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Written by Greg Duerden   
Monday, 20 January 2014

Jim Byer will be giving the presentation “Windows 8 Gospel Library” at noon MST on Friday, February 7, 2014.

The Gospel Library for Windows 8 was originally developed last year. An LDSTech community of .NET Developers was formed to convert it to Windows 8.1, update the content, fix some bugs, and release it to the Microsoft Windows Store. That release was posted December 26, 2013.

Additional features and a redesign of the user interface is scheduled for the next release, which may come as early as April general conference. New features include synchronizing annotations (bookmarks, highlights, notes, tags, and cross-references) with other devices, presenting content in multiple languages, resizing text, and other features as time and resources allow.

The changes to Gospel Library for Windows will also have a positive effect on the Gospel Library for Windows Phone application. The two products were completely separate, but the new architecture will merge the code into one base.

How to Attend the Broadcast


To watch the LDSTech broadcast, click the "Watch it now" button at the time of the broadcast. If you would like to attend the broadcast in person, you may join us in the Riverton Office Building (3740 West Market Center Drive, Riverton, UT, Ground Floor, Zion Room A).

Each broadcast is recorded, so if you miss one, you can re-watch the recording at any time. In fact, if you tune in late to the broadcast, you can rewind the broadcast and play it from the beginning. See the Broadcast Archive to view previous broadcasts.

Asking Questions

Viewers can ask questions through Twitter during the broadcast. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.

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# Samuel J. Gale 2014-01-20 21:55
I'm excited to watch the broadcast. My entire family just changed from phones operating on Adroid and iOS to Windows phones and were surprised at the disparity between the android app and the windows phone app. I was particularly surprised to see that the library catalog had not been updated since September 2013... which means that the app is missing the latest general conference addresses and that the youth curriculum is currently out of date. I'm excited to hear what updates might be made that will impact these issues.
# Jason Fife 2014-01-31 16:23
I am another Windows user (Surface and Phone) that would like to see the same representation of content that the other platforms receive.
# James Noel Helfrich 2014-01-31 16:29
Aside from reading the scriptures, the most important feature for any version of the Gospel Library (GL) application is access to my notes, tags, and links. I currently use GL 2.5 on iOS (iPod Touch) because it is the best way to enter/view annotations. If another app did a better job, I would buy a device just to use it. Annotations are that important to me.
# Janelle Moana Nikora 2014-01-31 16:39
I'm a windows phone user and love the platform. I really want to see the library updated past September??? What's the about? Please support windows phone and def fix the notes/annotations etc to be on par with android and iOS. Thanx team
# Joshua J. Lee 李強華 2014-01-31 17:27
2/8 is Saturday, not Friday.
# Alan Smoot 2014-02-01 00:19
Quoting Joshua Lee 李強華:
2/8 is Saturday, not Friday.

Joshua, thanks for the comment. This has now been updated.
# Ronald Warren Hardy 2014-01-31 17:42
The broadcast is on Friday, February 07, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. Mountain Standard Time.
# Alan Smoot 2014-02-01 00:20
Quoting Ronald Warren Hardy:
The broadcast is on Friday, February 07, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. Mountain Standard Time.

Now fixed, thanks.
# Matthew Sheets 2014-01-31 18:00
Very awesome. I will be looking forward to this.
# Emerson Jay Lindsay 2014-02-01 05:03
My wife has an old laptop. I have wanted to update that to a convertible Windows 8.1 pc but I will not do it until the Gospel Library is "fully" functional on Windows 8.1. Anything you can do to put this project front and center would be good!
# Eduardo de Athayde 2014-03-07 06:27
Resta saber se a iniciativa abrange os usuários do Windows Phone 7 ou se seremos deixados para trás. Os desenvolvedores da Igreja não podem esquecer que há membros que moram em países onde um celular com WinPhone 8 é caro.
# Randall Jonathan Cloud 2014-03-30 14:17
I as well use surface and windows phone, and I would love and appreciate any update and addition to the LDS offerings on both devices.
# Alan Smoot 2014-04-08 10:02
Quoting Randall Jonathan Cloud:
I as well use surface and windows phone, and I would love and appreciate any update and addition to the LDS offerings on both devices.

Did you see the response from Jim Byer?
# Jim Byer 2014-03-31 13:06
This is Jim Byer, the developer who did the February LDSTech Presentation. Thank you for your Interest in Gospel Library for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone. I would like to assure you that a team of volunteers is working hard to re-write the Windows 8.1 Gospel Library app with a new design layout and new features including multi-media, many languages, and hopefully Annotations. The Windows Phone version will come after that.

This is a large undertaking and will require some patience as these Volunteers and Senior Missionaries continue to work to deliver the new applications. Please pray for their success as they continue to work on this new release.

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