Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana

This is what Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now will look like

By on March 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

This is what Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now will look like

The next version of Windows Phone is shaping up to be the biggest evolution of Microsoft’s mobile operating system yet. We already know that Cortana, the Windows Phone voice-controlled digital assistant, will have advanced privacy settings for users that want to be in complete control of how much data they share, and we think the official reveal of Cortana will take place at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference next month, but we still don’t have a clear picture of what Cortana will look like. Until now. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Action Center VIdeo

Here’s our first look at Windows Phone 8.1’s notification center

By on February 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Here’s our first look at Windows Phone 8.1’s notification center

Microsoft is finally bringing a notification center to Windows Phone in the next major update. Action Center, as it has been dubbed, works almost identically to the notification centers that appear on Android and iOS devices. Simply swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal a log of messages, emails and updates you haven’t checked yet. A bar at the top of the Action Center will feature a set of four customizable buttons for quick access. If you find yourself in the airport on a weekly basis, put Airplane Mode in the shortcut bar; if you’re constantly fiddling with the brightness settings, you can slide that to the top as well. Check out the video below and breathe a sigh of relief that Windows Phone 8.1 is finally catching up with the competition. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Leaks

Windows Phone 8.1 leaks unveil a host of new features

By on February 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Windows Phone 8.1 leaks unveil a host of new features

With the BUILD developer conference fast approaching, Windows leaks are becoming increasingly common. The latest set of leaks comes from one developer with access to the latest release of the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK. The developer began posting the leaks to Reddit on Tuesday, starting with the revelation that Windows Phone 8.1 will feature JavaScript support for apps. This could make universal apps between Windows phones, tablets and PCs a reality. More →

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Windows Phone Update On-Screen Buttons

Is this Microsoft’s next big Windows Phone update? [updated]

By on December 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM.

Is this Microsoft’s next big Windows Phone update? [updated]

Now that the Nokia acquisition is all but finalized, Microsoft is back at work improving Windows Phone. The latest leaked image from @evleaks shows off just a sliver of the Windows Phone 8.1 UI, but it appears to indicate that the next major update for Microsoft’s mobile OS will include on-screen buttons. The update will make it easier for manufacturers to develop a wider range of hardware for the Windows Phone platform. As The Verge points out, Android phone makers might even have the opportunity to recycle or recreate hardware to suit the buttonless Windows Phone. The leaked image of the virtual buttons follows below. More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Rumor

Microsoft rumored to be making Windows Phone 8.1 a tablet-capable OS

By on October 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM.

Microsoft rumored to be making Windows Phone 8.1 a tablet-capable OS

For a long time, many analysts and observers have wondered, “What’s the point of Windows RT?” And if the latest rumors from Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows are to be believed, Microsoft engineers may be wondering the same thing as well. According to one of Thurrott’s sources, Microsoft is designing its upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release to support larger displays of between 7 to 10 inches. This would obviously mean that Microsoft had made Windows Phone into a legitimate tablet platform, just as iOS and Android are designed to work on both tablets and smartphones. Thurrott says that “this obviously infringes on Windows RT/8.x tablets, so it’s not clear what the thinking is there,” although he also emphasizes that this rumor comes from only one source.

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