Windows Phone 7, Smartphones/Tablets

Report: Microsoft Developing 7-Inch Surface Tablet

In an effort to bolster its chances in the tablet arena against smaller devices using Google Android and Apple iOS, Microsoft is expanding its Surface line of tablet PCs with a 7-inch model, according to a report.

Analysts Blame Windows 8 for Tanking PC Market

A new report from IDC indicates that first-quarter PC shipments dropped by nearly 14 percent over the year-ago period, the largest decline since IDC began tracking PC shipments in 1994.

Windows Phone 8 Device Impressions: Nokia Lumia 822

Scott finds that there are pros and cons to being a Lumia 822 user -- but it's mostly pros.

Gartner: Microsoft, Apple To Jockey for 2nd Place in Device OS Race

Falling PC shipments over the next four years will mean tough times ahead for Microsoft, according to new first-quarter data announced Thursday by Gartner Inc.

Judge Favors Microsoft over Google in Xbox Patent Infringement Case

Microsoft's imports of its Xbox gaming consoles do not infringe a patent held by Google, according to a ruling by an administrative law judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday.

Windows Embedded 8 Hits General Availability; Licensing Options Coming July

Two of Microsoft's Windows Embedded 8 operating system products were released on Wednesday, with a third expected to become generally available in April.

Analysis: The Search for the Perfect Note-Taking App

WEB EXCLUSIVE: In comparing Microsoft OneNote, EverNote and MindManager, Howard finds that there is currently no One Note-Taking App To Rule Them All. The perfect app would be the one that combines the best of the three.

Google's Android Chief Steps Down

Google's Android mobile operating system team has undergone an executive shuffle, the company announced on Wednesday.

Windows Tablet Market Share To Stay in Single Digits Through 2017

Despite market share gains throughout the next five years, Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets will remain a distant third behind Android- and iOS-based devices, according to research firm IDC.

Microsoft Touts Lync 2013 Mobile Device Support, Skype Integration

Microsoft's opening keynote talk at its Lync 2013 Conference in San Diego on Tuesday featured a few firsts.

Partner Readies Windows 8 Mobile Device Management Solution

Windows 8 devices, with their built-in security capabilities, could simplify matters for organizations considering bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenarios, according to Wave Systems Corp., an independent software vendor and board member of the Trusted Computing Group.

Microsoft CFO Hedges on Windows 8 Strategy Questions

In response to questions about Microsoft's market strategy with Windows 8, Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein repeated the same basic response: The Windows 8 ecosystem is still evolving.

Microsoft Answers Surface Pro Questions Ahead of Launch

In preparation for Saturday's launch of the Surface Pro tablet, Microsoft's Surface team on Wednesday fielded questions about the device in a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session.

Analysis: Microsoft To Shift Its Focus to Tablets and the Cloud

Echoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's declaration in October that Microsoft is now a "devices and services company," a newly published report indicates that Microsoft's product strategy for 2013 will be focused on tablets and cloud-enabled software.

Windows Phone 7.8 Update Begins Rollout

Microsoft began issuing the Windows Phone 7.8 update for older Windows Phone 7.5-era devices to users this week.

Surface RT Barely Registers in IDC's Q4 Tablet Market Report

Microsoft's Surface RT tablet has made few inroads in the months since its release, according to data from IDC announced on Thursday.

Windows 8 Faces Slow Ramp-Up, But Big Potential: Q&A with a Microsoft Distributor

In a Q&A, D&H Distributing Co-President Michael Schwab says structural factors are giving Windows 8 a slow start, but he predicts some of those same dynamics will make the new OS a huge hit in the near future.

15 Revelations in Microsoft's Financials

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Windows Division may have been the star of Microsoft's recent Q2 FY'13 earnings report, but what other insights do the numbers reveal? RCP reads between the lines of Microsoft's latest financial earnings.

Surface Pro Availability Set for Feb. 9

Originally expected to become available this month, the x86-based Surface Pro tablet PCs running Windows 8 will hit retail shelves on Feb. 9 in the United States and Canada, Microsoft confirmed on Tuesday.

Microsoft Courts Retailers with Windows Embedded 8, Dynamics AX for Retail

At this week's National Retail Federation (NRF) Convention and Expo in New York City, Microsoft is trying to coax nervous retailers into adopting touch-based Windows Embedded 8 solutions.