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Australia's Department of Human Services buys 6,000 Surface Pro 4 tablets

A new report says that Australia's Department of Human Services has purchased 6,000 of Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 tablets. The total dollar amount for the purchase was $13.8 million.


Lumia 650 pre-orders go live in Australia for May 23 launch

Microsoft has started taking pre-orders for its 5-inch Lumia 650 smartphone with Windows 10 Mobile in Australia. It will officially launch on May 23 from a number of retailers


Surface 3 LTE goes on sale in Australia on January 28

Microsoft will begin selling the Surface 3 LTE tablet in Australia on January 28. Pricing for the LTE version of the 10.8-inch tablet has not been announced


Selfie aficionados can grab the Lumia 735 in Australia for 399 AUD

Like what you see with the Lumia 735, the LTE-enabled sibling of the Lumia 730? Well then, we have good news for you, as the device is officially launched in Australia. The Lumia 735 will be available from October 1 from retailers like Dick Smith, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-fi for 399 AUD ($356) outright.


Official IceTV TV Guide app finally arrives at the Windows Phone Store

Good news, Australian Windows Phone users! The official IceTV (icetv.com.au) app has just arrived at the Windows Phone Store. The IceTV TV Guide app lets you see what's on TV for the week ahead, search for shows, set keywords and favorites, create your own personalized TV guide, and much more. You can also enable recording features with a paid subscription.


Activate Cortana alpha version in India, Canada, and Australia

Earlier today, the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 started trickling for users who are on Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. As the Windows Phone team at Microsoft shared a few days ago, the latest update brings Cortana to China and UK in beta and to India, Australia, and Canada in India.

This early adopter program for the latter is opt-in, and gives people the option to try Cortana using English language models from the US and the UK. Let's see how we can configure it for Windows Phone devices in these regions.


Microsoft announces Cortana for China, UK with 'alpha' status for India, Australia, and Canada

Cortana heads to UK, China in beta, while India, Canada and Australia get opt-in alpha program

Tonight in Beijing, China, corporate vice president at Microsoft Joe Belfiore announced new Cortana rollout plans for Windows Phone 8.1 users, including a new 'alpha' program to speed up the deployment process. Furthermore, full details about Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 were also released, including early access starting next week.

As expected, China and the UK are now getting access to Cortana on a beta status, with substantial customization done for both countries, especially in China where some significant changes to the UI of Cortana have taken place. Additionally, India, Australia, and Canada are now part of an "early adopter program" where users can "opt-in and…try Cortana using English language models from the US and the UK."


Optus to be the first to stock the Lumia 930 in Australia

Microsoft's flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 930, is making its way to multiple regions. We're sure you're sick and tired of reading about which countries will be able to purchase the Windows Phone soon, but we have just one more for you, targeting those Down Under. If you simply cannot wait to get one for yourself, Optus will be the first Australian carrier to stock and offer the Lumia 930 on July 11, while both Telstra and Vodafone will follow on the 15th and 16th respectively.


Nokia Lumia 930, Lumia 630 get priced for consumers Down Under

Both the Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 have been priced for the Australian market and will be available sometime this month. Pricing for the Lumia 930 will set consumers back by AU$729 as an outright purchase, but can be picked up on all major carriers in the region. The more affordable Lumia 635 will be priced at AU$279 and will be stocked by Telstra and Optus.


Windows Phone 8.1 reportedly rolling out on Vodafone Australia this month

According to a local Windows Phone blogger, those who reside in Australia won't have long to wait for Windows Phone 8.1. In fact, should everything be accurate, Vodafone AU is set to roll out the update later this month with the Nokia Lumia 630 available from this week.

It's worth noting that we expect the Windows Phone 8.1 roll out to start soon enough.


Microsoft scores Office 365 deployment with Australian local government

Microsoft and the government of Queensland, Australia have signed a deal to deploy Office 365 to 149,000 employees. It's a move set to enable the government to remain up-to-date with the latest versions of Office, making it much easier for administrators and employees to manage installations. We've previously looked at Microsoft comparing features in Office Apps to the likes of Google Docs.


Nokia Lumia 1320 coming to Australia next month, starts at AUD $449

Living down under? Hopefully you’re enjoying summer, because a hot handset is coming to Australia soon. Nokia Australia has just announced pricing and availability of the Nokia Lumia 1320. Pricing and dates below for our friends from a land down under.


ING Direct Australia releases their banking app for Windows Phone 8

If you have an ING Direct account in Australia, you now also have a Windows Phone 8 app. Customers can use the app to check transactions, view account balances, send payments, and find the nearest bank locations. It's great to have these features in an app instead of solely depending on the mobile browser.


Australia's Commonwealth Bank finally updates app for Windows Phone 8; is now worth downloading

Australia's Commonwealth Bank (CommBank) has released a brand new official app for Windows Phone. The bank hasn't paid much attention to the platform with its sub-par app, but this update is certainly a notable upgrade -  version 2 is essentially a complete rewrite. If you've held off previously, you may wish to slide on past the break to see what's new.


Nokia Lumia 1520 headed to Malaysia and Australia in early December, pricing and pre-orders announced

Although the Nokia Lumia 1520 just launched here in the US, that doesn’t mean the rest of the world can’t have it. This morning, the new massive device has been announced officially for Australia and Malaysia, arriving in the next few weeks. That's on top of general UK availability announced too.

First up is Australia. We first reported over the weekend that the device was headed to retail outlet Harvey Norman and sure enough they’re the exclusive launch partner. Expected to be available in early December, the Lumia 1520 with a 1080P 6-inch display will fetch for AUD$899 and includes a free $20 app voucher for the Windows Phone Store with every purchase until 15 January 2014. That’s a similar promo to what is offered here in the US for the same phone.


Looks like Nokia Lumia 1520 has arrived in Australia

After Nokia Lumia 1520 became available in the US this Friday, it looks like it has also arrived in Australia. Michael from My Nokia Blog got his hands on a catalogue that showed up in the mail which features the Nokia Lumia 1520 and its price.


Dell launches new XPS 15 Down Under with a killer display

Dell has launched the refreshed XPS 15 Windows 8 laptop in Australia. The laptop may look relatively similar, and so it should as it shares its looks with the Dell M3800. The new XPS 15 starts at $1,799 (AUD) and comes with a 1080p display and 8GB RAM. However, if you wish to go all out with the 3200x1800 QHD+ models, be prepared to part with at least $2,499. It's not a cheap investment.


Nokia Lumia 1020 available for $609 Down Under at Kogan

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the company's most advanced Windows Phone available on the market. The handset is a premium device with niche features, including the 41MP camera. Should you live Down Under, you'll be able to snatch one up for $609.  When it comes to the high-end Windows Phones it's worth checking out any special offers you come across.


Samsung ATIV S available for $299 Down Under at Dick Smith

The Samsung ATIV S is a premium Windows Phone which has had its price slashed lately. The next retailer to put the smartphone on sale is Dick Smith in Australia. You'll be able to pick a unit up for just $299, saving $100. The only downside is you'll have to act quickly as the offer is valid until October 30th.


Aussie readers: Want ABC to support Windows Phone? Get involved!

Australian Windows Phone news blog, Windows Phone Down Under is kicking off a small campaign to show the country's public-funded broadcaster just how much demand there is for platform support. Just like we did recently with BSkyB, if you're wanting ABC (www.abc.net.au) on your phone, you'll definitely want to check this out.


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