Windows Phone - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/21637 en China obtains patent concessions in return for approving Microsoft-Nokia deal http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/china-obtains-patent-concessions-in-return-approving-microsoft-nokia-deal-240061?source=rss_windows_phone <p>China is requiring Microsoft and Nokia to make promises on fair patent use, fearing that the proposed acquisition between the two companies could spell trouble for the nation's Android device makers.</p> <p>On Tuesday, China's Ministry of Commerce gave conditional regulatory approval to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices &amp; Services business. The $7.2 billion deal means that Microsoft could very soon produce its own smartphones using the Windows Phone operating system.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Microsoft Federal Regulations M&A Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:50:30 +0000 admin 240061 at http://www.infoworld.com Four things developers should know about the new Microsoft http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-net/four-things-developers-should-know-about-the-new-microsoft-239914?source=rss_windows_phone <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Microsoft_New_hp.jpg" alt="Four things developers should know about the new Microsoft" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>The <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/windows-phone/welcome-the-21st-century-microsoft-took-you-long-enough-239820">changes unleased by the new, post-Ballmer Microsoft on its user and developer base in the past week</a> have been </p> Application Development Microsoft Windows Open Source Software Microsoft Development Environments Microsoft Windows Development Tools Microsoft .Net Open Source Software Windows Phone Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:19:11 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239914 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft eases development for Windows and Windows Phone with new App Studio http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/microsoft-eases-development-windows-and-windows-phone-new-app-studio-239880?source=rss_windows_phone <p>Microsoft's App Studio beta test has been expanded to allow novice developers to build applications for Windows tablets and PCs, in addition to Windows Phone.</p> Application Development Mobile Technology Microsoft Development Tools Mobile Apps Mobile Development Windows Phone Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:08:50 +0000 admin 239880 at http://www.infoworld.com Welcome to the 21st century, Microsoft -- took you long enough http://www.infoworld.com/t/windows-phone/welcome-the-21st-century-microsoft-took-you-long-enough-239820?source=rss_windows_phone <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Microsoft_New_hp.jpg" alt="Welcome to the 21st century, Microsoft -- took you long enough" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Check off the biggest trends in the tech industry -- mobile, open source, cloud -- and it's a sure bet Microsoft was late to the party and underdressed when it got there. Microsoft Windows Mobile Technology Microsoft Windows 8 Application Development Microsoft Windows Mobile Development Open Source Software Windows Phone Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239820 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft opens .Net but misses the point with mobile http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/microsoft-opens-net-misses-the-point-mobile-239867?source=rss_windows_phone <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/net_future_pod.jpg" alt="Microsoft opens .Net but misses the point with mobile" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>In my last column, I observed that it's possible that <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/microsoft-and-open-source-two-steps-forward-one-step-back-239451">Satya Nadella may be able to lead Microsoft out of the desert Microsoft Windows Mobile Technology Open Source Software Microsoft .Net Open Source Software Windows Phone Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Simon Phipps 239867 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft's smart strategy to take on Android http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/microsofts-smart-strategy-take-android-239750?source=rss_windows_phone <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/htc_8x_nokia_lumia_800.jpg" alt="Microsoft's smart strategy to take on Android" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Windows Phone is <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobilize/windows-phone-7-why-its-disaster-microsoft-912">anything but the monster hit Microsoft hoped for</a> three and a half years ago when the Windows Mobile successor finally came t Mobile Technology Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 239750 at http://www.infoworld.com New Windows Phone security necessary, but not groundbreaking http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/new-windows-phone-security-necessary-not-groundbreaking-239800?source=rss_windows_phone <p>Microsoft, which is far behind Apple and Google in the smartphone market, has introduced a number of security features in Windows Phone that are not groundbreaking, but necessary to attract businesses.