$90,000 in Cash Award via AppCampu

$90,000 in Cash Award via AppCampu; Windows Phone Games for ¢99; Windows Phone 8 Simulation Dashboard Explained; Official Portico Update Build 8.0.10211.204 Revealed

Microsoft and Nokia have pledged to invest up to €18 million in the AppCampus, a mobile app accelerator program designed to help developers bring their innovative apps to market--over the next three years.

While the home base of the program is Aalto University, Finland, "AppCampus is a global program-- it's open to all developers, designers, and entrepreneurs around the world who have innovative, first-to-market ideas and superior ability to deliver quality and performance," Microsoft stated.

Adding, "More than 1,500 applications from 85 countries have been submitted already."

"Applicants whose apps are selected for the program can receive cash awards varying from €20,000 (approximately $25,000) to €70,000 (approximately $90,000), depending on the complexity of the app," the company adds.

You can find the complete terms and conditions here.

Microsoft also slashes prices on several popular Windows Phone games to just 99 cents. Learn more here.

In a blog post, Microsoft explains the Simulation Dashboard, that is available in the new Windows Phone SDK 8.0, and "help validate in advance how your Windows Phone app will behave in real life conditions."

Windows Phone 8 Simulation Dashboard Windows Phone Simulator Dashbaoard Settings Windows Phone 8 Simultaor Dashboard Reminder

You can simulate various network conditions and phone interruptions from the dashboard and tweak your app to ensure that it behaves well under these conditions. The following options are available for the dashboard:

  • "You can simulate different network conditions with custom settings of Network Speed and Signal Strengths (network speed and quality will be limited by the actual network of the development environment).
  • You can trigger the Lock Screen on the Windows Phone emulator or device to validate how the app manages its state under Activated/Deactivated events.
  • You can trigger Reminders to validate an app's behavior when it is interrupted and partially obscured with Obscured/Unobscured events," informs Microsoft.

Want to know more about the Simulation Dashboard and see what all can you do with it, check this post.

Also, Microsoft has finally posted details on the Windows Phone 8 Portico update build number 8.0.10211.204:

  • Messaging improvements. A great messaging experience is now even better. You can now add multiple recipients at the same time when you send a text message and automatically save unsent text messages as drafts. You can even edit received text messages before you forward them.
  • Text replies to incoming calls. Can't take a call? Now you can send a prewritten text reply to a caller directly from the call answer screen. It's a nice way to let people know that you're not ignoring them.
  • Internet Explorer improvements. You can now change your settings to prevent pictures from downloading automatically--an easy way to help keep data usage low. You can also delete selected sites from your browsing history and leave the rest intact.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity. Got a favorite Wi-Fi network? Windows Phone 8 will now prioritize Wi-Fi connections based on your connection history.
  • Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.