Review Category : Windows Phone

After the launch on Xbox 360, the GoPro Channel app is now available on Xbox One. Similar to Xbox 360 GoPro version,  Xbox One users can enjoy four exclusive videos. And as you expect, the GoPro Channel also offers access to on-demand GoPro content, the ability to share videos and purchase cameras and equipment directly through the app channel. Microsoft also revealed that GoPro on Xbox 360 has been immensely popular and received nearly half a million downloads with users watching an average of 18 minutes of GoPro videos per viewing session worldwide and 30 minutes per viewing session in the U.S. Not only are people watching videos, but GoPro owners are generating tons of content to share their stories and experiences with the world. User-generated content is huge on Xbox and is expected to continue to grow as GoPro joins other popular apps like YouTube and Twitch. The Xbox-GoPro relationship helps support ...

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At WPC keynote held today, Microsoft spoke about the app momentum in Windows Store. The number of apps in Windows Store has increased by over 100% over the last year. During the presentation, Microsoft marketing executive highlighted that Windows Store now includes consumer apps like WhatsApp, Spotify and WeChat. We all know that these apps are not available in Windows Store yet. I guess the person who made the presentation got confused between Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. The mentions of WhatsApp, Spotify, WeChat and Pandora are a mistake. WhatsApp business head Neeraj Arora confirmed that it was a mistake from Microsoft. video via @tomwarren. ...

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Microsoft is not a new entrant to the world of smart watches. Microsoft invented the smart watch category a decade ago by partnering with various watch manufacturers like Swatch, Casio, etc,. Those Smart watches used radio waves to get some basic data such as weather report, etc,. Later, Microsoft discontinued the platform due to poor adoption by consumers. Google has now announced Android Wear platform which enable new wave of smart watches by OEMs such as Samsung, LG, Motorola and others. What is Android Wear platform? Useful information when you need it most: Android Wear organizes your information, suggests what you need, and shows it to you before you even ask. Get messages from your friends, appointment notifications, and weather updates at a glance. Android Wear connects your phone to your wrist. Pause, play, and skip music tracks or quickly respond to text messages from your watch. Keep track of ...

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Microsoft yesterday blogged about the password management features built into the latest Internet Explorer 11 browser across Windows devices. IE11 is now available for Windows RT tablets, Windows PCs and Windows Phone devices as well. As most of us depend on passwords as a form of authentication for logging into a variety of different services every day, it becomes a tedious job to manage them across devices and browsers. With Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft has done work to make signing into sites faster and more reliable as well as give users more control when saving credentials. In addition, IE11 will now roam credentials to IE11 on Windows Phone 8.1. They listed the following new features in IE11 related to password management, Reliable Login form detection: With IE11, we’ve beefed up our login form detection which means that IE will now prompt to remember passwords on over 90% of login forms ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have partnered with prime[31],  a popular Unity plug-in provider to bring all their Windows and Windows Phone Unity plug-ins for free for a year. prime[31] plug-ins makes it easier for developers to implement in app-purchases, use Live Tiles, monetize via ads, and connect to Azure storage. Download them from the link below. Functionality provided Windows Store 8.0 and 8.1     Windows Phone 8.0 * Handling trial and in-app purchases Store plug-in Store plug-in To get Live tiles, toast notifications Metro Essentials plug-in Metro Essentials plug-in To give you access to the Microsoft Ad SDK Microsoft ads plug-in Microsoft ads plug-in For easy access to Azure storage Microsoft Azure plug-in Microsoft Azure plug-in *Note that Windows Phone 8.1 support and corresponding free plug-ins will be coming soon. To take advantage of this offer and get your free plug-ins, visit the prime[31] website; free plug-ins will be marked ...

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Today, Microsoft announced a new way to track all your Xbox game achievements you earned on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone in once place. In the browser, you have to visit this URL to know the list of games and the achievements you have earned through them. The webpage looks like the above image. You can now track your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone achievements on http://t.co/CCciWRcOOLhttp://t.co/567kL5XkIP — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) June 16, 2014 Visit https://account.xbox.com/en-US/Achievements/ for your details. ...

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At this year’s E3, Microsoft’s focus was all about games, just games. For the full 90 minutes of press briefing, Microsoft talked about all the first party and 3rd party games coming to Xbox platform. The surprising part was that Microsoft didn’t even talk about games on Windows and Windows Phone platforms. Phil Spencer is the head of gaming at Microsoft, which includes games on Xbox, Windows and Windows Phone platforms. He responded to the lack of any information on PC and mobile gaming at E3 to Polygon, “I’m head of gaming at Microsoft,” Spencer said. “When we’re doing gaming strategy, gaming focus inside the company, that’s my job. I think in a lot of ways, you could argue gaming on Windows has never been more healthy in that the biggest of the big franchises, League of Legends, World of Tanks, those things dwarf a lot of what we’re doing ...

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Albert Shum was previously working at Nike before joining Microsoft. He was responsible for the design team when Windows Phone 7 was originally launched. The Metro design language from his team inspired every other division at Microsoft leading to the current Modern design language that spans across product groups. Albert Shum got promoted last year as the lead for Operating System Group Design + Content team at Microsoft. The team consists of interaction, visual, motion, brand designers, plus content creator along with user researchers, design program managers & design integrators creating end to end experiences for Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox and Cloud Services. The design team collaborates with engineering & business partners to create integrated hardware, software & service products. USA today last night published a profile on Albert in which Albert himself and other people at his team at Microsoft spoke about the rising design culture at Microsoft. Albert is excited about the ...

