Andrew Lees, senior vice president, mobile communications, Microsoft

Andrew Lees is responsible for guiding Microsoft’s global mobile communications strategy for business and consumer customers, overseeing the development, marketing and sales of Microsoft software and services for mobile devices, including Windows Mobile and Live mobile.

Microsoft, Yahoo team up for search and advertising

The long rumoured partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo has finally come to pass, but not as a merger. Instead, the two companies will combine their search and advertising experience to take on the might of Google.

Google unveils plans to dominate devices

Web giant Google must have sent the mother of all shivers down Microsoft’s spine on Tuesday, when it announced plans to launch a full fledged operating system in 2010.

Microsoft My Phone opens to public

Microsoft this week pushed its own answer to Apple’s MobileMe service into public beta, inviting all and sundry to test out the My Phone platform.

Microsoft to ban mobile VoIP in app store

As the app store wars rage on, web giant Microsoft has drawn its line in the sand, releasing a list of what it will and won’t allow Windows mobile applications sold in the store to do.

Web giants call for VoIP over 3G

A gang of web giants are up in arms over operator attitudes towards Voice over IP (VoIP) applications on mobile networks.

Microsoft outlines Windows app store plans

Software giant Microsoft has put more flesh on the bones of its own app store plans this week ahead of the launch of Windows Marketplace for Mobile later this year.

Gadget makers to find refuge in smartphone sales

Despite the global slowdown in consumer spending, handset vendors are expected to reap the benefits of growth in the smartphone segment, with sales of high end handsets on an upward curve over the next five years.

Microsoft confirms app store plans

Software giant Microsoft was banging the app store drum at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, confirming plans to launch a mobile content marketplace of its own in the wake of similar moves by Apple and Nokia. Details of the app shop were thin on the ground however, with the Redmond Giant only revealing […]

HTC intros two Windows devices

Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC has been customising Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform again, unveiling two new flagship devices sporting the operating system. The Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 use the latest implementation of HTC’s TouchFLO 3D interface, which has been more deeply integrated into a customised version of Windows Mobile 6.1, delivering more consistency throughout the […]

Google, Microsoft get in sync

Web giant Google has tapped up its software nemesis, Microsoft, for access to ActiveSync, a protocol which will see Google services info delivered to the iPhone and Windows Mobile devices. The newly announced Google Sync platform allows users to get their Gmail contacts and Google Calendar events onto their phone, and now extends that functionality […]

Microsoft to launch web services, app store

Mobile application marketplaces are all the rage right now, and speculation is mounting that at least two more handset giants are preparing to introduce similar services next week. In what appears to be a slip up, US software firm Microsoft pushed the holding page for its My Phone web service live this week. According to […]

Verizon finds search partner in Microsoft

US operator Verizon Wireless said Thursday that it has selected Microsoft as its partner of choice for mobile advertising and search services. A five year agreement will go into effect in the first half of 2009 when Microsoft Live Search is expected to be available on new Verizon feature phones and smartphones. Under the deal, […]

Nokia should jump on Yahoo, says analyst

Web giant Yahoo is floating rudderless following the departure of co-founder and chief executive Jerry Yang. The company has had a tough time of it lately – failing to secure a takeover by Microsoft, and then the collapse of its advertising partnership with Google. As a result, at least one industry watcher reckons Yahoo’s low […]

Microsoft eyeing up BlackBerry maker?

Canadian BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) and US software shop Microsoft were caught up in the industry rumour mill this week, with speculation circulating that the pair are about to get hitched. Naturally, both parties are keeping quiet on the rumours, which appear to have been started by a US analyst who commented Microsoft […]

RIM gets cosy with MySpace, Microsoft

Canadian gadget maker Research In Motion (RIM) continued to dominate the headlines this week, with a late announcement that it has teamed up with MySpace and Microsoft to further strengthen its presence in the consumer market. Late Thursday, the vendor announced that it has struck a deal with social network MySpace, to develop an integrated […]

Nokia targets enterprise space with email plan

Leading mobile handset vendor Nokia upped its game in the enterprise space on Wednesday, announcing plans to extend Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to all of its S60 3rd Edition devices. A total of 43 Nokia gadgets will now support the Mail for Exchange mobile email application, with future releases of the E and N series platforms […]

Microsoft amps up Zune with radio tagging

Software giant Microsoft has upped its game in the portable music player space, giving the Zune device new features to better compete against market leader Apple. A new firmware update to be released next week will allow US Zuners to tag songs they hear over the device’s FM radio for later purchase. New features will […]


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