Microsoft's fourth quarter sales were disappointing. The company is still looking for a breakthrough device as the rather excellent Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950 seem to have been a miss with consumers.
Microsoft has always struggled to become a major player in the mobile hardware market, and it seems no matter what the company does changing the situation may be impossible. Let's look at the last quarter, which was the fourth of 2015, including the Christmas period, and was the first in which the company?s new Windows 10 Mobile platform and related handsets were launched.
Microsoft has not yet announced the Lumia 650, but the handset is already available for pre-order via a UK based online retailer called MobileFun. Of course, the company has clearly jumped the shark here, but if nothing else the listing does tell us how much the upcoming smartphone will cost.
Microsoft has launched a new app on Android that specializes in finding other Microsoft built apps on Android, its entitled Microsoft Apps. While the idea of the company still giving software to another platform still feels novel, Microsoft has actually been pumping apps out on Android for some time. Pumping them out is a solid description too as Microsoft Apps shows that the company has 80 different applications in the Google Play Store.
Microsoft raised the curtain on the Lumia 550 back in October, the first budget smartphone to run the Windows 10 Mobile platform. The company said at the time that it would launch the handset on December 8th, but a bit earlier than planned (the 7th) Microsoft has launched the Lumia 550 in Europe.
A blast from the past, it is still amazing to think that mobile juggernaut Nokia is no longer really with us in a hardware capacity. While Nokia helped to put the Windows platform on the map in recent years, the company is still best known for being the feature phone king, the best selling mobile phone maker in the world during the 2000-2010 decade. The Finnish brand is now back with a new feature phone, the Nokia 230.
Microsoft is currently rolling out Version 6.11 of Skype for Android, an update that brings plenty of new features to the popular app. The upgrade means you can now access the toolbar to delete a conversation or mark it as read. You will also be able to disable notifications from the toolbar, while the search function has been improved to allow specific searches within a conversation.
If you have been waiting to grab the Microsoft Lumia 950 on AT&T then the wait is almost over as the second largest carrier in the United States confirmed it will launch the handset today. This is of course on of the first two handsets (alongside the Lumia 950 XL) to run the new Windows 10 Mobile platform and will be available in black and white through AT&T.
Microsoft's new Lumia 950 is an excellent smartphone. It has Windows 10 Mobile, has a good list of specs, and is even competitively prices. However, we have discussed before how the handset being a success will be a tall order because of hoe limited it is. In the United States the Lumia 950 will be available only through AT&T, with the carrier announcing that the handset will be available from November 20th.
Microsoft does not have much of a presence in India, although some of the company's budget Lumia's are doing ok on the sub-continent. The company wants more than ok though and with the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL flagships there is a chance to crack the largest emerging market on the planet. Those handsets (packing Windows 10 Mobile) have now been confirmed to be launching in India during December.