Microsoft is making several advancements to its Windows Phone 8 platform, including the ability to support larger screen sizes, which will open the door to new Windows Phone "phablet devices" of between 5 and 7 inches.
LAS VEGAS--Microsoft will place more of a marketing focus on the signature features of the devices its partners produce as well as on the connections between the mobile platform and Windows 8 and Microsoft's Xbox gaming console, according to a Windows Phone executive.
Not everyone will embrace T-Mobile's decision to do away with device subsidies. But I'm glad T-Mobile is making the switch, and at CES many industry players seem to agree.
LAS VEGAS--Microsoft thinks it's very important to bring its Windows Phone 8 platform to tier 1 U.S. carriers, a strategy that helped Google's Android platform gain significant market share, according to a Windows Phone executive.
Microsoft's major push to grab market share for its Windows Phone 8 platform is getting under way this week, with support coming from AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile USA in the United States. Meanwhile, Research In Motion said it will hold a launch event Jan. 30 to officially unveil its BlackBerry 10 platform, which is currently in testing with more than 50 carriers worldwide. The timing puts the platforms on a collision course as Microsoft and RIM try to win the hearts of carriers and consumers.
Microsoft's CEO left open the possibility that the company could build its own smartphone, though he made it clear Microsoft's current focus is on its Surface Windows 8 tablets.
Microsoft has no plans to build its own device using its Windows Phone 8 software, a senior Microsoft executive said, putting to rest a rumor that had sprung up last week.