Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft Abandons Consumer Smartphones, Cuts 1,850 Jobs

Microsoft's focus on the consumer phone was short and costly. The company has announced today that it is cutting 1,850 jobs and will take a restructuring charge of nearly $1 billion as it "streamlines" the company's smartphone business in enterprise and other niche areas where it feels it has "differentiation" (via TechCrunch). "We are focusing our...

Apple’s Passbook Passes Working with Windows Phone 8.1 [Screenshots]

As pointed out by iMore, Microsoft has added support for Apple's Passbook passes in Windows Phone 8.1, which was released today as a developer preview. It seems that Microsoft has "reverse-engineered how to read Passbook files (.pkpass)" and can turned them into cards that work with Micosoft Wallet, rendering them with the same data for Windows...

Cortana For Windows Phone 8.1: Microsoft’s Answer To Siri And Google Now

Today, at its annual Build developers conference in San Francisco Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1, which includes the company’s own personal digital assistant, Cortana. The personal assistant has been in development for several years and is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. The name of the personal digital assistant from Microsoft was inspired...