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Windows Blue: 5 features that make Windows 8 worth the switch

Windows Blue: 5 features that make Windows 8 worth the switch

This week we're hearing a whole lot about what Microsoft's first big update to Windows 8 will be doing for the operating system, hearing how this so-called "Windows Blue" will change the company's fortunes for the better. What Windows Blue is, for those that haven't heard of it, is a polishing of the less-then-fantastic bits and pieces of Windows 8, especially where it concerns the operating system's user interface. Have a peek here at several of the finer points that've been leaked in early builds thus far.

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Microsoft to release major Windows Phone update around holidays

Microsoft to release major Windows Phone update around holidays

It seems that Microsoft's own job's board is the best place to find out what the company has planned in the future. In a new job posting, Microsoft has leaked information that their new, major update to its Windows Phone series should be coming here just in time for the holidays. The job posting also confirms that there is a "current release" for Windows Phone 8 devices that should be released sometime soon. It may be referring to the Windows Blue update.

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Windows Phone 8 will be upgradeable

Windows Phone 8 will be upgradeable

Microsoft has stated that its Windows Phone 8 series will be seeing updates in the future, unlike its Windows Phone 7 series that left many of its users stuck on outdated software. Greg Sullivan, a senior marketing manager at Microsoft, stated "We're going to have an upgrade path going forward. Windows Phone 8 can evolve. We have an architecture that enables portability and is fundamentally hardware independent."

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Nokia Lumia 520 brings lowest-cost Windows Phone 8 entry point

Nokia Lumia 520 brings lowest-cost Windows Phone 8 entry point

This week at Mobile World Congress 2013 the folks at Nokia have revealed the new Lumia 520, a device that's made to bring the Windows Phone 8 experience to the world along with the Nokia Pure design experience at an extremely low price point. This device has what Nokia calls high-end innovation while it does so with 3G connectivity - like the Lumia 720, this is another device made for the non-LTE networks around the world.

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Microsoft prepping Windows Blue public preview

Microsoft prepping Windows Blue public preview

According to some reports, Microsoft and its Windows Blue team are gunning hard to push Windows Blue out by the end of summer. They're both hoping to get out a public preview for Windows Blue within the coming months. Windows Blue will bring a refresh to the current Windows 8 systems, improving upon things like user experience. It will also jump-start Microsoft's new, annual and affordable upgrades to its operating system.

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Huawei to offer budget-friendly 4Afrika Windows Phone handset in Africa

Huawei to offer budget-friendly 4Afrika Windows Phone handset in Africa

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Huawei, a Chinese manufacturer known for its lower-end smartphones, to produce a budget-friendly Windows Phone handset for Africa called 4Afrika. The smartphone will only cost $150, and will be launched in seven countries, with more to follow. The handset will be first introduced in Cairo, Nairobi, Lagos, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and Johannesburg.

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WindowsAndroid runs Android without emulation on Windows 8

WindowsAndroid runs Android without emulation on Windows 8

This week the folks at Socketeq have been pushing for a widespread testing of their software setup known as WindowsAndroid, running Android natively inside Windows OS. This system takes the Android mobile operating system and runs it on the Windows kernel - instead of Linux, that is, and therefor making everything move ultra-swift as it takes away the emulation layer that would otherwise be present. Sound like a fun project to you? Have at it right this minute!

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