Windows 10 Mobile build 10136 may have just released to WIndows Insiders a week ago, but we're already getting a peek at what's coming down the line in future builds. Thanks to the folks at MSMobile.pl, some screenshots of Windows 10 Mobile build 10149 have leaked, revealing some minor tweaks and a welcome change in Microsoft Edge.
The popular music app Shazam got updated today for Windows Phone to version 4.4. The update adds a few notable features, including a News Feed so users can get info on the many music artists they might have "Shazamed" in the past.
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Microsoft continues to open new locations for its large retail stores in North America. The official Microsoft Store Facebook page was updated today with news on three openings that are happening soon. However, we still don't have any word on when the company's big flagship store, currently under construction in New York City, will open its doors.
Clash of Clans has been one of the most popular mobile games in the world for the last couple of years. Seeing as how Windows Phone still doesn't have Clash after all this time, it's up to other game publishers to pick up the slack. Gameloft, one of the largest publishers of Windows Phone games, already has a fair Clash clone called Age of Sparta.
Today, Gameloft has released another game in that mold called Siegefall. This one tasks players with building a fantasy kingdom, training armies, and doing battle across a campaign and against other players. Siegefall mixes things up a bit by giving players direct control of their powerful hero characters during battle.
Read on for quick Siegefall impressions and our exclusive hands-on video with Mandy Paez from Gameloft!
If you're a Bing Rewards member in the market for a laptop on the cheap, Microsoft has a deal you may be interested in. On the Microsoft Store, Bing Rewards members can score a Dell 15 i3 for just $300, or 50 percent off.
Gameloft has been busy today with new game launches and updates. That includes the fantasy "hack and slash" RPG Dungeon Hunter 5, which had added Xbox Live support for both Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 versions.
In early May, Microsoft held their annual Build conference to talk about Windows 10, development tools, and the future. HoloLens and Microsoft's holographic computing initiative was one of the main features with some attendees getting into the Holographic Academy experience.
I wrote about the Holographic Academy, our introduction to the tools to write apps for HoloLens and my experience back then. This Holographic Academy was impressive because not only is HoloLens real but developers can start making apps for it using tools they already own today.
People Can Fly, the Poland-based developer which was acquired by Epic Games in 2012 and renamed Epic Games Poland, is now an independent studio once again under its original name. People Can Fly has also acquired the Bulletstorm game franchise, which it co-developed with Epic Games for Xbox 360, Windows PC, and PlayStation 3 platforms in 2011.
The days of strict smartphone spec for spec battles have passed. The war of ecosystems is the new battleground.
With Microsoft's ecosystem boldly boasting its presence on rival platforms through a proliferation of cross-platform apps, Redmond's mobile devices need a differentiator. Such a differentiator would allow Microsoft devices to showcase the synergy of products and services within the ecosystem in a way the same products on other platforms cannot. Enter Continuum.
"Imagine the effect this can have on mobile first countries where individuals can be as productive with the phone they're buying if they can't buy a full PC," – Belfiore, Build 2015
Continuum for the phone was one of the most exciting announcements from Microsoft's Build Conference. As we know, Continuum on tablets and hybrids allows the Windows OS to switch between the traditional desktop environment and the touch-friendly Modern UI, depending on the hardware configuration.
If a device like the Microsoft Surface is connected to a keyboard, for example, the user is presented with the familiar desktop environment. Disconnecting the keyboard to use it as a tablet prompts the touch-friendly Modern UI. That was the extent of our understanding of Microsoft's Continuum before Build. Joe Belfiore, Corporate VP of Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, changed that when he announced Continuum for the phone.
Nothing hurts worse for fans than when a popular property's creator sits on the property instead of using it. Quite often the IP creator has no say in the franchise's future and has left the company in the years since its inception. That's the whole reason Yooka-Laylee, the upcoming spiritual successor to Banjo Kazooie exists – because Microsoft and Rare haven't made a new 3D platformer in years.
