This might not come as a surprise as Microsoft had already began their work of unifying their desktop and mobile operating system when they announced common kernel for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Now as per recent reports coming from Digitimes,they are moving one step further into unifying Both the platforms with the upcoming release of Windows Blue.As per their sources Windows Blue is being developed by an independent team in an effort to merge Windows Desktop OS and Windows Phone OS to compete against Google Android and Chrome OS.
Tthe industry observers think that Microsoft is greatly concerned about PC Vendors involvement with Google Android based Notebooks due to its confidentiality to avoid pressure from Microsoft.
Though this move by Microsoft and Google would pose a great difficulty for the makers to integrate technologies to make them work together seamlessly.
The highly popular Panorama App from Microsoft which was already available over iOS platform,but Microsoft’s own platform was missing from the release.
Finally the wait is over,The Photosynth app is now available for Windows Phones(Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices).So now all the users can use the app to take panorama pictures on their Windows Phone Devices.
Here’s the Description,
Photosynth for Windows Phone is the panorama app that makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas of the places, people, and events that are important to you. Using the latest in computer vision techniques, Photosynth is the acknowledged leader in mobile panorama creation. It is the only app available on Windows Phone that allows you to capture 360 degrees horizontally and vertically, making a perfect “sphere.”
Once you’ve created a Photosynth, you can share it as an interactive panoramic experience on Facebook and Twitter using the free Photosynth.net service. You can also publish your panoramas to Bing, where millions of people will see your panoramas on Bing Maps and in Bing search results. And check out our featured list, where we show off the best of what you and your fellow users create and share.
The app is now available over Windows Phone Store For Free.
Download Now[Photosynth for Windows Phone]
We all know that Windows Phone 8 and the latest Windows 8 operating system works on the same kernel(NT Kernel) and it was obvious that it was there for the future scope for seamless porting of apps from one platform to the other.
As reported earlier by WMPowerUser,it seems that Microsoft is already moving forward with the idea of Unifying Windows Phone and Windows 8 Store.A recent Job post on the Microsoft Careers site hinted at a position(which is now been filled) which goes like,
“Do you wish the code you write for Windows Store apps would just work on the Windows Phone and vice versa?”
So if this is what the Software Giant is planing to do,it would be good for the future of Windows Phone 8 Store and the Windows Store due to the two way compatibility(Windows 8 to Windows Phone and vice versa) and would definitely attract more and more developers to the unified ecosystem of Windows.
Microsoft Recently announced their earnings for the last quarter(Q4 2012) with a record number of $21.46 billion with a nett profit of $6.38 billion,a tad bit lesser than the profits for the same quarter last year(Q4 2011) which netted $6.62 billion.
These numbers are courtesy the Windows 8,Windows Phone 8 and the Surface tablet launch last quarter.Though they didn’t share any specific details about how many Windows 8 devices have been sold,they mentioned about the Windows Division earnings for the last quarter reaching $5.9 billion which is up 24% For the same quarter a year ago,might give us an indication of where the things are going for Windows 8 and the devices,as we already know that Windows 8 has sold over 60 million licenses till date courtesy the Lucrative upgrade offer from Microsoft.
With their popular Office suite and Surface Pro nearing the release dates we could see even larger profit numbers by the next quarter earnings announcement.
Checkout the Press Release for More details.
We have been hearing a lot of numbers these days,first we got the news about over 4 million licences for Windows 8 and then over a month of launch of Windows 8 we got the 40 million licenses sold update for Windows 8.
But all this time the one Microsoft product that was missing was their Windows Phone.Though Steve Ballmer indicated earlier that Windows Phones are selling 4 times faster than last year’s fourth quarter,there wasn’t any number sharing for the same.
Now according to the recent Facebook’s Monthly Active Users data gathered by WMPU,indicates that this might very well be the record breaking quarter for Windows Phones.According to the stats,there are over 627,000 monthly active users after October 1,2012,which is coincidently 4 times greater than last years figure of around 150,000 MAU.
According to last years Gartner Survey,Actually sold devices(not including shipments) were around 2.759 Million for the Q4 2011.This data suggests that there are already over 7 Million Windows Phones being sold as of now and by the end of the quarter the figures may reach 10 million count.
If these numbers do translate into reality,then this would be a record breaking quarter for Windows Phones and a sign of things to come.
If you thought that you couldn’t buy a new Windows Phone 8 device below $300 and would have to pay a buck load of money to have one in your pocket? well not anymore.
