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  1. Insider Preview build 15019

    The biggest change this week is the inclusion of "Gaming Mode" for those people who are Windows and XBox Insiders. Microsoft have been blogging about this during the week, making it somewhat confusing to know what is and isn't in the Windows Insider build (and also mudying when the build was going to be released) for us "mere mortals"; but now it's here this is what we're being told from the build's release blog entry. First off, it seems that Gaming Mode has been made available to everyone, whether or not a member of the XBox Insider programme. I don't have many any games installed on my test devices, so can't comment on the functionality at the moment, but there's lots of options (mostly centred around sharing and recording game experiences) to try out. Also new is the renamed "Holographic Options", which is now called "Mixed Reality". Again, there's quite a few options within here, but no as-yet obvious method of adding a mixed reality device, although there is interestingly an option to completely uninstall the Mixed Reality options. (although, Microsoft have again said we shouldn't be seeing this menu option yet) Other new features and changes of note include: Wi-Fi Captive Portal: The Wi-Fi connectivity experience in OOBE has been updated to support “captive portal” Wi-Fi networks. When connecting to such a Wi-Fi hotspot, OOBE will navigate to a lightweight browser experience allowing you to complete the connection and reach the internet. We’ve also included some updates allowing you to configure some basic properties for the Wi-Fi network during OOBE. This might not seem like much; but if you've ever tried to work out the continual circle of not being able to activate a device because you can't sign in to a wireless network to get an internet connection to activate the device because the device isn't activated and so you can't open a web browser to complete the wireless network sign in because the device isn't actvated and so you can't open a web browser because you've not activated the device because you're not signed in to a wireless network because you can't open a web browser to sign in to the network because you can't open a web browser because the device isn't activated ... (you get the idea), then this really is a huge, huge deal! Improved high-DPI support for ITPros: With Build 15002, we shared our new option to override a GDI-based app’s high DPI scaling with our own System (Enhanced) scaling. With Build 15019, we’re happy to let you know that this System (Enhanced) application compatibility setting will now also available to be enabled or disabled via the Windows ADK for IT Professionals, so you can make adjustments to a broad audience of PCs. I mentioned this before in the 15007 article, sufice to say that while I haven't noticed any apreciable differences in 15019 (System (Enhanced) scaling still breaks Photoshop CS6), any advances in these settings are a good thing in my book.
  2. Today's Windows Insider build, 15019, promises to be quite a big one. As always, what are the new features we should care about this week? The biggest change this week is the inclusion of "Gaming Mode" for those people who are Windows and XBox Insiders. Microsoft have been blogging about this during the week, making it somewhat confusing to know what is and isn't in the Windows Insider build (and also mudying when the build was going to be released) for us "mere mortals"; but now it's here this is what we're being told from the build's release blog entry. First off, it seems that Gaming Mode has been made available to everyone, whether or not a member of the XBox Insider programme. I don't have many any games installed on my test devices, so can't comment on the functionality at the moment, but there's lots of options (mostly centred around sharing and recording game experiences) to try out. Also new is the renamed "Holographic Options", which is now called "Mixed Reality". Again, there's quite a few options within here, but no as-yet obvious method of adding a mixed reality device, although there is interestingly an option to completely uninstall the Mixed Reality options. (although, Microsoft have again said we shouldn't be seeing this menu option yet) Other new features and changes of note include: Wi-Fi Captive Portal: The Wi-Fi connectivity experience in OOBE has been updated to support “captive portal” Wi-Fi networks. When connecting to such a Wi-Fi hotspot, OOBE will navigate to a lightweight browser experience allowing you to complete the connection and reach the internet. We’ve also included some updates allowing you to configure some basic properties for the Wi-Fi network during OOBE. This might not seem like much; but if you've ever tried to work out the continual circle of not being able to activate a device because you can't sign in to a wireless network to get an internet connection to activate the device because the device isn't activated and so you can't open a web browser to complete the wireless network sign in because the device isn't actvated and so you can't open a web browser because you've not activated the device because you're not signed in to a wireless network