ICYMI: January 3, 2015

Richard Devine steps in, as we head to CES 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

The back cover of the purported new Microsoft 'Lumia 1330'

  • AdDuplex finds that Windows Phone 8.1 is continuing to build momentum [Read]
  • Microsoft Lumia phones bested only by Apple and Samsung in holiday sales [Read]
  • Microsoft reportedly working on a fix for Lumia 930 display woes [Read]
  • New Lumias via Denim support downloading OS updates to memory card [Read]
  • Green Lumia 1520 is no longer an AT&T exclusive; now on sale in Germany [Read]
  • Seven things to know about the Microsoft Lumia 535 [Read]
  • The back cover of purported new Microsoft 'Lumia 1330' phablet appears online [Read]
  • 2015 starts with WindowsPhone.com redirect loops and pending downloads [Read]
  • New videos reveal just how fast the Lumia Camera update is with Denim [Read]
  • iBall announces the Andi4L Pulse Windows Phone [Read]

Microsoft + Windows

Xbox Live and XNA founder, Boyd Multerer, departs Microsoft after 18 years

  • Xbox Live and XNA founder Boyd Multerer departs Microsoft after 18 years [Read]
  • New report claims Windows 10 for desktop could have two browsers: IE11 and 'Spartan' [Read]
  • Microsoft has new plans to close the Windows 'app gap', Android support still possible [Read]
  • Microsoft offers some encouraging stats about 2014's Windows Store downloads and sales [Read]
  • Unpatched vulnerability in Windows 8.1 gets published [Read]
  • New OS data shows a loss for Windows 8.1 while Windows 10 makes an appearance [Read]


WatchESPN debuts on Windows Phone

  • Bring in the New Year with these Microsoft recommended apps [Read]
  • WatchESPN app makes its Windows Phone debut for sports fanatics [Read / Download for Windows Phone 8.1, Download for Windows 8.1 (opens in new tab)]
  • Joe Belfiore: More news on Office for Windows Phone is coming before Feb. 19 [Read]
  • StartScreen 8.1 brings gorgeous Windows 8.1 start screen patterns to your Windows Phone [Read / Download]
  • Xbox One SmartGlass update appears to fix crashing woes [Read]


We interview the developer of Gunhouse

  • Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff: Top tips, hints, and cheats you need to know! [Read]
  • Over 8,000 people have volunteered to beta test Plague Inc for Windows Phone [Read]
  • Gunhouse dev explains journey from PlayStation Vita to Windows Phone in our interview [Read]
  • Xbox One SmartGlass apps for Windows Phone are currently crashing on startup [Read]
  • Hunger Games: Panem Run is a movie-based endless runner game for Windows Phone [Read / Download]


Why should you connect your TV service to Xbox One?

  • Microsoft still plans to raise the price of the Xbox One back up to $399 after Jan. 3 [Read]
  • Halo 5: Guardians pre-orders begin, including a $249.99 Limited Collector's Edition [Read]
  • The Halo 5 multiplayer beta can now be pre-loaded by Master Chief Collection owners [Read]
  • Hacking group leaks Xbox One SDK online in an attempt to motivate console modders [Read]
  • English police have arrested one of the perpetrators of the Christmas Day Xbox Live attack [Read]
  • 4 reasons to connect your TV service with the Xbox One [Read]
  • Halo 5 Guardians multiplayer beta adds new Breakout game type [Read]


Richard Devine steps in, as we head to CES 2015

  • From the editor's desk: Different editor, different desk and getting ready for CES [Read]
  • We're heading to CES 2015, and this is what to expect [Read]
  • What's Mark bringing to CES 2015? [Read]
  • Microsoft Band officially on sale again in Microsoft Store US retail locations [Read]
  • Bad code update to blame for Bing outage [Read]

12 Days of Hidden Gems

12 Days of Hidden Gems comes to an end

  • Life360, the ninth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems [Enter Day 9]
  • Rdio, the tenth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems [Enter Day 10]
  • Duolingo, the eleventh of 12 Days of Hidden Gems[Enter Day 11]
  • Lynda and Endless Reader, the twelfth of 12 Days of Hidden Gems[Enter Day 12]

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

Seth Brodeur
  • when is the windows 10 event? 27th jan?
  • Jan 21 I thought. Could be wrong.
  • That's it.
  • If there was only a way to search the site!
  • I'm wanting to hear more about the windows phone plans haha. I had to make sure to look up when Chinese new year is lol.
  • Bye Sam sabri, hi Seth brodeur
  • Is that Vegas on the pic?
  • Yep
  • Every article that comes out I hope it's saying Denim is out for the AT&T 1520. So many missed photo opportunities this Christmas... C'mon guys, just let us have it already!
  • Why is that Windows OS data article included to this article? That article is based on bad data: http://www.zdnet.com/article/more-weird-science-web-analytics-firms-kick... Please at least update that article or delete it altogether.
  • This is Sam's column
  • He no longer works for WC...
  • Is he janitor or something ._.
  • Alot happened and its only new years
  • Everyone miss sam
  • Why i don't get ICYMI mail anymore -_-
  • Have any new news windows 10 for phones?
  • No, quit asking
  • Yes. Microsoft just cancelled it. They turned it into an app that you can now only get on iOS and Android. /s
  • WHAT?! Has Microsoft gone crazy?! I mean releasing WINDOWS 10 on iOS and Android? And why hasn't Windows Central done an article on this yet?
  • what!!! Is this correct news???
  • Oh dear, of course not, that would have been reported by WC...
  • I didn't miss Denim not showing up for my 1520 in Q4 of 14............
  • Hey Central...could you please put a link on the [read] thing directing to the said article. Like it's on apps like Engadget.. Yeah..it would be easier. Thanks.
  • Missing you sam:(