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Windows Phone 7, Smartphones/Tablets


The 2014 Microsoft Product Roadmap

From Windows 8.1 receiving its first major update to the "Threshold" release wave beginning to take shape, 2014 promises to be an important year for Microsoft's vision of a more unified product ecosystem. Key releases for Office, Dynamics, Windows Phone and others are also in the offing over the next 12 months.

Office 365 Getting Mobile Device Management, Security Boosts

Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled several upcoming Office 365 improvements, including mobile device management (MDM) and data loss protection (DLP) controls.

Microsoft Talks Up Enterprise Mobility Suite Financing Program

Microsoft recently turned the spotlight on a new finance program that pays for Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) technical support costs.

Report: Microsoft Changing Nokia Lumia Brand to 'Microsoft Lumia'

Microsoft's mobile device business will officially be called "Microsoft Lumia," replacing the Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia brands, according to a media report on Monday.

Microsoft Courting Business Users for Surface Pro 3

Microsoft on Thursday announced a new Surface Pro 3 promotion and support program for business users, even as media reports speculate whether the company would discontinue the product.

Windows Intune Being Renamed 'Microsoft Intune'

Windows Intune will become "Microsoft Intune" after its next major update, Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

A Non-Developer's Guide to Upgrading to Windows Phone 8.1

WEB EXCLUSIVE: It's been nearly three months since Microsoft signaled the start of the Windows Phone 8.1 rollout, but many users -- including RCP Editor in Chief Scott Bekker -- still haven't received it. Time to change that.

Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Annually in Android IP Deal

An Android cross-licensing contract with Samsung had been yielding Microsoft $1 billion each year in payments from the South Korea-based manufacturer.

Microsoft Rolling Out Android, Chromebook Challengers This Fall

Hardware partners at last month's 2014 IFA conference shined the spotlight on a raft of lower-cost Windows PCs.

Report: Microsoft Dumping 'Windows Phone' and 'Nokia' Branding

Microsoft plans to discontinue the use of "Windows Phone" and "Nokia" branding on its mobile devices by the end of this year, according to a media report on Wednesday.

Microsoft Launches New Flagship Windows Phone, Readies 'Denim' Update

Microsoft took the wraps off three new Windows Phone Lumia devices on Thursday at the IFA technology conference in Berlin.

Microsoft Feature Phones To Run Opera Browser by Default

Opera Software has entered a deal with Microsoft in which its Opera Mini browser will come preinstalled on new Microsoft feature phones, the company announced on Thursday.

Microsoft Brings OneNote to Android Tablets

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a number of updates to its OneNote notetaking app for both Android and Windows devices.

Windows Phone Left Out of Smartphone Market Boom

The market for smartphones is bigger than ever, but Android and iOS continue to vastly outperform all other platforms, including Windows Phone.

Microsoft Discontinues Skype for Windows Phone 7.x

Users of Windows Phone 7 will no longer be able to use Skype on their devices, according to an announcement posted last week on the Skype support page.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update Will Feature IE 11 Improvements

The version of Internet Explorer 11 that will appear in the next release of Windows Phone 8.1 will include fixes for Web site compatibility issues, Microsoft announced last week.

Microsoft Sues Samsung over Android Royalty Payments

Microsoft on Friday filed a lawsuit against its hardware partner Samsung, accusing the device maker of violating the terms of a 3-year-old Android licensing agreement between the two companies.

Microsoft Releases Office for iPad Update

Microsoft this week updated its Office for iPad suite, just four months after its initial release.

Expanded Cortana Support Coming in First Windows Phone 8.1 Update

The first update to Windows Phone 8.1 will expand Cortana's availability to more countries and introduce Start screen folders, Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

Microsoft Talks Up Recent Windows Updates, Stays Quiet on 'Threshold'

Microsoft spent much of Wednesday's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) keynote touting recent improvements to Windows and Windows Phone, but gave few details about its plan for the platforms going forward.