Windows Phone 8.1 Update Release Date

Here’s when you’ll finally be able to use Cortana on your Windows Phone

By on May 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM.

Here’s when you’ll finally be able to use Cortana on your Windows Phone

Microsoft has finally announced when Windows Phone 8.1 will be available to Windows Phone users. The major operating system update will bring, among other things, the Cortana voice-based, Bing-powered virtual assistant. On its support pages, Microsoft lists June 24 as the release date for the Windows Phone 8.1 update, revealing that it will be supported for three years, until July 11, 2017. More →

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Nokia’s rumored ‘Superman’ smartphone is coming soon to save our selfies

By on April 28, 2014 at 4:42 PM.

Nokia’s rumored ‘Superman’ smartphone is coming soon to save our selfies

Microsoft will reportedly launch a new Nokia Windows Phone 8.1 handset that will focus on selfies, no pun intended. The Verge has learned that the Nokia device code-named “Superman” will feature a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a significant improvement compared to most other handsets. Additionally, the handset will feature a 4.7-inch display and mid-ranged specs, according to the site. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Smartphone Specs

Exciting Windows Phone 8.1 high-end smartphones tipped to support 2K displays

By on April 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

Exciting Windows Phone 8.1 high-end smartphones tipped to support 2K displays

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system will soon offer support for even better hardware, NokiaPowerUser suggests, as evidence in Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 2 apparently indicates that 2K displays and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 chip may be found inside future high-end handsets. Thus, future Lumia handsets and other Windows Phones may offer the same set of specs expected from upcoming Android flagship handsets. More →

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Best Windows Phone 8.1 Features WordFlow

Video: Microsoft shows how insanely fast you can type with new Windows Phone WordFlow tech

By on April 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM.

Video: Microsoft shows how insanely fast you can type with new Windows Phone WordFlow tech

Among the many other cool things that Microsoft showed off at its Build conference this week, one that really caught our eye was a new Windows Phone 8.1 feature called WordFlow that the company says enables faster touchscreen typing than any other smartphone platform in the world. On Friday Microsoft published a video showing its research team successfully using WordFlow to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ official mark for fastest typing on a touchscreen display by typing a 126-letter sentence on a WordFlow-equipped Nokia phone in just 18.44 seconds, breaking the old record of 20.53 seconds. Even if Microsoft’s team hadn’t broken the record, you can clearly see from the video that the new keyboard tech lets you type at an insanely fast rate, which by itself is a major feather in Windows Phone 8.1’s cap. The full video follows below. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Release Date

The final build of Windows Phone 8.1 will be available on April 14th

By on April 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

The final build of Windows Phone 8.1 will be available on April 14th

Microsoft’s extensive presentation at the Build Developer Conference on Wednesday was packed with information, but the company was unwilling to share many firm release dates. Although the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 is expected within the next few weeks, an engineering email published on Neowin reveals that Microsoft plans to have the final software ready to roll out to developers on April 14th. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Tips and Tricks

Video: Here’s everything you need to know about Windows Phone 8.1

By on April 3, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Video: Here’s everything you need to know about Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft on Wednesday announced two new updates for its mobile and desktop operating systems including Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1. Both updates bring quite a few new features — although some are more important than others — and they will be available soon. Meanwhile, users who want to know more details about the main features available in Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.1 OS can check out three new Microsoft videos in which Joe Belfiore recaps everything there is to know about it, including useful tips and tricks. More →

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Siri vs. Cortana Videos

Microsoft shows us how Cortana is different from Siri in these videos

By on April 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Microsoft shows us how Cortana is different from Siri in these videos

Of all the announcements at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference, Cortana certainly stands out as one of the most intriguing. With the addition of a worthwhile personal assistant, Windows Phone will finally begin to reach parity with iOS and Android, at least from a feature perspective. At first glance, it’s difficult not to compare Cortana to its iOS predecessor, so Microsoft has decided to approach the issue head on with a series of short videos comparing the two assistants. Microsoft argues that Cortana is a more personal companion, one which will learn about you and treat you as an individual, whereas Siri was built for everyone. Check out the videos below. More →

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Microsoft debuts Universal Windows Apps for building cross-platform apps

By on April 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM.

Microsoft debuts Universal Windows Apps for building cross-platform apps

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new Universal Windows Apps initiative, which will allow developers to create apps that will work across all form factors, including computers, laptops and smartphones. The new API set for developers will facility the simplified creation of apps and games that work across Microsoft’s three main platforms — Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. The move could turn out to be hugely important as Microsoft has previously struggled in its efforts to draw top developers over to its new desktop platform and to its mobile platforms. More →

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Microsoft unveils Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phone

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

Microsoft unveils Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phone

Microsoft officially unveiled Cortana at the Build Developer Conference on Wednesday, its own take on a personal assistant for mobile devices. We’ve known about Cortana for quite some time, as repeated leaks have slowly revealed the specifics of the new feature, but Microsoft is finally ready to share everything we need to know. More →

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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM.

Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system that it hopes will help spark more demand for its mobile products. Among other things Microsoft announced that Indian vendor Micromax would be making low-cost Windows Phones, which should help Windows Phone gain some traction in emerging markets versus Android. Among other things, Windows Phone 8.1 ads a pull-down Action Center that gives Windows Phone users quick access to key settings and mobile apps. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Features and Release Date

Siri-like ‘Cortana’ will be the star of the show in Windows Phone 8.1

By on April 1, 2014 at 2:07 PM.

Siri-like ‘Cortana’ will be the star of the show in Windows Phone 8.1

In addition to Windows 8.1 and Windows 9 news, Windows Phone 8.1 will be one of Microsoft’s major announcements at Build 2014 this week, with the company expected to unveil the new features of the upcoming smartphone operating system update and launch plans. ZDNet says that Windows Phone 8.1 may have been already released to manufacturing, with Nokia expected to unveil this week a new Lumia handset running the new OS. More →

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Microsoft almost spilled the beans on Windows Phone 8.1

By on March 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM.

Microsoft almost spilled the beans on Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft definitely plans on releasing Windows Phone 8.1 because the company has already listed the next version of its mobile operating system on its Windows Phone website. WPCentral first spotted a Windows Phone 8.1 section under the Features menu, however, the company must have published the section by mistake because it’s not available anymore. More →

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Cortana Video Windows Phone

Video: Here is Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri, in action

By on March 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM.

Video: Here is Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri, in action

The Windows Phone 8.1 leaks continue to roll out as the Microsoft Build Developer Conference inches closer. Just a day after the reveal of Cortana’s appearance, Unleash the Phones has come forward with footage of the Windows Phone digital assistant in action. The video begins with the initial set up, in which you will be asked to allow Cortana to access your information and sign in to your Microsoft account. Once you’re logged in, Cortana will quickly “absorb the entire internet” before asking you what you would like to be called. More →

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