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What does Microsoft's Windows 8.1 plan mean for developers?

If Microsoft brings back the Start Button and adds a boot-to-desktop option with Windows Blue, should Windows developers still be counting on Metro as their future?

By April 22, 2013


Full developer kit for Windows Phone 8 due 'later this year'

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 SDK is now expected around the time Windows Phone 8 itself launches, which is expected to be October 29.

By September 5, 2012


Indie games steal the spotlight this spring

Some of the spring's best video games are independent and inexpensive download-only titles.

By April 20, 2012


Microsoft tool helps devs port iOS apps to WP7

A new tool by Microsoft helps developers with iOS applications figure out what the similar code chunks would be for Windows Phone 7. Microsoft is working on one for Android next.

By April 29, 2011


Microsoft shows mobile IE9 outpacing iPhone

Hardware acceleration means that fish in a version of IE9 due later this year swim circles around those in today's iPhone 4. Microsoft showed its speed test at Mobile World Congress.

By February 14, 2011


Kinect's open-source ambitions

Kinect's role as a tinker toy for garage developers signals a change in how Microsoft is approaching openness in an otherwise closed gaming ecosystem.

By November 30, 2010


Microsoft unlocks Windows Phone 7 developers

The software maker is changing its policies to allow developers to write apps that run even when the phone's screen is locked. Previously, such apps had to first get a user's permission.

By October 29, 2010


Inside Microsoft's courtship of phone developers

In the second part of a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Windows Phone 7, CNET's Ina Fried looks at Microsoft's efforts to woo app makers.

By October 4, 2010


Which XNA game do you want for Zune?

CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell combs through today's XNA game announcements from GDC to find the best game for Microsoft's Zune.

By February 20, 2008


Windows Phone 7 training kit hits beta

Following this week's beta of Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools, Microsoft releases the beta of a training kit that teaches how to write apps for the platform.

By July 14, 2010