Microsoft Debuts Communicator Software for Nokia Phones
Microsoft today announced Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia devices. This new software is meant mostly for businesses, and offers unified communications features such as presence and shows the availability of colleagues for specific forms of communication. Last year Microsoft and Nokia agreed to work together to develop solutions for their business customers. This product offering is the first to be born of that union. It will work on E Series devices such as the E72 and E52. It can be downloaded from the Ovo Store.
Microsoft Refreshes the Nokia 105
Microsoft today announced a new version of the Nokia 105, its entry-level feature phone. The Nokia 105 is a bar-style device with a physical keypad and 1.45-inch LCD display.
Microsoft's Jo Harlow to Depart, Too
Microsoft has confirmed that Jo Harlow, head of the company's mobile phones, will leave alongside device chief Stephen Elop in the weeks ahead. Harlow began at Nokia in 2003 and played a role in Nokia's switch to Windows Phone in 2011.
Nokia Reiterates Path to New Phones Is Complicated
Nokia has again affirmed its plans to bring Nokia-branded handsets back to the market eventually, but warned that things won't be as they were. Nokia sold its handset division to Microsoft in 2014.
Uber Buys Some of Microsoft's Bing Assets
Uber has agreed to acquire about 100 engineers and other assets from Microsoft's Bing product. Specifically, Uber will take possession of Bing's "product image collection activities," according to TechCrunch.
Microsoft to Close Nokia Finnish Phone Production Site
Microsoft today confirmed it plans to fully close a facility in Salo, Finland, that was formerly used to create and produce mobile phones. Microsoft will leave the Nokia facilities in Espoo and Tampere open, but plans to cut about 2,300 jobs in Finland in total.