Image Credits [Nokia]
Nokia has just revealed their latest Lumia entry level release and no it is not like those cheap Lumia 510′s and the 610′s .The Lumia 620 runs on a Qualcomm S4 1GhzDual core processor with a 3.8″ Clear Black WVGA display with 800 X480 resolution and it runs Windows Phone 8, sports a 5 Megapixel rear shooter and a fromt facing VGA camera,8GB of memory(with a Micro SD slot).All this at a cost of $249
making it the most affordable Windows Phone 8 device till date.
The device will be available in 7 exchangable covers with matte and gloss finish.The device will start shipping in January in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East initially and then European Countries and other regions will be added to launch list.
Source [Nokia Press Release],Via [The Verge]
Its been a couple of weeks since the launch of Windows Phone 8 and the users have already started reporting a few issues with the newly launched hardware!
As reported earlier by TheVerge,Many of the users over WPCentral forums , have reported about their HTC 8X’s random reboot issues and the trend continues over the Microsoft Support forums with users reporting reboot issues .
The issues are not restricted to HTC hardware but some of the Nokia Lumia 920 users are also reporting Freezing issues and Battery issues reported in Nokia forums.
So there are definitely some initial issues which are needed to be sorted out by Microsoft,we will keep you posted about the future updates on that front.
Windows 8 is exactly a month away from the official public release which is scheduled for October 26th,but the windows store is already enjoying the developer love with a good amount of growth in the apps in the store.
Image Credits[IDC and Appcelerator]
The survey which was recently conducted by IDC and the mobile platform company Appcelerator seconds says the same about growing developer interest in Windows 8 with 33% of the developers prefer developing apps for Windows 8 as surveyed in the 3rd quarter.While the market leader iOS still wins the race with the most preferred platform by developers with 85 and 83 percent for iPhone and iPad respectively while 76 and 66 percent developers prefer android platform for phones and tablets respectively.RIM’s Blackberry platform however had the least developer interest,sinking to 9 and 8 percent for their phone and tablet platform respectively.
The Windows Phone 7 platform which will now be succeeded by Windows Phone 8 platform has developer interest of 21 percent,so come Windows Phone 8 we will see a growing interest in the platform due to common kernel for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.
Microsoft will be launching a bunch of products this holiday season,with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch and of course the much awaited Windows RT based Surface Tablet launch.
Though the pricing details for Windows Phones and the Surface tablets are not out yet,People working at Microsoft will not have to worry aout buying those fancy products!In an internal meeting at KeyArena,Seattle Microsoft Announced a surprise package for its employees.
To start off with Free Windows RT based Surface tablets for all the full time employees for home and work use,not just that all the employees will get a Widows Phone 8 device for home and work use.Moreover all the employees work machines will be Moved to Windows 8 based machines Manufactured by their hardware partners,as reported earlier by GeekWire.
At this moment there are over 94,000 people working worldwide for the Software Giant.The company did a similar thing when they launched the Windows Phone 7 a couple of years ago,giving away the devices to all its employees.
In the build up to making Windows Phone 8 a huge success, Microsoft is leaving no stone unturned by firstly, opening up registration for Windows phone 8 SDK and now revamping the marketplace into the Store. According to the latest post on the official Windows phone blog, Microsoft is in all readiness to attract more users for its upcoming product.According to Mazar Mahmood, Microsoft employee who authored this post, Microsoft will be rolling out these changes beginning with Australia and New Zealand, and in the weeks ahead, gradually around the world.
He shows us some improvements which are meant to be in the new Store.Firstly,starting today Microsoft will be retiring the name Marketplace and renaming it to Windows Phone Store.
In addition to its new name, the Window Phone Store also has a few improvements designed to make finding great apps and games for your phone even easier. The Search box is better, since it now relies on the Bing search engine to supply results.The cool thing about relying on Bing search algorithm is that it’s designed to learn from all the searches people do and will actually get smarter over time, returning more relevant search results.The online Windows Phone Store not only clarifies labels such as, New, Free, Top Apps and adds some new browsing options to make finding apps even easier. The renamed and improved New+Rising list is not only refreshed more frequently, but takes into consideration how quickly an app is being downloaded. A new addition to the lineup is “Best Rated” that ranks apps based on customer ratings and actual usage patterns.
The Spotlight area of the Windows Phone Store, meanwhile, showcases a mosaic of recently-published apps chosen by Microsoft’s in-house experts.
Along-with these, other improvements include apps with overtly sexual content to be a little less prominent on your virtual shelves. Also, Microsoft will be adding a mechanism for reporting apps that concern you.
Microsoft is trying very hard to improve the user experience and will continue to add such innovative methods to make the Store an easier and fun place to search for apps for your Phone.