Review Category : Windows Phone

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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Microsoft today officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. What makes Direct3D 12 better? First and foremost, it provides a lower level of hardware abstraction than ever before, allowing games to significantly improve multithread scaling and CPU utilization.  In addition, games will benefit from reduced GPU overhead via features such as descriptor tables and concise pipeline state objects.  And that’s not all – Direct3D 12 also introduces a set of new rendering pipeline features that will dramatically improve the efficiency of algorithms such as order-independent transparency, collision detection, and geometry culling. Of course, an API is only as good as the tools ...

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During OneDrive launch last month, Microsoft announced that extra 3GB of OneDrive storage will be added to accounts which has automatic camera backup enabled on their mobile devices. Many of us got the 3GB storage on the same day of the announcement, but some people didn’t get it. Microsoft today acknowledged the error and announced that they have fixed it. If you’re backing up your camera roll to OneDrive, you’ve now received your extra 3 GB of storage. Microsoft’s email regarding the same, Thank you for exploring OneDrive these past two weeks and being a big part of the OneDrive launch. We’re excited that you’re using OneDrive to automatically upload your photos and videos from your mobile device. We appreciate that you trust us to keep your important memories backed up and available across all your devices, including your Xbox. With the introduction of OneDrive, we offered you an extra ...

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After resolving the Outlook.com web and mobile services, Microsoft today detailed the cause of the outage and how they are going to avoid it in the future. Here is their full response from service status website, Update and Resolution of Recent Outlook.com Outage We want to apologize to our customers who were affected by the outage on Outlook.com this week. We have restored access to all accounts and have made changes so that the service will be more resilient in the future.  We realize that we have a responsibility to the customers who use our services to communicate and share with the people they care most about, and we apologize for letting those customers down this week. Our first priority is to the health of the services, and we will learn from this incident and work to improve the experience of all our customers. As part of that, we would ...

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Microsoft recently got a patent related to mobile phone behavior under special circumstances. Microsoft describes it as “inconspicuous mode” of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. Read the full abstract below. A communication device is configured to switch from a normal mode of operation to an inconspicuous mode of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. In addition, other display properties such as contrast and brightness may be adjusted to make them less conspicuous. The home screen in the inconspicuous mode of operation is less obtrusive or ...

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Speaking to V3, Google’s product management director at Google Apps, Clay Bavor, said it saw a lack of interest in their clients in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and would not be making clients for the two operating systems. "We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8," he said. "If that changes, we would invest there, of course." Instead he said Google was committed to continually improving and updating its iOS and Android products. Google has done the minimum possible to support Windows Phone and Windows 8 so far, only releasing an app to integrate their search services into the OS. Given that Google and Microsoft compete on many services it is not surprising that Google is not supporting Windows in any form, ...

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Few days back, WMPoweruser reported about a mysterious ZTE Windows Phone device with 5.9inch screen. Many doubted whether Windows Phone 8 can scale to such high resolutions with app compatibility. Now, we have another rumor from @MS_Nerd about this matter. It seems Microsoft is working on two fronts in bringing Windows based device with screen sizes ranging from 5-inch to less than 10-inch. These 7-inch device is expected to have stylus support and include IE and Reader as well. @MS_Nerd: ZTE Blade 8: WP8 counts 3 pixels as 2. MSFT adding stylus support in OneNote, IE & Reader. Figuring out how to reach 7″ size with WP or RT. Another project with select members of Surface & Nook teams, using RT on a 8.4″ screen exploring it from the other side, no stylus yet. What do you think? You prefer Windows Phone OS on 7-inch or Windows RT on 7-inch? ...

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The much awaited (atleast to me!) overhaul of Microsoft accounts portal is here.  Microsoft’s old Billing portal was like a website designed in 90′s, but now it has got a clean new look and awesome unification across various Microsoft accounts (Props to Rafael who noticed it first). The accounts.microsoft.com portal now unifies all Microsoft accounts such as Hotmail, Xbox LIVE, Zune, Office Live and even Windows Azure accounts. You can now have an overview of purchases and subscriptions made across all Microsoft services under this new portal. Check it out yourself and enjoy the new experience. via: Withinwindows ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today Microsoft detailed the  accessibility improvements that are coming in Windows 8. Microsoft has worked hard on Windows 8, particularly the new Metro style experience is accessible to everyone regardless of their physical abilities. Microsoft’s accessibility goals in Windows 8 are to: Improve the assistive technologies that are components of Windows, and provide a good experience with the Metro style UI. Provide developer tools that have baseline accessibility built in, so that accessible Metro style apps are available in the Store. Engage assistive technology vendors (ATVs) to adopt Windows 8 and build upon the accessibility scenarios. Great job by Microsoft. But I want Microsoft to work on accessibility options in Windows Phone as well. You can read more at Building Windows 8 Blog. ...

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Lots of information regarding Windows Phone Mango update got released today. 1) Updated “Where’s my phone update?” : Microsoft updated the “Where’s my phone update” page for both US ans International customers. The list which contains the current phase of the update on a particular carrier has been updated. 2) Windows Phone Web Based Marketplace Launched: This will enable customers to shop, share and buy/download apps and games from any PC and send them directly to their phones. 3) Updated WindowsPhone.com My Phone Service and Scrapbook:   Along with the web based marketplace, Microsoft has also updated the MyPhone/Windows Phone Live webpage. My Phone page now allows you to access your SkyDrive phones, documents, customize Xbox Live avatars, etc. Scrapbook allows you to explore your check-ins and photos on Bing Maps interface. 4) AT&T and Sprint’s Windows Phone Mango Support pages goes live: Both the network has made their support pages for ...

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