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Savage on IT: Windows 8 Phone updates and other Top IT News

Author by James Savage

This week’s top enterprise, IT, and Microsoft news stories include Windows hidden tricks, combining devops and cloud, and a special focus on updates to platforms and services available to Windows 8 Phone users.  

Microsoft's Bing updates for Windows Phone: Who gets what, when. Windows 8 Phone devices will provide a new and improved search experience, with different search categories, Instant Answers, and more. Updates on U.S. phones will happen automatically in the coming weeks, with international users seeing automatic updates in the coming months (from ZDNet).

Microsoft Surface: What do CIOs really think about it?. Microsoft’s Surface tablet was intended first and foremost to fulfill business users’ need for a platform that integrated with Windows desktop infrastructure, but not all CIOs think the platform is a sufficient alternative to iPad (from Tech Republic).

11 Hidden Windows Secrets and Tricks. These tips and tricks aren’t hard to learn, and they help make workflow a whole lot easier (from Mashable).

How Devops and Cloud Can Remake Your IT Department. These two popular services are merging to put companies on the leading edge of IT. Find out how organizations are combining IaaS cloud computing and devops to create cutting-edge, automated IT services (from

Skype for Windows Phone 8 gets a people list filter and new homescreen layout. You spoke and Microsoft listed. Microsoft has made updates to Skype for Windows 8 Phone based on user feedback, including better contact management and a more interactive homescreen (from TheNextWeb).

Microsoft May Expand Hardware Lineup, as Ballmer Pushes 'Family of Devices.’ Microsoft’s devices and services strategy includes a “family of devices and services for individuals and businesses” that will influence the company’s future line of hardware products (from ComputerWorld).

Windows Phone App Studio Makes Building Apps Simple. Microsoft is making it easy for Windows phone users to create and use their own apps, which can be implemented on a single phone or made available for public use. Windows Phone App Studio became available last week, with templates that help users create new apps in just minutes (from Mashable).


James Savage

James Savage is the President of Concurrency, Inc., an information technology solution company he founded 1989. Its customers are among the most successful communication, construction, financial, insurance, logistics, and manufacturing companies in the Midwest.