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.
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.
Windows 10 Mobile Arrives for Some Older Handsets
Microsoft has begun making Windows 10 Mobile available to older smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft first expected to release the platform in November or December of last year, but pushed the update to the first quarter.