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Microsoft to shoulder all Windows 10 Mobile updates

Microsoft to shoulder all Windows 10 Mobile updates

If there is one thing Android users might get jealous of their Windows Phone counterparts, it would be this. Microsoft will practically be taking charge of all Windows 10 updates on all devices. And yes, that includes mobile phones. This means, in theory, that it will no longer matter what device you're on or what carrier you're subscribed to. You will get those updates more or less at the same time as anyone else, no excuses. In practice, however, it remains to be seen if Microsoft can pull this off.

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Microsoft celebrates 25 years of Solitaire with global tournament

Microsoft celebrates 25 years of Solitaire with global  tournament

Microsoft Solitaire first appeared on Windows 25 years ago. In that time, new time-wasting games took over. Solitaire used to be the ultimate way of killing time at work, with Minesweeper coming in at a close second place finish. Nowadays, games like Candy Crush are ubiquitous. Solitaire never had a the kind of social components that makes games so catchy today. That's about to change. To mark the silver anniversary, Microsoft will be hosting a global solitaire tournament in June. Hopefully it will have more than just ranking, and there should be a social element as well, if it wants to regain ground against games from a newer generation.

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Windows 10 Mobile preview: Universal Store, Office, Xbox apps

Windows 10 Mobile preview: Universal Store, Office, Xbox apps

Microsoft has just announced the rollout of the latest build for Windows 10 Mobile (yes, that is its final, formal name) and it's probably one of the biggest previews yet. Debuting this release, with build number 10080, are a bunch of Universal apps that, in theory, will demonstrate the promise of Microsoft's spiel of apps that span all, or most, Windows 10 editions. Among this first batch of apps for phones, is finally something Windows Phone users have been clamoring for and rightly deserve: Universal Office apps.

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LG Lancet Windows Phone coming to Verizon, specs leaked

LG Lancet Windows Phone coming to Verizon, specs leaked

Last month, we gave you a sneak peek at what little we knew about Verizon's newest LG Windows Phone. Now, we know a lot more. LG's new Windows Phone is called the Lancet. It's LG's first foray into Windows Phone territory from LG's usual fare of Android devices. It's nothing too fancy, but it could be a solid choice for those in the market for a Windows Phone.

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Parallels 2X hits Raspberry Pi for remote desktop access

Parallels 2X hits Raspberry Pi for remote desktop access

Today the folks at Parallels have unveiled Parallels 2X Remote Application Server, the first RDP Client for Raspberry Pi. This system will enable Raspberry Pi users to access windows virtual applications and remote desktops alike. With Parallels 2X RAS, as they also call it, users will have the ability to deliver applications to any device - Chromebooks, Windows PCs, Mac computers, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Linux workstations, HTML5 browsers and of course, strangest and most awesome of all, the device family known as Raspberry Pi.

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Microsoft BUILD 2015 Day 1 Wrap-up: Windows 10 cross-device functionality

Microsoft BUILD 2015 Day 1 Wrap-up: Windows 10 cross-device functionality

This morning Microsoft revealed a new hand of cards at BUILD 2015, a set of announcements that place Windows 10 squarely at the center of their play for all screens. All screens, that is to say, and all connections between screens. One major example of this connectivity is in Continuum, a system that allows your Windows 10 operating system to convert its user interface for all manner of different devices. Your phone is now your desktop, and your display is now just that - the place where your Windows 10 is shown in a large space.

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Carrier Billing coming to Windows devices

Carrier Billing coming to Windows devices

Windows Phone, Windows 10 for tablets, and basically whatever other kind of carrier-driven version of Windows you might have will be working with Carrier Billing soon. This means that whatever carrier your device is connected through will allow you to charge money through your account rather than through a separate credit card. This comes in most handy when you're shopping in an app store and want to purchase an app, music, or a movie, for example - charging it to your carrier account lumps more costs into one bill.

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Windows 10 might reveal Android compatibility at BUILD

Windows 10 might reveal Android compatibility at BUILD

It seems like the whispers of Android apps running on Windows 10 are getting stronger. Though that doesn't necessarily make them true, it does make the upcoming BUILD developer conference even more interesting if Microsoft does decide to drop the bombshell there. It's not like it's never been done before. BlackBerry 10 OS and Sailfish OS do employ such a compatibility to some extent. It's just that it's never been done officially on Windows before. But while the idea seems almost enticing, it could very well be suicide for Microsoft's primary platform.

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Microsoft phones infringe on patents, may face import ban

Microsoft phones infringe on patents, may face import ban

Microsoft may have acquired more than Nokia's mobile business. It has also inherited the Finnish company's legal headaches and now it will be facing the music. A judge for the US International Trade Commission has deemed that Microsoft's smartphones indeed infringe on two patents held by patent licensing outfit InterDigital. This lawsuit was first filed against Nokia almost four years ago and it is Microsoft who will now be paying the price. Worst case scenario, the ITC could ban imports of infringing Windows Phones into the US.

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Elephone to release dual-OS smartphone, Android 5.0 and Windows 10

Elephone to release dual-OS smartphone, Android 5.0 and Windows 10

Windows Phone users may be getting a new flagship device added to the lineup. A dual-system smartphone capable of Android and Windows 10 is rumored to be in the works by Chinese mobile manufacturer, Elephone. The company just announced its upcoming phones at the HKTDC industry show in Hong Kong. The phones' official names and potential price points have yet to be released.

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Surface success for Microsoft amid Xbox pain

Surface success for Microsoft amid Xbox pain

Microsoft saw demand for its Surface tablets surge in the last quarter, confounding the ailing PC market with stronger than expected performance, though signs point to Xbox struggling. The company credits the Surface Pro 3 for its tablet successes, with revenues of $713m in the three month period, an increase of 44-percent. However, the outlook wasn't so great for gaming hardware.

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Everything Acer just unveiled at once

Everything Acer just unveiled at once

Acer just released a whole boatload of new devices and release information on those devices in New York City, showing off everything from smartphones to gaming displays. PCs are in here too, with Windows 10 devices and Chromebook both popping up on point. A couple of Android tablets are appearing here with Acer Aspire notebooks and Acer's K138ST, the world's first LED projector with an intelligent ambient light sensor. All devices in this collection will be released inside the next several months of 2015.

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