Amazon Web Services launched a new platform for the Internet of Things to let customers build applications to connect devices via cloud, stepping into an arena with giants like Microsoft and IBM, which have staked a claim to be premier IoT cloud service providers.
As expected, Microsoft unveiled new Lumia-branded smartphones at an event in New York City today, though it did not announce any carrier partnerships for the new phones. Microsoft executives used the event less as a platform to unveil new phones and other Microsoft-made hardware (like a new fitness Band and Surface Pro tablet) and more as a way to explain their vision for the company's Windows 10 platform, which is already powering 110 million devices.
Microsoft is expected to announce new flagship Windows smartphones at an event in New York City tomorrow which will likely be dubbed the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. While the device names and their specifications have largely leaked, what's unclear is how Microsoft is going to position the phones as part of its broader mobile strategy. According to the Wall Street Journal, after years of floundering in the mass-market smartphone wars, Microsoft is likely going to try and redefine success by focusing on market niches.
Verizon has added Microsoft ExpressRoute for Office 365, Skype for Business and Microsoft Azure Government Cloud to its Secure Cloud Interconnect service, adding another service choice for business customers considering a cloud migration.
Speaking today at a Box corporate event, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company doesn't have any plans to integrate its two main operating systems, Mac and iOS. "These operating systems do different things. We have no intention to blend them," he said, according to Re/code.
Microsoft is about to finally unveil its new flagship Windows smartphones that it has been promising since earlier this year. The company sent out invitations to a media event next month where it is expected to announce a slew of new gadgets running its Windows 10 platform.
The FCC plans to extend mandatory reporting on service outages to submarine cable systems by issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking during its monthly meeting in September.
Google is facing more pressure in search, and not just because Microsoft beat it to the punch and late last week updated its Bing search app for Android that mimics many of the features of Google's forthcoming Now on Tap feature. Both Google's and Microsoft's efforts aim to give users information about people and places and let them take actions based on the context of what they are viewing in mobile apps. According to a Re/code report, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the situation, much of the original team that built Google Now has left the search giant.
Microsoft confirmed it has ended negotiations with staff and will close Nokia's former handset product development unit in Salo, Finland. Microsoft also reiterated that it plans to cut 2,300 of its 3,200 employees in the Nordic country, part of a broader restructuring and round of job cuts the software giant announced in July.
With Windows 10 recently launched as its most mobile-friendly operating system ever, shouldn't Microsoft be among the available options for developers, too? Microsoft recently announced it would be offering Windows Bridge, a way of developing iOS apps for Windows 10, as an open source project available under the MIT license.