Category: Windows Phone

Microsoft’s Windows App Studio and TouchDevelop integrate. Mobile First. Cloud first.

Windows App Studio Beta today released its most impactful update since the move to universal Windows apps last April. Many of you have already tried TouchDevelop, a powerful, touch-friendly programming language that includes a physics engine, a UI framework to compose forms for quick data display and entry and much more. With TouchDevelop you can write code directly on any device and use sensors and media via high-level APIs. With this integration, developers will gain access to the hundreds of thousands of TouchDevelop apps and games,improving the quality and complexity of apps created with Windows App Studio. You will also notice 3 other major updates in today’s release.

Windows App Studio adds TouchDevelop as a data source

With today’s release Windows App Studio has added the ability to import TouchDevelop apps and games as a data source. App Studio users can now add single or multiple TouchDevelop sections to add richer features to their apps. With just a few clicks select TouchDevelop scripts are imported into App Studio, ready to generate an AppX package to sideload on any phone, tablet, or PC running Windows 8.1 or publish to Windows Phone or Windows Store. For this first release not all Apps and Games from TouchDevelop can be imported into App Studio including those that include web requests and access the devices capabilities (e.g. Bluetooth, Calendar). You can test functionality by copying your script ID into the TouchDevelop DataSource in App Studio, which will verify whether it can be imported.

TouchDevelop will allow you to import your script into App Studio if it is a supported scenario

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Take a look at SocialSki, which brings in snow condition feeds and updated information on Vermont ski resorts from App Studio and adds a quiz game for skiers from TouchDevelop. Will you add social feeds to your TouchDevelop game or maybe calculators and translators to your App Studio projects? The possibilities are endless.

Windows App Studio adds universal Web App Template (WAT) creation

You can now create a universal Web App Template (WAT) application that will run on any phone, PC, or tablet running Windows 8.1. This is a great option for website owners who want to package a mobile-optimized website into a universal application to publish to Windows and Window Phone Store.

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Changes in Windows App Studio support for Windows Phone 8.0

As you have noted from the large banner on the App Studio homepage over the last month, we are changing the App Studio support structure for Windows Phone 8.0 apps.   You will continue to have access to all of your Windows Phone 8.0 apps created via ‘My Projects’ and ‘Last Versions’ on the Generation page. However, if you want to make changes to your 8.0 versions you will need to do so using Visual Studio 2013. Moving forward editing and updating apps within App Studio, as well as the creation of new apps, will be limited to universal Windows apps targeting devices running Windows 8.1.

Generated Code Improvements

Finally, with this release you’ll notice that we have updated the code generation/build/sign workflow to give you enhanced feedback about the background process that run your code generation and compilation tasks.

We also updated the build platform to use the latest version of our free developer tool, Visual Studio Community Edition 2013, which allows you to extend app created in Windows App Studio.

We’re excited to see what our 2.3 million Windows App Studio users think about the release and welcome the over 250,000 registered TouchDevelop users to this new integrated app building tool. With this advancement, we expect high quality applications and the opportunity for App Studio users to significantly expand their development skills.

Source blog.windows.com

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BBM for Windows Phone update available

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Today is an exciting day for Windows Phone users. Just in time for the weekend, BBM is graduating out of “BETA” status.

The v1.01 release adds a number of bug fixes and performance improvements that we caught during the beta phase like speeding up the app load time.

Be sure to update your app to the latest version for the best BBM experience.

Haven’t downloaded BBM for Windows Phone yet?

No worries. There’s no time like the present. Be sure to check out the features in the original blog post, as well as this video with Donny Halliwell and Jeff Gadway that walks through the BBM experience on Windows Phone.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Security Over view

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Organizations of all sizes are expanding their support for an increasingly mobile workforce, making privacy and security essential. Windows Phone is designed with security in mind for users and organizations. The result is a feature-rich, flexible smartphone that uses a holistic approach to security design—a breakthrough for enterprises that need smartphones capable of enterprise-level security, features, and management.

Smartphones help organizations be productive and competitive, but these mobile devices also require increased security vigilance. The pervasive threat of malicious software, or malware, and the need to prevent data leakage are two reasons why a thoughtful, comprehensive security design is essential.

Identity and access control are essential parts of any organization’s security plan. Windows Phone 8.1 includes highly secure identity features, such as Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) with virtual smart cards and PINs. These features help keep confidential information secure yet are easy for information workers to use.

Organizations want smartphones that protect data when it is stored and when it is communicated. Windows Phone 8.1 uses a defense-in-depth, multilayered approach that addresses organizational security requirements in numerous ways. Because Windows Phone 8.1 shares many of the same underlying components, including those related to security, as Windows 8.1 and Windows

Server 2012 R2 operating systems, it offers predictability, reliability, and commonality in how it can be used and managed. The result is a platform this is unique in today’s marketplace.

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