Last July 29th of this year, Microsoft officially made Windows 10, its latest operating system, available to the public. As for Windows 10 Mobile, the version of Windows 10 that is designed and optimized for mobile phones -- it will be coming soon.
To help mobile users prepare, especially those who own mobile devices that run on Windows, Microsoft has released an initial list of Lumia handsets that will get Windows 10 Mobile first. It should be noted that the arrival of Windows 10 Mobile will be made by way of a free software upgrade, and it will happen sometime later this year.
In introducing its next operating system, Windows 10, Microsoft had a vision to have its newest OS running on 1 billion devices in three years time by giving it away free of charge. But it appears that it may not be exactly for free.
The company recently announced that it will begin deploying Windows 10 starting on July 29th of this year. Microsoft further stated that it will offered as a free upgrade for all users who own PC and tablet devices that run on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. As reported by NetMarketShare, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 run on 74.1 of all PC devices.
During its annual Build developer conference held in San Francisco, California, Microsoft revealed that it is expecting its yet-to-be-officially-released operating system, Windows 10, to be running on one billion devices in the next two or three years. Terry Myerson, vice president of operating systems at Microsoft, said as much in his keynote presentation.
Here comes the newest preview of Windows 10, and it arrives with new features that should be come become available to an expanded list of smartphones that run on the Windows system. The new features include revamp Phone, Messaging, and People apps.
Aside from bringing a host of new features, the second public build, designated number 10051, also includes the Project Spartan browser that is already present in PCs powered by Windows 10. It may not exactly be the browser we see being used on desktop computers (and it is not the default browser for smartphones running on Windows yet), but it does offer us a bit of an idea of where Microsoft is heading with its browser, that is, if you do not mind some of the bugs.
What many consider to be the best Windows-run smartphone out there now comes with a stylish golden version. Indeed, the golden edition of the Nokia Lumia 930 can now be purchased unlocked and from select wireless carriers in European, Middle East, African, and Asia Pacific markets.
The Lumia 930 handset is more or less identical to the all white and silver versions released earlier, except for the fine gold trim that infuses the device with extra glitz and elegance. Aside from the gold-colored rear cover models, the golden edition of the Lumia 930 also comes in versions with white- and black-colored rear covers.
Microsoft recently announced two new additions to its Lumia lineup of smartphones: the Lumia 435 and the Lumia 532. Both handsets are expected to be launched next month most likely in European and Asian markets. These Lumia smartphones will be offered by Microsoft for a price not exceeding $100.
At only $77, the Lumia 435 is the most budget-friendly among the two new offerings. It features a 4-inch display screen with an 800 by 480 resolution, as well as a 2-megapixel camera on the rear side.
The Lumia 435 is powered by a 1.2 GigaHertz dual-core Qualcomm processor and has 1 gigabyte of random access memory (RAM) as well as 8 gigabytes of internal storage. It is designed for 3G networks so it will not be able to work on faster LTE networks.
The HTC One (M8) for Windows was recently seen on T-Mobile's online store early this November. While it was good news for T-Mobile subscribers who are fans of the HTC device, many were hesitant to celebrate just yet because the handset was only listed as "Coming Soon". T-Mobile also had not provided any launch date.
It is now official. With the unveiling of its latest mobile device, Microsoft has officially dropped the Nokia branding from its smartphones once and for all. On Monday, the tech giant introduced the Lumia 535, which is part of the Nokia smartphone family that existed long before Microsoft completed its $7.2 billion purchase of the Finnish mobile manufacturing company this year. But this time around, instead of retaining the once dominating Nokia branding, the new device is labeled as a Microsoft device (similar to other Microsoft gadgets like the Xbox or Surface).
Microsoft has officially stated that from now on, it will be removing the Nokia branding from its Lumia line of smartphone products. Earlier this year back in April, the tech giant had acquired Nokia's smartphone segment, but in the time since, Microsoft had retained the Nokia name particularly in its Lumia devices. This time however, it appears that Microsoft is finally saying goodbye to the Nokia name for good. In the next few weeks or months, consumers should expect to see less and less of the Nokia name in future Lumia releases. Indeed, the rebranding has already begun for some of the apps used for the Lumia smartphone. For instance, the Nokia Camera has now been renamed as Lumia Camera. The same goes for all social media accounts -- all Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account names will accordingly be changed to Microsoft Lumia at this point.
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