because you can't open a web browser to sign in to the network because you can't open a web browser because the device isn't activated ... (you get the idea), then this really is a huge, huge deal! Improved high-DPI support for ITPros: With Build 15002, we shared our new option to override a GDI-based app’s high DPI scaling with our own System (Enhanced) scaling. With Build 15019, we’re happy to let you know that this System (Enhanced) application compatibility setting will now also available to be enabled or disabled via the Windows ADK for IT Professionals, so you can make adjustments to a broad audience of PCs. I mentioned this before in the 15007 article, sufice to say that while I haven't noticed any apreciable differences in 15019 (System (Enhanced) scaling still breaks Photoshop CS6), any advances in these settings are a good thing in my book. View full news
  3. Microsoft Launch MS-DOS Mobile

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/irJQDGw8Ptk
  4. Microsoft have brought the revolution to phones. Ultimate battery life is assured with this ultra-simple UI, offering the best user experience of any device. In our tests, we found it worked best in a cinema environment.https://www.youtube....bed/irJQDGw8Ptk Click here to view the news
  5. Here's the press release:
  6. Microsoft have launched two new affordable mid-tier handsets with decent specs. The Lumia 640 and 640XL look like bargains when you look at the specs with decent camera, enough oomph for most day to day tasks and also 1 year Office 365 Personal subscription (that means you also get 1TB One Drive storage too). We expect to see these May / June time.Here's the press release: Click here to view the news
  7. News: Lumia 830 review

    The Nokia Microsoft Lumia 830 is a 5.0 inch screen Windows phone 8.1 handset aimed squarely at the middle of the Windows phone market. It is one of the increasingly common not-quite-flagship-but-ultimately-capable Lumia handsets which comes in at a quite reasonable SIM free price of just under £300 (£279 PAYG on EE). The big question though is should you buy it?I'm coming to this phone from having used various flavours of Android for years as my mobile OS of choice, and having more recently been using Windows 8.1 as my desktop & tablet OS of choice. I want to like Windows Phone, but I remember the mediocre reviews and limitations it had when Windows Phone 7 (re)launched a few years ago. But to the Lumia 830 itself: Firstly its physically quite a big handset for a 5.0 inch screen, easily outsizing a Samsung Galaxy S4 and being almost identical in size to the LG G3 (which boasts a 5.5 inch screen). One of the reasons for this is the excessive top and bottom bezels around the screen, plus Windows Phone's use of "fixed" touch buttons for navigation. The handset itself is actually more rectangular than it looks, with the metalic corners of the chassis being quite a pronounced rectangle, whereas the screen corners are far more rounded. While this produces quite a nice design statement, it doesn't necessarily make the phone the most comfortable to hold. Being a mid range handset means that the phone sports a relatively old "platform" - the processor is a 1.2GHz. Snapdragon 400 with 1GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage. The phone also supports up to 128GB MicroSD cards and has a thankfully removable 22mAh battery. The phone's screen is a slightly mediocre 720 x 1280 (720p) resolution, which is quite a way below the qHD and 4xHD screens we're seeing on flagship devices now, but due to the clever design of the Windows Phone UI, along with the strict design parameters that Microsoft have implemented, the lack of resolution is not a major problem; indeed most of the time you don't even notice it! (the screen is a RGB matrix IPS panel, which means it has more sub-pixels than a similar Pentile panel, greatly helping the look of the display) What does get noticed, quite a lot on my review handset, is the relative weakness of the phone and its chassis in particular. With the recent "bendgate" furore surrounding the iPhone 6, inherent phone strength is quite a big deal at the moment, and unfortunately I have to report that the Lumia 830 doesn't do very well here at all. OK, so it doesn't have a tendancy to bend in half like the iPhone does, but it is very susceptible to the chassis being twisted along its length. This then causes issues with the touch layer of the screen either not working, or as I've seen a lot, producing constant key presses on the search key, putting the phone into a pretty relentless search / Cortana loop. Talking of Cortana, the Lumia 830 comes with the "Denim" (GDR1) update to Windows Phone 8.1, which brings Cortana to the UK, albeit in beta form. I've got to say, as someone who doesn't really get on with Siri or OK Google either, that I found Cortana to be a bit of a pain and something which I didn't make much use of. If the recent TV adverts are to be believed, then it could be a useful feature, but then again, we've heard that before... I think in realistic terms its one of those features you'll either love or hate - there's nothing wrong with it per-say (barring a couple of "random" results), but I doubt it's going to set your world