With the rollout of Lumia Denim expected to start literally in days, I thought it would be a good idea to post a guide of what you can expect in the next major release of the Lumia OS that runs on Windows Phone. Lumia Denim is a firmware update that will eventually make its way to every Windows Phone running 8.1. This update is sometimes referred to as Update 1 although it is unclear if Microsoft will actually call it that when the time comes to release it. Regardless of the naming, Lumia Denim is a big update for Windows Phone users and brings forth a significant number of improvements to your Windows Phone experience.
Let’s get those Black Friday deals going a bit early. If you want to get your hands on a great little Windows Phone, go straight over to Amazon and pick yourself up a Lumia 635. Right now it is only $49.99, $50 off the regular price. That’s without any contract requirements.
If you haven’t had a chance to read my review of the Lumia 635, you can do that here.
To all of my readers that are in the United States, I want to take a moment to wish each of you a happy Thanksgiving today. I hope that each of you have a day of food and fun with family and friends and that you each get to your destinations safe & sound today.
I, like many, have an endless list of things to be thankful for in my life including my own family and friends. I am also thankful for each of you who come and read my random musings, opinions and reviews. I appreciate that I’m on your reading list be it daily or
Enjoy the day & Happy Thanksgiving!
Microsoft has released a sizable update to the Mail, Calendar and People app for Windows, bringing a whole host of improvements and update to each of the apps. The update is available now in the Window Store now on your Windows 8.1 PC. Mail by far received the biggest update, bringing such features as a Sweep feature to clean up your Outlook.com inbox and the ability to drag-and-drop messages into folders.
The Music Deals app for Windows and Windows Phone has received a minor update this week, brining several new features including Share, Pin, Home and Help buttons.
For those who aren’t familiar with the Music Deals app, it is a relatively new app that brings deals to Xbox Music users weekly.
With little fanfare on the By-The-Numbers page, Microsoft has announced that as of September 30, 2014, the combined app total of the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store has reached 525,000 apps. This represents a 75% growth since the end of August of this year when the stores had a combined 300,000 apps. It is an important milestone for Microsoft but the growth rate is the even more impressive number to take away from this news.
One of the last remaining Nokia branded elements of Windows Phone is quickly disappearing. The Nokia Collection in the Windows Phone store is being renamed to the Lumia Collection and the rollout of this update is already happening for many Lumia users. It all-but eliminates the Nokia name from Windows Phone as Microsoft pushes forth with the Lumia name on their Windows powered phones.
While rumors and speculation has been floating for a few months now, the proverbial cat is out of the bag when it comes to Windows 10 upgrades for Windows Phone 8.1 users. In a Tweet yesterday, the Microsoft Lumia account stated
“There will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices And we will release new Windows 10 models in the future”.
This is undoubtedly huge and every Windows Phone 8.1 owner should rejoice. In fact, every Windows Phone 6, 7 or 8 owner should rejoice because it means that the start, restart and make everyone buy new devices days may be over.
Microsoft has released the all new Movie Creator app for Windows Phone which is aimed at making video creation quick and easy with an intuitive user experience. The app, which is free, is technically a beta app so if you are one who avoids beta software, you may want to wait a few months before it is generally available. That said, having had a go with the app this morning, it is stable.
The Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone has been updated with several new features including the ability to message non-friends on Facebook contacts. The update is available now in the Windows Phone Store and for those keeping score at home, it is version 9.0.