Tagged with: Windows Phone

Five Things to Know About Cortana, Microsoft’s Personal Assistant

Five Things to Know About Cortana, Microsoft’s Personal Assistant

We’ve put Apple’s Siri through the wringer, and have given Google Now an all-access pass to our data, all the while documenting our experiences to offer you the best tips and tricks out there for intelligent assistant apps. Now it’s Cortana’s turn. Cortana is Microsoft’s virtual assistant for smartphones, ...

Report: Microsoft to Kill Off Nokia and Windows Phone Brands This Holiday Season

Report: Microsoft to Kill Off Nokia and Windows Phone Brands This Holiday Season

Microsoft is planning to stop using the Nokia and Windows Phone brands this holiday season in its marketing materials. GeeksOnGadgets has obtained an internal Microsoft document that details the company's guidelines for its own brands, and The Verge can confirm the material is authentic and accurate. "As part of our phased ...

Microsoft Unveils its Chromecast Competitor

Microsoft Unveils its Chromecast Competitor

Turns out it’s not a stick, after all: Microsoft’s Nokia subsidiary officially unveiled its answer to Chromecast Thursday, and it looks a little like a small hockey puck. The device, called Microsoft Screen Sharing For Lumia Phones – HD-10 of all things, uses Miracast to share a phone’s screen, and actually works ...

Microsoft’s Lumia 830 and 730 are ‘Affordable Flagship’ Smartphones

Microsoft’s Lumia 830 and 730 are ‘Affordable Flagship’ Smartphones

Come this holiday season, consumers will have no shortage of options when shopping for new smartphones. Samsung, Sony, Apple and Motorola are all releasing new devices in the coming weeks and months. Also included in that mix is Microsoft, which unveiled two new Lumia models on Thursday. Launching in select markets this ...

Spotify’s Free, Ad-Supported Playback is Now Available on Windows Phone

Spotify’s Free, Ad-Supported Playback is Now Available on Windows Phone

Attention, Windows Phone users -- Spotify has just opened up its free mobile experience to your platform. The music streaming company's free, ad-supported service lets you shuffle play your playlists or an artist’s catalog, while also letting you browse any playlist on the service. The recent update also improved the ...

Microsoft Removed 1,500 Misleading Apps from Windows Store

Microsoft Removed 1,500 Misleading Apps from Windows Store

Microsoft noted Tuesday that it has begun to crack down on apps whose icon, description or name can be misleading. In a blog post, the software maker noted it has removed more than 1,500 such apps and has worked with developers of other titles to change the potentially confusing information. “Every app store finds its own ...

Windows Phone Doesn’t Have Snapchat, But Now it Has WindUp

Windows Phone Doesn’t Have Snapchat, But Now it Has WindUp

There's no official Snapchat app for Windows Phone right now, but don't worry -- Microsoft is offering an equivalent that might do in a pinch. The new WindUp app covers very similar ground, letting you send media and messages that disappear after a set amount of time; you're supposed to "wind up" your friends by giving them ...

Report: Cortana May Be Built Directly Into Windows 9

Report: Cortana May Be Built Directly Into Windows 9

Rumors have been circulating for a while that Microsoft is planning to incorporate its personal digital assistant, Cortana, into the next major version of Windows. On August 11, those rumors turned up a notch, with Neowin.net reporting that internal "dogfood" builds of "Threshold," aka Windows 9, include Cortana ...

Microsoft Wants to Add Tactile ‘Haptics’ to its Smartphone Screens

Microsoft Wants to Add Tactile ‘Haptics’ to its Smartphone Screens

While your fingers are in firmly in control of hand-held devices, they're guided strictly by your eyes -- and Microsoft thinks that's a waste of your sense of touch. Researcher Hong Tan found that using so-called haptics to add tactile sensations to screens can have some concrete benefits. For instance, by adding a ...

Fitbit Comes to Windows Phone as its First Fitness Tracker

Fitbit Comes to Windows Phone as its First Fitness Tracker

At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year it was clear Microsoft had a problem: exciting new hardware like Pebble, Nest, and various fitness bands were not fully supported on Windows. Companies appeared to be ignoring Microsoft’s platforms in favor of iOS and Android. Thanks to Windows Phone 8.1, that might be ...