Microsoft Transitions Windows Phone Chief to New Role
Microsoft has moved Andy Lees, the manager most directly responsible for fostering the creation of Windows Phone, to a new role within the company. "I have asked Andy Lees to move to a new role working for me on a time-critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a memo sent to AllThingsD. "We have tremendous potential with Windows Phone and Windows 8, and this move sets us up to really deliver against that potential." Microsoft has given corporate VP Terry Myerson new business development, marketing, and other responsibilities in addition to his engineering tasks, effectively putting him in charge of the Windows Phone team moving forward. Ballmer has said publicly that Windows Phone sales are not where he wants them to be. Microsoft is hoping its new partnership with Nokia helps give Windows Phone greater traction in the market. Nokia is expected to announce its first Windows Phone device for the U.S. market this week.
Groove Music for Android and iOS Snags Update
Microsoft has updated its Groove Music application for Android and iOS devices for the first time since September 2015. Microsoft says the refreshed application offers a number of performance and feature improvements.
Microsoft Develops Camera App for iPhone
Microsoft today released a camera app for the iPhone called Microsoft Pix. The app uses artificial intelligence to set parameters such as exposure, aperture, and color in order to get the best possible shot.
Starbucks Debuts Brand New Windows 10 Mobile App
Starbucks today released a new application for Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile platform. The app, available in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, allows Windows users to find stores, manage account details, and make payments.
Microsoft Adds More Sunrise Features to Outlook Calendar
Microsoft today updated its Outlook email and calendar app for Android and iOS devices. The refreshed communications and scheduling tool offers a number of new features aimed at the calendar.
T-Mobile Outs Windows 10 VR Phone From Alcatel
T-Mobile today listed the "Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 VR" on its web site. The unique version of the Idol 4S not only runs Windows 10, but sports many of the upgrades available in the related BlackBerry DTEK60, such as the high-end Snapdragon 820 processor, 21-megapixel camera, and USB Type-C connector, none of which are in the standard Idol 4S.