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First impressions: Microsoft’s Cortana is a bit hard of hearing, but shows promise

SAN FRANCISCO – As a part of Microsoft’s first keynote at its Build developer conference in San Francisco today, the company announced Cortana, a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone. Named after an artificial intelligence from the Halo video-game universe, she’ll be rolled out as a part of the company’s Windows Phone 8.1 update later… Read More

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Microsoft’s $7.2B Nokia deal is officially delayed until April

Nokia and Microsoft will have to wait a little longer to press the Start button. Microsoft’s $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, originally expected to close this quarter, won’t be completed until April, the companies acknowledged tonight. Nokia announced the delay in a news release, saying that both companies are still committed to… Read More

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Here’s the first video footage of Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant for Windows Phone

Rumors are swirling about Cortana, Microsoft’s new virtual assistant for Windows Phone users. And now there’s finally video footage of some of its functionality. Posted by UnleashThePhones, the footage shows some of the basic functions Cortana will be able to perform for users, as well as part of the process of setting up the assistant…. Read More

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Nokia X: How Microsoft became an Android vendor

Nokia’s decision to release a new lineup of Android phones might seem like heresy inside Microsoft — which will acquire the new Nokia X Android mobile phones, in addition to Nokia’s higher-end smartphone lineup, as part of its pending $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business. But it turns out that Microsoft actually… Read More

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Nokia says its new Android phones will create a ‘gateway to Microsoft’

Nokia tonight confirmed plans to release its own phone running Google’s Android mobile operating system, expanding beyond Microsoft’s Windows Phone just as the Redmond company prepares to acquire Nokia’s device business. However, the new “Nokia X” phones will connect by default to Microsoft services, such as the OneDrive cloud storage system, not to Google’s cloud… Read More

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Surprise, you’ve got a Windows Phone app! Microsoft irks big brands in bid to stock mobile store

The new Redfin app for Microsoft’s Windows Phone promises to deliver the core features of the online real estate service, including the ability to search for homes to rent or buy, research neighborhoods, and find an agent. But unlike Redfin’s 4.5-star apps for iPhone and Android, this app gets a 2.5-star rating, and a string of negative… Read More

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Nokia Lumia sales slip to 8.2 million units in Q4

Sales of Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices slipped to 8.2 million units in the fourth quarter, the company said this morning while discussing its quarterly financial results. That was up from 4.4 million units in the same quarter a year ago, but down from 8.8 million in the third quarter — defying the traditional phenomenon of… Read More

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Aviary freezes its Windows and Windows Phone photo SDK, citing ‘lack of general platform traction’

Aviary, a photo-editing technology company backed by investors including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, says it is discontinuing work on its photo-editing software development kit for Windows Phone and Windows 8, citing a “lack of general platform traction” for the Microsoft operating systems. The news was delivered in a message to a user of the Aviary forums,… Read More

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Report: Microsoft may license next versions of Windows RT and Windows Phone for free

Microsoft is considering making the next version of Windows RT and Windows Phone free for computer and device makers interested in using it, the Verge reported today. That meshes with a report from earlier this week which said “Threshold,” the next iteration of Microsoft’s OS, may include a single version of Windows that’s targeted at both Windows… Read More

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Finally: Instagram, Vine apps coming to Windows Phone

Windows Phone owners will soon be able to share all the 7-second videos and filtered photos they could ever want. Stephen Elop just announced at Nokia World that the official Instagram and Vine apps will arrive “in the coming weeks.” The announcement addresses a longstanding complaint about Windows Phone. The lack of an official Instagram… Read More

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Microsoft Windows Phone 8 update adds support for ‘jumbo-sized’ displays, new storage settings

Just don’t call it Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft’s new “Update 3″ for Windows Phone 8, unveiled this morning, adds support for screens as large as five or six inches, with 1080P dispays — creating room for “jumbo-sized” Start screens that can hold as many as three standard or six small live tiles across the screen…. Read More