alight. Of way more use is the camera on the Lumia 830 - being a mid-range handset it's not one of Nokia's 40odd MPix efforts, but rather a 10MPix shooter which incorporates a new OIS (optical image stabilisation) platform. There's various blog posts about some new software which allows for 2 photos to be taken about 43ms apart, then post-processed together to give a sort of HDR effect; alas I couldn't actually find the software on the phone, so what you get is essentially just that 10MPix lens. Camera results are pretty reasonable, but not exceptional. In general light and shooting a mid-distance subject the levels of detail reproduced were entirely acceptable, but the camera does suffer in low lgiht conditions, both with and without the single LED flash. Noise levels in these situtions were worse than expected, but again certainly not the worst I've seen! Almost suprisingly, video recording is pretty decent; mainly due to the Nokia deviced multi-microphone rich audio recording system, which produces absolutely stunning audio quality. As a phone (calls, texts etc.) the Lumia 830 is as reliable as you'd expect from a Nokia handset - audio quality in calls is excellent, signal strength is good, and basically there's no surprises. It all works nicely! I'm not going to go into a full review of Windows Phone 8.1 here as we've covered that before and there's countless reviews and hands-on available on the net; suffice to say it's now a properly usable platform; while it may have a somewhat more limited application pool than Android or iOS, there's now enough options available in the Windows Store to mean you're not loosing out by using Windows Phone. I actually found it a joy to use and at no point did I find myself wishing "if only it could do this". Being a Microsoft OS, it goes without saying that integration with Microsoft's other services is exemplary; one of the potential killer features now being that Microsoft are to begin offering truly unlimited storage on OneDrive. That alone makes this a very had device to ignore! Charging wise, the Lumia 830 supports wireless charging, as is becoming the norm these days. There's not much to say about this, but actually you should take that as a great compliment to the phone - it "just works", brilliantly. The Lumia 830 charges in slightly less time (about 50 minutes) than my LG G3, making it pretty quick; and best of all, that battery lasts forever! I'm going to say this again, as it's easily my favourite feature of the phone - the battery lasts forever! After a full charge, and doing exactly the same set of tasks as my Samsung Galaxy S4, the Lumia 830 outlasted the S4 by over 4 days! If left turned on and receiving push email alone, the Lumia 830 can quite happily last well over a week between charges - this makes it an absolute god-send of a secondary "work" phone, which is how I found myself using it most of the time. But in summary, I have to ask the two questions of would I buy this phone for myself, and would I recommend it to others? - well, to answer in reverse order: I already have recommended the Lumia 830 to a couple of friends who want a "cheepish but well specc'd smartphone" - if you're not after an absolute top of the range device, then the 830 is perfectly capable. It's relative slowness of platform doesn't translate into a slow, or clunky handset in use. It's brilliant in what it does. And lastly - I wouldn't buy the Lumia 830 as my main handset, mainly because of the screen size versus chassis size ratio mentioned above; but as a secondary phone, as a "work" phone, yes, I'd quite happily buy the Lumia 830. I think that's praise indeed! Click here to view the news
  8. Lumia 830 review

    I'm coming to this phone from having used various flavours of Android for years as my mobile OS of choice, and having more recently been using Windows 8.1 as my desktop & tablet OS of choice. I want to like Windows Phone, but I remember the mediocre reviews and limitations it had when Windows Phone 7 (re)launched a few years ago. But to the Lumia 830 itself: Firstly its physically quite a big handset for a 5.0 inch screen, easily outsizing a Samsung Galaxy S4 and being almost identical in size to the LG G3 (which boasts a 5.5 inch screen). One of the reasons for this is the excessive top and bottom bezels around the screen, plus Windows Phone's use of "fixed" touch buttons for navigation. The handset itself is actually more rectangular than it looks, with the metalic corners of the chassis being quite a pronounced rectangle, whereas the screen corners are far more rounded. While this produces quite a nice design statement, it doesn't necessarily make the phone the most comfortable to hold. Being a mid range handset means that the phone sports a relatively old "platform" - the processor is a 1.2GHz. Snapdragon 400 with 1GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage. The phone also supports up to 128GB MicroSD cards and has a thankfully removable 22mAh battery. The phone's screen is a slightly mediocre 720 x 1280 (720p) resolution, which is quite a way below the qHD and 4xHD screens we're seeing on flagship devices now, but due to the clever design of the Windows Phone UI, along with the strict design parameters that