Moving away from a costly licensing model is definitely a major step for Microsoft. It should finally make it more attractive than ever before for handset makers to support Windows Phone. Ultimately, it was a quiet announcement here, but it could shake the world.
Companies large and small continue developing indoor-location solutions as they make a play for what they hope will develop into a lucrative market for tracking users of portable communications devices. However, there are early indications that some users may want to gain more control over their location information, potentially throwing a monkey wrench into the vision for how location-based services might work.
SAN FRANCISCO--Microsoft is making Windows Phone, and Windows software for phones and tablets with screens of less than nine inches free for handset makers to use in their devices. The move represents a radical shift for Microsoft as it seeks to expand market share for devices running its software, especially Windows Phones.
It's not April Fools' Day if Google isn't throwing a few pranks into the mix.
Apple's new iOS 7 software has a little-known connectivity feature known as the Apple Multipeer Connectivity framework that lets users connect directly via Bluetooth personal area networks, peer-to-peer Wi-Fi or a traditional Wi-Fi network, obviating the need for a cellular network.
Microsoft announced that its Office suite will finally come to Apple's iPad. More broadly, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella used his first large public address as CEO to talk about his vision for a "mobile first cloud first" world.
Facebook is hoping to connect more of the world's population to the Internet using a combination of satellites, drones and lasers, and as part of the effort it is launching a new Connectivity Lab via Internet.org, the group Facebook is spearheading.
Apple is considering creating an iTunes app for smartphones running Google's Android software, according to a Billboard report. Such a move would break with Apple's strategy of keeping iTunes only for its mobile devices running its iOS software.
Orange chief executive, Stephane Richard, hinted the company's board would be taking a huge risk by replacing him, despite concerns about his involvement in a government payout to settle arbitration in 2008.
Chipmaker Broadcom is collaborating with ShanghaiTech University on what they call a "Wi-Fi City" program and is also partnering with the school to set up a joint innovation center focused on the Internet of Things (IoT).