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Microsoft answers Windows device share slump with freemium strategy

Microsoft's strategic shift to creating apps and services for rival operating systems was born from the hard realization that Windows' share of the total device market was in the middle of a three-year slump, according to new...

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Microsoft to release lowest-priced Lumia smartphone yet

Building on the launch earlier this year of two low-cost Lumia phones, Microsoft has taken the price down even further for its latest smartphone.

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Microsoft's universal app platform is play for mobile, but can it deliver?

If Windows 10 is key to Microsoft's move toward mobile, then the universal app platform is the technology that could make it a success.

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No new Lumia flagship? Smart move, Microsoft

Microsoft's decision to wait until Windows 10 arrives to deliver a high-end Lumia smartphone may have irked loyal customers, but it was a smart move, analysts said.

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From Microsoft: Two new Lumia smartphones to upgrade later to Windows 10

Microsoft today announced two new Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1, which will be upgraded to the cross-platform Windows 10 later in the year.

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Acer goes all in with Windows 10 smartphones

While Acer didn't embrace Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 OS for smartphones, it's warming up to Windows 10.

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Cortana on the PC: Can we talk?

While Cortana on PCs and tablets goes beyond what Google Now and Siri on smartphones can offer, it isn't clear how popular, valuable or successful Cortana on PCs and tablets will be with customers.

Dropbox for Windows Phone hints at Microsoft's cross-platform future

Dropbox has finally released an app for Microsoft's smartphones.

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Pinch me: Windows 10 looks... GOOD. Is this a dream?

Reax from Redmond unveiling are surprisingly positive: Windows 10 reveal hits high notes. Satya Nadella's Microsoft is fighting back against perceptions that it's in a death-spiral. In IT Blogwatch, we round up the reviews...

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Microsoft gets its Windows mojo back

Microsoft today showed off more of its still-under-construction Windows 10, focusing on features like the voice-activated Cortana digital assistant and its "universal" app model to put the same apps on PCs, tablets, smartphones and...

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Microsoft Windows 10 preview release date: TODAY (just listen to me)

Get set to download the latest Windows 10 preview -- the release date is expected to be today, right after Microsoft's 'big reveal' event. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers don't need to discuss much.

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The Lumia 435 is Microsoft's cheapest smartphone yet at $80

Microsoft is hoping to turn around the fortunes of Windows Phone with a growing number of cheap smartphones. The Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 are its latest contenders.

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Microsoft to make the case for Windows 10 on PCs and phones

On Monday, the Windows Phone Store posted a pre-release operating system downloader app called Phone Insider, evidently for testing Windows 10.

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Microsoft's device share growth to outpace Apple's through 2016

Microsoft's share of shipped devices will climb slightly this year and pick up some steam in 2016, but Apple's share will grow at a more sluggish pace because of slow-downs for the iPhone and iPad.

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2015 is make or break for Microsoft

It could have a really good year with Windows, Office and the cloud and still find itself much less relevant because of its lackluster mobile performance.

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Microsoft still believes in feature phones, launches $29 Nokia 215

Launching a feature phone at the beginning of 2015 may seem strange, but Microsoft is convinced there is still a market for the Nokia 215 as a second phone and in parts of the world were electricity is scarce and budgets are small.

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2015 to test Microsoft's resolve and execution

Microsoft faces not only its 40th anniversary in 2015, but a host of challenges that will define it for years to come.

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Microsoft keeps its word on developing consumer apps for Android, iOS

Microsoft has ported some of its consumer apps to run on iOS, Android and Amazon devices, following through on its pledge to make select apps available on competing mobile platforms.

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