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.
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.
Windows 10 On Phones Can Be Extended to PCs
Microsoft today demonstrated how Windows 10 on phones will be able to serve as full PCs thanks to the Continuum user interface idea. Continuum helps keep the UI approximately the same as users move from PC to tablet to phone.
Microsoft Debuts Hyperlapse App for Windows Phone and Android
Microsoft today released an application for Windows Phone and Android handsets called Hyperlapse. The app can be used to stabilize shaky footage or to create fast-moving time-lapse videos.