Microsoft Lumia will replace the Nokia brand

Posted 19 hours ago ago at The Verge with 2 recent echos

Microsoft decision to drop the Nokia brand itself doesnt mean that Nokia is going away fully. Nokia still exists as a separate company without its phones business, and the Finnish firm now focuses on mapping and network infrastructure. Microsoft choice to use Lumia as the Nokia replacement wont come as a surprise to many. Nokia Windows Phone apps have been rebranded to Lumia recently, and holiday ads will be pushing Lumia instead of Nokia. What not clear is how Microsoft will handle the branding...

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Xbox One November System Update: New TV, Personalization and SmartGlass features now in Preview

Posted 1 day ago ago at Microsoft Major Nelson with 2 recent echos

Lol at pipe down. Im not a software developer, Im a consumer and the consumers have voiced in huge numbers that this is a feature they want. I think its the #1 request on the feedback site and has been for quite some time. Consumers arent ever going to pipe down because it is their money that is being spent that gives these people their jobs. Im the biggest fan of Microsoft and Xbox there is, but that doesnt mean Im going to shut up about things that need to happen regarding the brand. The whole...

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Windows 10: New animations for opening windows in build 986x

Posted 1 day ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Microsoft is expected to release a new build of the technical preview for Windows 10 in the very near future, according to their own words. The only build so far to be released to the public is 9841 but the next iteration will likely be in the 9860 class of releases. With this new build, Microsoft has polished up the animations that give the OS a more comprehensive feel. When you open a new window, it fliesout on to the screen from the icon and when you minimize it, it collapses back in to the...

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Skype's new drawing feature debuts first on Windows Phone

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

Microsoft is updating its Skype for Windows Phone app today and its introducing an entirely new feature: drawing. The addition allows Windows Phone owners to draw on a canvas, add ink to photos, or annotate maps and send the results to contacts over Skype. While other rival messaging clients have already supported drawing, its unusual to see Microsoft add this support to just the Windows Phone client. Microsoft makes no mention of future drawing support for its Android, iOS, Mac, or Windows...

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Over the past few months we have seen several new USB dongles offerings different features, including the ability to run Android apps, beam video content from your phone and other mobile devices to a big screen and more. Intel has something cooler up its sleeves. The company has launched a Bay Trail Atom powered dongle that is a full blown x86 PC. Priced at $125 shipping expenditure included, the device comes with a quad core Bay Train processor a 32 bit Z3735F paired with 1GB of RAM, 16 gigs of...

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Bush launches a low-cost Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 tablet at Argos

Posted 2 days ago ago at Neowin with 1 recent echos

Argos is now selling two new devices under the Bush brand running Microsoft’s operating systems. Spec details on the handset are somewhat incomplete on the Argos site – there is no indication of how large the display is, for example, and the camera resolution is given as 0.3MP, which is more likely the front facing camera resolution, rather than that of the rear. The display has 800x480px resolution and the device includes 4GB of onboard storage plus microSD support up to 64GB, and...

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ASP.NET vNext in Visual Studio “14” CTP 4

Posted 15 days ago ago at ASP.NET Team with 1 recent echos

This CTP includes our alpha4 runtime packages for ASP.NET vNext. You can find details on the specific enhancements added and issues fixed in the published release notes on GitHub. For information on how to get started with ASP.NET vNext using Visual Studio “14” check out the article Getting Started with ASP.NET vNext and Visual Studio 14. The MVC Music Store and Bug Tracker sample projects have been updated for this release. You can find instructions on how to open, build, run, and...

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Microsoft Ideally Situated to Own Mobile Device Management

Posted 8 days ago ago at Windows IT Pro with 1 recent echos

While Microsoft mobile first, cloud first strategy is controversial in some circles, there little doubt that the client computing market is moving away from powerful but complex PCs and towards simpler and highly mobile devices. As such, traditional PC management solutions will likewise give way to more Mobile Device Management solutions that are better suited to a wide range of business types. And guess which software giant is ideally positioned to take advantage of that change? OK, right. It...

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