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Steve Ballmer shows off Windows Phone LTE for AT&T

Steve Ballmer shows off Windows Phone LTE for AT&T

We're having a fabulous time listening to the above-average voice levels of Steve Ballmer of Microsoft as he speaks on how excited they all are that AT&T will be the first group to offer up Windows Phone on their network, the first time Windows Phone will be available on LTE anywhere. The devices he showed off were all new, prepared to be running on the LTE network right out of the box, and would all be out by mid-2012.

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Microsoft muddies Windows Phone update transparency

Microsoft muddies Windows Phone update transparency

Microsoft has announced it is axing its "Where's My Phone Update?" site for Windows Phone, the oft-praised roadmap schedule that kept WP7 device users up to date with what new OS versions they could expect. The increasing number of Windows Phones on the market appears to be the primary reason for the site's shuttering, with Microsoft's Eric Hautala, customer experience lead, hinting that maintaining the page was growing too complex "as we continue our growth." However, there are also indications that Microsoft is giving more control over to carriers as to which customers get updates.

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Microsoft’s Nokia smartphone division acquisition tipped imminent

Microsoft’s Nokia smartphone division acquisition tipped imminent

Rumors of Microsoft buying Nokia's smartphone division have resurfaced, with claims that the key execs at the firms will meet in Las Vegas imminently to finalize the sale. Steve Ballmer and Andy Lees from Microsoft and Stephen Elop and Kai Oistamo from Nokia plan to transfer the smartphone section over, where it would be run under a new Microsoft-led name not as Nokia, arch insider Eldar Murtazin has claimed today, leaving the Finnish firm pushing a portfolio of dumbphones and would-be smartphone alternatives.

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Microsoft Studios signs casual gaming deal

Microsoft Studios signs casual gaming deal

Microsoft's gaming arm has inked a deal with a social gaming specialist, for a multi-title collaboration that could flesh out the Windows 8 Store or even bring a Halo-style mini-game to Facebook. The agreement [pdf link] between Microsoft Studios and Arkadium will see the two work together to "develop casual and social cross-platform experiences" that will likely benefit Windows PC, tablet, Windows Phone and Xbox users.

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Microsoft and Nokia US Windows Phone budget is $200m corrects insider

Microsoft and Nokia US Windows Phone budget is $200m corrects insider

Nokia and Microsoft's combined marketing budget for the US launch of Nokia Windows Phones is double that of previous suggestions, coming in at around $200m, according to insiders with knowledge of the companies' plans. After reports suggesting a roughly $100m promo fund for the AT&T debut of the Nokia 900 "Ace" earlier, notorious insider Paul Thurrott has stepped up with a figure double that, as well as the suggestion that, for the AT&T launch, Nokia is outspending Microsoft 2-to-1.

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‘Ask Ziggy’, the Windows Phone rival to Apple’s Siri

‘Ask Ziggy’, the Windows Phone rival to Apple’s Siri

Well, Windows Developer Shai Leib has jumped into the fray, and has introduced a Windows Phone app, dubbed 'Ask Ziggy', that, for all intents and purposes, attempts to rival Apple's Siri personal assistant app for the iPhone 4S. Similar to Siri, Ask Ziggy uses voice recognition technology instead of conventional text entry for search queries. Users can search for directions, flight statuses, financial stock prices, weather, calculation results and other data, using the app on a device running WP7.

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