I just got the e-mail from Microsoft that version 1.7 of Lync News has been approved and published. It’ll take a little while still to make it to the Marketplace (most likely when I wake up in the morning). Here is the direct link to the app for Windows Phone and here is the Android link.
As of this writing, the app has been downloaded 1,261 times on Windows Phone and a surprisingly low 314 times for the Android version. I know this is wildly unscientific, but I would have imagined those numbers in the reverse. Maybe Windows Phone has a future…
There is only 1 new feature in this release:
Added a feed from Twitter for the #Lync hashtag.
I received an e-mail a few months ago from Ståle Hansen requesting this be added. I was quick to respond to him but slow to update the app with his great suggestion. I have added it to this release as you can see on the screenshot to the left.
I still have plans to do a full, custom version of this app instead of just using AppMakr. A lack of time and a lack of knowledge are conspiring against me. Just when I thought I’d have time, Lync mobility gets released chewing up valuable hours of catching my skills up on C#.
Lync 2010 News app: On the twitter feed the post does not include the ID of the owner of the tweet…. a little rude don’t you think?
Thanks for the feedback. Don’t blame me for being rude – the default Twitter atom feed doesn’t provide the username either. So Twitter doesn’t want us to have it!
But your comment compelled me to dig deeper and on one of the Twitter API pages, it listed the option necessary to add to the URL to grab the username. I’ve updated the app and have resubmitted it to the app stores. Expect to see this new version show up in 7-10 days.