Tag Archives: Microsoft
Kindel joins Kindle maker in secret role
A Microsoft veteran of 20 years standing, and who most recently worked in its Windows Phone unit, has been poached by Amazon – fuelling speculation that the online retailer may be poised launch its own smartphone.
Charlie Kindel, who joined the Seattle software giant in 1990, went on to lead its Windows Media Centre and Windows Phone developer platform before leaving just over a year ago to work on two start-ups in the region. Continue reading
Rating: Anything you can do, we can do …
Reports have merged that Google is in the process of going into the retail business in North America. So the company chiefly responsible for the decline amongst retail suppliers is in fact making the move into bricks & mortar. Reliable sources say that it has decided to go up directly against its opponents in the mobile OS wars – Apple, and to a lesser extent, Microsoft by establishing itself with a High Street presence. GoMobile News wonders whether the search engine giant is aware that with so many prominent High Street names in administration in the UK, the company realises it is the ideal time to make such a move in Britain. It could get some pretty prestigious site in London, for example.
Rating: GoMo says you only need faith in your brand really
There are obviously big opportunities for the right brands to become a 4G compatible MVNO in the USA, the Besen Group obviously believes so. This is not an easy task as it requires potential 4G MVNOs to have a solid understanding of the US mobile broadband eco-system, along with spectrum holdings and spectrum propagation characteristics of each wholesale mobile network operator. Consequently, Besen Group CEO, Alex Besen, recommends that, “4G MVNOs perform a detailed market entry evaluation and develop a bottoms-up business case based on their licensed and unlicensed spectrum requirements prior to sign wholesale and managed services contracts.” Continue reading
Rating: Yet another mobile OS – this one backed by Samsung and intel
Whilst Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS continue to dominate the mobile OS scene, there are still a number of alternatives vying for attention in the mobile sector. One of these is Tizen which – like Google’s Chrome and H-P’s webOS all use Webkit and a Linux kernel. By contrast, Mozilla’s Firefox (see here) has its own runtime environment in terms of Geko not Webkit. Where has Tizen sprung from? Well it’s really a joint effort by Intel and Samsung which spearhead the Technical Steering Group (TSG) which leads the Tizen Project. To give Tizen a bit of marketing clout there is also a Tizen Association which can be found here. Continue reading
Rating: Apparently this will happen sometime in 2017
According to new research from Analysys Mason, Microsoft will ship as many Windows Phone units by 2017 as Apple will ship in 2012. This is taken from a recently published report, ‘Smartphone markets: worldwide trends, forecasts and strategies 2012–2017′. The firm reckons that Windows Phone will become the fastest-growing mobile OS in terms of number of shipments within the next five years. GoMobile News has followed the fortunes of Microsoft for many years and this conclusion is indeed very hard to swallow. Continue reading
Hopes to replicate success of Apple retail outlets
Software giant, Microsoft, has been in secret talks with landlords as part of a new strategy to open flagship stores in Europe as it moves increasingly into smartphones and other mobile devices. Britain is said to be high on the store opening agenda in a move that has parallels with Apple which already has two major retail outlets in Central London. If all goes to plan the first stores will open in 2013, though it’s thought Microsoft will reserve judgement until it has had a chance to assess how its first, recently-opened US outlets are performing. Continue reading
Is Windows Phone 8 strategy finally paying off?
Finnish manufacturer Nokia has received a boost to its dented morale with a surprise 9 per cent hike in its stock price last night [19th November 2012]. The struggling handset maker has pinned its hopes on an alliance with Microsoft, where CEO Stephen Elop previously worked, with its new line of smartphones running Windows Phone 8. Continue reading
Rating: Microsoft did help to bail Jobs out back in 1997
GoMobile News normally steers well clear of Showbiz gossip but couldn’t help but notice a stry on BBC News entitled ‘Aaron Sorkin reveals Steve Jobs film plot‘. Apple fanboys will be overjoyed to hear that according to the Beeb, there could be at least two films made about Steve Job’s life with Apple. Naturally, the Beeb is tipping the Sorkin version as the top runner given that as a script writer Sorkin has done so well with The Social Network which was all about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. What fascinates us here at GoMobile Towers is that fact that Microsoft’s Bill Gates could easily be included in a film about Jobs. Continue reading
Microsoft is secretly planning to make its own smartphone and is already testing one design, according to those in the know at its parts suppliers.
