Microsoft envisions a future where it offers fewer versions of its Windows operating system, according to a senior company executive.
Apps for Instagram and Vine are now available on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, giving the OS a needed boost in the app market. The apps, especially Instagram, have been missing from Windows Phone and long coveted by Microsoft.
Nokia shareholders approved the $7.35 billion sale of the company's devices and services unit to partner Microsoft, according to multiple reports.
Developers compare platforms all the time, but France-based Pfeiffer Consulting recently decided to offer a benchmark-style evaluation of the five major mobile OSes to see how well iOS 7 ranked in terms of mobile user experience.
Microsoft knows it needs to do more to make potential Windows Phone developers happy, and last week the company took two big steps in that direction.
Nokia sold at least 8 million Lumia Windows Phone smartphones in the third quarter, up from 7.4 million in the second quarter and far more than the 2.9 million it sold in the year-ago period, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Nokia is hoping a promotion to bundle free Netflix service with its Lumia smartphones in the UK, along with other promotions and deals, will help boost sales of its smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone software.
Microsoft is making several advancements to its Windows Phone 8 platform, including the ability to support larger screen sizes, which will open the door to new Windows Phone "phablet devices" of between 5 and 7 inches.
A Huawei executive said the Chinese vendor remains committed to supporting Microsoft's Windows Phone platform in the wake of Microsoft's decision to pay around $7.2 billion for Nokia's handset business.
Microsoft's decision to pay around $7.2 billion for Nokia's handset business could put pressure on some of its other major OEM partners, such as Samsung Electronics and HTC, analysts said.