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Nokia: No plans to become a patent troll after deal with Microsoft

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit was given the green light by China earlier today. China’s Ministry of Commerce had approved the deal after being assured by Nokia that the acquisition wouldn’t result in patent abuse. Nokia has since reaffirmed their licensing commitments to...
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Chinese Government gives green light on Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia

Concerns over Microsoft's purchase of Nokia have been highlighted in some regions, including China and Korea. The former country has since approved the deal with the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China giving the green light. While the deal itself has been subject to regulatory...
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Microsoft still working on backwards compatibility with the Xbox 360

Xbox One being able to play Xbox 360 games is something a lot of folks want to see, and Microsoft is definitely looking into it. With Build having just taken place in California you can bet that the question came up in one of the sessions. It was put to Partner Development lead, Frank Savage, by...

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Developers leak Windows Phone 8.1 SDK, reveal new features

For our full coverage, head to Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leak - All you need to know! Windows Phone 8.1, codenamed 'Blue', is a forthcoming major update for Microsoft's mobile platform. While we're anticipating an announcement at the company’s Build 2014 conference in April, with new hardware...
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Bing apps for Windows Phone lose the Bing...but only in the titles

Microsoft is pushing out a round of updates to its Bing apps for Windows Phone that takes away the Bing. But only from the titles. So Bing Weather becomes Weather, Bing News becomes News, Bing Sport becomes Sport. You get the idea. So, if you accepted an update and suddenly wondered why your 'B'...
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Microsoft announces Office for iPad, available later today in the App Store

At a private press event in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has just announced an Office suite for the Apple iPad. The event also marks the first major appearance for Nadella as CEO of Microsoft. Nadella took over the reins at the world’s largest software company in early February. As...
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Microsoft reportedly considering Android apps as a solution for Windows Phone

It's old news when we talk about Microsoft's problem with getting developers on-board with both Windows and Windows Phone. The company has had trouble having new content developed and released on its own operating systems alongside iOS and Android. It's no secret that Microsoft platforms are...
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Nokia details terms and policy alterations with Microsoft acquisition

Nokia and Microsoft have sent out an email to customers today detailing alterations (namely, the transfer) made to data protection, privacy and service terms. This is all due to the sale of Nokia's devices and services division to Microsoft, which both parties expect to complete by the end of...
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Chinese Government gives green light on Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia

Concerns over Microsoft's purchase of Nokia have been highlighted in some regions, including China and Korea. The former country has since approved the deal with the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China giving the green light. While the deal itself has been subject to regulatory...
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Nokia: No plans to become a patent troll after deal with Microsoft

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset unit was given the green light by China earlier today. China’s Ministry of Commerce had approved the deal after being assured by Nokia that the acquisition wouldn’t result in patent abuse. Nokia has since reaffirmed their licensing commitments to...
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Terry Myerson talks about the future of One Windows with Mary Jo Foley

Mary Jo Foley recently talked with Terry Myerson about the future of Windows, transparency and more. Terry, as you know, is the executive vice president of Microsoft’s operating system group. This division is responsible for the all operating systems at Microsoft. She sat down with Terry a few...
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Microsoft could lose key Nokia manufacturing plant in India

Nokia, BMW, IBM, Vodafone, and Royal Dutch Shell are just a few of the multinational companies caught up in tax battles with the Indian government. A few days ago we learned that an Indian Supreme Court ruled that Nokia must deposit $571 million into an escrow account before it can transfer a key...
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Microsoft: Acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services unit will close in April

Nokia and Microsoft both expect the acquisition of Nokia's handset unit to close in April. The two companies sent out their own press releases moments ago announcing an update on the acquisition. The regulatory process is expected to close sometime during next month. As we previously reported,...

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If there was any question today about what Microsoft thinks about the Nokia X and its Android phone, their public line is that they’re fine with it. During Nokia Developer Day, John Shewchuk, a Microsoft technical fellow responsible for “strategy for cloud platform services”, took to the stage to demonstrate Microsoft services running on the Nokia X, noting that they’re a ‘devices and services company’ first and don’t consider Nokia’s choice to be against their interests.

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We’re getting closer and closer to the closing of the Microsoft and Nokia deal. Besides buying Nokia’s handset division, one big change is that Nokia’s Stephen Elop will return to Microsoft as an executive vice president. He’ll take over the Devices and Services division, which Julie Larson-Green is currently in charge of. We haven’t known what’s next for Julie within Microsoft, but now we do. And it looks to be a bit of a demotion.

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Today, at the start of Mobile World Congress, Nokia made it official. They are building Android-powered phones . I’m not going to rehash all of the data or walk you through the basics of the phone since that’s already been covered in-depth quite well today.

While some at Microsoft may be embarrassed by what Nokia is doing, I can see how it’s a smart move that will help.

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Microsoft is soon to seal the deal and acquire Nokia's hardware division, which will include Lumia, Asha and X family of mobile devices. During today's keynote, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop focused fairly heavily on Microsoft and its services. Skype, OneDrive, Outlook, Skype, OneDrive – you get the idea. But just how many times did Elop and co. talk about Microsoft during the presentation?

