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Microsoft reportedly canning Nokia and Windows Phone brands for good

Spot the phone

A leak verified by a couple of tech news sites appears to confirm that Microsoft will completely phase out all Nokia branding starting with its holiday season marketing. The leak also implies Microsoft wants to stop differentiating its desktop and mobile Windows brands, dropping the ‘Phone’ part.

Nokia loses Here head

The direction of Here is uncertain

Nokia, or what’s left of it, looks to have suffered another blow as the head of its location based services division, Here, quits to focus on his own projects. Nokia’s Here unit was born out of the company’s $8.1bn acquisition of Navteq and was retained as a key pillar of Nokia following the purchase of its handset division by Microsoft last year.

Microsoft sues Samsung over Android non-payment

NGMN Alliance seeks patent pool manager

Microsoft has filed suit against Samsung after the Korean electronics giant stopped paying the US company for access to IP essential to the use of the Android operating system.

So. Farewell then

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Nokia is a company and brand that has been synonymous with the mobile industry pretty much since its inception. A decade ago Nokia was so dominant as a handset vendor the Informer wondered why anyone else even bothered, with Motorola and BlackBerry among the few that were able to coexist with the unstoppable Finnish juggernaut (and look at them now).

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs, Nokia integration a key driver

Nadella:’Microsoft needs to be a leaner, flatter organisation to realise Nokia synergies’

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella announced long-rumoured job cuts on Thursday. In a memo to staff Nadella said the company would cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, or 14 per cent of the company’s workforce, as it realigns its corporate resources to focus on mobile and cloud and integrates Nokia within the wider business.

US sets personal cloud privacy precedent

The contents of smartphones are increasingly stored in the cloud

A recent landmark US Supreme Court ruling on the legality of searching a mobile phone without a warrant is a ‘historical moment’ for defenders of privacy rights according to Microsoft general counsel & executive vice president, legal & corporate affairs Brad Smith.

Rajeev Suri promoted to Nokia CEO

Rajeev Suri, who has been made CEO of Nokia

Flush from the Microsoft deal, Nokia has announced a capital restructuring programme that will see it return cash to shareholders through the resumption of dividends and aim to pay down €2bn of its debt over the next two years.

Microsoft to drop Nokia brand

Microsoft plans to drop the Nokia brand

Software giant Microsoft plans to drop the Nokia brand from its marketing following its recently completed acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business.

Skype makes group video calling free

Verizon cosies up to Skype

OTT communications provider Skype, a subsidiary of Microsoft, has announced that it will make its group video calling service available to all users, free of charge.

Microsoft closes Nokia deal

Microsoft has announced that its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business is complete

One of the industry’s highest profile acquisitions in recent years is now complete after Microsoft announced that its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business has now been approved by shareholders and regulatory bodies around the world.

Microsoft licenses Android to Motorola; Nokia deal to close

Motorola Solutions is licensing patents from Microsoft

Microsoft agreed a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions on Monday that will see the latter gain access to Microsoft’s Android and Chrome OS patent portfolio.

Microsoft partners with BT for private Azure links

Verizon

As security and data privacy continue to hold CIOs back from dabbling with cloud services BT and Microsoft announced a partnership Friday that will see the former provide private links for the latter’s Azure public cloud service. The move comes the same day Verizon announced a dark fibre service linking its public cloud platforms with Microsoft’s, with plans to support other platforms in the near future.

Microsoft extends carrier billing for Windows Phone Store

Microsoft is looking to gain ground on its mobile operating system rivals by extending its carrier billing capabilities for its Windows Phone Store app store

Software giant Microsoft is looking to gain ground on its mobile operating system rivals by extending its carrier billing capabilities for its Windows Phone Store app store.

Dell and Microsoft sign patent agreements

Microsoft and Dell have announced a patent licensing agreement that allows the two to license each other’s intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles

Tech giants Microsoft and Dell have this week announced a patent licensing agreement that allows the two to license each other’s intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles.

Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy: too little too late?

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft

Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.

Nokia launches smartphones for emerging markets with Android app support

The Nokia X will go on sale immediately, priced from €89

Handset maker Nokia has launched a family of smartphones that run Android apps and are targeted at emerging markets. The Nokia X, will go on sale immediately, is priced from €89 and will be available in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

Belgacom and Microsoft partner to teach kids safety in the cloud

Microsoft and Belgacom are partnering with Child Focus to host workshops on internet safety for children

To mark Safe Internet Day on Tuesday, Microsoft and Belgian telco Belgacom are teaming up with Child Focus (The Foundation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children) to deliver workshops in Belgian schools, teaching kids how to navigate the web safely by educating on the potential consequences of their online actions.

Microsoft confirms Nadella as CEO

Satya Nadella has been appointed CEO at Microsoft

Microsoft announced Tuesday that Satya Nadella will indeed take on the role of chief executive officer at the software company effective immediately. The company’s founder Bill Gates will also be stepping down as chairman to assume a more hands-on role on the board as a technology advisor.

Microsoft likely to appoint head of cloud as next CEO

Satya Nadella

Microsoft is likely to appoint Satya Nadella, the company’s head of cloud computing, as its next chief executive officer according to multiple reports.

Ericsson boosted by patent deal; Vestberg quashes Microsoft rumour

Ericsson

Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson reported flat sales for the fourth quarter and full year 2013, while net earnings were boosted by the patent licensing agreement with Samsung reported last week.

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