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It's no surprise for Windows 10 Mobile smartphone users that today is the end of the road for support for the operating system. The OS has been a dead man walking for nearly a year now. However, the death of the OS doesn't mean that those with smartphones that use Windows 10 Mobile will suddenly be unable to use them. What it does mean though is that the devices will no longer receive updates or patches for features or security. The lack of security patches is certainly bad news, but odds are that this announcement isn't a big deal to the vast majority of users who long ago moved to Android or iOS devices. The last of the Windows 10 Mobile devices that had support until today, December 10, 2019,... Read more...
Microsoft may have given up on Windows 10 Mobile in order to focus the bulk of its software and services development for iOS and Android, but there are still quite a few people that are holding on to smartphones like the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Those Lumia devices were among the last to ship with Windows 10 Mobile, and while they still "work" per se, they aren't being updated with new features and aren't nearly as capable as the Android and iOS peers. So, what is someone to do with an old Lumia 950 XL that they may have lying around? Install Windows 10 on ARM, of course! Software developer Gustave Monce has been working on bringing the full-blown Windows 10 on ARM experience to... Read more...
Remember the Windows 10 Mobile operating system? Just a few years ago, Microsoft was billing it as a credible alternative to Android and iOS and delivered some relatively cool features like Live Tiles on the lock screen and its Continuum mode that allowed users to extend their smartphone to a desktop experience. However, Microsoft has for the most part abandoned new feature update to Windows 10 Mobile and long shuttered production of its Lumia line of smartphones. So, it should come as no surprise that Microsoft has announced a final end date support: December 10th, 2019. The last major release of Windows 10 Mobile occurred way back on October 2017, and Microsoft has only provided security updates... Read more...
Not everyone wants or needs to upgrade to a new smartphone every year (or even every two years). In fact, some people are quite content with their four- or five-year old devices and continue to use them to this day. However, for users of smartphones running legacy Windows Phone operating systems, Microsoft is making it harder to remain stuck in the past. Microsoft announced that starting tomorrow, February 20th, smartphone users running Windows Phone 7.5 or Windows Phone 8.0 will no longer have access to push notifications. According to the company, the following features will no longer function: Your phone will no longer receive notifications. Your phone will not receive additional live tile... Read more...
We got a preview of Satya Nadella's thoughts on the mobile industry when his book landed late last month, and now the Microsoft CEO is giving a bit more insight into why the company's mobile aspirations have fizzled. According to Nadella, Apple and [especially] Google have so far cornered the market when it comes to smartphone operating systems. To put it bluntly, consumers have spoken, and they aren't enamored with what Microsoft has offered in this space on either the software front or the hardware front. "We absolutely do not have the share to have our smartphone hardware, that’s a real consumer choice. That’s the reality of it," said Nadella while speaking at the GeekWire Summit. "The reality... Read more...
We've known for quite some time that Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile is near death. The operating system has been treading water with less than one percent of the global smartphone market for quite some time, CEO Satya Nadella killed the company's smartphone hardware division, and we recently heard commentary from Hewlett-Packard about Microsoft’s non-committal attitude towards Windows 10 Mobile. "Microsoft, as all companies do, decided on a change in strategy and so they are less focused on what they thought they would be focused on today," said HP EMEA boss Nick Lazaridis last week. "Given that, we also had decided that without Microsoft's drive and support there it doesn't make sense. If the... Read more...
It appears that Hewlett-Packard has a bone to pick with Microsoft, and it's in regards to the latter's failed execution in the smartphone operating system space. While Microsoft had been the primary manufacturer of Windows 10 Mobile devices with its Lumia line, it had also recruited big name OEMs like HP to bring their own unique designs to the table. HP answered with the Elite X3 (read our full review here), which banked heavily on the Windows 10 Mobile Continuum experience. Featuring a 6-inch display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage (with microSD expansion), the flagship device used Continuum to turn into a [nearly] full-fledged Windows 10 desktop machine... Read more...
If you are still rocking a Windows Phone 8.1 device (or older), the end of line is today for end-user support. Microsoft’s support website deems today — July 11th — as the finally day for supporting Windows Phone 8.1. So, what does this mean for those that are still clinging to Windows Phone 8.1-based smartphones? Well, you will no longer receive product updates or the latest security patches for the mobile operating system. This comes just over three years after Windows Phone 8.1 was released to the public as a heavily-updated version of Windows Phone 8. According to June analysis by AdDuplex, nearly 74 percent of smartphones with a version of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system installed... Read more...
