We have already heard about a number of bugs in Microsoft’s new version of their mobile OS, and now a Windows Phone 8 date bug has been discovered, the bug appears to be affecting some users in certain areas.
To keep this post from being too technical, there is a very common function in the C# language; DateTime.Parse(string). This function allows you to enter a formatted string of text and in turn receive a DateTime object which can then be manipulated within your software. In our app, we use this functionality to convert a post’s published time to your local time, wherever you are.
The problem is, that since March 1st, when your phone is set to the Italian region, this method throws a “FormatException” (South Africa also appears to be affected). It works without a hitch for the US or UK (and many other regions), and as I’m not a developer for Windows Phone itself I can’t tell you the exact issue, but it’s there.
You can find out more details about the Windows Phone 8 date bug over at WPCentral.