Microsoft analyzed applications in Windows Store and Windows Phone Store recently and submitted the overview of tendencies of the market of applications. Article seemed to me interesting, I decided to translate it and better to understand – on what it is worth concentrating the efforts for creation of successful and popular applications under Windows today?
1. Create applications for operating systems of version 8.1 By the end of 2014 of Windows 8.1 became basic operation system for Windows Store: in November the vast majority (92%) of applications in Windows Store and 65% of loadings of Windows applications of Phone were made from operating systems of this version.
1 year, 11 months ago
"Microsoft" already tests the application of the management of documents by means of voice commands "The working assistant" using the voice assistant (analog of Siri) "Kortana" to open, edit and rummage documents. It is a prototype so far, but sources of the The Verge edition confirmed intentions of children from Redmond to implement the voice assistant in mobile and desktop versions of "Office" soon.
Cortana received a name in honor of the character from Halo
So why the PhotoMath application causes such interest? Perhaps because the Croatian design team of MicroBlink realized our children's dream, having handed a magic wand for a solution even of difficult mathematical equations (actually, absolutely not harmful, and, on the contrary, useful to training in mathematical sciences, but about this ambassador). Our colleagues managed to contact developers and to talk about how this small, but successful application was created, and about what to us to wait from them in the future for. And while your child burns the last small volume of "Ready homeworks", permit to invite you to examine excerpts from this interview.
A few hours ago, broadcast of action of Windows 10 ended: The Next Chapter where Microsoft provided a set of different innovations, part from which, we, until recently, could provide only to cinema and on pages of fantastic novels.
Everything that you will read below not some far future, and very absolutely even the next.
1 year, 12 months ago
Approximately through an hour and a half after the publication of this post at 20:00 across Moscow forward translation of the presentation of release of Windows 10 Consumer Preview will begin.
What can be expected
The new OS will be uniform for all devices — from smartphones to personal computers. Strategy of one kernel means one app store and cross-platform applications for all devices. It will help the lagging behind vindofona which will transform to Windows Mobile — a combination of Windows Phone and the Windows RT. At the same time the errors "eights" will be considered — the Start menu returns in more conservative "semyorochny" type. This solution in time: last year sales of tablets dropped by 7,2%.
The fast cross-platform minimalist Spartan browser with deep integration of voice search of Cortana and expansions — at last Microsoft will catch up with Chrome and Firefox. Cheap notebooks as repulse to chromebooks — let them and is not enough (about a percent), but Microsoft wants to earn from the accompanying services (Office), but not computers too. Also innovations in video games, perhaps are expected, games for Xbox One can be started on the PC or the user will receive versions for both platforms. Even a helmet of virtual reality is possible, but hardly it will be shown before E3. Can gain further development of Perceptive Pixel.
2 years ago
We continue our parade of premieres. We want to declare to you start of two new smartphones: Lumia 435, our first model from a new 400th series which will become the most available smartphone of Microsoft, and also Lumia 532 with the Glance screen and interesting two-layer design.
2 years ago
While all Russia was submerged in a passion of New Year's vacation, the world of IT just teemed with prime ministers of new gadgets and technologies. We did not stand aside and provided at once a little, if I may say so, opposite devices.
2 years ago
Mobile platform of Windows Phone – the youngest in the market. Our strategy for work with the leading developers is quite simple – we define potentially the best applications and we help with that they appeared on our platforms. This year we selected remarkable and bright games and applications which gathered a large number of positive responses and achieved popularity from users.
2014 will be remembered to us by start of the innovation model of "universal applications" – working at the same time at phone, the tablet and the computer. We are very glad that many of the most popular applications this year were universal.
We look forward to 2015 and an opportunity to give you many pleasant surprises which we prepared for you in new year.
2 years agoXIM is a new cross-platform service for an exchange of photos. And if to be more exact, then for joint (remote) viewing of these photos.
XIM — is available in the form of the application to Lumia and to smartphones on WP8.1 in general, and also to other devices with iOS and Android onboard. Service supports work with a number of the popular "connected" digital mediaplayers. But about everything one after another.
2 years ago
The Beta Labs project began the work in far 2007 and over time became popular among our users wishing to get early access to betas of new applications, to test them and to leave comments. This year the project officially replaced a site, having moved to more convenient and popular UserVoice platform.
The last innovations of the project became the new Gestures application (possibly that in the Russian market it will receive the name "Gestures") and the additional Glance Screen functions (at us "Welcome screen" is called just).