The Start Screen is a feature available in Windows 8.x and is loved by many. Admittedly, it had a rough start when it first entered the market thanks to Microsoft and its idea that the Start Screen was suitable for devices that didn't sup... keep reading
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As the summer rolls to an end here in the United States, schoolchildren and university students, are grabbing their supplies and getting ready to head back to their respective institutions for another year of intense... keep reading
We're, obviously, big fans of tech here at WinBeta -- we eat, sleep, and breathe the latest devices and software. While we might spend a good deal of time holed up in an office of one sort or another, glued to a laptop or desktop, there a... keep reading
Converge for Windows Phone, for those who did not know, is our new 3rd-party app. We announced this change last week and the app has now received a new update, allowing you to view comments made on our news stories, as well as an improvem... keep reading
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Not too long ago, Blackberry removed the "beta" tag from BBM for Windows Phone, making it available as a stable release for all users. The company has focused on the app seriously, and introduced several new features on rival operating sy... keep reading
Last week, Angry Birds Space snagged a major update. Today, the original Angry Birds title by Rovio has gone through the same treatment. The title has added over 15 new levels, bonus episodes, and a super power that lets you power up a bi... keep reading
The eagerly anticipated August Update for Xbox One is now starting to roll out to gamers around the world. Major Nelson has released a video outlining some of the highlights of the latest update, including redesigned Activities Feed in Fr... keep reading
Windows Phone is known for having good phones for a very low price, but how does the Windows Phone usage share compare to iOS and Android? Not surprisingly iOS is largely made up of high end devices ($400+). Android on the other hand is m... keep reading
Football fans who own a Windows 8.1 device can now manage their fantasy football teams and players with the official NFL Fantasy Football app. Already available for Windows Phone 8.1 (having been released earlier this month), the app was... keep reading
This week has been quite interesting in the world of Microsoft. We've covered a lot over the past week and chances are you most likely missed an important piece of news. Let's recap the week in our weekly "if you missed it" post.
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Despite the hike in Xbox One sales figure last month, Microsoft's gaming console is yet to outpace the growth of PlayStation 4. Sony’s gaming console has yet again claimed the top spot in the United States.
Neither of the companie... keep reading
The Windows Phone Store is now home to over 300,000 Windows Phone apps, with new apps coming in on a weekly basis. Let's take a look at the Windows Phone Store and see which apps are at the top of the charts when it comes to the free, pai... keep reading
So far, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, former CEO Steve Ballmer, chairman and former CEO Bill Gates had done the ALS ice bucket challenge. Now, you can add Bill Gates' wife, and co-chair of the Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates to the list.... keep reading
Waze may have gotten its last update for Windows Phone. A customer had asked the company on Twitter if the development had stopped, and the company responded with: "There are no plans for an update as of now but things can always change."... keep reading
The self-claimed “world’s dumbest game” Goat Simulator is coming to an Xbox One console near you. Goat Simulator is one of the several indie titles that will be arriving on Microsoft’s gaming console, the company announced in its briefing... keep reading
Microsoft has scheduled an event on September 4th where the company is rumored to launch a camera-centric smartphone, or maybe two. In the past few days, several Microsoft devices, including the Lumia 730 and 830, have popped up on the in... keep reading
Earlier this week, Microsoft released an upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update, dubbed as August Update. However, it seems that the installation files available through Microsoft’s website aren’t completely ironed out. After several complaints fr... keep reading
Microsoft, which released the Windows 8.1 August Update earlier this month, has now taken down the download links without giving any reason. The company has withheld the links to both the x64 and x86 versions of the August Update.... keep reading
HTC One for Windows has made its fair share of appearances in the rumor mill in the past few weeks. We've seen the device on a carrier's website, as well as a number of rumors revealing the specifications of the alleged device. If those w... keep reading
At the ongoing Gamescom event, the Twitch channels for Xbox, PlayStation and eSports League were compromised. A third party started posting unauthorized offensive messages to each channel’s profiles.
