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  1. Windows 10 Mobile is now just a few weeks from its last cumulative update, and with the end of support, that means that things are about to stop working. One of those things is WhatsApp, which won't work beginning on December 31, as spotted by WindowsArea.de. Right now, the app should still work on Windows 10 Mobile, and even Windows Phone 8.1, an OS that hasn't been supported since mid-2017. In fact, if you're still on Windows Phone 8.1, the Store will be completely shut down beginning on December 16. The Store will continue to work on Windows 10 Mobile after support ends on December 10, but obviously WhatsApp will be removed from it on December 31. WhatsApp is also set to be retired for older versions of Android and iOS, although frankly, it's a bit surprising that these versions even still work. As of February 1, you'll no longer be able to use the service on Android 2.3.7 or iOS 7, both of which are versions that came out well over half a decade ago. Right now, Android 2.3.7 accounts for 0.3% of all Google Play devices, according to Google's most recent usage report. As always, if you want to keep using WhatsApp, you'll need to upgrade to something newer. If you're still on a Windows phone, it's time to move to iOS or Android. Source: WhatsApp for Windows phones will shut down on December 31 (via Neowin)
  2. Bill Gates: Windows Phone could have defeated Android Microsoft founder laments missed opportunity due to antitrust investigation (Image credit: Microsoft) Microsoft founder Bill Gates believes the company would have dominated the smartphone world had it not been for an antitrust investigation it faced in the early 2000s. Speaking at the New York Times’ DealBook conference, Gates said he was too distracted by the case and missed a deadline to put Windows Mobile on a Motorola device by a matter of months. Microsoft dominated smartphones in the first part of the decade with Windows Mobile, but this first mover advantage was limited by the fact the market for such devices was so small. Motorola was a major device manufacturer during the period, meaning Windows Mobile could have gained significant traction in the market and would have limited the opportunity that Google seized with Android. Microsoft Mobile “There’s no doubt that the antitrust lawsuit was bad for Microsoft, and we would have been more focused on creating the phone operating system and so instead of using Android today you would be using Windows Mobile,” Gates is quoted as saying. “If it hadn’t been for the antitrust case... we were so close, I was just too distracted. I screwed that up because of the distraction.” The first Android devices were launched in the latter part of the decade and filled the vacuum left by Microsoft for a non-Apple mobile operating system. Android has effectively become to smartphones what Windows is to PCs. Windows Phone was critically acclaimed but released far too late to gain the consumer, vendor and developer support required to successfully challenge for the top spot. Not even the acquisition of former market leader Nokia could help arrest the decline. Gates has previously described Microsoft’s inability to capture the market as his biggest mistake, one worth hundreds of billions of pounds, but the company has at least made peace with its failure. A final low-key attempt to win share with a mobile version of Windows 10 has run out of steam, and Microsoft even plans to use Android in its upcoming Surface Duo device. Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s strategy is to get its services, such as Microsoft Office 365, onto as many devices as possible and drive subscription revenue. Source: Bill Gates: Windows Phone could have defeated Android (TechRadar)
  3. Support for Windows Phone 8.1 ended back in July 2017, and while it doesn't receive updates anymore (and wasn't for a long time before that), Microsoft is still shutting down the rest of the things that made it tick. Now, the Redmond company has updated a support page to reflect that the Windows Phone Store will be shut down beginning on December 16. As of July of this year, app updates have no longer been distributed through the Store, but apparently you've still been able to download new apps. One app that you might want to think about downloading is Upgrade Advisor, which is what you'll need to get Windows 10 Mobile. However, even this app will no longer be available after December 16; after that, you have to use the OTC Updater and side-load the update. The Microsoft Store on Windows 10 Mobile still works, even though as the support document clearly states, the OS isn't supported anymore. The page also says that "in some cases", support for Windows 10 Mobile will end by the end of 2019; however, none of those cases apply here. That's talking about Windows 10 Mobile version 1709, for which support ends on December 10. Only phones that shipped with Windows 10 Mobile ever got that update. Devices that upgraded from Windows Phone 8.1 mostly could only go up to the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, or version 1607. The only ones that could go further than that were the Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL, which could go up to version 1703. Anyway, if you're still on Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft is recommending that you move to Windows 10 Mobile if you've got an eligible device. Still, it's probably time to move on to iOS or Android. Source: The Windows Phone Store will shut down on December 16 (via Neowin)
