Holiday Helpers

The Holidays are coming!  The Holidays are coming! I’m being a little dramatic but it’s a pretty big deal.  Companies rush their most exciting products to the marketplace, and customers spend more in the months leading up to the New Year than any other time of year. Apps are like elves, very helpful.  I’ve rounded… Read more

Support for Facebook Login APIs on Windows

Today, I authored a blog post here on the Microsoft blog announcing Facebook’s official support for Facebook Login APIs on Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8. If you do have any feedback, you can reach out to me in the comments below or on Twitter @StevenGuggs Cheers… Read more

Commercial Data Visualization Apps

There is a lot of focus on great consumer apps and in turn a lot of discussion on this topic.  What are the most addicting games?  What app will I use to take pictures, look at pictures, edit pictures, share pictures?  What about music and video?  As our team works with partners on great apps… Read more

Java Developers, Meet Windows Azure.

Over the past several years Microsoft has worked hard to make sure our cloud platform offers developers a broad set of Microsoft and non-Microsoft development languages and tools. Of course we love .Net and Visual Studio developers, but our work with PHP, Node.js, Python, and Ruby should leave no doubt that Microsoft is also committed… Read more

STUDENTS: Welcome to Imagine Cup 2014!

It is my pleasure to announce the launch of our Imagine Cup 2014 season and share the news that registration is now officially open!   This is the 12th year of Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s premier student technology competition, and we’ll be giving out more than $750,000 in prizes this year and we’ll have even more to… Read more

Download Windows 8.1 RTM, Visual Studio 2013 RC and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM Today

Starting today, we will extend availability of our current Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. The Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise edition will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month. Additionally, today we’re making… Read more

Foursquare now available in the Windows Store

As of today, Foursquare is available in the Windows Store.  Beautiful, fast and fluid – this app is full of photos and information about great places right around you, and reveals a new way to discover businesses and attractions near and far.  Foursquare has been available on Windows Phone for quite a while, but landing… Read more

It’s great to be back!

Well hello again!  It has been a while, but I’m back. I never really left, but what I’m back to is writing blogs.  It has been five years since my last post in the AppPlat Team. During those years, I’ve been working for the OEM division which oversees Microsoft’s relationships with the makers of devices… Read more