Tagged with: Windows Phone

How to Get Windows Phone 8.1 (and Cortana) Now

How to Get Windows Phone 8.1 (and Cortana) Now

If you use Windows Phone 8 and want to get the new Windows Phone 8.1 hotness and give Cortana a spin before it rolls out officially—and you do, it's really great—then don't despair. Although the early access is a "developer preview," you don't actually have to write any code to get your hands on it. You just need a ...

Windows Phone 8.1 is Now Available for Developers (and You)

Windows Phone 8.1 is Now Available for Developers (and You)

After 18 months since the last major Windows Phone update, Microsoft is finally releasing Windows Phone 8.1 to developers on Monday. The software maker detailed the update at its Build conference less than two weeks ago, and it’s clear the version point increment doesn’t tell the whole story. This is a significant ...

Microsoft Wants to Add Interactivity to Windows Live Tiles

Microsoft Wants to Add Interactivity to Windows Live Tiles

Microsoft researchers in Asia are experimenting with the usefulness and feasibility of making Windows' Live Tiles interactive. A newly published video clip from Microsoft Research's TechFest 2014 event in February 2014, Human-Computer Interaction Group researcher Jiawei Gu shows off the Interactive Live Tiles research ...

Windows 8.1, Cortana, Touchscreen Office and More: What Microsoft Unveiled on Day One of Build 2014

Windows 8.1, Cortana, Touchscreen Office and More: What Microsoft Unveiled on Day One of Build 2014

Microsoft packed the three hours of Wednesday's Build 2014 event with announcements for Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 and even the Xbox platform. Although all of Microsoft’s platforms have news of their own, the biggest focus was on the mobile one: Windows Phone 8.1. The software update starts rolling out to consumers in ...

Microsoft Introduces Universal Windows Apps, Which Work on PC, Mobile and Xbox

Microsoft Introduces Universal Windows Apps, Which Work on PC, Mobile and Xbox

At its Build 2014 conference on Wednesday, Microsoft announced universal Windows apps, which work across PCs, phones, tablets and even the Xbox One. In other words, the Windows runtime in Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be available to Windows Phone developers. This is a huge announcement for developers looking to build apps on ...

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 8.1: Features ‘Cortana,’ Action Center and More

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 8.1: Features ‘Cortana,’ Action Center and More

At its Build 2014 conference on Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1. Among the new features is a personal digital assistant named Cortana, a new Action Center, as well as support for customizable lockscreens and backgrounds. Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Google Now and Apple’s Siri, completely replaces the ...

Barnes and Noble is No Longer Making a Nook Windows App

Barnes and Noble is No Longer Making a Nook Windows App

On March 10, Microsoft and Nook Media updated their agreement forged two years ago, according to a new 8-K filing by Barnes & Noble. Under terms of the amendment, Nook Media is allowed to discontinue distributing the Nook Windows app and to cease work on its Windows Phone app. Ouch. There seemingly is a replacement app ...

Huawei CMO: We’re Committed to Windows Phone, But Android is Top Priority

Huawei CMO: We’re Committed to Windows Phone, But Android is Top Priority

Huawei is still on friendly terms with Windows Phone, but Android is the true object of its affection. Speaking with blog site TrustedReviews, Huawei Chief Marketing Officer Shao Yang said the maker of mobile devices remains "committed" to making phones outfitted with Microsoft's mobile OS. Last year, China-based Huawei ...

Microsoft Waives Windows Phone Licensing Fee for Some Phone Makers

Microsoft Waives Windows Phone Licensing Fee for Some Phone Makers

Desperate times call for desperate measures. With Windows Phone failing to make a significant dent in the market share of Google's Android and Apple's iOS in the last four years, Microsoft is waiving the licence fee and offering it to at least two Indian phone makers for free. Last month at the Mobile World Congress in ...

Microsoft’s Cortana: More Personal Assistant Screens Leak

Microsoft’s Cortana: More Personal Assistant Screens Leak

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update will include Cortana, a personal digital assistant designed to rival Siri and Google Now. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge how Cortana looks and operates, replacing the built-in Bing search functionality on Windows Phone 8.1. While the ...