Windows Phones and the Carrier Effect

Neowin chatted with a few carriers and sought recommendations for a new smartphone, to see how Windows Phone would fare. Unfortunately, the struggling mobile platform didn’t do all that well, with sales reps to a person pushing Windows Phone aside in favor of iOS and Android. Their findings: As you can see from the conversations, […]

Windows Phone Xbox Music Update 8/8/2014

Microsoft released a smallish update to the Windows Phone Xbox Music app today. Here’s a list of what’s included, straight from the horse’s mouth: It’s easier than ever to start playback of your favorite tunes via our new Recent Plays feature! You can let your kids play music worry free, now that we’ve added support […]

Windows Phone 8.1 Update – Live Folders

So, one of the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 Update recently released to Developer Preview participants includes a Live Folders feature, which is exactly as it sounds. Using Live Folders, you can group individual Live Tiles together to organize and save space, while retaining their dynamically updated status. I’ve been playing around with it a […]

Microsoft Cortana Video Highlights the Digital Assistant’s Strengths

So far, I’ve been enjoying Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1 on my Nokia Lumia 925. It’s different from Google Now, being more of a digital assistant with a personality than a simpler purveyor of information. I’d say that both have their strengths and weaknesses, with Google Now benefiting from its longer time on the market […]

Microsoft CEO Paints Picture of a “Productivity and Platform” Company

    Edit: I spent a little more time reviewing Nadella’s email, and I’m not sure that I agree with ZDNet’s interpretation. So, I’m adjusting my post to better reflect my own interpretation (which I should have done in the first place). ZDNet published a fascinating article outlining CEO Satya Nadella’s vision of a new […]

Will a Plan B (Or C) Work for Windows Phone?

Paul Thurrott, along with a few others, is among the most knowledgeable and influential writers when it comes to everything Microsoft. So, in my transition to all-Microsoft products, I’ve started to follow him a bit more closely. His latest piece, titled “Plan B for Windows Phone?”, is interesting and makes some important points. I don’t […]

Microsoft Experimenting with 3D Screen Technology?

This is pretty cool, and although I don’t necessarily expect this anytime soon, I’d love to see this kind of 3D sensing technology in an upcoming Windows Phone.

My Microsoft Transition: the Biggest Challenges So Far

I’m well into my transition from a mixed Windows/Android world to one that’s all Microsoft products. I’ve been using Windows Phone 8.1 on the Nokia 925 and a Surface Pro 3 for over a week now, along with my Dell Venue 8 Pro, and other than grabbing screenshots for comparison purposes haven’t touched any of […]

Windows Phone 8.1: A Former Android User’s Initial Impressions

I received my Nokia 925 a couple of days ago, and after resolving a case of missing SIM holder, I upgraded to the Developers Preview of Windows Phone 8.1. Since then, I’ve been setting up the phone and re-familiarizing myself with Windows Phone after a few years on Android. I must say, the platform has […]

Windows vs. Apple: An Accurate Measure?

  Alex Wilhelm wrote a fascinating and, I think, important article on Techcrunch yesterday (1/14/2014) where he argued that we need a different way of measuring the market share of Windows vs., say Apple products. He started by showing the following graph, which was created by Asymco and which is intended to show that Apple […]