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Dear analysts: Microsoft did not “beat” the Apple Watch

Dear analysts: Microsoft did not “beat” the Apple Watch

This morning USA Today compared sales of the Apple Watch to sales of Microsoft smartphones. As if they were the same sort of device. They've suggested that the Apple Watch was "beaten by Microsoft's phone." USA Today, do you know that these are different products? Do you not realize that Apple also has a smartphone, and that the Apple Watch is not a smartphone? Let's compare apples to apples instead of apples to orange here, for a moment. Let's compare smartwatches to smartwatches and phones to phones.

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Microsoft Band 2 coming with “a few killer devices” for Lumia

Microsoft Band 2 coming with “a few killer devices” for Lumia

This week the folks at Microsoft have been rather up-front about their plans to expand their mobile devices front. At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2015, the company's COO Kevin Turner suggested that they were at work on a second version of Microsoft Band. He also suggested that they were working on "a few killer devices" for Lumia. For Windows Phone, that is to say, and the future of mobile devices from Microsoft that, earlier this month, seemed to be in question.

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Nadella: Windows 10 embraces all, yes, even phones

Nadella: Windows 10 embraces all, yes, even phones

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's announcement last week didn't exactly shake up the mobile industry as much as it shook confidence in its mobile, particularly smartphone, strategy or lack thereof. A lot of questions were raised and theories cooked up. Since then, Microsoft has reiterated in different corners that it is still committed to smartphones. How exactly, it hasn't completely explained. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley was able to get some alone time with Nadella after he delivered his Worldwide Partners Conference keynote and asked the hard questions that many of us probably want to ask.

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Microsoft’s IFA Keynote curiously leaves out smartphones

Microsoft’s IFA Keynote curiously leaves out smartphones

Microsoft has definitely been sending mixed, not to mention confusing, signals about smartphones lately. Even before Windows 10 Mobile or even Windows 10 itself hits the streets, Microsoft has already put its own smartphone business on notice. With IFA 2015 a month or so away, Microsoft is undoubtedly busy preparing for a post Windows 10 launch report. But while the company will be one of those to deliver a keynote there, the announcement ominously makes no mention of smartphones, hinting, at the very least, that we won't see one in September.

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Lumia 940, 940 XL to be pricier than iPhone despite plastic

Lumia 940, 940 XL to be pricier than iPhone despite plastic

Rumors like these definitely make you wonder what people in Redmond might be inhaling or ingesting. Of course, provided there is truth to these at all. Microsoft hasn't completely quit the mobile race and CEO Satya Nadella mentioned a few smartphones coming our way, including a flagship. To some extent, the Lumia 940 and its larger 940 XL sibling fit the bill. But Nadella also promised a flagship that fans will love, and that is where things get a bit tricky for these two smartphones.

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Did Nadella just put the nail in Windows Phone’s coffin?

Did Nadella just put the nail in Windows Phone’s coffin?

Just a while ago we looked into the reasons why it wouldn't be in Microsoft's best interests to suddenly switch to Android as its mobile platform. And then head honcho Satya Nadella dropped the huge bombshell. Microsoft has, for all intents and purposes, stricken off Nokia from its books. This has lead many to conclude Microsoft's surrender in the smartphone market. And they might very well be right. Or not. Like many things in life, things aren't as clear cut as we would like, and Microsoft's struggle with mobile is far from over.

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Microsoft axes 7,800 jobs; Failed Nokia buy a $7.6bn write-off

Microsoft axes 7,800 jobs; Failed Nokia buy a $7.6bn write-off

Microsoft will slash 7,800 jobs, the majority from its struggling phone division, and write-off $7.6bn over its Nokia acquisition, the company has confirmed today. The sweeping cuts cast a shadow over the future of Windows for smartphones, or at least Microsoft's role in building them, with the CEO Satya Nadella saying that for the moment the company plans a "focused phone portfolio" at least in the near-term. Where that leaves the rumored flagship Windows 10 smartphone many fans of the platform had been hoping for remains to be seen.

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Lumia 735 lands on Verizon, bringing selfies and HD voice

Lumia 735 lands on Verizon, bringing selfies and HD voice

This weeks is a Windows Phone and selfie week. Just a while ago, we saw Samsung unveil the selfie-friendly mid-range Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, both with front LED flash. Also this week, we saw the Microsoft Lumia 640 and the 640 XL appear in Cricket and AT&T, respectively. Bringing those two worlds together for a weekend climax is the Microsoft Lumia 735, which has finally appeared on Verizon's shelves. XLTE-ready, this budget Windows Phone is more than just smiles, with HD Voice Calling tagging along for the ride.

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Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia’s return to phones won’t be smart

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri makes an offhand comment about their plans to sell phones in the future and the crowd goes wild. What today's news on Nokia's return to the smartphone market consists of is Suri answering a question about mobile devices, suggesting that the company is "looking for suitable partners" in the mobile phone business. This should not be a surprise to anyone following along closely with the brand, but there it is. After selling their phone hardware business to Microsoft in 2013, Nokia's set to return to phones as soon as 2016.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL to be exclusive to AT&T in the US

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL to be exclusive to AT&T in the US

At MWC earlier this year, Microsoft introduced its two new latest Lumia smartphones, the 640 and the 640 XL. Earlier, we took the Lumia 640, available on Cricket Wireless, for a spin. Now, we're hearing about its larger sibling. The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is also coming to the US, but it will be an exclusive offer from AT&T. Mixing a large phablet screen with rather low specs, the Lumia 640 XL is yet another addition to Microsoft's growing number of almost indistinguishable Windows Phone models.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

The Microsoft Lumia 640 isn't all that remarkable on its own. It's another Windows Phone device, made by the people who up until this past year were known as Nokia. Now it comes from Microsoft, and it's ready to roll for a cool $130 USD. That's a good value for what the device presents. But with today's Elop exit and news of Microsoft's reshuffling, is it a good time to be buying in to Microsoft's phone ecosystem? Or is this the company's last gasp before throwing in the towel?

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Microsoft tipped to be working on two high-end Lumia phones

Microsoft tipped to be working on two high-end Lumia phones

Microsoft has been putting out new Windows Phone powered Lumia phones, but, like Nokia before it, it seems to be content simply filling the lower end with budget choices. Well, not anymore, if this insider tip is to be believed. The source claims that Redmond is busy at work designing not one but two Lumia phones that could, on paper, stand proud against this year's flagships. Of course, it will be running Windows 10 for phones, so your opinion and experience might vary, depending on your reception of Microsoft's upcoming OS.

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