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Microsoft Garage releases new experimental apps

Microsoft Garage releases new experimental apps

The Microsoft Garage is Microsofts talent incubator known for its after-hours developers, "Do epic s--t." The Garage is where creators go in their free time to work on all of their passion projects. The first wave of Microsoft Garage's apps came out last fall. Today Microsoft released nine apps that have arisen from their developers extra hours. Some are designed to solve problems the developer were frustrated with themselves. Others are designed purely for fun. Right now, the apps are available for Windows Phone or Android.

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Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google Wallet has a long, intriguing past as a mobile payments provider. Recent news that Google was purchasing ‘technology’ from Softcard, a mobile payments startup founded by carriers to combat Wallet, only made their option more interesting to us. Though we’re not privy to the ins and outs of what the deal entails, we are learning that Windows Phone wasn’t invited to the party, as Google/Softcard have dropped the platform. There’s no evidence iOS is affected in any significant way, so this is an offensive on Windows mobile.

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Windows Phone getting its own find friends app with People Sense

Windows Phone getting its own find friends app with People Sense

There are a number of ways to track and locate friends and family on both iOS and Android devices, but what if you're a Windows Phone user? Well, it seems Microsoft is developing its own app for such features, so you may soon be in luck. Assuming you actually have a friend or family member that owns a Windows Phone. The app is called People Sense and is still in development, but a quick video preview shows that it functions much like Apple's Find My Friends for iOS.

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10 must-have business apps for Windows Phone

10 must-have business apps for Windows Phone

Android and iOS dominate the mobile world, and any aberrations in that among business users tends to revolve around BlackBerry. Still, Windows Phone has found a fond place in some business users’ hearts, as evidenced by the growing number of business-centric apps available in the Windows Phone store, but as any Windows Phone users will know, picking the useful apps out among the dreck can be time consuming. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you, hunting and pecking through the myriad of apps available to find the best business apps for Windows Phone.

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Windows Phone Rooms feature ending next month

Windows Phone Rooms feature ending next month

One of the features that Microsoft put into Windows Phone devices when Windows Phone 8 launched a few years back was Rooms. The Rooms feature was an extension for the People hub that let users have chats, share photos, calendars, and other items in a private group. The feature was never very popular with users.

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Windows 10 update for phones starting now

Windows 10 update for phones starting now

This morning Microsoft's Gabriel Aul made it official: the Technical Preview for Windows 10 for smartphones will be beginning today. Today is the day, at last, and finally - the button has been pressed, and the update is, indeed, happening. While we're not 100% certain of which devices will receive said update first, we have gotten some clues - if you purchased a phone in the past year from the higher end of Windows Phone, you may be in luck. Unless you have a Lumia 1520 or 1020, sadly.

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Windows 10 to hit HTC One, Lumia 1020, 1520 first

Windows 10 to hit HTC One, Lumia 1020, 1520 first

Windows Phone 10 or, as it's otherwise known, Windows 10 for phones, will be hitting the Technical Preview soon. Good news for those of you with the HTC One M8 for Windows, Lumia 1020, and Lumia 1520 is that it would appear that the first line of devices to gain access to the Technical Preview will be - well - you. This won't be the exclusive list of devices to get the Windows 10 Technical Preview, of course - there'll be lower-end devices to get the update as well.

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Tons of screenshots of Windows 10 for phones leak out

Tons of screenshots of Windows 10 for phones leak out

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be available on all its devices, but the implications of what that means for smartphones haven't been fully revealed yet. Beyond just a common name and some interoperability with the desktop vesions, it seemed to hint at a slightly revamped interface. Now we're getting a huge does of screenshots coming from a Windows 10 preview and, though clearly still a work in progress, it already reveals or at least hints at some interesting directions.

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Windows Phone TileArt: customization at last

Windows Phone TileArt: customization at last

This week the folks at Microsoft behind their own collection of Windows Phone apps have released a piece of software called "#TileArt". This app allows Windows Phone 8.1 users to customize their lock screen, create their own custom tile layout for their home screen, and share home screens with friends through various social networks. Similar features have been available for a while in limited form - now creativity is a bit more unleashed. Now if only we were able to do the same thing with Xbox One, that'd be fabulous.

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Nokia DT-903 Smart Wireless Charging Plate hands-on

Nokia DT-903 Smart Wireless Charging Plate hands-on

This week one of the last Nokia-branded devices to be released by Microsoft is hitting shelves: the Nokia DT-903 Smart Wireless Charging Plate. This device might appear to be a standard Qi-compatible charging plate at first glance, but once you've got your phone sitting on top, the light-up intelligence of the device becomes clear. This device works with an included USB cable which can plug into its included wall socket or your PC for charging and data transfer - and it comes in bright green!

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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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