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Microsoft reveals bankruptcy of devices strategy by dumping Nokia feature phones

Microsoft decision to ax the feature phone business it got when it bought Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion shows the investment 'went for naught.'

Layoffs raise questions about Nadella's commitment to Nokia deal

Microsoft's 14 percent staff reduction, the largest in its history and focused heavily on employees acquired from Nokia's devices and services business, has some observers thinking Satya Nadella got a bad case of Lumia-induced indigestion.

Microsoft promises Windows Phone 'kill-switch' by July 2015

Microsoft today spelled out the "kill-switch" deterrents it will add to the Windows Phone mobile operating system, and said it would meet a July 2015 deadline for making stolen smartphones useless.

Apple goes against grain, lets Beats Music live on Android and Windows Phone

Apple will continue to offer Beats Music apps for Android and Windows Phone after it closes the deal to acquire the streaming music service and Beats Electronics.

First Windows Phone 8.1 phone due out this week in Asia

The first smartphone carrying Windows Phone 8.1 starts shipping this week in Asia, even as Microsoft continues tweaking that latest version of its mobile OS.

AMD commits to Android as it looks past Windows

After flirting with the idea for more than a year, Advanced Micro Devices has finally provided concrete details for bringing Android to its chips as the company looks to support more operating systems beyond Windows.

Here's what Microsoft needs to do to boost Windows Phone

Now that Microsoft has finally closed its acquisition of Nokia's devices and services business the company needs to accelerate efforts to attract more developers, help cut the cost of smartphones running Windows Phone and make sure its new employees feel welcome.

Microsoft to wrap Nokia deal Friday, name subsidiary 'Microsoft Mobile'

Microsoft today said that it will close the $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's handset business on Friday, about eight months after revealing the deal.

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.

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