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Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone gets Video recording and playback

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Facebook has released an update for their Messenger app for Windows Phone that brings a few new features I think you will enjoy. This update introduces video recording and video playback so that you can send video messages and watch received videos directly within the app. A new sticker tab is also being introduced that shows recent stickers, as well as some sticker improvements to help save bandwidth. If you already have Messenger installed, you should begin seeing the update soon.

Merging the Code-Base: Combining Existing Windows Store and Phone Apps into Universal Apps

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This post was written by Microsoft MVP Can Bilgin.

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This week we're featuring guest blog posts from some of the members of our Microsoft developer MVP program.

Cortana now shows local recommendations from Foursquare

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One of the benefits of Cortana is that we can make updates behind-the-scenes on the servers that light up new capabilities without the need for a software update. We added the ability for Cortana to predict the winners in popular soccer matches in Brazil courtesy of Bing magic earlier this month.

Would you like double cheese with that? Adding Windows tablet goodness to Windows Phone applications

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This post was written by Microsoft MVP Rob Miles.

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This week we're featuring guest blog posts from some of the members of our Microsoft developer MVP program.

Fitbit arrives for Windows Phone 8.1!

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Fitbit is launching their native app for Windows Phone 8.1 today that brings direct mobile syncing (via Bluetooth 4.0). Devices running Windows Phone 8.1 will now have instant access to up-to-date stats from Fitbit’s wireless activity trackers like the Flex, One and Zip. Fitbit’s wireless activity trackers track health and fitness metrics like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes, floors climbed and sleep quality.

Expanding Open Source technologies on Windows

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At //build/ 2014 earlier this year, Microsoft took a number of broad steps to embrace open source, from WinJS and .NET to the open cloud on Azure and investments and efforts to enable your favorite open-source te

Introduction to universal Windows apps in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1

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This post was written by Microsoft MVP Pavel Yosifovich.

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This week we're featuring guest blog posts from some of the members of our Microsoft developer MVP program. Microsoft MVPs are passionate, expert community leaders who share their real-world knowledge and experience building solutions with Microsoft platforms. 

Sheep for wheat, anyone? Internet Explorer releases preview of new social Catan web experience for free play

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Today, we’re excited to release the preview of Catan Anytime – the entirely new social version of the beloved board game The Settlers of Catan. Play is completely free and available on any device with a modern browser.

Uber now available on Windows Phone!

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Uber, the popular technology platform that connects users with safe, reliable and seamless transportation announced their official Windows Phone app earlier today. Uber for Windows Phone is a fast, full-featured native app that makes ordering your next ride super easy.

Meet the Lumia 530 – the most affordable Lumia yet

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Today, the Microsoft Devices Group has announced the very affordable Lumia 530. The Lumia 530 is the perfect entry to Windows Phone 8.1 which includes new features like Action Center, Word Flow, and Cortana - the world’s first personal digital assistant. The Lumia 530 comes with a 4-inch LCD display and a powerful 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It also has a 5-megapixel camera and expandable storage up to 128GB using a MicroSD memory card. The Lumia 530 will also come with dual-SIM capabilities too.

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