  4. Windows Phone might have survived if Microsoft hadn't make these mistakes, says a former Nokia engineer. A Reddit user who claims to have been a Nokia engineer at the time Microsoft acquired the Finnish company's struggling mobile business has outlined four main factors behind the failure of Windows Phone. There are a ton of reasons why Microsoft lost the battle for mobile, including its approach to licensing Windows Phone, partners like Samsung not launching cutting-edge Windows Phone handsets, and Microsoft's failure to attract app developers. But now one former Nokia engineer, who was based in Nokia's Boston offices at the time of Microsoft's acquisition, has shared the main reasons he believes Windows Phone failed. He emphasizes that he wasn't a "big time from Espoo", Nokia's Finnish headquarters, but just a "regular software development engineer" from the Boston office. The engineer joined Nokia at some point after the 2011 deal with Microsoft to put Windows Phone 7 on all its smartphones and would later work on the app store for the Nokia X, the first Android phone that Nokia launched just ahead of its acquisition by Microsoft. "There are many well known factors that caused WP's demise, none of them alone took it down, but here are the ones that stood out most to me," the engineer wrote in the Reddit post. While Microsoft's failure to create Android would become Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates' biggest regret, the engineer believes Microsoft underestimated Google and the value of services like Gmail, search, and Maps on mobile. Google in 2012 stopped funding efforts to make its apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. "Obviously Apple was red hot and Microsoft knew that, but Google was new to the OS business and they really weren't taken seriously enough. Android was pretty rough then, but the real value was Google's services; when Google cut Microsoft off of YouTube, Maps, Gmail, etc, it really made WP look cheap." The second mistake was a "botched Windows 8" and the stigma over Microsoft's Metro interface, which arguably worked well on mobile with Windows Phone 7 touchscreen devices but wasn't well received when Microsoft put it on the desktop in Windows 8. "Before Windows 8, WP had a lot of people's curiosity. After Windows 8, people associated the two together as bad products even though the teams then were pretty independent, and things done poorly on Windows 8 were not reflective of how the experience was on WP. Even with Windows 10, the stigma against Metro never recovered," the former Nokia engineer wrote. Microsoft itself also still had a bad reputation, the engineer argues, due its actions over the past decade as the dominant tech company. "At the time it was still horrible and it meant that the young guys who grew up hating Microsoft were making the big startups for other platforms," the engineer notes. Finally, by 2014, mobile users had already aligned themselves with either iOS or Android. "Even if WP got apps and whatever else it lacked, there just wasn't a compelling reason to switch. Even now I sense the number swapping between iOS and Android is pretty low." Interestingly, as the former Nokia engineer notes, under the 2011 deal with Microsoft, Nokia wasn't meant to launch an Android phone. However, the company got around that by categorizing its Android device as a feature phone in contrast with its high-end Lumia devices on Windows Phone. And through that experience, the engineer says he found coding for Windows Phone was also superior to Android. "As the Nokia X was a secret, they couldn't just go out and advertise Android openings, instead hiring just Java engineers and reassigning some internally," the engineer writes. "Eventually we got put there as things got closer to launch. I worked on the X app store, which was the first I did for Android. Android Studio was in its early days so we were still on Eclipse, which was sorely lacking compared to Visual Studio. For all the negatives on the consumer side, coding for WP was always better than Android." Source
