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Cortana Can Replace Google Now on Android
By Luke Jones on Monday August 10, 2015

Microsoft is currently busy with its Windows 10 roll out, with Windows 10 Mobile due this fall also set to occupy the software giant. However, Redmond makes more than $1 billion per year from Android apps and is focusing even more on launching software across platform. Enter Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant that has been available on Android in beta form recently.

Microsoft Translate App Available on Android and Android Wear
By Luke Jones on Friday August 07, 2015

Microsoft may have Windows 10 rolling out and Windows 10 Mobile and brand new hardware to look forward to this fall, but the company is still continuing its new expansions. Of course, that means launching software on other platforms (primarily Android) as Redmond attempts to take an even bigger chunk of Google?s pie. The latest app to land on the rival OS is Microsoft Translator.

Microsoft Confirmed Handsets for Windows 10 Mobile Update
By admin on Thursday July 30, 2015

Windows 10 Mobile is still a few months from launching, with November the month mooted for its release, but already Microsoft has confirmed which of its Lumia smartphones will be in line to receive an update to the new platform. However, the company did not make it clear if the 10 devices listed below will be the only ones to ever get Windows 10 Mobile, or whether other current Lumia's will just have to wait a bit longer.

Windows 10 Mobile Coming in November says Microsoft Exec
By admin on Wednesday July 29, 2015

Windows 10 is set to land on PC's over the coming days and weeks, but we already know that Microsoft's new platform is not going to land on mobile devices for some time. A third quarter date for Windows 10 Mobile's launch has been oft mooted, but now a Microsoft official has said that we could have to wait until the fourth quarter, November to be exact.

Microsoft CEO Admits Poor Windows Flagship Output
By Luke Jones on Wednesday July 22, 2015

I have been saying on these pages for some time that Microsoft's lack of flagship devices on the Windows Phone platform is hurting the company. There are an array of very good (some of the best in fact) budget smartphones on the platform, but in terms of high end handsets there is scant choice. Even the Lumia 930, Lumia 1520, and HTC One M8 are aging and not current flagships, and the lack of high end quality has now been acknowledged by Microsoft's CEO.

Microsoft Working on $80 Windows 10 Mobile Smartphones
By Luke Jones on Friday July 17, 2015

Microsoft is going to launch its first Lumia flagship smartphone later this year alongside Windows 10 Mobile, the Lumia 940 (possibly 950). However, the company is not abandoning its budget aspirations, after-all humble handsets are the most successful on the Windows platform. As well as the blockbuster Lumia 940, Microsoft will also roll out a very basic smartphone that will cost $80 or less.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Coming in October
By admin on Thursday July 16, 2015

It is hard to class Microsoft's Surface Pro line as true tablet products because they are essentially PC's instead, but either way they are fantastic. The trouble is Microsoft cannot sell many of them, which is a shock considering how good the Pro is; it seems the price tag is just a touch inhibiting for the casual consumer. That said, Redmond is committed to the series and will prove it again when it launches the Surface Pro 4 in October.

Lumia 940 Skips IFA, Microsoft launching device September 24th
By Luke Jones on Monday July 13, 2015

Microsoft has confirmed that it will have a strong presence at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany in September. However, the company's press release confirming new products for launch at the event did not specifically mention smartphones. Some outlets are speculating that Microsoft will show off its smartphone even if the company did not name them in the announcement for IFA. However, my source in Microsoft says the company will not announce a new smartphone in Germany, but we will not have to wait long.

Microsoft Explains New Strategy amid Job Cuts
By admin on Wednesday July 08, 2015

In the wake of Microsoft's announcement of over 7000 job cuts and a write off of $7.8 billion the company's CEO has sent an email to employees explaining Redmond's new strategy moving forward. Satya Nadella detailed how the company is deciding to move away from the idea of building a full smartphone company and instead focusing on key devices that best show the Windows platform.

Microsoft Writes Off Billions, Cut 7800 Jobs
By Luke Jones on Wednesday July 08, 2015

We announced last month that Microsoft will have to write off most of the money it paid for Nokia's Lumia devices division, the third huge write off for the company in as many years. That finality has now been officially announced by the company with a $7.8 billion write off, but it actually gets a lot worse as Microsoft is also cutting 7800 workers.