It’s claimed the phone would effectively serve as ‘Plan B’ if key partners such as Finland’s Nokia and Taiwain’s HTC fail to shift sufficient handsets using the Seattle software giant’s new Windows Phone 8 (WP8) OS. Continue reading
Rating: Kid’s Corner could be the dark horse here
Microsoft finally introduced the much-heralded Windows Phone 8 (WP8) yesterday [October 29th 2012] – waiting three days after the official launch of Windows 8 itself. We’re not quite sure why. After all, the new versions of Windows all boast a similar look and feel, the same technology core, plus the same built-in SkyDrive cloud service. Microsoft says Windows Phone 8 is built to work seamlessly with Windows 8 PCs, Microsoft Surface devices and the Xbox 360 console. It didn’t say which version of the Surface, though. At the Press conference in San Francisco (a place usually more associated with Apple), Microsoft showcased WP8 handsets from Nokia, Samsung and HTC. In terms of what WP8 offers, we’d say the latest version of this mobile OS seems to have three main new features: – Live Apps; Rooms; and Kid’s Corner. It also pumped up the Windows Phone Store. Continue reading
Rating: Availability of Nokia Lumia 920 clear as mud
Well, yesterday [October 29th 2012] Microsoft finally introduced the long-awaited Windows Phone 8 (WP8) – a mere three days after the official launch of Windows 8 itself. However, it has left existing Windows Phone 7.5 (W7 Mango) owners hanging – having previously admitted that such smartphones won’t be upgradeable to WP8. Instead, we’re being told that, “WP7.8 will be announced soon. Hang in there,” by Nokia News on Google Plus of all mediums. Another source claimed to have got a similar reply from Microsoft itself. The availability of Nokia flagship WP8 phone – the Lumia 920 is also clear as mud. Continue reading
Latest smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC go on sale in November
Press release (US Version)
Microsoft has debuted Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company’s smartphone operating system. Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal phone experience, connecting you to the people and things that matter most. As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed new features, including Kid’s Corner and Rooms, along with details and pricing for a range of beautiful new smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC, each with their own differentiated designs, colours and features. Windows Phone 8 devices will go on sale in November at in the USA as well as at carriers and retailers around the world. Continue reading
New offers, apps and range of hardware options offers choice and opportunity for customers as Windows 8 becomes globally available
Press release (Hong Kong version)
October 26th 2012. Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows 8 for its customers in Hong Kong and around the world. Starting today, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer: a beautiful new user interface, and a wide range of apps with the grand opening of the Windows Store, available on more than 1000 Windows 8 certified PCs and tablets. Continue reading
Rating: Biggest loser will be Nokia
As Microsoft prepares to launch yet another version of its mobile OS, GoMobile News wonders whether this is one step too far. It certainly is ambitious. Windows 8 has been designed for use on mobile phones, tablets and PCs with the purpose of providing a common look and feel. A noble goal but what happens if the one-size-fits-all approach fails? Well, obviously the biggest loser is going to be Nokia which has more than bet its future on Microsoft’s mobile OS – when it could have stayed with Symbian; moved to MeeGo; or caved in and offered Android based smartphones. Continue reading
Cripplingly expensive lawsuits that threaten to tear the mobile industry apart could end if the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) succeeds as peacemaker.
Executives from top firms, including those from arch rivals Apple and Samsung, last week attended an ITU roundtable in a bid to end the feuds, it has been revealed.
Also present were representatives of Microsoft, RIM, Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola. Continue reading