Microsoft Reaffirms That It Is Not Interested In Making Phones
In the wake of reports about a new, Microsoft-manufactured phone or device for Verizon Wireless dubbed the "Pink", Microsoft made clear its business regarding mobile devices. Spokesperson John Starkweather said, "Microsoft is not going into the phone hardware business. Microsoft is not building a Zune-specific phone. We're deepening our relationships with our hardware partners in order to create even better performing phones that are competitively priced, have the features people want, that are easy-to-use and just downright lust-worthy. The upcoming availability of Windows Mobile 6.5 software will enable our OEM partners to build even more compelling devices in a wide-range of form factors for customers around the world." Microsoft has said in the past that its business model is to create and license the mobile operating system, not develop hardware. This latest statement confirms that strategy.
Microsoft Releases Skype for Business App on Windows Phone
Microsoft today replaced its Lync 2013 corporate messaging app with Skype for Business for Windows Phone. The app has a refreshed user interface for messaging, more emoticons, and improved interactions with the server.
Microsoft Downsizes, Kills off Nokia X
Microsoft today announced a sweeping company-wide re-organization that includes major changes to the mobile device business acquired from Nokia. Of Microsoft's 18,000 layoffs today, 12,500 are within the former Nokia units.
Microsoft Commits Anew to Creating Great Mobile Devices
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today sent an email to employees outlining his thoughts on the company's future. Much of the email centered on what Nadella believes should be a renewed focus on improving productivity through software and services.
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.
Apple Denied Iphone Rumors
They'll build the OS, then license it to hardware vendors like HTC.