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Microsoft set to expand Windows Phone hardware support

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At a pre-MWC press conference, Microsoft announced that it is expanding the range of hardware supported by Windows Phone, with a focus on low cost, high volume devices. The most significant addition is that of support for the Snapdragon 200 (8x10 and 8x12) SoC, which will enable the creation of a new generation of low end Windows Phone devices, but other highlights include the introduction of dual-SIM support and improved external memory (microSD) support.

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Microsoft announces 9 new hardware partners for Windows Phone

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Microsoft has announced that it is now working with nine new Windows Phone 8 hardware partners as it seeks to "scale the platform" to higher volumes. The new partners include industry heavyweights LG, ZTE, Lenovo, and Foxconn, plus a number of smaller OEMs in the form of Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava (Xolo), and Longcheer.

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Live: Microsoft at MWC 2014

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On Sunday, February 23rd, the day before MWC officially opens, Microsoft is holding a press and analysts media briefing, where it is expected to offer an update on the state of Windows and Windows Phone in the mobile space. The event kicks off at 12:00 CET (11:00 GMT). We'll be updating this story with our on-the-scene live coverage at the event takes place. 

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Further Windows Phone 8.1 details emerge from emulator MUI strings

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Following on from last week's Windows Phone Preview SDK leak, additional details about Windows Phone 8.1, drawn from an examination of the MUI strings (multi-language user interface) found in the filing system of the SDK's emulator, have been posted to Sinclairnat0r.com. Highlights include support for trusted NFC apps, the addition of app data to the built-in backup feature, and support for auto-updating of apps.

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Windows Phone 8.1 details emerge from preview SDK leak (updated)

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Details of some of the new features and changes in Windows Phone 8.1 have been posted to a thread on social news site reddit in what appears to be a NDA-breaking leak from a developer who has early access to the platform SDK. Items of interest include an updated Internet Explorer (based on IE 11), the introduction of VPN support, new storage sense and battery sense features, and many new app and system settings.

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Microsoft appoints Satya Nadella as CEO

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Microsoft today announced that it has named Satya Nadella as CEO and member of the Board of Directors with immediate effectNadella, an internal appointee who replaces Steve Ballmer, previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. 

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Nokia Q4 2013 results - the end of an era

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Nokia has released its Q4 2013 results, reporting an operating profit of €76 million (down from €439 million a year ago), with net sales of €6.109 billion (down 23% year-on-year). This is the last full set of results before the expected completion of sale of the Devices & Services division to Microsoft this quarter. 

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Microsoft demos Windows Phone 8-based Windows Embedded 8 Handheld devices

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At the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention and Expo, Microsoft is showcasing a range of technologies aimed at helping retailers create digital platforms for their businesses (e.g. fulfillment systems, management of data flow and consumer insights, and more). On public show for the first time is the next generation of line-of-business geared mobile devices powered by Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, which is based on the Windows Phone 8 platform.

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