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.
Microsoft Debuts Hyperlapse App for Windows Phone and Android
Microsoft today released an application for Windows Phone and Android handsets called Hyperlapse. The app can be used to stabilize shaky footage or to create fast-moving time-lapse videos.
Microsoft Pushes Windows 10 Mobile Preview Build 10572
Microsoft today made a new technical preview of Windows 10 Mobile available to fast ring members of the Windows Insider program. As with the previous build, interested testers will need to downgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 before installing build 10572.
Microsoft Disabling Notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and 8
Microsoft says devices running Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 have reached end-of-life status and will no longer be supported. Beginning February 20, Microsoft will turn off push notification services for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0.
Windows 10 On Phones Can Be Extended to PCs
Microsoft today demonstrated how Windows 10 on phones will be able to serve as full PCs thanks to the Continuum user interface idea. Continuum helps keep the UI approximately the same as users move from PC to tablet to phone.