At the end of February, we reported that Cortana had picked up a few more Interests for users to select optionally. One of those was Showtimes + Trailers, which as the name implies has to do with movies playing nearby.
When we wrote that article, the feature itself was not live, but today we noticed that information had finally started to percolate into our Cortana feed.
Microsoft showed how the gaming experience will be like in Windows 10 with its Xbox app during the Game Developers Conference this week. It also showed off the first real footage of the previously announced Windows 10 port of Goat Simulator.
Microsoft, as well as Sony, got hit with some major denial of service (DDoS) attacks on its Xbox Live and PlayStation Network services during the holiday person of 2014. In a new interview, Microsoft's Xbox head Phil Spencer says he has had talks with Sony, as well as Nintendo, on how to fight off similar attacks in the future.
6tag, the popular third-party Instagram Windows Phone app, was updated yet again today by its very talented, and very busy, creator Rudy Huyn. The new 4.0.4 version has a couple of new features, including the addition of a refresh button.
Made from a textured and durable polycarbonate, this Lumia 920 ShellCase provides excellent drop protection thanks to the thick edging and impact resistant shell. The back features a patterned texture that gives you an enhanced grip around your device, too. The rear clip can be rotated and even folds out into its own kickstand!
Subway Surfers has picked up yet another update. By now you should be familiar with the cycle, and today we're being taken across to India. With the latest release installed, players will be able to tour the streets of Mumbai with Jay, the athletic champion.
Haunted - Dungeons of Herwood is a Windows Phone game where you have to tackle forty five dungeon levels. The game does not tackle dungeon hunting in the traditional action/adventure approach but rather presents the dungeon levels more of a maze filled with trap doors, puzzles and plenty of treasure. While you do have a few monsters to contend with, you do so with stealth and timing.
Haunted - Dungeons of Herwood has a casual pace, simple interface and the dungeons can be challenging to navigate through. If you prefer your gaming from a larger screen, there is a version of Haunted available for Windows 8 devices, which plays out nicely from tablets.
Sharit has just been bumped to version 2.0. The Windows Phone app, which makes it easier to manage and post content to multiple social accounts, has had a bunch of new features and functionality added in the latest release. Not only can you update your status on various networks, but the app also supports image upload, check-in, and more.
EA has announced that it is shutting down Maxis Emeryville, the studio behind franchises such as The Sims and SimCity. Development of SimCity will continue at EA's studios in Redwood Shores, Salt Lake City, Helsinki and Melbourne.
Microsoft's Phil Harrison is looking to leave the company, according to a GamesIndusty.biz report. The publication, citing multiple sources, reported that Harrison became frustrated with his position at Microsoft by not moving up the ladder once Don Mattrick departed. Microsoft has declined to comment on the report of Harrison's departure.
We're getting ready to pack up and leave Mobile World Congress for another year and while we've got a few posts still left to wrap up, we're reflecting on what's been a pretty decent show for Microsoft and the Windows device ecosystem. As a small token, Microsoft gave us three Skype gift cards of $10 value each at the event, so we're giving them away to you guys.