ICYMI: November 22, 2014

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


  • HTC is giving out free Xbox Dot View cases with purchase of a new HTC One M8 for Windows [Read]
  • Microsoft Lumia 535 arrives in Germany via Amazon [Read]
  • Latest deal makes BLU Win HD, BLU Win Jr even more affordable [Read]
  • Leaked factory photos reveal a new 5-inch Windows Phone in active development [Read]
  • What is S/MIME and should you use it for email on Windows Phone? [Read]
  • Latest Cortana ad shows Siri having 'Dot View' envy [[Read[(http://www.windowscentral.com/latest-cortana-video-shows-siri-having-dot-view-envy)]

Microsoft + Windows

Windows Store

  • Microsoft says a performance update caused Azure to go down for 11 hours this week [Read]
  • Windows 10 will allow businesses to buy Windows Store apps in bulk [Read]
  • Microsoft wants a bigger cut of the revenue from Windows developers [Read]
  • 6 tips to extend the battery life on your Microsoft Band [Read]
  • Windows 10 preview build 9879 is coming next week for Slow ring users [Read]
  • Microsoft says the kernel version for Windows 10 will jump from 6.4 to 10.0 [Read]



  • Official WolframAlpha app lands on Windows Phone [Read / Download]
  • Duolingo for Windows Phone is here, aims to turn you into a polyglot [Read / Download]
  • Foursquare 4.0 for Windows Phone with a major redesign now available [Read / Download]
  • Credit Karma now a universal app on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 [Read / Download]
  • The tado° smart heating app arrives for Windows Phone [Read / Download]
  • The CBS News app for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 looks beautiful [Watch]
  • Roku gains search, channel store and more in recent updates for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 [Read / Download]
  • Microsoft's Photosynth 3D panorama app gets higher-res capture mode in latest update [Read / Download]
  • 6snap update brings latest Snapchat API, less data usage, and improved design [Read / Download]
  • Softcard now available for Verizon, enables NFC purchases with your Windows Phone [Read / Download]
  • Skout confirms official Windows Phone app 'is in the works' [Read]
  • Treasure Tag can now be used by Lumia Selfie app as a remote shutter [Read]


Secrets and Treasure

  • Age of Empires: World Domination for Windows Phone delayed again until 2015 [Read]
  • Destroy some of history's greatest novels with the Windows Phone game Shoot-a Story [Read / Download]
  • The latest update to Secrets and Treasure: The Lost Cities adds 75 new winter-themed levels [Read / Download]



  • First look: GTA V on Xbox One [Watch]
  • HBO Go arrives on the Xbox One [Read]
  • Never Alone developer interview – Secrets of the folklore-based platformer for Xbox One [Read]
  • Interview: #IDARB for Xbox One developer exposes the game's crazy origins [Read]
  • Domino's Pizza app for Xbox One debuts in the UK [Read]
  • How to change the background of your Xbox One Dashboard [Read]



  • Weekly photo contest: Paths [Enter]
  • 7 steps to make amazing videos with Movie Creator Beta [Read]
  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide [Buy buy buy]

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

Sam Sabri
  • Iiiiiiih!
  • hiiiiiil!
  • hiiiiiiiiI!
  • Still no news about VLC.. :\
  • Hurry up Windows phone 10
  • Windows
  • ;)
  • Boring week for Windows
  • It's a busy week...
  • When will I be able to properly stream video from my WP to Xbox 360, and the same for tablet/PC/laptop...it's next to damn impossible to stream media from a computer which either doesn't play or is speed of snail.
  • Nice list. But according to my download list, Music was updated last on October 28. I hope they are not counting Music Deal updates as being core to Xbox Music. Still much wrong and many features missing.
  • But vlc player not released as they promised
  • Wait man!! That's the trademark for the developers around windows never on time and in few of the cases they never come
  • Hum! they are playing with us
  • Waiting for vlc
  • Same case. think that never going to launch it to wp cos since from three months same dialogues
  • Let's have faith lol
  • What is ICYMI?
    They should name it "at a glance".
    Just thinking.
  • If you read the article, you would know. It's in the first paragraph
  • Oops .but still they should Name it something different.
  • Please say vlc will come this week
  • Default videos music games and gallery made Windows platform worse.. The developers are much better than MS guys and Nokia guys are much better than anybody else
  • Hey guys. Do u know which one is consume more energy? Light theme or Black theme?
  • http://windowscentral.com/commenting-guidelines
  • THANK YOU for that for that. I feels so offended right now. I'm sorry for OFF TOPICS. FYI right now I've got nowhere else to ask since this is only my fastest source and I really desperate to know.
  • No difference. Since most of the phone use LCDs, there's a constant light at the back of thr pixel. Unless you're using AMOLED screen.
  • I see.. Thanks alot IkhwanZulkefli. Later I'll tell my friend since he is the new user of windows phone.
  • If you have an AMOLED screen, then black theme is (a lot) better than light theme (choosing light theme will display a message that it consumes more battery--if your phone has an AMOLED display). If your phone has LCD, light theme is marginally better than dark theme (phone will not display any message when switching themes).
  • I see. My friend using the LCD(the common one) meanwhile mine are LCD IPS. So the white theme are suitable for mine too right?
  • Yes.
  • Thanks again.
  • Where's the article about Verizon finally releasing the Cyan update?
  • Off topic, just went to the new Microsoft store in Cerritos California and they have a ton of Microsoft bands.
  • Did u get it already?
  • Vlc~!