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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 CEO Satya Nadella is at least trying to give the employees still standing in the smartphone division,... 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 fell from 3.5 percent to 3 percent. That puts Microsoft in an extremely distant third place behind... 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 contacts with each other, your phone could handshake with their phone and grant you the Wi-Fi password... 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 XL will be significant upgrades of the Lumia 640 shown aboveMicrosoft's Lumia 940 XL has already appeared... 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 these days for third-party warranties, especially when accidental damage is part of the plan.The... 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, you can use credit cards, gift cards, and PayPal to complete a transaction. Other new features... 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 be given just 8GB of internal storage (only 4GB is usable), but you’ll be able to expand storage externally... 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 810 processor (is it getting hot in here?), 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. If that... 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 mode, users are presented with a traditional Windows 10 interface complete with a keyboard/mouse-centric... 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 wrong — but this is to be expected with software that is still in beta. This time around, it’s Lumia... 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 to make it easier for you to “thumb around” when holding the device one-handed. As Microsoft General... Read more...
Microsoft is looking to up its game in the mobile search engine market a bit with a redesigned mobile homepage for Bing search. The new mobile homepage will be available to both Android and iOS users and includes a handful of new features to satisfy existing search customers and draw in new users. The first of course is a facelift for the homepage, which includes a new translucent color scheme, and a “swipe up” card system to display more information. Other new features include an Image of the Day (IOTD) card that allows you to “learn the story behind the image of the day,” the Popular Now card that shows you currently trending stories (which are updated through the day), a Bing Rewards card... Read more...
Nearly two months after the first Technical Preview of Windows 10 for smartphones, Microsoft has followed up with a second build. And thankfully for Lumia fans worldwide, this latest build supports a ton more smartphones than the initial build and brings with it a wealth of new features that will also find their way into the final release this summer. The latest release is Build 10051 and is being pushed out now to Windows Phone Insiders currently on the Fast ring for updates. Build 10051 includes an “early version” of the Project Spartan browser for mobile devices that should be a big boon for fans waiting for its release. Project Spartan, however, is not currently set as the default browser,... Read more...
Microsoft is really trying to amp up Windows Phone sales, especially at the low end. Microsoft’s global smartphone market share is in the low single digits, and it has countered by offering phones like the Lumia 520 and Lumia 635 for as low as $20 and $30 off-contract respectively to trigger demand. Microsoft is trying yet another promotion to get its smartphones into the hands of consumers, this time via a promotion involving the Xbox One gaming console. Customers that purchase the Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief bundle at Best Buy for $349.99 will receive a Lumia 635 smartphone free of charge. The Lumia 635 has an MSRP of $100 and sells currently for $49 on Amazon. Given its recent low price... Read more...
It appears as though Microsoft is getting ready to expand its Lumia line with the Lumia 640 (RM-1109), yet another affordable handset on the Windows Phone platform. There hasn't been an official announcement yet, but in lieu of that, Brazil's National Telecommunication Agency called Anatel recently approved the device in question. Details are light, though the approval notice does reveal a few fun tidbits, such as that the Lumia 640 will support HSDPA+, offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and sport dual SIM cards. It will also support digital TV -- a feature that PhoneArena says is pretty popular in Brazil -- and come with a 2500 mAh battery.The rest... Read more...
Microsoft held a big Windows 10 event at the end of January. We were told at the time that a preview of Windows 10 would made available for phones some time in February, and true to its word, Microsoft today delivered. The Windows 10 Technical Preview can be installed by first downloading the Windows Insider app from the Windows Phone store. Since this is still a very early build of Windows 10, not all functionality is available at this time. In fact, Microsoft has posted a pretty extensive list of features that are excluded from this build. The messaging app is missing dual-SIM support, search, message drafts, sharing voice notes and ringtones, spam filter, viewing all group recipients, reminders... Read more...
Some owners of Microsoft's recently released Lumia 535 smartphone have been complaining of sensitivity issues with the device's touchscreen, serving as a buzz kill for the first Microsoft-branded Lumia handset after the company acquired Nokia's mobile unit. The good news is Microsoft is aware of the problem and is working on a software update (or hardware changes if need be) that it hopes will fix the issue. It's been a tricky thing for Microsoft to track, as not everyone experiencing problems complained of the same symptoms. According to Delfin Vassallo, Social Media Operations Manager for Microsoft Mobile, the issue can present itself in one of several different ways. Functionality of the scroll... Read more...
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor has a found a home in a number of smartphones that we’ve discussed over the past few months including the LG G Flex 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro. However, the Snapdragon 810 has also been dogged by reports of overheating, the first of such reports started airing in late 2014. More recently, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 has been the subject of much speculation with regards to its use of the Snapdragon 810. Some reports have suggested that the flagship smartphone will use a revised version of the chip that produces less heat, while Qualcomm’s most recent earnings report seems to suggest that Samsung has passed over the Snapdragon 810 in favor of its homegrown... Read more...
Windows Phone hasn’t exactly been a shining success for Microsoft. In a smartphone market dominated by smartphones running Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, Microsoft has been left to pickup the table scraps along with fallen star BlackBerry. Yes, Microsoft reported record Lumia sales for its most recent quarter, but those sales were made up primarily of budget-minded smartphones like the Lumia 520, which have been available for as low as $20 in recent months. With this in mind, Microsoft has a couple of avenues to pursue in order to ensure that its mobile platform and its services spread throughout the smartphone sector. We have already discussed the first avenue: Windows 10. Windows 10 aims... Read more...
Not only is the market for Android handsets far from being saturated, its growth each year seems to suggest that a shipment ceiling doesn't exist. We know that's not correct, but wherever that ceiling rests, the market hasn't found it yet. In fact, after splashing the market with 780.8 million Android smartphones in 2013, consumers responded by purchasing over a billion more in 2014. It's the first time that Android smartphone shipments have topped 1 billion units in a single year, and in doing so, Google's open source operating system now accounts for 81.2 percent of all smartphones, up from 78.9 percent in 2013, according to Strategy Analytics. Meanwhile, it's next closest competitor (iOS)... Read more...
Just last week, we reported that Chase announced plans to remove its mobile app from the Windows Phone Store. With global Windows Phone market share hovering below three percent and users showing little interest in its app, Chase saw little reason to devote resources to the platform. "We are focusing our support on the products our customers use the most,” said a representative for Chase at the time.  Today, Bank of America has similar sentiments, as it too is abandoning its Windows Mobile app. Bank of America today posted a notice on the landing page for its Windows Phone app that states:  In early March 2015, we’ll no longer support this app for this device. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.... Read more...
If you use Dropbox, you almost certainly know by now about the company’s partnership with Microsoft to offer better compatibility between Dropbox and Office – something users had been calling for. Now, the partnership has produced another gem for Dropbox users: the long-awaited Dropbox app for Windows phones and tablets.A screenshot of the Dropbox app in the Windows Store. The app doesn’t add many new features to Dropbox, but it does give you features that whatever third-party app you’ve been using might not have. The most interesting new feature is that it lets you pin Dropbox folders to your Start screen, so you don’t have to go through the app to open your favorite folders. The app can automatically... Read more...
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