Category: Windows Phone

Another commentator notes the ‘Normandy’ name and the hidden message to Microsoft from Nokia

Charles Arthur at The Guardian pitches an interesting idea to Microsoft’s new CEO. Drop Windows Phone and fork Android. Windows Phone was a wonderful project, but it was too late; the benefits of integration across handset, tablet and desktop simply haven’t appeared. The vast majority of people who use a desktop PC don’t use a Windows smartphone, and there’s no chance of that changing any time soon – or ever, actually. AOSP offers Microsoft the chance to remake its mobile strategy so that it exploits all the strengths of its most bitter rival – it’s free, widely available – and

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The giant bunny does a better space game than Angry Birds

Big Bang is another entry in the scattershot Rabbids franchise. It’s hard, you play with a single life, and it’s an arcade game where a knowledge of orbital mechanics, and  Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, comes in useful. Naturally I love it: I loved the concept and game mechanics of Big Bang when I first played it just before Christmas, and my time with the game since then has increased my appreciation of the title. No, it’s not for everybody, it can be frustrating and orbital mechanics is not as easy a concept to grab as ‘lob a bird at

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Gmail on your Windows Phone

While Windows Phone 8 does work well with Gmail, I get the feeling that it still works on the IMAP model. MetroMail is a third-party client that provides a more Gmail focused inbox for WP users: While Windows Phone’s email application does handle Gmail in a way that fits in with the UI, there are some areas where it can be lacking (including label support, filtering, and multiple accounts). Does the third-party client MetroMail address these issues and, if so, is it worth Googlers switching to it? That’s a finely balanced decision. My full review is over on All About

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Why are Microsoft pushing Xbox Live to Android

Since launch, Windows Phone has always had the games under the Xbox Live banner. So why release one of their own Xbox Live titles on Android? The smart thing to do would be to build up an Xbox ecosystem over a number of mobile platforms which includes Windows Phone. Microsoft’s work with Unity to help the cross-platform development tool is probably the biggest signpost. By growing Xbox as a whole, but working with a middleware engine that allows fast cross-porting between Windows Phone, iOS, and Android, Microsoft can increase the reach of the gaming brand, and at the same time

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