BARCELONA, Spain--Microsoft announced a number of new firms are planning to use its Windows Phone software, many of which were initially skeptical about the mobile OS. The announcement of new partners comes just ahead of Microsoft finalizing its $7.4 billion deal for the handset division of Nokia, the largest maker of Windows Phones.
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.
Microsoft is convinced it now has the high-end hardware and a rising number of the top applications to make a convincing push into the smartphone market with Windows Phone 8, according to a senior Microsoft executive.
Microsoft formally unveiled its new Windows Phone 8 software, demonstrating several new features, and also emphasized the carrier support the platform is receiving from AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and, perhaps most importantly, Verizon Wireless.
NEW YORK--Nokia used its media event here to unveil its first two smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 software, its latest effort to kick start its smartphone business.
Wireless carriers and handset makers alike threw their support behind Microsoft's revamped Windows Phone 8 operating system, giving the company crucial backing as it looks to make a bigger dent in the market.
Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is planning an all-out effort to make sure that its decision to switch to Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone pays off in the U.S. market, the head of Nokia's U.S. subsidiary
BARCELONA, Spain--Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer used his keynote address here at the Mobile World Congress trade show to outline some advances coming to the Windows Phone 7 platform--and