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Treat Microsoft employees with respect when you're asking about Windows 10

Everyone's excited for Windows 10. I get that. Working at Windows Central it's naturally more obvious than in many other walks of life. The desktop previews are well under way and are largely being well received. But the dark horse in the room is Windows 10 for phones. We've only seen a small...
Cortana on iPhone

AI Wars Part I: 'Hey Cortana is that you on my iPhone?'

"Our top priority and showcase device for Cortana is Windows Phone. Any discussion or commentary about us giving up or abandoning Windows Phone is crazy talk. Our top priority is to make Cortana so fantastic that it pulls customers to Windows Phone. Period…And if that happens, then we can stop...
From the Editor's Desk: Remembering to keep expectations in check

From the Editor's Desk: Remembering to keep expectations in check

I've stepped in and borrowed Dan's desk for this weekend (not really, but his looks a lot cooler than mine) to wrap up at the end of what's been a very busy period in these parts. In quick succession we've had a new desktop build of the Windows 10 preview, a new phone build of the Windows 10...
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Microsoft reportedly planning a Microsoft Band 2 for later this year

Microsoft reportedly planning a Microsoft Band 2 for later this year

File this one under obvious, but WinFuture.de, who recently "confirmed" specs about two upcoming Microsoft flagship phones is now saying that the software and services company is planning on releasing a Microsoft Band 2 later this year. Important things like details are missing from the report,...
Microsoft How-Old

Things that make you go hmmm: Microsoft How-Old; Could facial recognition tech turn ugly?

Famous late night talk show host and comedian Arsenio Hall popularized a phrase, "Things that make you go hmmm?" during his shows run from 1989-1994. He would stand before his audience and state the phrase with his finger pointed to his temple invoking a thoughtful appearance. As many of you...
Why putting Cortana everywhere is good thing for Microsoft and Windows Phone

Why putting Cortana everywhere is good thing for Microsoft and Windows Phone

This morning, Microsoft announced that Cortana would be jumping ship to Android and iOS as separate apps installable through their respective stores. The news is far from surprising due to past rumors, hints from Microsoft and precedent in porting over previously exclusive Windows Phone features...
Lumia 830

Many US Lumia smartphones still don't have the Denim update six months after launch

In mid-December, the Lumia Denim software update began rolling out around the world starting in China. Six months later, a quick check of the Microsoft Mobile support site reveals that the Denim update has made its way to most of the eligible Lumia devices worldwide. However, there is one large...
Highs and Lows Part II: Microsoft's smartphone strategy and the seeds of success

Highs and Lows Part II: Microsoft's smartphone strategy and the seeds of success

In "Highs and Lows Part I: Are Low-End Windows Phones Hurting Microsoft's Smartphone Brand?" we discussed Microsoft's strategy to increase its market share by targeting "the next billion" by disseminating low-end, low-cost devices into the mobile space. In this and the two following pieces, we...
HoloLens

I tried the near-finalized version of HoloLens, this is what I think

Late yesterday, some of us were able to try once again Microsoft's HoloLens here at Build 2015. This experience was my second time with the wearable holographic device, and 99 days since its announcement, Microsoft has made some significant strides. You can read about my January experience here...
Windows 10 desktop will come out before Phone in a staggered release cycle

Windows 10 desktop will come out before Phone in a staggered release cycle

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...
Microsoft's transformation isn't just words, we're now seeing the action

Microsoft's transformation isn't just words, we're now seeing the action

Microsoft keeps telling us its transforming, becoming something bigger and better than ever before. This past week shows that this isn't just marketing talk, and that we're ultimately the ones to benefit from this. Just before Build 2015 began, I had the privilege to sit in on a special...
Mobile Nations Community Update, April 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, April 2015

Hellooooo everyone! It's the end of the month, and that means it's Community Update time! Within we will take a closer look at the happenings around the Mobile Nations Network, including Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.
Highs and Lows Part I: Are Low-End Windows Phones Hurting Microsoft's Smartphone Brand?

Highs and Lows Part I: Are Low-End Windows Phones Hurting Microsoft's Smartphone Brand?

"Why don't Windows phones have front facing cameras?" This was the question posed by my 14-year-old niece from the back seat of the car on Easter Sunday. She will soon be the recipient of a Lumia 635 Windows Phone. Good news right? Well, kind of. The device will be passed down to her from my...

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