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IDC cuts Windows Phone forecast, now sees Microsoft in third place in 2016

Long-term forecasting in the technology industry isn’t easy, as we’ve documented in the past, and it’s especially difficult in a market as volatile as smartphones. The latest evidence: The IDC research firm has significantly reduced its long-term forecast for Microsoft’s Windows Phone. IDC now says it expects Windows Phone to post 11.4 percent market share in… Read More

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Comments of the Week: Oprah ‘loves’ the Surface; Hastings’ Microsoft analysis; and more

The best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week… “[Microsoft has] many great assets and many great challenges. The great assets are the technology, and Windows, Office. And you guys know Ballmer. He is unbelievably self-aware, self-critical, smart. He’s the last guy to be in any little bit of denial.”—Outgoing Microsoft board member… Read More

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Sorry Microsoft, but my mom isn’t buying Windows Phone

I spent yesterday afternoon immersed in a modern-day holiday tradition — helping my parents shop for their first smartphones. Three hours after we arrived at the mall, they each walked away with an iPhone 4. But the most interesting part, to me, was my unsuccessful attempt to convince my mom to buy a Windows Phone… Read More

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Microsoft marketing wizards tap Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf to tout new Windows Phones

OK, this may be entering an entirely new realm of geekdom. The marketing wizards at Microsoft have struck a deal to promote its Windows Phone devices by showcasing the likes of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and other characters from The Hobbit of trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson. Marketing reports that Microsoft’s ad agency, Wunderman, is working with… Read More

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Report: Yep, Microsoft is testing its own smartphone

Microsoft is testing its own smartphone design, preparing for the possibility of developing its own device, but the company hasn’t decided whether to take the device into mass production, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed officials at some of the company’s parts suppliers. It’s the latest in a series of rumors and reports… Read More

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HTC profits getting battered by Apple and Samsung

Mobile phone maker HTC is attempting a comeback with its HTC One lineup of Android phones, and some eye-catching Windows Phones on the way. But in the meantime, the company is struggling to regain its footing. The Taiwan-based company, which has its U.S. headquarters just outside of Seattle, reported a 79 percent decline in profits… Read More

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HTC aims for ‘iconic’ Windows Phones with 8X and 8S

HTC this morning unveiled two new Windows Phones, the HTC 8S and 8X, that look as if they were actually made for the Microsoft operating system, not simply adapted from the mobile phone company’s existing Android lineup. This is what HTC president Jason Mackenzie was hinting at in an interview with GeekWire two weeks ago, saying… Read More

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On the trail of the elusive cyan Nokia Lumia 920

Earlier this month, Nokia officially unveiled the Lumia 920 Windows Phone. During the event, while the company was busy showing off the multitude of colors that the handset will release in, it didn’t take long for folks to notice that one particular color was missing: cyan. This shade of blue has become quite popular with… Read More

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Apple: Why would anyone want wireless charging?

One of the more interesting features of the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone, announced last week, was the ability to wirelessly charge the device without plugging it in — instead placing it on or near a wireless power transmitter. Well, it wasn’t very interesting to Apple. After unveiling the new iPhone 5 yesterday, Apple marketing boss… Read More

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Windows Phone Marketplace changes name, design

Is there much of a difference between the words “marketplace” and “store?” Microsoft hopes so.  The company announced on the Windows Phone blog Wednesday that it officially renamed its mobile app store from “Windows Phone Marketplace,” to “Windows Phone Store.” The change comes in advance of Microsoft’s launch of Windows Phone 8 this fall. The… Read More

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Google, Boingo bring free Wi-Fi to 4,000 hotspots (but not for Windows Phone or iPhone)

Boingo Wireless and Google Play announced a new partnership today to bring free Wi-Fi to more than 4,000 hotspots across the country, including 15 airports (Chicago O’Hare, New York’s JFK, Seattle-Tacoma, etc.) as well subways, restaurants, hotels and shopping malls. The offering is part of Boingo’s new Cloud Nine Media platform, an advertising platform which… Read More

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Q&A: HTC’s global sales chief on Android, Windows, Samsung, and HTC’s future

HTC built its business on Microsoft’s mobile operating system before making a big bet on Android, and for a while the mobile phone company experienced serious success with that strategy. But this year HTC has slipped, posting disappointing profits in the face of stiff competition from Samsung on Android. Meanwhile, Microsoft has been strengthening its… Read More

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Nokia CEO: Windows 8 will boost Windows Phone

Microsoft’s biggest mobile partner, Nokia, is expected to unveil its lineup of Windows Phone 8 devices coming up shortly this morning, in a news conference from New York City available for live streaming here. It’s the latest step by Microsoft and Nokia in their effort to compete more effectively with Android and iPhone, and turn… Read More

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Apple’s $1B patent victory vs. Samsung: A win for Microsoft?

Apple came out on top this afternoon in its landmark patent battle with Samsung, as a jury in California awarded the iPhone maker more than $1 billion in damages — largely agreeing that many of Samsung’s Android-based devices violate Apple’s patents. The news is being well-received in Redmond, where Microsoft’s Windows Phone team has taken… Read More

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Windows Phone team fixes bug, resumes app publishing

Microsoft says it has fixed the digital certificate problem that prompted the company to temporarily stop publishing new apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace earlier this week. The problem was related to the launch of the new Windows Phone Dev Center, with a rebuilt backend infrastructure, according to the company. The glitch affected Windows Phone… Read More

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Apps must be cross platform

Maybe there are a few Robert Scobles out there who still believe that a significant number of successful apps in the future will be unique to any one client platform. Connected experiences across all devices is where the growth is and it would be insane for anyone, from a major brand to an early-stage startup to believe… Read More

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Box releases Windows Phone app, sees 40% mobile usage

File storage and sharing service Box released its first Windows Phone app this morning, rounding out its mobile offerings and looking to stand out in a sea of competition. The app lets users view, move and share files on Windows Phone 7.5 devices. Features unique to Windows Phone include the ability to run slideshows of… Read More

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Surprise: Nokia ships 4M Windows Phones in second quarter

Nokia posted a big loss in the second quarter, almost four times its loss from a year ago, but reported better-than-expected shipments of its Lumia line of Windows Phones — an encouraging sign, at least, for the mobile phone maker’s high-stakes partnership with Microsoft. The company reported the results this morning. Share of Nokia are… Read More

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Chart: Microsoft’s Windows Phone at 1.3% of U.S. market

Here’s a must-read chart for anyone who follows the mobile industry. Nielsen today released new data for the U.S. smartphone market, showing not only usage by operating system but also the reach of individual device makers within each mobile platform. Android is at 51 percent of the market, Apple’s iPhone is at 34 percent and… Read More

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Windows Phone: Microsoft is pulling out of its tailspin

The latest U.S. smartphone market share numbers are out from comScore Networks this morning, showing Microsoft posting a slight gain in mobile subscribers for the three months ending in May — up one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.0 percent, compared with the three months ending in February. The result follows the launch of the… Read More