France claims Windows 10 does not comply with country's data protection rules [Update]

France's government claims that Microsoft is collecting what it says is "excessive data" from Windows 10 PCs. The country's National Data Protection Commission says it has given Microsoft three months to make changes that will comply with France's data protection rules.

The French Cortana beta will launch alongside Windows 10 Mobile by the end of 2015

Microsoft France has confirmed that the French version of Cortana will launch in beta form alongside the release of Windows 10 Mobile sometime before the end of 2015.

Lumia 535 pre-orders have begun in France via Amazon for 104.41 euros in France has started taking pre-orders for the unlocked version of the recently announced Lumia 535, for the price of 104.41 euros. The 5-inch Windows Phone 8.1 does not yet have a ship date from Amazon.

French Nokia Lumia 520 on Orange receiving Lumia Cyan update

So far, the Lumia Cyan update has rolled out for the Lumia 625 and Lumia 925 across the globe, with only a few exceptions. The question for many is which phone model is next? Interestingly, the Lumia 520 on Orange in France is evidently the only Lumia 520 cleared for Lumia Cyan by a carrier.

Microsoft announces Lumia 930 goes on sale in France this week

Microsoft has announced that the Lumia 930 will officially be available for purchase in France this week, with some stores in that country getting their shipments in a few days.

Lumia 930 pre-orders available through French retailer with free goodies

While Nokia is set to launch the Lumia 930 shortly, the pre-orders are still ongoing. If you reside in France and are yet to place an order for the new Windows Phone, retailer Darty has the device listed for €549.90, but there's a free wireless charging plate, speaker and Coloud headphones included in the pre-order deal. It's a superb offer for anyone looking to either move to Windows Phone or upgrade from an older handset.

Windows Phone sales dip in the US, but passes 10% in France and growing in Europe

According to Kantar WorldPanel sales of Windows Phone devices continue to grow at a moderate pace across Europe, especially the big five countries (UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain).

However in the United States Samsung’s Galaxy S5 looks to be hurting Windows Phone and the iPhone.

Lumia 930 available for pre-order from Amazon France and Amazon Germany

Living in France or Germany? Then you’re going to be pretty excited to get the latest and greatest Windows Phone – the Lumia 930. The device is now available for pre-order on Amazon for customers in France and Germany. The Lumia 930 is notable for being the first high-end device to ship with Windows Phone 8.1.

BNP Paribas puts out official Windows Phone app to check your bank account

While there are some in the Windows Phone Store, the majority of banks don’t have apps available yet. Which is why anytime a major bank joins we’re pretty excited for the customers of that particular bank. Anyone out here using BNP Paribas? It’s a French bank and financial services institution. It’s also one of the largest banks in the world. If you’re a customer you’ll be pretty happy to hear that there’s now an app for Windows Phone.

France to receive the Nokia Lumia 1020 starting October 2nd for €699

France seems to gravitating as a whole towards the Windows Phone platform, at least according to Kantar’s latest numbers where they’ve garnered 11% of sales. So it should be exciting for our French friends to learn that the 41 MP Nokia Lumia 1020 will be arriving there at the beginning of October.

Nokia France confirms GDR2 update deployment for Lumia Windows Phones

Nokia France has revealed that Windows Phone 8 build 10327 (GDR2), coupled with Nokia's Amber firmware update for Lumia Windows Phones, is underway in the local market. Group product manager, Olivier Lagreou today announced on Twitter that the software update is now being pushed out to Windows Phone 8 hardware made by the manufacturer. 

Nokia Lumia 520 available at Orange FR for just a single euro

Orange in France has the Lumia 520 listed on its website. The Nokia Windows Phone 8 smartphone is the cheapest device the manufacturer has released, running Microsoft's operating system. Announced back at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, it's good to see the device heading to more mobile operators across Europe. So how much will consumers have to pay to pick one up?

Lumia 920 pre-orders performing well in France and Italy

The Lumia 920 has gradually become available for pre-order through retailers and the like, but we've not yet been able to confirm globally what carriers will be stocking Windows Phones, except for those who have made the information publicly available. As for the number of pre-orders that have taken place, well ... that's another piece of information that we don't possess. 

Fortunately, NokiaPowerUser has noticed some positive signs on both the French Phone House and Italian NStore websites. According to Phone House's top 50 mobile phones chart the Lumia 920 is the champion, and at NStore the Windows Phone is no longer available (sold out).

Phone House to offer free Fatboy Wireless Charging Pillow with Lumia 920

Should you be waiting for the Lumia 920 in Europe, popular retailer Phone House (trading as 'The Carphone Warehouse' in the UK) has reportedly confirmed availability of the Nokia Windows Phone for the end of this month. Not only that, but Phone House in France is also offering a free FatBoy with the first 200 purchases (limited to only / black Lumia 920).

The retailer states all eligible customers will be sent their Fatboy charging accessory by late October / early November. The Fatboy wireless charging pillow is just one of a few accessories that's offered by Nokia for its new Windows Phone devices. Making use of the Qi standard, the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will be compatible with a number of charging products.

via: NokiaPowerUser; thanks, Sunny, for the tip!

