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Lumia 430 Dual SIM

March 19, 2015 9:34 PM | Microsoft |

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With a price tag of $70, the Lumia 430 Dual SIM becomes the most affordable Lumia to-date, bringing smartphone experiences, the latest apps and signature Microsoft services to many more people, sometimes for the very first time.

Loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim Update, the Lumia 430 Dual SIM is also the most affordably priced Lumia that can upgrade** to Windows 10 when it becomes available later this year.

It features seamless Skype integration, so keeping in touch with your friends and family has never been easier or more fun. With a tap of a button, you can turn that Skype voice call into a video call, thanks to the front-facing camera.

Microsoft Office comes preloaded, meaning you have Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel spreadsheets at your fingertips whenever you need them, wherever you are.

With up to 30 GB of free*** OneDrive cloud storage, all of your documents and photos can be automatically synced and accessible across other devices if you have them.

Smart Dual SIM means you can assign unique profiles to your SIM cards, and have peace of mind that loved ones can always reach you with the call-forwarding feature.

On board, the Lumia 430 Dual SIM has 8 GB of storage, with the option to upgrade further by popping in a MicroSD of up to 128 GB.

 

 

Access Your Personal Music Collection from OneDrive with the Xbox Music App

March 19, 2015 9:26 PM | Microsoft |

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Starting today, you can now access your personal music collection from OneDrive across your Windows devices with the Xbox Music app for free! Just upload your music files to your new “Music” folder in OneDrive and that music will appear in the Xbox Music apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 as well as on your Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You can even listen to your music from OneDrive on the web too. No Xbox Music Pass required. However, if you do have an Xbox Music Pass (like me!), we’ll give you an extra 100GB of storage on OneDrive for free for all your music.

For me, I have a bunch of music I purchased from various online services over the years. I’ve put all that music on OneDrive and whether I’m at home on my Xbox One, or at work on my XPS 13, or in my car connected via Bluetooth to my Lumia 1520 – I can listen to all this music. You can even create playlists with this music too and they work on all your devices. Because I have an Xbox Music Pass, I’ve even created playlists that combine my music from OneDrive as well as music from my Xbox Music Pass subscription. To the Xbox Music app – it just sees one big happy music collection.
 

 

Microsoft Acquires Acompli - Provider of Innovative Mobile Email Apps

December 1, 2014 6:44 PM | Microsoft |

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Microsoft announced that it has acquired Acompli, provider of innovative mobile email apps for iOS and Android.

This acquisition is part of the company-wide effort to help people accomplish more with their mobile devices. This year Microsoft brought Office to the iPad and the iPhone, and recently announced that they’re bringing Office to Android devices. These are significant steps in their work to deliver the best productivity experiences across mobile platforms, and they are continuing to push forward.

In a world where more than half of email messages are first read on a mobile device, it’s essential to give people fantastic email experiences wherever they go. The Acompli team is passionate about this quest. Their app provides innovative ways to focus on what’s important in your inbox, to schedule meetings, and work with attachments and files. Users love how it connects to all email services and provides a single place to manage email with a focus on getting things done. It consistently receives enthusiastic feedback from users and strong app store ratings. Reviews have called it “your new best friend,” “brilliant” and “must have for BYOD.”
 

 

Microsoft & Opera Sign Agreement to Extend Opera Mobile Store

November 18, 2014 8:55 PM | Microsoft |

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 Opera Mobile Store will replace Nokia Store as the default app store for Nokia feature phones, Symbian and Nokia X smartphones, following an agreement between Opera Software and Microsoft.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2015, people who access Nokia Store from Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Asha and Nokia X devices will be automatically redirected to Opera Mobile Store, where they will be offered the opportunity to become customers of Opera Mobile Store and have access to tens of thousands of apps for their Nokia phones.

The transition to Opera Mobile Store will enable millions of people who use classic Nokia phones to continue to have a trusted source for apps, games and content. The process of migrating customers from Nokia Store to Opera Mobile Store is expected to be complete in the first half of 2015, at which point Nokia Store will be closed.

“We continue to sell and support classic Nokia devices, which remain popular in many parts of the world,” said Rich Bernardo, Vice President, Phones, Microsoft. “We’re delighted to partner with Opera Software and continue to provide a reliable app store experience for consumers and developers alike.”

“When the current users of the Nokia Store are migrated to Opera Mobile Store, they will continue to get fresh, interesting apps for their Nokia phones,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. “The Opera Mobile Store becomes an even more significant player in the app store market, and Nokia mobile phone users get a first-class app store for years to come.”
App store trusted around the world

When the transition of customers from the Nokia Store to the Opera Mobile Store is complete, Opera is positioned to become the third largest app store in terms of downloads.
 

 

AT&T First to Bring Nokia Lumia 830 to the U.S.