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Microsoft has dropped its price for the Xbox One in the UK. The next-gen video game console will set consumers back £399.99, should they be looking to hop onto the advanced gaming train. To make this deal that much more unique, Redmond will bundle Titanfall packaging and a copy of the game. That, and you also get Xbox Live Gold to play online with friends.

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Microsoft recently has been on the offense against perceived competitors in the form of the Apple iPad and Chromebooks powered by Google's Chrome OS , and now they're taking the fight straight to their Windows licensees by slashing the cost they'll be required to pay by 70%. The reported cuts bring the cost per device for Windows 8.1 down to $15 for devices that will retail for less than $250. The standard licensing cost is $50, though it can be brought down closer to $30 when marketing incentive funds are factored in. Bloomberg's "people familiar with the program" said:

Microsoft is seeking to speed up development and introduction of new devices. It won’t require products that use the cheaper licensing to complete logo certification, a process that verifies hardware compatibility, one of the people said. Devices aren’t required to be touch-screen compatible, sources said.

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The Nokia Lumia Icon is Verizon's latest flagship Windows Phone, which is being aggressively pushed by all three parties involved. Not only is the Nokia Windows Phone now available through Verizon stores, but also Microsoft too.

Starting today, you'll be able to pick up your own unit and enjoy 4G LTE speeds in an attractive and compact package. Prices for the Lumia Icon itself start from $199 with on contract.

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Microsoft launches new Office Online

Microsoft has today launched the newly rebranded Office Online (www.office.com) suite of apps, succeeding the popular Web Apps. Today's launch also paves the way for more usability improvements to make it easier for consumers to take advantage of available features, including easier collaboration and sharing with others.

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Pandora is a popular music service available in the US, Australia and New Zealand. Since the official app for Windows Phone launched on the store last year, consumers have been able to enjoy an ad-free experience without having to upgrade to a premium subscription.

This commercial-free Pandora experience was down to Microsoft, but now Pandora has announced that advertising will be coming to the Windows Phone platform, unless you have Pandora One.

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Dell currently has a rather attractive offer on its US website, enabling consumers to save up to $20 on their Xbox Live subscription. The PC maker has the 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription package listed for just $39.99, down from the RRP of $59.99. This is a limited time offer, so be sure to head past the break for more details and store links.

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Just how intelligent are virtual assistants on mobile operating systems? Touted as helpful features, consumers can ask natural questions to their Windows Phone, iOS or Android device and retrieve information, but these assistants are coded by human hand, and thus have boundaries on what they can perform before retreating to a simple web search.

Microsoft is looking at more advanced artificial intelligence (AI) for deployment on not only its own platforms, but also in the real world too.

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It's old news when we talk about Microsoft's problem with getting developers on-board with both Windows and Windows Phone. The company has had trouble having new content developed and released on its own operating systems alongside iOS and Android. It's no secret that Microsoft platforms are generally left in the dark — just take a look at Flappy Bird.

Now, according to The Verge, Redmond could be considering Android apps to solve its problems. We've previously looked at what Microsoft is actively doing to help alleviate their market growth issues, but there could always be more done to bring across more platform support. 

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Microsoft has been working hard to show that their lineup of Surface devices are more than just tablets for media consumption. And on that note, what would be a better place to start proving its productivity value than on a commercial airline? Delta is one of the first airlines to truly get comfortable with the tablet and test it with their commercial pilots (on the ground that is). This week, Microsoft has a collection of news updates that show the true progress happening with their Surface devices and their effort to advance the future of flight.

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Microsoft is here to get you started with the upcoming Valentine's Day. The company has launched a sweepstake with multiple Dell prizes available. Three lucky winners will be gifted with either a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet, Dell XPS 18 Touchscreen All-in-One or the Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2-in-1. Head past the break for more details and links.

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For our full coverage, head to Windows Phone 8.1 SDK leak - All you need to know!

Windows Phone 8.1, codenamed 'Blue', is a forthcoming major update for Microsoft's mobile platform. While we're anticipating an announcement at the company’s Build 2014 conference in April, with new hardware arriving in June, already Microsoft has released the SDK to developers and we're seeing some leaks appear on Reddit, pointing at a handful of new features in the 8.1 update. 

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Microsoft recently announced OneDrive, the rebranding of SkyDrive as we know it today, available on multiple platforms, including the web, Windows and Windows Phone. This rebranding was the result of British Sky Broadcasting complaints of trademark infringement. LiveSide has been able to grab screenshots of this new service in action, which show an exciting new feature on the horizon for consumers who actively use the service – co-owners

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NBC Sports Group is responsible for you enjoying the Sochi Winter Olympics if you’re planning on watching here in the United States. NBC Sports is the sports division of the NBC television network. They have rights to broadcast a variety of sporting events and leagues. Most notable of the events are the Olympic Games. Those games are officially starting in about 14 hours and on NBC they’ll be partly powered by Microsoft’s Azure.

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