Microsoft Adds Premium Location Features to My Phone
Today Microsoft made a number of announcements regarding its new mobile operating system and associated services. Windows Mobile 6.5 is launching today on a handful of handsets, including the HTC Pure, Imagio, Tilt 2 and Ozone, as well as the Samsung Intrepid. Beyond the device announcements, Microsoft says that all phones can access the Marketplace for Windows Phones starting today. The Marketplace is free to use and has 246 applications in the catalog, with 735 registered developers working on them. Microsoft's My Phone service is fully up and running, and lets users backup and store their data, such as contacts, messages and pictures. Part of a premium package for My Phone will allow users to locate their phones via GPS if lost, post an "if found" message to its screen; loudly ring the phone even if it is set to vibrate or silent mode; and, if needed, completely erase the phone to protect personal data. My Phone premium is only available in the U.S. and costs $5 for seven days of access (it will be free to use until November 30). My Phone supports Widows Phones running 6.0, 6.1 and 6.5.
Hands-On: HTC One for Windows Phone
HTC gives Windows Phone fans what they've always wanted: A premium device with Microsoft's operating system. Here are our initial thoughts on HTC's latest device.
Microsoft Improves Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone
Microsoft today announced the availability of a new version of Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone. The revised application adds a couple of new features, including support for groups.
HTC One Trades Android for Windows Phone
HTC today announced the One for Windows Phone, a variant of the One (M8) that swaps Google's mobile platform for Microsoft's. The One for Windows Phone runs the latest operating system from Microsoft and carries over a few HTC apps, such as Blinkfeed, the HTC duo-camera, SenseTV, Video Highlights, and BoomSound.
Microsoft Lets Windows Phone 8.1 Access PCs Remotely
Microsoft today released a beta application that will let Windows Phone 8.1 devices remotely access and control Windows computers. Windows Phone 8.1 itself has not been widely distributed to new and existing hardware, but it is available for free to registered developers.
Windows 10 to Reach Phones In December
Microsoft has revealed via its Facebook page that Windows 10 Mobile will be made available to a handful of Lumia phones in December. The initial list of handsets on deck to receive the update include the Lumia 430/435, 532, 535, 540, 635, 640/XL, 735, 830, and the Lumia 930.