Microsoft Build 2014 Recap for Developers

Last week was pretty busy with lots of news and announcements from Microsoft Build 2014 Developer Conference and therefore we have brought this special edition weekly digest post for an easy recap of Microsoft Build announcements and related News Coverage for Windows developers.

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In case the content below seems bit overwhelming, we recommend that you go through the Official Announcements and Videos first and then proceed with the related News coverage as per your interest.

Windows Phone 8.1 Announced

Windows Phone 8.1 Intro

A 16:45 mins video, where Joe Belfiore demonstrates the new features of Windows Phone 8.1 (Unfortunately, the video is no longer available).

Official Announcement

Cortana (yes!) and Many, Many Other Great Features coming in Windows Phone 8.1

Nokia Introduces Three Lumia Smartphones for Windows Phone 8.1

News Coverage

Official Windows Phone 8.1 change log
Cortana announced for Windows Phone 8.1, we go hands on
Quick look at the new notification and action center in Windows Phone 8.1
Independent volume control finally comes to Windows Phone 8.1
We take a look at Internet Explorer 11 for Windows Phone 8.1
Hands on with the new podcast app for Windows Phone 8.1
Introducing you to the new camera app for Windows Phone 8.1
HERE Drive+ to be free for all on Windows Phone 8.1
Video tour of the new Windows Phone 8.1 native calendar
Nokia Lumia 930 announced!

Windows 8.1 Update Announced

Windows 8.1 Update Intro

A 3:27 minutes video, where Joe Belfiore demonstrates the new features of Windows 8.1 Update (Unfortunately, the video is no longer available).

Official Announcement

Windows 8.1 Update – important refinements to the Windows experience

News Coverage

Microsoft announces Windows 8.1 Update 1 with mouse-and-keyboard friendly tweaks
Microsoft drops Windows royalty fee for devices with screens under nine inches
You Can Buy Windows 8.1 Enterprise Sideloading Rights For An Unlimited Number Of Devices For $100
Microsoft Details New Enterprise Features In Windows 8.1 Update
Upcoming Windows 8.1 Update Will Allow You To Run Modern Apps In Seperate Windows
Yes, Microsoft Is Bringing Back Start Menu To Windows 8.1
Microsoft Reveals Office Touch For Windows Devices For The First Time

Development Tools & SDK

What’s New for Windows and Windows Phone Developers

Learn What’s new for Windows and Windows Phone Developers (Universal Windows Apps) in this 27:43 mins video.

Official Announcements

Extending platform commonality through universal Windows apps

Windows Store universal Windows app opportunity

The Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

Link your app to search results with new Bing feature

Bringing WinJS cross-platform and open source

Windows App Studio Beta: Build a Windows Phone AND Windows app in one session, no code required

New features for side-loaded apps in Windows 8.1 update

Delight and engage your users with these new Windows Phone 8.1 capabilities

BUILD 2014: Announcing New Microsoft Advertising SDKs, Tools to Help Devs Do More and Earn More with Apps

News Coverage

Developer preview build of Windows Phone 8.1 expected April 14
Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8.1 SDK Development Tools RC
Windows Phone 8.1 to allow developers to reply to store reviews, unify app data
Nokia’s SensorCore opens up Windows Phone to health and fitness apps galore
Microsoft releases unified Windows App Studio Beta
Microsoft opening up Windows Store app development to Kinect for Windows
Microsoft announces new cloud experience and tools to deliver the cloud without complexity
Microsoft Revamps Azure Management Portal With A New UX, Preview Available Now
Microsoft Reveals .NET Foundation, Its Latest Effort To Unify All .Net Opensource Projects
Microsoft Announces Bing Knowledge Widget & App Linking For Publishers And Developers
Microsoft Announces Preview Of .NET Compiler Platform Codenamed “Roslyn”, Code Available As Open source
Microsoft Announces .NET Native Preview, A Compiler Technology That Makes Windows Store Apps Start Faster
Stephen Elop announce new SensorCore fitness tracking feature
Microsoft lists IE11 developer improvements
Microsoft Announces Windows Universal Apps Running On Xbox
Microsoft shows off Windows In the Car concept at BUILD

Phew! Once you are done with this huge list of Announcements and News Coverage, don’t forget to check out Microsoft Build 2014 Keynote and all other session recordings at Channel 9.

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