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Microsoft reportedly mulls rebranding Windows in the most confusing way possible

By on September 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Microsoft reportedly mulls rebranding Windows in the most confusing way possible

Microsoft would understandably like to move on from Windows 8 as quickly as possible, which is why the company is so eager to show off Windows 9 in the coming weeks. However, Softpedia’s sources say that Microsoft might be so eager to rebrand its flagship software program that it might end up calling Windows 9 just plain-old “Windows” instead. And that’s not all: The company may end up branding Windows RT and Windows Phone as “Windows” as well. Needless to say, Softpedia thinks this could create even more confusion for prospective buyers. More →

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Windows Phone Market Share

Windows Phone is still going nowhere fast

By on August 28, 2014 at 4:44 PM.

Windows Phone is still going nowhere fast

Windows Phone diehards can deny it all they want, but the numbers don’t lie: The past year has been one of stagnation for their favorite platform. Following a report from IDC that showed Windows Phone shipments had actually declined year-over-year, we have another report from Kantar Worldpanel that shows Windows Phone’s growth for the past year has been largely stagnant at best. More →

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Android Vs. Windows Phone

Huawei says it has ‘no choice’ but Android because consumers don’t want Windows Phone

By on August 25, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Huawei says it has ‘no choice’ but Android because consumers don’t want Windows Phone

Windows Phone has been going nowhere fast over the last year, although Microsoft is hopeful that things will finally pick up now that it’s made the platform free for OEMs to use and it’s signed up a lot more manufacturing partners. Nonetheless, the company still has to overcome some major hurdles to convine some big-name manufacturers to spend their resources on Windows Phone handsets even if they might want an alternative to Android to hedge their bets. More →

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Malware Hack for Android, iOS and Windows Phone

Researchers learn how to hack your phone’s Gmail app at a stunning 92% success rate

By on August 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Researchers learn how to hack your phone’s Gmail app at a stunning 92% success rate

While Android is usually the mobile platform of choice for hackers, new research that’s about to be presented at the USENIX Security Symposium in San Diego shows that it’s actually possible to use a newly discovered trick to steal data from an unsuspecting smartphone users’ apps, whether they’re running Android, iOS or Windows Phone, Phys.org reports. More →

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Windows Phone Vs. BlackBerry Market Share

Windows Phone poised to limp ahead of BlackBerry in another key market

By on August 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Windows Phone poised to limp ahead of BlackBerry in another key market

Windows Phone’s global market share is in very bad shape… but things could always be worse. The Guardian reports that new data from research group eMarketer shows that Windows Phone’s user base in the United Kingdom is poised to limp past BlackBerry’s this year, thus marking the first time that Microsoft’s mobile OS has surpassed BlackBerry in the Land of Hope and Glory in terms of active user base. More →

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HTC One M8 For Windows Verizon Exclusive

Why is Microsoft still shooting itself in the foot with dumb carrier exclusives?

By on August 19, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

Why is Microsoft still shooting itself in the foot with dumb carrier exclusives?

There are days when I honestly don’t know if Microsoft even cares if Windows Phone succeeds. I bring this up because the new HTC One (M8) for Windows launched today and it’s definitely the most promising high-end Windows Phone we’ve seen released this year… and it’s also a Verizon exclusive. More →

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HTC One M8 For Windows Leaked Picture

Leaked pic gives us a new look at the best-looking Windows Phone we’ve ever seen

By on August 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

Leaked pic gives us a new look at the best-looking Windows Phone we’ve ever seen

This is it, Windows Phone fans: You’re finally getting a premiere flagship smartphone this year, even if it did come out for Android months earlier. WPCentral has posted a brand-new picture of a retail display for the upcoming HTC One (M8) for Windows that we expect will officially launch on Tuesday at HTC’s press event in New York. As you can see below, the device looks exactly like the Android version of the device but is now clearly running Windows Phone as evidenced by the Windows Phone user interface and the Windows logo at the bottom of the display. More →

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How To Save Windows Phone

3 ideas for rescuing Windows Phone

By on August 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM.

3 ideas for rescuing Windows Phone

Windows enthusiast Paul Thurrott takes some exception to people who are tossing dirt onto Windows Phone’s grave. I agree with him that it’s still too early to say that Windows Phone is doomed to Zune-style failure but let’s be honest: Microsoft’s current strategy is floundering and it desperately needs a course correction. More →

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Windows Phone Market Share Shipments

Windows Phone is dying on the vine

By on August 14, 2014 at 4:16 PM.

Windows Phone is dying on the vine

There’s a reasonable argument to be made on both sides about whether Microsoft should just dump Windows Phone and move to Android or whether it should stick things out and try to gradually improve its market share. However there is no argument that from a sales standpoint, Windows Phone has been a complete failure so far — and its shipments have actually gotten worse over the last year. More →

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Windows Phone App Gap

Windows Phone takes another small stumble forward

By on August 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Windows Phone takes another small stumble forward

Microsoft quietly announced  that it now has over 300,000 apps in its Windows Phone Store, with hundreds more added every day. While that certainly seems like a lot, and might make switching to a Windows Phone a bit easier, it has a long way to go to catch up to Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

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Lumia 730 Selfie Phone Photos Leak

Leaked pics give us our first look at Microsoft’s ‘selfie phone’

By on August 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Leaked pics give us our first look at Microsoft’s ‘selfie phone’

The release of the next Nokia devices might not be too far off. Windows Phone Central has obtained photos of what appears to be the Lumia 730, or the ‘selfie’ phone, which is reportedly going to be the follow-up to last year’s Lumia 720. It has been said that the standout feature of the new phone will be its 5-megapixel front-facing camera for taking some of the highest quality selfies on any Windows Phone device to date. More →

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HTC One M8 For Windows

This is the HTC One (M8) running on Windows Phone

By on August 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

This is the HTC One (M8) running on Windows Phone

Rumors have been circulating regarding a Windows Phone variant of the HTC One (M8) for months, but a picture on Verizon’s servers seems to have confirmed the existence of the phone once and for all. Leaked to PCMag, the high quality rendering clearly shows an HTC One (M8) with the iconic Live Tiles of Windows Phone on the display. The URL even reads “HTC_M8_Windows.” More →

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Windows Phone Vs Android

The case against Windows Phone

By on August 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

The case against Windows Phone

Ahead of its launch in 2010, Windows Phone looked like a unique and exciting platform that might propel Microsoft back into contention in the mobile space. Now, nearly four years later, Microsoft’s mobile operating system appears to be nearing the end of the line, struggling to pick up the scraps left behind by Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS. Is there any hope left for Windows Phone, or is the end in sight? More →

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