Windows Mobile

Microsoft takes 'a breath or two' after 'blistering' 2 months

Since May, Microsoft has dished out announcement after announcement and put on event after event. Now the company is taking a short breather.

Frank Shaw, Redmond's vice president for corporate communications, said in a blog post that the software giant is "taking a breath or two" after two months of hard work at a "blistering pace."

Since May 31, Shaw noted, the company has unveiled the Windows 8 Release Preview, the Surface tablet, showcased Windows Phone 8, and the Office 2013 preview.

The announcement comes a few days after Windows 8 had hit the release to manufacturingRead more

Samsung leaks Windows Phone 8 devices in Apple court documents

Samsung is planning to get in on the Windows Phone 8 launch later this year, according to a new report.

The Verge is reporting today that it discovered two Windows Phone 8-based Samsung devices in court documents filed in Samsung's case with Apple. Code-named Odyssey and Marco, the devices are slated for a fourth-quarter launch, according to The Verge. It's believed that Microsoft will launch Windows Phone 8 in the fourth quarter, as well.

In terms of the specs, the devices appear to be somewhat powerful, boasting dual-core Qualcomm processors and support for LTE, according to The Verge. … Read more

Nokia to make carriers partners on Windows Phone, report says

Nokia is considering trying something new to jumpstart its declining mobile business, according to a new report.

The mobile company is currently in talks with European carriers to sign an exclusive partnership for its upcoming Windows Phone 8-based device, the Financial Times is reporting today, citing sources. The deals could see Nokia's devices offered on fewer networks, and give carriers a piece of the revenue its handsets generate. The idea, according to the Financial Times, is for carriers to receive financial incentives to actively promote Nokia products.

If Nokia is indeed following such a strategy, it would mark a … Read more

Microsoft's 'Smoked by Windows Phone' guy keeps smoking

He's back.

Indeed, it may well be that he never left. It may simply be that he's been traveling around, arresting the unsuspecting with his challenges, and then making them marvel at his skills.

Yes, Ben Rudolph, the man who can prove that your iPhone 3GS is so very out of date, has returned with more evidence of Windows Phone's ability to positively barbecue all opposition.

You might not yet be aware of Ben. You may, indeed, have been smoking a little too much yourself lately. Ben is the face and satisfied smile of "Smoked By Windows Phone,&… Read more

Windows Phone to snag 4 percent of smartphone share in '12

Windows Phone is starting to gain some ground, but don't expect it to be an Android threat anytime soon.

New data released today by research firm Strategy Analytics indicates that Windows Phone will secure 4 percent of the U.S. smartphone market this year, up from the 3 percent it nabbed in 2011. The research firm says Microsoft's operating system will be running on 5 million smartphones sold in 2012, compared with 3.5 million last year.

"Nokia, HTC and Samsung have some of the biggest Microsoft smartphone portfolios at present and they will be three main … Read more

Microsoft's Ballmer challenges Vanity Fair's 'lost decade' claim

Did Microsoft lose itself over the past decade? Its CEO obviously doesn't think so.

In a Forbes interview published yesterday, Steve Ballmer was asked about the recent Vanity Fair article that charged poor management and bureaucracy at Microsoft with hurting the company financially and technologically over the past ten years.

Ballmer's response?

"It's not been a lost decade for me! I mean, look, ultimately progress is measured sort of through the eyes of our users," he told Forbes. "More than our investors or our P&L [profit and loss] or anything else, it'… Read more

Samsung reportedly developing Windows RT tablet

As Samsung's Android legal woes mount, the hardware giant appears to be showing more interest in Windows.

The Korean hardware giant plans to release a tablet running Windows RT when the forthcoming mobile operating system arrives later this year, sources tell Bloomberg. The news comes on the heels of Samsung's announcement that it would support Windows 8 with an all-in-one PC and a hybrid laptop-tablet.

Details regarding the new device were slim, but Bloomberg said the new tablet would feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The tablet is expected to be released in October.

Windows RT is the first … Read more

Microsoft hard at work on one-thumb typing for Windows Phone?

Is Microsoft bringing back the old days of one-thumb typing?

Microsoft-tracking blog WM Power User today published an image of what it claims, is a new keyboard being considered by Microsoft Research. The "one-handed and next-gen soft keyboard" will be designed for Windows Phone 8, according to the blog, and feature a curved design. That curve places the keys in such a way that makes it easier for users to type with a single thumb.

Since the implementation would provide less screen real estate for the keyboard, the image WM Power User published shows each button housing three … Read more

Microsoft reveals list of countries getting Windows Phone 8

After last week's deluge of information about the next iteration of Microsoft's new mobile operating system, the company is letting additional details trickle out. Microsoft revealed last week that Windows 8 Phone will be available in 180 countries when it launches later this year, but it didn't tell us which countries that would be -- until now.

In a company blog post today, the software giant released the list of every country that will have access to Windows Phone 8 Marketplace and the App Hub app submission portal when devices featuring the forthcoming mobile operating system arrive. … Read more

Windows Phone 'Tango' updates rolling out to Nokia devices

Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 users are starting to receive the updates to Microsoft's Windows Phone "Mango" operating system that are known as "Tango."

These updates will be rolling out in June and July, according to a June 27 Nokia Conversations blog post. WPCentral reported that some Nokia 710 users on Rogers in Canada were getting these updates as of last week. (WPCentral and WMPoweruser noted the coming Tango updates today, as well.)

A quick codename refresher for those who thought we were already up to "Apollo," or Windows Phone OS 8: … Read more