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by Jason Snell & Dan Moren

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Microsoft makes a power play for HockeyApp

A week ago, a friend who works at a small game developer came to me, asking for recommendations on what his company should be using to distribute alpha versions of a new title. They didn’t want to go the TestFlight route, since it required Apple’s approval before they could send it to people outside the company.

Naturally, I pointed them towards HockeyApp, the other major app-testing system I’ve used.

Today:

We’re happy to share some exciting news with you: Microsoft has acquired HockeyApp! This is a tremendous opportunity to continue to provide developers with the best app development tools and users with the best app experiences.

Huh.

Well, I suppose it’s not exactly shocking: HockeyApp says Microsoft itself has actually been using the system to distribute test builds of its own apps, and Redmond has been making a point recently of writing software that runs on Windows Phone, Android, and iOS–all of which HockeyApp supports. (Since its acquisition by Apple, TestFlight unsurprisingly supports only iOS.)

—Linked by Dan Moren

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