November 3, 2014 4:31 PM | AT&T | Microsoft | Nokia |

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AT&T customers will be the first in the U.S. to experience the brand new Nokia Lumia 830,  powered by the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1.

The thinnest Lumia smartphone to date, the Lumia 830, will be available on Nov. 7 online exclusively at www.att.com and in AT&T retail stores. You can purchase a Lumia 830 for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan including $18.75 a month with Next 182 and $22.50 a month with Next 12.2 You can also purchase the Lumia 830 for $99.99 with a two year commitment3 or $449.99 with no annual commitment.4

For a limited time, while supplies last, when you purchase a Nokia Lumia 830 you will get a free Fitbit Flex, a $99.99 value. The Fitbit Flex is an activity and sleep-tracking wristband that tracks steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, active minutes and sleep, helping you to achieve your fitness goals.5 You can wirelessly sync and view your data with the top downloaded Fitbit app, available for free from the Windows Phone Store.

AT&T currently offers the largest and most advanced portfolio of Windows Phone 8.1 devices – all connected to the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,6 covering more than 300 million Americans.

The Lumia 830 has an attractive design blending metal and polycarbonate that feels slim and sleek in your hand. Built for a life on-the-go, the smartphone takes outstanding pictures with the 10 MP PureView camera and allows you to enjoy your favorite Windows experiences, including Xbox, Skype, Office and Bing. You can also sync your digital life with OneDrive7, while sharing special moments on your favorite social media networks and enjoy popular Windows Phone apps.

Want to add a little personality to your device? Cortana, available on Windows Phone 8.1, is the only smartphone assistant who learns your interests and can set reminders by people, in addition to time or location.8 Plus, with Fitbit you can tap into a custom Cortana experience inside the Fitbit app to make tracking faster and easier. By speaking to Cortana, you can quickly log any of the 350,000 foods in the Fitbit database by saying things like, “Fitbit, I ate lasagne for dinner,” or “Fitbit, I had coffee with breakfast.” You can also create silent alarms for Fitbit trackers and, coming soon, you’ll be able to use Cortana to log activities.
 

 

Drawing Comes to Skype for Windows Phone

October 21, 2014 6:50 PM | Microsoft |

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Today Skype released Skype 2.24 for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, which brings drawing to Skype for the first time! Get creative and draw on a canvas, add silly touches to a photo or draw the fastest route on a map and share it with your friends and family.

Here’s the full list of new features in Skype 2.24 for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8:

Click the ‘+’ icon in a chat and select ‘drawing’ to draw a picture, add a personal touch to a photo or annotate a Bing map.

Sign In Improvements

On Windows Phone 8.1, to save time you can now automatically sign in using the Microsoft Account linked to your phone. Plus, we’ve heard existing users ask for the flexibility to sign in with their Skype account, so we’ve added the ability to do this too. Don’t forget to link your Skype account to your Microsoft Account to fully experience improved security, privacy and password recovery.

HD Screen Support

If you have an HD screen, Skype will now appear in all its glory.

Faster App Resume Time on Windows Phone 8.1

We always want to help you access your conversations as quickly as possible, so we’ve worked hard to make the Windows Phone 8.1 app resume even faster.
 

 

Office Lens Converts Images to Word and PowerPoint Files

September 16, 2014 9:59 PM | Microsoft |

Install Office Lens on your Windows Phone for free HERE.

 

 

Microsoft Expands its 1st Phones Portfolio with the Nokia 130

August 12, 2014 9:15 PM | Microsoft | Nokia |

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Recognizing the rapid growth of ultra-affordable mobile phones, Microsoft Devices Group on Monday unveiled the Nokia 130, a mobile phone designed to introduce millions of people to new digital experiences. At just 19 euros,* the Nokia 130 combines the everyday essentials that first-time mobile phone buyers expect with the beautiful design, reliability and mobile entertainment they want. Featuring a built-in video player, music player with up to 46 hours continuous playback on a single charge, and everyday essentials such as a flashlight, FM radio and USB charging, the Nokia 130 is the perfect introduction to a “mobile first” world.

The Nokia 130 is an ideal handset for first-time mobile phone buyers, or for people seeking a reliable backup phone to complement their existing smartphones. It’s built to last, with a 1.8-inch color display and outstanding battery life of up to 36 days’ standby for the single-SIM variant and 26 days’ standby for the dual-SIM device. In design and quality, the Nokia 130 stands out among devices priced below $35.* Every year, people buy 300 million phones from this category alone.**

As one of the most affordable mobile phones with video playback, the Nokia 130 makes new digital experiences accessible to more people. It delivers hours of entertainment with the built-in video player that offers up to 16 hours of playback for video stored on a microSD card, MP3 player and FM radio. With support for expandable microSD storage up to 32GB, alongside the Bluetooth-enabled SLAM application and USB connectivity, it also makes sharing digital content easy without the need for an Internet connection.

