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.
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.
Microsoft has released a minor update to the Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone, fixing a few issues but also bringing support for Azure RemoteApp to your device. For those who are not familiar with Azure RemoteApp, this is the cloud-based solution for applications for businesses so they can have them in a centralized location but be accessed remotely via devices running Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Your company’s applications run on Windows Server in the Azure cloud, where they’re easier to scale and update. Users can access their applications remotely from their Internet-connected laptop, tablet, or phone. While appearing to run on the users’ local device, the applications are centralized on Azure’s protected, reliable platform.
For those of you who have been around Windows business solutions for a while, think of this as a really advanced, highly stable, Windows Terminal-like solution. Just really, really big.
Age of Empires Castle Siege for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 got a hefty update today, bringing a significant number of stability and performance updates. Version 1.3 of the game is now available in the Windows Store on your Windows 8.1 PC and Windows Phone Store on your phone.
The update is 170MB in size for Windows Phone so it is a big update and will require you to have your phone connected to WiFi in order to download it.
With the release earlier today of the Microsoft Lumia 535, the company has now posted a short video introducing all of us to the latest Lumia.
The video is the second video to be launched on the rebranded Microsoft Lumia YouTube channel that has been a larger rebranding exercise from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia. The first video, also on the Lumia 535, is below.
Microsoft today announced that next year they will be rebranding their enterprise communications app & service Lync to Skype for Business. The move shouldn’t be a big surprise for those who follow Microsoft in the enterprise space as there has been rumors floating around this rebranding for sometime. Skype for Business will bring both intra- and extra-company communication to enterprises and their customers on one common platform and application.
In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. We believe that Skype for Business will again transform the way people communicate by giving organizations reach to hundreds of millions of Skype users outside the walls of their business.
In addition to the platform changes, users can also expect some significant improvements around functionality including simplified one-click telephony (assuming you have the appropriate licensing in place).
As expected, Microsoft has announced their first Microsoft branded Lumia Windows powered phone, the Lumia 535. The 5″ display budget friendly phone sports some pretty nice features for a budget phone and is expected to be launched in Hong Kong, China and Bangladesh shortly.
- 5-inch IPS LCD (960 x 540)
- 1.2 GHz quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB storage
- MicroSD card support (Up to 128 GB)
- 1905 mAh battery
- 5 MP rear camera
- 5 MP front-facing camera
Several sources today are citing that a new calendar and contact mashup app is soon to be released by Microsoft. Revolve for Windows Phone will bring the you information about people you are going to be soon meeting from multiple sources.
Revolve, an upcoming app for Windows phones which melds aspects of a calendar and contact manager, and presents you with information about people you’re going to meet with that it’s collected from multiple sources.
This concept certainly isn’t new but it would bring a new level of information and interaction for the Windows Phone platform. LinkedIn and Evernote both offer similar solutions for iOS while Google has recently announced its new calendar app for Android that does a similar function.
The HTC One M8 Windows Phone is now available from T-Mobile in the United States for $0 if you sign up for a 2 year contract. It is the second carrier in as many weeks to pick up the latest Windows Phone offering from HTC after the M8 was exclusive to Verizon over the summer. Last Friday the phone made its debute on AT&T.