Microsoft yesterday kicked off a promotion that rewards Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers $100 for each app that they publish in the company's app stores. Dubbed "Keep the Cash," the promotion is Microsoft's first overt cash-for-apps program, a tactic rivals Google and Apple have never used to attract submissions. To one analyst, the $100-per-app pitch was an ill...
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The countdown for Microsoft to end support of Windows Phone 8 and 7.8 has already started, and the two mobile operating systems could be orphaned as soon as the second half of 2014, according to Microsoft's own support calendar. The Microsoft Product Lifecycle support page indicates Windows Phone 8 and 7.8 are already past their lifecyle start dates. According to the...
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Microsoft may, repeat may, be whipping up a smartwatch, but according to the company's Windows Phone honcho, a self-made Surface smartphone isn't in the cards quite yet. Speaking at the AllThingsD Dive into Mobile conference, vice president Terry Myerson said flat-out that he doesn't see a reason for Microsoft to muck up the Windows Phone waters, The Verge reports. "It...
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How do you get people interested in an underdog mobile platform? In a new ad spotlighting the Lumia 920 Windows Phone — which I first saw as part of Tom Warren’s article over at The Verge — Microsoft tries to do it by making viewers laugh, and making fun of the competition. It’s a funny spot, albeit one which feels awfully close in style to Samsung’s Apple-mocking ads. (I’m...
(21 days ago)
Microsoft believes it can be a viable competitor with Android and Apple, and is making a strong push with its Windows Phone operating system. The company has launched numerous campaigns to inform smartphone buyers of their mobile options, but despite a large advertising budget, Windows Phone remains a mystery to most consumers. The question remains, can Microsoft’s mobile...
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Filed under: Investing Nokia has entered into a contract with Microsoft to provide the Windows Phone OS for its Lumia phones, but in this video, Motley Fool tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner discusses why Microsoft may also be a potential threat to Nokia a short way down the road. He tells investors about the possibility that Microsoft is working on its own phone, the...
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There's really no need for Microsoft to build its own Windows Phone 8 hardware since partners are offering solid handsets, says Microsoft's Terry Myerson. Maybe hardware isn't the problem.
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Necessity is the mother of invention, or so the old English saying goes, but so is inconvenience and the irritation that stems from it. The shortcomings of some pretty widely used MS apps have moved a former Microsoft analyst to help produce a product designed to disrupt them.
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Filed under: Investing You lose if you do, you lose if you don't -- this pretty much sums up the state of Microsoft today. It seems no matter what the company does, Microsoft will never be able to overcome the aggravation it has caused the Street over the past decade. I get it -- the Street does not care for the company's management. For that matter, neither do I. But...
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On Friday Microsoft announced that since Windows Phone 8′s, the company has seen the number of app downloads double and almost a 140% increase in paid app revenue. This is, of course, great news for app developers, and a strong indicator that Windows Phone 8 is doing well (though notably still not nearly as well as Android or iOS.) In fact, in a blog post Microsoft notes...
(17 days ago)
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