“As demand in the affordable mobile segment continues to grow, Microsoft remains committed to delivering market-leading mobile innovation at each and every price point,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones, Microsoft Corp. “It is estimated that at least 1 billion people in the world still do not have a mobile phone, while at the same time there is increasing demand for reliable backup phones in both mature and high-growth markets.”

She continued, “With handsets like the Nokia 130, we see tremendous potential to deliver the experience of a ‘mobile-first’ world to people seeking their first device, and we continue to invest in ultra-affordable devices that will introduce people to a ‘cloud-first’ world through Microsoft services such as Bing, Outlook.com and OneDrive.”
 

 

OneDrive Now Offering 15 GB Free for Everyone, 1 TB for Office 365 Subscribers

June 23, 2014 9:53 PM | Microsoft |

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"With OneDrive, we want to give you one place for all of your stuff: your photos, videos, documents and other files. Of course, to do this, we need to make sure you actually have enough storage space for everything, particularly given that the amount of content everyone has is growing by leaps and bounds.

It’s also clear that you want more than just the ability to store your stuff in the cloud. You want to be able to share it, to collaborate on it, and so much more. The landscape is changing to the point that we believe it’s no longer enough to provide only cloud storage — that’s table stakes. We want to provide a complete experience that brings in the power of Office and lets you do more with everything you put in your OneDrive — whether it’s sharing your favorite photos with the people you care about in one simple click or working together in real time on an important project.

With this in mind, today we are announcing the following:

1. OneDrive will come with 15 GB for free (up from 7 GB)

Our data tells us that 3 out of 4 people have less than 15 GB of files stored on their PC. Factoring in what they may also have stored on other devices, we believe providing 15 GB for free right out of the gate – with no hoops to jump through – will make it much easier for people to have their documents, videos, and photos available in one place.

2. All versions of Office 365 will come with 1 TB of OneDrive storage

Soon you will get 1 TB of OneDrive with your subscription to Office 365. This means you will get the power of the world’s most popular productivity suite, Office, along with apps for your laptop, smartphone, and tablet, plus an enormous amount of storage, for an unbelievably low price.
 

 

Microsoft Pre-releases OWA for Android

June 11, 2014 9:00 PM | Microsoft | Software |

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Microsoft has pre-released OWA for Android which lets you interact with your email, calendar, and contacts from virtually anywhere using your Android phone. You can triage email, manage your schedule, and sync contacts on the go, while protecting your business data.

Your mailbox must be on the latest version of Office 365 for business (excludes Office 365 Personal and Office 365 Home Premium).

With OWA for Android you can get work done faster with email:
Organize your email quickly with Conversation View, Mark as Junk, Flag, and Categories.
Quickly search or browse email in all folders including Outlook Favorites.
Use inline apps for shipment tracking, Bing maps for addresses, and other great features.

You can also manage your schedule with ease:
  • Schedule meetings using attendee free/busy and room finder features.
  • View shared calendars, including delegate support.
Use your voice to look up a contact or retrieve your schedule:
 

 

Nokia Lumia 930: simply the best of Microsoft and Lumia

April 2, 2014 9:00 PM | Microsoft | Nokia |

The Nokia Lumia 930 beautifully blends the best of Microsoft and Lumia with a collection of features readymade for the needs of today’s forward-thinking smartphone owner.

Leading the way once again in smartphone photographic technology, the Nokia Lumia 930 sports a 20-megapixel PureView camera, optical image stabilization (OIS) and ZEISS optics to achieve pin-sharp shots and the flexibility to zoom into any shot after you’ve taken it. A HD 1.2 MP wide-angle camera adorns the front.

The Nokia Lumia 930 also possesses unrivaled HD video skills with four high-performance microphones. This crafty quad allows directional recording, which enhances the clarity of your subjects by rejecting the sounds outside the direction of capture. Thanks to the surround sound capture, you can also hear the world around you like never before.

Counteract shaky hand with the in-built OIS and use the single-finger zoom feature to get even closer to the action without compromising resolution.

Add to this Nokia Rich Recording, surround sound and ZEISS optics and you’ve got a truly potent hardware and software partnership.
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When you’re done capturing your life moments, play it all back on the 5-inch, 1080p Full HD display (1920×1080; 441ppi), with Gorilla Glass 3, Super Sensitive Touch and a near 180-degree viewing angle for watching your content anywhere from bright sunny beaches to dimly lit hotel foyers.

Integrated Dolby Surround Sound also makes for a similarly rich audio experience when watching movies or listening to music with your headphones or home theatre system.

