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Since one year ago, Cortana has been displaying weather information on the Live Tile, including current conditions in number form and weather animations. However, back then Cortana would mostly run this feature only in the early morning, as noted in our forums in 2014.

Nevertheless, starting over the weekend, Microsoft evidently has increased the frequency of this feature past the early morning. In fact, it now appears to be the default status tile for Cortana if you have the weather interest enabled.

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One of the biggest new features of Windows 10 for phone – and the last feature to be announced before RTM – is Continuum. Revealed at Build this week, the new tech lets users adopt two modes for their phone and a second display.

For instance, you can use your phone as a remote mouse and keyboard for the second screen. However, other operating systems can already do such things. The more interesting addition is the ability to run your phone on the second screen, including all the apps. Moreover, since these are universal Windows apps, they scale up just like being on a full PC. This technology lets you turn any second display into a full PC, and it could change how we think about computing.

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There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story. Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store, and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features. Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss.

Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."

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Earlier today at Build, Microsoft held a special gathering of media and journalists to meet with some of the Windows leadership team. The purpose of the event was less formal, and more of a chance to interact with and ask questions. As such, video and photos were discouraged.

To kick off the nearly two-hour event, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore gave an introductory talk about some aspects of Windows 10 not yet widely known. One of those was in regards to the planned release cycle of Windows 10 updates and new hardware, including the phone.

For a few months now, Microsoft has been claiming that Windows 10 would be released "this summer". However, the status of Windows Phone in that release was not made too clear. Today we learned that, as many have guessed, Windows Phone will come out a bit later. Belfiore would not commit to a more definitive time frame, although it did not sound like it was that much later.

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As Microsoft India announced the launch of Lumia 430, the most affordable budget Lumia device as yet, it also leveraged the opportunity to announce the company's first ever outreach campaign in smaller cities and towns of India for Lumia devices.

The Lumia Knockout on Wheels has been conceptualized to demonstrate the uncompromised and unparalleled smartphone experience on the Lumia 430. The drive flags off from New Delhi, and will cover over 20 cities across the country taking the Windows Phone experience to tier 2, tier 3, and tier 4 towns in the country for the first time.

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Earlier this morning, Microsoft demonstrated how current Win32 apps (aka 'Classic Windows apps') can be ported as Universal Windows Apps that can run on various devices. Even better, these apps can be bought and downloaded through the store, and they avoid all the pitfalls of traditional Win32 apps, including bloated registries and poor uninstall abilities.

Microsoft is also now going to let those apps (and games) be larger than 150 GB in the universal Windows Store as AppX files.

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Some new screen shots have leaked claiming to be Windows 10 for phone build 10070, and they show some more changes coming to the layout of Live Tiles. In build 10070 the Live Tiles appear much closer together than they have in the past, with very little space between them. The leaked screen shots come from a Samsung ATIV S, and the build is said to be extremely buggy on the device.

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AdDuplex, who run an exclusive ad-network on Windows Phone and Windows devices, has cobbled together their monthly stats for April, 2015.

This month, the numbers reveal some interesting trends, including in India, Indonesia, and how well BLU is doing (hint: very well). Additionally, a new Windows 10 phone has been spotted with just a few details to whet your appetite.

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Although many Insiders are now using build 10052 for Windows 10 on phone, WPXAP has shown version 12544 in a new hands-on video.

The jump in version number implies many changes, and indeed there are. We have the video for you to watch, but we have broken down the important parts since you may not understand everything that is being shown in the video.

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If you are running the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phone and are on the Fast track program, make sure you head to Settings to check for an OS update. Microsoft has now flipped the switch for build 10052, and with it a bevy of fixes for users.

No new features are included in this update, so do not get too excited (it is a small bump from build 10051). However, Microsoft has fixed a lot of the significant issues that were affected Insiders who recently installed the new version. Here is what is new.­

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