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Windows Phone dual-SIM hardware appearing soon: Nokia, HTC onboard

Windows Phone dual-SIM hardware appearing soon: Nokia, HTC onboard

There's little doubt that the world of Windows Phone 8 and subsequent editions will be rolling out with new hardware features in the future. That's a given. What's not known at this very moment is whether or not we'll be seeing the likes of specific features previously only known to the likes of sub-Smart phones and Android devices up until now. One of these features appearing in tips this week is a dual-SIM card setup.

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Windows Phone 8.1 tablet support tipped plus Back button binned

Windows Phone 8.1 tablet support tipped plus Back button binned

Windows Phone 8.1 will ditch the "back" button and support up to 10-inch displays, it's reported, with Microsoft also aiming to use the 2014 release to help push the smartphone platform further up into flagship territory. Codenamed Windows Phone "Blue", the new version will see Microsoft address user satisfaction, WinSuperSite claims, paring away some of the more confusing elements of the OS and making it easier for developers to release applications across both Windows Phone and Windows RT.

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Microsoft taps Samsung and Huawei for dual-boot Windows Phone options

Microsoft taps Samsung and Huawei for dual-boot Windows Phone options

Just as they have apparently tapped HTC for the dual-boot option for Android phones with Windows Phone 8, it's become apparent today that Microsoft may have asked Samsung and Huawei to do the same. Microsoft was tipped this past week to have suggested HTC make a selection of devices that boot to Windows Phone 8 as well as their basic Android mobile OS to increase the likelihood that a user would find Windows Phone appealing. If Microsoft does indeed get their way with the likes of HTC and Samsung as well, we may see Windows Phone 8.1 working on the HTC One Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Active.

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Windows Phone YouTube returns: barebones again

Windows Phone YouTube returns: barebones again

This week the folks at Microsoft appear to have given control back to the Google team when it comes to the unofficial-official YouTube app for Windows Phone devices. Here existing on Windows Phone 8, the app has been part of a battle between companies for several months, resulting in several iterations of said app for the masses and frequent take-downs in-between. Google has let Microsoft know that they've not been pleased with past iterations of the app, and Microsoft has had to take the app down and modify it several times over.

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Windows Phone jumps in Europe but US still loves Android and iOS

Windows Phone jumps in Europe but US still loves Android and iOS

Windows Phone has hit double-digits in two European markets and averages 9.2-percent in Europe as a whole, new figures suggest, though Microsoft's smartphone platform still lags well behind iOS and Android, particularly in the US. Sales of Windows Phone devices - the majority of which are from Nokia's Lumia range - in the UK and France hit 12.0- and 10.8-percent respectively, Kantar Worldpanel calculates, in the three month period up until the end of August 2013.

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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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