Microsoft CEO Ballmer Windows Phone

Ballmer owns up to blowing it with Windows Phone

By on March 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

Ballmer owns up to blowing it with Windows Phone

By the time Windows Phone 8 made Microsoft’s mobile platform a real competitor in 2012, the iPhone had been on the market for five years and Android-based phones had been on the market for four years. Clearly, Microsoft wasn’t nearly fast enough when it came to getting its mobile platform up to speed and now The Wall Street Journal reports that outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said this week that Windows Phone would be in a much stronger position today if he could go back in time and “re-do the last 10 years.” More →

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Android Windows Phone Dual-boot

What might finally help Windows Phone break out? Android.

By on March 3, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

What might finally help Windows Phone break out? Android.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has been inching forward since it first debuted in 2010. While the mobile platform finally started making gains worth speaking of in 2013, Microsoft’s global smartphone market share remains in the low single digits. What might finally give Windows Phone the boost it needs to start really making a dent in rivals’ sales? As it turns out, the key to Windows Phone’s success could turn out to be Android. More →

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World's Cheapest Windows Phones

Budget Windows Phones are about to become even better bargains

By on February 27, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Budget Windows Phones are about to become even better bargains

We’ve mentioned before that Nokia’s Lumia 520 line of smartphones is one of the world’s biggest smartphone bargains and now it looks like future Windows Phones could offer even better deals for budget buyers. Infosonics CEO Joseph Ram tells PCMag that Microsoft plans to cut licensing fees for Windows Phone by as much as 70% in an effort to draw more manufacturers to use the platform and to help make Windows Phones cheaper to battle the onslaught of dirt-cheap Android phones that are spreading through emerging markets. More →

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As smartphone growth slows, Windows Phone could come out on top

By on February 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

As smartphone growth slows, Windows Phone could come out on top

Smartphone market saturation is fast approaching, but a winner may step forward once the dust settles after all. According to IDC, despite 39.2% growth in 2013 (the year of 1 billion smartphone shipments) every major OS will begin to gradually shed its market share over the next four years — every OS except for Windows Phone. As the developed markets hit saturation, OEMs with a plan to reach maturing markets will have the most room for growth. Microsoft has already positioned Windows Phone as the OS for the rest of the world, a move that could pay dividends as the decade comes to a close. More →

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Nokia Windows Phone Android Strategy

Nokia’s new Windows Phone strategy is guaranteed to confuse everyone

By on February 25, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

Nokia’s new Windows Phone strategy is guaranteed to confuse everyone

How is Nokia going to explain the differences between its Asha feature phone application system, the Windows Phone 8 app system and the new Asha/Windows/Android app system to consumers in emerging markets? How many people comprehend the jungle of software choices that Nokia has now created for models aimed at entry-level buyers — people who in many cases have never owned a smartphone? More →

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What Windows Phone needs the most (spoiler: It’s not apps)

By on February 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

What Windows Phone needs the most (spoiler: It’s not apps)

I try to refrain from writing articles telling companies what they “need” to do largely because it’s a fairly silly and pointless exercise for someone who has no inside knowledge of a company’s inner workings to lecture it on the direction it should take. That said, as a mobile consumer who plays around with a lot of different devices, I do think I’m qualified to advise Microsoft that it actually does need to come up with a reason for Windows Phone to exist other than just being another smartphone platform. More →

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Windows Phone BlackBerry Market Share

Microsoft: Hey, at least Windows Phone is beating BlackBerry

By on February 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Microsoft: Hey, at least Windows Phone is beating BlackBerry

Although Windows Phone has shown some impressive gains over the past year it’s still trailing far behind Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS in terms of both total number of users and mobile developer interest. However, Business Insider reports that Microsoft is looking at the bright side and saying that at least its mobile platform is doing better than BlackBerry, the famously beleaguered Canadian smartphone pioneer that spent a good chunk of 2013 with a “For Sale” sign on its back. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Action Center VIdeo

Here’s our first look at Windows Phone 8.1’s notification center

By on February 19, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Here’s our first look at Windows Phone 8.1’s notification center

Microsoft is finally bringing a notification center to Windows Phone in the next major update. Action Center, as it has been dubbed, works almost identically to the notification centers that appear on Android and iOS devices. Simply swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal a log of messages, emails and updates you haven’t checked yet. A bar at the top of the Action Center will feature a set of four customizable buttons for quick access. If you find yourself in the airport on a weekly basis, put Airplane Mode in the shortcut bar; if you’re constantly fiddling with the brightness settings, you can slide that to the top as well. Check out the video below and breathe a sigh of relief that Windows Phone 8.1 is finally catching up with the competition. More →

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Windows Phone Mobile World Congress

There won’t be any new Windows Phones launched at MWC next week

By on February 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

There won’t be any new Windows Phones launched at MWC next week

This year’s Mobile World Congress looks like it’s going to be jam-packed with intriguing new devices headlined by Samsung’s Galaxy S5, Sony’s Xperia Z2, BlackBerry’s first Foxconn-made phones and Nokia’s first-ever Android handset. There is one major absence from this year’s MWC that is rather surprising, however: Windows Phone. More →

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Microsoft might not need Android to solve its app problem after all

By on February 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM.

Microsoft might not need Android to solve its app problem after all

A recent report suggested that Microsoft is seriously considering adding support for Android apps to both the Windows and Windows Phone platforms. As it turns out, however, Microsoft might be able to solve its app problem without turning to Google’s dominant mobile platform for help. More →

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Windows Phone Android Apps Port

Microsoft may soon admit defeat to Android

By on February 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM.

Microsoft may soon admit defeat to Android

Is Microsoft getting ready to wave the white flag when it comes to getting developers to build apps for its own mobile platform? The Verge’s Tom Warren reports that Microsoft “is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone,” which would represent a major defeat of the company’s efforts to push more developers to make Windows Phone apps. In doing this, Microsoft would seemingly be following in the steps of BlackBerry, which has made it much easier for BlackBerry users to download Android apps onto their devices. More →

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Windows Phone 8.1 Action Center

Microsoft is getting ready to rip off the notification center that Apple ripped off from Android

By on February 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Microsoft is getting ready to rip off the notification center that Apple ripped off from Android

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Google is definitely blushing right now. One of the key features Apple introduced alongside iOS 5 was the Notification Center, a panel that aggregates notifications and other information into one simple list that can be dragged down and revealed from the top of a device’s screen. Sound familiar? That’s because the feature was unabashedly “borrowed” from Android. Companies “borrow” from each other all the time of course, and it looks like another major mobile platform maker liked Android’s notification interface so much that it decided to “borrow” it in an upcoming software release. More →

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Samsung Windows Phone 8.1

Samsung is making another new Windows Phone – but we still have no idea why

By on February 4, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Samsung is making another new Windows Phone – but we still have no idea why

Samsung hasn’t put very much effort into selling its previous Windows Phone smartphone models that have launched over the past few years, but the consumer electronics giant will continue to build and launch new Windows Phones in 2014. Gadget leaker @evleaks on Tuesday posted an image of what he claims to be a Windows Phone 8.1-powered Samsung phone with the model number SM-W750V and the code-name “Huron.” The phone looks just about as unexciting as Samsung’s previous Microsoft-powered smartphones, and it’s seemingly headed to Verizon Wireless. More →

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