Sorry Lumia 520 owners, Windows 10 on ARM is not coming to existing Windows Phone devices

Later this year, Microsoft is expected to roll out Windows 10 on ARM. The idea, according to Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, is to give consumers the full Windows 10 experience on mobile devices that are powered by chips using the ARM architecture. The new devices would use Snapdragon chipsets and offer outstanding battery life. Not only is Belfiore really talking about tablets and laptops, he adds that this technology will not be compatible with existing Windows phones.

Having the full Windows 10 running a phone means that Microsoft would need to make significant changes to the platform’s UI. …


Alcatel Idol 4 Pro with Windows 10 goes on pre-order in Europe via Microsoft

Europe was one of the most prolific markets for Windows Phone handsets, while the United States was one of the weakest. Still, for some reason, Alcatel thought that releasing a Windows Phone flagship exclusively in the US would be good for business.

The Alcatel Idol 4 Pro, which is, in fact, a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4s that made its debut in the US last year, is finally going to hit the shelves in Europe. The high-end smartphone runs Windows 10 right out of the box but packs an obsolete chipset inside.

The smartphone will be available for purchase on July …

New premium Windows 10 Mobile device coming from Microsoft?

It has been a while since Microsoft unveiled a new Windows 10 Mobile handset. Brad Sams, executive editor of Thurrott.com, says that a Windows 10 prototype mobile device is being examined inside corporate headquarters. At this stage, there are no specs to discuss and even Sams isn’t 100% sure if we are talking about a  phone or a tablet. The smart money is betting that this is a phone since Microsoft does need to fill gaps in its smartphone lineup.

We know what you’re thinking. You are probably trying to convince yourself that this will be the long awaited Surface Phone. Let’s see what …

Huawei MateBook E 2-in-1 Windows tablet launches in the US starting at $799.99

Huawei just announced that the MateBook E, its convertible tablet unveiled back in May, will be available to pre-order in the US starting tomorrow, June 30.

Interested customers will find the Huawei MateBook E on Amazon and Newegg at the following prices: $799.99 (Titanium Gray version with 7th Generation Intel Core m3 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage space), and $999.99 (Champagne Gold version with 7th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of storage space).

Running Windows 10 Home, the Huawei MateBook E can certainly …

Windows 10 Mobile preview 15223 sent out to fast ring subscribers

Those Windows 10 Mobile users subscribed to the fast ring are now getting access to preview build 15223. Fast ring members get first crack at a new Windows 10 Mobile build, but because this software is not thoroughly tested, there are often some kinks and bugs. That is the price that must be paid for being first to install the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile. Those opting for the slow ring get a more refined and tested build, but they have to wait for the software to be ready for prime time before installing it.

As we said, the fast ring subscribers are receiving build 15223. The changelist …

Microsoft to discontinue Skype apps on Windows Phone after July 1

Windows Phone is dead in its current form, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft won’t try to resurrect the obsolete OS in the not so distant future. Until then, the Redmond-based company is closing all services that might eat up resources that would be better spent for different purposes.

After discontinuing the Skype WiFi apps at the end of March, Microsoft announced that the Skype apps would no longer work on Windows Phone effective July 1.

So, if you’ve previously used Skype on Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.1, or the Messaging app for Windows 10 Mobile, …

Microsoft working on a new smartphone running a different version of Windows Mobile

The saying “it’s not over until the fat lady sings” might perfectly apply to Microsoft’s Windows Phone plans. Even though many believe the company is done with everything related to smartphones, it looks like things might not be as bleak.

Sales of Windows Phone handsets stopped almost completely, and the market share nosedived under 1% worldwide over the last couple few years. Microsoft did not seem interested in continuing with its smartphone business having sold its mobile division.
Well, it appears that the Redmond-based company still flirts …

Unreleased Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset leaks with physical QWERTY in tow

Amid the excitement generated by the physical QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry KEYone, a leak has revealed that back in 2012, Nokia had a Windows Phone powered handset prepped for the business market. Featuring a front-facing physical QWERTY keyboard, the handset ran an early version of Windows Phone 8 but was never released. The unit was known as the Nokia RX-100, and photographs of the phone have been discovered on a website in China. The device does show a  resemblance to the 2011 Nokia E6, which also was equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard, but was powered by Symbian.

The …

Microsoft CEO Nadella says that there will be more Windows Phones coming in the future

A few days ago, we pointed out how the latest version of Microsoft’s 10Q document filed with the SEC appeared to call “time of death” for Windows Phone. In a section of the document listing current business activities, Windows Phone no longer appeared after it had showed up in the previous quarter’s 10Q. With a microscopic market share and no new Microsoft branded Lumia phones released since 2015, it has been left to third party manufacturers like HP and Alcatel to keep Windows 10 Mobile alive.

In a published interview with MarketPlace, Microsoft CEO Satya Nardella says that Microsoft will …

Microsoft's SEC filing confirms that Windows Phone is dead

Microsoft’s latest quarterly filing with the SEC confirms what everyone has already known. Windows Phone is dead. The filing, in which Microsoft lists investments in products that it will be making in the future, included Windows Phone in the fiscal Q2 report. The new report filed for the fiscal third quarter has no mention of Windows Phone. And if you want to tell us that Microsoft is focused on Windows 10 Mobile, the latter wasn’t included in the report filed with the SEC just three months back when Windows Phone was listed. So yeah, we’ve heard that punchline.

Microsoft knows that Windows …