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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.

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.

Elop on Layoffs: Microsoft's Focus Is on Windows Phone

Among the casualties of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced on Thursday will be Nokia's non-Windows Phone devices, including the Android-based Nokia X.

Apple, IBM Ink 'Landmark' Enterprise Mobility Pact

In what the two companies are calling a "landmark partnership," Apple and IBM have announced a deal aimed at outfitting iPads and iPhones with enterprise-grade apps and solutions.

Windows Phone 8.1 Rollout Starts for Lumia Devices

Nokia Lumia users running Windows Phone 8 will soon begin receiving the Windows Phone 8.1 and "Cyan" updates, Microsoft announced Tuesday.

Gartner: Windows Phone Market Share To Hit Double Digits by 2018

Though its market share has never risen beyond the low single digits, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is on course for a major growth spurt over the next four years, according to Gartner.

Microsoft Updates Windows Phone 8.1 Remote Desktop App

A new preview version of Microsoft's Remote Desktop App for Windows Phone 8.1 was released last week.

Surface Pro 3: Microsoft's Tablet Gets (Even) More Business-Ready

The Microsoft Surface was already the tablet for users looking to combine serious business and serious fun. With the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft is trying even harder to replace your tablet and PC at one stroke. Here's a first look.

Microsoft Launches Next Generation of Nokia X Android Phone

As part of its ongoing effort to expand the use of Windows services in emerging markets, Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled the Nokia X2, the second generation of Nokia's low-cost, Android-based smartphones.

Microsoft's Transition Plans for 'Nokia' Brand Allegedly Leaked

Microsoft has until late 2015 to rebrand the smartphones it acquired in its purchase of Nokia, according to an internal document leaked online.

Microsoft Releases Preview of Outlook Web App for Android

A "prerelease" version of Microsoft's Outlook Web App for Android devices is now available via the Google Play store.

Windows Phone 8.1 Remote Desktop App Released as Preview

Microsoft's Remote Desktop App for Windows Phone 8.1, which enables users to access applications remotely on their smartphones, reached another preview milestone this week.

Microsoft OEMs Unveil Potential Surface Rivals at Computex

Microsoft's original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) used this week's Computex trade show in Taipei to roll out a variety of enterprise-grade Windows 8.1 devices, some of them direct challengers to Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3.

Is the Tablet Moment Over?

The writing might be on the wall for the tablet market, with global shipments now slowing significantly from their jackrabbit start.

IDC: Larger Windows Devices To Weather Tablet Market Slowdown

The overall market for tablets and hybrid PCs is set for a slowdown, but demand for devices with larger screens will grow, according to research from IDC.

Office in the iPad Era: 25 Things Microsoft Partners Should Know

From licensing issues to potential problem points, here's what partners should know about positioning and selling the Microsoft flagship productivity suite to businesses on the world's most popular tablet.

Windows Phone To Make Incremental Gains Through 2018

Microsoft's smartphone platform is slowly making inroads into the market shares of perennial leaders Android and iOS.

Microsoft Addresses Surface Pro 3 Battery Issues in AMA Session

The Microsoft team behind the Surface Pro 3 fielded questions about the new device in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) discussion on Tuesday.

Microsoft Adds Mobile Analytics to Azure with Capptain Acquisition

Microsoft on Wednesday announced it is acquiring Paris-based startup Capptain for an undisclosed amount.