Microsoft is expanding its partnership with Samsung Electronics to pre-load some of its software and services on Samsung's Android devices. Further, Microsoft struck deals with several lesser-known Android device makers to do the same thing, continuing a strategy of getting its services key real estate on phones and tablets running Google's Android platform.
Mobile startup Cyanogen, which aims to cut into Google's control over the Android platform by offering a modified version of the software, raised $80 million in fresh funding.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the Apple Watch "will be the first modern smartwatch--the first one that matters," even if its usefulness is not readily apparent.
Around three months after Ford Motor Co. chose BlackBerry subsidiary QNX's technology to power its Sync 3 in-car technology platform, and not technology from longtime partner Microsoft, Ford is now returning to Microsoft. Ford has contracted with Microsoft for the software giant to deliver cloud-based wireless updates to its connected cars.
Mobile startup Cyanogen, which is seeking to chip away at Google's control over Android by offering a modified version of the software, is close to getting a new $110 million round of financing, according to a Bloomberg report. However, the report, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said that Microsoft declined to invest in Cyanogen.
Microsoft is going to enhance its Cortana digital assistant for its own Windows 10 platform and then offer it as a standalone app on other platforms including Google's Android and Apple's iOS, according to a Reuters report.
Google, Amazon and Microsoft's ongoing movement into the cloud drove up fourth-quarter Ethernet switch revenues to what Dell'Oro Group says was an "all-time high," driving growth in both the data center and campus markets.
"One app to rule them all" may never be the official motto, but that was the essential message from Microsoft recently around its "universal app" strategy.
Imagine Communications and Microsoft are previewing their planned workflow and encoding solution, a collaborative effort that will run on the Azure cloud-based platform. The companies say that online video providers will have greater flexibility in developing customized workflows to encode and distribute their content to a variety of viewing devices.
Smartphone makers are seeking to emulate and put their own spin on Apple's success as more than just a device maker but as a services provider and maybe even a lifestyle brand. The question is whether device companies can provide services and products to consumers beyond smartphones that actually make their lives better.