Windows Phone

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now available

Microsoft today announced that the Windows 10 October 2018 update is now available. The company made the announcement at a small press event in New York, though it’s obviously no surprise that M

Crunch Report | RIP Windows Phone

Rest in peace, Windows phone, GV invests $20 million into GitLab and Cruise buys Strobe. All this on Crunch Report!

This is not a drill: Microsoft admits Windows Phone is dead for real

It’s time to say goodbye for real this time. Windows Phone’s death has been slow and painful, but, as CNET spotted, the head of Microsoft’s Windows division finally admitted you shouldn’t expe

Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant. We’re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, th

Facebook teaches machines to negotiate with humans

Though Facebook is rarely mentioned alongside Apple, Microsoft and Amazon in discussions about conversational AI, the company has published a hoard of papers that underscore a deep interest in dialog

Microsoft Maluuba is teaching machines to ask questions

Microsoft Maluuba, the research team of PhDs that Microsoft acquired back in January, has been hard at work exploring the nexus of machine learning and question generation with the aim of delivering a

Harman Kardon’s Cortana-powered speaker leaks ahead of launch

Microsoft wants in on the Google Home and Amazon Echo party. This Echo-lookalike is made by Harman Kardon and it’s powered by Microsoft’s Cortana voice platform. The device apparently laun

Ozlo AI assistant is the new underdog filling the void left by Viv

On the heels of Samsung’s acquisition of Viv just a week ago, a new AI assistant has risen into the spotlight and is jockeying to fill the shoes of its now well-known rival. Ozlo, the Greylock-

Amazon Alexa might eventually make its way to PCs

Move over Cortana – another voice-powered smart assistant might be on its way to Windows PCs. That’s according to a new report from CNET, which cites confirmation of talks between Amazon and L

Microsoft debug policy leak could make Windows Phones useful again

Microsoft looks to have inadvertently made some of its own orphaned devices useful again, after accidentally leaking a debug policy that could allow owners of Windows powered hardware such as earlier

Microsoft is laying off 1,850 to “streamline” its smartphone business, takes $950M charge

Following last week’s news of Microsoft selling off its feature phone business for $350 million, today Microsoft turned its attention to smartphones: the company announced it would lay off 1,8

Microsoft offloads Nokia feature phone business to Foxconn for $350M

Microsoft is selling the feature phone business it acquired from Nokia back in 2013 to a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million, it announced today. At the same time former owner

Even Microsoft’s own presenters have given up on Windows Phone

Sitting through all the keynotes at Microsoft's Build, there's one giant gaping hole in the coverage: Windows Phone was barely mentioned. In fact, it seems like the keynote speakers were actively avoi

Microsoft envisions Cortana as your best digital friend

Microsoft's Cortana personal assistant competes against the likes of Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and the unnamed mystery voice behind Google Now. It's part of a new wave of services that are slowly m

Microsoft launches first preview of Skype for the Universal Windows Platform

Microsoft today launched a preview of the next version of Skype for Windows 10. This preview, which is now rolling out to Windows Insiders, is the first full Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version

Microsoft’s Personal Assistant Tech, Cortana, Now Generates Reminders From Emails

Microsoft's personal assistant tech Clippy Cortana is getting a few more feathers in its cap, with the company rolling out the ability to push reminders to users based on the contents of their email.

IDC Predicts Sluggish Windows Phone Sales Growth

According to IDC, sales growth of smartphones running Microsoft's operating system will remain sluggish for the foreseeable future. New figures from the group, released yesterday, are stark. The gr

How The Tech Pendulum Swings

Microsoft announced another bunch of job cuts today, primarily in the phone-making division which it acquired from Nokia in a 2013 deal which completed last year. Shrinking headcount in this division

Google Fixes AdMob Bug Affecting Windows Phone Apps’ Ad Revenue For Weeks

A problem that led to Windows Phone app developers seeing declining ad revenue from Google's AdMob ad network has now been resolved, says Google. Earlier this week, news emerged that a number of Windo

Surface And Lumia Clock Record Numbers For Microsoft During Holiday Season

In its most recent quarter, Microsoft sold 10.5 million Lumia handsets, and the Surface line generated $1.1 billion in revenue. Both figures are all-time highs. Microsoft did break out total phone re
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