  5. Microsoft Destroys the Dream of a Windows Phone Running Full Windows While Microsoft is planning to kill off Windows 10 Mobile once and for all in December, the dream of a Windows phone has so far lived on thanks to skilled developers out there who have managed to achieve the impossible by porting Windows 10 ARM to Lumia phones. The project advanced slowly, especially because Microsoft itself has never been too keen on supporting these efforts, but it did reach a point where nearly everything was working, including even making and receiving phone calls. And just when it seemed that we could finally get a Windows phone running full Windows, here’s Microsoft making the whole thing well… close to impossible. Recent preview builds of Windows 10 shipped to Fast ring insiders no longer include the cellular networking stack, which means that despite all the aforementioned efforts, making and receiving a phone call on a device powered by Windows 10 ARM is no longer possible.No sign of AndromedaGustave Monce, who is one of the developers pushing the dream of a Windows phone forward with hard work on this project, explains the following on Twitter: “Windows Phone Cellular networking stack has been removed from Windows Desktop by build 18912. Qualcomm Windows Phone cellular stack also relied on Windows Phone specific OIDs to work properly, these also seem gone on first glance. So even if we load the RIL ourselves without the driver and make adjustments things won't work.” “Parts if not all of the Windows Phone cellular stack is present on Windows Desktop since Redstone 1 (14393). The entire driver set for Lumia on Windows relied on this being present to work. To put it shortly, it means this: On builds newer or equal to 18912, Cellular will not work anymore on Lumias running Windows Desktop with the current codebase, Calls, Texts, data will not work and probably won't ever do unless some massive effort is put into rewriting the stack.” While Microsoft remains tight-lipped on this decision to remove the cellular networking stack from the OS, this isn’t necessarily surprising. Ditching unused code obviously makes the OS lighter and helps prevent various bugs that could impact devices running it. However, this could be pretty much the end of the Windows phone dream, especially as the highly-anticipated Andromeda is nowhere to be seen. Source
  6. Google Chrome on Windows Phones Is a Real Thing Now Microsoft giving up on EdgeHTML and migrating to Chromium produces a series of benefits, including Google itself being more willing to support Windows as a platform. For example, one of the projects that could see daylight as a result of Microsoft’s commitment to Chromium is a Windows 10 ARM version of Google Chrome browser. And by the looks of things, this is already a work in progress, and a software developer managed to get the browser up and running on Windows 10 on ARM. Jeremy Sinclair explains in a tweet that it’s actually possible to build Google Chrome for Windows 10 ARM, even though not all features are currently working exactly as expected, as it’s the case of the emoji window in Windows 10. “BEHOLD! Successful Chromium build completed and is running on Windows ARM64 \o/! It was SUPER fast opening, also,” he tweeted. Such an achievement brings in its turn several other benefits, such as the possibility of running Google Chrome on other Windows 10 on ARM devices. Included Windows phones, that is.Chrome on Windows phones, a dream that finally comes trueNot a long time ago, the developer community managed to install Windows 10 ARM on Windows phones, like the Lumia 950 XL, so thanks to this new project, Google Chrome should be running on these smartphones as well. “A windows phone running chrome natively, rare endangered species in an unnatural habitat,” software developer Gustave Monce tweetedduring the weekend. As I said on several occasions, while it’s nice to see software like Windows 10 on ARM or Google Chrome running on Windows phones, Microsoft’s smartphone platform is dead anyway. The company will stop providing updates in December this year, so no further security improvements would be released. Additionally, Microsoft itself recommends users to switch to Android and iOS to enjoy the full benefits of its apps. Source
  7. Use a Windows Phone Continuum Dock for DeX on Samsung Galaxy S10 One of the greatest features of Windows 10 Mobile devices was Continuum, which technically made it possible for a smartphone to become a fully-featured PC when connected to a larger screen. Continuum debuted on the Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Mobile flagship announced in October 2015, and it required a small dock or adapter that was responsible for the whole magic. Basically, with such a device arsenal, Windows 10 Mobile turned into a more capable operating system that allowed you to work with a mouse and keyboard just like you used to do on a PC. This is one of the reasons Microsoft originally pushed so hard for UWP apps, hoping that apps built for PCs would eventually run on mobile phones too. Like Windows phones, Continuum missed its chance to impress, and Microsoft didn’t even deliver the improvements that it once promised to ship. In the meantime, other companies, including Samsung, decided to build their very own alternatives to Continuum, and DeX is pretty much the most famous at this point. Just like Continuum, DeX is powered by a special adapter that allows a Samsung phone to double as a PC when connected to a