Microsoft's Band has been with us a couple of weeks now and it has managed to be a dividing device. Microsoft says it has sold well, while some reports say stock was very limited, while the general consensus seems to be that the wearable is very much a first device in an evolution. It feels like a prototype many reviews have said, but after spending some time with it I think it is more of a vehicle for Microsoft's Health suite.
Microsoft was speaking in Germany and had plenty to say about Windows Phone and its newly acquired line of Lumia devices. The giant claimed that 50 million Lumia devices have now been activated, but of course most of those sales are thanks to Nokia and not Microsoft, with Redmond only buying the Finnish company's phone business this year.
HTC's One M8 landed on Windows a couple of months back and was limited to just Verizon at first. At the start of this month the device made an appearance on T-Mobile's website and the carrier said that the smartphone flagship was "coming soon" and was not yet ready for roll out. Well, the good news is that the One M8 for Windows Phone is now ready to go and will be available from tomorrow.
Microsoft has done well through the quarters this year, but a change of CEO has brought another change of strategy for the company, while the Windows Phone platform has struggled to gain ground in mature markets.
Microsoft has released its newest smartphone today in the shape of the budget oriented Lumia 535, the first device to come without the Nokia branding. Microsoft decided to ditch the world famous name in favour of carving its own reputation under its own branding, so let?s meet the Microsoft Lumia 535.
One of the reasons why Microsoft?s decent Windows Phone platform has failed to ignite in mature markets is because it lacks the backing of some serious high end hardware. The Lumia 930 is a fine device, but it is not an all-out blockbuster. The HTC One M8 for WP is, but it is current alone as a true flagship choice on Microsoft's platform. However, that is about to change it seems.
Microsoft's first smartphone without Nokia branding passed through a Chinese regulator recently and inevitably leaked online. The handset is now getting an official release date, with Microsoft confirming the Lumia device known as RM-1090 will be launched on November 11th. However, if you are waiting on a Windows Phone handset to stand out from the crowd you will have to wait longer as this is not it.
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.
Say goodbye to Nokia smartphones, for now at least. Microsoft has killed off the Nokia branding for future smartphones the company confirmed today, ending months of rumors. Instead of the Nokia Lumia branding, devices will now be known as Microsoft Lumia and will come with the company's Windows logo emblazoned on them in black.
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.