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//build 2014 highlights #3: graphics, media, design, and the business of apps

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We’re deep into our //build 2014 highlights, and this week we bring together some of the deepest technical sessions—those on graphics and media—with those at the opposite end of the spectrum, namely those related to design and running your apps business.

Let’s start off deep with the six sessions on gaming and DirectX:

Windows 8.1 Deployment Labs – Now available

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Last month Michael Niehaus and I ran a Windows 8.1 deployment Jump Start with deployment gurus and MVP’s Johan Arwidmark and Mikael Nyström. The Jump Start received great feedback with viewers Particularly appreciating the demos. The Jump Start is now available for you to view on the Microsoft Virtual Academy at your own pace.

//build/ –> //learn/-> //publish/: new resources to help you publish your universal Windows apps

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You’ve heard announcements at //build/ around the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 and the converged development platform; now get the details and support from community experts to bring your universal Windows apps to life.

Spring into action: Up to 60% off popular games from Electronic Arts – 1 week only

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The EA Mobile Spring Sale is on right now through April 24th. Get gigantic savings on big hits like FIFA 14, Plants vs. Zombies, The Sims 3, and more. Read on for details, or see all the great deals in the EA Mobile Spring Sale Collection in the Windows Phone Store.

WinJS on Windows Phone 8.1

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This post was written by Josh Rennert, Program Manager, Windows Ecosystem & Frameworks team

There were two big announcements involving Windows Library for JavaScript (“WinJS”) this year at //build 2014. One revealed MS Open Technology’s work to make WinJS cross-platform and open source. Developers are now able to bring the personality of Windows apps to other browsers and devices. For more information, check out Maria Kang’s post.

Red Stripe Deals on glƏƏk, Shark Dash, Chuggington Puzzle Stations, and more!

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We've got 6 great new Red Stripe Deals for you on everything from the popular glƏƏk! app to games like Shark Dash, Roman Empire, Success Story, the Treasures of Montezuma 3, and Chuggington Puzzle Stations. From today until next Thursday, enjoy a 50% or more discount off the original price of these apps.*

Shark Dash! by Gameloft

Where’s My Water? XYY and Disney Solitaire now available in the Windows Store

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It’s hard not to be a fan of Disney, especially their great games for kids of all ages. This week, there are two new games to play on your Windows devices – just in time to add to your Spring Break fun. Let’s take a look…

Where’s My Water? XYZ (new):

You May Soon Get a Response to Your Windows Phone App Review

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Microsoft recently announced that developers would soon be able to respond to user reviews of their apps and games. This new feature allows app developers to address common questions, troubleshoot issues, understand user requests for new app capabilities and overall help ensure that users get the best app experience.

This capability is not about allowing developer to question or debate your personal opinions. In fact, developers who misuse the ability to respond to app reviews will lose the privilege.

Respond to App Reviews: a phased rollout

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At //build/ earlier this month, we announced that the option would be available for developers to respond to reviews, beginning in May. Today I want to share that we’ve taken the first step toward implementing this feature with a small private pilot program that we will expand over time. As a result, some customers may start to hear from developers in the pilot program as early as later this week.

//build 2014 highlights #2: enterprise, XAML, and IE/JavaScript/web apps

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Welcome to our next installment of //build 2014 highlights! This week we’ll start with relevant sessions for enterprise developers that are rich and diverse. As we mentioned in a brief post on April 3rd, Windows 8.1 Update enables some new features for side-loaded Windows Store apps, namely local loopback and brokering between Windows Store and desktop apps and services, which open a wide range of new scenarios.

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