Times are hard, especially if a company is relying on the Microsoft stack for developing applications. Microsoft has a clear vision for its “One Windows”-platform, but is struggling in the mobile space. That´s why we decided to go cross-platform in the second half of 2016.
After the launch of UniShare for the Universal Windows Platform, we got asked to develop the official Android- and iOS-Application for the German News-site WindowsUnited.de. With our plan in mind to expand our reach anyways, we agreed and started immediately with that project.
The app was already out there as a public beta. Today we are proud to announce the general availability of the official WindowsUnited app for Android on the Google Play Store. The app not only allows you to just read the news articles, but let’s you also interact with other users via the integrated comment system. The app integrates on a lot of edges with the operating system, be it for sharing, opening links or share articles from within the app. We also tried to follow the already available Windows App (which is developed by brothers agency (formerly known as cee)) as far as possible in terms of functionality. Here are some screen shots from the app:
We have several things on our to-do list, one of them is to bring WindowsUnited to iOS. Also, we already started to bring UniShare to Android, like you can see from these screen shots:
We are NOT cancelling our investment into the Windows platform, but we will keep expanding to the other mobile platforms as well. Stay tuned, we will keep you informed about the progress we make with our projects.
This year was again a turbulent one for us. We had a few ups and downs, but overall we enjoyed it. What happened this year at MSiccDev?
Bringing UniShare to the PC with the UWP version
This year, we finally did the next step and brought UniShare to the PC with launching our all new written UWP app. We had a great team of beta testers finding out a ton of bugs, helping to make UniShare a powerful and great app. Thanks to all of you again, without your help UniShare would not be as awesome as it is now. We kept improving UniShare and added some cool new features, including translations into more languages, a connection to our SimpleLeet Converter as well as a Translation feature into Klingon.
But we do not stop here. The current situation of Windows Mobile (formerly known as Windows Phone) is difficult. That’s why we had to move on and started development of UniShare for Android. Here is a sneak preview:
Releasing the official WindowsUnited.de app as public beta in the Google Play Store
Also this year, we published Windows United for Android, which is our first public Android application in the Google Play Store. WindowsUnited is a German Microsoft news page, and we are happy to develop their official apps for both Android and iOS. The Android application is a public beta, everyone can download it for free from the store. We target a final release in early 2017 and will also launch an iOS version in 2017.
We will continue to work on these two projects in 2017, and you will see also some new stuff from our side.
So, let’s say goodbye to 2016 and look ahead to 2017 by wishing you and your families a happy new year.