It looks like Windows phone users will have to wait even longer until they get their hands on the latest Windows 10 OS. Microsoft has said that the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will begin early next year to select devices running Windows Phone 8 and 8.1.
Microsoft has quietly updated the sales deadline of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 pre-installed PCs. Now the manufacturers won’t be allowed to sell these machines after 31st October, 2016. Continue reading “Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1 PCs to get discontinued from November 2016”
Looking for a full Windows 8 tablet? Staples UK is offering an excellent deal with the 8-inch Windows 8.1 Linx 8 tablet available for just £49.98. It also comes with a free year of Office 365 (which is worth more than the price you pay) and with their trade-in offer, you can get a £30 rebate. Continue reading “Linx 8 Windows 8 tablet now £50 (£20 with trade-in)”
Following the freemium model on other platforms, Gameloft has made its premier racing franchise Asphalt 8: Airborne free for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 in their respective app stores. Featuring a lot of premium cars and race tracks, the Asphalt 8 game is something we have repeatedly featured in our gaming reviews, as it serves as a decent benchmark for graphics performance. With a lot of nicely modeled tracks out of the box and a solid career mode, the popular game series continues its victory lap with Asphalt 8. Here’s a gameplay video on the Nokia Lumia 1520 –
Xolo, the Indian company known for its range of low cost smartphones, has just unveiled its first Windows 8 tablet at CES 2014 – the Xolo Win, powered by the AMD A4 Elite mobility processor. This is a first for XOLO as well as AMD, as this is the first Windows tablet for the former while it is the first APU-powered tablet for the latter. Sporting a 10.1″ inch screen with a 1366×768 resolution, the mid range tablet will take on the likes of the first generation Surface with similar specifications, but with full Windows 8 functionality. It will have 2 GB of RAM, rear and front facing cameras and a battery that supposedly lasts up to 7 hours. The Xolo Win is slated to be released in the Indian market by the end of January 2014.
Dungeon Hunter, a Diablo inspired dungeon crawler role-playing game, is now available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 as a free download. This game, and its previous iterations have been available for Android and iOS devices for a while now, and a part of a deal struck between Gameloft and Microsoft, a set of games that includes Asphalt 8 and now this one, has landed on the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Stores respectively. This game is basically a top down 3D dungeon crawler in which you go around killing and collecting stuff to march through the story and in the end improve your character with powers and things.
The Xbox One is all set to release on November 22nd in 13 countries, and as a precursor, Microsoft has unveiled the new Xbox One Smartglass app for Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices. The Smartglass v2 is a massive improvement over the previous version that worked with the Xbox 360. It now talks directly to the console via WiFi Direct, whereas previously, it needed internet and your live ID to talk to the console and there was always a bit of lag sending over commands or executing actions. Now that the latency is massively reduced, the handshake and resuming of connections between the game and the Smartglass app should be very quick and seamless. In case you didn’t know, Smartglass is the definitive second screen screen experience for the Xbox, with keyboard input, touch control and second screen apps for games and videos taking center stage.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the very popular game, Asphalt 8, would be making its way over to the Windows Phone 8 platform soon. The arcade racing game is now available on both the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 platforms. The USP of the driving game is the ability to perform dynamic, high speed aerial stunts in an intense driving experience. Continue reading “Asphalt 8: Airborne for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 now available”
RedBus.in is one of India’s most popular bus ticket booking and reservation service, which incidentally released apps for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms earlier, with a great Metro UI based experience. But now, they have not only released updates to these apps, but also added a bit of an exclusive offer to them. With the RedBus.in app on Windows 8, you get Rs. 75/- off on a ticket, if it costs more than Rs. 500/-, till December 31st, 2013. Considering this is the holiday season when a lot of bookings are done, this seems like a perfect match for Windows 8 users wanting to book tickets for most destinations in India.
Remote Desktop has been a popular feature for Windows PCs for a long time, mainly used to remotely help your friends or family, usually for troubleshooting. The Server-Client methodology has enabled the clients to exist on many platforms. In fact, the Remote Desktop Protocol is widely known to be used in third party apps, but as always, nothing comes close to the apps done by the people who created it. Microsoft are doing just that, by releasing Remote Desktop apps for iOS and Android later this month, according to the company’s own press release.
Krrish 3, a highly anticipated Bollywood movie this year, is following the same route as previous big budget Bollywood as well as Hollywood movies by releasing a game just before the movie release. The Krrish 3 game is now available as a free download, but as a timed exclusive on Microsoft Platforms – Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. It is currently available for download on Windows Phone 8 and it is expected to arrive on Windows 8 by the end of this week. Here’s the game’s trailer released on YouTube –
The hugely popular Coke Studio show that airs on MTV India has got its app on the Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms. With the recent push of local apps on the Windows platform, it isn’t a surprise to see another cool entrant from the Indian pop culture scene. The app is free and available for download on the Windows Phone Store for WP8 devices and on Windows Store for all Windows 8 and RT devices. The show, running in its 3rd season, got big names like Rahman and Ram Sampath for the latest one, which created excellent songs and garnered some insane attention. The app will let you download audio as well as video from inside, and is powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud technology.
We all know that Nokia is gearing up for a big reveal at Nokia World on October 22nd, but it seems that it’s not going to be just hardware, but Software too. The Nokia Lumia 1520 “Bandit” and the Lumia 2520 “Sirius” are two of the six devices that Nokia are purportedly going to announce at the event in Abu Dhabi, and thanks to @evleaks, we now have a glimpse of a new app called “Storyteller” that’s going to launch for both these devices with the different form factors. The app looks like a neatly arranged photo album with possibly Zoe Highlights-like features? Certainly looks better than the in-built Photos app, we will give it that.
It’s been long rumoured that Nokia is launching a Windows tablet, and that might actually come true if the recent leaks are to be believed. Windows Phone Central reports that Nokia is having a launch event in New York on September 26th and 27th spanning two days, for a rumoured tablet announcement. The above image is a screenshot of a purported event invite that is doing the rounds internally. Is this actually the Nokia World event this year? Quite possibly.
Take this with a pinch of salt but some of the deep rooted developer pages belonging to Nokia have recently added references to “Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8974” and “Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8274” both of which are part of the new range of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoCs, which are currently the fastest chips on the market, alas with not a single device based on it yet. Qualcomm just announced its support for Windows RT 8.1 by readying its Snapdragon 800 chipsets for it. And now we are seeing Nokia add references to it on its website, co-incidence? While the recently leaked phablet comes to mind, there’s always a possibility of a Windows RT tablet from Nokia, as it has been rumored for a long time now.