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HTC One M8 with Windows Review

HTC One M8 with Windows Review

What we could be witnessing right now is a crossroads in the Windows universe. HTC may very well have made the step towards legitimacy the Windows Phone platform needed to show the world that they really, truly can compete with Android. In the HTC One M8 with Windows, HTC has switched out Android for Windows Phone in the greatest handset they've ever made, providing a new path of opportunity for Microsoft in the process.

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Dear Microsoft: HTC has the right idea

Dear Microsoft: HTC has the right idea

This week I’m meant to publish a review of the HTC One M8 with Windows, the Microsoft-embedded version of the Android original. Once I started using it, devoid of any special or alternate treatment for hardware, it became clear to me that I’d been mistaken: it’s the hardware, not the software, that’d driven me away in the past.

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Spotify for Windows Phone adds subscription-free play

Spotify for Windows Phone adds subscription-free play

Spotify has opened up free access to Windows Phone, with shuffle playlist access and new music discovery without requiring a premium account. The streaming music provider has been offering free play to users with iOS and Android devices for some time, leaving Windows Phone owners left out in the cold until now.

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HTC shows how to take advantage of the One M8 for Windows

HTC shows how to take advantage of the One M8 for Windows

Verizon and HTC just launched the new One M8 for Windows, trying to give Windows Phone a new lease on mobile life. But while WP users will be familiar with how Microsoft's mobile platform works, this HTC incarnation introduces a few new special features. And these playlist of videos from HTC make sure that you will be well aware of them.

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HTC One M8 with Windows hands-on

HTC One M8 with Windows hands-on

Your eyes do not deceive you, and no, this isn't a hack or a mock-up. The HTC One M8 with Windows has made its debut, launching today as a Verizon exclusive in the US, and as the name suggests it's the One M8 we're very familiar with, only with Android switched out for Windows Phone. The path to flipping OSes isn't as simple as the HTC HD2 might have led us to believe, however, and so I caught up with HTC to find out what was involved in making the first UltraPixel Windows Phone.

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Microsoft: WindUp is not Snapchat, even though it kind of is

Microsoft: WindUp is not Snapchat, even though it kind of is

After Microsoft released a Windows Phone 8 app by the name of WindUp with abilities extremely similar to those of Snapchat, the company received a lot of feedback. So much, in fact, that they’ve found it necessary to speak up on how similar the app is to apps already on the market. It’s not Snapchat, they say in so many words, without actually mentioning Snapchat by name.

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You can try Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 now

You can try Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 now

Microsoft has released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, and while the preview is intended to be used by developers to get their apps up to speed with the new version, it's also available to anyone who wants to get a taste of what's coming. The new version began showing up on devices registered to Microsoft's App Studio program today, the same route by which the company gave pre-final access to Windows Phone 8.1 itself back in April.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Live Folders in action

Windows Phone 8.1 Live Folders in action

Microsoft has already confirmed that Live Folders are actually a thing, so all that's left now is for the first Windows Phone 8.1 update to start rolling out to users (though developers will be getting a taste of it much sooner). In the meantime, if you've been wondering what this Live Folder thing is all about, the following pair of videos give a glimpse of what it can do.

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HTC One M8 with Windows Phone pictured: leaked by Verizon

HTC One M8 with Windows Phone pictured: leaked by Verizon

It would appear that someone at Verizon has made a relatively large "oops" this afternoon as an image of the next HTC smartphone has leaked from their very own servers. This device will very likely have similar specifications to that of the HTC One (M8) with Android released earlier this year.

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BBM released for Windows Phone, at long last

BBM released for Windows Phone, at long last

As if to say "we’re never, ever going to go away," BlackBerry has released a BBM app for Windows Phone. While we can’t in good conscience suggest that this will change the ailing phone companies’ fortunes, it does show tenacity of spirit. This is the last of the major phone operating systems to not have a BBM app yet - and now it’s done!

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Windows Phone 8.1 update to bring Cortana to more markets

Windows Phone 8.1 update to bring Cortana to more markets

Yesterday we saw some of the new features coming to Windows Phone devices by way of the first update to version 8.1. Now we're being given a more detailed look at some of those features, including some that we haven't heard about yet. Primary among this is that Cortana, Microsoft's own virtual personal assistant, will be making her (or its) maiden voyage outside the US, primarily to China and the UK.

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HTC One W8 or (M8) for tipped Windows Phone

HTC One W8 or (M8) for tipped Windows Phone

Though not extremely official at the moment, it would appear that the HTC Windows Phone environment is about to get a lot more metal. While previous releases in Windows Phone 8 from HTC have been colorful and soft-rubbery, the next release has been tipped to replicate the HTC One (M8).

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