Microsoft May Be Developing Its Own Smartphone
Microsoft is testing a smartphone with Asian component suppliers that it designed, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, the Journal says that the Redmond-based company is developing a Windows Phone handset with a screen that measures between four and five inches. Microsoft has not determined if it will move forward with any such plans. Traditionally, Microsoft licenses its operating system (Windows Phone) to hardware makers such as HTC, Samsung, and Nokia. These third-party OEMs then make their own smartphones using Microsoft's platform. Were Microsoft to develop its own hardware in addition to the software, it would break with the company's traditional business model. Microsoft did not comment on the Journal's story.
Microsoft Adds Business Intelligence to Cortana's Bag of Tricks
Microsoft has given its business customers a new tool by integrating its Power BI product into Cortana. Power BI provides access to company-specific data, such as financial filings and performance reports.
Microsoft Prepared to Cut More Jobs
Microsoft is planning to announce a new round of layoffs as early as today, reports the New York Times. Many of the cuts will target employees in Microsoft's hardware group, such as the smartphone unit it bought from Nokia in 2014.
Microsoft and Samsung Bury the Patent Hatchet
Microsoft and Samsung have come to terms ending a dispute over patents and royalty fees. Google's Android operating system uses a number of patented Microsoft technologies and Android handset makers pay Microsoft a fee to use them.
Microsoft Adding Biometric Security Support to Windows 10
Microsoft today said Windows 10 will natively support biometric security measures, such as fingerprints, retina scans, or facial recognition. Microsoft's biometric authentication service is called Windows Hello and it will be available to PCs, tablets, and smartphones.
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