</p> <p>The improvements are part of Windows Phone 8.1, which Microsoft executives unveiled Wednesday during the opening keynote of the Build developer conference in San Francisco.</p> Mobile Technology Security Windows Phone Mobile Technology Security Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:32:53 +0000 admin 239800 at http://www.infoworld.com One Windows, all devices: The new Microsoft app strategy unveiled http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-net/one-windows-all-devices-the-new-microsoft-app-strategy-unveiled-239698?source=rss_windows_phone <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Microsoft_New_hp.jpg" alt="One Windows, all devices: The new Microsoft app strategy unveiled" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Microsoft today announced its Universal Windows Apps technology, which is intended to streamline the process of building applications that can run on Windows Phones, Xbox game consoles, and the Metro environment in Intel-base</p> Application Development Microsoft Visual Studio Windows 8 Microsoft .Net Mobile Development Windows Phone Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:51:40 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239698 at http://www.infoworld.com Cortana, Microsoft's response to Siri, says 'Hello world' http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/cortana-microsofts-response-siri-says-hello-world-239667?source=rss_windows_phone <p>Microsoft has unveiled Cortana, its response to Apple's Siri and Google's Now, as it seeks to make its Windows Phone OS a stronger competitor to iOS and Android.</p> <p>Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice president with the Windows Phone group, demonstrated Cortana responding to a variety of voice commands, including requests for Web information and instructions to perform calendar tasks.</p> Mobile Technology Microsoft Mobile Apps Windows Phone Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:32:12 +0000 admin 239667 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft to beat the drum for Windows Phone at Build http://www.infoworld.com/t/application-development/microsoft-beat-the-drum-windows-phone-build-239550?source=rss_windows_phone <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Microsoft_Mobile_hp.jpg" alt="Microsoft to beat the drum for Windows Phone at Build" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>While Microsoft has kept silent on what it might actually introduce at its Build developer conference this week, it is clear from the event's presentation schedule that Microsoft will push hard on its Windows Phone smartphone platform</p> Application Development Microsoft Application Development Mobile Development Windows Phone Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:23:38 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239550 at http://www.infoworld.com New tune or golden oldie? Microsoft cues up the cloud chorus http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/new-tune-or-golden-oldie-microsoft-cues-the-cloud-chorus-239539?source=rss_windows_phone <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/microsoft_cloud_blue_2.jpg" alt="New tune or golden oldie? Microsoft cues up the cloud chorus" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Microsoft Windows Microsoft Madness Cringely Microsoft Windows IT Strategy Windows Phone Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 239539 at http://www.infoworld.com Huawei won't dual-boot Windows Phone and Android after all http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/huawei-wont-dual-boot-windows-phone-and-android-after-all-238807?source=rss_windows_phone <p>Huawei has abandoned plans for a smartphone that dual-boots Android and Windows Phone.</p> <p>The company <a href="http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/huawei-backtracks-wont-release-dual-os-android-windows-phone-smartphone/2014-03-19" target="_blank">told FierceWireless</a> that "at this stage there are no plans to launch a dual-OS smartphone in the near future," despite earlier statements from a Huawei executive.</p> Mobile Technology Android Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:22:50 +0000 admin 238807 at http://www.infoworld.com Windows Phone is free in India -- and worth every penny for Microsoft http://www.infoworld.com/t/windows-phone/windows-phone-free-in-india-and-worth-every-penny-microsoft-238327?source=rss_windows_phone <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Microsoft_Mobile_hp.jpg" alt="Windows Phone is free in India -- and worth every penny for Microsoft" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>The <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/MS-offers-Windows-Phone-OS-free-to-Indian-players/articleshow/31924651.cms" target="_blank">Times of India reports</a> that Microsoft is giving away Window Microsoft Windows Mobile Technology Windows Phone Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:21:29 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 238327 at http://www.infoworld.com Ballmer regrets not aping Apple sooner http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/ballmer-regrets-not-aping-apple-sooner-237704?source=rss_windows_phone <p>In his first public appearance since he stepped down as Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer again acknowledged that the company missed the boat on mobile. But this time he put a different spin on his answer, evoking the business model of Microsoft's arch rival, Apple.