Microsoft have implemented, the lack of resolution is not a major problem; indeed most of the time you don't even notice it! (the screen is a RGB matrix IPS panel, which means it has more sub-pixels than a similar Pentile panel, greatly helping the look of the display) What does get noticed, quite a lot on my review handset, is the relative weakness of the phone and its chassis in particular. With the recent "bendgate" furore surrounding the iPhone 6, inherent phone strength is quite a big deal at the moment, and unfortunately I have to report that the Lumia 830 doesn't do very well here at all. OK, so it doesn't have a tendancy to bend in half like the iPhone does, but it is very susceptible to the chassis being twisted along its length. This then causes issues with the touch layer of the screen either not working, or as I've seen a lot, producing constant key presses on the search key, putting the phone into a pretty relentless search / Cortana loop. Talking of Cortana, the Lumia 830 comes with the "Denim" (GDR1) update to Windows Phone 8.1, which brings Cortana to the UK, albeit in beta form. I've got to say, as someone who doesn't really get on with Siri or OK Google either, that I found Cortana to be a bit of a pain and something which I didn't make much use of. If the recent TV adverts are to be believed, then it could be a useful feature, but then again, we've heard that before... I think in realistic terms its one of those features you'll either love or hate - there's nothing wrong with it per-say (barring a couple of "random" results), but I doubt it's going to set your world alight. Of way more use is the camera on the Lumia 830 - being a mid-range handset it's not one of Nokia's 40odd MPix efforts, but rather a 10MPix shooter which incorporates a new OIS (optical image stabilisation) platform. There's various blog posts about some new software which allows for 2 photos to be taken about 43ms apart, then post-processed together to give a sort of HDR effect; alas I couldn't actually find the software on the phone, so what you get is essentially just that 10MPix lens. Camera results are pretty reasonable, but not exceptional. In general light and shooting a mid-distance subject the levels of detail reproduced were entirely acceptable, but the camera does suffer in low lgiht conditions, both with and without the single LED flash. Noise levels in these situtions were worse than expected, but again certainly not the worst I've seen! Almost suprisingly, video recording is pretty decent; mainly due to the Nokia deviced multi-microphone rich audio recording system, which produces absolutely stunning audio quality. As a phone (calls, texts etc.) the Lumia 830 is as reliable as you'd expect from a Nokia handset - audio quality in calls is excellent, signal strength is good, and basically there's no surprises. It all works nicely! I'm not going to go into a full review of Windows Phone 8.1 here as we've covered that before and there's countless reviews and hands-on available on the net; suffice to say it's now a properly usable platform; while it may have a somewhat more limited application pool than Android or iOS, there's now enough options available in the Windows Store to mean you're not loosing out by using Windows Phone. I actually found it a joy to use and at no point did I find myself wishing "if only it could do this". Being a Microsoft OS, it goes without saying that integration with Microsoft's other services is exemplary; one of the potential killer features now being that Microsoft are to begin offering truly unlimited storage on OneDrive. That alone makes this a very had device to ignore! Charging wise, the Lumia 830 supports wireless charging, as is becoming the norm these days. There's not much to say about this, but actually you should take that as a great compliment to the phone - it "just works", brilliantly. The Lumia 830 charges in slightly less time (about 50 minutes) than my LG G3, making it pretty quick; and best of all, that battery lasts forever! I'm going to say this again, as it's easily my favourite feature of the phone - the battery lasts forever! After a full charge, and doing exactly the same set of tasks as my Samsung Galaxy S4, the Lumia 830 outlasted the S4 by over 4 days! If left turned on and receiving push email alone, the Lumia 830 can quite happily last well over a week between charges - this makes it an absolute god-send of a secondary "work" phone, which is how I found myself using it most of the time. But in summary, I have to ask the two questions of would I buy this phone for myself, and would I recommend it to others? - well, to answer in reverse order: I already have recommended the Lumia 830 to a couple of friends who want a "cheepish but well specc'd smartphone" - if you're not after an absolute top of the range device, then the 830 is perfectly capable. It's relative slowness of platform doesn't translate into a slow, or clunky handset in use. It's brilliant in what it does. And lastly - I wouldn't buy the Lumia 830 as my main handset, mainly because of the screen size versus chassis size ratio mentioned above; but as a secondary phone, as a "work" phone, yes, I'd quite happily buy the Lumia 830. I think that's praise indeed!
