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Windows Head Sinofsky Out at Microsoft

Microsoft announced on Monday that Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live group, has left the company.

Windows Phone 8 Success Depends on Developers

Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 8 this week, and the ultimate success of the platform depends on developers, according to analysts.

Microsoft Mobilizes Windows 8 Developers at Build 2012

Microsoft kicked off its Build 2012 conference this week with executives pulling out all the stops to convince developers to build applications for its new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms.

Microsoft Releases Windows 8 and Surface

Windows 8-based systems surfaced at retail outlets worldwide on Friday. Several manufacturers will also roll out products running Windows RT, a variant of Windows 8 for ARM-based devices.

Microsoft Buys Mobile Authentication Company

Microsoft has acquired PhoneFactor, a provider of two-factor authentication for mobile applications.

Microsoft Announces Licensing Deal with RIM

It isn't clear from Microsoft's announcement which RIM products are using exFAT technology. RIM is the developer of BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook tablet.

Build 2012 Sells Out

Microsoft opened registration for its Build 2012 developer conference on Wednesday, and the event quickly sold out, according to the company.

Windows 8 To Lose Metro Codename

Microsoft is discontinuing its use of the term "Metro" to describe the Windows 8 tile user interface and the application style for Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 running on ARM processors.

Bring Your Own Device Trend To Increase IT Costs

The Bring Your Own Device trend is likely to increase IT costs in organizations that use Microsoft Exchange, especially those that seek to manage and secure employees' smartphones.

Microsoft Banks on Android IP with More Licensing Deals

Microsoft claims to have licensing agreements with 70 percent of U.S. hardware device makers that are using the Linux-based Android mobile OS.

BYOD Not That Simple with Microsoft Licensing

Windows shops may face unexpected licensing issues when bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenarios start to catch on among employees.

Report: Microsoft Is Developing Windows Phone Hardware

Microsoft announced this week that it plans to build its own Windows 8 tablets, representing a major shift for the company. Now reports have surfaced that the company is developing a Windows Phone.

Windows Phone 8 Coming This Fall

Microsoft previewed Windows Phone 8, its next-generation smartphone platform, at a Windows Phone Summit for developers, held on Wednesday, in San Francisco.

Can Microsoft Really Compete with Apple on Tablets?

Once Windows 8 tablets are available, how will Microsoft overcome the ironically incumbent status of Apple's competing devices?

Microsoft's Prior Use Rights Stall Motorola Patent Lawsuit

A German court is putting off its decision in a patent infringement case against Microsoft, involving Motorola's data sync technology.

German Court Issues Injunction Against Microsoft in Motorola Patent Dispute

A German court issued an injunction on the sales of several Microsoft products today, ruling in favor of Motorola Mobility Holdings in a dispute over video patents.

Nokia Faces Uphill Battle

Nokia got its credit rating downgraded again on Friday, topping off a tough string of setbacks during the month of April for Microsoft's mobile hardware partner.

Microsoft Inks Android Patent Agreement with Pegatron

Microsoft has signed a patent agreement with Taiwan-based device manufacturer Pegatron Corp. over its use of Google Android and Chrome software.

Splashtop Launches 'Win8 Metro Testbed' for iPads

Developers don't have to purchase a tablet capable of running Windows 8 to test their Metro-style apps. Splashtop is targeting Windows 8 Metro developers with a new test solution that streams Windows environments to Apple iPads.

Microsoft Wins Reprieve in Motorola Patent Dispute

Microsoft got a reprieve from a U.S. judge in its patent dispute with Motorola Mobility, which could affect sales of its products in Germany, the company announced on Wednesday.