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.
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.
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 to Connect Windows 10 PCs to Your Text Messages
Microsoft today announced several new mobile initiatives that pair its own Windows platform with Android and iOS devices. First is a new tool, tentatively called Your Phone, that connects Android and iOS devices with a Windows 10 PC in order to access text messages, photos, and notifications.
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.