New Microsoft tool instantly brings certain WP 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile phones up-to-date

If you own a Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile handset, you might know that Microsoft is still sending out bug fixes and security updates for the platforms. Those sporting a handset running either OS have to load all previous versions of the software that they might have missed, before updating the device with the latest version. The Windows device recovery tool used to provide an easy way to update to the latest version of the appropriate OS, but Microsoft changed its functionality; now, the Windows device recovery tool loads the OS version that a particular phone shipped with.

So …


Microsoft releases a list of handsets that will receive the Windows 10 Fall Creators update

The Windows 10 Mobile Fall Creators Update (Version 1709) is only being released to select Windows 10 Mobile powered handsets. Today, Microsoft disseminated a list of devices that are going to receive the update and conspicuous by absence are the Microsoft Lumia 640 and Microsoft Lumia 640 XL. These were launched in the middle of 2015, and now, it appears that Microsoft is no longer supporting the pair.

Remaining on the list to receive the update are some top shelf models like the HP Elite x3 (including versions for Verizon and Telstra), the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. …

Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS, here is what's new

After delivering a major Outlook update last week on both Android and iOS platforms, Microsoft is now bringing a couple of new feature to iPhone users.

Unlike the previous update that added many improvements to shared calendars feature, the new version of Outlook for iOS is more related to the Groups feature.

The first important new feature the update brings is the ability to create or delete a group directly from the phone. Aside from that, Outlook users can now edit a group and add or remove group members.

As long as you have an Office 365 account, …

Update to the Microsoft Pix Camera app for iOS adds new features and improves performance

Microsoft might not be focusing on Windows 10 Mobile anymore, but that doesn’t mean that the software giant is out of the smartphone game at all. First of all, Microsoft makes oodles of money every year thanks to its collection of Android patents that produce millions in royalty payments. And of course, the company has a collection of apps for both major platforms. So as you can see, Microsoft is still involved in the smartphone industry.

Today, the company added new features to its Microsoft Pix Camera app for iOS. A previous update allowed the app to recognize and scan business cards, …

Microsoft Edge Preview app now available for Android users from the Google Play Store

It was exactly one week ago today when we told you that Microsoft Edge for iOS was made official with 10,000 users allowed to sign up for a beta through TestFlight. We also told you that the Android version of the app would be coming soon. Starting today, the Android version of the Microsoft Edge browser is available without restrictions from the Google Play Store. Because Microsoft wants to use the rendering engine that works best for the platform, the Edge app for Android will employ Google’s Blink instead of Microsoft’s EdgeHTML.

The Microsoft Edge app for Android is available globally, …

Microsoft announces major OneDrive update for Android and iOS

OneDrive for Android and iOS are about to receive important updates in the coming weeks, Microsoft announced recently. The Redmond-based company promises a new experience across web and mobiles, which should allow users to find what they’re looking for much easier.

First off, a refreshed design will be pushed to both the Android and iOS platforms. OneDrive will feature a new layout that will use screen space more efficiently than ever before. Shared files will be easier to spot thanks to the new layout.

Among the many visual changes included in the update, …

Woah! This near bezel-less Microsoft phone could have been launched in 2014


Most relevant smartphone makers now have at least one
high-end handset with extremely thin bezels and high screen to body ratios. But this
is, as you probably know, a very recent trend. Three years ago, a near bezel-less
phone would have certainly drawn a lot of attention, and perhaps that’s why
Microsoft wanted to release such a device.

 

What we’re seeing in this article is a Lumia Windows Phone
prototype that Microsoft was working on a few years ago. According to Windows
Central, this was supposed to be released as the Lumia 435 (for around $200), but
it was cancelled in late 2014. …

Microsoft confirms new ink effects and custom pens are coming to Office for iOS

Microsoft has just started testing new features for some of its iOS apps in the Office bundle. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have all gotten improvements that will soon be available to everyone.

For the time being, Office Insiders are the only ones getting the new Office 2.6 version on their iOS devices. An update containing all these new features will be available via App Store in October.

As the title says, among the most important new features added in the update, there’s an option to choose a personal set of pens and highlighters for inking. Also, Microsoft …

Microsoft removes restrictions, opens up Edge for iOS Preview to everyone

On Thursday, we told you that Microsoft was going to make its Edge browser available to iOS and Android users. While the Android Preview version is coming soon, the iOS Preview version was available only for Windows Insiders. The latter is Microsoft’s beta testing community. You’ll note that we used the past tense. That is because Microsoft has made a change and has now opened up the preview so that it can be installed by all iOS users.

A tweet from Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore disseminated on Friday evening revealed the change. To apply for access to the Edge for iOS Preview, you should simply …