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Good news to all Skype users across high hand Windows phone 8 devices, user can now download the updated version of Skype with new HD video. Some of the devices which are included high end devices are Lumia 920, HTC 8X and Samsung Ativ S. Lower end handsets will have to still use the VGA video but Microsoft says that call quality was improved across all the Windows Phone 8 devices.
And now since Skype will be in integrated with People Hub, user can now directly jump to contact and call to Skype and no need to open the app for dialing. Update is free and is available in the Windows phone Store. For more details visit to Windows Phone Store.
Lync 2013 App for Windows Phone 8 is now available for download and the client for Apple’s iPad and iPhone will be available later this week, according to Microsoft’s Lync team blog.
As per the demonstration which was done last month at San Diego by Microsoft ‘s Lync conference, all of the new Lync 2013 mobile clients comes with simultaneous voice and video capabilities. Demos included Lync client for Windows Phone 8, iPad, iPhone and Android, showing how simultaneous voice and video worked much the same across the different device.
With the new updated feature in Windows Phone 8 Lync app, user can now see the user availability real time and also users can now connect via email, instant messaging, voice or video and can also connect to meetings easily with single touch. You can download the new app from Windows Store.
Microsoft has finally released its Photosynth app for all the Windows Phone smartphones. Photosynth is the panorama app which allows user to capture and share interactive panoramas. It allows user to stitch the images and create the panorama out of it. Microsoft Photosynth is already available on iOS for long time and now they have finally released it for Windows Phone.
Also no photo shot app is completed without the Social plugin, since generally people shot the photo to share it among the social life. So in the similar line Microsoft Photosynth provides user to share the photo on Facebook and Twitter.
User can even publish the panoramas on Bing, Bing maps and also in the Bing Search results for the places you have captured.
User can currently download the app for free from the Windows Phone Marketplace link and it requires Windows Phone 7.5 or higher.
Download Photosynth for Windows Phone [Marketplace link]
Today Microsoft has released an update to Facebook for Windows Phone app. According to Windows Phone Marketplace the newer version 2.5 brings the following features :
Threaded messaging in a nicely styled Metro Design, which also includes the Group Messaging.
Newer version will allow user to tag locations and friends using ‘with’ and ‘at’ format.
Delete posts and comments via long press context menu.
Users will now be able to head directly to content by tapping on links within posts.
Updates to photo comments and likes pages to match posts comments and likes page.
Download Facebook 2.5 for Windows Phone [Marketplace link]
According the guys at Emerce, Windows Phone Tango handsets in China which was launched 2 months back has surpassed the market share of iPhone and now it already has a 7% market share, ahead of iPhone which currently has only 6%.
According to Michel van der Bel, “Our smartphone and tablet-pc are hybrid, making them suitable for the consumer, but also easy to insert within an existing company infrastructure. This will allow us to better anticipate the consumerization of IT than many competitors. “
But Android still dominates the market share with around 69%. With Windows 8 release in the pipeline, Microsoft has really a great thing to show in the smartphone and tablet market. Android is no doubt the most reached OS on the globe, iOS which is best known for its eco system but Windows Phone with its unique Metro tile UI is gaining a critical appeal among the smartphone geeks, even Steve Woznaik has praised the UI. The only thing which Windows Phone lags is the number of apps which may increase once the market share is increased.
With this it seems there is lot of pressure on Apple to release the new iPhone which is already rumored in the market with iPhone 5, considering the bigger screen, LTE feature and of course the new iOS 6. Apple really needs to come up with new design because Android already have great ecosystem in term of Screen Size and resolution, and now even Windows Phone 7 is giving the tough fight in China market. I am really curious to see who is going to lead the race but it seems Windows Phone clearly at second position in China.
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