Microsoft just released Windows 10 Mobile build 10149 to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring, but if you're planning to move on up, you'll want to exercise some patience during the upgrade. Just like in the last build, the lock screen will appear frozen for about 10 minutes after the upgrade while it migrates your data.
Despite last week's release it appears Microsoft is upping its game for Windows 10 Mobile. Today, build 10149 is now live for those on the Insider program enrolled in the Fast Ring.
Once again, this build is missing the 'post-upgrade migration' status, so you need to sit tight after the update for that to take place. Otherwise, here is the big list of what is new and improved!
The team behind the popular image editing app, Fhotoroom, has been quite busy on the Windows Phone front. After two solid content updates last week, the app has been updated yet again, with some new edit mask and brush tools included.
The Microsoft HoloLens technology may not be ready for the general public, but the augmented reality headset is ready to go into outer space. NASA will be sending two HoloLens headsets to the International Space Station on Sunday, June 28. The purpose is to help develop Sidekick, a program to help out astronauts on board the ISS.
One week after Microsoft announced some major changes in its executive ranks and structure, its CEO Satya Nadella has sent out an internal email to its 118,000 employees. The email reveals a new mission statement for the company, but Nadella also warns that Microsoft will "make some tough choices in areas where things are not working."
I'm a fan of Turtle Beach, but they've made it hard to recommend their latest wireless headset.
The Turtle Beach Elite 800X launched a few weeks ago with a promising array of features. Some of these include a robust wireless design that looks as sleek as it does functional. Throw in an awesome charging dock to help keep your gaming space tidy and DTS 7.1 surround sound with customizable modes that can enhance games by genre.
Then, why does this Xbox One headset self-described as "the most advanced ever" fall short?
The Xbox 360 may be a nearly 10 year old console, but developers are still making games for it. The latest example is Guncraft: Blocked and Loaded, a console version of the PC sandbox shooting game that will be released for Microsoft's console on July 14.
If you're a fan of skin cases that keep bulk to a minimum, but provide plenty of grip — this cover is for you.
Leaving out the extra thick corners and rugged textures, the Amzer Pudding TPU case wraps around the Nokia Lumia 830 easily for a slim fit that hardly leaves a trace that there's a case on. With access to every feature of the device, it's hard to not appreciate the simplicity of this quality case that manages to shield against minor impacts.
Xbox One owners with a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription have usually only been able to get one free game per month as part of Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion. That will change starting in July, with the Xbox One getting access to two free games a month from now on.
Lenovo has posted some renders of a concept device, the ThinkPad Time Machine, in an effort to gauge consumer interested to see if making the product would be a financially sound decision. On the outside would be a multi-colored ThinkPad logo, and under that would be a 16:10 aspect ratio screen, the classic 7-row keyboard, dedicated volume controls, and much more.
During last week's press conference, Microsoft announced a double dose of Gears of War awesomeness. Most excitingly, Gears of War 4 (now simply titled Gears 4) will launch exclusively on Xbox One in 2016. Current-gen gamers won't have to wait a year for a taste of the Gears series though, as Gears of War: Ultimate Edition comes out on Xbox One and Windows PC on August 25. So soon!
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a full remaster of the original Gears of War, courtesy of Microsoft's Vancouver-based Coalition studio. Whereas many current-gen versions of old games get only minor facelifts, this Ultimate Edition sports completely revamped graphics, new campaign and multiplayer levels, and many more improvements. You couldn't ask for a better introduction to (or reason to revisit) the Gears series.
We learned all about Gears of War: Ultimate Edition during a behind-closed doors presentation at E3 2015. Read on for the full intel.
A new video on the Windows YouTube channel gives a nice look at the work that went into creating the hero desktop image that will ship with Windows 10 when it releases. In this, design director Bradley Munkowitz used lasers, smoke machines, colored filters, falling crystal dust, and more to capture this image.
Microsoft sometimes has placed HTML5-based video images on its Bing home page as part of the search site's daily photo. Now those same video images might have an optional audio componant. Today's Bing home page photo shows a flock of geese flying in the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in California, but you can actually hear them if you turn on the audio selection at the bottom right side of the image.
Described as having a Zen style of game play, Galaxy Rebound is a relatively new Windows Phone game that will test your accuracy, timing and to some degree your creativity. The goal is to shoot a star into a portal or galaxy that matches the star's color.
While the goal may sound like a simple task to accomplish, the color of the star can change as it bounces off the colored walls of the gaming screen. You'll need to calculate your ricochets just right, so the last color change matches that of the star's home galaxy. You also have barriers scattered about that can be used to bounce your star in the right direction.
Galaxy Rebound includes 45 puzzles to solve and is available for low-memory Windows Phones. After tackling about half the puzzles, we found the Windows Phone game to be a fun, laid back game that isn't too shabby of a way to pass the time.
Doodle Jump has had a presence in the Windows Phone Store for some time and a few weeks ago, the Windows Phone game recently received a facelift. The Doodler has gone rogue and taken on the role of Batman with the release of Doodle Jump DC.
Game play follows suit as the original but has you facing a variety of Batman's archenemies. Power-ups are also Batman themed with batarangs, batcopters and a bat jetpack.
Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Doodle Jump DC is an enjoyable time waster of a game and the new DC Comics theme is a nice refresh of the original. While the game has been out for a bit, we thought it was worth taking a closer look.
Last year, Microsoft announced that it would be building data centers in India to serve Azure and Office 365 customers locally. The Redmond giant has commissioned three "hyper-scale" data centers that will launch by the end of the year.
Microsoft is all set to unveil its first authorised reseller store in the Philippines on June 27.
The store will be located at the Cyberzone in SM City North EDSA mall in Manila. To commemorate the occasion, Microsoft is giving away Coloud Boom headphones and speakers, 11000mAh power bank and a SIM card to the first 100 customers purchasing either a Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia 640 XL, or Lumia 540. Subsequent 200 customers will receive a discount of 1000 Philippine Peso ($22) along with a smart SIM that comes with unlimited data and 400 text messages (valid for 10 days).
Rocksteady's highly-anticipated PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight didn't go the way the developer intended, with the game littered with launch-day bugs and a framerate lock of 30fps, leaving many gamers with high-end video cards with a sub-par experience.
The developer's response for limiting the game to 30fps was to "deliver an experience on par with the current generation of gaming platforms," a statement that did not resonate with gamers. The title recevied overwhelmingly negative reviews on Steam, with 67 percent of the 8,500 reviews citing performance issues. Features that were available on the PlayStation 4, such as rain shaders and Ambient Occlusion, were found to be missing from the PC port, which incensed gamers even further.
According to a report out of Russian tech blog Siliconrus, Windows Phone sales in Russia for the first five months of 2015 have increased by 106% over the same period last year, pushing Windows Phone to the second place spot for sales in that time frame.