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  1. Nokia is expected to unveil new Windows Phone 8.1 powered handsets in early April during a special event, including the alleged Nokia Lumia 930 (Martini) as well as the entry-level Nokia Lumia 630 (Moneypenny). Now, a new video has been unveiled, showcasing Windows Phone 8.1 running on a Lumia 630. In the video, we can see the on-screen navigation buttons, the highly anticipated Action Center, and other exciting features that are set to arrive with Windows Phone 8.1. The video isn't in English, but you can make out the new changes and improvements if you look closely. Here's what WPCentral spotted in the video, so far: Action centerNew Podcast appNew FM Radio app, pulled out of Music hubVideo and Music Xbox apps separated into two appsNew Store layout, as we recently reportedIE changes, including new Tab section, private tabsIE tabs are displayed in multitask viewPull down to close apps in multitaskNew stock Photos app, with sections All, Albums, Favorites now on separate panelsNew stock camera layoutApps that are installed on the device: Storage Sense, Battery Sense, Data SenseThe Lumia 630 device is rumored to come with a 4.5-inch display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB RAM, dual-SIM support, and should come with Windows Phone 8.1 as its operating system. Take a look at the video below. Spot any new features you like? Microsoft is expected to speak about Windows Phone 8.1 during the Build 2014 Developer Conference, beginning April 2nd. Source
  2. Thanks to a new Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leak we can see that Redmond devs are planning to include a universal search feature in the next Windows Phone release. A recent leak revealed theme and start menu customizations, which adds another line to the long line of expected improvements. A universal search follows in the footsteps of Windows on desktop and just about every other mobile platform out there. Microsoft’s platform however will have even more use for such feature as Windows Phones handsets have a dedicated search button. If this feature lands it will offer message search, music (Artist, Song, Album, Playlist) and more. Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to bring an Action Center, Notification Center and File Manager among other things. Source
  3. Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to go official in April during the annual BUILD conference. Meanwhile, thanks to Microsoft's WP8.1 SDK, various screenshots and videos have gave us a taste of the upcoming update. WP 8.1 is expected to bring the long awaited Action Center, Cortana voice assistant, Swype keyboard, better multi-tasking, burst shots for the camera, Internet Explorer 11 with password manager, minor UI enhancements, etc. Today, after various leaked screenshots we finally get to see the Action Center in action in a live video. There aren't many surprises here, but then again there's no need to reinvent the wheel. Source
  4. Microsoft is currently experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1 that could boost the number of people using the operating system. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is building "Windows 8.1 with Bing," a version that will bundle key Microsoft apps and services. While early versions of the software have leaked online, we understand that Windows 8.1 with Bing is an experimental project that aims to bring a low-cost version of Windows to consumers. ZDNet first reported some Windows 8.1 with Bing details earlier this week. We’re told that Microsoft is aiming to position Windows 8.1 with Bing as a free or low-cost upgrade for Windows 7 users. Any upgrade offers will be focused on boosting the number of people using Windows 8.1. This Bing-powered version of Windows 8.1 may also be offered to PC makers as part of recent license cuts for devices under $250. It’s not clear how committed Microsoft is to these plans, but the experiment is part of a number of initiatives designed to push and monetize Microsoft’s cloud services and apps. Microsoft is increasingly betting on Bing as a platform it can monetize in the future. Microsoft is also considering low-cost or free versions of Windows Phone, and the company is working towards merging its Windows RT and Windows Phone software into a single version designed for ARM-based chipsets. Bing-powered apps are currently bundled into Windows 8.1, and a leaked version of "Windows 8.1 with Bing" does not appear to reveal any significant changes yet. Microsoft recently unveiled its Windows 8.1 spring update, and the company is expected to further detail the update at its Build developer conference in April. Additional details around the merging of Windows RT and Windows Phone are also expected to be shared at the Build conference. Source
