Windows Phone 8 News & Analysis
| Wednesday Jan 28, 2015
You’d have to be a forensic accountant to understand Microsoft’s financials. However, a few things are clear from this week's second quarter earnings release.
The first is that the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant is starting to make serious ground in the cloud space. The second is that CEO Satya Nadella’s strategy of revamping and remarketing Windows is needed more than ever. The third: there's no beating Office 365, at least for the moment.
While the numbers triggered only tepid enthusiasm from the financial markets, from an IT perspective there are a lot of positives that show Nadella’s strategy of moving Microsoft from packaged software company to cloud-based software provider is beginning to pay off.
| Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
Nokia's play to stay in the smartphone game is paying off as buyers flock to its wide range of Windows Phone 8 devices packing great camera technology.
With its upcoming acquisition by Microsoft, the $7.2 billion deal looks to be a good value with sales increasing by a million per quarter and some hot new models on the way.
| Friday Oct 25, 2013
Microsoft's sales and profits are up. In the first quarter since the company announced a major reorganization and shared the news that CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring, the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant reported a jump of 17 percent in net income in the fiscal first quarter to $5.2 billion or 62 cents per share.
While the company's commercial wing grew revenues by 10 percent to $11.2 billion, consumer revenues, including devices, grew only 4 percent to $7.46 billion.
| Monday Oct 21, 2013
In a rare alignment of technology and marketing muscle, there will be a major face-off in the tablet world tomorrow. Nokia will unveil the first Windows Phone phablet while Apple unveils the next generation iPads in a quest to maintain its dominance.
But Microsoft has the most to lose as it tries to boost interest in the Windows RT operating system with the arrival of Surface 2 devices on the shelves.
| Monday Oct 14, 2013
We've known for a while that Windows Phone would soon add support for HD display and larger screens. Get ready for the real deal as Microsoft updates its mobile OS and Nokia prepares to launch a WP phablet at its big event later this month.
| Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
Windows Phone 8 customers, following several false starts, now have access to an official YouTube app. This week, Microsoft posted its updated tool for using the popular video site in the Windows Phone store -- now with Google’s approval.
| Tuesday Aug 13, 2013
Microsoft has finally opened up Yammer for third party mobile app development, and it's released SDKs for both iOS and Windows Phone at launch.
| Monday Jul 29, 2013
As promised, Microsoft has announced the release of Hipstamatic's social photo app for Windows Phone 8 devices, with a special Pro version for the new Nokia Lumia 1020 super-camera smartphone.
| Friday Jul 19, 2013
Microsoft's fourth quarter results show that it had to take a US$ 900 million write down on the stock of tablets it is holding and is unlikely to ever sell. As a result earnings came in well below expectations resulting in a fall in share-price of over 6%.
| Thursday Jul 11, 2013
Citing "a passion for pictures" Nokia keeps pushing the Lumia range with a new model launched at a New York press conference. The Lumia 1020 is for those who demand more than just happy snaps from their smartphone.
| Thursday Jun 20, 2013
Nokia's future has looked brighter in recent months with strong sales of Asha phones around the world and more interest in the growing Lumia family here. But its long-term partnership with Microsoft could be under threat now that talks about an acquisition have broken down.
| Friday Jun 14, 2013
Microsoft is running with the "if you build it they will come" theme, by opening up 600 mini-stores within Best Buy shops to get people interested in new Windows products and the Xbox One console. On the way, it can't help but have a dig at Apple's iPad in its latest advert.
| Wednesday May 15, 2013
Windows and Windows Phone 8 customers are hearing some details about Microsoft's plan for updating each system in the coming months, and it starts with a public preview of Windows Blue by the end of June.
| Tuesday May 14, 2013
Finnish mobile maker Nokia is holding its London launch event and has promised a summer of major launches. First up is the Nokia Lumia 925, an aluminum-cased design, plus the arrival of Hipstamatic on Windows Phone.
| Friday May 10, 2013
Nokia has taken the wraps off the leaking-like-a-sieve Lumia 928 which will be available on Verizon for just $100. Aside from all the cool camera and video features, the slightly more conventional styling makes it look like a grown-up phone compared to some of the toy brick Lumia designs.