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Will Verduzco · Jun 13, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Update 3 Brings Tweaked APIs

Windows Phone 8.1 was first unveiled a little over two months ago at Microsoft's Build 2014 conference. Then just two weeks later, Microsoft released the first Developer Preview build for users to install on their own WP8 devices. As a quick refresher, Windows Phone 8.1 offers many key improvements over WP8 such as the Cortana voice assistant, Action Center, and much greater home screen personalization. Since the initial release of WP8.1 Developer Preview, Microsoft has rolled out two minor updates--the first in...

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Will Verduzco · May 30, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 Gets an Official File Manager

Windows Phone 8.1 hasn't yet seen its official release, but many of us have already gotten a good taste of what this update will bring thanks to the WP8.1 Developer Preview. This update, which was originally announced at last month's Build 2014 conference, brings quite a bit of added functionality such as Cortana Voice Assistant, a new Action Center notification handler, and improved device personalization options. Despite all of WP8.1's improvements, it still misses some key functionality that many power users would enjoy--most notably,...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 23, 2014

Microsoft Finally Brings Remote Desktop to Windows Phone

You may recall that back in October of last year, Microsoft released its official Remote Desktop client for Android and iOS. Curiously absent was a client for its own mobile platform, Windows Phone. Today, this changes, as Microsoft has just released an open preview of its remote desktop client for Windows Phone. Microsoft's first party Remote Desktop client works much in the same way as the existing Android and iOS clients. The setup interface is Metro UI-friendly, just as one would...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 16, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Now Available!

About two weeks ago at the BUILD conference in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1. Bringing the highly anticipated Cortana digital assistant, "Action Center" notifications, and much more home screen personalization, Windows Phone 8.1 is an upgrade far more significant than its ".1" may suggest. Now, registered Windows Phone developers currently running WP8 on their devices can upgrade to the WP8.1 Developer Preview. There are a few requirements and caveats with this developer preview. To install the upgrade on your...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 2, 2014

Microsoft Build 2014: Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana and Action Center, Windows to Bring Back Start Menu

Today in San Francisco's Moscone Center, Microsoft kicked off its annual Build developers conference. Up until now, many had been questioning Microsoft's continued relevance in this new mobile-friendly age. However, today's keynote clearly shows that Microsoft doesn't intend on letting Google and Apple have all the fun. Does Windows have what it takes to be your platform of choice in 2014? Read on to find out more about what Microsoft has in store for Windows and Windows Phone. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Mar 4, 2014

Microsoft’s Cortana Digital Assistant Demoed on Video!

Just yesterday, we took a look at a leaked screenshot showing the UI for Microsoft's answer to Google Now and Siri slated for release on Windows 8.1: Cortana. Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, this video must be worth at least a thousand words times 30 frames per second times 2 minutes and 21 seconds. Continue past the break to take a closer look at Cortana. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Mar 3, 2014

Leaked Screenshots Show WP8.1’s Cortana Digital Assistant in All Its Glory

It's no secret that when it comes to digital assistants, Windows Phone is sorely lacking in comparison to Google Now and Apple's Siri---but let's not be too quick to count Microsoft out of that arena permanently. Windows 8.1 code name Blue is rumored to hit manufacturers this month and users in April, and with it we'll see Microsoft's attempts at taking on the already mature digital assistant market. So far, we don't know much about Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant. In...

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Samantha · Feb 24, 2014

Test Run Windows Phone 8.1 on Your PC with Leaked SDK

If you have been following the Windows Phone headlines the past couple of weeks, you’ve definitely heard of the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leak. Although neither the rumored digital assistant Cortana nor the OS's new Action Center are to be seen in the leaked build, there are still quite a few new additions and tweaks to the mobile platform. These include finally being able to install apps onto the SD card with Storage Sense, further UI customization options, better multitasking,...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 20, 2013

Moto G Updated to Android 4.4.2, Windows Phone 8.1 Has “Cortana” Assistant, Google Glass Gets Wink Pics – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat is now available for the Moto G and the source code has been released for the Moto X running KitKat. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that Windows Phone 8.1 will have "Cortana"  Voice Assistant and the latest Google Glass update brings wink pics and more. That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 16, 2013

Windows Phone 8.1 to Receive Major Facelift Including Notification Center, “Cortana” Voice Assistant, Virtual Buttons

Just one week ago, we talked about how Microsoft was contemplating axing licensing fees on its Windows Phone and Windows RT OSes in order to help spur adoption and exposure to Microsoft services and advertising. As it turns out, that's not the only big shakeup Microsoft has in mind with regards to its mobile OSes. While no details have yet been officially released, sources have revealed to The Verge that the next version of the OS will pack some major (and much...

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