  5. This year’s Mobile World Congress event was a site of wide range of high-end smartphone announcements, beginning with Samsung Galaxy S5 launch to Nokia X, an Android-based smartphone. The move from Nokia was clearly viewed as a departure from the protocol, especially following its acquisition by software giant, Microsoft. Naturally, response to the products ranged from being impressed to highly skeptical. Mobile World Congress 2014 What brought respite for Microsoft, was a new plan of action from the Finnish giant to increase the adoption rate of Windows Phone and assurance from other manufacturers like Lenovo, LG and Foxconn that readily agreed to equip their upcoming products with the Windows Phone OS, scaling Windows Phone globally. This event was followed by unveiling of a host of new hardware partners committed to manufacturing smartphones running the Windows Phone OS. The list, included brands like Huawei, ZTE, Longcheer , Xolo, Lava and Karbonn. These new partners are likely to supplement the existing Windows Phone partners- HTC, Samsung and others. Stephen Elop of Nokia while on stage at Nokia’s press event at Mobile World Congress confirmed the rolling out of BBM service to Lumia devices, soon. Panasonic too spilled the beans on its Windows Phone plans by launching Panasonic FZ-E1, a new Windows Embedded 8 Handheld device oriented towards enterprise users. An avowed tough phone, The Panasonic FZ-E1 can operate in temperatures ranging from -20 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius. Microsoft was planning to release Windows Phone 8.1 right around the time of its Build 2014 conference, scheduled this April to make the OS available to all developers. Users won’t likely start receiving the new OS preloaded on new phones but delivered as updates to their existing Windows Phone 8 devices. With Windows 8.1, it would also add support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 and 400 processors, on-screen virtual hardware buttons, and the ability to install apps to microSD card. Evolving Windows 8 After claiming to have shipped Windows 8.1 in under a year in response to customer and partner feedback, Microsoft says it would continue efforts to refine and improve Windows for delivering delightful experience for all users on all devices. It aims to do so by enhancing support for enterprise customers via a few tweaks, particularly including features that greatly improve IE compatibility in Internet Explorer 11, critical for web-based line of business applications. Additionally, it is looking to make deployment easier. Source
  6. An upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 device has been leaked via famous Twitter-based leaker @evleaks, showing off what appears to be the first new WP device from Samsung in over a year. Evleaks has reported on their twitter account that a Samsung handset, codenamed “Huron” with the model number SM-W750V, will be headed to Verizon. The SM-W750V Huron, which looks eerily like a Samsung Galaxy S, will be based on Windows Phone 8.1, and apparently run on Verizon in the US. Besides the impressively thin bezels, the Huron is rumored to feature a fullHD display and a 13MP shooter. The SM-W750V codename has also shown up on the site of the famous GFXBench benchmarking tool, which lists the screen resolution at 720 x 1280. This last bit is claimed by several sources as being incorrect, as GFXBench will sometimes display inaccurate display resolution. Also revealed by GFXBench is the presence of a quad-core CPU and Adreno 305 graphics. No word on pricing and availability of the Huron just yet. Source
  7. Windows Phone 8.1 is said to be one of the biggest updates ever to arrive on Microsoft’s mobile platform, with a huge list of rumored features, and now, we are seeing what’s said to be the first and only ‘real’ Windows Phone 8.1 screenshot. The blurry image coming from TheVerge’s Tom Warren Twitter account shows the settings for the upcoming ‘Notification Center’ in Windows Phone, a feature that is expected to mimic Android’s notification dropdown and store all your unread notifications. It's an image previously posted by Windows-focused site WMPowerUser, but now it gets endorsed by Microsoft insider Warren as the 'only real' WP8.1 picture. You can see 4 toggles that will allegedly show in this new ‘Notification Center’ - a GPS, brightness, Wi-Fi and Flight mode ones. You can also select notifications from which exact apps to appear in the new notifications hub, and we are seeing the option to turn on and off at least email and messaging. A murky new feature inside the notifications hub is ‘banners’ that you can choose to show or not. Moreover, we are seeing that receiving notifications in this central hub will not disable live tile notifications. Interestingly, rumor has it that notifications in the new version of Windows Phone will be actionable, so you could respond to them right in that 'Notification