Windows Phone App Review

Posted 3 days ago ago at Microsoft Windows Team Blog with 1 recent echos

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 overall help ensure that users get the best app experience. This capability is not about allowing developer to question or debate your personal opinions. In fact, developers who misuse the ability to respond to app reviews will lose the...

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Buy once, play anywhere: First universal Windows apps hit Microsoft app stores

Posted 4 days ago ago at PC World with 1 recent echos

Microsoft has rolled out the first universal apps for Windows and Windows Phone, allowing users to buy an app once and play it on phones, tablets and PCs. The first two paid apps to take advantage are Microsoft own Halo: Spartan Assault and 17 Bit Skulls of the Shogun. Both games cost $4.99 and can be purchased through either the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store,. Strangely, the games Windows Store listings give no indication that these are universal apps. But when you view their Windows...

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Ubuntu 14.04 will power “first commercially available Ubuntu tablets”

Posted 3 days ago ago at Arstechnica with 1 recent echos

Canonical today is releasing Ubuntu 14.04, a Long Term Support LTS edition for desktops and servers and an update to the versions of Ubuntu for phones and tablets. LTS editions are released once every two years and receive five years of support from Canonical and thus gain wider adoption in businesses than the less stable server and desktop editions that come out every six months. Canonical eventually wants to create a single operating system that can be installed across desktops, phones, and...

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Brazil-based Apek launches Maxpad, a large screen Windows 8.1 PC-TV

Posted 4 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Besides Windows 8.1, the Maxpad includes its own software programs for taking screenshots of TV shows that can then be manipulated by the included art program. Those images can then be sent instantly to a user social network account. There;s also a DVR feature that allows users to rewind live TV shows as much as 150 minutes in the past. The ShowMeTech website has more information on the Maxpad, which took Apeknearly two years to develop and make before this week launch. Maxpad also includes a...

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Windows Phone 8.1 now available on Windows Phone Preview for Developers

Posted 6 days ago ago at Microsoft Windows Team Blog with 1 recent echos

The Windows Phone Preview program, introduced last October, gives our developer community access to prerelease builds of Windows Phone updates before the operating system updates are made generally available to consumers. We make these updates available to you to enable on device testing, and to enable you to build and test platform capabilities not present in the emulator. For the majority of developers, we know that it is critical for you to see your app running on a physical phone prior to...

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MSDN Voice Search app shows you how to integrate your app with Cortana

Posted 6 days ago ago at WinBeta with 1 recent echos

Revenue from the ads helps us feed the over worked hampsters so we can keep bringing you the latest news! You can also donate to keep us going. The app is called MSDN Voice Search and lets you search MSDN with Cortana using Voice Commands. The app provides demonstrations on basic, voice enabled natural language search capabilities on MSDN, while also providing self referencing access to its source code, documentation, and other related resources. Once you have the app installed, ask MSDN, what...

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Anticipating More from Cortana

Posted 3 days ago ago at Microsoft Research News with 1 recent echos

Most of us can only dream of having the perfect personal assistant, one who is always there when needed, anticipating our every request and unobtrusively organizing our lives. Cortana, the new digital personal assistant powered by Bing that comes with Windows Phone 8.1, brings users closer to that dream. For Larry Heck, a distinguished engineer in Microsoft Research, this first release offers a taste of what he has in mind. Over time, Heck wants Cortana to interact in an increasingly...

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