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I’m just going to get right to it: you can now play Minecraft on your Windows Phone. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is now available from the Windows Phone Store for $6.99. Start your block-by-block building adventures with two modes from the full Minecraft game – Survival mode and Creative mode. With Survival mode, you must find the resources to build your world. And with Creative mode, you have unlimited resources and the ability to fly. On a local Wi-Fi network, you can even have some multiplayer fun and team up with friends to build new worlds together and fight nocturnal monsters.
Microsoft has released their very first fitness band and it is quite the piece of tech. The band has a built-in GPS tracker to monitor your movements and a novel UV sensor so that you can keep track of your exposure to sunlight. Some other cool and useful features involve a skin temperature monitor and a heart rate sensor that use an optical sensor which are far more accurate than the audio sensors attached to many other bands.
Keep in mind the Microsoft Band is much more than just a fitness band. It incorporates a whole slew of features that you’d expect in a smartwatch and builds them right into the band. Features such as Twitter, Facebook, Calendar, Weather, and stock tracking are all integrated into this well built piece of tech.. Microsoft has taken the bold step of making the Band compatible with devices running Android 4.3 and 4.4, iPhones running iOS 7.1 and later, and of course Windows Phone 8.1 users. Users connecting it to a Windows 8.1 smartphone get the added bonus of Cortana integration. How do you like those apples (no pun intended)
The Microsoft Band retails for $199 and is currently only on offer in the US. To purchase the Microsoft Band please visit the Microsoft Store.
In a tweet from this past weekend addressed to “#TeamLumia,” Nokia US — an account now operated by Microsoft following its acquisition of Nokia’s phone business — asked users, “Can you tell us which is the better deal?”
A small “infographic” was attached to the tweet.
On the left side of the graphic sits an iPhone above a $700 price tag. On the right side we find nearly a dozen Microsoft products highlighted by the company’s $100 Lumia 635 budget smartphone. Included with the phone are a portable charger, headphones, Office Mobile software, a OneDrive subscription, a portable Bluetooth speaker, free Xbox games and more, the combined cost of which is just $269.99 for the end user.
At TechEnd conference today in Europe, Joe Belfiore demoed the upcoming gesture support for trackpads in Windows 10. “In the past touch pads on Windows have really been done very differently because OEMs do them, With Windows 10 we’re adding support for power users in a touch pad, where multiple finger gestures — which all of you power users learn — can make you really efficient”, said Joe Belfiore. Microsoft is introducing the following gestures in Windows 10,
Three finger swipe down will minimize all active Windows
Three finger swipe up will bring them back.
Users can use three finger swipe up gesture to activate the new Task View feature in Windows 10.
In Task view, users can use three finger swipe left and right to activate switching between apps.
Want to be a part of shaping what comes in the next version of Windows? Microsoft created their feature suggestion landing page so you can vote for your favorite feature ideas. Here's a full quote and link below:
Windows Feature Suggestions
Welcome to the Windows Feature Suggestion Box!
Windows Feature Suggestion Box provides the Windows PC/Tablet user community with a channel for feedback. To help us build the best version of Windows ever, we created this forum to hear your ideas, suggestions and feedback.
If there are features or design changes you hope to see in the next version of Windows, submit them right here!
In order to understand which features people MOST want, you get to vote on the feature suggestions that are already here. We have set the number of votes you have available on your favorite suggestions to 20. Vote for your favorite features now!
What this forum is not intended to cover:
Windows Phone Consumer Suggestions
Windows Platform Developer Feedback
To see our work in progress, please go ahead and install Windows 10 Technical Preview. You can join the conversation about Technical Preview and swap advice with others at Technical Preview Forums, or Become an Insider to get the latest preview builds and an easy-to-use built-in feedback app.
Our lawyers made us put this here ;-) Please note that the Windows Feature Suggestion Box is moderated and is a voluntary participation-based project. If your submission is not a product feature suggestion it may be removed. Please do not send any novel or patentable ideas, copyrighted materials, samples or demos which you do not want to grant a license to Microsoft. Your submission is subject to these License Terms. Please limit your suggestions to 25 words or less.
Microsoft started dropping hints about its plans to kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands last month, and now the company is ready to make it official. Microsoft Lumia is the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker. The name change follows a slow transition from Nokia.com over to Microsoft's new mobile site, and Nokia France will be the first of many countries that adopt "Microsoft Lumia" for its Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts. Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that other countries will follow the rebranding steps in the coming weeks.
Microsoft's decision to drop the Nokia brand itself doesn't mean that Nokia is going away fully. Nokia still exists as a separate company without its phones business, and the Finnish firm now...
Microsoft surprised everyone few weeks back by announcing that the next version of Windows will be called ‘Windows 10′, instead of the obvious ‘Windows 9′. So, what happened to Windows 9? Speaking on stage at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Windows team executive Tony Prophet said, “It came and it went.”
“Windows 10 is not going to be an incremental step from Window 8.1,” he explained. “Windows 10 is going to be a material step. We’re trying to create one platform, one eco-system that unites as many of the devices from the small embedded Internet of Things, through tablets, through phones, through PCs and, ultimately, into the Xbox.”