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FirstNews Briefs: Sprint, Microsoft, NASCAR, Vuzix, Anritsu

December 17, 2014 9:45 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Citing a need to focus more directly on its core business priorities, Sprint announced it has informed NASCAR...                                                                

Barnes & Noble Ends Microsoft Partnership, Stock Sinks 12 Percent

December 4, 2014 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Amid ugly second...

Microsoft Shareholders Approve Huge Payday for Nadella

December 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft...

Gift Guide: So Many Tablets to Choose From

November 25, 2014 11:53 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

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Review: 3 Low-end Smartphones Worth Considering

November 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Processors are slower, yet that's not so noticeable for basic tasks such as email, Facebook and weather checks. Video and audio are also...                                   

Could Nokia Brand Return to Consumer Market?

November 14, 2014 11:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speaking at an investor conference in London, Suri said that Nokia sees an opportunity in...                                 

Microsoft's Dual-SIM Lumia 535 Comes Sans Nokia Branding

November 11, 2014 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft Tuesday revealed the first of its smartphones to launch without Nokia branding. The Lumia 535 comes bearing...                                 

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Microsoft Teases First Rebranded Lumia

November 7, 2014 11:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft put up a new webpage teasing the imminent arrival of its first rebranded Lumia device. The site places “#morelumia” next to an image on an orange phone. Microsoft doesn’t offer much more detail but promises to reveal the device on...

Microsoft Makes Office Apps Free for iOS

November 7, 2014 9:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The apps released Thursday, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, replace a limited iPhone version and upgrade a more powerful set of apps that the company released for iPad tablets in March.

Microsoft Intros Cross-Platform Fitness App and Wearable

October 30, 2014 10:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft has jumped into the current wearables fray with the introduction of Microsoft Band. The company also rolled out Microsoft Health, its new...                          

Microsoft Rebrands Smartphones, Nixes 'Nokia' from Lumia Line

October 24, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As part of the change, Microsoft is in process of rebranding some of its global and local websites, as well as...                                  

Microsoft’s Lumia Sales Break 3Q Record

October 23, 2014 5:04 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In addition to its flagship handset numbers, Microsoft sold 42.9 million non-Lumia phones. The company recorded more than $2.6 billion in total revenue from handsets. The uptick in handset sales for Microsoft comes after the company completed...

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Microsoft's Nadella Gets Women in Tech Discussion All Wrong

October 10, 2014 9:14 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

He had been asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise. His response: "It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along."

Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 for All Devices

September 30, 2014 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

With this iteration of Windows, Microsoft addressed the dearly missed Start menu. With Windows 10, the company brings back the Start menu, but with a twist. The OS will apparently be able to...                                                                  

Review: Why I Chose the iPhone 6 over the S5 and Lumia 1020

September 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

After having been an iPhone user since the launch of the 3Gs, I wanted to test the other operating systems on the market. I had no problem leaving the Android-based S5 behind, but I have to admit that when iPhone launch day came around, I was a little hesitant to give up the Lumia 1020.

'Minecraft' Could Boost Microsoft's Mobile Reach

September 16, 2014 9:38 am | by Mae Anderson and Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writers | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud.

Microsoft Acquires Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5B

September 15, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a virtual world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the U.S. 

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Microsoft Refines MSN to Flow Across Devices

September 8, 2014 11:07 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The company says the revamped site fits in with Microsoft's overall strategy of making mobile phones and Internet-based services priorities as its traditional businesses — Windows and Office software installed on desktops — slow down or decline. The changes also come as people increasingly read news on smartphones and tablets rather than desktop computers.

Microsoft Rolls out New Lumia Flagship, Windows Update

September 4, 2014 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to IDC's most recent numbers, Microsoft shipped 7.4 million Windows phones in the second quarter, accounting for 2.5 percent of the global smartphone market. That was down from 8.2 million in the same quarter last year, when Windows accounted for 3.4 percent of the global smartphone market. 

Microsoft, Tracfone Partnering on mHealth Solution

August 21, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Part of the reason for working with Tracfone lies in the fact that it is one of the largest Lifeline providers. Microsoft and TracFone will work with Health Choice Network (HCN), a Miami-based company that manages and connects a network of community health centers with more than 760,000 patients in 17 states. 

Ballmer Steps Down from Microsoft Board

August 20, 2014 9:40 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

"I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will," Ballmer wrote. "I will be proud, and I will benefit through my share ownership. I promise to support and encourage boldness by management in my role as a shareholder in any way I can."

HTC Makes Windows Version of Flagship One Phone

August 19, 2014 11:16 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC says it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to make an Android version of the One, as well as other Android phones.

Microsoft Attacks Feature Phone Market with Nokia 130

August 11, 2014 8:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft today launched a new line of ultra-affordable feature phones under its recently acquired Nokia Lumia brand. The Nokia 130 sells for just 19 euros ($25 USD) and features a built-in video player, music player with up to 46 hours continuous playback on a single charge, flashlight, FM radio and USB charging.

Microsoft Offers Nokia Workers Free Handset to Leave Jobs

August 7, 2014 10:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft is preparing to cut approximately 4,700 jobs at its Nokia handset factory in Beijing, leaving only 300 workers. The plan was met with protests by Nokia workers there. The news comes as Microsoft has already announced that it plans to slash 18,000 jobs over the next year, many of which will come from the recently acquired Nokia handset business. 

China Pursues Monopoly Investigation of Microsoft

July 29, 2014 10:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce said it opened a case in June after complaints Microsoft improperly failed to publish all documentation for its Windows operating system and Office software. It said investigators visited Microsoft's China headquarters in Beijing and branches in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu in southwestern China this week.

Unloading of Handset Division Boosts Nokia's Forecast

July 24, 2014 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia Networks said that its forecast has improved on operational efficiencies gained from the sale of its handset unit to Microsoft. The company expects underlying profitability for Networks to be at or slightly above its long term target range of 5 to 10 percent for the full-year 2014.

Microsoft 4Q tops Street, CEO Says Nokia Phones Profitable by 2016

July 23, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Losses at Nokia cut 8 cents per share from earnings. Microsoft lost another net 3 cents on restructuring and tax-related items. Excluding those items, earnings hit 66 cents per share, beating the 60 cents expected by analysts polled by FactSet.

Microsoft Refines Design Philosophy for New Devices

July 21, 2014 4:56 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

With minimal market share in both tablets and phones, Microsoft has its work cut out for it. Yet a focus on design over compatibility under new CEO Satya Nadella means Microsoft can make products and services for non-Windows platforms, such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android, and still retain the look, feel and functionality of the Microsoft brand.

Microsoft Kills Nokia X, Plans Big Job Cuts for Former Nokia Units

July 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft is putting an end to its fledgling Android-based Nokia X line and targeting its Lumia brand toward the low-cost smartphone market. Over the next year, Devices VP Stephen Elop said 12,500 factory and professional employees within the Nokia unit will lose their jobs. The losses at Nokia are part of the 18,000 company-wide layoffs Microsoft anticipates over the next year.

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