Weekend Reading: August 30th Edition–Windows 8.1 releases to hardware partners

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we cover the release of Windows 8.1 to manufacturers, bring you lots of back to school excitement through Windows Phone specials and look ahead to this weekend’s PAX Prime 2013 gaming show in Seattle. Windows 8.1 continued its momentum with the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to hardware partners on Tuesday. It also includes Windows Embedded 8.1, marking Microsoft’s first simultaneous … Read more »

Foursquare app checks in at the Windows Store

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The first-ever Foursquare app designed for large-screen devices is now available exclusively on Windows 8, and it’s News Center’s featured App of the Week. The popular social app, which has over 35 million users worldwide, lets you find and “check in” at interesting places around you, as well as share photos, reviews and tips about your personal favorite spots. The new Windows 8 version sports a gorgeous design, uses OS features … Read more »

On Dickens, Rashomon and Twitter

The following is a post from Frank Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. Since I’ve chosen a career in communications, it’s safe to assume that I love to write. But it also means I love to study stories, in all their forms and formats. Not just the disposable ones that pop up on my feed every 90 seconds (and yes, you can tell stories via Twitter), but … Read more »

Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 head to manufacturing partners

Just 10 months after delivering on a bold, generational change with Windows 8, the Windows team has started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 to hardware partners. “Thanks, in part, to customer feedback and an unparalleled level of collaboration across product teams, Windows 8.1 is a significant update that will bring an even greater unified experience for customers,” said Corporate Vice President Antoine Leblond in a Blogging Windows post. … Read more »

AT&T to add another Windows Phone 8 device to its lineup – the Nokia Lumia 925

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AT&T will soon add another beautiful Windows Phone 8 device from Nokia to its lineup – the Lumia 925. The Lumia 925, Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone sculpted from both polycarbonate plastic and aluminum, is coming to AT&T’s 4G LTE network on Sept. 13. The phone will cost $99.99 with a standard two-year contract. You can pre-order one starting Aug. 28 on AT&T’s website. “The phone sports many of … Read more »

Weekend Reading: August 23rd Edition–gamescom reveals Xbox exclusive titles and features

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ll show you how Xbox wowed Europe at gamescom with a bevy of games and features, share the latest “On the Whiteboard” about an Oscar-winning visual effects company, and bring you a great development for Outlook.com – the worldwide availability of Skype video to take your conversations to the next level. The Xbox team unveiled a plethora of announcements Tuesday at gamescom in Cologne, … Read more »

‘2007 called. It wants its camera phone back!’

That’s one of the better lines from the newest Windows Phone commercial entitled “The Recital,” our latest irreverent take on the smartphone wars. The new spot, set to air during MTV’s Video Music Awards, was created in the same tongue-in-cheek vein as an earlier Windows Phone commercial entitled “The Wedding.” In fact, both commercials share the same director, Roman Coppola, as well as many of the same offbeat actors. “But … Read more »

Delta Air Lines soars with more than 19,000 new Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft Dynamics for Retail devices

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The following is a post from Wayne Morris, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions Marketing. The next time you purchase a meal while 30,000 feet in the air, take a closer look at the device being used by the flight attendant. If you’re flying with Delta Air Lines, chances are you’ll notice your transaction has been completed on a Windows Phone. Delta Air Lines announced today that its global … Read more »

Here’s what’s new in the latest Windows Phone 8 update

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The latest update for Windows Phone 8 devices started rolling out a few weeks back and has recently started to pick up momentum. Last week, the HTC Windows Phone 8X on AT&T and the Nokia Lumia 928 on Verizon Wireless started receiving it and on Tuesday, Lumia 822 owners on Verizon started seeing update notifications. In addition, some Lumia models are also getting a companion upgrade from Nokia called “Amber.” … Read more »