Let’s face it, Microsoft’s decision to purchase Nokia’s Devices and Services division was an epic fail. The acquisition resulted in billions of losses, plummeting market share for Microsoft’s smartphone operating system, and the laying off of thousands of employees. It’s quite amazing how far Microsoft has fallen when it comes to smartphones. In its most recent quarter (fiscal Q3 2017), it booked just $5 million in revenue from phone hardware. That is a big drop from fiscal Q3 2015, when Microsoft reported $1.4 billion in revenue on phone hardware. Looking at its performance in the smartphone arena, it’s quite apparent that Microsoft either needs to completely rethink the way it approaches smartphones... Read more...
  There seems to be a new bug making the rounds for people that are running Windows 10 Mobile on their Lumia smartphones. It has been reported that a lock screen exploit can give anyone with physical access to your smartphone the ability to snoop on just about any picture that is stored on your device. A member of the Windows Insider Brazil community is credited with discovering the exploit, which can bypass the PIN-based security on your smartphone. The first step is to open the camera app on a locked device (this functionality must have already been enabled in Settings). Once you snap a picture, you’ll see a preview of the photo pop up in the lower left-hand side of the screen. Tap... Read more...
Microsoft is preparing to blast off to Andromeda. No, we’re not talking about Mass Effect: Andromeda, but the company’s efforts to overhaul the Windows 10 UI. Microsoft’s version of Andromeda (not to be confused with Google Andromeda) beefs up the desktop experience for OneCore (Windows 10) platforms such as Windows 10 Mobile and HoloLens. There are a several parts that make up Andromeda, but as MSPowerUser describes, Windows 10 Mobile users stand to gain the most from the initiative. For example, the current Continuum desktop experience with Windows 10 Mobile represents a reasonable facsimile of the Windows 10 desktop when using an external monitor, keyboard and mouse. But Andromeda will bring... Read more...
It looks as though we’ve come to the end of the road for Microsoft’s Lumia smartphone family. Microsoft has stopped selling the Windows 10 Mobile smartphones via the Microsoft Store, and there’s little chance that they will be restocked. Earlier this year, during the launch of the Lumia 650, Microsoft made it clear that it would be the last Lumia device introduced. And over the course the past few months, we’ve see reports that Lumia production was in fact winding down. According to a new report, the following Windows 10 Mobile devices are now out of stock from the Microsoft Store: Acer Liquid Jade Primo Bundle - Unlocked AT&T - Microsoft Lumia 640 XL AT&T - Microsoft Lumia 950 Microsoft... Read more...
Earlier this month, T-Mobile jumped the gun with a product listing for the new Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 Mobile smartphone. Today, however, T-Mobile and Microsoft officially announced the flagship device, which launched earlier this year with Android 6.0 Marshmallow preinstalled. As we reported previously, the Alcatel Idol 4S is no slouch in the specs department, bringing with it a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot with support for up to 128GB, 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, 20MP primary camera with Sony IMX230 sensor, 8MP selfie camera with a wide-angle lens, dual multi-directional speakers, a USB-C charging port, fingerprint sensor and a 3000 mAh battery... Read more...
Microsoft may seemingly be winding down its commitment to Windows 10 Mobile-based hardware, but its partners definitely haven’t given up. Earlier this month, Hewlett-Packard debuted the Elite X3 for $799 (Microsoft even used the smartphone in demo on stage during its Windows 10 Creators Edition keynote instead of its own Lumia 950 XL), and now we’ve learned that T-Mobile is stepping into the fray. T-Mobile will soon begin selling the Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 Mobile preinstalled. The Idol 4S was previously only available from T-Mobile running Google’s Android operating system. In case you need a refresher, the Idol 4S comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM, 5.5-inch... Read more...
Windows 10 is an ever-evolving operating system and Microsoft has steadily rolled out updates to keep it fresh as the months progress. The Anniversary Update, which launched shortly after Windows 10’s first birthday, was the second major update for the operating system, and now we have Redstone 2 to look forward to as the next big update. Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 ‘Redstone 2’ Build 14946 to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring. Build 14946 is available to both PC users and those that using Windows 10 Mobile smartphones. Microsoft has made a number of improvements, the first of which will be greatly appreciated by PC users. Microsoft is allowing users to customize the touchpad experience... Read more...
