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Microsoft Drops Nokia Name from Lumia Smartphones

The time has finally come to say goodbye to Nokia smartphones. Microsoft announced today that it is dropping the Nokia brand from Lumia devices, which will now be known as Microsoft Lumia. The technology giant acquired Nokia’s phone business back in April for $7.2 billion. That deal allowed Microsoft to continue using the Nokia name [...]

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Microsoft Confirms Largest Ever Job Cuts

Microsoft has confirmed the rumors of jobs cuts following its acquisition of Nokia’s handset business. CEO Satya Nadella said in an email to all employees that the software giant plans to cut its workforce by 18,000 jobs over the next year, with former Nokia employees accounting for around 12,500 of the jobs lost. Microsoft had [...]

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Microsoft Reportedly Preparing Smartwatch

Microsoft is reportedly working on a smartwatch that will monitor a user’s heart rate and sync with smartphones, according to a report by Forbes. The report states that the device draws on Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect division’s optical engineering experience to provide continuous heart rate measurement without the need to activate a specific switch. Naturally, the [...]

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Microsoft Wraps Up Nokia Purchase

Microsoft has finally completed the purchase of Nokia’s devices business. Nokia said that the final price of the sale is slightly higher than the €5.44 billion, or $7.2 billion, announced when the deal was first revealed back in September. The exact amount is expected to be released with Nokia’s first quarter results next week. As [...]

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Microsoft-Nokia Deal to Close April 25

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business will finally close this week. The $7.2 billion deal, which was first announced in September of last year, is scheduled to close on April 25. Originally, the deal was set to close in March, but was delayed due to outstanding approvals from regulatory agencies in Asia. The [...]

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China Approves Microsoft’s Acquisition of Nokia’s Devices Business

The Chinese government has approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business, which eliminates one of the final hurdles to the completion of the deal. Originally, the $7.2 billion deal was set to close in March, but outstanding approvals in Asia have pushed it back. Microsoft and Nokia now expect the deal to close [...]

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Microsoft is Making Windows Free on Devices under 9 Inches

It was reported last month that Microsoft was waiving the Windows Phone licensing fee for two smartphone manufacturers. Now the company is waiving it for everyone, but only on devices with screens smaller than 9 inches. That means that manufacturers will be able to produce smartphones and tablets using the Windows operating system without having [...]

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Microsoft Reveals Cortana Voice Assistant for Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft showed off Windows Phone 8.1 at its Build 2014 conference for developers and, while a number of new features have been introduced, the highlight is the new Cortana voice assistant. Cortana is a Bing-powered voice search tool similar to Apple’s Siri and replaces the standard Bing search on Windows Phones. While this Cortana is [...]

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Microsoft-Nokia Deal Delayed to April

The conclusion of Microsoft’s $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business has been delayed. Though the deal was originally forecast to close by the end of the first quarter, it is now expected to be finalized in April. Both companies said that they are committed to the deal and the delay is simply [...]

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Microsoft Waives Windows Phone Fee for Two Smartphone Makers

Microsoft is reportedly waiving the license fee for Windows Phone and offering the operating system free of charge to two Indian smartphone makers. The two companies, Lava and Karbonn, currently make Android phones and were only recently announced as Windows Phone makers at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month. Talks between Microsoft and [...]

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