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Steve Ballmer delivers his final emotional speech to Microsoft employees

Steve Ballmer delivers his final emotional speech to Microsoft employees

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave his last company-wide employee meeting talk this week, ending with an emotional outpouring of gratitude and appreciation for the company and for the thousands of employees in attendance. The outpouring ran in both directions. The audience cheered as Ballmer shouted, "Soak it in! All of you. Soak it in. You work for the greatest company in the world. Soak it in. And I want to say thank you. I want to say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you."

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Microsoft reportedly to merge Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into single offering

Microsoft reportedly to merge Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into single offering

Microsoft will reportedly merge its Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into a unified app store, something that has been anticipated for a while now. While details are sparse, the sources who provided the information say it was made in an announcement to Microsoft employees earlier today by Microsoft's operating systems group's head Terry Myserson.

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Nokia six product gush tipped for Oct 22: Sirius tablet, Lumia, dumbphones

Nokia six product gush tipped for Oct 22: Sirius tablet, Lumia, dumbphones

Nokia will reveal six new products, including smartphones, entry-level devices, and its first Windows tablet at an October 22 event, insiders claim, a broad refresh of its line as it tries to claw back attention to devices rather than the Microsoft acquisition. The Abu Dhabi launch will consist of "several" Lumia Windows Phones, sources tell the WSJ, in addition to a number of S40-based handsets aimed at budget users; however, it's likely that the much-rumored "Sirius" tablet will be star of the show.

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Stephen Elop’s contract revealed as having bonus contingent on Nokia downspiral

Stephen Elop’s contract revealed as having bonus contingent on Nokia downspiral

As we noted last week, Stephen Elop is set to receive a $25 million payment as a result of the Nokia sales deal with Microsoft, something pending regulatory approval. According to Finnish press, Elop's contract contained a clause not found in previous CEOs' contracts that would score him such hefty funds in the event that the company's shares would drop and the business be sold, with the shares rising again from the bottom of the proverbial barrel.

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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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Phablet focus to save Windows RT hints Microsoft

Phablet focus to save Windows RT hints Microsoft

Microsoft's little-loved Windows RT OS could get a second wind by merging more closely with Windows Phone and targeting so-called "phablet" devices, according to hints from the company. The OS, which puts Windows 8 on ARM chips but which has been criticized for its confusing software support in comparison to the "full" x86 version of the platform, failed to challenge iOS and Android on tablets as Microsoft initially hoped, but according to comments at the company's Financial Analyst Meeting this week, the answer might be in the similarities Windows RT has with Windows Phone, rather than Windows 8.

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Nokia to pay Stephen Elop millions to move to Microsoft

Nokia to pay Stephen Elop millions to move to Microsoft

Stephen Elop will get a $25m cut of the Microsoft-Nokia deal after the Windows Phone company buys the Finnish smartphone business, new regulatory filings have confirmed today. The payout to the outgoing CEO, which is detailed in an SEC 6-K submitted by Nokia today, calculates that Elop can expect roughly €18.8m ($25.4m), with Nokia on the hook for 30-percent of that while Microsoft will foot the remainder of the bill.

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AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 tipped to launch November, pricing and colors detailed

AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 tipped to launch November, pricing and colors detailed

With all the hoopla surrounding Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's mobile business, leaks of an aborted Nokia Android smartphone, or talks of a Nokia Surface tablet, it might have been easy to forget another rumored Nokia device that is, to some extent, probably closer to reality. But now we're receiving details of the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet that's set to land on AT&T really soon.

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