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Microsoft Band is the company's first wearable
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 30, 2014

No big press event, no showbiz style launch, but Microsoft has entered the wearable market today, although don't call its "Microsoft Band" a smartwatch. Interestingly, Redmond has avoided the urge to compete with Android Wear and the Apple Watch with a full wrist accessory and is instead targeting the fitness crowd with the Microsoft Band.

Microsoft posts solid Q3 earnings
By Luke Jones on Friday October 24, 2014

It is one of those times of the year when the giant tech companies offer their financial results for their third (calendar) or fourth (fiscal) quarters. Microsoft is the latest company to do just that and it turns out things are going surprisingly well for a company that is oft rumoured to be struggling in the mobile space.

Microsoft launches three new Android apps
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 23, 2014

It is well documented that Microsoft makes a lot of money from Android, arguably more than it does from its own Windows Phone platform. The company achieves that mostly through patent licensing (around $1 billion per year), but Redmond is also looking to make its presence felt on the rival platform with its services.

Microsoft smartwatch ready for launch
By Luke Jones on Monday October 20, 2014

Microsoft's arrival in the wearable market has been rumoured for some time and now that just about every mobile rival has at least detailed its plans, now seems as good a time as any. We have seen several reports regarding a Redmond built smartwatch, but the general consensus seems to be that it will not really be a smartwatch, but a fitness band instead.

Microsoft debuts Xim cloud photo sharing app
By Luke Jones on Monday October 13, 2014

Microsoft has launched a new app over the weekend called Microsoft Xim, which is the company's new web photo sharing system. You may be thinking that Microsoft already uses Nokia/Lumia PhotoBeamer, but that app is still under the Nokia umbrella, this is Redmond's own service.

Microsoft may ditch its Surface tablets
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 09, 2014

Microsoft has not had a good time with its Surface line of tablets, despite the fact that they are well made, well spec'd, good looking, and in the case of the Surface Pro range, amazingly functional. The company has used a marketing strategy that says the only tablet worth getting is a Surface, forget the iPads and Android slates if you crave true productivity. However, it seems the company is losing faith in the Surface brand and according to Digitimes is willing to axe it.

Microsoft earns $1bn per year from Samsung
By Luke Jones on Saturday October 04, 2014

Microsoft may not be raking in the cash from its own mobile output, but the company is doing pretty well from everyone else. Ironically, the software giant started to focus on hardware to keep pace with rivals, but the company's hardware has not sold well, while its mobile software continues to be a money spinner. The latest news is that Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion last year in patent royalties, but the Korean company is looking to end the payments.

Microsoft rolls out the Lumia 530 in the US
By Luke Jones on Friday October 03, 2014

While there are plenty of good high end Windows Phone devices, the platform has enjoyed its growth thanks to budget handsets hitting the right chord in emerging markets. However, the US has remained a problem for the OS, but Microsoft is continuing to send out new Lumia devices and perhaps the wallet friendly Nokia Lumia 530 can hit a home run.

Windows 10 launched by Microsoft, available in 2015
By Luke Jones on Tuesday September 30, 2014

Forget about all this talk of Windows 9, Microsoft chose an intimate event today to unleash the newest version of its desktop platform, Windows 10. Yes, the company chose to skip a number, but this is the brand new version that the company hopes will not only carry its computing to the next level, but also its mobile devices such as Lumia smartphones and Surface tablets.

Microsoft and Xiaomi hold meeting... a Windows Phone on the way?
By Luke Jones on Tuesday September 30, 2014

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has held a recent meeting with the CEO of Chinese brand Xiaomi, Lei Jun, about the possibility of the company building a Windows Phone device. The meeting was held last week and while no details of the chat have been revealed, reports are pointing towards the two bosses discussing a Xiaomi Windows smartphone.