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How to get Windows Phone 8.1 today

Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 today, and contrary to its label of "Windows Phone Preview for Developers," anyone can upgrade their current Windows Phone 8-powered handset.

At Build, mobility gets a boost with universal Windows apps

Microsoft's announcement of universal Windows apps demonstrates the company's commitment to improving its share of the tablet and smartphone markets.

Cortana's voice is synthesized in part from an AI character in Halo

Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, gets her name from a fictional character in the popular Halo video game series.

Microsoft signals strategy shift at Build conference

Instead of relegating desktops to a lower priority while pursuing the mobile device market, Microsoft will integrate its PC dominance into its current core strategy to become a devices and services company, opening keynotes at the company's 2014 Build developer conference suggest.

Three new Lumia smartphones to run Windows Phone 8.1

Nokia announced three new Lumia smartphones on Wednesday that will run the just-announced Windows Phone 8.1 OS, including a Lumia 630 with a dual 3G SIM variant that will cost $169.

Windows Phone 8.1 confirmed, with Cortana digital assistant

Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 on Wednesday, and confirmed reports that the new OS includes Microsoft's first voice-activated digital assistant, called Cortana.

Microsoft to live stream Build keynote today

Microsoft will webcast the opening keynote address from its Build developers conference today starting at 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET).

Can Microsoft's Windows Phone OS surge in market share?

Microsoft on Wednesday is expected to launch Version 8.1 of its Windows Phone platform at its annual Build developers conference, and that move will be followed later in the day by a separate Nokia event where two new phones running the new OS are expected to be announced.

Management vendors show Windows Phone some love

IBM-owned Fiberlink and BlackBerry are adding Windows Phone to the list of platforms they can manage and protect, as enterprise interest for the smartphone OS is increasing.

Microsoft's 'go-low' play puts Windows revenue on the line

Analysts were uncertain today whether the recent stretch of "go-low" moves by Microsoft means that the company has tweaked its strategy to emphasize services at the expense of devices.

Microsoft: Android Nokia not our call to make

Microsoft today sidestepped commenting on the Nokia's decision to launch a new low-cost smartphone powered by an offshoot of Google's Android.

Windows Phone to get long-awaited enterprise update

Microsoft will soon offer an update to its Windows Phone operating system that will bring a number of new features targeted at enterprise users.

Windows Phone's Q4 share stumbles as Nokia's sales slump

Windows' share of the smartphone market fell slightly in the December quarter as the biggest manufacturer supporting Microsoft's OS, Nokia, posted less-than-stellar sales numbers, IDC said today.

With BYOD smartphones on the rise, IT headaches will become migraines

The bring-your-own-device trend will only get more nerve-wracking for IT managers in 2014 because of the 30% annual growth expected for smartphones purchased under a BYOD approach, and the further emergence of Windows Phone as a third platform behind Android and iOS.

Lumia sales slump sabotages Microsoft's strategy before it starts

Nokia's disclosure today of weak Lumia sales last quarter has put Microsoft's devices strategy in the hole even before it finalizes the acquisition of the Finnish firm, analysts said today.

Gartner gets bullish about Windows' future

Gartner today said Windows will recover from its two-year slump, with total device shipments running the operating system climbing by nearly 10% in 2014 and almost 18% in 2015.

Perspective: The fate of Nokia's Android phone depends on Microsoft

Analysts are pondering just what Microsoft might do with the Android-variant smartphone Nokia has under development: Keep it or kill it.

EU signs off on Microsoft-Nokia deal

As expected, European Union regulators today approved Microsoft's $7.4 billion acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business.

Microsoft on 'Threshold' of Windows Phone growth

The Windows Phone operating system still ranks third behind Android and iOS, but it is slowly seeing growth in the U.S. and Europe, and its eventual convergence with the Windows OS could mean even greater momentum.

Microsoft hops on 3D printing bandwagon with Win 8.1 app

Jumping on the trend of using printers to churn out objects, Microsoft has developed a 3D printing app for Windows 8.1, betting that this will become mainstream.

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