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Microsoft Lumia to end sales this year

Microsoft Lumia to end sales this year

It is perhaps to no one’s surprise, and maybe to very few shed tears, that Microsoft might soon be putting its Lumia brand as well as its devices to pasture. According to an insider source, it will be sooner rather than later. Before this year ends, Redmond is reportedly stopping the sales of its Windows smartphones. Windows fans, however, might still have something to look forward to, as a Microsoft exec seems to be teasing what most of them are hoping for: a Surface Phone.

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Microsoft has torpedoed its smartphone hopes

Microsoft has torpedoed its smartphone hopes

The writing has been on the wall for Microsoft's smartphone ambitions for some time, and now that wall is being demolished altogether. The software giant, unable to coax a viable mobile strategy out of Windows Phone, and now facing uncertainty around Windows 10 on phones, has announced plans to axe 1,850 jobs related to its smartphone business.

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Windows 10 adopts Android Continuum (sort of)

Windows 10 adopts Android Continuum (sort of)

While you will not be able to get the full desktop experience you'll get with a Lumia device, Windows 10's newest build includes a brand new feature for Android devices. Just so long as you've got a device that's able to mirror its display with Google Cast, you'll be well on your way to mirroring to Windows machines without the aid of a Miracast adapter or dock. This is the first time Microsoft has enabled this ability natively - and it'll be working on all Windows 10 devices soon, thanks to an app by the name of "Connect".

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Microsoft reveals not all Lumia devices are getting Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft reveals not all Lumia devices are getting Windows 10 Mobile

Owners of Lumia smartphones other than Microsoft's latest 950 and 950 XL are in for some disappointment today. Well, make that further disappointment. After a very long wait and Microsoft's continued promises that all Lumia devices currently running Windows Phone 8 would be updated with the new Windows 10 Mobile operating system, the company has revealed that won't be the case after all.

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Windows 10 Mobile for Lumia phones might finally arrive this week

Windows 10 Mobile for Lumia phones might finally arrive this week

It is somewhat understandable that Microsoft would want to first focus on getting its latest and greatest OS on its latest and greatest smartphones. But months after it launched Windows 10 and the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the major OS update for its older Lumia handsets is still nowhere to be seen. Or perhaps Windows Phone users are already used to this sort of treatment. Nonetheless, their long, long wait might finally be over. That is, if Vodafone finally got its dates right, Windows 10 will be landing on the Lumia 1520, Lumia 930, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, Lumia 635, and Lumia 535, this week.

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Lumia 650 goes up for preorder in US and Canada

Lumia 650 goes up for preorder in US and Canada

Microsoft’s sleek budget phone, the Lumia 650, is available for preorder in the United States and Canada. The handset debuted earlier this year, and is the maker’s budget-tier Windows 10 handset. Initial reactions to the smartphone have been mixed, with some praising its design and others criticizing the lack of Continuum, the company’s sleek business feature.

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Microsoft explains Lumia 650’s lack of Windows’ most business-friendly feature

Microsoft explains Lumia 650’s lack of Windows’ most business-friendly feature

On the surface, the Microsoft Lumia 650 seems like a smartphone ready and willing to take on the business world. What with its perfectly capable build, display, camera, and price, Microsoft seems to have created a device that's ready to roll for businesses of all sizes. That's who they're marketing the device towards, anyway. But why, you might ask, does this device lack one of the most interesting smartphone features the company has introduced in the past several years - Continuum? We asked Microsoft.

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The $199 Lumia 650 shows Microsoft almost gets it

The $199 Lumia 650 shows Microsoft almost gets it

You'd be forgiven, as a Windows Phone fan, for thinking that Microsoft had forgotten about you - or, worse still, knew you were there but just didn't care. For all the fanfare of the Lumia acquisition from Nokia, it's been a case of table scraps rather than a feast of must-have smartphones. In fact, you could argue that Microsoft has been giving more thought to apps for rival platforms like iOS and Android, than it has fleshing out its own mediocre mobile line.

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Microsoft Lumia 650 packs Windows 10 and 5-inch OLED screen

Microsoft Lumia 650 packs Windows 10 and 5-inch OLED screen

Microsoft has announced a new smartphone that will run Windows 10 and is designed to appeal to shoppers on a budget. The smartphone is called the Lumia 650 and will be offered in matte black or matte white colors. The rollout for the new smartphone is set to start in Europe on February 18 with no word on when the device might launch in the US.

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Lumia 650 XL live photos cause mayhem on Lumia 850 theories

Lumia 650 XL live photos cause mayhem on Lumia 850 theories

Given how poorly Microsoft's smartphones performed in last year's market, it might surprise some to hear that there are still a good number of faithful followers eager to see what Microsoft's next Lumia smartphones will be like. There are, actually, two smartphones floating around the rumor mill but only one of them might actually get to see the light of day. Sadly, those rooting for a higher end Lumia 850 might feel be feeling disappointing, with a sighting of a certain Lumia 650 XL putting the existence of the former into question.

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Lumia 850 might still happen, hands-on photos leaked

Lumia 850 might still happen, hands-on photos leaked

February 1st has come and gone with no new Lumia smartphone in sight. That does leave more room for possibilities, like a still possible Lumia 850 mid-range phablet. That does seem to be what is being implied by this leak, which shows a few hands-on shots of what is supposedly the Lumia 850. The Lumia 650, which was rumored to be unveiled Feb. 1, was also rumored to be the only Lumia this year. If these photos are real, however, then both are apparently false.

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Lumia phones might get Flip Covers with a second display

Lumia phones might get Flip Covers with a second display

As the name clearly points out, Microsoft Research is a division knee deep in R&D. In most companies, however, that acronym is almost synonymous with things that almost never see the light of day, except in a few vestiges. Trying to buck the trend, Microsoft is now trying to make its Research results more prominent, by actually putting them into products or turning them into actual products themselves. And one of those might yet be the most interesting: a flip cover for Lumia smartphones that also act as secondary displays.

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