Microsoft Lumia 550 launched in India for Rs. 9399, sale starting 23 December
Microsoft Lumia 550 launched in India at Rs 9,399, sale starts December 23.
Despite forecasting a rollout of the Windows 10 smartphone update in December several months ago, Microsoft now says the upgrade will take place next year on select devices. Cortana is an important part of Windows 10, and the company is trying their best to make sure the digital assistant can work with nearly all their apps and services. Although no particular devices suitable to the upgrade have been confirmed by Microsoft, The Verge reports that handsets will need to be equipped with a minimum of 8GB. They have to stand by an operating system with a new name every few years, significantly fewer apps than the competition, and a distant third place spot in the market.
With Placeholders, you would be able to access any file on your OneDrive by double-clicking an icon as you normally would, but the file itself wouldn’t actually be downloaded to your PC until you opened the file. Microsoft has empowered huge numbers of these features on the Windows version of Cortana, yet developer restrictions with Android and iOS mean it’s harder to incorporate Cortana completely. According to Thurrott.com’s Brad Sams, Microsoft is looking to reintroduce the Placeholders feature in the upcoming Windows 10 Redstone release, which is due to arrive sometime next spring.
The new target? 2016. “The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will begin rolling out early next year to select existing Windows 8 and 8.1 phones,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat. According to Sams, Microsoft removed Placeholders in the first place because “not everyone understood how the feature worked.” That is, if you didn’t realize that your files weren’t stored on your hard drive and you tried to work on them while you’re offline, well, you’d probably want to curse out Microsoft. Yesterday Microsoft released Cortana as iOS and Android apps for U.S. residents, but it seems like those of us living in the United Kingdom may have to wait a bit longer (we can still try the Android Cortana public preview beta, it seems). The power and volume buttons are well spaced and wide enough for easy reach and Microsoft managed to style up the large rear camera as part of the 950 XL’s aesthetics. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) 1.1 GHz quad-core processor, five-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus f/2.4 with LED Flash and a two megapixel front camera.
It’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft addresses these user-confusion issues—Sams suggests that Microsoft should have Placeholders turned off by default. The connection makes a big appearance in the USA and China with new Cortana applications that allow Windows 10 clients to share information across Android phones, PCs and iPhones. Microsoft said that the smartphone versions of Cortana will be just as powerful as the PC versions, with the same ability to look up information and offer suggestions.
If you’re a Windows Phone fan looking to get the latest and greatest from Microsoft, your best bet is to become a Windows Insider and help the company test new builds (the latest cumulative update came out on December 17). It ships out with a 3GB of RAM, and the combination with the processors gives the Lumia 950 XL all the firepower it needs to make one smooth mobile experience. The worst part is that Microsoft is no longer committing to a month. “Early next year” roughly translates to Q1 2016, which could be January, February, or March. But for them to take a higher stance, would depend on its operating system, which runs on Windows 10 – the same one that can be used on desktops and laptops.
Mind you, even the 950 XL is not geared to run software that demands a lot of power – such as desktop versions of photo and video editing software, though the mobile versions are ample enough in some cases.
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