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Microsoft reports record smartphone shipments, but mainly cheaper ones

Software giant Microsoft announced Lumia shipments of 10.5 million units in Q4 2014, which it claimed was an all-time high, although it’s not clear if this includes the Nokia era. These gains are being made at the expense of average selling price, however, with gains mostly coming from the cheaper versions.

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Microsoft unveils HoloLens augmented reality UI

Microsoft has unveiled HoloLens, augmented reality goggles allowing wearers to create holograms by using hand gestures and voice commands. The gadget was announced at the tech giant’s official presentation of its upcoming device-agnostic operating system Windows 10.

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Microsoft previews device agnostic Windows 10

Software giant Microsoft unveiled a bunch more features from its upcoming “next generation of Windows” – Windows 10. As revealed in the previous preview, this version of Windows is all about desktop and mobile convergence, with the latest rumours indicating a single code base for all device types.

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Microsoft set to unify PC and mobile code base – report

Microsoft is set to unveil its new mobile strategy tomorrow, aiming to better establish itself in the mobile computing market. The software giant is about to release Windows 10, the operating system designed to work across all hardware platforms, which Microsoft reckons will make life easier to consumers and app developers alike.

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Samsung finally releases Tizen phone for sale in India

At long last, Samsung has released the first Tizen smartphone, Z1, for sale in India over six months after its initial launch. Until now, the device hasn’t been available as Samsung cancelled the previously intended first release in Russia during Q3 2014.

There's life in the old dog yet

Microsoft renews feature phone effort with Nokia 215

Software giant Microsoft has silenced rumours of the demise of both its feature phone efforts and of the Nokia handset brand by launching the Nokia 2015 feature phone aimed at developing markets and priced at a mere $29.

Band on the run

Microsoft begins retreat from Windows Phone with platform-agnostic Microsoft Health

Software giant Microsoft has formally entered the wearables game with the launch of its Microsoft Health platform and accompanying Microsoft Band fitness band. But the real significance behind this move is Microsoft’s decision to make both products platform-agnostic, implying Microsoft has decided to no longer pin its mobile hopes on Windows Phone.

CEO Satya Nadella is driving for a cross-platform  strategy for Microsoft

Microsoft to launch cross-platform smartwatch in weeks – report

According to a report, Microsoft is about to launch a smartwatch that will work on multiple mobile platforms and among other features track wearer’s heart rate. It was also reported the device, which will apparently come to market in time for the US holiday season, will have a battery life of over two days.

AT&T-DirecTV merger closer to reality with DirecTV shareholder approval

DirecTV shareholders approve AT&T merger

DirecTV shareholders have overwhelmingly voted for the proposed take-over by AT&T. 99% of votes cast were in favour of the deal, which, if approved by regulators, will mean 77% of all shares going to AT&T.

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Microsoft reportedly canning Nokia and Windows Phone brands for good

A leak verified by a couple of tech news sites appears to confirm that Microsoft will completely phase out all Nokia branding starting with its holiday season marketing. The leak also implies Microsoft wants to stop differentiating its desktop and mobile Windows brands, dropping the ‘Phone’ part.

The direction of Here is uncertain

Nokia loses Here head

Nokia, or what’s left of it, looks to have suffered another blow as the head of its location based services division, Here, quits to focus on his own projects. Nokia’s Here unit was born out of the company’s $8.1bn acquisition of Navteq and was retained as a key pillar of Nokia following the purchase of its handset division by Microsoft last year.

NGMN Alliance seeks patent pool manager

Microsoft sues Samsung over Android non-payment

Microsoft has filed suit against Samsung after the Korean electronics giant stopped paying the US company for access to IP essential to the use of the Android operating system.

CEO Satya Nadella is driving for a cross-platform  strategy for Microsoft

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs, Nokia integration a key driver

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella announced long-rumoured job cuts on Thursday. In a memo to staff Nadella said the company would cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, or 14 per cent of the company’s workforce, as it realigns its corporate resources to focus on mobile and cloud and integrates Nokia within the wider business.

The contents of smartphones are increasingly stored in the cloud

US sets personal cloud privacy precedent

A recent landmark US Supreme Court ruling on the legality of searching a mobile phone without a warrant is a ‘historical moment’ for defenders of privacy rights according to Microsoft general counsel & executive vice president, legal & corporate affairs Brad Smith.

Rajeev Suri, who has been made CEO of Nokia

Rajeev Suri promoted to Nokia CEO

Flush from the Microsoft deal, Nokia has announced a capital restructuring programme that will see it return cash to shareholders through the resumption of dividends and aim to pay down €2bn of its debt over the next two years.

Microsoft plans to drop the Nokia brand

Microsoft to drop Nokia brand

Software giant Microsoft plans to drop the Nokia brand from its marketing following its recently completed acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business.

Verizon cosies up to Skype

Skype makes group video calling free

OTT communications provider Skype, a subsidiary of Microsoft, has announced that it will make its group video calling service available to all users, free of charge.

Microsoft has announced that its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business is complete

Microsoft closes Nokia deal

One of the industry’s highest profile acquisitions in recent years is now complete after Microsoft announced that its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business has now been approved by shareholders and regulatory bodies around the world.

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