Microsoft acquired Nokia’s devices and services businesses a while ago. While the deal is still to met regulatory approval in Asia, reports have it that the division, previously called Nokia Oyj, will soon be rebranded as Microsoft Mobile Oy.
Microsoft’s Build conferences are considered important news because the company makes many major announcements at these events. Here are the key announcement made by Microsoft on day 1 of Build 2014 conference.
Microsoft has been hinting at a major graphics-related announcement. The company has finally lifted the wraps and revealed DirectX 12, a new set of its graphical APIs which comes with extensive hardware support.
Huawei has been dishing out Windows Phone handsets and aims to continue this partnership with Microsoft into the future. However, the company believes that dual OS smartphones, running Android and Windows Phone, are a better choice.
Microsoft has put a lot of effort into its Windows Phone OS. Yet, the platform lags far behind other contenders like iOS and Android. To patch this gap, Microsoft is now considering offering the Windows Phone OS for free.
Ever since Apple debuted Siri, others in the mobile arena have been trying to create their own smart personal assistants. We’ve been hearing about Microsoft’s Cortana for a while now and recent reports suggest that it will be shipped with the Windows Phone 8.1 update.
The curious case of Windows Phone continues to pique the interest of tech enthusiasts. Rumors have it that Microsoft has plans of somehow offering the Android apps on the Windows Phone devices. The big question is, is this good or bad?
It is almost a thing now to release mysterious teasers and hints before a company launches a new product. Nokia is following the tradition, having released a vague Windows Phone video today which points towards an upcoming announcement.
Prolific leaker @evleaks has mentioned that South Korean tech giant Samsung is reportedly making a new Windows Phone called Huron (codename) and Verizon is supposed to release this phone on its network.
Normally, you would need an iOS device to send and receive iMessages. However, thanks to a brilliant iOS jailbreak app, you can now get your iMessages straight to an Android or Windows Phone device as well.
During the final quarter of 2013, Microsoft was able to perform rather well by bagging a handsome revenue and bringing more earnings per share than was expected. The company scored $0.78 per share, more than the expected $0.68 per share.
When it comes to smartphones, Sony has rooted for Android till the deep end. Despite no significant success, Sony continues to create Android-based handsets. But the company has now hinted that it may try its hands at other alternatives.
For long, Microsoft has offered a number of games such as Solitaire, Minesweeper and Mahjong on Windows PCs. The company has now announced that Windows Phone 8 users can enjoy the same games on their handsets, for free.
Microsoft has made available an updated version of Facebook for Windows Phone. It now features a second Live Tile, giving a separate window to pin chats, events, groups, pages, photo albums and others.
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