Microsoft May Stop Selling Its Lumia Smartphones at the End of This Year

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Microsoft Lumia Smartphones

We have been hearing rumors about the new Microsoft Surface phone for some time, the handsets are expected to launch some time next year.

At the moment Microsoft’s current Windows 10 handsets are made up of their Microsoft Lumia devices, the company will apparently stop selling these by the end of the year.

According to a recent report, Microsoft will end sales of its Microsoft Lumia smartphone in December, which does seem strange as the new Surface Phones are not expected until next year.

The guys over at Winbeta think that Microsoft will end production of their Lumia devices in December and sales will continue until stocks are depleted and the new handsets launch.

Source: Geeky Gadgets


Microsoft Wraps off Windows Phone 8.1

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Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off Windows Phone 8.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system that it hopes will help spark more demand for its mobile products. Among other things Microsoft announced that Indian vendor Micromax would be making low-cost Windows Phones, which should help Windows Phone gain some traction in emerging markets versus Android. Among other things, Windows Phone 8.1 ads a pull-down Action Center that gives Windows Phone users quick access to key settings and mobile apps.

Microsoft is also giving users the ability to customize both their lock screens and their Start screens with Windows Phone 8.1. One of the coolest features is the ability to add new textures to the Live Tiles on the main user interface so not all Windows Phone devices will have be made up of plain-looking colored tiles.

Microsoft revealed that its highly anticipated Cortana voice-enabled personal assistant would be coming to Windows Phone 8.1. Cortana, which was named after the artificial intelligence program in the Halo video game series, has also replaced the default search function within Windows Phone. Microsoft is emphasizing that Cortana will be much more privacy conscious than other personal assistants since Cortana will ask permission before tracking different types of user data.

Microsoft also announced some new business features added to Windows Phone 8.1, including native support for enterprise VPN and the ability to write and send encrypted emails through their devices.

Windows Phone 8.1 will roll out as an update over the next few months and Microsoft says the first Windows Phone 8.1 devices would hit the market in late April and early May.

From BGR


Beats Music app for Windows Phone arrives in the US

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Beats Music app

The official Beats Music app just arrived for Windows Phone 8, and is worth a listen. Download it now. The app, for now available only in the United States, includes a free seven day trial and charges $9.99 a month thereafter. I liked its clean design and some of the creative ways it tries to suss out your musical tastes—like “The Sentence” feature, pictured below. Once you’ve selected a handful of artists and genres you like, Beats Music does the rest, delivering a playlist full of songs suited to your tastes. If you want to get more hands on, you can also search for your favorite songs or artists. The Beats Music catalog contains more than 20 million songs from every genre.


Unlimited access to articles from The New York Times on your Windows PC or tablet and Windows Phone

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NYTimes, Windows 8

Starting today and running through January 31st, you can enjoy FREE unlimited access to articles from The New York Times courtesy of Microsoft and The New York Times. You can download The New York Times for your Windows PC or tablet from the Windows Store here or for your Windows Phone here from the Windows Phone Store (it’s called “NYTimes” on Windows Phone). With The New York Times app, you can explore more than 25 sections, watch videos, and view picture slide shows. You can also pin your favorite sections and blogs from The New York Times directly to your Start screen as well. Grab the app today if you haven’t already and enjoy a week of free access!