This is one that I personally take a lot of satisfaction in seeing. After indicating they were not going to update MLB At Bat for Windows Phone for the 2015 season, Major League Baseball has reversed course and has just released an updated version for the season. We are 2 months into the season but I’m not going to complain. It is here and it is great.
Back in April before the start of the baseball season, MLB said they would not be updating the app for Windows Phone. I was plenty critical of it as a baseball fan and Windows Phone fan.
At the time, it was the latest in a long string of apps that support for Windows Phone had been dropped (Bank of America, I’m STILL looking at you) and while I appreciated that Universal apps would be coming in Windows 10, it was frustrating as a baseball fan. Now, it seems, all is right with the world.
One of the biggest and best pieces of news for Windows 10 Mobile came out at the end of last week and the implications are huge. Microsoft stated in an article on ZDNet that they will be controlling all update to Windows 10 including those of Windows 10 Mobile. This not only includes businesses running Windows 10 Mobile but consumers like you and me. This is fantastic news as it takes the carriers out of the equation which, in theory, means that we should see updates to Windows 10 Mobile far faster than we ever have under Windows Phone 7, 8, or 8.1.
I wrote about this very subject back in February where I outlined how Microsoft could bypass the carriers on updates to Windows 10 Mobile via a Windows Insider style mechanism. While in the article from Mr. Bott clearly states that carriers will still be in the mix, it will be at a far lower level and Microsoft ultimately is the one that determines when the upgrade button is pushed on devices.
As was expected today, Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Insiders who are participating in the Fast Ring. Build 10080 is the first build to support a non-Lumia device, the HTC M8 for Windows Phone which is great to see in addition to the support for the Lumia 930, Lumia ICON and Lumia 640 XL. As expected, there are a lot of new features and apps to test out in this build as well as a good list of known issues. I’ll remind everyone that this is beta software and there will be issues so proceed with caution. I personally am still not running Windows 10 Mobile on my daily phone and after playing with this build for a little bit on my Lumia 635 and Lumia 1320, it will remain that way.
It looks increasingly likely that a new build of Windows 10 Mobile will be available for those on the Fast Ring in the Windows Insider program later today. Microsoft’s Gabe Aul took to Twitter yesterday answering a pile of questions related to the next build for Windows Phone and PC with hints being dropped that a new build is imminent.
@Typhos666 So far so good. It has a couple of tile layout bugs, but I think the Fast ring crew will not mind those.
Microsoft has announced on the Windows Blog the editions of Windows 10 that will be available later this year and unfortunately, it is as confusing as ever. While Microsoft has made it clear that this version of Windows will be on every device – Phone, Tablet, PC and even Xbox – they have broken it down into multiple editions with different feature sets. This is the same thing they have done since the Windows XP days and while I get it, it creates unnecessary confusion for consumers.
The biggest news is probably the fact that build on phones will be known as Windows 10 Mobile. There has been a lot of debate on what Microsoft would call the phone edition but it seems now it is locked into this name. And to add to the fun, there is a Mobile Enterprise version. Oi….
It may be time for me to create a “This Week in 6Tag Updates” section of the site.
Once again developer Rudy Huyn has dropped another update to the popular Instagram app for Windows Phone, this time it increments up to version 4.3 for those keeping score at home. This update, like the 4.2 update last week, brings several new features both from a photo sharing perspective as well as the user experience. It’s certainly worth the upgrade and it is available now in the Windows Phone store.
Over the weekend I added 15 new wallpapers to the wallpaper page here on the site. These are a collection of some I have found as I scurry about the Web that I like and I hope you do to. This morning I’ve added even more to the page by uploading 54 new ones. That brings the total up to 119 on the page ranging from mountains to city streets and even a leopard or two. I make no claim to authorship on most of these. In fact there are about 15 of the 119 that I’ve actually created. I’ve tried to give credit where due but in some cases that’s not possible.
As always, these wallpapers for your Android or Windows Phone are free. I encourage you to download them and enjoy them and feel free to repost them yourself.
To get to the Wallpaper page, click on this link or hit the Wallpaper button on the main menu.