Today Microsoft announced that the recently released edition of Office, 365, is the bestselling version of their productivity software to date. When the service went live, the company reported licenses being sold at a rate of more than one per second. In a mere 100 days, Office 365 Home Premium has hit more than 1 million subscribers.
Microsoft will be adding the option for consumers to utilise gift cards on the Windows Store and Xbox Live, but the company has already enabled the payment gateway on the Windows Phone Store. Adding a gift card to the Wallet, a feature in Windows Phone 8, smartphone owners can use the cards to charge app, music and media purchases.
If you've tried to log into your Flickr account from the Windows Phone Flickr app you're probably receiving an error message that reads,
"Unable to reach Flickr login services. Press Back to try again."
The error message is rather persistent, no matter how many times you press the Back Button and try again.
The problem? It's likely an API change that wasn't reflected in the app. The issue seems to be limited to logging into your Flickr account from apps such as the Flickr app and Pixl. In checking some of the apps that pull images from Flickr, but don't have the account log-in feature, such as Photostream and Flickr Wallpapers, they are still able to pull pictures from Flickr.
This morning we reported that Ubisoft’s Rayman Jungle Run would soon launch on Windows Phone 8. Ubisoft first announced it back in February and released a nice Windows 8 version in March. Thus the Windows Phone 8 port was only a matter of time…
And here we are! Rayman Jungle Run is now available on Windows Phone 8. What’s more, it runs on devices with 512 MB of RAM, unlike last week’s Nokia-exclusive EA releases. With a highly manageable 49 MB download size, anyone who rocks a Windows Phone 8 handset should be able to enjoy this excellent entry in the Rayman series.
Want to experience beautiful awe inducing views of Mount Everest on your PC or Tablet? Now you can, thanks to Microsoft’s partnership with GlacierWorks. The newly launched HTML5 based site allows viewers to see the changes Mount Everest and the greater Himalayan regions have faced over the last 86 years. There is no better day to launch the project than today, the 60th anniversary of the historic first ascent to the summit of Everest.
Nokia is working to integrate its HERE services with Leap Motion (www.leapmotion.com). We previously looked at the new technology (and currently have one on order) that enables consumers to interact with Windows 8 (and other platforms), using nothing more than hand gestures and the magic of technology. So how can this tie in with Nokia's HERE service and why should you be impressed?
Although the Lumia 925 is not quite out yet, it seems to be strutting its stuff more and more (see this earlier post from today).This time, the site Winp.cn has gotten their mitts on one for an extensive mini-review. While the article is in Chinese, you can discern easy enough from Bing translator that they are impressed with the upcoming phone.
Indeed, they were even able to pull some image samples from the aluminum Windows Phone and compare it shot for shot next to a Lumia 920. Now, two things to note here: the Lumia 925 benefits from an added sixth lens, which is supposed to improve sharpness. But in addition, the Lumia 925 also has the ‘Amber’ update from Nokia on board, which adds all new and updated camera algorithms and up to 3200 ISO for even faster low-light shots.
Microsoft has been fighting off botnets and hackers for the last few years with Project MARS (Microsoft Active Response for Security). They have crippled major botnet networks including Waledac, Rustock, Kelihos, Zeus, Nitol, and Bamital.
Today, Microsoft plans to take their fight for web justice to the next level using their own cloud resources. The newly designed Windows Azure-based Cyber Threat Intelligence Program (C-TIP) allows computer emergency response teams to respond in near real time. TJ Campana, director of security in Microsoft’s Digital Crime Unit, stated that:
“(C-TIP) will allow organizations to have better situational awareness of cyber threats, and more quickly and efficiently notify people of potential security issues with their computers.”
Last Friday, Microsoft’s Orlando Ayala joined the Secretary of State of Telecommunications and Information Society of Spain to announce an agreement for the Spanish CERT, to become one of the first organizations to hook up with the company’s C-TIP service. The new technology will allow ISPs and CERTs to receive updated threat data every 30 seconds; the data will alert the organizations of any infected computers in their network or domain.
It's been revealed that Microsoft could be potentially blocking the development of an official Grooveshark client for Windows Phone. According to a conversation between the community developer and a consumer, it's reported that the Grooveshark team had previously looked at getting an app submitted to the store, but were told by Microsoft that such an app would not be approved.
UK mobile operator Everything Everywhere (EE for short) has launched its 30-day 4G SIM-only plans to take full advantage of the network improvements the company has been carrying out since last year. Being the only operator to offer LTE to consumers in the UK, these new plans allow consumers to trial the EE network. It was only back in November when EE eventually launched its 12-month SIM-only plans.
The International Data Corporation (IDC) revealed in recent figures that Nokia has lost its spot as Finland’s top mobile phone seller. Samsung has pulled into first place with its 36.1% market share, while Nokia currently sits in second place with 33.6%. Last year, Nokia controlled a strong 48% compared to Samsung’s 28%.
Windows Phone 8 gamers who held out hope that N.O.V.A. 3 would be released in May will be disappointed to know that Gameloft’s sci-fi FPS definitely won’t make it out of the gate this month. We understand it's still undergoing Xbox Live certification and will release as soon as it passes. But it’s not all bad news. We do get a high-profile Xbox release for Windows Phone 8 today – this one from Ubisoft rather than Gameloft. Yep, the awesome platformer/runner Rayman Jungle Run launches later today!
