Microsoft today released its second pre-release version of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app version of Skype for PCs, adding new group features. A version that runs on Mobile is in the works as well.
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Less than a week after the previous build, Microsoft has delivered Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 14327, which features the first release of Microsoft's new Messaging Everywhere Preview.
I spend an inordinate amount of time fretting about Windows phone. But I'm increasingly convinced that the future of this platform is tied to the success of Windows 10, and that these "phones," as we now call them, simply become very small Windows 10 Mobile PCs.
While this week's Windows Insider build for PCs didn't past muster, the latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build---14322---did, and is now available to Insiders on the Fast ring. And it's a huge update.
Microsoft today released the April Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Mobile, bringing the beleaguered mobile OS up to version 10586.218 and adding a few minor new features and fixes.
While Windows phone fans have been waiting impatiently for the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade on their existing Windows Phone 8.1 handsets, the truth is, this may not be an ideal upgrade for many. The good news? If you find that Windows 10 Mobile isn't working well for you, you can roll it back to a stock Windows Phone 8.1.x install.
Microsoft revealed today that it will be adding more Cortana features to Insiders, and will do so across the devices that this personal digital assistant supports. These include low battery notifications, Find My Phone/Ring My Phone integration, and, most interesting, map sharing across devices.
Todoist took the Windows 10 version of its task management and to-do list app out of preview today. Todoist is free with a premium subscription option, and it is also available on every other device type imaginable, making it a truly cross-platform solution.
Windows phone fans who wish to use Continuum for phones to run desktop applications today can do so via a remote desktop app. But there are a few other options, including some that will ship as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary update in mid-2016.
Microsoft has moved much more quickly than Apple to integrate its personal digital assistant technology across a wide range of product types. And at Build 2016 last week, we got a fascinating peek at where Cortana is going next: Which is to say, everywhere.
Billed as the world's most affordable laptop, the NexDock is an amazing idea come to life: It's a laptop shell that can transform a modern Windows phone into a real portable PC and deliver on Microsoft's Continuum promise for Mobile.
Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14295 for both PC and Mobile to Fast ring testers. There are no new features, but Microsoft fixed a number of bugs from previous builds.
A few tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft allegedly working on "total update" for File Explorer in Windows 10, BLU says it is working with Microsoft on getting the Win JR LTE on Windows 10 Mobile, Starbucks is coming to Windows 10 soon, and much more.
In this month’s peek at Windows phone usage, AdDuplex also supplies an interesting peek at how many Windows phones out in the wild can actually be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile. Spoiler alert: It's basically an even split.
Microsoft has announced the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14291 for both PC and Mobile to Fast ring testers. And this one includes a ton of new features, including Edge extensions, plus some big app updates.
You've waited and waited, and the day has finally arrived (sort of): Microsoft announced today that it has finally---finally---begun the rollout of the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade for existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
Today, Twitter released the first Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of its app for Windows 10 Mobile. The release follows the Twitter app for Windows 10 for PCs and tablets, and replaces the previous Windows phone app.
Sorry, Windows phone fans, but this one is a blockbuster of the wrong kind: HERE announced this week that it will pull its location and navigation apps from the Windows 10 Store on March 29. And it will never again update the apps or their maps on Windows Phone 8.
Over the weekend, we were treated to premature reports that Spotify had killed support for its app on Windows phone. But Spotify has since clarified matters: Windows phone support is continuing, and a new version of the app will better support Windows 10 (Mobile).
The Lumia 650 is the best-looking Windows phone that Microsoft has ever built. And if you want to experience it for yourself, your time has come: You can now preorder Microsoft's latest smart phone in the U.S. and Canada.
Today, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14283 for testers on the Fast ring. This build includes updates to Phone, Mail, and Calendar, and fixes a number of issues from the previous Fast ring build.
(More than) a few tidbits from around the web: Teens react to Windows 95, Microsoft Phone Sign-in Beta for Windows 10 Mobile, a Halo game sale, Bill Gates on Reddit, OneDrive for Business roadmap, some quick Lumia 650 thoughts, and more.
In tandem with today's release of Windows 10 1511 build 10586.164, Microsoft has likewise updated the current shipping version of Windows 10 Mobile with a cumulative update that increments the build number accordingly.
A few tidbits from around the web: Supreme Court declines to hear Apple appeal in e-book case, Mac suffers from first-reported ransomware attacks, Amazon to bring back device encryption, and an email pioneer passes.
Microsoft has made Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 10586.122 available to the Slow and Release Preview rings. Separately, the firm also announced that auto-publishing of device firmware updates is going live for Insiders.
Back in late 2014, Microsoft released the best Miracast dongle in the market, the cunningly named Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. Well, they're back with a new version, and while I've been using it for the past week, it's still a bit early for a final verdict.
A month ago, we learned that Microsoft would indeed be adding handset firmware updates to the Windows Insider program for Windows 10 Mobile. Today, Microsoft provided an update on this work, issuing new firmware updates for certain phone models.