Word Flow, the impressive Windows Phone keyboard made by Microsoft, has officially come to the iOS mobile operating system. This new version optimized for iOS mobile users allows them to simply tap or swipe in order to type out letters, and intuitively guess the words to be typed when composing phrases or sentences, just like what the original version for the Windows Phone platform does. Microsoft had previously stated that the iOS version would have to undergo a certain beta testing period before transitioning to full deployment, but it appears that the mobile is now downloadable for free from the US App Store.
In December of last year, it was reported that Microsoft was delaying the Windows 10 Mobile update for older models of Lumia smartphones. But recent reports seem to indicate that the update is finally being prepped for deployment. As spotted by a Neowin reader, it appears that the software giant has already released an internal beta for the Mobile Upgrade Advisor for Windows 10.
To open Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, normally one only needs to speak the words “Hey Cortana” and the mobile app would just launch. But the version of this feature that runs on the Android mobile operating system in the United States apparently can no longer be launched with that specific voice prompt.
Microsoft recently announced the launch of Office for Android handsets. More than a month ago, the company had released the suite of Office apps as a preview, but now it is finally and officially releasing the package, which includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint all optimized for use on smartphones that run on the Android mobile operating system. This latest release is a nice follow-up to Microsoft's recent efforts to get Office apps working Android-run tablets,as well as bring support for Office on devices using the iOS, OS X, and Windows platforms.
It seems that Microsoft has a new emailing/chatting tool called Flow that will be launching on iPhones soon. But apparently, Flow is not the only new mobile first productivity tool that the company is developing.
As a matter of fact, there are reports that Microsoft is busy finalizing a lightweight collaboration and document sharing app, as well as working on a lightweight project management tool. Both projects will reportedly be named "Flip" and "Highlander," respectively.
Microsoft recently released a preview build for phones of Windows 10 Mobile (the Windows 10 OS version geared for mobile users) to Windows Insider testers. This latest build is called 1080 and functions on more Windows-run mobile devices, including the Lumia Icon, the Lumia 930, the Lumia 640/640XL phones, and even the HTC One (M8) for Windows smartphone. Previously, these devices were not able to run earlier preview builds of Windows 10 Mobile due to screen scaling concerns.
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.
According to information recently released by Microsoft, it turned out that most of the mobile apps downloaded from the Windows Phone app store are from low-cost smartphones, particularly those devices with less than 512 megabytes of memory.
Based on Microsoft's data, 71 percent of the apps were downloaded using smartphones with half a gigabyte or less of random access memory. This means that if a developer releases a Windows Phone app that needs more than 512 megabytes of memory, he can expect that app to be most likely downloaded using higher-end devices.
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