BBM For Windows Phone Now Available

BBM for Windows Phone is now live at the Windows Phone Store. Supports devices running on Windows Phone 8 and up. A closed beta has been running for a few weeks now. LINK


Skype Group Video Calling Service Is Now Free

Skype has made group video calling available free of charge (again) on Windows desktop, OS X, & Xbox One. Will make it free on Windows modern, Windows Phone, Android & iOS too but no specific timeline was mentioned. Looks like this decision was made after Google’s Hangout started eating its lunch. Is it too late? Link

Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Now Available For All

Windows Phone 8.1 has been released as a developer preview. However, it’s easy to get the update on your phone. Head to the Windows Phone App Studio web page and sign in with your MS credentials. Start your own project (don’t worry, you never have to actually build anything if you don’t want to) and then grab the companion Windows Phone app that tells your phone to look for the update. And then check for new update. All WinPho 8 devices can avail this update. Link

Microsoft waives off royalty licencing fees on Windows platform for OEMs, ODMs

At the on-going BUILD 2014 conference, Microsoft announced that it will waive off the licencing fees on Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows for the OEMs and ODMs. Intention is to encourage the development of Windows platform based devices as long as those devices feature less than 9-inch display. This benefit can be availed by Microsoft Hardware Partners in order to push out more number of smartphones and tablets in the coming year. LINK

Huawei CMO on why the company doesn’t like Windows Phone

Huawei, in a recent interview, has reasoned out why it wants to prioritise Google’s Android OS over Microsoft’s Windows Phone for its handsets, listing the perceived problems with the latter platform. According to Yang, the high-licensing cost will lead to an increase in the price of the Windows Phone handsets by 10 percent. Moreover, he thinks the Windows Phone ecosystem is closed, leaving no room for innovation for the developers.” The third and major block point is that Windows Phone is not so open as Android which blocks a vendor to make their own innovation.” LINK


Foursquare Gets $15M And Licensing Deal From Microsoft To Power Location Context For Windows And Mobile

Foursquare has partnered with Microsoft and has received $15M in funding. The deal will see Foursquare contributing to the Bing platform’s location and context layers on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Microsoft will be getting the data and much deeper access to its contextual layers than any third party via Foursquare’s API. Link