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Microsoft, Google Yield to Pressure to Improve Phone Security

Microsoft and Google will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of Windows-based and Android smartphones. The feature, which is already featured on Apple's iPhone 5, allows users to remotely wipe all data and information on the device in the event of theft.

At a press conference yesterday, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced they had reached agreements with both companies to include the feature in the next iteration of their respective operating systems.

Apple, Android and Windows Phones Set For Enterprise Mobility Battle

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Ahead of today's Apple earnings announcement whatever the sales for last year's models all the gossip is about company's "plans" for larger iPhone and iPad devices, as its enterprise and worker battle with Android and Windows Phones heats up. Are competitors poised to take a bite from Apple?

Or will Apple's expected larger-screens satisfy an insatiable mobile marker and even help improve productivity? What more can Apple do to drive its presence in the enterprise as Intel's Android Device Protection Technology drive starts up, with CIOs becoming increasingly concerned about mobile security? And, with Microsoft's wide-ranging enterprise play, can the revamping of iWorks help it become an enterprise winner?

Toss Your iPhone: Windows Phones Could Rule the Enterprise by 2015

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Despite iOS and Android's huge consumer mobile sales and the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) policies, Microsoft still has a shot at becoming the dominant force in mobile enterprise. 

Business connectivity, SharePoint and Office integration for Windows Phone 8 will earn it many friends in the enterprise. And Microsoft will place increasing emphasis on its mobile offering as the desktop market continues to stagnate. As sales rise, developers are returning to populate the app marketplace.

Microsoft Tries to Lure Small Business from Gmail, But What About Yahoo Mail?

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Boasting claims of improved productivity and communications, Microsoft is offering a new Outlook.com tool to help small business users switch from Gmail.

Microsoft might also want to offer a similar feature for Yahoo Mail customers after recent problems that just seem to be growing worse. 

Microsoft Enables Remote Office Apps Control Through Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has announced the release of a new app that lets you control Word, Excel and PowerPoint from a Windows 8 phone. The company called this the beginning of a move to push the productivity space to a “diverse society of devices.”

IDC: Smartphones Ship A Billion Units, Microsoft to See Maker Interest Decline

IDC: Smartphones Ship A Billion Units,  Microsoft to See Maker Interest Decline

Mobile phones of all kinds are rebounding, with strong growth in 2013 and with smartphone shipments exceeding one billion units for the first time in a single year. Windows Phone is solidifying its third-place position among mobile operating systems, even as non-Microsoft handset makers will likely become less interested. Those are key takeaways in the new mobile phone market forecast from industry research firm IDC. 

Microsoft Acquires/Licenses Nokia's Mobile Business and Patents For $7.2B

nokiarange.jpg Nokia and Microsoft finally tie the knot with some mighty farewell gift from Steve Ballmer, allowing Microsoft a formal lead platform for Windows Phone devices and its future mobile strategy. It also puts Stephen Elop in a strong position for the CEO role at Microsoft. 

YouTube App for Windows Phone Blocked by Google

YouTube App for Windows Phone Blocked by Google

 

A Microsoft Windows Phone version of the YouTube video app was finally re released this week, but Google has once again forced it back into the shadows for violating its terms of service.

 

SharePoint: What's Next for Stakeholders? Views From #SPTechCon

It’s always about, “What’s next?” isn’t it? In the SharePoint community, such is life.

Boston: You're My SharePoint Home Next Week #SPTechCon

sharepoint, sptechcon bostonSome dirty water, a little clam chowder (hopefully those aren’t connected) and the SPTechCon. 

Boston is home to the 10th SharePoint Technology Conference next week, and we’ll be there Monday Tweeting (@cmswire, #SPTechCon) and reporting. The conference, put on by BZ Media LLC, runs from Aug. 11-14 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Watch Microsoft's Build 2013 Keynote To See Windows 8.1 In Action #bldwin

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Microsoft has another stab at a second coming today with the unveiling of Windows 8.1, along with a host of developer-related products, news and events at this year's Build conference. Watch the keynote today to see if there's any big surprises. 

Microsoft Ready to Reconstruct at Build 2013 #bldwin

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Microsoft has a lot on its plate for BUILD 2013, needing to get back on track with Windows 8.1 while pushing the next generation of SharePoint and developer tools. Can the company generate new momentum, or are developers now entrenched in their own particular ecosystems? 

 

Nokia's May London Event to Show Off Lumia 928, Hopefully More

nokia_logo_2013.jpg Leading Windows Phone maker Nokia is inviting the press to an event next month to show off the future of the Lumia range. Expect more than just the Lumia 928 as the company pushes out from its recent turnaround. 

Spring Bringing Vital Product News from Microsoft and Apple

applelogo.pngBoth companies are facing press, partner or investor backlash, and user hostility, or worse, indifference. Apple should be looking to win back lost momentum with the next iPhone announcement while Microsoft will be looking to tie computer, mobile devices and TV together via its next Xbox console. 

Evernote Updates its Windows Phone and Android Apps

evernote_logo.gifHot on the heels of Google's Keep announcement, Evernote has been boosting its profile with a string of news, including updates for its mobile apps, adding new features and other improvements. 

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