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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moving from Windows phone to Android or iPhone is a revelation for most Microsoft fans, since the software giant generally provides better coverage on these mobile platforms than it does on its own. But there's one obvious exception: Groove.
Some support documentation for the upcoming Windows 10 Mobile-based Elite x3 smart phone doesn't provide too much in the way of new information, beyond one cute touch: it will come in a gold version too.
Development of the Windows 10 Anniversary update isn't just winding down, it's coming to a crashing close: Microsoft last night delivered its second pre-release build of the system this week for both PC and Mobile.
Microsoft on Tuesday delivered Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14376 for both PC and Mobile to testers on the Fast ring. And, go figure, build 14372 for both PC and Mobile for Slow ring testers too. So everyone gets a new build.