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Windows RT on Lumia install guide available for the daring

Windows RT on Lumia install guide available for the daring

Lumia phones are pretty much dead. Windows RT is even more so. But who says you can’t have both? Microsoft probably never imagined, much less wanted, its Windows Phone Internals tool to be used this way, but developers like Ben Wang, a.k.a. imbushuo, aren’t going to take no for an answer. Wang has more or less successfully gotten Windows RT to run on recent Lumia phones, like the Lumia 640 XL, and is now sharing the process so others can join in the fun. That is, if you consider this fun.

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Windows RT on Lumia 640 XL runs with good graphics, audio

Windows RT on Lumia 640 XL runs with good graphics, audio

The Android community is filled with mods of all kinds for devices, from customizations to rooting to even installing alternative operating systems. The same can't be said for other mobile platforms, especially iOS. Microsoft's Windows phones, however, was a no man's land until recently. Now thanks to some avid fans, and indirectly thanks to Microsoft, soon some users might be able to dust off their old Lumia phones and find new use for them. Like, for example, installing Windows RT.

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Windows RT, Windows 10 on Lumia phones now somewhat possible

Windows RT, Windows 10 on Lumia phones now somewhat possible

Microsoft has never been great at handheld devices past Windows CE (arguably). From the Zune media player to the Lumia phones, it failed to compete in markets already overrun by giants. As if to add insult to injury, it often doesn’t give abandoned users with ways to move forward, leaving them with practically useless devices. That slightly changed when Microsoft released the Windows Phone Internals tool which, to some extent, allowed some rather patient hackers to install Windows RT or even Windows 10 on older Lumia phones.

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Lumia Hapanero Windows Phone prototype worked with Surface Pen

Lumia Hapanero Windows Phone prototype worked with Surface Pen

There's no use crying over spilled milk, as the saying goes. There are, however, some milk you really can't help but cry over. Such is the case for Surface Phone hopefuls who are constantly reminded of what could have been. The latest wound to be inflicted on them is a video of an alleged Lumia prototype, codenamed the Lumia Hapanero. Like the elusive Surface Phone, the device showed some crude Surface Pen support, further reinforcing the theory, and the tragedy, of how Microsoft came so close to fulfilling that geek dream.

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WhatsApp just gave BlackBerry and Windows Phone an ultimatum

WhatsApp just gave BlackBerry and Windows Phone an ultimatum

WhatsApp has called time on BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0, confirming that it will cease supporting the smartphone platforms at the end of the year as it focuses its development attentions elsewhere. The decision won't mean instant death for the WhatsApp app on those platforms, but it does mean the end is in sight.

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Over-the-cable Updater app keeps Windows phones up to date

Over-the-cable Updater app keeps Windows phones up to date

You have to give Microsoft some props. While it practically announced that Windows 10 Mobile and its previous incarnations are dead, it isn’t yet totally abandoning its existing users completely. In fact, it has just made available a new tool that makes it easier to keep Windows phone devices up to date. At least for the extremely few Windows phone devices left that can run the extremely few Windows 10 Mobile releases left.

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This is the bezel-less Microsoft Lumia 435 that never was

This is the bezel-less Microsoft Lumia 435 that never was

If Google is the home of throwaway (and sometimes expensive) prototypes, Microsoft is perhaps the home of broken dreams and, to some extent, promises. From the Courier to Continuum to, now, Windows Mobile, Microsoft has us always asking "what if?". Like, what if it put out a nearly bezel-less smartphone? Well, it almost did back in 2014, 2 years before even Xiaomi got the ball rolling. Unfortunately, like many of its actually good ideas, it passed up on the opportunity.

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Windows Phone just died (again)

Windows Phone just died (again)

Back in July of 2017 we declared Windows Phone dead - but it seemed like we might have been just a hair too early. In reality, there was a bit more software that needed dragging out. Now, here in October of 2017, Microsoft VP for Windows Joe Belfiore just confirmed it. Not the death of the platform, but the death of the future of the platform - which, it turns out, is a bit more important than just your regular, everyday ol' death.

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Surprise: Belfiore says Windows 10 Mobile no longer a focus

Surprise: Belfiore says Windows 10 Mobile no longer a focus

Still holding out for the elusive and mythical Surface Phone? If you still haven't seen the writing on the wall, this is practically the nail in Windows 10 Mobile's coffin. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's very own veep for Windows, confirms on Twitter that "building new features/hw aren't the focus" anymore, as far as Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft is concerned. Short of an official statement that may never come, this tweet practically means what almost everyone knew all along: Windows on mobile is dead.

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Bill Gates uses Android, Nadella said “no” to Nokia buy

Bill Gates uses Android, Nadella said “no” to Nokia buy

It's not exactly a good day for Windows 10 Mobile, formerly Windows Phone. Not that it had that much good days anyway. Microsoft's mobile platform has very few staunch allies left, but you can definitely count some of the company's most public faces out. Former CEO Bill Gates just publicly admitted that he is currently using a still unidentified Android phone. Meanwhile, current CEO Satya Nadella, for the first time, confirmed that he indeed voted against Ballmer's unpopular, and ultimately doomed, move to acquire Nokia.

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NYPD’s Windows Phone mistake is Apple’s gain

NYPD’s Windows Phone mistake is Apple’s gain

The New York Police Department will need to replace a whopping 36,000 Windows Phone devices by the end of the year, and they'll replace them all with iPhones. Much of the blame for the ill-informed decision to work with Windows Phone devices has been laid on Jessica Tisch, the Department’s Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology. With Apple's iPhone replacing the Windows Phone devices, the NYPD can rest assured that their software won't go out-of-date any time soon.

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Next Major Xbox System Update: Sneak Peek!

Next Major Xbox System Update: Sneak Peek!

The Xbox Insider Program has an Xbox One update they've begun delivering today to all participants on the console. Customization elements will be delivered to both Xbox One and Windows 10. This new update will also give users an "effortless" guide navigation, a reorganized Activity Feed, and a new Game Bar. This update is all about deeper control of the system - how it looks and what it does.

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