Center'.Given that this comes from a source with a good track record, we can be fairly certain in the authenticity of the screenshot. A Windows Phone ‘Notification Center’ has been a feature sorely missing on a platform where you have to hunt down missed notifications, so it’s definitely welcome. We’ve also heard rumors about a new Siri-like voice assistant coming to Windows Phone 8.1, called ‘Cortana’. However, this and other features of the update (as well as the update itself) are not officially confirmed by Microsoft, and we only expect to see it announced in early April at the company’s Build dev conference. Even earlier, though, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, rumor is that Nokia will unveil the first devices to run on WP8.1, and one of them is said to come with a 1440 x 2560-pixel (QHD) display, an interesting rumor given that Windows Phone currently supports 1080p screens at maximum. Source
  8. Microsoft's next big thing, the Windows Phone 8.1 OS, is expected to hit the devices later this year, with some much needed features to make sure the OS can compete with the rival platforms. We've seen a few reports predicting the OS to see daylight at Build 2014 in April, and today, there's another rumor hinting towards a similar time frame. Recently, a Twitter user Nawzil, who has been behind a number of Windows-related leaks in the past, tweeted that Windows Phone 8.1 will hit RTM in March. Well, if you're following the whole Windows Phone 8.1 saga, you should know that it's something that was mentioned a few days back by the well-connected Mary Jo Foley in a blog post. She said WP8.1 will RTM just before the BUILD 2014 conference kicks off, which will happen on April 2nd. Secondly, he mentions Windows Phone developers will get access to it in April, followed by a public launch in May. Well, again, I must say this isn't something new either. Mary Jo already stated that it will hit the public devices "later this April," which could take as long as May, with the developers getting access to it before the consumers. Source
  9. Nokia has asked Mobile World Congress attendees to join it on February 24, where they’ll get a chance to see the firm’s newest hardware releases. The official event invitation didn’t give us any hints about what these new products would be, but a series of leaks have provided a few choice details about Nokia’s next Lumia devices. The latest report comes from DigiTimes, and apparently confirms much of what has come before. It speculates Nokia will have three Lumia smartphones to show us, all of which will run Windows Phone 8.1, the next major update to Microsoft’s mobile operating system. If so, this would preempt Microsoft’s own unveiling of Windows Phone 8.1, which is expected to take place in April. Quoting sources in Taiwan’s manufacturing industry, the three phones will be headed up by the Lumia 1820, a new flagship phone from Nokia. The specs sound optimistic, as they include the Snapdragon 805 processor – which Qualcomm has yet to release – and a “qHD” resolution, which we take to mean 2560 x 1440 pixels and not 960 x 540. The screen could measure 5.2-inches, and the whole thing may be powered by a 3400mAh battery. Joining the admittedly exciting Lumia 1820 could be a pair of Lumia 1520 spin-offs. The Lumia 1520V could be a “Mini” version of the 6-inch original, this time equipped with a 4.5-inch display (just like the Lumia 920 and Lumia 925), a 1080p resolution, and a 14-megapixel camera. Additionally, a Lumia 1525 is mentioned, but without any specs. Previous rumors have also given the 1525 a 1440p resolution, plus a 25 or 30-megapixel camera. These reports also had the 1520V down as being powered by a Snapdragon 800 chip. Source
  10. It's finally happening! After being announced at the Nokia Lumia 1520 unveil last year, the highly awaited Lumia Black update is set to begin its rollout starting today. In a press release from Nokia, the company claims the update will begin rolling out today for Lumia 1020 and 925 owners, with other devices being updated within the coming weeks. The Lumia Black update brings a number of new features to the table, including a yet be be seen feature called App Folder which allows users to group apps on their Start Screens. Other features include Glance Screen 2.0, which now displays more than just a clock, Nokia Refocus with the ability to refocus on images already taken, Nokia Beamer which allows you to stream a your screen to other devices plus a whole tonne of other features. You can begin updating now if you're using a Lumia 1020 or Lumia 925 device, just fire up the settings app, tap on Phone update and 'Check for Updates'. Give it a minute and you should see the update begin downloading. Don't worry if it can't see any updates, it can take time for it to show. Try again later. For those who are on other devices, you'll have to wait a couple of weeks before you can get your hands on it. Nokia claims that other devices like the Lumia 820, 720, 620 and 520 will be receiving the update ""in the coming weeks". So, will you be updating? Hands on Source