  9. Forbes is reporting that Microsoft is expected to launch their own smartwatch within the next few weeks, and before the American holiday season. What makes the rumoured watch particularly exciting is that it is expected to work with Android and iOS, as well as Windows Phone. This would make it the first cross platform smartwatch from one of the major tech companies. It's also rumoured to have a heart rate monitor and two days battery life. Given the current problems with many smartwatches, some of which fail to last a whole day, and Apple's reluctance to give a battery life on it's Watch, this makes Microsoft's the one to (ehm) watch. Click here to view the news
  10. Microsoft Smartwatch Imminent

    What makes the rumoured watch particularly exciting is that it is expected to work with Android and iOS, as well as Windows Phone. This would make it the first cross platform smartwatch from one of the major tech companies. It's also rumoured to have a heart rate monitor and two days battery life. Given the current problems with many smartwatches, some of which fail to last a whole day, and Apple's reluctance to give a battery life on it's Watch, this makes Microsoft's the one to (ehm) watch.
  11. Microsoft took IFA as an opportunity to talk more about Windows Phone and it's newly acquired Lumia devices, and show off a couple of handsets. So what did they have to say?Sometimes it's hard to remember, that not only Microsoft make Windows Phone devices. HTC make one too, so they quickly talked about some universal Windows Phone 8.1 updates. These include UK now having Cortana, creation of folders, and interestingly the creation of a private VPN connection when connecting to wifi, for additional security when connecting to public wifi. They then focused purely on Lumia devices. Firstly, there's a new Denim update which will be rolled out through the range this year which mostly revolved around small improvements to the camera photos and also activating the camera. It also include voice activation for Cortana, so it becomes similar to Google's 'OK Google'. Microsoft want to create 'flagship' devices at a lower price point. With that in mind, they created the Lumia 830 (€330). It has a Snapdragon 400 quadcore processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (expandable to 128GB), 5" 1280x720 display, 10MP Pureview rear camera, 0.9MP front camera. To be blunt, it's not flagship specs, and is firmly planted in the lower end of mid-range of Android handsets. It has to be noted that the audience needed to be prompted to give any applause. They then went on to talk about the Lumia 730 / 735. Whilst the 735 will be available for €219 and come with LTE, the 730 will be a dual sim version without LTE. Otherwise they are the same. Of key interest is the 5MP front camera with a 24mm lens. It gives a wider angle shot, as demonstrated in a rather bizarre attempt to recreate the Ellen selfie. Unfortunately, it wasn't a very fair comparison, and was a bit tedious... Spec wise, it comes with a 4.7" 1280x720 display, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable), Snapdragon 400 processor and a 2200mAh battery. That's not too bad for the price. Microsoft will also include 3 months unlimited Skype subscription and 15GB One Drive for the new Lumias. Not exactly generous. Click here to view the news
  12. Sometimes it's hard to remember, that not only Microsoft make Windows Phone devices. HTC make one too, so they quickly talked about some universal Windows Phone 8.1 updates. These include UK now having Cortana, creation of folders, and interestingly the creation of a private VPN connection when connecting to wifi, for additional security when connecting to public wifi. They then focused purely on Lumia devices. Firstly, there's a new Denim update which will be rolled out through the range this year which mostly revolved around small improvements to the camera photos and also activating the camera. It also include voice activation for Cortana, so it becomes similar to Google's 'OK Google'. Microsoft want to create 'flagship' devices at a lower price point. With that in mind, they created the Lumia 830 (€330). It has a Snapdragon 400 quadcore processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (expandable to 128GB), 5" 1280x720 display, 10MP Pureview rear camera, 0.9MP front camera. To be blunt, it's not flagship specs, and is firmly planted in the lower end of mid-range of Android handsets. It has to be noted that the audience needed to be prompted to give any applause. They then went on to talk about the Lumia 730 / 735. Whilst the 735 will be available for €219 and come with LTE, the 730 will be a dual sim version without LTE. Otherwise they are the same. Of key interest is the 5MP front camera with a 24mm lens. It gives a wider angle shot, as demonstrated in a rather bizarre attempt to recreate the Ellen selfie. Unfortunately, it wasn't a very fair comparison, and was a bit tedious... Spec wise, it comes with a 4.7" 1280x720 display, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable), Snapdragon 400 processor and a 2200mAh battery. That's not too bad for the price. Microsoft will also include 3 months unlimited Skype subscription and 15GB One Drive for the new Lumias. Not exactly generous.
