Microsoft to Kill Off Zune-Based Market, Mandates WP7.5
Microsoft has announced several changes headed to the Marketplace for Mobile. Starting today, Microsoft will disable the ability to search for and download apps through the PC-based Zune client. Instead, Windows Phone owners will need to browse for apps from the Marketplace on their device or from their PC's browser. Second, Microsoft suggests that all WP7 owners update to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango if they wish to maintain app compatibility moving forward. According to Microsoft, those handsets that aren't updated to WP7.5 won't be able to download/install apps from the Marketplace, nor rate them. Microsoft said it is making these changes so that the Marketplace can continue to grow and operate quickly and securely.
Microsoft Lets Android Owners Compare Apps
Microsoft has released a new tool aimed at helping people switch from an Android smartphone to a Windows smartphone. AppComparison, an app for Android handsets, scans the device for apps and then finds the corresponding Windows apps.
Microsoft Bringing Maps to Windows 10 Phones, Too
Microsoft today said the Universal Maps app for the Windows 10 platform is now available to phones running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Device owners can download the Universal app via the Windows Insider program.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
Microsoft Outs New Office Apps for iPhone, iPad, Androids
Microsoft today announced a major expansion of its core Office productivity suite across mobile devices. Microsoft is replacing the limited Office app for the iPhone with three brand new apps, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Microsoft Opens the Garage Door, Releases Android Apps
Microsoft today revealed Garage, a collective of Microsoft employees that is encouraged to tinker with apps and services for a wide range of platforms and products. Microsoft describes the Garage as "a community of interns, employees, and teams from everywhere in the company who come together to turn our wild ideas into real projects." Along with its public unveiling, Microsoft announced several Android apps created within the Garage that are available from the Play Store today.
Whoa! This impacts the whole
Believe it or not, there're quite a few of us who do not march to the beat of Android or iOS. While small on comparison to Android and iOS, I believe the user base is somewhere between 10-11 million users and that number is g...
It's not a huge part, and no one is alienated. Microsoft has done an excellent job of offering 7.5 for older phones. If someone - for some reason - hasn't upgraded yet, they are free to do so.
And at any rate, Microsoft is still nowhere...