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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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Skype for Android updated to v5.5: easier sign-ins and more

Skype for Android updated to v5.5: easier sign-ins and more

Today Microsoft pushed an update for its Skype for Android app to the Google Play Store, bringing it up to version 5.5 and adding in some features that will be handy for mobile users. The biggest among the changes is arguably an improvement to signing in from mobile, making it easier for those who insist on logging out to sign back in from their Android smartphone or tablet. The chatting feature will soon be updated, too, and will likewise be a little more convenient once it is.

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Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft's Universal Folding Keyboard has finally hit store shelves, with the platform-agnostic wireless peripheral playing nicely with phones and tablets. Shown off back in March alongside a pair of midrange Lumia phones, the keyboard hooks up over Bluetooth and has a dedicated switching button at the top which allows it to flick between two different devices. That way, so the theory goes, you could be typing on your iPad one moment, then flip to your Android smartphone the next.

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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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B&O HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is HP’s hero for Windows 10 [UPDATE: not so fast…]

B&O HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is HP’s hero for Windows 10 [UPDATE: not so fast…]

As Windows 10 launches, HP presents a Bang & Olufsen limited edition HP EliteBook Folio 1020. This notebook computer is extremely light and thin and works with Bang & Olufsen certified audio output. It works with dual-array microphones, noise-canceling software, and an HD webcam to make your whole audio-visual experience as elite as the company suggests. HP is also making an effort to assert that their HP Pro Tablet 608 is a headliner for the spot of tablet hero in the Windows 10 universe this autumn.

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Surface will be Windows 10’s big star

Surface will be Windows 10’s big star

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that the Surface line of tablet/convertible computers would be expanding at Windows 10's launch. They'll be the company's hero. Believe it or not! With the global rollout of Windows 10 on the way, the Surface tablet line will be expanding distribution channels and appearing in more stores. We’ve had a somewhat limited business channel for Surface," said Brian Hall, General Manager of Microsoft Surface said in a statement, "we’ve heard from a lot of customers that they’d like to see more partners offering Surface."

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Microsoft plans for a Windows 10 launch party

Microsoft plans for a Windows 10 launch party

Microsoft is hoping to make the Windows 10 launch a party, spilling the beans on not only its retail plans but a new nonprofit scheme dubbed Upgrade Your World. Windows 10, which arrives in just a few weeks time on July 29, will be accompanied by what Microsoft describes as "global fan celebrations" across thirteen cities worldwide, with demo stations, outreach from execs, and entertainment. Meanwhile, the company is also promising a $10m fund to be split between nonprofits large and small.

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HoloLens courts enterprise with this eye-catching AR demo

HoloLens courts enterprise with this eye-catching AR demo

Microsoft has brought out its HoloLens augmented reality headset for another demo, this time courting business users at the company's WPC 2015 conference. Tailoring the presentation for the enterprise audience at the annual Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft brought out Autodesk to show how being able to mix virtual graphics with real-world objects could help teams collaborate more successfully around the world. Since actions speak louder than words, that involved a racing motorbike and some clever virtual bodywork.

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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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