Kantar: Windows Phone slowly but surely creeping up on RIM in Europe

Kantar Worldpanel has published its report based on latest smartphone sales data, which reveals Windows Phone seriously challenging RIM for third place in Europe with low-end devices such as the Lumia 610 driving sales in key markets.

Low-end Windows Phone growth rates representing multiple markets within Europe have been provided by Kantar. Italy tops the charts with an increase in market share of 6.6%, while France comes in second at 3.5% and Great Britan is third with 2.3%. What's more is Microsoft now sports 10.4% marketshare in Italy with Windows Phone.

Surfs Up! Nokia & Quiksilver team up with special edition Lumia 610

The seaside is a wonderful place for sun, sea, sand and Windows Phones! Looks like Nokia are at it again, but this time they've teamed up with Quiksilver and a load of Surfer dudes to promote Windows Phone. If the images and video in this article are anything to go by, it looks like they had a hoot at Biarritz in France, this time hosting the Roxy Pro surfing tournament. Nokia have teamed up with Sosh and Quiksilver to launch a youth oriented variant of the sleek and stylish Lumia 610.

It’s would seem that no Windows Phone event by the sea is complete without a pair of oh-so-trendy Windows Phone endorsed white sunglasses. Microsoft and Nokia were there in force showing off the full range of Windows Phones, giving the beach boys n girls plenty of hands-on time. Of course no Windows Phone event would be complete without the “Smoked By Windows Phone” team smoking peoples phones so you’ll be happy to know they're at it again. If that's not enough, looks like spray on ‘I love Windows Phones’ tattoos were being dished out. Lets hope they come off this time?

Xbox Live - Monster Island expands to France and other nations

Monster Island is an Xbox Live title with a tumultuous history. First it launched in the US-only rather than worldwide and with Achievements that broke the Live rules by requiring players to spend money off the bat, and then it got pulled. The game eventually came back with fixed Achievements, and shortly thereafter became available in the United Kingdom too. When would other nations get to visit Monster Island (which is actually a peninsula), we wondered?

Today’s the day, it seems! Monster Island is now available in the frost-bitten climes of France. The region is known for its year-round snows and deadly walrus attacks. It’s also one of the last nations on Earth to still use Latin as its official language. Also, Rayman comes from there (really). Okay, so I don’t know anything about mysterious France, but I do know people from there can finally grab Monster Island and start earning Achievements like the rest of us.

Monster Island costs $2.99 (in the US) and there is a free trial. Get it here on the Marketplace. Now that the game has launched in France, could it be available in others as well? Let us know in the comments below, readers.

Thanks to Zebrasqual for the tip!

A romantic "The Amazing Everyday" in France

Love is certainly in the air with a Nokia Twitter contest in the UK, but Nokia France is pushing the bar up higher by setting up a floral display of roses on the the Place du Palais Royal, in Paris. The public will be given roses for free, along with a box that contains a card with a "2 for 1" meal offer.

From February 9th to March 11th, 2012, Nokia will offer the "2 for 1" deal with every Nokia Lumia 710 or 800 purchased to mark the "Amazing Valentine's Day". Participating restaurants will be able to offer the lucky couples a deal on the menu. Check out the offer on Facebook for more information, and the rules of course.

Source: MonWindows Phone

Windows Phone browser share looks to take over Blackberry in France

Windows Phone is on the rise in France, as can be seen in the above browser share chart. The OS is almost hitting Blackberry, which appears to be still in decline (is there ever any good news when it comes to Blackberry?). This goes on top of the French developer who saw a noticeable increase in Lumia 800 activity using his apps on the Marketplace. If we remember the chart that the developer provided, no other Windows Phone dropped to make way for Nokia's handset so one would assume we've had a number of French platform adopters.

Although it's not all roses in the garden, prior to what seems to be the end-of-2011 surge (thanks to Nokia's marketing frenzy), the graph doesn't show the kind of growth we'd hope to see. But if the sharp increase continues with more Nokia and Microsoft marketing, we should see some positive results indeed.

Source: StatCounter, via WMPU

Nokia's 6 "Amazing Days" in France [Video]

Nokia has been real busy creating videos with the official Lumia product introductions, the Little Amazing Show campaign, and now we have six videos from France. These "Amazing Days" follow the Nokia Lumia Amazing Calls video that we covered at the end of 2011. All six contain upbeat music to accompany prizes being obtained, which were awarded to the winners of a promotion ran by Nokia and Microsoft back in November. The six "Amazing Days" explained:

  • Amazing Day 1 : VIP pass for Joey Starr's Birthday (French rapper)
  • Amazing Day 2 : 5 minutes to take whatever you want for free in Fnac
  • (like U.S.' Best Buy)
  • Amazing Day 3 : VIP pass for a football match, Manchester United
  • Amazing Day 4 : a day surfing with Bixente Lizarazu (a well known French
  • football player)
  • Amazing Day 5 : private show of Metronomy
  • Amazing Day 6 : a free week in Paris, with a private driver and  luxury
  • cars.

Head on past the break to check out the remaining five videos and watch in awe....