ABC debuts first ever modern Windows App – for Surface and Win8.1 Tablets

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Only a few months ago, ABC Australia – yes the ABC we have been holding to account over their continued lack of Windows Phone support – released a new Tablet-only News and Current Affairs + Light entertainment App; The Brief. Initially launching in May 2014 on iPad – it made it’s way onto select Android tablet devices in July. Last month we confirmed that ABC Australia was working on it’s first Windows App (excluding Xbox) – with a planned release for Windows 8.1 touch devices.

That day has come.

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#ourABC – Now you see it, Now you don’t. Part 2: #OurABCToo


It would seem that #ourABC embraces it’s audience equally – unless you are a Windows Phone user in this country. Not just content to have us as second class citizens, the ABC has made an exclusion zone of Australia for any Windows Phone official access of ABC TV and Radio content. This means that an ever increasing amount of Aussie smartphone owners are locked out of accessing the ABC’s licensed content – in direct conflict with the ABC’s own charter.

And as we will go on to show our readers, this week they would appear to have not only demonstrated their inconsistency in how they view and approach the major smartphone platforms, but also by their actions have left the ABC open to questions of bias, discrimination and even competence around their iView and Innovation department management of Windows Phone.

If you missed Part 1 – you should check it out. It has some important background to this week’s latest events in the unfolding saga of the ABC, iView and Windows Phone.

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#OurABC – except when it comes to the Windows Platform in Australia. Part 1: #OurABCToo


Long-time readers of WPDU would know that, well, for a long-time we have been engaging ABC Australia over their continued lack of support for Windows Phone. Moving into the second half of 2014 one would have hoped for some improvement in our predicament over ABC Apps and services for our devices. Unfortunately, the events of last week sadly prove otherwise. Not only have the ABC proved resolute in their stance of not bringing about official Apps for the Windows Phone Platform in Australia, they seem to have also acted in record time this week to deny WP8AU users the opportunity to access their most popular service via an unofficial App for Windows Phone.

But before we get to that – let’s refresh a little history.

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