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Microsoft takes on Nokia devices in €5bn deal

In a move that has been much predicted, Microsoft has announced that it is to buy mobile device partner Nokia in a €5.44bn all cash transaction. The deal will see Nokia’s Devices & Services business transferred to the US firm as the company opens a new chapter set on “accelerating the Windows ecosystem”.

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Microsoft faces bribe allegations in Russia and Pakistan

Software giant Microsoft is facing bribery allegations in Russia and Pakistan. The firm said it is cooperating with the US government to investigate whether Microsoft employees and business partners have engaged in illegal activity in the two markets.

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Microsoft faces claims it duped investors over Surface RT sales

Software giant Microsoft is facing legal action over allegations that it lied about the number of RT Surface tablet devices it has sold. The firm already announced last month that it had taken a $900m charge related to inventory adjustments for its Surface RT tablet. The charge had an impact of $0.07 per share.

Microsoft's Surface tablet

Microsoft takes $900m hit on Surface tablets

Microsoft’s foray into the hardware market is not going smoothly as it revealed in its quarterly results that it has taken a $900m charge related to inventory adjustments for its Surface RT tablet. The charge had an impact of $0.07 per share, the firm added.

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Over 5 million smart watches expected to sell next year

The worldwide smart watch market is set to exceed 5 million units next year, according to research published this week. Apple is rumoured to be readying a smart watch device this year, and estimates suggest that over 330,000 smart watches were shipped in 2012, led by Sony and Motorola, while recent start-up Pebble Technology joined Sony as a market leader in 2013.

BlackBerry has appointed Ron Louks as head of devices as part of its management shake up

Microsoft and Blackberry slash device prices

In a move that could suggest that their efforts to disrupt the mobile device ecosystem have been met with resistance from consumers, Microsoft and Blackberry have both slashed the prices of their devices.

OTT mobile VoIP subscribers near 1 billion

The number of global OTT mobile VoIP subscribers increased more than 550 per cent during 2012 to reach over 640 million, and is expected to approach the 1 billion mark in 2013, according to Infonetics Research.

Telefonica has vowed to enhance its marketing efforts for Windows Phone devices for one year

Telefónica pledges to promote Windows devices

Spanish operator group Telefónica has established a partnership with Microsoft to “promote and foster sales” of Windows Phone 8 devices in six of the markets it operates in. The operator said the move reinforces its commitment to encourage the operating platform landscape to become more diverse and less of a duopoly dominated by Google and Apple.

Sony's Xperia U has performed well in Spain

Sony, LG, Windows make smartphone gains

Microsoft’s Windows OS now has 8.4 per cent of the UK smartphone market, while demand for lower cost devices in Southern Italy is being exploited by Sony and LG. Macro economic conditions and increasing diversity in operators’ subsidy strategies are creating contrasts in device vendors’ performances market by market.

Google, Microsoft see strong growth in 1Q13

Web giant Google racked up a 31 per cent increase in consolidated revenues on a year on year basis for the first quarter of 2013, hitting almost $14bn. Net for the period climbed to $3.35bn, compared to $2.89bn in the first quarter of 2012. Traffic acquisition costs (TAC) for the first quarter totalled $2.96bn, or 25 per cent of advertising revenues.

Google’s “predatory distribution of Android” at below-cost makes it difficult for other OS providers to compete, said Fairsearch

Google accused of anti-competitive Android practices in Europe

A pressure group with members including Microsoft, Oracle and Nokia has filed a complaint with the European Commission claiming that Google has used anti-competitive practices to dominate the mobile space. Fairsearch claimed that Google has unfairly cemented its control over consumers’ mobile internet experience and in online advertising for mobile.

Ericsson has acquired Microsoft’s TV solution Mediaroom for an undisclosed sum

Ericsson to acquire Microsoft TV unit

Swedish network infrastructure vendor Ericsson has acquired Microsoft’s TV solution Mediaroom for an undisclosed sum. Mediaroom is the technology used by operators such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Swisscom for their TV offerings. The technology is used on more than 22 million set top boxes worldwide.

Virgin Media Business has extended its service offering to include 4G mobile services

Mobile device price drop sees tablets outsell PCs

The number of tablets sold globally will surpass the number of PCs sold by 2017, according to analyst firm Gartner. Sales of Android smartphones are also expected to triple between 2012 and 2017, the firm forecasted.

Vodafone sees great potential in Africa

Microsoft, Huawei bring sub-$150 smartphones to Africa

US software giant Microsoft this week pledged to invest around $74m in Africa over the next three years, introducing tens of millions of smart devices into the hands of the local youth and bringing over a million small and medium sized enterprises online.

According to Microsoft, the first opportunity to utilise dynamic spectrum technologies will also be in the TV white spaces band

Microsoft sets up spectrum research centre

Tech giant Microsoft has opened a European research centre aimed at providing greater insight into spectrum efficiency as a driver for wireless broadband access. The European Spectrum Observatory has been set up in Brussels, at Microsoft’s Cloud and Interoperability Centre. The firm said that it intends to examine barriers standing in the way of efficient spectrum allocation.

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS has a new wallet feature and supports NFC

Windows chief leaves Microsoft

US software giant Microsoft has announced the immediate departure of Steven Sinofsky, head of its flagship Windows and Windows Live operations. The move came just a few weeks after the launch of the company’s next generation software platform, Windows 8, which spans both desktop and mobile devices.

Skype will make its group video calling service available to all users, free of charge

Microsoft absorbs Messenger into Skype

In a somewhat inevitable move by the software firm, Microsoft has absorbed its Live Messenger service into Skype, after acquiring the VoIP service in May last year. The firm released Skype 6.0 for Mac and Windows a few weeks ago and has now told customers to update to the service to send instant messages and make video calls with their Messenger contacts.

Devicescape aims to cut data costs

Windows Phone 8 users get free wifi

US software firm Microsoft has given Windows Phone 8 users access to a sizeable global wifi network intended to improve the user experience and rein in data costs.

Windows 8 supports touchscreen, as well as keyboard and mouse input methods

Windows 8 to create demand for Microsoft phones

The launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system for PCs, laptops and tablets could ignite demand for its Windows Phone 8 products, according to research firm Informa Telecoms and Media. Malik Saadi, principal analyst at the firm was impressed by the OS and believes it could have a “halo effect” on Microsoft’s efforts in the mobile space.

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