BBC’s iPlayer To Debut On Windows Phone Platform

The BBC has announced that its iPlayer will land in Windows Phone platform soon

Making the announcement, BCC confirmed that all handsets running Microsoft’s mobile operating system currently cannot access the catch-up TV and radio service and to end this, the corporation said it will have to allow a web-based version of iPlayer to be accessed via a live tile – or square icon – on the Windows Phone home screen despite work going on to complete its Android app.

The head of the iPlayer team; David Price previously said that Android was “complex and fragmented with a huge difference between video playback capabilities” for different devices, causing problems for his developers.

By wrapping the iPlayer mobile website together with its proprietary Media Player plug-in, the broadcaster can offer access to streamed feeds of its material but will still not be able to let users download programmes for offline use – as is the case with its iOS app.

The move comes months after Microsoft agreed to pay the BBC a fee to use some of its online news stories within its Windows 8 desktop Bing Daily news app.

Nokia recently revealed that the Windows Phone Store now hosts more than 130,000 apps.

However, the marketplace still has notable holdouts including Instagram, Photoshop and an official Dropbox app as well as games including Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto and Temple Run.

However, a spokeswoman for BBC Global News said this latter agreement was a “commercial content licensing deal” and completely separate to the iPlayer contract.

Microsoft releases preview of ‘Windows 8 Operating System’

Consumers can now download the preview version of the much anticipated Windows 8 Operating System  as Microsoft has released the operating system.

Microsoft says tens of thousands of improvements have been made to what it calls the most important redesign of its interface since Windows 95.

The new operating system is designed to bring Windows into the touchscreen, smartphone era.

It adopts the Metro interface of the company’s mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7.

The released preview has features not available in the last version, the consumer preview, launched in February.

The update abandons the Start menu button found on the bottom of previous versions’ screens

There will be new apps for the Bing search engine, news and sports, and improvements to the mail and photo applications unveiled previously.

Microsoft said manufacturers and developers were at work on new devices and apps designed to make the most of Windows 8’s features.