larger screen, and thanks to running Android, this implementation is a lot more useful than on Windows phones. The recently-released Samsung Galaxy S10 also supports DeX, and what’s more, it looks like Samsung still allows us to use third-party adapters as well, including those that were originally developed for Continuum. What I used here is the HP Elite x3 Desk Dock, which is HP’s very own dock that was supposed to recharge the HP Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile device and power Continuum. Using DeX with this piece of hardware is a pretty straightforward process, though I must remind you that a DisplayPort cable is required. The dock comes with two USB ports for your mouse and keyboard, and it can also fast-charge your Samsung Galaxy S10 when using it. DeX on the Galaxy S10 with HP’s dock works exactly as you’d expect it, and thanks to the latest-generation hardware available on the smartphone, everything is fast and very responsive. When browsing the web, however, you may want to configure the browser to request desktop versions of websites by default because otherwise, mobile content might not look too good on a larger screen. To be completely honest, I like DeX much more than Continuum, and everything on the screen is placed exactly where it should be. Continuum was designed from the very beginning to look and feel like Windows, but on the other hand, the original version lacked just too many features, including the essentials like window mode. In Samsung’s DeX, everything works just smoothly, and with HP’s dock, the Galaxy S10 can even double as a touchpad if you don’t have a mouse around. However, for a more PC-like experience, I recommend you to use a mouse and a keyboard. During my time with DeX on the Galaxy S10, I didn’t really feel the need for more power, though the fact that I had to stick with Android apps more or less limited my options when it comes to productivity. The good thing is that I use mostly Microsoft software which is available on Android as well, like the Office productivity suite and Outlook, so pretty much everything I need is already there. Obviously, given that HP’s desk dock costs $149 brand new, this isn’t really the most affordable way to get DeX up and running without an official adapter, though I’m pretty sure you can find used ones a lot cheaper on eBay. But on the other hand, if you’re one of those people who were super-committed to Windows Phone and now have such an adaptor around, it makes no sense to buy Samsung’s very own when everything is working just smoothly. Source
  8. Cortana is about to lose some features on Windows Phone 8.1, the OS where it made its big debut back in 2014. As reported by All About Windows Phone, WP8.1 users can now see a “Change is constant” message when launching Cortana on their phones. The message that follows explains that the Cortana home page featuring today’s top headlines and other personalized content will disappear in January, with no impact on other Cortana features. “By January this page will be retired, and I won’t be using it to show you what’s coming next. I’ll still be there to answer your questions and keep your reminders,” the message says. Microsoft officially dropped support for Windows Phone 8.1 back in July 2017, though the platform isn’t quite dead yet. The Windows Store on WP8.1 should continue to work through July 1, 2019, and we hope the same will be true for other inbox apps. As for Cortana, its future is still unclear at the moment, especially after Microsoft’s head of Cortana Javier Soltero recently left the company. The company has also started testing separating Cortana for Windows Search in the latest Windows 10 Insider builds, right after we saw the Microsoft Store welcomed an Amazon Alexa app this year (which also integrates with Cortana). source
  9. Image Courtesy: WindowsCentral Microsoft was once committed to its mobile business, and in addition to the Windows Phone lineup, the company was also working on a feature phone that was never released in the market. Microsoft’s feature phone had the company’s logo instead of Nokia and the leaked phone is another living proof that Microsoft was once committed to the mobile phone industry. The leaked feature phone is similar to other devices that Microsoft was selling under the Nokia logo. Microsoft apparently wanted its feature phone to look familiar to Windows Phone users. In addition to the Lumia-like logo position, the phone used a Windows Phone-like interface. In leaked photos, the device is seen running Windows Phone-interface that has live tiles. Image Courtesy: WindowsCentral The phone is not running the Windows Phone operating system so the live tiles can only display notifications such as unread messages and missed calls. It’s not interactive and dynamic live tiles. The screen is small so the tiles are also smaller. The app such as OneNote, Mail, Calendar, web browser and even a Store is available. The unreleased phone from Microsoft features a 2.5-inch screen, 1,200 mAh battery and a 1.92-megapixel camera was also offered on the phone. source