After a few delays that put the flagship Windows 10 Mobile flagship behind schedule, the Hewlett-Packard Elite x3 is finally available for customers to purchase. Starting this week, Microsoft opened up sales for the powerful smartphone via the Microsoft Store. Given the laundry list of features that are included with the Elite x3, this is by far the most powerful and versatile Windows 10 Mobile device released to date. Just look at its feature set, which wouldn’t be out of place on a flagship Android device: 5.96-inch WQHD AMOLED display Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor 4GB RAM 64GB internal storage microSD slot that supports up to 2TB 16MP main camera, 8MP front camera, Iris camera 802.11ac... Read more...
Microsoft may be way down with regards to its aspirations in the smartphone market, but don’t count the company out just yet. Windows 10 Mobile hasn’t been the savior that Microsoft hoped would help its smartphone sales rebound, but it isn’t stopping the Redmond, Washington-based company from forging ahead with the Redstone 2 update for Windows 10 Mobile. In fact, Microsoft used its Ignite 2016 conference to highlight some of the features that will be coming to Windows 10 Mobile users. Neowin was nice enough to catalog the enhancements, all of which are geared towards improving the Continuum experience. For those not in the know, Continuum allows you to hook your [supported] Windows 10 Mobile... Read more...
If you’re a Windows Insider, then you have a nifty little feature to try out in the latest Skype Preview for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The latest update to Microsoft’s premiere messaging app allows you to both send and receive text messages via your Windows 10 PC using the SMS relay feature. The only catch is that the Skype Preview must be set as your default messaging app on your Windows 10 Mobile device. “There’s no need to reach for your phone – you can view new messages as they arrive and respond to messages from your computer,” writes Microsoft’s Suzanne Choney in a blog posting. “Send and receive texts, group messages and photos all in one app with a single view of your SMS... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft’s Lumia Windows 10 Mobile smartphones were on their way to the graveyard. According to various Microsoft insiders, production of the Lumia 550, 650, 950 and 950 XL was slated to end by December 2016. However, a fresh report coming from WinBeta suggests that at least one of those four phones has been given an early funeral. The reigning Windows 10 Mobile flagship, the Lumia 950 XL, is apparently winding down its production run. Production has already stopped for UK versions of the smartphone, although WinBeta acknowledges that the production halt could (and likely will) extend to other regions around the globe including the United States shortly. “Customers... Read more...
The writing has been on the wall for quite some time — Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services Division has been a complete disaster and a money pit. Microsoft bought the division for $7.9 billion in spring 2014, and a year later, the company had to take an impairment charge of $7.6 billion for the purchase. Since that time, the Redmond, Washington-based company has laid off thousands of employees that it brought over from Nokia along with additional Microsoft employees that were already working on smartphone hardware and software. To make matters worse, smartphone sales have plummeted despite Microsoft’s steady supply of promotional offers on Windows 10 Mobile smartphones. During... Read more...
If you’ve been itchin’ to get your fingers on Hewlett-Packard’s brand new Elite X3 Windows 10 Mobile flagship, you’re going to have to wait a little while longer. According to the product listing on the Microsoft Store, the shipping date for the Elite X3 has been delayed two weeks to September 16th. The Elite X3 is by far the most powerful and feature-packed Windows 10 Mobile device to be released to the market. It’s also the most expensive, ringing in at $699 by itself and $799 with the Desk Dock bundle. For example, Microsoft’s flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 810-powered Lumia 950 XL is priced at $499 and (for now) includes a free Display Dock. As we’ve reported previously, here’s a rundown of... Read more...
If you’ve been itchin' to get your hands on Hewlett-Packard’s flagship Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile smartphone, the wait is going to be just a bit longer — two weeks longer in fact. HP originally stated that the smartphone would ship on August 29th, however, the company is now revising that date to September 12th. This is according to a new listing via the Microsoft Store, which is only offering the Elite x3 with the bundled Desk Dock. This brings the total price of the bundle to $799 (the phone costs $699 without the dock direct from HP). Like Microsoft’s Display Dock for the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, the Desk Dock transforms the Elite x3 into a quasi-desktop with mouse, keyboard, and monitor... Read more...
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