Nokia unveils the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 smartphones

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At Build 2014 conference, Microsoft made a slew of software and hardware announcements – including the budget Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 smartphones.

Nokia has built a significant part of its business in recent times on lower-end feature- and smartphones, particularly aimed at emerging markets. And taking to the stage in San Francisco, Stephen Elop unveiled the two latest ‘affordable’ Lumia devices, before revealing that these two would in fact be the first devices to get Windows Phone 8.1, the much anticipated update to its mobile OS that was announced shortly before.

The 635 incarnation features 4G LTE, while the 630 will sport a 3G single-SIM version and a 3G dual-SIM variant – both will come with quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processors, 4.5″ Clear Black screens, and be available in five colors with changeable shells. The 630 (single SIM) will cost $159, 630 (dual-SIM) will set you back $169, while the 635 will weigh in at $189.

The 630 and 635 will be available from May starting in Asia, and will be gradually rolled out to other regions over the next couple of months.

Microsoft Build 2014: DAY 1

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Build 2014 conference held in San Francisco, Microsoft made slay of software and hardware announcements.

A quick recap of everything announced at the event – and we’re not including the fact that all attendees were treated to an Xbox One and a $500 Microsoft Store gift card. Damn.

DAY 1: 2nd April 2014

Windows Phone 8.1

Among its first announcements was Windows Phone 8.1, an update to its mobile operating system featuring a personal digital assistant named Cortana, a new Action Center, and support for customizable lock-screens and backgrounds? Windows Phone 8.1 will ship on devices starting in May with the new range of Lumia smartphones.

Microsoft also outlined a support for enterprise VPN, S/MIME encryption, and new mobile device management (MDM) capabilities.

Finally, the company also revealed it’s making Windows for phones and tablets less than 9 inches in size available for free.

Windows 8.1

Over in the desktop realm, Microsoft also unveiled Windows 8.1 Update 1, which will be arriving on April 8. New features include an improved Taskbar, better task switching, and Start Screen tweaks that focus on mouse and keyboard users. In short, modern (“Metro”) apps now have Taskbar buttons and title bars. Microsoft has also pre-pinned the Windows Store to the Start Screen.

Universal Windows apps

This one in particular is a big deal – Microsoft today announced universal Windows apps which work across PCs, phones, tablets and the Xbox One. So the Windows runtime in Windows 8.1 Update 1, for example, will be available to Windows Phone developers too.

‘New’ Office for touchscreen devices

The computing giant today previewed a “work in progress” version of the suite, designed specifically for Windows-based touchscreen devices. The presentation centered on a new version of PowerPoint, which Kirk Koenigsbauer, CVP for Microsoft Office, said was “early user experience” code.

Windows for the ‘Internet of Things’

Yup, Microsoft announced it will soon launch a version of Windows for the Internet of Things, costing absolutely zero for hardware-makers to use.

The Internet of Things, for those who don’t know, refers to the phenomenon of everyday objects becoming increasingly ‘connected’ – so cars, refrigerators, watches – you get the idea. The decision is undoubtedly aimed at ensuring Windows continues to dominate in market share.

For more information watch the keynote on Channel 9.

DAY 1 KEYNOTE :  2nd April 2014

Happy BUILD ing.

What is Build (Conference)

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Build is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed towards software and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone and Windows Azure and other Microsoft technologies. First held in 2011, it serves as a successor for Microsoft’s previous developer events, the Professional Developers Conference (an infrequent event which covered development of software for the Windows operating system) and MIX (which covered web development centering on Microsoft technology such as Silverlight and ASP.net).

Build 2014

Build 2014 to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from April 2 to April 4, 2014. The date and venue of Build 2014 were prematurely published by Microsoft’s website on December 12, 2013, but was subsequently pulled. Microsoft ultimately made an official announcement on the next day.

 2013

Build 2013 was held from June 26 to June 28, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The conference was primarily used to unveil the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8. Each attendee received a Surface Pro with a Touch Cover, Acer Iconia W3 (the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet) with a Bluetooth keyboard and 100GB of free SkyDrive storage.

2012

Held on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond from October 30 to November 2, 2012, the 2012 edition of Build focused on the recently released Windows 8, along with Windows Azure and Windows Phone 8. Attendees received a Surface RT tablet with Touch Cover, a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone, and 100GB of free SkyDrive storage.

2011

Build 2011 was held from September 13 to September 16, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The conference heavily focused on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012; their Developer Preview versions were also released during the conference. Attendees also received a Samsung tablet shipping with the Windows 8 “Developer Preview” build.

Official Website : – Build