  11. You might recall that last month we showed you some images discovered of some of the Wi-Fi settings on Windows Phone 8.1. These images revealed that the Wi-Fi settings will include a feature that can turn connectivity back on based on a timer that can be set for 1 hour, 4 hours or 1 day. The user can also manually turn on Wi-Fi. The feature, called Wi-Fi Sense, will require that you opt in to Location services. This morning, we now have more than a static image of Wi-Fi Sense. The clip is all of 34 seconds long and shows the same options that we discussed back in February. Wi-Fi Sense will come in handy when you know that you're going to be away from a Wi-Fi signal for a known time period. And as we noted in the previous story, if you need to turn off Wi-Fi for longer than 4 hours (for example, when you're at work), Cortana can handle that request with settings changes based on whether you're at home or work. To check out Wi-Fi Sense inaction, click on the video below. Source
  12. The Windows Phone emulator has been very generous in providing under the hood information of Microsoft's mobile OS. Besides the countless clues regarding the scheduled for April update to Windows Phone 8, the emulator has obviously a lot more to share - particularly an interesting bit of info about the next-generation iteration of the OS dubbed Windows Phone 8.5. TimeMe developer has encountered an interesting tooltip in the WP Emulator, which indicates that secondary live tiles may no longer be available in Windows Phone 8.5. Check out the exact tooltip message below. This doesn't necessarily mean that the secondary live tile will disappear entirely, but most probably the API may be altered or completely rewritten to allow new functionality. In any case, Microsoft plans to change the start screen in Windows Phone 8.5. In addition, Windows Phone 8.1 will allow developers to choose a shorter update period for their Live Tiles. Currently, the update happens every 30 minutes, but Windows Phone 8.1 will introduce a shorter update period of 1 minute. Microsoft is holding their BUILD developer conference in April. There, the software giant will spill all the beans of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1, which is scheduled to hit devices this spring. Source
  13. Nokia announced its Android-powered phones at the Mobile World Congress, but the rumored Lumia 930 and Lumia 630/635 were nowhere to be seen. Nokia might be saving those for a separate event on April 19. News of the event comes from popular rumor source @evleaks. The date might not be a coincidence – two weeks earlier, Microsoft will be holding the BUILD conference. It is expected to bring Windows Phone 8.1 with the Cortana virtual assistant and Start screen backgrounds. According to rumors, the Lumia 930 will be similar to the Lumia Icon / 929 but for GSM networks and possibly with a 4.5" screen instead of a 5" one. The Lumia 630/635 will succeed the Lumia 620 and offer slightly higher-end specs than the 525, including dual-SIM (WP8.1 is supposed to add support for it). Source
  14. Details and screenshots of the upcoming Cortana virtual assistant for Windows Phone made the rounds. Microsoft’s answer to Siri will debut with Windows Phone 8.1. Cortana is tipped to replace the Bing search functionality in Windows Phone 8.1. It will be displayed as a circular icon, not the famous female character from the Halo gaming franchise. Reportedly, Cortana will animate while performing tasks. Users will have the option to be addressed by name or with a nickname. Microsoft’s virtual assistant is tipped to save data and information in a Notebook system. Google Now-like ability to track flight and other relevant information is also said to be on board. Cortana will utilize services which include Bing and Foursquare. The personal assistant is expected to be unveiled at the Microsoft Build conference early next month, though its final name is yet to be decided upon. Source
  15. The Start Screen of Windows Phone 8.1 will be customizable with background images. Several leaked screenshots revealed the upcoming WP feature and its settings screen. The new customization option will not be enabled by default. The familiar two-tone Start Screen will still greet Windows Phone 8.1 users out of the box. Reportedly, not all apps will allow their tiles to be skinned. Some applications such as Office and Xbox Music will retain an appearance in solid color. Microsoft will likely begin seeding Windows Phone 8.1 to developers early next month, during its Build conference. Source
