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Review: Siri-like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap

April 15, 2014 9:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft's "Halo" video games.

China Approves Microsoft's Nokia Buy with Caveat on Patent Pricing

April 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

China has finally approved Microsoft's acquistion of Nokia's devices and services business....

Microsoft Reveals Siri-like Windows Phone Feature

April 2, 2014 1:40 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is showcasing a new virtual assistant as part of an upcoming update...

Microsoft CEO Reshuffles Exec Team, Names Elop EVP of Devices

April 1, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is moving his executive teams around and appointing former Nokia CEO...

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Review: Office for iPad Is Pretty and Functional

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Microsoft Office fans who've spent the last nine months using the software's suite of apps on their tiny smartphone screens are probably thrilled that they can finally create and update documents on the iPad's significantly bigger display surface.

Microsoft Unveils Office for iPad

March 27, 2014 4:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer. The app was to be made available for download on Thursday in the App Store at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

Review: Windows Phone Innovations Show Promise

March 27, 2014 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

In the market for smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It's dwarfed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software's innovations...

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Microsoft, Nokia Deal Delayed Over Antitrust Reviews in Asia 

March 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia said Microsoft’s plans to buy the Finnish handset giant’s devices and services business has already earned regulatory approval from the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. But antitrust authorities in Asia continue to review the transaction, causing the companies to delay the expected closing date.

Microsoft Takes on Evernote with Free OneNote Software for Mac

March 18, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. on Monday released a version of its OneNote note-taking software for Macs and added new features and a free tier for all of the software's users in moves clearly targeted at up-and-coming productivity software rival Evernote.

Report: Windows Phone Fastest Growing Mobile OS

February 27, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Windows Phone is growing globally faster than the rest of the pack, according to a new Kantar Worldpanel. The report points out that Windows Phone has passed up iOS in Italy, moved into a close second in Germany and slid back into third place in the UK.

MWC: Nokia X is an Android Device with a Windows Phone Look

February 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia introduced three new low-cost smartphones—the Nokia X, X+ and XL—that are based on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and look like modified Windows Phones. As rumored, Nokia took the Android plunge at Mobile World Congress with a trio of colorful dual-SIM handsets that start at approximately $122.

Nokia Announces Lumia Icon, Coming Feb. 20 to Verizon

February 12, 2014 2:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia today announced the Lumia Icon, its new 5-inch Windows Phone flagship. Besides having a name that’s easier to remember than your typical Nokia, the Icon packs a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, full HD OLED display and Nokia’s 20MP Pureview camera.

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Was Microsoft Smart to Play It Safe with CEO Pick?

February 5, 2014 10:51 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

After compiling a list of more than 100 CEO candidates, Microsoft settled on Satya Nadella a home-grown leader who joined the software maker in the early 1990s. That's back when Google's founders were teenagers and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school.

Internet Firms Release Data on NSA Requests

February 4, 2014 10:38 am | by Michael Liedtke, Associated Press; Stephen Braun, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Major technology firms have released new data on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government for secret national security investigations, resulting in the collection of data on thousands of Americans. That release came after the companies were freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers.

Nadella to Head Microsoft; Gates Leaves Chair Role

February 4, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

REDMOND, Washington (AP) — Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, an executive in charge of the company's small, but growing business of delivering software and services over the Internet its new CEO. Company founder Bill Gates is also leaving the chairman role for a new role as technology adviser.

Gov't, Internet Companies Reach Deal on Disclosure

January 28, 2014 10:29 am | by Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technology companies and privacy advocates are praising a new government compromise that will allow the Internet's leading companies to disclose more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations.

Microsoft 2Q Tops Views; Xbox, Surface Sales Help

January 24, 2014 10:29 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft Corp. reported revenue and earnings for its fiscal second quarter that topped Wall Street expectations, as the company sold 3.9 million Xbox One consoles to retailers and doubled revenue from its line of Surface tablets from a quarter earlier.

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Nokia Handset Sales, Network Profits Slide in 4Q

January 23, 2014 10:24 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In the final quarter before Microsoft is due to take ownership of its device business, Nokia saw the unit’s sales drop 29 percent annually while profits continued to sink into the red. Microsoft is buying Nokia’s handset business for approximately $7.4 billion. The transaction is expected to close near the end of the first quarter.

Report: Microsoft Considers Ericsson's Vestberg for CEO Post

January 16, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The news, first reported by Bloomber, comes after speculation that Microsoft had its eye on Ford Motor Company's top executive, Alan Mulally. Mulally has since panned those rumors, eventually removing himself from consideration. Vestberg is an Ericsson veteran who originally served as CFO for the company before accepting the role of CEO in 2010. 

NSN Chairman Ovesen to Step Down After Microsoft Deal Closes

December 30, 2013 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia today said that the head of its Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) business will step down immediately following Micrsoft's acquistion of the company's devices and services divisions. Jesper Ovesen, currently executive chairman of NSN,  will leave upon the closing of the Microsoft transaction, which is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2014. 

Thompson: Microsoft to Pick CEO Early Next Year

December 18, 2013 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft expects to finish its search for CEO Steve Ballmer's replacement by early next year. Board director John Thompson, who heads the company's executive search committee, said so in a blog post Tuesday. Ballmer said in August he would retire within 12 months.

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 4 (10-6)

December 17, 2013 9:43 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year! In case you missed them, check out the previous installments.

US Lawmakers Ask Trade Czar to Stem Data Threats

December 16, 2013 9:18 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress want the Obama administration to demand that U.S. allies back away from proposed restrictions on international data transmissions, saying those actions could hurt U.S. companies. Some nations are seeking to tighten the flow of data after reports this fall of the National Security Agency conducting massive information-gathering efforts abroad.

Gift Guide: Navigating Maze of Phone, Plan Choices

December 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract.

Tech Giants Call for Controls on Gov't Snooping

December 9, 2013 9:57 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people.

Wireless Week Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 2 (20-16)

December 3, 2013 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!

Justice Department Gives Thumbs Up to Microsoft-Nokia Deal

December 2, 2013 4:22 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Department of Justice has granted its blessing to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia. A Federal Trade Commission filing released today confirmed the DOJ’s approval of Microsoft’s proposed $7.2 billion bid to buy Nokia’s devices and services division as well license Nokia’s patents.

Apple Acquires 3D Sensor Company PrimeSense

November 25, 2013 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple has acquired 3D sensor company PrimeSense. An Apple representative confirmed the deal to AllThingsD. The report values the deal at around $360 million. Apple stayed mum on its plans for PrimeSense, a company it had reportedly been in talks to buy since July.

Microsoft to Take Over Nokia HQ in 2014 After Deal

November 21, 2013 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia says its headquarters near the Finnish capital will be taken over by Microsoft on completion of the sale of its cellphone and services division to the U.S. software company, expected in early 2014. The majority of the 1,900 workers, in the devices and services, unit will remain in the building in Espoo as employees of Microsoft Corp.

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