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Tips and tricks for using XAML controls in your universal Windows apps

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This post was written by Rohan Thakkar, Program Manager 2 - Developer Ecosystem Platform on Operating Systems Group at Microsoft.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout arriving soon for Windows and Windows Phone

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout is one of the most highly anticipated mobile games of the year. Many of you have been wondering when this first person shooter will be arriving on Windows and Windows Phone. Your wait will soon be over! Today, Gameloft has announced that Modern Combat 5: Blackout will be available for download on both Windows and Windows Phone on July 24th, just a few days away.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comes to Windows and Windows Phone

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I am so excited for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy which hits theaters on August 1st. The movie looks fantastic. As we wait for the movie, Marvel has released the game Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon for us to get acquainted with this ragtag group of characters.

New Opportunity: Kinect for Windows + Unified Windows developer portal and documentation and 21 additional payout markets

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Earlier this week Microsoft released the Kinect for Windows Public Preview which represents a new opportunity for Windows developers, as apps created with the new SDK may be published to the Window Store later this year. We’re making plans to prominently feature Kinect-enabled apps to provide customers with an exciting new Windows experience. I’d like to encourage you to download the preview today and be one of the first to publish a Windows app integrating the Kinect experience.

Free group video calling now available with Skype for Windows 8.1

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You can now bring family and friends together for free group video calling with Skype for Windows 8.1 on your Windows PCs and Tablets. Group video calling allows you to have group video calls with up to 9 people at the same time. This was previously available only as a premium feature with a paid subscription but now it’s free and really easy to do.

Viggle now available for Windows and Windows Phone

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Who doesn’t like the idea of earning rewards for watching their favorite TV shows and listening to their favorite music? With Viggle, just hold up the app to check in to TV shows you’re watching or match music you’re listening to earn Viggle Points. You can then redeem the Viggle Points you earn for rewards like movie tickets and gift cards from BestBuy, Lowe's, Gap, Fandango and more. By checking into featured shows or songs, you can early 2X, 5X, 10X the points.

WPC 2014: Partnering to win in the mobile era

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Today, we are at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington, D.C. This is one of my favorite events of the year because it gives us an opportunity to connect with our partners and gather invaluable feedback on their experiences working with us, our platform and productivity scenarios. It’s also a unique opportunity for our partners to come together and share how they are using Microsoft technologies to create innovative solutions.

This year is an important one for WPC, following a lot of big changes across our company and across the industry.

Windows themes from dawn to dusk

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Do people still read the Iliad?

Tips for submitting apps in markets that require an age rating

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Windows Phone adoption is growing around the world, and as mentioned in my Windows Store trends blog, many of these countries or markets have organizations that have defined a content or age rating system that indicates the suitability of the app for certain age groups.

Bing magic helps Cortana predict the winner in 15 out of 16 Soccer (Football) matches in Brazil

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A few weeks ago, we enabled the ability for Cortana to predict the outcomes of soccer matches from Brazil powered by prediction technology in Bing on devices running Windows Phone 8.1. Thanks to Bing, Cortana has accurately predicted the winner in 15 out of 16 games of those popular soccer matches (a near perfect bracket in the knockout rounds) which is pretty amazing.

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