The Sharks Cove Development Board Is Now Available For Pre-order, Includes A Windows 8.1 Image

At BUILD developers conference earlier this week, Microsoft announced Sharks Cove development board support for Windows. Today, Sharks Cove Development Board is now available for pre-order. Microsoft collaborated with Intel and the product manufacturer, CircuitCo to develop this “Windows compatible hardware development board” that will enable development of…..

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Microsoft Promotes Lumia 930 At Cornbury Music Festival In The UK

At the Cornbury music festival in the UK, Microsoft promoted the Lumia 930 device among the visitors. To showcase the capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 930, Microsoft created the ultimate ‘One Experience’ for people, allowing them to star in their very own immersive film. People were allowed to dress up in costumes and they interacted with fantasy animations in front of a green screen setup. A Nokia Lumia 930 captured all these and editors in the background used the recorded content to prepare a movie. Later, the footage was showcased to thousands of festival goers.

Costas Syrmos, Head of Microsoft Brand Lab said,

“The Nokia Lumia 930 is an exceptional device running Windows 8.1 with superior sound, video and imaging capabilities. By creating the “One Experience”, we demonstrated the unique qualities of the Nokia Lumia 930 and OneDrive as a perfect way for people to capture, share and relive amazing moments”.

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This Month’s ‘Games With Gold’ Includes Crimson Dragon And ‘Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut’ For Xbox One

Microsoft today revealed the next set of free games as part of the Games with Gold program for Xbox One and Xbox 360 users. Crimson Dragon and ID@Xbox space-sim Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut are coming to Games with Gold on Xbox One, while the Xbox 360 gets both Motocross Madness and the hit first-person stealther Dishonored. Crimson Dragon…….

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Microsoft introduces Cortana in own mini-site


Cortana is rapidly becoming the star of not just Windows Phone, but the whole of Microsoft, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella name dropping the digital assistant several times when talking about innovation at Microsoft.

Given the status of the service, it is quite fitting then that Microsoft has devoted a whole micro-site to introducing the service to new users.

The site offers an irreverent look at Cortana, explaining the name, strengths and weakness and personal stats.

Have a look and a laugh at here.


Microsoft Announces Upcoming Update For Nokia X Series Devices

Microsoft today announced that Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL users can expect to see some brand new features and enhancements coming via this new update. Find the list of new features in the update below, New Multi-tasking: Move smoothly from one open app to another with the all-new App Switcher feature. And if you need to free up resources from your phone, you can close any unused apps from the same view with a single tap…….

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Nokia Lumia 530 launching in Vietnam on the 1st August


Vietnamese Windows Phone site reports that Microsoft is sending out invitations to a press event in Ho Chi Minh City on the 1st August for what is expected to be the launch of the Nokia Lumia 530 in the region.

The “Rock the Color” event is designed to appeal to the young and young at heart who is also the target market for the handset.

The handset features:

  • 4-inch, 854×480 resolution LCD display (246ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 5MP camera
  • 4GB storage
  • Expandable memory up to 128GB
  • 512MB RAM
  • 15GB free cloud storage
  • 1420mAh battery

The smartphone costs less that 100 Euro at launch as has already been picked up by T-Mobile in USA.

Microsoft China Offices Raided By Government Officials, Investigation Reasons Are Unknown

Microsoft is not having a good time in China in the recent months. Following the ban of Windows 8 and Office in some government offices, Microsoft offices in China were raided today by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu……

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Like the new Live WP8.1 Lock Screen? Get some great wallpaper to go with it.


The new animated lock screen app just released for Windows Phone 8.1 is a love it or leave it issue at present, but more than 60% of our readers seemed to enjoy having it on their device.

If you are one of the majority, you may also like to spice it up with some specially crafted wallpaper just for the app.

NokiaWPBlog has created some images which they say go perfectly with the app.  Wallpaper can be added from directly inside the Live Lock screen app.

Read more and find the download at NokiaWPBlog here.

Report: Microsoft To Launch A New 10.6-inch Slimmer And Lighter Surface In October

Last September, Microsoft announced the second generation Surface devices. Microsoft announced thinner and lighter Surface 2 tablet running Windows RT 8.1 OS. Last month, Microsoft started selling the 3rd generation Surface Pro 3 device and all SKUs going on sale from next month. Now, the obvious thing from Microsoft is to announce the 3rd generation,…..

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China’s Largest Online Retailer Starts Taking Pre-orders For Xbox One

Today, announced that they have started taking pre-orders for Xbox One in China. BEIJING, July 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — , Inc. (” ” or the “Company”) JD -0.07% , China’s largest online direct sales company, began taking China pre-orders today for Microsoft Corporation’s (“Microsoft”) Xbox One gaming console. As part of an agreement between the companies, will have the exclusive right to accept pre-orders………

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Look what just arrived in the mail!


I was woken unexpectedly this morning by an early delivery.  Not expecting a package, on opening the box I first thought I had accidentally been sent another Nokia Lumia 930.

After a second however I realized it was my Wireless Connectivity Pack, delivered only a week after I was able to confirm the order, and much less than the 28 days I expected.

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Cortana Takes On Apple’s Siri In The Latest Windows Phone Commercial (Video)

Microsoft today released a new commercial to promote Lumia 635 devices running Windows Phone 8.1. All Lumia 635 devices in the US is powered by Cortana, new digital personal assistant. In this ad, Microsoft compared Cortana’s features like setting reminders when you call next time, traffic levels, etc, with Apple Siri.

Say hello to Cortana, your new personal assistant. Cortana will remind you to leave early to beat traffic and help you get to your destination on time, will remind you that you need milk when passing the grocery store, and will remind you to say happy birthday when your mom calls. Available now on the new Nokia Lumia 635 and on other Lumia phones.

Grab Lumia 635 at Microsoft here.

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