 

 

New and Updated Bing Apps for Windows Phone

February 18, 2014 10:29 PM | Microsoft | Software | Comments (1)

Today, the Bing Team is announcing a comprehensive update for their existing Bing apps on Windows Phone (Bing News, Bing Finance, Bing Weather, and Bing Sports) and introducing 3 brand new apps: Bing Food & Drink, Bing Health & Fitness, and Bing Travel. Along with fresh features, your personalized content from all 7 of the Bing apps will now roam across all your Windows devices. For example: any places you’ve added in the Bing Weather app will now roam and sync between your Windows PC or Tablet and your Windows Phone! Just set up once with your Microsoft Account, and you’re all set.

You can get a deep-dive on all the new and updated Bing apps from Brian MacDonald in this blog post over on the Bing Blog. However, I’ll summarize a little bit of the awesomeness:

Bing Food & Drink (New!): With access to over 600,000 recipes from leading culinary content partners like AllRecipes, BigOven, Epicurious, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Food52 and more - you can now find the perfect recipe right on your Windows Phone. You can also easily create and manage your shopping lists based on a recipe you find or your weekly grocery list. Your favorite recipes and shopping lists will roam across all your Windows devices.

 

 

Microsoft Rebrands SkyDrive to OneDrive

January 27, 2014 8:56 PM | Microsoft |

Today Microsoft announced that SkyDrive will soon become OneDrive.

Per Microsoft, "Why OneDrive? We know that increasingly you will have many devices in your life, but you really want only one place for your most important stuff. One place for all of your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use. You want OneDrive for everything in your life.

Of course, changing the name of a product as loved as SkyDrive wasn’t easy. We believe the new OneDrive name conveys the value we can deliver for you and best represents our vision for the future. We are excited about what is to come, and can’t wait to share more.

For current users of either SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro, you’re all set. The service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business respectively as the new name is rolled out across the portfolio.

Expect to be able to experience the new OneDrive soon, and if you want to be one of the first to hear about it, let us know at OneDrive.com.
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Introducing Instagram for Windows Phone

November 20, 2013 9:48 PM | Microsoft |

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Today, Microsoft announced they are excited to bring you Instagram for Windows Phone.

When Microsoft launched Instagram for Android in March of 2012, the community was 30 million strong and growing fast. The Instagram community is now more than 150 million people and reaches every corner of the globe.

In that past year, however, Instagram isn’t all that’s grown. Microsoft has also seen the rise of a new mobile platform as tens of millions of people around the world have taken to Windows Phones. Our mission is to give everyone the ability to capture and share the moments around them, so our team has been working hard to bring Instagram to Windows Phone users everywhere.

Microsoft wanted to make Instagram available to people with Windows Phones as quickly as possible, so Microsoft focused on creating an awesome experience with Instagram’s core features. Microsoft is not finished, and our team will continue developing the Windows Phone app to keep releasing features and bringing you the best Instagram possible.

Instagram is a place where people come to be inspired and connect with others, and Microsoft is thrilled to welcome Windows Phone users to the community. Visit Windows Phone Store to download.
 

 

Vine Launches Vine for Windows Phone

November 12, 2013 7:35 PM | Microsoft |

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Today, Vine launched Vine for Windows Phone, making it easy for even more people to capture and share life in motion.

Tap and hold the screen to create short, looping videos with sound. Camera tools, like grid and ghost, help you shoot like a pro, and, of course, you can put yourself in the action with your front-facing camera. Check out Explore to view popular posts, browse through channels, or see what’s trending, and discover which of your friends are already on Vine with Find People.

Unique to Windows Phone, you can pin your favorite Vine accounts to your homescreen, and use Pivots to easily switch between your apps.

Vine loves to see what each person contributes to Vine, and they are excited to welcome Windows Phone users to the community.

Check out @vineapp to keep up with the latest from Vine, and tweet your feedback to Vine too –– they are listening.
 

 

Facebook update for Windows Phone 8

October 4, 2013 11:13 PM | Microsoft |

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The official Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 received a big update today, and version 5.1 brings a bunch of handy upgrades.

 

 

Microsoft to Acquire Nokia's Devices & Services Biz, License Patents & Mapping Services

September 3, 2013 8:37 PM | Microsoft | Nokia |

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Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents, for a total transaction price of EUR 5.44 billion in cash. Microsoft will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

Building on the partnership with Nokia announced in February 2011 and the increasing success of Nokia’s Lumia smartphones, Microsoft aims to accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing. For Nokia, this transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to earnings, strengthen its financial position, and provide a solid basis for future investment in its continuing businesses.

“It’s a bold step into the future – a win-win for employees, shareholders and consumers of both companies. Bringing these great teams together will accelerate Microsoft’s share and profits in phones, and strengthen the overall opportunities for both Microsoft and our partners across our entire family of devices and services,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft chief executive officer. “In addition to their innovation and strength in phones at all price points, Nokia brings proven capability and talent in critical areas such as hardware design and engineering, supply chain and manufacturing management, and hardware sales, marketing and distribution.”
 

 

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