  13. The odd thing about this in many ways for myself is how the press release never mentions the 'N' word, so although it pops up on Nokia's mobile website, the press release only talks about Microsoft's Lumia 530. But I digress! I would imagine that these use the same fine plastics as in past generations. The phone receives a useful speed bump to a Snapdragon 200 processor (I bet you didn't know it was quad-core). It also has a 854x480 4" screen and a 5mp rear camera (no front camera). It also comes with 512mb RAM and 4GB of built in memory (supports up to 128GB micro SD cards). What is missing from this handset which was first launched in developing countries, is the dual sim function which would have made this mildly interesting for budget smartphone people. Naturally, people won't be using this for Microsoft's Skype (although it is included) or for Selfies, but then again, those people will probably be far more interested in what Microsoft has to say in two weeks from now......
  14. Microsoft are continuing the charge in the budget smartphone market with the new Lumia 530. Due for release on 4th September through all the usual networks and high street chains for £60.The odd thing about this in many ways for myself is how the press release never mentions the 'N' word, so although it pops up on Nokia's mobile website, the press release only talks about Microsoft's Lumia 530. But I digress! I would imagine that these use the same fine plastics as in past generations. The phone receives a useful speed bump to a Snapdragon 200 processor (I bet you didn't know it was quad-core). It also has a 854x480 4" screen and a 5mp rear camera (no front camera). It also comes with 512mb RAM and 4GB of built in memory (supports up to 128GB micro SD cards). What is missing from this handset which was first launched in developing countries, is the dual sim function which would have made this mildly interesting for budget smartphone people. Naturally, people won't be using this for Microsoft's Skype (although it is included) or for Selfies, but then again, those people will probably be far more interested in what Microsoft has to say in two weeks from now...... Click here to view the news
  15. Microsoft is first out of the blocks with its announcements, giving some information about new partners and also software updates.First news is that Microsoft have announced that LG, Lenovo and ZTE will, amongst others, become partners in making new handsets. So not everyone is abandoning them because of their purchase of Nokia. Maybe Google's partnership with Samsung has something to do with it.... Windows Phone 8.1 should also be available to those currently running 8.0. Amongst the announcements, they include support for a wider range of chipsets, dual sim (for developing markets) and also storage of apps on memory cards. Click here to view the news
  16. First news is that Microsoft have announced that LG, Lenovo and ZTE will, amongst others, become partners in making new handsets. So not everyone is abandoning them because of their purchase of Nokia. Maybe Google's partnership with Samsung has something to do with it.... Windows Phone 8.1 should also be available to those currently running 8.0. Amongst the announcements, they include support for a wider range of chipsets, dual sim (for developing markets) and also storage of apps on memory cards.
  17. Wot no iPlayer for Windows Phone?

    The Head of BBC's iPlayer responded to a query as to why there was no support with the following: "Hi [Redacted] Thanks for your mail. I'm adding [Redacted] -- who is the Head of iPlayer on my team -- in case he has anything to add. There are two ways we can go about bringing iPlayer to Windows Phone: 1. We can build a full app -- the kind you get in the Marketplace. This is completely bespoke to Windows Phone 7, and is the costliest option because Windows Phone uses technologies unlike those used on any other platform. While Android and Apple also use their own app technologies, the TV and radio programmes themselves can be created once and used across both, so much of the investment is reusable. Sadly this is not the case for Windows Phone. Unfortunately Microsoft have also announced that Windows Phone 8 apps will be different yet again, so any Windows Phone 7 app we make would have to be rebuilt from the ground up for the next version of Windows Phone. 2. We can encourage Windows Phone users to access our mobile web site by openingbbc.co.uk/iplayer from their phones. Unfortunately today there's a bug in Windows Phone that prevents our standards-based media from being played on those devices. Microsoft has been aware of the bug for over a year now, and we're hopeful they'll address it (on Windows Phone 7 as well as Windows Phone 8) so our Windows Phone audiences can access iPlayer. As you can see, there's no easy answer. I'm optimistic that one or both of the options above will become possible in Windows Phone 8, but that's little help to people like you who are using Windows Phone 7. Nonetheless, hopefully this additional detail helps you understand our thought process. Thanks again for reaching out. Daniel Danker General Manager Programmes & On Demand BBC" It looks like someone in Microsoft hasn't heard that this is a big deal. The only hope is that Windows Phone 8 changes things.
