Even Microsoft might be surprised to learn that developers on Twitter were almost universally positive about its "universal app" plans.
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'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.
Huawei said it has no plans to release a dual-OS smartphone running Microsoft's Windows Phone and Google's Android, contradicting earlier statements from a Huawei executive.
Huawei plans to release a smartphone that runs both Microsoft's Windows Phone and Google's Android in the U.S. market in the second quarter of this year, according to a Huawei executive.
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.
If the rumors about Microsoft bringing Android to its mobile phones are true, the company can expect a sharply divided developer community.
It's the kind of strategy that might catch iOS and Android developers off guard: a mobile OS platform provider going out of its way to make it easier to publish on its app store.
Nokia's overall handset business reported a drop in sales for the fourth quarter and the company posted weaker smartphones sales in the period than it did in the third quarter, a troubling sign since the holiday season is typically the strongest for smartphone makers. The earnings, which likely will be the last in which Nokia reports handset sales, come just as Microsoft is finalizing a $7.4 billion deal to take over Nokia's devices business and underscore the challenges Microsoft will face as a hardware maker.
What Nokia did to Symbian and Meego app developers this month was the online equivalent to breaking up with someone via a Post-It note. In fact, the closure of the Nokia Store for Symbian on Jan. 2 was accompanied by a Tw eet that would have comfortably fit on a small piece of paper: "That was it; we are officially closed. Thank you all for the past years!" For developers who remained loyal to Symbian, Meego and its long-established community of users, however, it would be hard to see the abrupt shutdown of the app store as a thank-you.