Joe Belfiore, the corporate vice president of Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, has recently posted a tweet saying that the software company is no longer looking to develop new major Windows Mobile offerings or even handsets for now. Having said that, Belfiore said that the company will still be providing support for its mobile operating system, including rolling out the latest security updates and fixes for bugs.
According to a report recently published by web analytics firm StatCounter, Google’s Android mobile operating system is now the most widely used OS in the information superhighway. StatCounter’s research shows that Android has now captured a bigger share than Windows in terms of web usage, marking the first time ever that Google’s OS had overtaken Microsoft’s offering.
Wait -- what? Well, it is a known fact that Samsung has on several occasions bundled Microsoft mobile apps, such as Skype, OneDrive, and OneNote, among many others, on its smartphones and tablet devices. But now, after the official unveiling of its newest flagship devices -- the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus -- the South Korean tech giant has apparently decided to join forces with Microsoft in releasing a Galaxy S8 Microsoft edition. Indeed, Microsoft is now accepting preorders for the special edition Galaxy phablet at its retail outlets in the United States weeks ahead of the scheduled April 21st launch date of the Galaxy S8 devices.
The second biggest wireless carrier in America is currently working to restore FaceTime for subscribers of its GoPhone unlimited plan. AT&T, however, still has not revealed the cause of the disruption.
A week ago, the mobile operator had introduced a $60 per month unlimited data option for customers of its GoPhone brand, and the plan included voice calls, text messaging, and data, but connection speeds are throttled at 3 mbps. A number of GoPhone customers, however, have already noticed that their new plan does not have support for Apple’s video calling feature on AT&T’s network.
Lenovo has just revealed this week that it has inked a deal with software giant Microsoft, paving the way for future mobile devices from the Chinese tech giant to come preinstalled with Microsoft’s three productivity apps, namely Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other programs), OneDrive (cloud based storage), and Skype (video chat messaging and voice calls).
Microsoft has announced that it is planning to sell its feature phone division to a subsidiary entity belonging to Foxconn in a deal worth $350 million. Such a deal will also cause Nokia to make a long awaited return to releasing mobile phone products, something which it did really well almost a decade ago.
Word Flow, the impressive Windows Phone keyboard made by Microsoft, has officially come to the iOS mobile operating system. This new version optimized for iOS mobile users allows them to simply tap or swipe in order to type out letters, and intuitively guess the words to be typed when composing phrases or sentences, just like what the original version for the Windows Phone platform does. Microsoft had previously stated that the iOS version would have to undergo a certain beta testing period before transitioning to full deployment, but it appears that the mobile is now downloadable for free from the US App Store.
Good news for fans of Microsoft’s Surface series of tablet devices -- the company has decided to offer its Surface Pro 4 tablet with a generous discount of $100, with the discount applying to all five variants of the device. On top of that, the tech giant has also decided to sell its newest activity tracking wearable device, the Microsoft Band 2, at $50 off. Microsoft’s discounted prices for its Surface Pro 4 tablet and Microsoft Band 2 wearable device is good through February 27th and February 20th, respectively, of this year.
In December of last year, it was reported that Microsoft was delaying the Windows 10 Mobile update for older models of Lumia smartphones. But recent reports seem to indicate that the update is finally being prepped for deployment. As spotted by a Neowin reader, it appears that the software giant has already released an internal beta for the Mobile Upgrade Advisor for Windows 10.
Fans of Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile operating system have been clamoring for a smartphone that would become the true face of the platform. But truth be told, the current available Windows 10 smartphones out there, most notably Microsoft’s own Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, as good as their specifications are, still leave some things to be desired. And it does not help that Microsoft seem to be reducing its efforts in promoting the flagship devices. For instance, during an event held in October of last year, the company appear to be putting more emphasis on its Surface Pro tablet and Surface Book laptop.
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