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Joe Belfiore And David Treadwell are corporate vice presidents in Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group. Joe Belfiore is responsible for the user experience while David Treadwell works on the engineering of the core of the operating system. Basically, these guys are in charge of the front end and back end of operating systems, including the Windows PC, tablet and phone platforms. Previously, Joe was part of Windows Phone team and David was in Xbox software engineering team. The new “One Microsoft” strategy has brought them together which will allow unified strategy for product design to schedules in the operating systems group. Terry Myerson, head of the Operating Systems Group commented the following on these two guys, Joe Belfiore is “colorful, excitable, authentic and genuine … very passionate about the end user experience,” Treadwell, 47, is thoughtful, patient, detail-oriented. He focuses on infrastructure, Myerson said, making sure that things are “very well ...

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Windows Intune is a cloud service from Microsoft that allows Enterprise to manage the devices of their employees with ease. Microsoft is updating Intune updated on a regular basis, roughly every quarter. The previously announced Windows Intune features are now rolling out. It includes support for Windows Phone 8.1 and Samsung KNOX Standard (formerly Samsung SAFE) support. At TechEd conference held yesterday, Microsoft revealed the upcoming features for Windows Intune in Q4 of CY2014. Here are some of the new features that will be part of managed productivity environment: Conditional Access Policy When a user enrolls their device into Windows Intune, an organization’s certificates, Wi-Fi, VPN, and email profiles can automatically be configured on the device.   This will enable users to quickly access internal corporate resources with the appropriate security configurations set, without having to call the help desk. Managed Office Mobile Apps With Office and Outlook Web App (OWA) ...

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I came across few interesting patents from Microsoft that got published by the USPTO recently. Below are the some of them with their abstract content. BATTERY WITH COMPUTING, SENSING AND COMMUNICATION CAPABILTIES Electrical battery apparatus embodiments are presented that generally involve incorporating sensing, computing, and communication capabilities into the one common component that a vast number of electronic devices employ–namely batteries. By integrating these capabilities into disposable and/or rechargeable batteries, new functionality and intelligence can be provided to otherwise stand-alone devices. POWER SAVING WI-FI TETHERING The techniques discussed herein reduce the power consumption of a Wi-Fi tethering device by switching the Wi-Fi functionality of the Wi-Fi tethering device from a normal operational mode to a sleep mode during idle intervals. The techniques implement a sleep protocol where a Wi-Fi tethering device and the Wi-Fi client device coordinate and establish a sleep schedule. Moreover, the techniques describe a sleep interval adaptation ...

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Microsoft and AOL today announced a deal in which Microsoft will distribute AOL original videos across its MSN and Bing properties. The content which is on AOL On video site like AOL’s HuffPost Live, TechCrunch and Moviefone as well as its partner sites, including ESPN, TMZ, and Martha Stewart will be features in Microsoft’s properties. For now, Microsoft will sell the ads for the videos, and AOL will share ad revenue. The content will include AOL’s library of nearly 900,000 videos, all 15 AOL On channels and original series expected to launch next week. With MSN reaching about 450 million users and Bing apps on Windows/Windows Phone platforms reaching tens of millions of users, AOL videos will get a significant viewers boost with this deal. In addition to this, Microsoft is also planning to produce its own original content videos which will also be featured on MSN and Bing apps. ...

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The Windows OS we install on our tablets, PCs and servers takes several gigabytes of space to run. With the increasing adoption of mobile devices by consumers, it is necessary to make Windows run on a mobile device that will have less than 4GB of storage. For that, Microsoft has created a subset of the Windows technology base used to build operating systems that have a smaller footprint than the full Windows Client or Server. These smaller operating systems is in the order megabytes – not gigabytes. A recent job listing revealed that Windows Phone is the first product that was developed using this technology. Also, Microsoft is now pushing their Internet of Things strategy with Windows, this technology could be powering there too. Our team is working on a subset of the Windows technology base used to build operating systems that have a smaller footprint than the full Windows ...

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Microsoft Advertising’s pubCenter is a publisher platform that enables App developers to deliver targeted advertisements to Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications. The feedback from the community using pubCenter was mostly negative because of its poor UI and ad filling rate. Microsoft has now fixed the former issue with a completely revamped website with all new design. This site now works great and looks beautiful as well. Visit https://beta.pubcenter.microsoft.com/. ...

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 Microsoft’s Build developer conference is starting this week and just in time Microsoft has revealed the full list of sessions that will take place at Build. Lots of sessions related to next generation Windows Phone platform, next gen .Net apps and more are happening. I found some interesting sessions which developers would find it interesting. Check them out below. Understanding the Xbox One Game Platform Built on Windows Windows Desktop Development Platform Advancements – Delight users of your desktop apps by taking advantages of touch/pen/mouse/touchpad input, high DPI displays, and rich animations. In this talk for Win32 developers, we cover desktop platform advances in Windows 8.1 Update. Windows and the Internet of Things - Connected, smart devices have become pervasive. These “Things” already outnumber more traditional computing devices and are set to surpass the 100 billion devices mark within a few short years. In this session you’ll learn about how ...

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Last year, TechCrunch reported that Microsoft is in talks to buy Osterhout Design Group for $200 million. While ODG’s current product lineup might not be a great fit within Microsoft’s overall company strategy, we then reported that their technology will help Microsoft to build new products like Fortaleza glasses. Osterhout Design Group also owns 140 patents related to wearable computing, so Microsoft can also benefit from it. Today, TechCrunch reported more information about this Microsoft’s deal with ODG. Microsoft has paid up to $150 million to buy IP assets related to augmented reality, head-borne computers, and related items from the Osterhout Design Group. “In terms of what we’re doing [at ODG], we don’t meake weapons. We make things that can help people do their jobs,” he says. “The real focus are features that are applicable in the consumer space, too.” In other words, ODG may already be talking to other companies ...

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