Google PWAs pulled from the Microsoft Store

Jul 18, 2018 at 18:01 GMT PWAs are meant to be the end run around the Microsoft Store app gap, but it turns out despite primarily living on the web, developers are not free to deliver them any way they want to. Developer 11K Studio brought a range of Google PWAs, including Google Photos, Google Maps and more to the store, and it appears those apps have now been disabled in the Store. It is of course extremely likely that 11K Studios did not get permission from Google t...
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Dell could be building the Surface Phone

May 29, 2018 at 23:33 GMT There was a rumour some time ago that Microsoft was developing their Surface Phone as a reference design for other OEMs to turn into actual devices, much like the OEMs were allowed and even encouraged to freely copy the Surface Pro design for their Windows 10 tablets. That idea has just become more concrete with a new rumour by Winfuture.de, who seems to have laid their hands on a pile of internal Qualcomm documents. They report Dell is workin...
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Computerworld thinks the time is right for the Surface Phone and the date is Build 2018

Apr 25, 2018 at 18:24 GMT By all accounts, based on a large number of patents and a number of discoveries in the Windows 10 code and APIs, Microsoft has been working on a foldable smartphone/tablet for at least 2 years. According to ComputerWorld’s Mike Elgan, the world is finally ready for it, citing a number of reasons why now is the time Microsoft should launch the clamshell device. He notes that the heat has gone out of the smartphone market, with shipments droppin...
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Instagram app no longer available for Windows Phone in the Microsoft Store

Apr 15, 2018 at 8:52 GMT The Instagram app for Windows 10 had a recent update, and while it did not appear to bring much new, it appears the main effect was to remove Windows 10 Mobile handsets from the list of supported devices. A reader has written saying: Instagram for windows 10 mobile no longer in store When I tried to reinstall Instagram I noticed that it was just available for pc it has been pulled for mobile The store listing confirms this is a recent event, wi...
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Subway Surfers axes support for Windows 10 Mobile because Microsoft

Mar 7, 2018 at 13:10 GMT Subway Surfers for Windows Phone is getting discontinued for Windows 10 Mobile. Kiloo, the firm behind the game initially stopped support for Subway Surfers for Windows Phone 8 based devices back in 2016, but continued to support Windows 10 Mobile devices, but has now axed even those from support. According to WindowsArea.de, the firm sent customers the following email: Thanks for being a loyal player on the Windows platform! Unfortunately, Ca...
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Microsoft explains why folding phones is the next big thing

Dec 28, 2017 at 16:41 GMT We have already seen a folding phone hitting the market, with the ZTE Axon M, and going by rumours we can expect a few more next year, including from market leaders like Samsung and also potentially from the Microsoft Surface team. Now in a patent application, Microsoft explained why the time is now right for a dual-screen folding phone, saying: Along with these enhanced capabilities has come a demand for larger displays to provide a richer user exp...
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MS Launcher makes Fast Company’s “25 Best New Apps Of 2017”

Dec 21, 2017 at 11:06 GMT It seems one of Microsoft’s Garage projects is set to make it pretty big. Microsoft Launcher, which started as the Arrow Launcher, was the creation of Microsoft’s Garage team, the Microsoft program that encourages employees to work on projects that they are passionate about, even if they have no relation to their primary function within the company. In recent years most of their projects have been for iOS and Android, and I suspect it is true ...
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Super-fast Puffin browser makes the jump from iOS and Android to Windows

Dec 20, 2017 at 23:06 GMT The Puffin browser is a cloud-based browser previously only on iOS and Android which uses remote servers to help you download and render web pages incredibly fast, and without overusing your local resources. It turns out slower PCs could also benefit from the cloud-based boost, and the company has now brought their browser to the Windows platform. A bit like Opera Mini, the browser uses servers to pre-process and compress web pages and due to ...
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Hands-on with Microsoft Edge on iOS: The perfect browser for Windows 10 users?

Oct 10, 2017 at 21:24 GMT Microsoft surprised a lot of people by announcing the preview of its Microsoft Edge browser on Android and the iPhone. In fact, Windows Insiders with an iPhone can already sign-up for the preview through Apple’s TestFlight on iOS 11. I was able to give Microsoft Edge a try on my iPhone and I have been using it for the past few hours. Here’s what I think. At its core, Microsoft Edge on iOS is basically just like any other browser. The browser isn’...
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Microsoft is not playing well with iOS 11’s new image format (Updated)

Windows 10 and OneDrive don't support iOS 11's new image format yet Sep 20, 2017 at 18:49 GMT Update: Microsoft has reached out to us, clarifying that OneDrive on iOS will automatically convert HEIC files to JPEG when you back them up on your iPhone, so you will still be able to view them as regular image files in your Windows 10 device and iPhone. But if you want to keep the original file format and save some storage space, thus opting for HEIC, you won’t be able to vi...
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