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Each week, we bring you new app recommendations from our colleagues. This week’s Thursday Staff App Pick comes from Tereza Nemessanyi, a partner business evangelist in Developer and Platform Evangelism at Microsoft.
I’m a wife and mom of two, with a high-pressure job. And I have a confession: I hardly ever cook. I have just one recipe in my walkabout repertoire (my mom’s chicken paprikash). I do love to eat, however.
I also have an active fantasy about food and cooking that rivals any suburban mom’s. I dream that my kitchen repertoire is broader. I’m neutral as to whether I do anything about it. When it comes to food apps, recipe encyclopedias that list all the things I don’t cook leave me cold. I need my food app to transport me to an alternate reality. No guilt, no pressure to perform. I need food porn.
Bridgestone Asia Pacific will equip its sales and technical engineers in the field with an agile, secure and intuitive Windows 8-based mobile cloud solution supported by Windows Azure, Microsoft Singapore announced Thursday. Bridgestone is one of the leading tire manufacturers in the world.
Developed by Microsoft’s IT partner NCS, the solution includes a customized Windows 8 app called Bridgestone Toolbox Touch. With a Windows 8 tablet, Bridgestone’s sales and technical engineers now have the tools and information they need to be more productive on the ground, as well as to deliver better customer service.
If you want one app that can play both your music and videos, the VLC Media Player might be right up your alley. The beta version of VLC for Windows 8 gives you the ability to easily add media, sort it, search it and play it.
Heat maps are a type of overlay that use different colors to show data hot spots on a map. Now a member of the Bing Maps team has come up with a solution for creating heat maps in native Windows Store apps.
Ricky Brundritt, Bing Maps Technology Solution Professional, describes in a post how he came up with the solution, and also documents the reusable library he created. Full source code can also be downloaded from the MSDN Code Samples he shares.
In Windows 8.1, Microsoft introduced new app-to-app contracts that let your users easily interact with people in their address books and integrate events into their calendars.
In the first of a two-part series on the Windows App Builder Blog, the Windows App Team walks you through both of these contracts, starting with contact cards that work specifically with people.
Microsoft has been dedicated to creating meaningful change in education for more than three decades, with $750 million invested in teacher training and professional development in the last 15 years, and Wednesday, at the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum, the company’s top leaders worldwide pledged their continuing support for teachers as well as students and school leaders who are shaping the future.
The company’s education legacy is “without equal,” including the global YouthSpark Initiative, to create opportunities for young people in education, employment and entrepreneurship, writes Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice president, worldwide education.
In the “Witch Potion” puzzle game, exclusive to Windows Phone 8 devices, you’re in charge of protecting adorable creatures from black magic.
In the world where “1 Phoenix Force” takes place, the Earth we know is long gone, burned to ashes and taken over by monsters. You take flight as the reborn Phoenix in hopes of restoring life to Earth.
Skype Labs, the in-house innovation hub, is celebrating its fifth anniversary of improving the Skype experience for the product’s more than 300 million monthly users, who generate more than 2 billion minutes of Skype audio and video calls every day.
Adriana Dumitras, head of the Skype Labs team, writes that the team has used its expertise in audio, video, computer vision, networking, machine learning, data mining, statistics and quality of experience to create and deliver some of the fundamental and innovative core technologies that have contributed to Skype’s success.
This July at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle, the top team from each category – Games, Innovation and World Citizenship – will take home $50,000. Now, thanks to a trio of new partnerships, each of those teams is also going to have a life-changing experience.
Microsoft Ventures, Microsoft YouthSpark and PAX will provide a customized Boot Camp for each of the category winners.
“Soulcalibur V” and “Retro City Rampage” are among the games on sale this week at the Xbox Games Store, with savings of up to 80 percent. Discounts are good through March 17.
