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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.

Record breakers

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Microsoft has had a record quarter. For the first time in its life as a public company the software giant has reported a quarterly loss. Admittedly that’s not the kind of record you want to be setting, but it’s a record nonetheless. The firm decided to write down the value of advertising player Aquantive, which it gobbled up for $6.3bn in 2007 and it is this that accounts for the $492m loss, the firm said.

Vodafone down, Verizon up, Microsoft makes loss, Google strong as usual

Vodafone, Verizon, Microsoft and Google posted quarterly results

It’s quarterly results time again, with Vodafone, Verizon, Microsoft and Google reporting varying degrees of success for the quarter ended June 30.

Operator group Vodafone reported almost flat revenues for the quarter, climbing by just one per cent, to reach £10.8bn ($17bn).

Microsoft to acquire Yammer in BYOD push

Microsoft has announced its intention to acquire Yammer, a social network tool for enterprises, for $1.2bn. Launched in 2008, Yammer allows firms to set up a free secure, private social network, allowing them to communicate and deliver company-wide strategies.

Windows Phone 8 is a good news but not for everybody

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The hotly-anticipated Windows Phone 8 (WP8) is finally here and features shown at the Microsoft Phone Developer Summit have exceeded the industry expectations. This fresh platform is now equipped with the right tools to satisfy the market’s appetite for innovation and is a challenge to rivals like the ageing Apple iOS. Although the existing Windows Phone 7 (WP7) will be upgraded to include some high-level features of WP8, the true capabilities of this platform will sparkle only when new enabled devices are launched.

Microsoft debuts Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft has unveiled its latest operating system for mobile handsets, Windows Phone 8. The announcement was made in the same week as the firm launched its Surface tablet device, which runs on the Windows 8 operating system for PCs and tablets.

Microsoft’s Surface launch splits opinion

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Microsoft has unveiled two of its own tablet devices, in an attempt to compete with rivals Apple and Google as well as its own OEM partners. The Surface devices come in two flavours: one running an ARM processor featuring the Windows RT operating system, and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor running on Windows 8 Pro.

Microsoft needs to be sure it hits the tablet market running

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As this tablet is to hit the market before other Win8 tablets are launched by the OEM licensees, it would suggest that Microsoft aims to showcase the full capabilities and benefits of Win8 on a tablet device (available as both ARM-based and Intel x86 processor technology versions) and has therefore decided to take responsibility for the hardware.

Microsoft launches social learning network

Microsoft launches So.cl, a social networking site for students

Microsoft has attempted to get into the social networking space by launching its own social network So.cl, which is specifically targeted at students.

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