An image has been published on Polish forum Windows Mania that details all the parts that make the Lumia 925 work as we know it. The new flagship Windows Phone from Nokia will be launching in numerous markets and exclusively on T-Mobile in the US, but what does it look like when you smash the smartphone to pieces and an only see the components?
It should be well known by this time that the Nokia Lumia 925 will be coming with the GDR2 Windows Phone 8 OS update and the latest firmware from Nokia, dubbed ‘Amber’. The former includes FM radio, better podcast support and numerous other hitherto undisclosed additions. Amber includes a new on-screen clock, double tap-to-wake and an overhaul to the Lumia’s camera.
New photos showing off these features have been posted in our forums, though they seem to originate from a site called Dospy.com.
** TICKET UPDATE **
We have maxxed out our RSVP limit for today. Please come back to the site tomorrow at 12 Noon ET and we will be releasing a second wave of tickets. They're going fast, so if you missed out today be there tomorrow at 12 Noon ET. Can't wait to see you in NYC!
Just a short while ago we announced Talk Mobile 2013, our upcoming, summer-long discussion on all things mobile that also involves you. To kick off the event, next Thursday (June 6th) in Manhattan we’re throwing a massive, real life party that will be legendary.
And you’re invited!
You can join myself and all the other editors from CrackBerry, iMore and Android Central plus our special guests Cali Lewis and John P of GeekBeat.TV, and we want to see you there!
Until recently, the largest amount of storage you could pick up for a Microsoft Surface Pro has been 128 GB. Now a version of the tablet has surfaced in Japan with 256 GB and a 120,000 YEN price tag (approx. $ 1,200).
The new larger capacity sized Microsoft tablet will also include a pre-installed copy of Office 2013 Home and Business. Only Surface RT tablets have come pre-installed with Microsoft’s productivity suite, so this marks a first for the Pro model.
We’ve teased it for weeks but now it’s time to unveil what all that ‘TM13’ business was that was such a big secret. TM13 stands for Talk Mobile 2013 and it’s our new program that will elevate the discussion of mobile beyond just platforms and who is better than whom.
The event is based off of our Round Robin program, which we did years ago. That event involved all of the head editors trading phones for a week and then reviewing the experience. While fun, that was a 2008 thing and this is 2013: all the platforms have basically caught up to each other and have become outstanding options. No longer does one dominate the conversation and neither will it here.
Talk Mobile isn't a one day event. It's a discussion that will carry on across Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, Android Central, and iMore for the next several months. We've picked 10 important topics in mobile and cooked up a whopping 50 Talk Mobile features that we'll be publishing across the sites that are going to spark a lot of conversation.
Earlier today, the popular (and unofficial) Instagram client for Windows Phone, Itsdagram, faced a dire situation: be renamed or face removal from the Store. Developer Daniel Gary was scrambling for a new name (and font and icon) for his prized app and he had less than 24-hours to do so.
To make the choice more fun and to give you folks a voice, we suggested a survey followed by a poll. From one thousand responses, Daniel Gary and our team whittled it down to five choices. From there, it was all in your hands.
The basic camera UI for Windows Phone is simple and straightforward. That’s perfectly fine for about 99% of the population, but all the hobbyist photographers might want a little more control over their smartphones camera when out and about. For those people ProShot has been a favorite app in the Windows Phone community. Today it’s getting an update that shouldn’t go unnoticed. Let’s check out what’s new with version 2.7.
A few days ago I sat down and reviewed one of my favorite news consumption apps, Pouch. The elegant Pocket client for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 brings a clean and uncluttered reading experience to your favorite mobile devices.
The copy of Pouch for Windows 8 used in last week’s review was a private beta, not yet available to the general public. In anticipation of the upcoming software update, the developer has dropped the price of Pouch by 50% to $1.49.
If you didn’t notice from last week, Microsoft’s Xbox One console made a huge impact on the press and consumers alike. Today the boys up in Redmond confirmed the number of curious eyes watching in on the Xbox Reveal event – 8.4 million.
When Microsoft’s mysterious black tent was opened and the next revolution of Xbox was announced, 8.4 million people were ready to sneak a glance. The event rivaled as one of the top-streamed events of all time; its viewership rate surpassed the 2010 World Cup, the 2011 Royal wedding, and even the 2012 presidential election night coverage.
The official Tumblr app has been available on the Windows Phone platform for some time now and the team has now updated the app with 11 more languages. For those not familiar with Tumblr, it's a microblogging service that powers over 100 million blogs. The latest release for Windows Phone is already live on the store.
Photoplay is an Instagram-like service that enables consumers to utilise smartphones for photography and share shots on social networks, as well as their own. Launching on iOS, Android and Windows Phone simultaneously, we've now got word from the official Photoplay Twitter account that an update to the Windows Phone app is well on its way.
UPDATE 7:30ET: After 1K entries, give or take, we've closed off comments! Come back in 60 minutes for the top 5 choices and a chance to vote!
Okay folks, let’s play good news/bad news. The good news is Itsdagram, as an Instagram app, is here to stay for now.
The bad news is it needs a name change, font change and new icon….all in the next 24 hours. We’ll leave the details to your mind as to why that is, but for now, we just need a new name.
That’s where you come in...