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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent around an email to employees last week. For those reading between the lines it was a clear message that job cuts were coming. Today they made it official. Microsoft will cut up to 18,000 jobs in the coming months.

I think he's doing what needs to be done, and I suspect this will setup Microsoft to be more successful in mobile and cloud services.

I've been following the technology sector for a long time. Usually when a company announces major job cuts it means they are in trouble, but it would be a sweeping generalization to say this is always the case. I remember when BlackBerry (then Research In Motion) announced a significant round of cuts back in the early 2000s. Analysts and investors freaked out. But in reality the company was just cleaning house as it prepared for even faster growth. The business went on to hit incredible new highs. Job cuts are not always a bad sign.

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Microsoft is once again going through a major transition. Earlier today, expected layoffs were announced, totaling 18,000 over the next year. Although in and of itself this is important news, perhaps the renewed focus on Windows Phone in particular is even bigger.

In an internal memo obtained by the Verge, details of Microsoft's realignment of mobile products is good news for those who are fans of the Windows Phone OS. In the memo it is revealed that Asha, Series 40, and Nokia X development is being put on hold, with teams going into "maintenance mode." The goal here is to keep those devices – and customers – happy with their mobiles but over the next 18 months, those lines are being killed off in favor of Windows Phone.

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UK mobile operator O2 has shared some information on the Windows Phone 8.1 update, providing customers some idea as to when they can expect to receive the major upgrade. They first start the announcement by noting just how much interaction they've experience from Windows Phone owners - we know you're a vocal bunch when you all want something.

Simply put, if you're on O2 and are eagerly awaiting Windows Phone 8.1, you should be in line to download the update before the month is out. What's more is you'll get visual voicemail too.

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For today only, buy the Amzer Double Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand for Nokia Lumia 521 and save 50%

This Lumia 521 hybrid case provides serious protection against drops and scratches while providing you with a built-in kickstand that can be used for watching movies. The inner-most layer is made of a shock absorbing silicone that sits underneath a thick plastic exterior.

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Tieing in with the launch of the movie of the same name, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is available today on both Windows and Windows Phone for $7.99 and $4.99 from respective app stores. Despite the tie in, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon is an original storyline and falls into the 'action role playing game' genre.

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The Lumia 930 is only just launching and already we're seeing early signs of some really aggressive pricing. UK mobile operator EE has the Windows Phone listed on its website for just £349.99, which is an absolute steal for a brand new flagship smartphone – not to mention the bundled wireless charger included. Available in Orange, all that's left to do is pair up a 4G EE plan and you're good to go.

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Three UK has announced that it is partnering with Virgin Media to provide its customers with free access to Virgin's Wi-Fi network on the London Underground. Other carriers like EE, Vodafone and O2 have already made similar deals in the past.

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Microsoft has made it so parents can search through national ranking and academic ratings for schools on Bing, from elementary all the way up to higher education. There's also a rating for the immediate area, which is an important factor when considering placements, especially if it means the family will relocate to accommodate said education. As with numerous features of Bing, this is open to those who reside in the US.

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Microsoft has today announced that Bing is now accepting requests from the general public in Europe to remove search links under a "right-to-be-forgotten" ruling. The company is urging consumers to get started with filling in an online form to ensure links they wish to have removed are no longer displayed in search results. This move follows Google who is also accepting such requests.

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We go hands-on with AT&T's Nokia Lumia 635

Less than 24 hours ago, AT&T has announced that they are selling the Nokia Lumia 635. Tonight, we got our hands on the device during their Holiday showcase in New York City. It features a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 5-megapixel camera, 8 GB internal storage expandable up to 128 GB with micro SD, and 512 MB of RAM.

We asked an AT&T representative to tell us their Nokia Lumia 635 story. Head past the break to watch the video.

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Preview for Developers program temporarily halted as Microsoft looks to resolve issues

Earlier today we reported that certain Windows Phone users were having issues getting the Lumia Cyan update. Specifically, people running the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers and using BitLocker full disk encryption through their companies were having problems upgrading, resulting in locked phones.

Microsoft has just issued a statement and recommends users downgrade the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers to commercial software before downloading the Lumia Cyan update. Additionally, Microsoft has temporarily suspended the preview program, including today's 12400 build.

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It was last Thursday that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent a companywide memo. In a letter to employees, Satya Nadella laid out the plans for the company including organizational changes. Many took that to be the code words for upcoming layoffs. He avoided questions the next day about any pending layoffs, but a few days later Bloomberg reported that Microsoft was set to lay off a large amount of staff as part of organizational changes. New info out today suggests those cuts are coming tomorrow morning and will primarily impact those from the Nokia acquisition.

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Xbox One sales doubled for the month of June

The Xbox One has had a rough start, but things have been turning around for the console over the past few months. The new $399 offering was expected to help move units and it certainly looks to have done just that. Microsoft has just announced that Xbox One Sales more than doubled during the month of June.

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