Windows Phone 7, Smartphones/Tablets

Report: Office 2013 on Windows RT Will Be Stripped-Down

Windows RT will come with a leaner "preview" version of Office 2013 when it ships, according to a report by The Verge on Tuesday.

Microsoft Inks Android IP Deal with Honeywell

Honeywell paid royalties to Microsoft for the use of technologies associated with the Linux-based Android and Google Chrome operating systems, the company announced last week.

Microsoft Enters exFAT Licensing Agreement with Sharp

Microsoft and Sharp Corp. have inked a deal in which Sharp will license intellectual property (IP) associated with Microsoft's Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology for use in its Android-based devices.

Windows 8 Hits RTM, Will Become Available to Partners Aug. 16

Windows 8 hit the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) stage on Wednesday, meaning bits of the operating system are now finalized and ready for Microsoft equipment manufacturers to start imaging the OS onto new hardware, including PCs and tablets.

Analysis: Microsoft's SMB Partners Grapple with Changing IT Landscape

SMBs are clinging to outdated Microsoft products but also adopting new and unfamiliar technologies, according to partner attendees at the IT Pro Conference 2012.

Microsoft Accuses Google of Using 'Diversionary Tactics' in IP Fight

Microsoft on Tuesday fired another volley against Google in the fight over intellectual property (IP) associated with the Android mobile operating system and other software technologies.

Motorola Phones Using Microsoft IP Banned in Germany

A German court has banned the sale of Android-based Motorola Mobility smartphones that use a file-name management technology owned by Microsoft.

Microsoft: Surface Tablets May Cause OEMs To Abandon Windows

Microsoft acknowledged on Thursday that its forthcoming Surface tablet could strain relationships with its hardware partners.

WPC 2012: Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 To RTM First Week of August

Windows 8 will be released to manufacturing (RTM) in the first week of August and be generally available in October.

Guggenheimer Steps Down as Microsoft OEM Chief

Steven Guggenheimer, who has served as corporate vice president of Microsoft's original equipment manufacturing (OEM) division for four years, is leaving his position for a new role within the company, Bloomberg reported on Saturday.

Analysis: Breaking Down Microsoft's BYOD Licensing

Windows shops may find licensing for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenarios somewhat perplexing due to the architecture used to access Microsoft's servers, according to Rob Horwitz, research chair at Directions on Microsoft.

Windows Phone 'Tango' Arrives for Nokia Lumia Devices

The Windows Phone update code-named "Tango" began rolling out to Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 devices on Wednesday, according to a blog post on Nokia's Conversations blog.

Study: Microsoft System Center Lags Symantec, CA in Client Management

Symantec and CA Technologies are the top "leaders" in enterprise client management offerings, while Microsoft was deemed a "strong performer," a recent Forrester study found.

Microsoft Denies Rumored Plans To Produce Windows Phone Hardware (UPDATED)

Microsoft executive Greg Sullivan has refuted rumors that Microsoft plans to manufacture its own Windows Phone hardware in an interview with InformationWeek on Friday.

Windows Phone 8 Coming in Fall with 'Shared Windows Core'

Microsoft gave the first preview of its next-generation smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8 (previously code-named "Apollo"), on Wednesday at the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco.

Microsoft Surface: Image Gallery

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft's just-announced tablet play, Surface, is long on looks. Here's a graphical look at Microsoft's first entree into the PC hardware business.

'Surface' Observations About Microsoft's New Tablets

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft finally took the wraps off its "Surface" tablet, and it's pretty striking. While it's too early to tell whether Surface will be a coup or a flop, Monday's launch event gave us plenty to think about. Here are our first impressions.

Microsoft Surface Models: At a Glance

WEB EXCLUSIVE: A side-by-side comparison of the two tablets' specs.

Tech-Ed: Windows 8 Is 'Better' than Windows 7, Microsoft Says

Microsoft focused on the basics of Windows 8 during its Day 2 Tech-Ed keynote on Tuesday.

Getting Ready for Windows 8

In many ways, the channel is eagerly waiting for Microsoft to catch up to the market with its next OS. Will customers stand still long enough for the new OS to catch on?