China is the strange place where Microsoft sells Xiaomi phones instead of Windows Phones

When you go to Microsoft’s Chinese web store, you’d probably expect to see a lot of hànzì and the same stuff Microsoft sells in every other store across the globe. Hehe! Hold right there. At this point, MS is bitterly aware that it has a brighter future as an Android reseller than a Windows Phone maker. Which explains why it’s selling the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the USA, and the Xiaomi Mi 5s in China. There’s not a single Windows Phone smartphone in the Chinese store.

Believing in the power of added value to convince people that it’s not merely selling what it knows …


Has Microsoft quietly killed off Windows 10 Mobile?

Microsoft’s recent release of the Creators update of Windows 10 Mobile is very limited. Only 13 models supporting the platform are able to update to this new variant of Windows 10 Mobile. Of the 13, only 6 are Lumia branded handsets. And now, Microsoft has removed the Upgrade Advisor app that allowed Windows Phone 8.1 handsets to update to Windows 10 Mobile. Add to that the report that the Windows Insider app no longer offers new builds of Windows 10 Mobile for Windows Phone 8.1 users, and well, Windows Phone’s goose is seemingly cooked.

For example, let’s take a model that was originally …

This week in apps: Uber adds a safety feature, Gorrilaz launch an AR app and Microsoft tries social media

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It’s been a busy week: Elon Musk confirmed that the Tesla Semi truck is coming soon, Instagram announced reaching 200 million daily active users on stories and Messenger reached 1.2 billion, so it’s understandable if you missed some of this weeks best apps.

Luckily, we’ve kept up for you. Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated products, to keep you in the loop with everything coming to your smartphone.

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Another canceled Microsoft Lumia smartphone gets shown off in hands-on video

Microsoft’s mobile division is a thing of the past, but many Windows Phone fans still own some of the handsets the Redmond-based company launched on the market in 2015 or 2016. However, since it decided to sell its mobile business to HMD Global, Microsoft had to cut some of the phones it planned to release at some point.

Two Lumia smartphones that were leaked previous to their official announcement had been canceled: Lumia 750 and Lumia 850. Both mid-range handsets were very close to being released, but for some reason, Microsoft decided that it’s not worth the …

Microsoft drops Age of Empires: Castle Siege on Android

The Age of Empires: Castle Siege game made its debut on Windows Phone platform back in 2014, while iOS users got it one year later. Three years after the initial release, the game makes its way to Android devices.

Despite what some of you might think, Age of Empires: Castle Siege is not a real-time strategy game, as it plays more like a tower defense game. Think of it as Microsoft’s own version of Clash of Clans. Obviously, the game is available for free, but it comes with in-app purchases.

Basically, you’ll be able to choose from one of the several civilizations …

Microsoft can't sell Lumias, so it's now selling the Galaxy S8

It’s too easy to kick a guy when he’s down, so we won’t point our fingers and laugh at Microsoft for its decision to start selling shiny new Samsung phones after giving up on its own. Yes, it’s very tempting to let out a condescending chuckle, but facts are facts.

Microsoft cutting its losses and moving on from a failing venture was solid business practice. The completely unexpected Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition, which went for pre-order today, is a theoretically sound marketing approach.

MS prides itself on a strong suite of apps, such as Office, OneDrive, Skype, and Outlook. …

Did Microsoft receive another patent for the Surface Phone?

Back in January, Microsoft was granted a patent for a 2-in-1-device that folded from a phone into a tablet and vice versa. Since the patent was awarded to Microsoft, some people jumped to conclusions and determined that this was the mythical Surface Phone. This past week, Microsoft received a new patent for a foldable handset, and once again there are rumors that it is related to the long awaited, mythical Surface Phone.

A foldable Surface Phone would face some stiff competition from Samsung and LG. The latest rumor has Samsung ready to release thousands of prototypes to carriers and retailers …

Microsoft adds Shared Calendars feature to Outlook for iOS

Microsoft quietly released a new update for its Outlook app for iOS. The update brings a single new feature that expands the app’s functionality, Shared Calendars.

With Shared Calendars, Outlook users will be able to see who they’re sharing their calendar with. In order to do that, they should just tap on the settings wheel next to their calendar’s name.

Aside from the option to see who you’re sharing the calendar with, you will also be able to see the default permissions that other in the same organization have.

In addition, Outlook users on iOS will be able to share their …

Microsoft Pix update brings flash support, new toolbar and more

Microsoft’s Pix application has just been updated with a few features which aim to improve the overall user experience. The highly-demanded flash support is finally added in version 1.0.28, but there are other nifty additions coming with the new patch as well.

A new collapsible toolbar will display your flash, timer, and grid overlay in order to ensure ease of access and better organization. Microsoft is also improving shutter-to-shutter speeds and the launch time of the app itself, while also reducing it in size.

Microsoft Pix is currently only available …

Microsoft updates Sway for iOS with new templates

Sway, Microsoft’s application that makes it easier to create great-looking presentations and newsletters, has just received a small update that brings a couple of new features and bug fixes.

First and foremost, Microsoft added new templates, so Sway users can start creating their presentations and personal stories on the fly. DIY, Blog, Vacation Story, Student Report, Portfolio, Newsletter, and Resume are just some of the new templates that have been added in this update.

On top of that, the developers announced a new My Sways feature, which is supposed to make it even easier to find …