A former Microsoft employee has written a lengthy post about the history of Windows Mobile, noting with regret that the software giant should have owned the mobile market. That sounds pleasant. But it was never going to happen.
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The Office 365 team at Microsoft continues its torrid update pace this month, with a slew of improvements that hit across virtually all of the client platforms that they support.
Folks, this one is special. If you’re a Windows phone user and you care at all about photography, be sure to check out the free appVinci. It’s basically Prisma, but on Windows and with better performance.
In this month's look at Windows device usage, AdDuplex again examines the uptake for Windows 10 Mobile in particular, and at how the Anniversary Update is spreading across both phones and PCs.
Amazon this week shipped a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app version of its core store experience, delighting users who had previously mourned the death of its previous Windows 8 and Windows phone apps. But this app is really just the Amazon web site in an app wrapper. Does that matter?
Microsoft has released its second "Redstone 2"-era build to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring, and unlike the previous build, this on is available on both PC and Mobile.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Groove gets another nice update for Windows Insiders, Gears of War gets a gorgeous 4K trailer, the Lumia 650 is on sale too, and the HDHomeRun DVR app is now available on Xbox One.
Two weeks after Microsoft delivered the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 for PCs, tablets, HoloLens, and IoT, the firm has begun the roll out on Windows phones too. That said, you could still be in for a long wait.
For over two weeks now, I've secretly made a major change to my daily workflow and have been using as many Microsoft mobile apps on PC, tablet, and smartphone as possible. And my relative levels of success speak volumes, I think, to the state of Microsoft's mobile efforts here in mid-2016.
Tech tidbits from around the web: an interesting follow-up from Alan Mendelevich, Minecraft for Windows 10 now works with the Oculus Rift VR headset, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL get permanent price cuts, Windows 10 earns the respect of security experts, more.
With Windows 10 now available across a variety of device types---including PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s, phones, HoloLens, and more---Microsoft has once again tweaked how device limits work. So its time to take another look at this little-understood aspect of Microsoft account ownership.
As promised, Microsoft has updated and renamed its previous account verification app for Android and iOS, Azure Authenticator, to Microsoft Authenticator. This app lets you use multi-factor authentication (MFA) with your online accounts. And do so more easily than before.
Windows phone fans have suffered countless indignities in the year since Microsoft surrendered the smartphone market to Android and iPhone. But none are as hard to bear as the growing exodus of apps from the platform.
There are ranters and then there are the well-meaning developers who do nothing but champion the platform. And when a member that latter group issues a blistering criticism of everything that Microsoft hasn't done to make Windows 10 Mobile a success, it's time to pay attention.
After a few weeks off, Microsoft is jumpstarting its Windows 10 Mobile development efforts and it still plans to ship a "final" version of what it's now calling Windows 10 for Phones sometime later this month.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Dolphin snatches iPad at SeaWorld Orlando, NuAns fails to meet its Kickstarter goals, August 2016 evaluation Windows developer virtual machines, HP.com will start selling Elite x3 on September 5 in the US, more.
About a month and a half after a freak factory fire destroyed its first shipment, NexDock has emailed customers to alert them that the first orders are now shipping.
Back in Windows 8, Microsoft added the ability to "cast" your PC's display to an HDTV or other external display. But now you can cast your smartphone's display to your PC in Windows 10.
Microsoft continues to update Groove across various platforms. Today, those on the Windows Insider program can preview a coming update that improves Your Groove playlists and provides a way to once again edit song metadata.
Microsoft is trying to sell off its remaining inventory of Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL handsets ahead of the launch of HP's new Elite x3. This isn't the first time Microsoft has "drained the swamp" this year for HP. And it probably won't be the last.
Microsoft announced today that the Starbucks app for Windows 10 Mobile is now available in the U.S., UK and Canada. It lets customers use their Windows phone to pay at more than 7.500 Starbucks stores, no wallet necessary.
Microsoft has been strangely quiet about this, but it is now apparent that the "final" version of Windows 10 Mobile version 1607 is not shipping publicly today as we had expected.
For over a year now, I've been recommending Google Photos as the ideal service for backing up your smartphone-based captures. But Microsoft was clearly listening, and in recent months, it's improved OneDrive to match the Google Photos features I enjoy so much.
Tech tidbits from around the web: the Microsoft Band 2 fire sale continues, "Any developer" will be able to upload apps for Xbox One to the store "soon", Microsoft is updating Windows 10 again, and whether Microsoft's Bing bet is starting to pay off.
Over the past week, Microsoft has updated its Cortana apps on both Android and iOS with photo reminder and cross-device support. These changes make Cortana the only truly cross-platform personal digital assistant.
There's probably no more contentious topic for Microsoft fans than the failure of Windows phone. But as the successor to this platform, Windows 10 Mobile is still a key part of Microsoft's strategy for what it calls "more personal computing."
While I often focus on the gadgets and other hardware I use when traveling, I've also come to rely on a number of mobile apps and services. Here are a few that have proven invaluable on my current trip to Paris.