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Joe Belfiore confirms updated Office for Windows Phone is in works

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Last year we saw Microsoft release updated and free versions of Office on both iOS as well as Android. But while most people saw this as a great decision, it left a small group of people miffed. Particularly those using Windows Phone.

As it happens, Office on Windows Phone, which has always been advertised as one of its main features, hasn’t been updated in ages and lags considerably behind Office on iOS and Android. People have been starting to wonder why Microsoft is ignoring its own platform, until Joe Belfiore had to come out and assure everyone that they are not. Read more »

Windows Mobile 10 (not Phone) mentioned in LinkedIn account

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Windows Mobile is dead, long live Windows Ph… Mobile? This could all be a misunderstanding, of course, but the LinkedIn profile of a Program Manager at Microsoft lists him as currently working on Windows Mobile 10.

What makes it seem less like a slip of the tongue is that just two sentences earlier the same person claims to have worked on the Windows Phone 8.1 update infrastructure. Read more »

Take a look at a sample from the newly found 4K chops of Nokia Lumia 1520

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One of the key features that the Denim update brought to Nokia Lumia 1520 is 4K video capture @ 24fps. The goodie is also available for Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia Icon.

UHD video recording surely is a welcome new functionality to the already superb camera of the Windows Phone-toting phablet. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 930 Rich Capture mode demoed, yields great results

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Improved camera performance and new shooting modes were only two of the upgrades brought by the Lumia Denim update, but for smartphones such as the Lumia 930 they are certainly among the more important ones. The high-profile cameraphones got HDR capabilities as a part of its latest update and now we get to see the feature in action.

The guys from wmpoweruser tested the Rich Capture mode as Microsoft calls HDR and gave us a six-minute video detailing the feature. Read more »

HTC offers 20% discount for any phone until January 2

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HTC has been holding a weekly deal on its official website for the US for a while now. Unlike past offers, though, today’s deal isn’t going to expire in mere hours. In fact, it’s valid all the way up until January 2. If you purchase any handset from HTC’s website before then, you can get a 20% discount.

That’s a nice holiday deal, and you may want to take advantage of it if you haven’t yet bought gifts for those close to you. To benefit from the discount, you’ll need to shop at HTC.com and enter “HTCHOLIDAY20″ at checkout as a coupon code. Once you do that, 20% will magically be subtracted from your order. Read more »

New Lumia Moments app lets you extract Living Images from videos

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Microsoft has released a new application that lets you extract great stills from your videos or Moment shots (4K or FullHD). Dubbed Lumia Moments, the app is available on select Lumia devices, including Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and 1520, as part of the recent Lumia Denim update.

The app provides a Best Frame option that lets you find pictures and save them as Living Images — photos that contain a brief moment of video, so they seem alive when you browse them in Camera Roll or Lumia Storyteller. There is also an Action Shot feature that lets you add a strobe effect to show action or add blur to emphasize motion. Read more »

Nokia stops developing HERE maps on WP, Microsoft takes over

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Nokia will no longer be updating the HERE mapping and navigation apps on the Windows Phone platform. Although originally created by Nokia, the map data has now been licensed by Microsoft, who will now be updating the app instead.

On the other hand, Nokia has no plans of abandoning HERE maps but will instead be moving to greener pastures. Read more »

Angry Birds Stella finally arrives on Windows Phone

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Many months after it launched for iOS and Android, Angry Birds Stella has today become available for Windows Phone. As you may have expected, it’s a free download, but does feature in-app purchases.

The game is an “all-new physics-based slingshot adventure”, and it comes with over 120 levels. “The fierce flock” contains six fun birds, each with its own personality. Read more »

BBM takes stickers, Timed Messages, and Message Retraction to Windows Phone

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BBM for Windows Phone has been updated to version 2.0 today, and there is a lot of new functionality inside. The Timed Messages and Message Retraction features that made their debut on the other mobile platforms back in October have finally landed on Windows Phone on this occasion.

The app also got the BBM Shop with stickers, which are the new cool and trendy thing for messaging apps as you may know. Read more »

Gestures Beta for Windows Phone automatically mutes your mic, puts call on speaker

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Aside from the Glance Screen update we just reported on, Microsoft has something else for Windows Phone fans today. It is, in fact, a new app, currently in Beta. It’s called Gestures, and it automates some tasks based on how you hold or move your phone.

It lets you control some of your phone’s functions without needing to touch the display. The first release, the one which is now available to download from the Windows Phone store, focuses on calls. Read more »

Glance Screen for Windows Phone now lets you set a background image

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The Glance Screen functionality for Windows Phones lets you see some information while your phone is in standby. The time, weather, alarms, calendar events all show up there along with info about missed calls and received messages. And today, the Glance Screen app itself has seen an update.

The new version is already available to grab from the Windows Phone app store. The main new thing that you’ll find inside it is that you can now have a background image for the Glance Screen. Read more »

Windows Phone apps show up in Windows 10 store

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The recent leak of a Windows 10 consumer build (9901) has provided tech-enthusiast and Windows fans alike with information on a lot of previously unannounced features of the upcoming OS release. And while Xbox and Cortana integration are obviously on their way we are yet to see one of the exciting features boasted by Microsoft – ability to run Windows Phone applications on a desktop Windows distribution.

The leaked Windows 10 build in question has given us a possible glimpse of precisely this feature. An interesting picture popped up on twitter, showing HTC’s “Make More Space” app listed in the Windows 10 Store. The application is clearly intended for Windows phone, as evident from its listing. Read more »

Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM battery life test

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The Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM offers big screen estate and dual-SIM option on a budget price, something many Windows Phone fans will appreciate. The Snapdragon 200 chip isn’t among the popular choices nowadays and even though its uninspiring GPU performance, we are eager to see how it will affect the battery life performance.

Naturally, now that the Lumia 535 review is pinned on our homepage, we are ready to post our complete battery life test breakdown. Shall we? Read more »

Candy Crush Saga is now available for Windows Phone

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The ultra-popular, incredibly time wasting mobile game Candy Crush Saga is now available for Windows Phone devices. The title is available to install for free from the Windows Phone Store.

Candy Crush Saga for Windows Phone looks and plays just like its iOS and Android counterparts. Read more »

Microsoft announces January 21 event for Windows 10 consumer presentation

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Microsoft will hold a Windows 10-related event on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore, and Phil Spencer from the Operating Systems Group will all be speaking, as will CEO Satya Nadella.

The company has only published its official invite for now (which you can see above), choosing not to specifically say what the event will be about. However, a rumor from last month said we’d hear all about the consumer-facing features of Windows 10 for PCs “towards the end of January”. So this seems to be that. If so, then on this occasion Microsoft will also talk about Windows 10 on phones and tablets for the first time. Read more »