Windows Phone 8.1 Update brings Cortana to new markets + new features

Posted 1 day ago ago at Microsoft Windows Team Blog with 8 recent echos

The huge Chinese market has a bunch of different expectations and needs than the US or other countries—so while Cortana nicknamed “Xiao Na” generally works the same way in China as the US and the rest of the world, China did get some “special features”. As you’d expect, in her notebook, she displays what she is tracking for you, so you can see and control it. You can set reminders and quiet hours with her. She understands the whole internet so she readily...

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Microsoft is about to launch a selfie phone and a new 'high-end' Windows Phone

Posted 1 day ago ago at The Verge with 5 recent echos

The second handset is codenamed Tesla, and recently appeared in leaked images. Elop described the Tesla handset as an affordable high end phone with a PureView camera. Tesla will likely debut as a Lumia 720 replacement, and it mark a new effort by Microsoft to push PureView down to even lower price points. The handset looks similar to the squared Lumia 930, but we understand it will be thinner and less bulky. Elops revelation at Microsofts annual company meeting event indicates that the device...

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The Mobile Web should just work for everyone

Posted 16 hours ago ago at Microsoft Internet Explorer Team with 4 recent echos

Windows Phone 8.1 Update includes hundreds of Internet Explorer 11 enhancements that greatly increase compatibility with the mobile web. Based on your feedback, we pursued a web experience for IE users consistent with what is available on iOS and Android devices – even where this meant we would be adding non standard web platform features. We believe that this is a more pragmatic approach to running today less standardised mobile web. We tested more than 500 of the top mobile web sites and...

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Microsoft Leaks Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Details

Posted 1 day ago ago at Win Super Site with 3 recent echos

With .1 starting to dribble out to users via the ever slow wireless carriers, tech enthusiasts have already turned their attention to Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. To date, there been very little information about this update, beyond the fact that it was a bucket of sorts for features that didn't make the original 8.1 cut. But thanks to a nice leak from—you guessed it—Microsoft, we now know quite a bit more. The leaks were made by Microsoft to its OEM partners, those companies that...

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A Windows Phone for the Enterprise?

Posted 1 day ago ago at Windows IT Pro with 2 recent echos

Among the early knocks against Windows Phone was a sadly valid complaint: It simply wasn't suitable for many enterprises due to a lack of mobile device management policies, apps, and other deficiencies. But as we enter the second half of 2014, that all changing. Maybe it time to reconsider Windows Phone. It hard to remember the world into which Windows Phone was born. But in 2009, the iPhone—then two years old—had pretty much taken the world by storm. So Microsoft efforts at that...

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Windows Phone 8.1's first update arrives next week with a cute Chinese Cortana

Posted 1 day ago ago at The Verge with 1 recent echos

Cortana will also have specialized suggestions for China, including air quality information and local TV show results. In the UK Cortana users will get access to English Premier League scores, London Stock Exchange information, and train transport updates. Canadian, Indian, and Australian users will have to opt in to use an English language version of Cortana in its US or UK form, meaning it wont be fully localized for those regions just yet. Visually, Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 is largely the...

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Cortana now shows local recommendations from Foursquare

Posted 1 day ago ago at Microsoft Windows Team Blog with 1 recent echos

One of the benefits of Cortana is that we can make updates behind the scenes on the servers that light up new capabilities without the need for a software update. We added the ability for Cortana to predict the winners in popular soccer matches in Brazil courtesy of Bing magic earlier this month. Starting today, Cortana will now proactively showcase local recommendations from Foursquare on devices running Windows Phone 8.1 in the U.S. To turn this on, go to Cortanas Notebook and then Interests...

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BitTorrent the company, not the popular P2P file transfer protocol launched a new messaging app today that offers a greater degree of privacy than other popular chat services. The app, called Bleep, is based on the principles of BitTorrent technology, which means it can connect people directly without using centralized servers, according to the company. The app can be used for both voice or text based conversations. Its still in the early testing phase, but BitTorrent is inviting others to help...

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