The same applies to Capcom's Mega Man series (although the publisher at least announced Mega Man Legacy Collection just before E3). As such, the series' creator Keiji Inafune (who is also working on Recore) has teamed up with Japanese developer Comcept (with Deep Silver publishing) to create the upcoming Mighty No. 9 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, and other platforms. Mighty No. 9 is a 2.5D action-platformer starring a robot who gains powers from the bosses he defeats, much like the Mega Man games of yore.
We interviewed Mighty No. 9 producer Yu "Nick" Yu at E3 2015. Read on for our full preview with interview and gameplay video!
A rep for the Hipstamatic photography company has confirmed to a Windows Central reader they have no plans to update their two Hipstamatic Oggl apps they have made for Windows Phone. The apps themselves have not been updated in over a year.
While Starbucks is no closer to launching an official app for Windows Phone, there are a few third-party apps available for the OS to help users find their nearest place to get their coffee on. One of our favorites is Starbucks Locator, and it received a small but useful update this week that adds search filtering features.
Microsoft has already confirmed that people in the US who want to install Windows 10 on a new PC will have to pay $119 for Windows 10 Home and $199 for Windows 10 Professional. Now the 'Get Windows 10' app has managed to reveal that UK residents will pay £99.99 for the stand-alone version of Windows 10 Home while the Eurozone price will be €135.
It's been nearly a month since Microsoft released the last official PC Windows 10 preview version, build 10130, but the company is still updating this version with bug fixes. This week, the company issued a bug fix for build 10130, specifically for users who might have issues updating to newer builds when they are eventually released.
In March, Gameloft announced that the Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 versions of its popular endless runner game Despicable Me: Minion Rush would no longer be updated. However, as we reported in May in our overview of Gameloft's future plans, the company decided to change its mind and keep updating the game after all. Today, Despicable Me: Minion Rush was indeed updated for Windows Phone, adding in new minions and more.
Available for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1, fanband is an app that allows you to customize the theme of your Microsoft Band with your favorite TV show, video game, sports team and more. The app now boasts over 1000 themes, and is celebrating by slashing its price on the Windows Store to $1.49 (from the usual $1.99). Fanband is also giving away the Xbox Gamer theme, which normally costs $0.99, for free.
One More Line is a Windows Phone game that isn't very complicated to play but can be a booger of a game to master. There is an addictive pull to the game as well that can be slightly painful at times.
The concept is simple. You have a space ship that is flying up the screen, drawing a colorful line behind it. The mission is to guide this gaming piece up the screen and avoid the various obstacles along the way. Steering your ship is where the challenge comes into play. You have to latch onto an obstacle, spin around and release in a manner to shift your game piece's path where it won't hit anything.
One More Line will test your skills at timing, patience and luck. The game is available for low-memory Windows Phones, as well as Windows 8 devices. There may not be much to One More Line, but it is a fun gaming title to pass the time with.
In what is yet another case of a manufacturer making things harder than they need to be, Samsung is pushing customers to use its own utility in favor of Windows Update to keep their laptops updated.
All Samsung laptops come with a tool called SW Updater that checks for any updates to bloatware that comes pre-installed, along with driver and software updates. While such utilities are available from most vendors, what's unique about Samsung's SW Updater is that it was found to disable Windows Update, preventing Microsoft's default updater tool from finding new updates.
With E3 dominating the news in the past week we've come up with something a little different for our latest photo contest.
We want to see your best photos of you enjoying your favorite games. Xbox, Windows, Windows Phone, it's all good. For this one we're waving the rule that it needs to be taken on a Windows Phone, but we're still keeping it Microsoft friendly. So, send us any photo, shot with any device of your best gaming shots. Whether that's a party enjoying something on the Xbox One or a solo effort getting into something on your Windows Phone. So long as the photo has a Microsoft based gaming theme, it's eligible!
We're upping the ante a little on the prizes, too, so be sure to check out the details below. We haven't forgotten about the previous contest winners, either. We've had a few weeks off with various different events and lots of travelling among other things, but the winner of the previous contest will be announced in a blog post tomorrow. We're back on track now so expect a new contest every couple of weeks.