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Cortana Windows Phone assistant will be updated twice a month

June 5, 2014 | 1

Microsoft’s answer to Siri and Google Now will receive updates at least twice a month, according to Cortana’s project manager. Speaking to Engadget, Susan Hendrich revealed that Redmond will throw-in updates for important things every two weeks or more often, … Read More

Developer Preview 8.1 picks up a second update

June 3, 2014 |

Microsoft pushed out a second update to Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview. Released in April, the Preview can be installed by any developer or regular user with a free App Studio account (learn how). Joining the Developer Preview program gives … Read More

Cortana to receive new animations and features

May 30, 2014 |

It appears that Microsoft is working on new features and animations for Cortana digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1. Noticed by some users, these new features were quickly rolled back so it looks like Microsoft is still testing the update … Read More

Security – a key differentiator for Windows Phone 8.1

May 21, 2014 |

Windows Phone 8.1 is very resistant to malware and this is one of the key differentiators for the platform, according to Microsoft’s product manager Chris Hallum. Speaking for V3 at TechEd he highlighted Windows Phone’s superiority over the other popular … Read More

Brightness adjuster and Device Hub with WP8.1 + Lumia Cyan update

May 19, 2014 |

There are two unannounced options in the Nokia Lumia 630’s settings menu, the first smartphone running WP8.1 + Lumia Cyan update. Nokia Device Hub lets you manage all connected devices; see their statuses and all apps used for interaction. For … Read More

Two new Windows Phone manufacturers announced

May 15, 2014 |

The Vice President of Microsoft China yesterday announced that two new OEMs (BLU Products and K-Touch) would develop Windows Phone–based models. BLU Products, a company headquartered in Florida and well-known with its budget-friendly Android models, sells its phones in North … Read More

Microsoft improves the battery, rolls out first update to Windows Phone 8.1

May 15, 2014 |

Microsoft released an update to WP8.1 Preview for Developers. The 22 MB firmware update is bringing tons of bug fixes, improvements and longer battery life, according to Joe Belfiore. The update is based on the user’s feedback and it looks … Read More

Windows Phone 8.1 life-cycle starts on July 24

May 10, 2014 |

The first WP8.1-powered smartphones will reach the stores in a couple of days – some retailers have started taking pre-orders for Lumia 630, while the premium Nokia Lumia 930 goes on sale a bit later next month. But when the … Read More

File Manager in May, Cortana for UK and China soon

May 4, 2014 |

There’s some good news for the platform coming out from Joe Belfiore, who answered questions on Reddit on Friday. He confirmed that an official Windows Phone File Manager is in the works, which should be finished by the end of … Read More

WP8.1 update due to arrive in late May in Australia

April 28, 2014 |

WMPoweruser reports that Vodafone Australia is currently testing the 8.1 update, scheduled for release for subscribers in late May / early June. According to the software update page, Windows Phone 8.1 is being tested on four smartphones – Lumia 625, … Read More

Windows Phone 8.1 is already installed on 1.5 million devices

April 23, 2014 |

Windows Phone 8.1 is already installed on 3.1% of all active smartphones, according to AdDuplex. A new report shows that millions of users have joined the ‘Preview for Developers’ program, which gives an early access to updates directly from Microsoft. … Read More

How to move apps to your MicroSD card on Windows Phone 8.1

April 18, 2014 |

Windows Phone 8.1 allows you to transfer apps from the built-in storage to the SD card (providing that your Windows Phone has a microSD slot). This could help a lot especially if your device has limited capacity (4GB or 8 … Read More