Developers: Delight and engage your users with these new Windows Phone 8.1 capabilities

This week at Build 2014, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 and the Visual Studio tooling to build apps for it. The release brings convergence to the Windows developer platform, making it easier to build apps that engage and flow across every Windows screen in a user’s life.

Windows Phone 8.1 introduces numerous features – among them: Live tile improvements; Bluetooth LE support; Action Center; Notification improvements; a mobile Web that feels more native with updates to Internet Explorer 11; being able to roam user preferences and set data and Windows Credential Locker credentials in your apps – to create a more fluid user experience as your users move between their devices.

The Windows Credential Locker securely stores sensitive user information in a way that provides both the developer and the user with peace of mind that the credentials and passwords won’t be compromised through either reverse-engineering of the app source code or from an attack on app isolated storage.

If you haven’t already, grab the tooling available with the Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 and discover what you can do on the Windows platform. And to learn more, head over to the Building Apps for Windows blog.

You might also be interested in:

· Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC and Azure SDK 2.3 now available to download
· Windows App Studio Beta: Create an app for both Windows Phone and Windows in one session, no code needed
· Windows Phone 8.1: Cortana introduced to take your questions

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff