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Saturday, 21.12.13
GOODY: Microsoft thanks its Windows Phone Customers with 20 GB of free Microsoft SkyDrive Storage
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last night, Microsoft sent out an E-Mail to its Windows Phone customers where the the Redmond-based software giant thanks its customers by showing its "appreciation of Windows Phone customers" by giving them an extra 20 GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage. This is in addition to the 7 GB of free SkyDrive storage that all Windows Phone customers have at last. SkyDrive is built into Windows Phone, as it is in Windows 8.1, and similar to Dropbox, Box or Google Drive, it's a personal online storage that is accessible along with the photos and files at SkyDrive.com and through the SkyDrive mobile app. However, this goody has one drawback since it's only good for one year after that it expires.

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Wednesday, 18.12.13
SERVICE: Microsoft releases Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to today's Xbox Video release for Windows Phone, Microsoft has also released Xbox Music for Windows Phone 8. With the Xbox Music app and the required Xbox Music Pass, users can finally explore, stream and download millions of songs to their Windows Phones. Xbox Music allows to see artist details with pictures, bios, album lists, and related artists, manage the personal music collection, shared across all of compatible devices and PCs, explore top songs, featured artists and recommended albums to easily discover new music, download songs for offline playback, create and manage playlists that automatically sync across your PCs, tablets, Xbox and the web as well as it features Radio which instantly creates playlists based on favorite artists.

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SERVICE: Microsoft releases Xbox Video for Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Xbox Video is Microsoft's digital video service which offers full HD films and TV show rental and purchase from the Xbox Video Store. So far, the service - which is available on the Xbox 360 and the new Xbox One - was accessible through Windows 8 and Windows RT only. But today, right in time with the recent Xbox One launch, Microsoft released Xbox Video for Windows Phone 8. This neat app brings the latest movies and TV shows to your Windows Phone 8 and makes it easy to watch what you love wherever you are. Like its Xbox and Windows counterparts, it allows to rent and buy new blockbuster movies and favorite classics, or catch up on last night's episodes of the hottest TV shows, and watch them on your Windows Phone 8, PC, tablet, Xbox One, Xbox 360, or at XboxVideo.com.

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Tuesday, 03.12.13
RUMOR: Microsoft Threshold to Unify Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox One
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Wonder where Microsoft's future is going to? No, not the future of the company by itself or who the next CEO will possibly be but the future of Windows? Always well informed Microsoft insider Mary Jo Foley got some information Microsoft denied to comment - for sure. Nevertheless, the info Foley received are somehow obvious and are about Microsoft's plans to "unify" the Windows (for desktop and tablet), Windows Phone and even the Xbox One code-base as much as possible. All this is said to run under the project name "Threshold". Threshold derives from the planet around which the first halo ring orbited in the original Halo game launched back in 2001.

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