  10. Telegram for Desktop is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. Download Telegram Offline Installer Setup for PC! With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 1000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs. You can download Telegram for PC offline installer from our site by clicking on free download button. What can you do with Telegram? Connect from most remote locations. Coordinate groups of up to 1000 members. Synchronize your chats across all your devices. Send documents of any type. Encrypt personal and business secrets. Destruct your messages with a timer. Store your media in the cloud. Build your own tools on our API. Enjoy feedback from your customers. Changelog v 1.3.14: Fix a crash in calls. v 1.3.13: Export data from individual chats using the '...' menu. Added a new night theme. You can now assign custom themes as night and day themes to quickly switch between them. Support for Telegram Passport 1.1 and improved password hashing algorithm to better protect Telegram Passport data. v 1.3.12: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.11: Added a new night theme. You can now assign custom themes as night and day themes to quickly switch between them. v 1.3.10: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.9 Mark chats in the chat list as Read or Unread. Improved censorship circumvention. v 1.3.8: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.7: Push fixes to stable version. v 1.3.6: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.5: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.4: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.3: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.2: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.1: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.0: Improved censorship circumvention. Improved stability when working through proxy servers. Save several proxy servers to quickly switch between them in Settings. Use proxy for calls. Emoji and text replacement now happens immediately after typing (instead of after sending) and can be rolled back using Backspace or CTRL/CMD + Z. Replacement no longer happens when pasting text. Added formatting shortcuts. Select text and use: CTRL/CMD + B/I for bold and italic CTRL/CMD + K to create or edit a custom link CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + M for monospace font CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + N to clear formatting Homepage Changelog - only major versions Github page - Source code & all builds changelog FAQ ███ Desktop Windows or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tsetup.1.3.14.exe Portable or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tportable.1.3.14.zip Mac or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tmac/tsetup.1.3.14.dmg App Store or Direct Link App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/telegram-desktop/id946399090 Linux x64 or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux/tsetup.1.3.14.tar.xz Linux x86 or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux32/tsetup32.1.3.14.tar.xz v1.3.13: Win Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tsetup.1.3.13.exe Portable Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tportable.1.3.13.zip Mac Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tmac/tsetup.1.3.13.dmg Linux x64 Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux/tsetup.1.3.13.tar.xz Linux x86 Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux32/tsetup32.1.3.13.tar.xz ███ Phone Android or Direct Link Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.telegram.messenger iphone / ipad or Direct Link App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/telegram-messenger/id686449807 Windows Phone
  11. The Global smartphone shipments hit 266.9 million units in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report from market researcher TrendForce. The three month period, starting from January to March, saw a rise of 1.13% compared to the same period of the previous year. The research firm is predicting the smartphone shipments to climb another 6.7% to reach 284.5 million units globally in the current quarter, which runs from April to June.Samsung, the global market leader managed to claim the first spot with a 30% market share of global smartphone shipments. According to TrendForce, most of the units shipped by Samsung were low to mid-range smartphones in the first quarter. Apple has seen a noticeable decline in its worldwide market share but has managed to retain the second spot. However, the Cupertino's upcoming iPhones is expected to help the company gain momentum in the second half of 2014. Chinese smartphone vendors - Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi have raised their game and have performed better than the analysts have initially predicted. All three firms have experienced growth of more than 20% in the first quarter this year. Source
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