Mobile en Windows Phone 8.1 Tip: Manage the Navigation Bar, Part 2 <div class="field-deck"> It works differently with different screens </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I bet you didn't think there was much more to say on this topic. But with the release of the HTC One M8 for Windows, we see a new Windows Phone 8.1 behavior that wasn't available previous: As it turns out, that new navigation bar, with its software-based Back, Start and Search buttons works differently depending on the type of display used. Let's take a look.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:34:00 +0000 42971 at Consumer Apps and Services: Microsoft's Often-Overlooked Crown Jewels <div class="field-deck"> Can't we all just get along? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While Microsoft's business offerings have long dominated the conversation around the software giant, I'm increasingly excited by the firm's growing set of integrated consumer services that work via apps on all popular mobile device platforms. It is here, I think, that Microsoft's "mobile first, cloud first" mantra is most clearly seen, because the services that impact end users directly are those that make the most sense on mobile devices.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bing Cloud Mobile devices Xbox One Windows 8 Windows Phone Office 365 Skype Windows RT OneDrive Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:24:00 +0000 42941 at Today Only: Get a Thin and Light Windows Laptop for Just $200 <div class="field-deck"> Now we're talking </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After waffling recently over whether to jump in with an inexpensive Windows laptop now or wait for a new generation of devices that will ship this holiday period, Microsoft made me an offer I couldn't refuse: Today only, you can snag a decent looking Windows laptop from the Microsoft Store for just $200. So I did. And maybe you should as well.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mobile devices Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 with Bing Windows 8 Hardware Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:24:00 +0000 42911 at Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker MD-12 <div class="field-deck"> Small and cute, with decent sound </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Back in April, Nokia showed off the Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker, an affordable accessory that comes in this year's Lumia colors, white, yellow, orange and green. It's shipping now, so I grabbed one from the Microsoft Store. And if you travel with your Lumia and want something to pump up the volume, this is a neat little option.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lumia Nokia Windows Phone Hardware Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:24:00 +0000 42891 at Xbox Video Updated for Windows Phone 8/8.1, Windows 8.1 <div class="field-deck"> Nothing (major) to see here </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Microsoft updated its Xbox Video apps for Windows Phone 8/8.1 and Windows 8.1 last night. The Windows Phone version gets a variety of small bug fixes, but on Windows, we see slightly more substantive changes related to TV show episodes, video downloading and more.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Windows 8 Windows Phone Xbox Video Windows RT Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:28:00 +0000 42881 at OneDrive for Android Updated with Support for OneDrive for Business <div class="field-deck"> Plus some minor updates for OneDrive for iOS and Windows Phone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In an interesting peek at how Microsoft will evolve its OneDrive and OneDrive for Business offerings on other mobile platforms going forward, the firm today issued a new version of OneDrive for Android. And this version of the app lets you access your content in both OneDrive (for consumers) and OneDrive for Business from just the single app.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android iOS iPad iPhone Mobile devices Windows Phone OneDrive Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:11:00 +0000 42841 at Microsoft Fixes Dev Preview Issues, Releases Cyan to Some Lumia Models in US, Germany <div class="field-deck"> Hang tight, this requires some explanation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">You may recall that when Microsoft began rolling out the Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Cyan firmware updates publicly last month that Developer Preview users—who had acquired Windows Phone 8.1 before this public release—were not able to get the update because of an unspecified issue. Well, that issue has been resolved. And if you are Developer Preview user with a Lumia 1520 or 1020 on AT&T, or a Lumia 920 on T-Mobile in Germany, you can now grab the Lumia Cyan firmware update normally, over the air.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lumia Nokia Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:41:00 +0000 42761 at Surface 2 at $350: Time to Buy? <div class="field-deck"> Yes. No. Maybe </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With a $100 price cut in effect, Microsoft's Windows RT-based Surface 2 tablet now starts at a far more reasonable $350, the price at which the device should have been sold at in the first place. But it's the second half of 2014 now. Is this device still worth acquiring?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Microsoft Surface Mobile devices Windows RT Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:27:00 +0000 42721 at Huawei to Focus on Android, Drop Windows Phone <div class="field-deck"> Another one bites the dust </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Before this year's explosion of new Windows Phone licensees, Microsoft could point to one post-Nokia success story: Huawei. The Chinese smart phone company adopted Windows Phone in 2012 and has shipped devices in China and abroad. But now, the bad news: Huawei's Windows Phone releases are "on hold," and the firm plans to focus exclusively on Android.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Mobile devices Windows Phone Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:59:00 +0000 42711 at HTC One M8 for Windows: First Impressions and Photos <div class="field-deck"> A rival flagship from HTC mixes things up for Windows Phone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I missed last week's press event for the HTC One M8 for Windows because I was out of the country. But HTC was nice enough to send a review unit, which was waiting for me when we got home late last night. Here are some first impressions of this amazing new Windows Phone flagship handset. Will it give the high-end Nokia Lumia handsets a run for your money?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HTC Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Windows Phone Hardware Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:43:00 +0000 42671 at