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-Dave, September 2013
The Windows Phone Team has recently pushed out three important updates that you should take advantage of.
The first of the new updates is for the Windows Phone Developer Tools. Cliff Simpkins from the Phone Team has a break down of some of the new features on his official blog post here. His top 5 are as follows:
You will also notice a new RC (Release Candidate) in the control panel tools listing.
Be sure to read the full official blog post here.
There has also been a refresh of the Mango Bits that you can flash your phone with. There are some new features inside this update, like native Twitter integration, you can take advantage of as well. Head on over to the WinSuperSite for a breakdown on what is new inside this RC.
The update is being pushed out to eligible devices as we speak. You can also check for it manually by following these important steps:
The Marketplace has been hard at work at updating the reporting features of AppHub as well as launching marketplaces in several new countries. Some of these exciting features include:
I have seen an uptick in downloads for my own DoodlePad apps when the new markets when online. You can see the spike in downloads in the chart below:
It is important to point out however that you need to go into AppHub and select these new countries in order to be published to them. By default your application will not be available in the new marketplaces unless you specifically tell it to be. This includes apps that previously selected “Worldwide Distribution” you will need to go back in and select worldwide again.
Be sure to check out the official blog post here for all the details.
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