Microsoft does not share the bounty of Xbox Live with regular developers, leaving Windows Phone developers wanting to add leader boards, achievements and other social gaming features needing to either roll their own or look for alternate services.
One such service is OpenXLive, and they are doing pretty well, boasting of 3000 games, 430,000 installations, and more than 100,000 daily users.
They have recently updated their Windows Phone SDK to version 0.9.8, which brings the following new features:
- Supports the login with SNS accounts which involves Facebook, Twitter and Sina Weibo.
- OpenXLive Push Notification Hosting service added. Quite a few developers want to add the notification pushing service in their applications but they are not able to make it happen as they do not have their own server supports. OpenXLive provides the service of Push Notification Hosting and developers can push the notifications from OpenXLive Server
- UI Framework in Silverlight is upgraded with more background pictures and the supports of both landscape and portrait mode
- There is game creation guide added into Visual Studio 2010 and developers then can use their own start page.
The service is free to developers and users, and is clearly a great addition to any game with a leader board.
Read more about the latest announcement at Openxlive.com here.