Microsoft is planning a new version of its Windows operating system for the connected car market, though it does not yet have a product that is ready to ship in vehicles.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO--AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US will launch the Nokia Lumia 635, one of three new Windows Phones the handset maker announced here at Microsoft's Build developer conference.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO--Microsoft announced its new, voice-activated personal digital assistant for Windows Phone, called Cortana, a move that brings Windows Phone on par with--and in some cases ahead of--Google's Android and Apple's iOS.
Online video management provider Ooyala formed a "strategic relationship" with Microsoft that combines its software as a service (SaaS) products with Microsoft's Azure Media Services. The two companies will also partner on global sales and marketing efforts.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella named Nokia executive Stephen Elop as the head of Microsoft's devices division as part of a restructuring of Microsoft's executive team. The changes come just ahead of Microsoft's Build developer conference, which it will kick off Wednesday in San Francisco.
There aren't a lot of ways Microsoft will be able to follow up its recent announcement of Office for the iPad, but confirmation that it will acquire Xamarin would come pretty close. If the rumors are true, though, it would suggest that Microsoft is aggressively moving in a mobile-first direction that leaves much of its legacy baggage behind.
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.
Microsoft's $7.5 billion deal to buy Nokia's devices and services business and license its patents is now expected to close in April, later than the companies had hoped. The companies said regulators in Asia still need to approve the deal.