The next version of Windows is coming soon. Tomorrow we're expecting to get our first taste of Windows Threshold. Microsoft has a small event in San Francisco where the company is expected to reveal what's next for the Windows operating system. We've seen rumors and leaks for upcoming features in Windows 9. Things like Cortana, Modern apps on the desktop and more are what we expect to see real soon. We're going to find out everything real soon, but first we need to ask which rumored feature you're most excited about.
Windows Phone 8.1 continues to make big gains in the worldwide Windows Phone ecosystem. According to the latest stats report from the AdDuplex app advertising service, Windows Phone 8.1 is now installed on 39.1 percent of all devices worldwide compared to 24.4 percent in August.
When the World Cup ended, I became highly interested in watching more football (soccer) games. Friends who follow football more than me said I have to check out the English Premier League (premierleague.com). I'm in luck because NBC here in the United States has acquired rights to broadcast all the games. Their app, NBC Sports Live Extra, is also available on Windows Phone so you can stream the games live or watch replays and highlights.
Cortana knows what music you like and is now giving you a heads up when favorite musicians are playing nearby. It's a new feature called 'Concert Watch' and is inside Cortana's Notebook. You might not see it yet, but it is starting to roll out to users.
It looks like Microsoft and their Nokia Lumia 830 are getting ready to begin hitting markets worldwide. An upcoming press conference in India may reveal the time and pricing for that phone and its sibling the Lumia 730 sometime tomorrow.
Likewise, we are now hearing from one of our sources that the Lumia 830 for AT&T should be hitting shelves the first week of November. This time falls in line with Microsoft's Stephen Elop's previous ' by the holidays' declaration for the US carrier.
Nokia India, the subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile, has sent out press invites for media event in New Delhi scheduled for October 1, 2014. While the invite does not specify the plans for the afternoon, from what we know, the Lumia 830 will be launched at the event. Again, there's no price indication and the rumors put the price to be anywhere from ₹21,000-30,000 (US$340-480). The Lumia 820 was priced at ₹26,000, and that could be a pretty good price point for this 'affordable flagship' phone, although I'll sheepishly confess that a higher price tag for the device wouldn't be a huge negative.
In August, Microsoft held the world finals of its annual student technology and software competition the Imagine Cup. The overall winner was a two person team from Australia who created a Windows Phone app called Eyenaemia. As part of their prize, the team got a private meeting with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to show off the app.
Hotel Tonight for Windows Phone received a nice update over the weekend. Last week the popular mobile booking company announced that travelers could now book and save up to seven days in advance. That feature rolled out to the iPhone and Android users, then came to Windows Phone a few days later with the recent update.
The built-in email client on Windows Phone gets the job for casual users, but for those looking for a brighter, more powerful experience, there have been few options. Maestro is a new email app for Windows Phone 8.1 and Hidden Pineapple makes it, the developers behind the favorite Rowi Twitter client years ago.
Today, after some delay, it is finally entering into a public preview. Users can now download and use the client, which supports Outlook and Gmail out the gate, including multiple accounts.
Dubbed as "A better mail experience for Windows Phone 8.1", Maestro looks to deliver aesthetically pleasing emails, but also more advanced inbox controls for the email addicts out there. Today's release is a 'preview' meaning the app itself is still far from complete, but the core of it is working enough to warrant letting you folks jump in an take it for a ride.
Ahead of Tuesday's press event to formally introduce the next version of Windows, a new rumor claims Microsoft is working on a backend system that will allow the OS team to see what's happening on a person's PC in near real time, in an effort to fix problems and launch new features to the software in a far more timely fashion.
This HTC One (M8) Windows clear case includes a shock absorbing bumper that fits inside the shell for extra protection against impacts. The case itself is extremely slim, making it easy to slide in and out of your pockets. Get yours today for 49% off the list price!
Microsoft is using this week's Sibos financial industry conference in Boston to promote the launches of several apps for Windows 8.1 made for banking and financial employees, including a new app from Citi, the CitiDirect BE Tablet app.
Earlier this year we took a look at UbiShow, a feature rich slideshow video creator for Windows Phone. The app offered an easy to use method of converting your still images into video slideshows from vacation, special events or any other situation where you need to share a collection of photos in video format.
The developer has been busy fine-tuning the app and has recently released an updated version that not only changes the app's name to Video Memories but also adds a host of new features to the mix. UbiShow was an appealing slideshow creator and the new features brought about with the updated version only adds to the app's appeal.
Microsoft has today announced the upcoming launch of the Lumia 830 for China, which will also see the arrival of Cortana (and the Lumia Denim update) in the region. The Windows Phone will be priced at 2,399 yuan ($390) and will be available in the choice of four colors. Jot down the date of October 13.
A new report claims that the President of Microsoft Indonesia, Andreas Diantoro, confirmed in a presentation this week that the launch of the next version of Windows could be free for people who have already installed Windows 8 on their PCs.
One of Microsoft's newest Windows Phone 8.1 devices, the Lumia 735, should slowly be available for many European residents over the next few weeks. Now it looks like the heavy promotion for the smartphone has begun with a new TV commercial made for Italy that has some strange visuals to promote its five megapixel "selfie" front facing camera.
If you don't like scary movies, this game is probably not for you. Knock-Knock (knock.ice-pick.com) started from Kickstarter, and then made its way to desktop and mobile devices. You play as an insomniac Lodger that basically needs to survive until the sun comes out. I have to admit that I've turned off my phone several times while playing this game.
Take a look at the official trailer to give you a good idea of what to expect.
If you frequently use public transportation, Cortana has a nice little surprise for you. Cortana can now alert users in the US and UK about public transit, with notifications for calendar events, as well as updates on delays and outages on buses and trains.
On Tuesday, September 30, Microsoft will hold an event in San Francisco where the company will begin to reveal what is next for its Windows operating system (with a specific focus for their enterprise customers).
While there has been a ton of interest in the tech media of what the company will reveal next week, Microsoft is taking a decidedly low-key approach in publicizing the event. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella won't be there (he's scheduled to be in India at the time for another press event) and Microsoft isn't bothering to offer a live stream of the press conference, which will be attended by the company's operating system leader Terry Myerson and his right hand man Joe Belfiore.
Microsoft is holding an event in London called Future Decoded. Spanning three days, Future Decoded appeals to a variety of communities, including business, enthusiasts and developers. Tech Day (day 3) at the event is focused entirely on IT Professionals and developers and the advancement of technology, coinciding with Apps World. Tickets go for £59, but it's worth it when you consider what's on offer.
Last week, we broke the news that Gameloft's Asphalt Overdrive would soon be launching, which it did just a few days larer. Asphalt Overdrive is a new take on the Asphalt series, with simplified controls and endless races. It's still just as fast and beautiful as you'd expect from an Asphalt game though, with plenty of familiar series touches.
Overdrive is free to play like Asphalt 8, and a much smaller download (though it downloads more data after you launch it). It works on all Windows Phone 8 devices, but it does require a constant internet connection. Read on for some quick impressions and our hands-on video, and then be sure to try it for yourself and join the WPCentral gang!