  16. Windows Phone 8.1 is now Bluetooth Certified. That's right, Microsoft can now hang up the actual certificate on the wall, or stick it to the fridge with a magnet. The Bluetooth SIG posted the certification with a listing date of January 31st, 2014. The listing notes that Windows Phone 8.1 is a mobile operating system (as opposed to the devices that usually receive Bluetooth certification). The approval covers Bluetooth 4.0. This version of Bluetooth includes the Low Energy variant of the technology, which is used for short distance connectivity like that needed to connect a handset to a health related accessory like a heart monitor. Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to bring virtual voice-activated personal assistant Cortana to the platform, along with separate volume controls, a quick settings menu and an enhanced notifications system. Source
  17. Microsoft has posted their official changelog for the GDR1 update on the Windows Phone Blog. Although it misses a number of things specific to OEMs and carriers, as well as no mention of the improved Bluetooth stack and IE updates, it does list a number of improvements specific to the end user experience. Windows Phone 8.1 Update OS version: 8.10.14141.167 or 8.10.14147.180 FoldersFolders let you organize your Start screen the way you want. Just push one Tile on top of another one to create a folder and get going. MessagingCombine multiple text messages into one, and then forward them to someone else. SelectionWith improved selection, you can now delete multiple calls, messages, or contacts. Apps CornerApps Corner lets you specify apps other people can use on a Windows Phone. Great for individuals and any-sized organizations who want to provide only the essential apps for others to use for work, school, or any other reason. AlarmsNow you can customize the snooze time for an alarm, and then enjoy a little more shuteye for the time you want. Accessory appsUse accessory apps to get notifications from your phone on your smart watch, active phone cover, fitness tracker, or other kinds of accessories. Internet sharingNow you can share your cellular data connection over Bluetooth, so you can get an Internet connection on more kinds of devices. VPNVPN now supports L2TP, which lets you connect to more VPN services. Whether you connect to a VPN for work or personal use, you can do it on your Windows Phone. NarratorNarrator now has touch typing and a way for you to turn off hints for controls and buttons if you don’t want them read aloud. Some other improvements to Narrator help you unlock your phone a little more quickly, find and use the Back, Start, and Search buttons more easily, and tell you when your phone screen is on or off.Source
  18. Lumia Cyan is set to roll out for existing handsets all across the globe, and Nokia even updated its software update page for those who want to know about its progress for their region. For now, users enrolled in the free Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers program should keep checking as an update is rolling out for the preview with build 12400. The update doesn't appear to be a big one, and does not bring any feature that's a part of the Cyan update. The update will start rolling out starting 1PM ET, so make sure you check for the update if you're rocking the developers preview. We'll update you once we find out complete details about what the new update has to offer. Source
  19. A tweet sent by Cortana's program manager, Marcus Ash, reveals that inside of two weeks, a developer preview for Cortana will be available. Keep in mind that the only Windows Phone 8.1 users in the U.K. that will be able to see and use Cortana, will be those who registered as developers with Microsoft. For the rest of you, the personal assistant will be unavailable for now, unless a hack is devised, of course. Right now, only those in the U.S. with Windows Phone 8.1 are able to use Cortana. In his conversations on Twitter, program manager Ash said that while developing Cortana, Microsoft learned a lot about scaling; that is certainly one of the issues that the company would have to face when rolling out a project as ambitious as a virtual personal manager, to a large number of countries world-wide. No word from Microsoft yet, as to when non-developers in the U.K. will be able to access Cortana. Source
  20. HTC has sent out press invites for an event scheduled for August 19th in New York City. There's no word about the announcements the company plans to make, but there's a lot of speculation going around. A plethora of rumors has popped up in the past few weeks, hinting at HTC working on a new Google Nexus tablet codenamed Volantis. It's been a while since the Taiwanese OEM collaborated with Google on a Nexus device, but leaks from several often-correct publications suggest we might see a tablet in a the coming weeks. Second in the rumor mill is a new Windows Phone 8.1 device. Last we heard, the Taiwanese OEM was rumored to launch a Windows Phone device which will make use of the Duo Cameras and BoomSound speakers, and will resemble to the HTC One handset. HTC is one of the hardware partners for Microsoft, but it's been almost two years since we saw a WP handset. Source
