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Nokia: Microsoft pays us more than we pay them (but Q3 will still be dire)

Nokia: Microsoft pays us more than we pay them (but Q3 will still be dire)

Microsoft continues to pay Nokia more to use Windows Phone than the struggling Finnish firm pays in software royalty fees, its been confirmed, though Nokia still predicts similar struggles in the next quarter. As in previous quarters, Nokia is paid €250m ($307m) each three month period by Microsoft in "platform support payments" and the Finns estimate that "the total amount of the platform support payments is expected to slightly exceed the total amount of the minimum software royalty commitments."

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Nokia: Just 600,000 phones sold in North America

Nokia: Just 600,000 phones sold in North America

Nokia may have roughly doubled Windows Phone sales quarter-on-quarter, but the company is still struggling to make an impact on the North American market, shipping just 600,000 handsets in the country. According to Nokia's Q2 2012 financials [pdf link], the US and Canada were by far the least interested in the company's wares, with Asia-Pacific leading the volumes of devices and services sales (with 28.6m units).

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HTC Elevate VIP outreach opens for Windows Phone owners

HTC Elevate VIP outreach opens for Windows Phone owners

HTC has opened its Elevate VIP community of device owners up to Windows Phone users, inviting those with HTC Windows Phones to apply for membership to the advocacy and development program. Launched earlier this year, HTC Elevate has until now worked primarily with Android owners - members got prior access to previews of Ice Cream Sandwich updates back in February - but HTC is now accepting applications from those using the company's other mobile platform of choice.

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Nokia knew Windows Phone 7 was an update dead-end claim insiders

Nokia knew Windows Phone 7 was an update dead-end claim insiders

Nokia was fully aware of the update limitations of Windows Phone 7 when it signed up to use Microsoft's platform, insiders have suggested, and knew from the outset that early-adopters would not get WP8. The Finnish company's urgency to migrate from Symbian to Windows Phone pushed it to compromise on handset longevity, TechCrunch's sources claim, after Microsoft confirmed yesterday that all current-generation handsets would get a UI update in the shape of Windows Phone 7.8 rather than the full refresh for new devices this fall.

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Windows Phone 8 is a Slap for Early-Adopters

Windows Phone 8 is a Slap for Early-Adopters

Microsoft got credit for ripping up Windows Mobile 6.5 and hitting the reset button: unfortunately it seems to be trying to do the same with Windows Phone 8, leaving early-adopters behind. The news from the Windows Phone Summit today that existing handsets won't get WP8 but will, instead, get a partial upgrade called Windows Phone 7.8 with the new Metro Start Screen but not much else means everyone who has supported Microsoft and its OEM partners so far can't expect much in the way of software longevity.

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Windows Phone Summit: We’re here for WP8!

Windows Phone Summit: We’re here for WP8!

Microsoft is returning for its second bite of the mobile news cycle today, with SlashGear headed to the company's Windows Phone Summit where WP8 "Apollo" is expected to make its official debut. Having wowed us with Microsoft Surface on Monday, the prediction is that Microsoft will show us what its smaller mobile devices are soon to be capable of, with the first proper look at what makes Windows Phone 8 so special.

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Microsoft Tablet: Desperation demands options

Microsoft Tablet: Desperation demands options

Two mystery Mondays in a row: after Apple's WWDC 2012 keynote last week, now here comes Microsoft with a surprise announcement of its own, believed by many to have a tablet at its core. Speculation about a new Microsoft-branded device - or devices - has resurfaced over the past week, though as before it's a haze of rumor around a few nuggets of "trusted source" insistence. Partnerships with Barnes & Noble, the spread of Xbox LIVE, or even a gauntlet thrown down to Microsoft's own OEM partners: one thing most agree on is that it's a new slate in the offing, but that leaves plenty of angles Microsoft could take.

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Photosynth app finally hits Windows Phones

Photosynth app finally hits Windows Phones

Microsoft's popular Photosynth panorama stitching tech has finally reached the company's own Windows Phone platform. The photo app was released over a year ago on iOS but was oddly missing from WP7. Microsoft admitted that the app required some deeper access to the phones hardware, which was not available at the time.

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