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.
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.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore Taking Leave of Absence
Joe Belfiore, one of the chief driving forces behind Windows Phone, is taking a break from his job at Microsoft. Belfiore plans to take a leave of absence from November through mid-2016, during which time he will be focusing on his family.