Microsoft to Create Own Mobile Software 'Bazaar'
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft plans to shore up its mobile phone offerings, including the introduction of a new storefront through which Windows Mobile users can find and download software. The Journal cites people familiar with Microsoft's plans, and says that the store will be announced during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The store would help the Windows Mobile platform better compete with the iPhone and Android, both of which have dedicated stores. According to statements made by Microsoft, the software made available to Windows Mobile will focus on multimedia features, such as music and photos. The Journal also reports that Microsoft is going to announce Windows Mobile 6.5 "in the coming weeks."
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.
Lumia 640 Landing At T-Mobile In Near Future
T-Mobile recently added the Microsoft Lumia 640 to its web site and described the device as "coming soon." Microsoft revealed the Lumia 640 at Mobile World Congress earlier this month. The phone has a 5-inch HD screen, 8-megapixel camera, LTE, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and Microsoft's productivity apps.
Microsoft Delivers Another Preview of Windows 10 Mobile
Microsoft has made Windows 10 Mobile Technical Preview build 10586 available to Windows Insiders. This build focuses on cleaning up bugs, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft Wallet Gains Tap-to-Pay Functionality
Microsoft today updated its Microsoft Wallet app and gave Lumia smartphone owners the ability to make mobile payments at supporting retailers. Windows Mobile has long included a Wallet app, but until today it was reserved for loyalty cards and other retail programs.