All of us here at Windows Phone Central use Bing for our day-to-day searches, and we are positive that most of our readers do also. For those of you who have installed the Google Search app onto your Windows Phone or Windows 8 machine, we will try not to judge you. Despite your choice of search engine, we reached out to the community to find out what your favorite Bing features are, and presented them in our beautiful typeface below.
Earlier this week, Microsoft finally released the Surface 2 with LTE on board here in the US. Available at Best Buy and Microsoft Stores (both online and in-stores), the $679 device brings 4G LTE connectivity to you wherever, whenever.
I managed to pick one up and have been playing around with it for the last 72 hours. Seeing as a lot of people are curious about this device, including features or limitations, I figured I’d do a quick-n-dirty breakdown of the major aspects. Hopefully it will quench your thirst in case you are considering this device.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm EDT
Earlier this month Microsoft teased DirectX 12. The company said they’d have info to share about the next version of DirectX at this week’s GDC gaming conference. The Microsoft press conference just took place this morning. The DirectX team announced and shared a ton of info about DirectX 12. Read on if you’re ready for gaming to get even more enjoyable on your console, PC and phone.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm EDT
It’s been awhile, but we’re ready if you are. In about 90 minutes we’ll have another podcast with Daniel Rubino, Sam Sabri and Jay Bennett. We’ll be talking Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft’s upcoming Build developer conference. We’ll of course highlight some of our favorite apps and answer your questions.
Microsoft has taken to the Office Blog to explain why IT professionals should opt for Office 365 in favor of Google's offering. The main selling points are controls enabling professionals to effectively manage installations and content.
From opting to deploy entirely in the cloud to migrating workload online while leaving parts on-site, Microsoft's suite is an excellent option for a workforce requiring productivity tools and software.
Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope computing software was released in February of 2008 by the company’s Research division to display astronomical sky maps. Imagery from the software is provided by the Hubble Space Telescope along with a collection of earth-bound telescopes. The idea for the software, which was originally presented at a TED Conference, is now returning to its roots as a recent conference shows the power of WorldWide Telescope coupled with the Oculus Rift.
Microsoft has taken an ex-employee to court after investigations by both internal and federal counterparts found software architect, Alex Kibkalo to be stealing and leaking trade secrets from Redmond. Arrested on Wednesday, it's alleged Kibkalo leaked Windows 7 program files, Windows 8 information and anti-software piracy systems.
We last saw an update for Blink back in December. That update simply brought a fix for the Lumia 1520, though it build off of the 2.2 update that brought new features. This morning, version 2.4 is live in the Store and it’s a significant overhaul of the app in terms of design and function.
The Windows 8.1 April Update is just around the corner, but should you wish to force through the upgrade early on your machine, you can once again do so thanks to Microsoft publishing the release. Neowin has compiled a list of download links for consumers to access should they wish to make the plunge and see what's new in the next update for the popular desktop operating system.
We haven’t seen a significant update to Nokia’s fantastic MixRadio app in a few weeks, but that’s changing this morning with version 4.3 arriving in the Store (that’s a bump from version 4.2). What’s more, this isn’t just bug fixes, but rather some fiddling with the UI to make navigation easier and some improvements to the offline mix capability.
Weather On A String is one of the latest weather apps to hit the Windows Phone Store. The Windows Phone 8 app approaches things in a minimalistic manner with simple graphics and gesture based navigation.
Weather On A String does support worldwide forecast locations and has an interesting feature that is dubbed Umbrella Mode. While Weather On A String has mild appeal and decent potential, some may find it too minimalistic as your daily Windows Phone weather source. The app is worth checking out but its appeal may not transfer to everyone.
In less than two weeks, Microsoft is expected to pull the cover off of Windows Phone 8.1. Granted, a lot about the OS update has leaked out in either screenshots, the SDK or even video. Still, there are plenty of little details that need to be filled in, which is why we’re headed to Build on April 2.
Tonight, Microsoft, appears to be testing the announcement. Microsoft’s main Windows Phone site, www.windowsphone.com, has a new Windows Phone 8.1 category near the top. Of course, when you click it you will get an error about the page not being found, so don’t look for any new scoops there.
By Sam Sabri, Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 11:02 pm EDT
BitTorrent Sync is coming soon to Windows Phone. The app was discovered in the Windows Phone Store and appears to be undergoing a private beta at the moment. Fans of BitTorrent will be pretty excited to learn about their new Sync service. Ready to access your files from anywhere on the planet for free? How about sharing files with a free and not having to worry about upload limits on the size of the file? You can do all of that with BitTorrent Sync.
By Sam Sabri, Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 10:12 pm EDT
We’re always on the hunt for great apps across Windows Phone and Windows 8. We find that the Windows Phone Store has had a longer time to mature than the Windows Store. Which is why it’s easier for us to find high quality apps on Windows Phone, but more time is probably needed for the Windows Store to see killer apps in higher numbers. Reddit! is one of those higher quality Windows 8 app. With Reddit! you can browse the popular online community. Let’s check it out.