I love my Nokia Lumia 920 and I’m very happy with Windows Phone 8. I’m looking forward to what is coming around the corner with GDR3 and eventually Windows Phone 8.1 in early 2014.
Here is a great article – The Absolute Top Features of Windows Phone 8 by Jerry Nixon outlining some of the top features for the platform.
There is now a new version of the Windows Phone desktop app for syncing your Windows Phone 8 content and includes a number of improvements.
Previously you had to visit the WindowsPhone.com site to see if there was an updated version. Now the Windows Phone desktop app has added a way to automatically check for an newer version of the application and notify you.
Other enhancements are expanded podcast support, simplified updates, flexible library selection and many bug fixes.
You can download the Windows Phone desktop app from the WindowsPhone.com site.
Microsoft will start selling the Surface Pro tablet in Japan on June 6 and it will be sold in 2 different versions as is the case elsewhere in the world, but with some noticeable differences. The storage will double to 128 GB and a 256 GB and it will include Office Home and Business 2013.
Let’s hope the rest of the world get’s these storage updates and that Office 2013 is included for free, similar to the Surface RT.
Sources: Engadget and WinsuperSite
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