“Soulcalibur V” – regularly $14.99, now 75 percent off – continues the epic story of the legendary soul swords 17 years after the events of “Soulcalibur IV,” and features a fluid 3D battle system and guest appearance by Ezio Auditore, the Master Assassin from “Assassin’s Creed.”
It’s hard to beat Facebook Messenger for getting in touch with your Facebook friends on your Windows Phone device. Not only does the app let you quickly see who’s online for a private or group chat, it also makes it easy for you to send private messages.
The 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum starts Wednesday in Barcelona, with more than 1,100 educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries attending to re-imagine and redesign the world of education for the 21st century.
With the increased role of technology and cloud services in the classroom, serious privacy-related questions about the use of student data are being raised worldwide. “Misleading, exploitative, or aggressive marketing practices simply don’t belong in the classroom,” writes Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice president, worldwide education.
The Kinect for Windows team turned to James Ashley, a leader in developing with Kinect for Windows and a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP,) for a Q&A on his experiences with the preview sensor. He has been in the Developer Preview program for three months and he had some advice for other Kinect for Windows developers.
If you need some help figuring out which Titan best suits you, you have to check out the “Titanfall” Personality Test. You can take the written portion of the Full Combat Certification exam to find the Titan that matches your style of play.
The latest installment of The Garage Series on the Office Blogs focuses on Oslo, a new search and discovery tool in Office 365 developed to make it easier for people to get their work done in a quicker and more informed way.
Taxes are due soon, but staying financially healthy is a year-round endeavor. Luckily, several Windows and Windows Phone apps that are both timely and timeless help keep your financial house in order.
When “Titanfall” debuted at SXSW in Austin Monday night, it made a big splash with the fans who had waited in line, who could barely contain their enthusiasm, and who posed for pictures with Major Nelson and helped the Xbox community ring in this much anticipated game.
Now that “Titanfall” has arrived on Xbox One, you might want to get some tips and tricks on how to become a master pilot.
Planning to attend the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference? Act quickly to take advantage of the discounted rate being offered March 12-13.
From Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. PT to Thursday at 11:59 p.m. PT, you can register for an all-access pass for WPC 2014 for the price of $1,895 -- a $100 discount off the current conference registration price.
The redesigned Yammer Customer Success Center is a one-stop hub for answers about activating Yammer, acquiring users, educating your coworkers and maximizing business value from your network.
Fashionistas, it’s time to work it!
Through Friday, Skype’s Boyfriend Jeans Challenge competitors can submit photos or videos on how to style this particular look, which involves more relaxed fitting, sometimes even baggy, denim and adding your own feminine flair with perfectly proportioned tops and accessories. The grand prize is a trip to London with Skype Photography Brand Ambassador, Chaucee Stillman, for a shopping trip with a personal stylist.
As the clock struck midnight on March 11, stores around the world began selling “Titanfall,” Microsoft’s new next-gen shooter that combines wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay.
Like other 8-year-olds, Mohamed Tariq Jaffar Ali plays soccer. His favorite part? Scoring goals, once popping three past the goalie in one game!
He also accomplished another goal off the field: creating an app, Kids Zone, that has been downloaded from the Windows Phone Store more than 1,200 times from people in many countries, including Portugal, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, India and Lebanon. The free app aggregates YouTube videos and clips from popular cartoons such as “Tom and Jerry,” “Curious George” and “SpongeBob SquarePants” and sorts them into channels easily accessible for kids – and their parents. Tariq, for instance, added Mickey Mouse as a channel for his 4-year-old sister.
“Frozen Free Fall” from Disney (free in the Windows Store) brings engaging puzzle play to the gorgeous world of Anna, Elsa and their friends from the Disney hit movie, “Frozen.” The game is newly updated, with 30 more delightfully icy puzzles, for a total of 120, so that there’s plenty of sliding and matching of colorful frozen crystals to be done.
You’ll unlock more characters as you go, and enjoy special power-ups with each one – including Sven and Olaf. Live Tiles display your completed levels, your score and the character who helped you achieve the points.