  21. The folks at AdDuplex have released their monthly data for Windows Phone devices, which presents a pretty interesting picture of how the operating system is performing for this month. First of all, the best-selling Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 520, has seen a slight decrease in its market share for the first time in the past few months -- it's not very big, but still. Additionally, the most notable thing is the operating system version breakdown, which shows Windows Phone 8.1 gaining share pretty fast. "This report is based on data collected from 3886 Windows Phone apps running AdDuplex SDK v.2. The raw data analyzed was collected over the day of April 17th, 2014 (UTC time) unless otherwise stated. We have made every attempt to consolidate different reported phone model names under their canonical retail model names, but it is possible that some of the rare model name variations were not accounted for," says AdDuplex as a disclaimer. As far as the worldwide devices breakdown is concerned, Nokia Lumia 620 lost the second spot to Lumia 920, which makes sense since Nokia unveiled its successor at the Build conference, and there's a probability that retail outlets are clearing the remaining Lumia 920 inventory at competitive prices before the new Lumia 930 hits the market. As for US, the data is almost identical to last month. The most interesting change is seen in the operating system version. Microsoft unveiled the latest Windows Phone 8.1 at Build, with the developer preview released earlier this month. After a week of the launch, Windows Phone 8.1 is running on 3.1 percent of the total Windows Phone devices. And, we're guessing its not just the developers who have installed the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, as normal users might have installed the update as well since it was available for free for Windows Phone users. Other than that, 78 percent of the devices are running on Windows Phone 8. As for the US carriers, 34 percent of Windows Phone devices are running on AT&T, an increase from 33.2 percent last month, while T-Mobile comes in second place with 23.8%, MetroPCS at third with 15.1% and Verizon Wireless at 13.7 percent. It would be interesting to see the numbers next month since Nokia will launch its first Windows Phone 8.1 powered devices, and we might get more information about its roll out for existing devices. Source
  22. When Microsoft rolled out the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, it included build 2.5.1330 of the Xbox Music app. Starting next week, Microsoft is set to roll out a huge new update to the app, followed by new updates every two weeks. "And for those Xbox Music users running the WP8.1 Developer Preview, starting next week you will start to see the first update in the Windows Phone Store for the 8.1 Xbox Music application, followed by ongoing updates every two weeks. We want to hear your feedback on the new Xbox Music app so we can continue to incorporate it into the product," Microsoft stated in an official support forum post. Here is what's expected in next week's huge update to Xbox Music: Numerous stability fixes, including many of the reported black screens Cortana integration is complete and now supports playing playlists by name UI polish to improve animations and transitions between UI views Improved messaging for encountered errors, such as unplayable content in collections Background initial sync of local and cloud content Based on feedback received via the Developer Preview forums, Microsoft is working on new features such as Live Tile integration, continued focus on stability and performance, quickplay improvements, Kids Corner support, and various other user interface improvements. Stay tuned for this huge update, which rolls out next week. Source
  23. Microsoft’s unofficial mascot, Clippy, has become somewhat of an Internet legend. The paperclip who was part of a previous version of Office was sacked many years ago, but the personality lives on in various Easter eggs in Microsoft products. The latest iteration where Clippy appears is in Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant for Windows Phone 8.1. And if after seeing Clippy in Windows Phone 8.1 you wondered what other personas Cortana may undertake during her routine activities, wonder no more, as one individual by the name of Leon, has done the hard work, for us. In a post over on his site, LeonZandman.com, he describes how he was able to dig up all of the personas that Clippy can take on and it’s a post worth reading if you'd like to know the back story. As you can see from some of the gifs included in this post, there are quite a few personas available for Cortana but we can’t confirm yet if she can actively use these images. Right now, these files were all found within Windows Phone 8.1 and Cortana has access to them but they may not be currently in use. But, know that they are out there and we suspect, over time, these gifs will make their way into Cortana if they are not already in use. It could be possible to trigger these personas now with the correct phrases as with Clippy, you have to ask it a very specific question to enact the Clippy Easter egg and these other personas may require similar questions too; there are more personas at the source link below too. Source : neowin