</p> <p>"The thing I regret is that we didn't put the hardware and the software together soon enough," Ballmer said, referring to smartphones specifically, but mobile in general.</p> Mobile Technology Microsoft Steve Ballmer Mobile Apps Smartphones Windows Phone Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:29:06 +0000 admin 237704 at http://www.infoworld.com Galaxy S5, Nokia 'Windroid,' BlackBerry Q20: The hype hits the fan http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/galaxy-s5-nokia-windroid-blackberry-the-hype-hits-the-fan-237038?source=rss_windows_phone <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/mobile_power.jpg" alt="Galaxy S5, Nokia 'Windroid,' BlackBerry: The hype hits the fan" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Microsoft Nokia Samsung Tizen Android BlackBerry Consumer Electronics Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 237038 at http://www.infoworld.com BBM coming to Windows Phone, Nokia X http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/bbm-coming-windows-phone-nokia-x-236937?source=rss_windows_phone <p>BlackBerry's mobile messaging service BBM will be available for Windows Phone and Nokia X users this summer, the company announced Monday during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.</p> Mobile Technology Microsoft BlackBerry Mobile Apps Instant Messaging Windows Phone Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:57:20 +0000 admin 236937 at http://www.infoworld.com Windows Phone to get long-awaited enterprise update http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/windows-phone-get-long-awaited-enterprise-update-236893?source=rss_windows_phone <p>Microsoft will soon offer an update to its Windows Phone operating system that will bring a number of new features targeted at enterprise users.</p> <p>The update will be offered "later this spring" and will add new security options, including signed and encrypted S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) and automatic triggering of the virtual private network client when an enterprise resource is accessed, said Joe Belfiore, Microsoft corporate vice president at a Mobile World Congress news conference.</p> Mobile Technology Microsoft Mobile Security Windows Phone Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:49:41 +0000 admin 236893 at http://www.infoworld.com 6 changes Microsoft must make to matter again in mobile http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/6-changes-microsoft-must-make-matter-again-in-mobile-236447?source=rss_windows_phone <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Microsoft_Mobile_hp.jpg" alt="6 changes Microsoft must make to matter again in mobile " width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>A decade ago, Microsoft had a shot in the mobile market. BlackBerry dominated, and Palm OS devices were the darlings of the technorati, as they went beyond basic messaging into what we today call mobile apps.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Microsoft Smartphones Tablets Windows Phone Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 236447 at http://www.infoworld.com New Bing apps begin to bridge gap between Windows 8 and Windows Phone http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/new-bing-apps-begin-bridge-gap-between-windows-8-and-windows-phone-236646?source=rss_windows_phone <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="https://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Microsoft_New_hp.jpg" alt="New Bing apps begin to bridge gap between Window 8 and Windows Phone" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>With the new round of Bing apps -- released this morning for Windows 8.1 and <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2014/02/18/new-and-updated-bing-apps-for-windows-phone.aspx" target="_blan Microsoft Windows Microsoft Microsoft Bing Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Mobile Apps Windows Phone Applications Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:44:25 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 236646 at http://www.infoworld.com Windows Phone's Q4 share stumbles as Nokia's sales slump http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/windows-phones-q4-share-stumbles-nokias-sales-slump-236295?source=rss_windows_phone <p>Windows' share of the smartphone market fell slightly in the December quarter as the biggest manufacturer supporting Microsoft's operating system, Nokia, posted less-than-stellar sales numbers, research firm IDC said today.</p><p>According to estimates compiled by the firm, 8.8 million Windows Phone smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2013's fourth quarter, a 7 percent decline from the quarter before, when some 9.5 million devices were shipped.</p> Mobile Technology Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:22:28 +0000 ccraig 236295 at http://www.infoworld.com