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.
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.
During this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) held at the city of Las Vegas in Nevada, Alcatel OneTouch took the opportunity to introduce a full new series of smartphones (PIXI 4), a new tablet device that is powered by the Windows 10 Mobile operating system (PIXI 3), and a parenting focused GPS tracking device (CareTime Children’s Watch).
Microsoft has stated that it is currently coordinating with various wireless carriers in order to test the software updates for Window 10 Mobile, the company’s new mobile operating system. Microsoft will then use the feedback generated from the testing to further fine tune the updates, but ultimately, the company has the final say in scheduling the rollout of the software updates, based on input from the wireless carriers as well as those signed up under the Windows Insider program.
Last July 29th of this year, Microsoft officially made Windows 10, its latest operating system, available to the public. As for Windows 10 Mobile, the version of Windows 10 that is designed and optimized for mobile phones -- it will be coming soon.
To help mobile users prepare, especially those who own mobile devices that run on Windows, Microsoft has released an initial list of Lumia handsets that will get Windows 10 Mobile first. It should be noted that the arrival of Windows 10 Mobile will be made by way of a free software upgrade, and it will happen sometime later this year.
Over the next few months, Microsoft is planning to take down several MSN branded mobile apps from its current portfolio of software services. As a matter of fact, Microsoft is already in the process of deploying notices to users of its MSN Health & Fitness, MSN Travel, and MSN Food & Drink apps for the Android, iOS, and Windows mobile operating systems about its intention of shutting down some apps.
Microsoft has just released a fresh new preview build of its Windows 10 Mobile system that comes with some new features, several fixes for existing issues, and unfortunately, a few new bugs. Designated as Build 10149, this preview edition of Windows 10 Mobile is the latest one rolled out by Microsoft for Windows Insiders. To give a bit of a background, Microsoft has been deploying new builds of Windows 10 regularly, particularly for mobile devices and desktop computers, in order to get feedback from the users.
In introducing its next operating system, Windows 10, Microsoft had a vision to have its newest OS running on 1 billion devices in three years time by giving it away free of charge. But it appears that it may not be exactly for free.
The company recently announced that it will begin deploying Windows 10 starting on July 29th of this year. Microsoft further stated that it will offered as a free upgrade for all users who own PC and tablet devices that run on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. As reported by NetMarketShare, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 run on 74.1 of all PC devices.
Microsoft recently released a preview build for phones of Windows 10 Mobile (the Windows 10 OS version geared for mobile users) to Windows Insider testers. This latest build is called 1080 and functions on more Windows-run mobile devices, including the Lumia Icon, the Lumia 930, the Lumia 640/640XL phones, and even the HTC One (M8) for Windows smartphone. Previously, these devices were not able to run earlier preview builds of Windows 10 Mobile due to screen scaling concerns.
The Windows Mobile brand has returned. Well, sort of.
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