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Google accused of anti-competitive Android practices in Europe

Google’s “predatory distribution of Android” at below-cost makes it difficult for other OS providers to compete, said Fairsearch

A pressure group with members including Microsoft, Oracle and Nokia has filed a complaint with the European Commission claiming that Google has used anti-competitive practices to dominate the mobile space. Fairsearch claimed that Google has unfairly cemented its control over consumers’ mobile internet experience and in online advertising for mobile.

Ericsson to acquire Microsoft TV unit

Ericsson has acquired Microsoft’s TV solution Mediaroom for an undisclosed sum

Swedish network infrastructure vendor Ericsson has acquired Microsoft’s TV solution Mediaroom for an undisclosed sum. Mediaroom is the technology used by operators such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Swisscom for their TV offerings. The technology is used on more than 22 million set top boxes worldwide.

Mobile device price drop sees tablets outsell PCs

Worldwide devices are on pace to total 2.4 billion units in 2013

The number of tablets sold globally will surpass the number of PCs sold by 2017, according to analyst firm Gartner. Sales of Android smartphones are also expected to triple between 2012 and 2017, the firm forecasted.

Microsoft’s Africa project highlights the continent’s importance to technology players

Microsoft sees great potential in Africa

Microsoft’s new drive to target Africa – the 4Afrika initiative, as the software giant’s marketing people have styled it –
highlights the growing and deserved importance of the continent to global technology players.

Microsoft, Huawei bring sub-$150 smartphones to Africa

Microsoft sees great potential in Africa

US software giant Microsoft this week pledged to invest around $74m in Africa over the next three years, introducing tens of millions of smart devices into the hands of the local youth and bringing over a million small and medium sized enterprises online.

MWC: all about networking?

Synchronica will buy Nokia's messaging business

It’s that time of year again. The time that industry professionals know only too well, as we see our schedules for the final week in February rapidly running out of space – we’re all preparing ourselves for the exhausting experience that is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Well, unless you work at Microsoft or RIM, it seems.

Microsoft sets up spectrum research centre

According to Microsoft, the first opportunity to utilise dynamic spectrum technologies will also be in the TV white spaces band

Tech giant Microsoft has opened a European research centre aimed at providing greater insight into spectrum efficiency as a driver for wireless broadband access. The European Spectrum Observatory has been set up in Brussels, at Microsoft’s Cloud and Interoperability Centre. The firm said that it intends to examine barriers standing in the way of efficient spectrum allocation.

Where’s the beef in telco SaaS?

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Microsoft Office 365  is becoming to telco SaaS what the Big Mac is to fast food. That’s not a health warning, but a fact, based on a 38-country study* of 51 communication service providers’ business SaaS portfolios that I’ve just completed. Microsoft powers an astonishing 51% of these CSPs’ productivity and collaboration offers. Want a SaaS [...]

Windows chief leaves Microsoft

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS has a new wallet feature and supports NFC

US software giant Microsoft has announced the immediate departure of Steven Sinofsky, head of its flagship Windows and Windows Live operations. The move came just a few weeks after the launch of the company’s next generation software platform, Windows 8, which spans both desktop and mobile devices.

Microsoft absorbs Messenger into Skype

Microsoft is retiring Windows Live Messenger, and encouraging users to update to Skype

In a somewhat inevitable move by the software firm, Microsoft has absorbed its Live Messenger service into Skype, after acquiring the VoIP service in May last year. The firm released Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows a few weeks ago and has now told customers to update to the service to send instant messages and make video calls with their Messenger contacts.

Windows Phone 8 users get free wifi

Devicescape aims to cut data costs

US software firm Microsoft has given Windows Phone 8 users access to a sizeable global wifi network intended to improve the user experience and rein in data costs.

Windows 8: goodbye personal computers, welcome personalised computing

Windows 8 supports touchscreen, as well as keyboard and mouse input methods

Informa’s early estimates predict that, by the end of 2014, more than 70 per cent of users will be on Microsoft Windows 8 and 36 per cent will use new hardware supporting touchscreen functionality.

Windows 8 to create demand for Microsoft phones

Windows 8 supports touchscreen, as well as keyboard and mouse input methods

The launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system for PCs, laptops and tablets could ignite demand for its Windows Phone 8 products, according to research firm Informa Telecoms and Media. Malik Saadi, principal analyst at the firm was impressed by the OS and believes it could have a “halo effect” on Microsoft’s efforts in the mobile space.

Nokia playing for survival after another loss-making quarter

Nokia could soon be forced to sell parts of its business, according to Saadi

Struggling handset maker Nokia has posted its fifth consecutive quarterly loss. The firm recorded an operating loss of €576m for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. The loss dwarfs the €71m loss the firm posted in the same period in 2011. Net sales also dropped 19 per cent year-on-year from €8.98bn to €7.24bn

Skype launches wifi proposition

VoIP provider Skype has set up a public wifi network in the UK and Ireland in a bid to diversify its offering. The firm, acquired by Microsoft in 2011, has teamed up with wifi solutions provider Wicoms to roll out a service called Free Skype WiFi in UK high streets. The service enables shopping malls, retailers and other businesses to deliver public internet access to customers free of charge.

HTC launches Windows Phone 8 duo

HTC's Windows Phone 8x

As it continues its aggressive push in the smartphone space, Microsoft has announced two Windows Phone 8 handsets designed by Taiwanese vendor HTC. The HTC Windows Phone 8X is the premium handset of the two, with a 4.3in HD screen and a Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor. It has 1GB RAM, 16GB storage space and comes with an 8-megapixel camera.

Nokia debuts Windows Phone 8 devices

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In an effort to consolidate its position as the third biggest player in the smartphone ecosystem, Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia has unveiled two devices running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform.The move comes less than a week after Samsung pipped Nokia to the post with a view of the first Windows Phone 8 device to be seen.

Skype intros carrier billing

Skype is expanding it capabilities through acquisitions

Internet telephony darling and over-the-top success, Skype, stepped up its threat to operators with the introduction of direct operator billing this week.

Samsung trumps Nokia to first WP8 handset

Samsung has launched the ATIV S, the first Windows Phone 8 handset

Beating Microsoft partner Nokia to the punch, Korean handset giant Samsung has unveiled the first Windows Phone 8 (WP8) handset. The ATIV S handset was showcased at the IFA 2012 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. It has a 4.8in display and runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.

Kia: “Mobile carriers will play a major role in telematics”

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Ahead of the Broadband World Forum 2012, we speak to Andrei Iordache, product management specialist at the European division of Korean car maker Kia, which revealed plans earlier this year that it is developing a new telematics suite for its 2014 range being sold in the North American market.

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