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Skype cuts future support for Windows Phone 7

Skype cuts future support for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft is letting the world of Windows Phone 7 (not to be confused with Windows Phone 8) know today that it's time to move on. With Windows Phone 8 being released to smartphones for just under a year, Microsoft has decided that it was time to stop development on their top video chat app Skype. On the plus side, Windows Phone 7 users will continue to work with "the core Skype experiences", those including chat, voice, and video calls.

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Windows Phone market doubles in size in 2012

Windows Phone market doubles in size in 2012

This year the Microsoft team working with developers for Windows Phone 8 have made a grand effort in getting not just a massive amount of apps into the market, but high quality apps at that - hitting a 75,000 market inside 2012. This number was assured this week by Microsoft official Todd Brix on the Windows Phone Developer Blog where they've also let it be known that the Windows Phone market has had over 300,000 app updates inside 2012 as well. This addition of 75,000 apps to the market has more than doubled the catalog size compared to the total at the end of 2011.

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Remember bada? Well, it’s giving Windows Phone a kicking

Remember bada? Well, it’s giving Windows Phone a kicking

Samsung's bada platform may be less well known than Windows Phone, but it's still outselling Microsoft platform in worldwide smartphone sales. While the big movement may be up at the iOS and Android end, bada's 3-percent of the worldwide market share in Q3 2012 is, according to the latest clutch of stats from analysts Gartner, enough to eclipse Microsoft's OS at 2.4-percent. However, that could well change as Windows Phone 8 sales begin.

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Nokia North American phone sales slashed in half in Q3

Nokia North American phone sales slashed in half in Q3

Sales of Nokia handsets in the North American market dived by 50-percent in Q3 2012 versus the previous quarter, the company has confirmed, with just 300,000 phones sold in the lucrative region. In fact, Nokia sales only increased in Q3 in two markets - up 10-percent in Europe and 5-percent in Asia-Pacific - with Greater China sales ditching 27-percent and Latin America down 9-percent, for a total decline of 1-percent in volumes compared to Q2 2012.

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Xbox Music flaws surface: Old Windows abandoned plus listening limits

Xbox Music flaws surface: Old Windows abandoned plus listening limits

Microsoft's new Xbox Music streaming service will leave many existing device owners - including Windows Phone 7 early-adopters - out in the cold, the company has conceded. The new cloud-based music service, which launches tomorrow for Xbox 360 but will eventually run on Windows Phone 8 handsets and Windows 8/RT PCs and tablets, cuts all ties with the existing version of Microsoft's smartphone and PC platforms. Meanwhile, the threat of listening limits lurks in the small-print.

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Nokia Q2 2012 wrap-up: Transition seldom hurt so bad

Nokia Q2 2012 wrap-up: Transition seldom hurt so bad

It's been quite a morning for Nokia. Analyst and market expectations for the struggling Finnish company weren't exactly positive, but while some of the news was as dire as predicted, there were gems amidst the rough. After the cut, diving operating losses, millions of Lumia Windows Phones, and a giggling Elop playing his cards close to his chest.

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Nokia: We’re committed to new materials, new tech, and supporting existing owners

Nokia: We’re committed to new materials, new tech, and supporting existing owners

Nokia will invest in new materials and new technologies for upcoming Windows Phones, targeting higher-priced handsets as well as more affordable models to broaden Lumia's appeal. "It takes a tremendous amount of work to break through as the third ecosystem" CEO Stephen Elop said on Nokia's financial results call today, after announcing a $1bn operating loss for Q2 2012, but was confident that Microsoft's announcement of Windows Phone 8 - and limited upgrade potential for existing Lumia devices - would not necessarily ruin Nokia's Q3.

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