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Microsoft confuses on Windows 10 phone upgrades

Microsoft confuses on Windows 10 phone upgrades

First came the good news: Windows 10 would be a free upgrade; now comes the small print, that not everybody is going to be eligible. After Microsoft surprised Windows fans earlier this week with the promise that not only would those running Windows 8 get an upgrade to the latest OS, but those on Windows 7 too, some of the goodwill sheen has been rubbed off after first Windows RT users and now some Lumia Windows Phone owners have been left uncertain whether they'll ever get Windows 10 on their devices.

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Dropbox app finally drops on Windows phones and tablets

Dropbox app finally drops on Windows phones and tablets

One of the most cited flaws of Windows' mobile platforms is the distinct lack of top and topnotch apps in the Windows Store. That apparently hasn't daunted Dropbox from catching up now. Better late than never, right? In the spirit of Microsoft announcing good things with Windows 10, including the availability, or at least the promise, of the same apps on both desktop and mobile, Dropbox is announcing that its app is now available for both Windows "modern" tablets and smartphones.

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WhatsApp is on the web, but only for Chrome (and not iOS)

WhatsApp is on the web, but only for Chrome (and not iOS)

After doing a little cleaning up of unqualified services, WhatsApp is now coming to the desktop. A long-desired feature for fans, WhatsApp is now available on the browser — but not any browser. For now, Chrome is the only browser supported, and you’ll need the app to log-in. With a scan of the QR code, you can start chatting on the desktop, and leave your phone on the desk next to you. Unless you’re on iOS — the desktop doesn’t support that, either.

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Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

Twitter for Windows Phone lets Cortana in on tweeting

The official Twitter for Windows Phone app has been updated, adding Cortana integration for tweeting by voice, and improving how links browsed on your phone can be shared socially. The latest version, for Windows Phone 8.1 devices only, now allows users to tell Cortana - Microsoft's virtual personal assistant, aka Siri for Windows Phone - to fire out a 140 character message without having to tap it in themselves. It's a welcome improvement, though it remains to be seen whether Windows Phone fans, jaded by the ongoing token saga crippling third-party Twitter clients, will warm to the software.

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Theater Mode will auto-silence your phone at the movies

Theater Mode will auto-silence your phone at the movies

Microsoft has patented a feature for their phones that'll make the whole process of going to the movie theater a lot easier. Not that it's supremely difficult to turn your phone off before a movie begins, but the Microsoft patent that's popped up today will make entering the movie theater the switch. You'll have Normal Mode and Theater Mode - kind of like Airplane Mode, but switched on automatically, right when you walk in the door - and how dare you think you should have sound on your phone during The Hobbit.

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Spotify’s Windows Phone app finally got a revamp

Spotify’s Windows Phone app finally got a revamp

Spotify has rolled out a long-awaited update for Windows Phone, revamping its color scheme with a darker theme and cleaner graphics, not to mention finally porting over some of the exploring features iOS and Android users have been enjoying. The new Spotify Windows Phone 8 app, available today, adds Browse and Your Music, in an attempt to not only help listeners cut their way through the millions of tracks on offer, but to integrate their own favorites into their streaming playlists. They're not exactly new features, however, coming to Microsoft's smartphone OS long after its counterparts on iOS and Android.

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Windows 10 for phones leak reveal translucent tiles

Windows 10 for phones leak reveal translucent tiles

In just a few days, Microsoft is expected to reveal what consumers can expect from Windows 10. But some fans might be more interested in what Windows 10 means outside the desktop, since Microsoft has been selling this latest version as one that puts device convergence at the top of the list. And while we wait what Windows 10 for phones or Windows Mobile 10 or Windows Phone 10 will indeed look like, some new leaked photos show an interface that does seem to borrow a thing or two from Microsoft's other interfaces.

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Next MS Office Windows Phone app looks oddly like iOS version

Next MS Office Windows Phone app looks oddly like iOS version

While there is, without a doubt, some good in Microsoft embracing other mobile platforms, some of its own Windows Phone users feel a bit left out, if not betrayed, by Redmond's seeming neglect of its own loyal fans. Like for example, the Office Windows Phone app, which is now believed by some to be the worst version among iOS and Android. Microsoft's own Joe Belfiore promised, however, that Windows Phone users would have something grin about by February, but they might not be grinning if the new Office app would actually look like iOS instead.

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Lumia 435 and 532 revealed to take on the lower-end

Lumia 435 and 532 revealed to take on the lower-end

This week Microsoft have announced two new Lumia devices for the lowest end of the Windows Phone market. The Microsoft Lumia 435 and the Microsoft Lumia 532 are being called "the most affordable Lumia devices to date" by the company, working with Windows Phone 8.1 and introducing the 400 series to the Windows Phone environment. The Lumia 532 builds on the specifications and delivery of the Lumia 530 - that being the device that replaced the Lumia 520, the most successful Windows Phone device to date.

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Windows Mobile 10 to displace overdue 8.1 GDR2 update

Windows Mobile 10 to displace overdue 8.1 GDR2 update

At Microsoft, it will not only be the stars that will be aligning soon, their version numbers will converge as well. At its anticipated January 21st event, the tech giant is expected to not only reveal the consumer preview of Windows 10, it will also disclose details of its mobile counterpart, the aptly named Windows Mobile 10. This latest version represents a slight rebranding of the mobile platform (from Windows Phone) as well as a skip in versions, from the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 expected back in October to number 10.

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