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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.
Tech tidbits from around the web: More Surface updates show up for those on Insider Preview, Microsoft confirms that Tim Sweeney is a nut job, Lumia 830 gets Windows 10 Mobile on AT&T, Skype makes special emojis for the band Coldplay, much more.
The release of the "RTM" version of Windows 10 Mobile version 1607---that is, build 14393.x---is the last version that Windows Insiders can install on unsupported Windows phones.
Tech tidbits from around the web: The first NexDock shipments will now happen in mid-August, Cortana for iOS updated with support for photo reminders, Microsoft provides another peek at Halo Wars 2, Google Maps gets a great update, more.
This week, Microsoft announced an extensive list of updates coming to Office 365 customers. Key among them are new Researcher and Editor features for Word and the addition of Focused Inbox to Outlook on Windows (desktop), Mac, and web.
This year's home swap is different for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that our son opted out of the trip for the first time. But with less time away than usual, I've reexamined how to approach the trip from a work perspective, and I've brought less gear than usual.
Microsoft announced that it will ship new versions of its Microsoft Authenticator app to "all mobile app stores---Android, iPhone, and Windows 10 Mobile---on August 15. This new app will combine the functionality from two previous authenticator apps and will work with both consumer Microsoft accounts and business-focused Azure AD accounts.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Windows Server moving under Terry Myerson, the Skype app for Windows Phone 8.0/8.1 will soon stop working, the Xbox One backwards compatibility train rolls on, and Google Play Books gets "bubble zoom" for comic books.
Stung by the superior functionality in services like Google Photos, Microsoft has begun to improve OneDrive to follow suit. And one Google Photos-like feature I've started noticing in recent days---automatic photo albums---is just one of a handful of recent OneDrive updates.
In this month’s peek at Windows phone usage, AdDuplex examines the uptake for Windows 10 Mobile and provides an interesting look at the handsets that Windows phone enthusiasts use.
The NuAns NEO is the most innovative Windows phone since the original Nokia Lumia, but it will never succeed on Kickstarter, making it yet another also-ran. And that's a shame, as this is an amazing-looking Windows phone handset.
Windows 10 Mobile users on the Windows Insider Fast ring have a nice surprise this morning: An update to Microsoft's Camera app has delivered eagerly-awaited panorama functionality.
While HP has been very clear since the February unveiling of its Elite x3 that this device targets the enterprise, the firm recently revealed to me that it has another audience in mind as well: Windows phone enthusiasts.
HP announced today that its business-class Elite x3 Windows phone will arrive in the United States on August 29 with a suggested retail price of $699. There's also a bundle with an Elite x3 Desk Dock for $799.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Game play footage from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the HP Elite x3 is very expensive, Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2 TB Bundle is the first custom Xbox One S, Microsoft Flow now available on the Google Play Store, more.
I travel a lot for work and pleasure, and if I’m going to be spending at least one night away from home, I make sure to pack my laptop bag and a luggage-based gadget bag appropriately.
Microsoft has updated the Groove app for the shipping version of Windows 10, bringing it up to date with the version Windows Insiders have been using. And that means they get the new Your Groove and Explore features that elevate this service to a new level.
Astutely jumping on the Windows phone bandwagon at exactly the right time, Lenovo will release a business-focused Windows phone handset in Japan via the SoftBank wireless carrier.
Last night, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14388 for both PC and Mobile. As you should expect given where we are in the schedule, this build includes only fixes, and no new features.
Late to embrace Windows phone, Angry Birds maker Rovio was also late to abandon the failed mobile platform, with the firm revealing to customers this week that it will no longer update its Windows phone titles.
Surprise! Yes, it's a Saturday night, but Microsoft has shipped a new build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview for both PC and Mobile. Build 14385 comes just two days after the previous build and includes a wide range of fixes, as you might expect.
After I asked about whether the free upgrade for Windows 10 Mobile would end on July 29 as it is for Windows 10 for PCs, Microsoft's Dona Sarkar clarified the firm's evolving strategy: The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will now continue to be free past the end of the month.
Microsoft announced today that it has released a new firmware update for its flagship Lumia 950 and 950 XL handsets. And among the improvements in this update is an eagerly-awaited customer request: Double-Tap to Wake.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft and University of Washington researchers set record for DNA storage, four new handsets have been added to the Windows Device Recovery Tool, Samsung discovers that it can succeed if it stops making crap, so much more.