Microsoft Brings 1080p HD Support to Windows Phone
Microsoft today announced Windows Phone 8 Update 3, a revised version of its smartphone platform that adds a handful of new features. Chief among the new capabilities is support for 1080p HD screens and quad-core processors, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. Support for bigger screens means Windows Phone displays will be able to fit six apps across the Start screen instead of just four. It also puts Windows Phone on an even playing field with Android devices, which already support 1080p screens. Support for quad-core processors means Windows Phones can offer even more performance. WP8 Update 3 adds a new Driving Mode, which can be used to limit incoming notifications when the phone senses that it is in motion. The update also improves internet sharing with Windows 8.1 devices; adds customizable ringtones; adds screen rotation lock; adds better storage management tools; adds the ability to close apps from the App Switcher; and improves Bluetooth functionality thanks to tweaked connection quality with accessories. The update will begin rolling out to Windows Phones in the weeks ahead, though timing will depend heavily on the device and carrier in question.
Lumia 950 is Microsoft's Flagship Windows 10 Phone
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, its own flagship phones for its new OS, Windows 10. The phones support Windows Continuum for an optional full Windows Desktop experience when connected to a desktop monitor.
Skype for Windows Phone Gains Drawing Feature
Microsoft today issued an update to its Skype app for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. The app has been refreshed with several new features, the foremost of which is the ability to create drawings within messages.
Twitter for Windows 10 Overhauled for Mobile and PCs
Twitter for Microsoft's Windows 10 platform has been given a significant update, putting it more in line with the apps available to Android and iOS devices. For example, Twitter now includes the Moments tab for summaries of current events and support for inserting GIFs into tweets.
OneDrive for Windows Grabs New Security Features
Microsoft today released a modest update to its OneDrive application for Windows Phone handsets. OneDrive now allows users to sign in with multiple Microsoft accounts on a single device.
Microsoft Commences Denim Rollout to Lumia Phones
Microsoft today made good on a promise it made last month and began to distribute the Lumia Denim system update to devices running Windows Phone 8.1. The Denim update adds live folders, improves the Internet Explorer browser, adds SMS merging, and makes vast improvements to the imaging tools.
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