Microsoft Windows In The Car

Microsoft will take on Apple’s CarPlay by bringing Windows to the car

By on April 7, 2014 at 11:35 PM.

Microsoft will take on Apple’s CarPlay by bringing Windows to the car

With a whole team dedicated solely to the Internet of Things (IoT), Microsoft is planning to get every device you own online, or as Steve Teixeira, Director of Program Management puts it: “A computer in every pot and chicken.” At the Build Developers Conference last week, Teixeira spoke at length about Microsoft’s innovations in the IoT field, but one unveiling stood out among the rest — bringing Windows Phone compatibility to the dashboard of a car. More →

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Windows Windows Phone App Stores 400000 Apps

Windows and Windows Phone app stores have reached 400,000 apps

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM.

Windows and Windows Phone app stores have reached 400,000 apps

Microsoft hasn’t quite managed to close the app gap between its own app stores and the behemoths that are iOS and Android, but the company has made significant progress over the past several months. Neowin came across the sign you see in the image above at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference on Wednesday, proclaiming the latest milestone of the Windows app stores: 400,000 apps between PCs and mobile devices. More →

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Microsoft Build Keynote Liveblog

Watch live as Microsoft reveals its vision of the future at Build 2014

By on April 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

Watch live as Microsoft reveals its vision of the future at Build 2014

Microsoft finally realized some time ago that it had to make some serious changes if it hoped to continue thriving in a world that had begun to evolve years earlier toward “mobile first.” Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT were the company’s first huge steps toward the future, and Microsoft definitely had the right idea. Consumers and enterprise users weren’t sold on the new “Metro” interface that Microsoft forced upon them, however, and PC sales have been plummeting as a result. To make matters worse, Windows Phone’s share of global phone shipments remains in the low single digits each quarter.

At its annual Build developer conference that kicks off in mere moments, Microsoft will finally show the world how it plans to right the ship and forge ahead in the “post-PC era.” More →

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Windows Android Dual Boot Phones

Are dual-boot phones the most useless innovation ever?

By on March 15, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

Are dual-boot phones the most useless innovation ever?

Now that we know both Microsoft and Google are working to stop OEMs from releasing dual-boot devices that combine Windows Phone and Android, maybe we should thank them. Ars Technica’s Peter Bright makes a compelling case that while it may sound cool to have two platforms running on one mobile device, in the real world such devices are a complete mess that will only frustrate and confound most users. More →

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Dual-booting Android Windows Phone Smartphones

This spring, Android is getting a new roommate

By on March 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM.

This spring, Android is getting a new roommate

Dual-booting Android/Ubuntu handsets may be the dream for certain hardcore smartphone fans, but dual-booting Android/Windows Phone devices may prove to be quite interesting for a much larger group of users. This particular dream may come to fruition this spring, when the first such handsets will start shipping in the U.S., according to Huawei Chief Marketing Officer Shao Yang’s recent chat with Trusted Reviews. More →

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Windows Phone License Fees

Microsoft makes Windows Phone free for some smartphone makers

By on March 13, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Microsoft makes Windows Phone free for some smartphone makers

Microsoft is tired of seeing its global mobile market share sit in the low single digits each quarter, and it looks like the software giant is finally ready to take some more drastic measures in order to help Windows Phone proliferate. According to a report from The Times of India, Microsoft is following Google’s lead and making its mobile software free for at least two smartphone makers, Lava and Karbonn. 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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Microsoft CEO Ballmer Windows Phone

Ballmer owns up to blowing it with Windows Phone

By on March 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Ballmer owns up to blowing it with Windows Phone

By the time Windows Phone 8 made Microsoft’s mobile platform a real competitor in 2012, the iPhone had been on the market for five years and Android-based phones had been on the market for four years. Clearly, Microsoft wasn’t nearly fast enough when it came to getting its mobile platform up to speed and now The Wall Street Journal reports that outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said this week that Windows Phone would be in a much stronger position today if he could go back in time and “re-do the last 10 years.” More →

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Android Windows Phone Dual-boot

What might finally help Windows Phone break out? Android.

By on March 3, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

What might finally help Windows Phone break out? Android.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has been inching forward since it first debuted in 2010. While the mobile platform finally started making gains worth speaking of in 2013, Microsoft’s global smartphone market share remains in the low single digits. What might finally give Windows Phone the boost it needs to start really making a dent in rivals’ sales? As it turns out, the key to Windows Phone’s success could turn out to be Android. More →

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World's Cheapest Windows Phones

Budget Windows Phones are about to become even better bargains

By on February 27, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Budget Windows Phones are about to become even better bargains

We’ve mentioned before that Nokia’s Lumia 520 line of smartphones is one of the world’s biggest smartphone bargains and now it looks like future Windows Phones could offer even better deals for budget buyers. Infosonics CEO Joseph Ram tells PCMag that Microsoft plans to cut licensing fees for Windows Phone by as much as 70% in an effort to draw more manufacturers to use the platform and to help make Windows Phones cheaper to battle the onslaught of dirt-cheap Android phones that are spreading through emerging markets. More →

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IDC Smartphone Shipment Growth

As smartphone growth slows, Windows Phone could come out on top

By on February 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

As smartphone growth slows, Windows Phone could come out on top

Smartphone market saturation is fast approaching, but a winner may step forward once the dust settles after all. According to IDC, despite 39.2% growth in 2013 (the year of 1 billion smartphone shipments) every major OS will begin to gradually shed its market share over the next four years — every OS except for Windows Phone. As the developed markets hit saturation, OEMs with a plan to reach maturing markets will have the most room for growth. Microsoft has already positioned Windows Phone as the OS for the rest of the world, a move that could pay dividends as the decade comes to a close. More →

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Nokia Windows Phone Android Strategy

Nokia’s new Windows Phone strategy is guaranteed to confuse everyone

By on February 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

Nokia’s new Windows Phone strategy is guaranteed to confuse everyone

How is Nokia going to explain the differences between its Asha feature phone application system, the Windows Phone 8 app system and the new Asha/Windows/Android app system to consumers in emerging markets? How many people comprehend the jungle of software choices that Nokia has now created for models aimed at entry-level buyers — people who in many cases have never owned a smartphone? More →

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Microsoft Windows Phone Ads

What Windows Phone needs the most (spoiler: It’s not apps)

By on February 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

What Windows Phone needs the most (spoiler: It’s not apps)

I try to refrain from writing articles telling companies what they “need” to do largely because it’s a fairly silly and pointless exercise for someone who has no inside knowledge of a company’s inner workings to lecture it on the direction it should take. That said, as a mobile consumer who plays around with a lot of different devices, I do think I’m qualified to advise Microsoft that it actually does need to come up with a reason for Windows Phone to exist other than just being another smartphone platform. More →

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