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Microsoft’s venture into the smartphone market has been a disaster. The Redmond, Washington-based company purchased Nokia’s Devices and Services Division last year, and earlier this month announced that it was taking a $7.6 billion write-down on the $7.2 billion purchase. The Nokia folly also resulted in Microsoft positing a $2.1 billion loss for fiscal Q4 2015. So how does Microsoft plan on reversing its fortunes in the cutthroat smartphone market that is dominated by Android in market share and iOS in profits? For CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s smartphone revamp will start at the top and trickle... Read more...
In early March, managing director of Microsoft Research managing editor Eric Horvitz hinted that the Cortana digital assistant would be making its way to both iOS and Android platforms after being a Windows Phone exclusive for quite some time (it has also found a home in Windows 10). Microsoft made that news official in late May, confirming that the world’s two top mobile operating systems would receive Cortana support. The iOS and Android Cortana apps were supposed to debut later this month alongside the retail launch of Windows 10, but the Android app has leaked early and can be download right... Read more...
Nokia is down, but not out. The Finish telecom company has been planning a way forward after a stunning fall from grace (similar to that of BlackBerry) as consumers turned away from inexpensive cell phones to smartphones running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. And, like BlackBerry, Nokia said this week that it is planning to revive its phone business and is looking for a manufacturing partner.  The move follows a dramatic few weeks in which Microsoft threw in the towel on its efforts to make the company’s purchase of Nokia’s phone business into a viable venture. The... Read more...
Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division has been a disaster of epic proportions. Microsoft brought over most of Nokia’s employees into the Microsoft fold, only to jettison many of them over the past year. The culmination of this Nokia culling occurred this morning with the announcement that Microsoft is axing 7,800 employees, primarily from its smartphone division. To add insult to injury, Microsoft is taking a $7.6 billion impairment charge on its $7.2 billion Nokia purchase. Youch! There’s just no way to sugarcoat this unfortunate turn of events, but Microsoft... Read more...
Windows 10 Mobile is destined to land sometime later this year (Microsoft hasn’t given us a definite date, only saying that it will land some time after Windows 10’s July 29th debut), and it can’t come soon enough. Microsoft’s smartphone market share has been stagnant in the sub-five percent range for quite some time with no signs of improvement. The latest U.S. smartphone market share numbers from comScore so no signs of improvement, and in fact show an even further slide for Microsoft’s Windows Phone smartphone operating system. For the three-month period ending in May, Microsoft’s market share... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile looks to be a tremendous upgrade over the previous version (the same could be said about the desktop versions as well), and features like "Wi-Fi Sense" could help set it apart from the rest. But, as cool as the feature is, it could become a breeding ground for exploitation. Wi-Fi Sense is a feature of Windows Phone 8.1, and soon Windows 10 Mobile, that allows people to connect to certain networks without effort. It works by tapping into an existing connection to a network that a friend nearby already has access to. By simply being... Read more...
Rumors have been swirling about the Microsoft's still unannounced Lumia 940 XL, though thanks to multiple leaks, we have at least a rough idea of what to expect. The latest leak comes from data plucked out of AdDuplex, a cross platform promotion network for Windows Phone and Windows Store apps that lets developers promote their software.The data points to a Microsoft RM-1000 device with a 2560x1440 (2K) resolution display. It's believed this is referring to the Lumia 940 XL, and based on previous rumors, it's expected the handset will debut with a 5.7-inch display.Microsoft's Lumia 940 and 940... Read more...
Penny pinching T-Mobile subscribers can now score Microsoft's entry-level Lumia 435 smartphone for less than $50 ($49.88 to be exact) from Walmart. That's about half the price it was selling for when it first turned up in the U.S. about three months ago for $95, and it's an off-contract price -- no subsidized shenanigans or accompanying long-term contract.For that price, you might as well add Wally World's 2-year care plan, a $9 add-on that covers your phone from accidental damage and normal wear and tear. What's more, coverage includes a free replacement with no deductible, a relatively rare combination... Read more...
We learned yesterday that there will be seven variants of Windows 10. One of those variants is Windows 10 Mobile, which we have previously been calling Windows 10 for Phones. Now that Microsoft’s smartphone-oriented operating system officially has a name, the company has rolled out a new preview that brings with it some new features and additional device support. Windows 10 Mobile Build 10080 is available to Insiders on the Fast Ring, and includes the Windows Store beta which aligns visually with the complementing store on Windows 10 for PCs. Although carrier billing has not been enabled for purchases,... Read more...
After a lengthy hiatus, LG is returning to the Windows Phone realm with a new smartphone release. LG’s latest entry was leaked last month, but today, Windows Central has spilled all the bean on the Lancet Windows Phone device. Unfortunately, if you were expecting the Lancet to be high-end device to break us away from the deluge of low-end Windows Phone announcements from Microsoft, you’ll once again be disappointed. The Lancet will ship with a decidedly bargain basement 4.5-inch 854x480 display and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB of RAM.(Source: Windows Central) You’ll also... Read more...
If you’re becoming bored to death with Microsoft’s steady cavalcade of budget Lumia Windows Phone releases, you’ll be glad to know that new flagship will soon be upon us. Instead of boring us to death with low-end Snapdragon processors, 1GB of RAM, and “mere” 720p displays, Microsoft is finally on the verge of delivering a true successor to the Lumia 930. Microsoft will deliver a two-pronged assault on the high-end market with the Lumia Cityman and the Lumia Talkman, according to WMPoweruser. The Cityman will be the true flagship with a 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) display, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon... Read more...
Microsoft is bringing togetherness to the forefront with Windows 10. Microsoft promoted unity with the universal apps, which allows developers to create rich applications using the same codebase across tablet, smartphone, and PC form-factors. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant took things a step further yesterday with the revelation that developers will be able to easily port their Android and iOS apps to Windows 10. But there’s another piece to this whole “kumbaya” movement in the form of Continuum. We’ve already seen what Continuum can do for convertible PCs — when operating in notebook... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft hasn’t quite worked out all of the kinks when it comes to installing (or uninstalling) Windows 10 on smartphones that are supposedly supported. Earlier this month, Lumia 520, 525, and 526 owners ran into difficulties when attempting to uninstall Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10051 to revert back to Windows 8.1. Microsoft made some tweaks to the Windows Phone Recovery Tool (WPRT) to alleviate the issue and proceeded to release Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10052. Everything should be all hunky-dory now for supported Lumia smartphones, right? Well, you’d be... Read more...
When Windows 10 was announced back in late January, Microsoft promised universal apps that would allow developers to create software from a single codebase that would work on PC, tablet, smartphone, and Xbox One platforms. Today, Microsoft is delivering on that promise, announcing that the universal Office suite for Windows 10 that was demoed back in January will be coming to Windows Phones later this month (likely just in time for Microsoft’s BUILD conference). Compared to its tablet counterpart, Office Universal apps for the phone have their commands and controls move to the bottom of the screen... Read more...
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