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Report: Microsoft to waive Windows Phone license fees for Indian vendors

Microsoft will waive license fees for its Windows Phone software for two Indian handset vendors, Karbonn and Lava, according to a  Times of India  report. The report, which cited unnamed sources, made clear that Microsoft was pursuing the move to bolster its market share in the fast-growing Indian market.

IDC cuts tablet growth rate forecast for 2014, cites maturing market

Research firm IDC thinks the tablet market will grow in 2014 compared to 2013 but at a slower pace than it previously forecasted, with a maturing market, stabilizing prices and a decline in low-cost tablets all contributing to the weaker growth.

Report: Microsoft's Nadella, Gates and others initially opposed Nokia deal

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, co-founder Bill Gates and other board members and executives initially were against former Steve Ballmer's idea to purchase Nokia's handset business and licenses its patents for $7.5 billion, according to a Bloomberg BusinessWeek report.

Report: Google, Samsung press China on conditions for Microsoft/Nokia deal

Google and Samsung Electronics are prodding Chinese regulators to ensure that once Microsoft's deal for Nokia's handset unit closes they won't be forced to pay higher patent licensing fees, according to a  Bloomberg  report.

The downfall of Intel's AppUp experiment, explained

The stats from just two years ago sound pretty good to me: A new user every 56 seconds. A download every 16 seconds. More than 2.6 billion possible devices to run the apps on. And yet, there's nothing too surprising about Intel's decision to close its AppUp app store, other than what took so long. 

Nokia exec: Android-based X phones fill a gap in our portfolio

BARCELONA, Spain—Even if the optics may be somewhat awkward, Nokia's embrace of Google's Android platform for its X family of phones was needed to fill a gap in Nokia's device portfolio, according to a top Nokia executive.  

Nokia unveils X, X+ and XL Android-based phones to draw users to Microsoft services

Nokia has unveiled three smartphones running a 'forked' version of Google's Android platform here at the Mobile World Congress trade show. Although the phones, the X, X+ and XL, had been rumored to be arriving since December, the news is still exceptionally notable because Nokia uses Microsoft's Windows Phone platform as its primary smartphone operating system and Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Nokia's handset business in a $7.4 billion deal.

Microsoft adds Lenovo, LG, Foxconn to list of Windows Phone supporters

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.  

Level 3 provides private direct connections to Microsoft's cloud

Level 3 Communications is giving customers another private connection option to the cloud by offering a direct network connection to Microsoft's Window Azure.

Nokia teases with 'X' image as Android phone rumors swirl

Nokia teased an image ahead of its press conference at the Mobile World Congress trade show next week, where it is expected to unveil phone running a" forked" version of  Google's Android platform.