Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to lead the cloud services market with revenues growing 25 percent sequentially, driving the company to achieve what a new Synergy Research Group report said is a "five-year high" of the cloud infrastructure service market.
The pilot season is over, and now it's launch time for Africa's first commercial network service using TV white spaces (TVWS), debuting in Ghana with Spectra Wireless and Microsoft 4Afrika at the helm.
Microsoft is considering an investment in mobile startup Cyanogen, according to multiple reports. Cyanogen is seeking to chip away at Google's control over the Android mobile platform by offering a modified version of the software.
Nokia reported higher profit than expected in the fourth quarter, and grew its sales as well thanks in large part to a surge in revenue from its Network business, particularly in North America.
Microsoft sold a record 10.5 million Lumia-branded Windows Phones in the fourth quarter, but is still dealing with the hangover of integrating Nokia's devices and services business.
Windows Phone hasn't managed to achieve the kind of developer mindshare of Apple's iOS or Google Play, but if the early Twitter reaction is any indication, Microsoft may have much better success with its new Windows Holographic effort.
Microsoft demonstrated how its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system will work on phones and tablets as well as PCs and other devices, and previewed several key features on devices powered by the next generation of the company's main software platform. The software giant is creating a unified operating system that will let developers write universal apps for multiple device sizes, in a bid to jumpstart Microsoft's weak market position in mobile.
App developers love giving more to their customers--more features, more levels in a mobile game, more titles to choose from--but it's unlikely any of them wanted to increase the amount they tax them for their purchases. On Jan. 1, however, the European Union introduced a value-added tax (VAT) aimed specifically at sellers of "digital goods," including app developers.
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It isn't easy competing with Apple and Google for developer attention, even when you're a software company like Microsoft.