  18. The BBC has been keen to be seen as platform agnostic in the tech wars, and so it was surprising that they'd never released a version of iPlayer for Windows Phone. Now we know why.The Head of BBC's iPlayer responded to a query as to why there was no support with the following: "Hi [Redacted] Thanks for your mail. I'm adding [Redacted] -- who is the Head of iPlayer on my team -- in case he has anything to add. There are two ways we can go about bringing iPlayer to Windows Phone: 1. We can build a full app -- the kind you get in the Marketplace. This is completely bespoke to Windows Phone 7, and is the costliest option because Windows Phone uses technologies unlike those used on any other platform. While Android and Apple also use their own app technologies, the TV and radio programmes themselves can be created once and used across both, so much of the investment is reusable. Sadly this is not the case for Windows Phone. Unfortunately Microsoft have also announced that Windows Phone 8 apps will be different yet again, so any Windows Phone 7 app we make would have to be rebuilt from the ground up for the next version of Windows Phone. 2. We can encourage Windows Phone users to access our mobile web site by openingbbc.co.uk/iplayer from their phones. Unfortunately today there's a bug in Windows Phone that prevents our standards-based media from being played on those devices. Microsoft has been aware of the bug for over a year now, and we're hopeful they'll address it (on Windows Phone 7 as well as Windows Phone 8) so our Windows Phone audiences can access iPlayer. As you can see, there's no easy answer. I'm optimistic that one or both of the options above will become possible in Windows Phone 8, but that's little help to people like you who are using Windows Phone 7. Nonetheless, hopefully this additional detail helps you understand our thought process. Thanks again for reaching out. Daniel Danker General Manager Programmes & On Demand BBC" It looks like someone in Microsoft hasn't heard that this is a big deal. The only hope is that Windows Phone 8 changes things. Click here to view the article
  19. That may not be so interesting in itself, but the rest is! Will allow users to control their Xbox 360 remotely. Will be available cross platform on multiple operating systems including Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS. Applications will be accessible through the tablet. Such as Youtube/Netflix/Vemo ect. Live streaming ability through the tablet to the TV, desktop, lap top and other devices. Microsoft have tried to steer away from other OS's, so more Xbox control and also available on rival OS's is potentially big news, but could make Xbox's more desirable than other console platforms. Source
  20. Gaming conference E3 starts next week and the hype / leak machine is starting to creak into action. It's rumoured that Microsoft will be launching a tablet called Smart Glass there.That may not be so interesting in itself, but the rest is! [*]Will allow users to control their Xbox 360 remotely. Will be available cross platform on multiple operating systems including Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS. [*]Applications will be accessible through the tablet. Such as Youtube/Netflix/Vemo ect. [*]Live streaming ability through the tablet to the TV, desktop, lap top and other devices. Microsoft have tried to steer away from other OS's, so more Xbox control and also available on rival OS's is potentially big news, but could make Xbox's more desirable than other console platforms. Source Click here to view the article
  21. Mozilla is claiming the Microsoft has locked out third party developer browsers from Windows 8 machines using ARM processors.ARM processors are very popular amongst tablet and mobile manufacturers, and Mozilla's claim that Microsoft is excluding rivals to Internet Explorer from accessing the same level of access privileges, and so won't be able to offer as many features which people take for granted in browsers these days. Both Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome have made major inroads into Internet Explorer's dominance and both companies can be certain to legally challenge the situation if correct, and Microsoft remain reluctant to change things. More details Click here to view the article
  22. ARM processors are very popular amongst tablet and mobile manufacturers, and Mozilla's claim that Microsoft is excluding rivals to Internet Explorer from accessing the same level of access privileges, and so won't be able to offer as many features which people take for granted in browsers these days. Both Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome have made major inroads into Internet Explorer's dominance and both companies can be certain to legally challenge the situation if correct, and Microsoft remain reluctant to change things. More details