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


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


Record profit for Samsung, first quarterly loss for HTC

The difference between two of the most well-known smartphone makers could hardly be more stark these days. Samsung issued earnings guidance overnight for record operating profit of at least $9.2 billion in the third quarter, with about two-thirds of that coming from its mobile business, including its dominant Android-based smartphones. It’s doing well enough that one of… Read More

Terry Myerson

Windows Phone leaders given key roles in Microsoft’s restructured OS group

Updated below with additional details. Microsoft’s new Operating Systems Engineering Group — responsible for OS development across Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox — is filling out its executive team under new operating systems chief Terry Myerson, with key roles for some who worked under Myerson in his former role as the Windows Phone engineering leader…. Read More


Make no mistake: Nokia is Microsoft’s biggest deal ever

Yes, in raw numbers, Microsoft is paying less for Nokia’s Devices & Services business than it did for Skype — forking over $7.2 billion for the smartphone maker, compared with $8.5 billion for the video communications company. But by almost every other measure, the Nokia deal is the biggest in Microsoft’s history. The company will… Read More


Look out, kids: Microsoft patent would give parents ultimate control over family phones

Microsoft has already given parents an extra element of control with the “Kid’s Corner” feature in Windows Phone 8 — an isolated section of the device, set up and controlled by parents, that lets kids play with the phone without inadvertently responding to mom’s email, for example. But a newly published patent application from the… Read More


Does Seattle have an obligation to support Windows Phone?

It’s common these days for mobile app developers to start with iPhone and Android, and get to Windows Phone later — if at all. But should that be the practice in Microsoft Country? That’s the question following the city of Seattle’s release of a new “Find It, Fix It” app that lets citizens report problems… Read More

The previous, disputed version of Microsoft's YouTube app

YouTube returns to Microsoft’s Windows Phone, with Google’s support this time

Microsoft released a new version of its YouTube app for Windows Phone this afternoon, three months after Google objected to app and demanded its removal from the Windows Phone app store. The new app, developed with Google’s support, incorporates ads into the experience, addressing one of the search company’s biggest complaints. The app no longer… Read More


Windows Phone global shipments up 77%, extending lead over BlackBerry

New stats released today by IDC show shipments of Windows Phone reaching 8.7 million units in the second quarter — still a distant third behind Android (187.4 million) and iPhone (31.2 million), but coming in ahead of BlackBerry (6.8 million) to cement Microsoft’s position as the world’s third-largest smartphone operating system. Microsoft’s number represented a… Read More


Microsoft’s new billion-dollar business: Android patents?

Windows Phone revenue rose by $1.2 billion in the company’s 2013 fiscal year, according to new numbers released by Microsoft this afternoon as part of its Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But the definition of “Windows Phone revenue” isn’t what you might think. The number reflects “an increase in patent licensing… Read More


HTC feels the smartphone squeeze, sees more potential in ‘mid-tier’ products

Mobile phone maker HTC this morning projected third quarter results well below expectations, the latest sign of the company’s struggle to compete against Apple and Samsung in smartphones. HTC, which has its North American headquarters in Bellevue, is trying to recover from the delayed launch of the flagship HTC One smartphone earlier this year. In its earnings… Read More


‘Spartan Assault’ is a great new Halo, but Microsoft is playing a risky game with Windows Phone users

Finally! A great new, exclusive game for my Windows Phone! Ugh, I guess not. At least not for another month. That’s the emotional roller-coaster created by Microsoft’s newly released Halo: Spartan Assault. It is, in fact, a great game. I’ve been playing the Windows 8 version all weekend on my Surface tablet, and I’m having… Read More