Someone altered archived strea... keep reading
Simon Peyton-Jones is part of Microsoft Research Cambridge and co-founder of Computing at School (CAS). The aim of CAS is to expose primary and secondary school (kindergarten through high school) children to the basics of computer science... keep reading
Microsoft recently brought down the Zeus GameOver BotNet with the help of the FBI. Nonetheless this did not stop the virus from being copied and modified. For those who don't know, a Botnet is a collection of connected computers which are... keep reading
Bill Gates is the latest tech figurehead to accept the ALS ice bucket challenge. Accepting the nomination from Mark Zuckerberg, Bill built a structure to dump a bucket of ice water on his head. He then nominated Elon Musk, Ryan Seacrest,... keep reading
After being available to the beta testers for a while, the ever so popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is now available to anyone to download through the Windows Phone Store. Coming out of the beta tag, the BBM app for Windows Phone has sq... keep reading
Brad Sams at Neowin has done an experiment to see how customer representatives from major telecommunications companies respond to Windows Phone. Brad went to three different carriers in the US and asked them for recommendations. Each carr... keep reading
Do you have too many things to read and too little time? There is an app for that. Share to Speech is a Windows app which will read articles to you. Now Windows Phone users can simply share from the web or from any app which uses the shar... keep reading
Ever since Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were launched, they have both been put to the litmus test to find which gaming console is better. We now may have a temporary answer. In a new interview, Xbox One’s chief Phil Spencer said that Xbox O... keep reading
It's hard to say how many customers would want the Internet Explorer browser on another mobile platform, though there's likely a base of users that would welcome the addition, if for no other reason than competition.
It seems tha... keep reading
Fitbit, for those that did not know, is a fantastic wireless activity tracker that lets you know how many steps you have taken, how far you have traveled, how many calories you have burned, and much more. The official Fitbit app has recei... keep reading
Today the Surface Pro 3 docking station is available to purchase in the United States and Canada. Microsoft says you can now buy the dock from retail stores, online, and through authorized resellers in the United States and Canad... keep reading
Microsoft is planning to release a technical preview of Windows 9 (threshold) in late September or early October to anyone interested. This is similar to what Microsoft did with Windows 8. Getting software into the hands of customers enab... keep reading
Microsoft is combining most of its tech conferences into a single event. This event will be held in Chicago in May of 2015, but what will it be called?
Mary Jo Foley at AllAboutMicrosoft has acquired a list of possible names. Sinc... keep reading
While the Xbox One has been on the market since late last year, the Xbox 360 also remains on the market and is a good seller. With both consoles, customers can access games via a convenient download feature -- much easier than driving to... keep reading
Earlier this year, we learned that Microsoft was working on a prototype operating system called Windows Cloud. This operating system has been rumored to require an internet connection for full functionality, acting as a basic operating sy... keep reading
Earlier this month, Wunderlist released it popular app for Windows Phone devices, albeit in beta form. Recently, Wunderlist beta made its way to the Windows Store, giving Windows 8.1 users the ability to manage their tasks in an easy way.... keep reading
In some interesting news, several Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 handset owners living in India have got the Lumia Cyan update on their smartphones. This is interesting because the Nokia Software Update Tracker page still doesn't list the update... keep reading
Microsoft has released an update for its Xbox One Smartglass Beta app, which brings plethora of new features to the app, with the most important one being its availability in new markets. In addition, users also get the ability to post st... keep reading
Microsoft Research has an app in the Windows Phone Store called WindUp and it lets you share media and text messages with a time limit. Similar to Snapchat, you can send media or messages to friends and set it to expire after a certain ti... keep reading
Microsoft has just announced the rollout of significant upgrades for the Xbox One centering on social and entertainment features. These will be rolling out to the preview members and all Xbox One owners in the next few months.
The... keep reading
If you recall, Xbox Entertainment Studios was Microsoft's in-house push for exclusive content for the Xbox. However, this summer the tech giant announced that the studio would be shut down, and it seemed as if this was the end.
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