ICYMI: January 24, 2015

A lot can happen in a week. New apps join the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store. Your favorite apps can get a big update with a new look or new features. Device rumors come and go. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle.

Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).

Windows Phone

  • Report claims 500,000 Lumia 535 phones shipped to India so far, but what does it mean? [Read]
  • Microsoft granted patent on 'inconspicuous mode' to make your device less disruptive [Read]
  • A National Geographic photographer with a Lumia 930 can shoot better 4K video than you [Read]
  • Denim rolling out to more devices, including some Lumia 1520s [Read]
  • Microsoft claims new Lumia 532 is 'Windows 10 ready' hinting at new OS name for phones [Read]
  • All modern Windows Phones can get Windows 10, flagship 'later this summer' [Read]
  • Microsoft offers closer glimpse of upcoming Spartan browser for Windows Phone [Read]
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones still due in February [Read]

Microsoft + Windows

  • Microsoft integrates with Moodle to bring Office 365 to the classroom [Read]
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing is free for OEMs despite initial $10 charge [Read]
  • Microsoft offers more details on January's Surface Pro 3 firmware update [Read]
  • Microsoft included many user-requested changes and features in new Windows 10 preview [Read]


  • Spotify for Windows Phone updated with an iOS-esque visual revamp [Read / Download]
  • After 14 months, Audible says an update for its Windows Phone app is in the 'pipeline' [Read]
  • Skype for Windows Phone updated with new 'compact view' for higher res displays [Read / Download]
  • Popular panorama app Cycloramic jumps from iOS to Windows Phone [Read / Download]
  • LINE for Windows Phone gets video calling in latest update [Read / Download]
  • Mega for Windows Phone goes public with version 2.0 [Update: now live!] [Read / Download]
  • Chase Mobile app will be removed from the Windows Phone Store on Jan. 26 [Read / Download]
  • Twitter for Windows Phone gets rare but useful update [Read / Download]
  • Dropbox finally drops an official Windows Phone app, goes universal [Read / Download]



  • Neverwinter Xbox One closed beta will begin in early February [Read]
  • Spotify fielding interest for native Xbox One app for music [Read]
  • Microsoft announces release dates, prices for three Xbox One titles [Read]
  • Rogue Legacy will bring an adventure that spans generations to Xbox One this year [Read]

Extra and Miscellaneous

  • Our favorites from the traditional Las Vegas curtain raiser [Read]
  • Have questions about the Windows 10 January Technical Preview? Join Microsoft in our forums! [Read]

The Week of Windows 10

  • Windows 10 to be free upgrade for first year for users of Windows 7 and 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 [Read]
  • Windows 10 for smartphones shown off for the first time on a Lumia 1520 [Read]
  • Microsoft debuts Project Spartan, a new web browser for Windows 10 [Read]
  • Microsoft takes gaming on Windows 10 to the next level with the new Xbox app [Read]
  • Windows 10 will support game streaming from Xbox One console to PC [Read]
  • Windows 10's new features get demoed by Joe Belfiore in detailed video [Read]
  • Skype is built into Windows 10 for Phone and has an updatable Messaging app [Read]
  • Cortana for Windows 10 on phone has a slightly new look [Read]
  • I tried Microsoft's HoloLens: It is mind blowing, but many questions remain [Read]
  • Microsoft launches Windows 10 January Technical Preview ahead of schedule, now available [Read]
  • How to enable Hey Cortana on Windows 10 Preview and other cool shortcuts [Read]

Share your thoughts on this past week of Windows Phone, Windows, Xbox and Microsoft news!

Seth Brodeur
  • A great week!!
  • Yup! (:
  • A lot....great lot...happened
  • A lot happened this week!
  • The best week for MS this year
  • Lol it's only January ;)
  • This one with Skype built in is a pretty big one, which I missed somehow.
  • Microsoft nailed it! I was sure impressed with a lot of things. :)
  • Even people that aren't keen on MS things are talking about HoloLens! This is amazing
  • Woah lots of stuff
  • What happened to the ICYMI newsletter?
  • Are you dreaming....? It's ICYMI newsletter itself and its looking cool actually
  • I think he means the emailed one. It left with Sam I think. Lol
  • Wonder if Chase paid attention? If not they are going to regret it.
  • Hololens works on which principle's
  • AR
  • I hate when news services label it as VR; those fools
  • Yeah
  • Or altered reality. It's augmented reality, and it's become mainstream since the Nintendo 3DS.
  • The first ICYMI I have read in detail because of how much stuff has happened this week!
  • Me too...
  • I have never go through ICYMI like this time around as you did.
  • I've read that Windows RT tablets will NOT upgrade to Windows 10, but will get updated with some of the features (I'm assuming the continuum feature and Office apps getting updated, and hopefully Cortana). I've also read that some of the lowest end Lumia devices (520, 620, etc.) with only 512mb RAM will likely not update to Windows 10 either due to hardware limitations. Any response to this info?
  • Possible, not officially confirmed.
  • I don't know about Surface
    But ALL windows phone 8 devices, which includes Lumia 520,620,.. , will get Windows 10 and this is confirmed
  • you simply say a lot can happen wp is missing very important apps such as tango and imo and I don't know why you ignore it.
  • I don't get what your point is.
  • I mean tango is not available for windows phone, so we want it to be available
  • Okay, well that's irrelevant. These articles are about what happened, not what didn't happen.
  • Awesome week. I love the new W10 build.
  • Absolutely awesome. I like the way you people keep secret - MS.
  • The battery life is concern for w10 mobile.
  • Please don't make such statements without providing a source. And it's not Windows 10 mobile either.
  • Everything need to be mature, wifi and network receiving, battery life, less or no more loading and resuming.
  • That's a long list.
  • A Great Week For Sure: My Thoughts on Windows 10: This is a Song of Ice and Fire. I believe that House Microsoft is going to claim the Iron Throne. Winter is coming and I feel Redmond has strongly positioned themselves to have the support of the masses, and will lay siege to and liberate the strangled denizens of Silicone Valley. And to take the liberty of additional fictional references, The Four Horseman all look toward Redmond, in fear toward Microsoft. They must be envisioning The Eye of Sauron. I think they are scared. ‪#‎Microsoft‬ ‪#‎OnePlatformToRuleThemAll‬
  • What a week!
  • Yup :)
  • The info on my 1520 says denim. After downloading lumia camera 5.0 and upon opening it, the app said that I need to update my phone to denim. Why is that so? I can't use the lumia camera.
  • Just hit back button n then it will not ask :)
  • Actually u shud wait for w10 preview it will be fixed in that soon
  • Thanks ravi.
  • Windows 10 is the greatest happening to Microsoft yet.. :D
  • There's gonna be Cortana for Xbox with Windows 10?
  • Wow this was greater than I expect....