  24. It's been a while since Microsoft released the Windows Phone 8.1 Developers Preview for users. You can download it even if you're not a developer, but it seems people are having troubles when they try to update to Windows Phone 8.1. The update downloads on the devices, but when the user tries to install it, it ends up with the error 80188309. Most of the users are using the Huawei Ascend W1, but the error has popped up on other models as well. A moderator on the Microsoft support site has responded to the issue, and said an update would be sent to the devices to fix the issue. Microsoft has collected details about the devices, and model numbers of users who are experiencing difficulties, but didn't mention an exact time frame when users can expect the update. A moderator on the support forums said he will provide more details on Thursday, April 24th. "A little clarification on the update notification. The notification has stopped for all devices that have not yet taken the first update, however those that have taken the first update and are waiting for the second update to the current 8.1 build will continue to occur. At this point, I would recommend ignoring the update notification and wait for further updates from us," Eli A, a Microsoft site moderator says. He further states, "The update itself is not going to be available today, or likely early next week. We will continue to work on getting you this update but it will not be as fast as you would like. I know a lot of you would like a better timeline on when it will be available, and at this time I cannot commit to a date. I will however, commit to updating you next Thursday April 24th, 2014 with any additional news. If I have any news or details before then, I will of course update you at that time." It's good to see the Redmond giant working on the issue, to make sure its users are happy. If any one of you faced the same problem, let us know in the comments below. We'll also update you as soon as more information comes up regarding this issue. Source
  25. This has been the week of Windows Phone 8.1 Having been announced at Build earlier in the month, developer were finally able to get their hands on the massive mobile update -- in fact, anyone is able to download it. Interest levels were so high that the download servers struggled to cope. But if you did have trouble with the download, it was worth the wait... There is a lot to investigate in Windows Phone 8.1 and here at WinBeta we featured all manner of tip and tricks to help you get started, including revealing how to see more tiles on the home screen and how to enable Cortana outside of the US. The feature list for Windows Phone 8.1 is lengthy and impressive, and there is now the option of pinning websites as Live Tiles. For anyone who needed to get up to speed about just what Windows Phone 8.1 means, Microsoft released a selection of helpful videos, and there was also a guide to the new security features aimed at enterprise user. On top of this was a hands-on video to help you get started. Even though Windows Phone 8.1 has just been released, there are already rumors circulating about what we could expect to see in GDR2, including 2k resolution support. How about the idea of a Windows Phone with a physical keyboard? Continuing to look to the future, there is the promise of even better things to come from the already impressive Cortana, which was this week shown being used to control an automated lighting system. But while Windows Phone 8.1 may have dominated the headlines, there was also news for Office users. The official launch of Office 365 Personal saw the price of a subscription dropping to just $6.99 per month, and while the office suite is hardly struggling to maintain its user numbers, this is a great way to get newcomers onboard. This was not the only Office-related news from the week. Office Remote received an update that added a number of PowerPoint features, and the launch of Office in the Chrome Web Store could introduce a new range of online users to the suite. That was the past week in a nutshell -- here's hoping that the next seven day are just as action packed! Source
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