Microsoft is officially replacing its Nokia branding with Microsoft Lumia on the company’s Windows Phones. The software giant is “looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon,” and, Nokia’s existing phone websites and social network accounts will now be transitioned over to the Microsoft Lumia branding in the coming days. Microsoft has also revealed that it will use the company’s name on the front and rear of future Lumia devices in a simple replacement of the Nokia branding.
While Lumia phones will drop the Nokia brand entirely, Microsoft still has a 10-year license to use the Nokia brand on basic phones. “Microsoft will continue to sell Nokia-branded, entry-level category of phones, such as the Nokia 130,” explains Tuula Rytilä, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Phones at Microsoft. “We have licensed the Nokia brand for such devices.” It’s not clear how many of these types of devices Microsoft will continue to focus on. Microsoft is killing off the majority of Nokia’s feature phones in favor of Windows Phone, with only the very basic mobile phones still likely to be produced in future
Truecaller, which allows smartphone owners to see who is calling them, has been available for Windows Phone owners for some time. Today, a new update for the app has been released specifically for Windows Phone 8.1 users that adds real-time Caller ID features.
Truecaller claims they have the first Windows Phone app that provides live Caller ID features. It states, “Now, when Truecaller users are using a 3G or WiFi connection, live Caller ID will identify numbers from all over the world, even if it is beyond what is written in the user’s contact books. Not only will Truecaller show the names of incoming calls that are not in your phonebook, but it will also notify you if one of those calls is a spam call reported by the 85-million user Truecaller Community.”
“We linked up with Microsoft to bring a unique and special partnership providing Truecaller live Caller ID for our Truecaller Lumia users who have upgraded to the latest Windows Phone 8.1. Truecaller is the first app to bring a live Caller ID functionality to the Windows Phone 8 platform. Now, when Truecaller users are using a 3G or WiFi connection, live Caller ID will identify numbers from all over the world, even if it is beyond what is written in the user’s contact books.”
“We are very happy to be able to support Truecaller in bringing this great functionality globally to Windows Phone for the first time. Our partnership goes back several years and we have seen that Truecaller is a very dedicated company focused on delivering a great service for its users.”
Say’s Mikael Stendahl, Head of Partner & Developer Relations at Microsoft.
Truecaller worked in partnership with Microsoft to add this new feature in their app.
Windows Phone Lumia users who update the Truecaller app to the new 4.2 version by October 30 will also get 30 days of free Premium access.
Please note that it does require Windows Phone 8.1 to work, and it may be just for Lumia devices as it also needs the Network+ update.
Project Spark is an experience like no other that aims to democratize game making by giving everyone easy-to-use tools to create, play and share their own creations with others. You can instantly play tens of thousands of user-made games, remix a pre-made game, or hop right in and make your own game with tools including 3D sculpting and a visual programming language similar to what the pros use, made accessible to all.
Project Spark is free-to-play and is available for download now via the Xbox One and Windows 8.1 stores. Add-on content can be unlocked by using in-game credits earned during play, or by purchasing tokens to buy add-ons immediately. Fans will see a host of new content available on launch day including sci-fi skin, adventure mode, champion features, creation enhancements, and multiplayer mode to inspire all new gameplay.
Keys to the Kingdom is an impeccably designed microsite that uses a choose-your-own-adventure format to relay the story of Project Spark’s development, and news about its most recent updates.
Newcomers can also pick up the $39.99 retail disc, which provides $85 in downloadable content. The package includes an adventure called Champion’s Quest: Void Storm, a sci-fi theme pack, a playable champion, a builder’s pack expansion, and a month’s subscription to Spark Premium.
It’s a humbling and amazing thing to work on Windows, which is used by over 1.5 billion people in every country of the world. From kids playing with computers for the first time, to writers and journalists, to engineers, to gamers, to CEOs, at some point Windows has empowered all of us.
In the Windows team, we’re proud of this – but we also know that the world today is very different from the one in which Windows grew up. Today, devices outnumber people. Connectivity is like oxygen. The tension between the desire for agility versus stability poses a huge challenge for IT Pros. Experiences – no matter what device you’re on – just need to work. The only thing that hasn’t really changed is the situation for developers – still too much to do, and not enough time.
One way to look at it is that Windows is at a threshold :-). It’s time for a new Windows. This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. This new Windows must help our customers be productive in both their digital work and their digital life. This new Windows must empower people and organizations to do great things.
That new Windows is Windows 10.
Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows. Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver.
We are excited to announce the Windows Insider Program, where PC experts and IT Pros can get access to a technical preview of Windows 10 for desktops and laptops. Soon after, we’ll also be releasing technical previews of Windows Server and our management tools.
With the Insider program, we’re inviting our most enthusiastic Windows customers to shape Windows 10 with us. We know they’re a vocal bunch – and we’re looking forward to hearing from them.
The Windows Insider Program is intended for PC experts and IT pros who are comfortable using pre-release software with variable quality. Insiders will receive a steady stream of early builds from us with the latest features we’re experimenting with.
I encourage everyone reading this to sign up for the Windows Insider Program, download the technical preview, and let me know what you think