Take A Look Into The Secret Labs Inside Microsoft In Which Surface Tablets Are Designed

Bloomberg today posted a video revealing the secret labs inside Microsoft in which Surface tablets are designed. Surface team chief Panos Panay and other key Surface team members are featured in the video talking about the design process of Surface Pro 3. Barely tipping the scales at 1.76 pounds, the new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. Behold the most natural……

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Official Lumia shipment numbers confirms a disastrous Q2 2014

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Microsoft has (unexpectedly) released their Q2 2014 Lumia shipment numbers, confirming only 5.8 million Windows Phones were sold, less than 2 million per month, leading to a $692 million loss for the division.

That’s even worse than the $452 million loss of Q1 2014, and given that Nadella has not been stingy with the knife it make us wonder if Windows Phone is next for the cutting board.

A loss of nearly $120 per handset makes us wonder if Microsoft would not have more success simply giving away Windows Phones for free, and actually save money in the process.

Now of course the poor performance in the quarter was predictable – Microsoft/Nokia’s product line was stale, and not very relevant or exciting to the market.

However the release of the NL 630, a terribly underspecced and uncompetitive handset, is hardly going to help, and the Lumia 930 is too little too late.

With the Nokia McLaren being cancelled, and the Surface Mini confirmed also, and Nokia’s ASHA, X and feature phone business also heading to the recycling bin, we have to wonder what’s next.

Update: According to the Verge the period of sales were just for 65, not 90 days, from April 25 to June 30th, meaning sales would be closer to 8 million per quarter, not just 5.8 million.

Not amazing, but at least not as disastrous as it first appeared.

Microsoft Confirms The Cancellation Of Surface Mini Project This Year

Microsoft was expected to announce a Surface Mini device at an press event on May 20th. But, it never happened as Microsoft chose to announce only the Surface Pro 3 device. Later we reported that Microsoft decided to delay it for some reasons. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft was not confident that the product offered enough differentiation from the competitors to release in the market. There were reports that Surface Mini production was put on hold temporarily. Today, Microsoft confirmed it via quarterly financial results…….

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Microsoft Financial Results: Windows Phone Revenue Up 95% And 5.8 Million Lumias Sold

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Microsoft today reported its Q4 2014 financial results. Microsoft posted a revenue of $23.38 billion for the quarter with an operating income of $6.48 billion. Windows Phone business revenue saw a 95% growth mainly because of the conclusion of the commercial agreement Microsoft had with Nokia by paying $382 each quarter.

At the same time, the results of Nokia Devices and Services unit contributed revenue, gross margin, operating income, and diluted EPS of $1.99 billion, $54 million, loss of $692 million, and ($0.08), respectively.

Also, the Lumia Windows Phone devices sales were at 5.8 million units and non-Lumia devices were at 30.3 million.

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft Announces Q4 Financial Results With A Revenue Of $23.38 Billion

Microsoft today announced its fourth quarter financial results in which it posted a revenue of $23.38 billion. Gross margin, operating income, and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) for the quarter were $15.79 billion, $6.48 billion, and $0.55 per share, respectively. Microsoft completed the acquisition of substantially all of the Nokia Devices and Services (“NDS”)…..

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German Nokia Lumia 930 owners on Edge due to screen flickering

A mass of new German Nokia Lumia 930 owners are complaining of what appears to be a pretty unique problem.

According to posters on Nokia’s support forums and popular German Windows Phone forum PocketPC.ch the screens of their 930 handsets flicker when data is transferred on 2G/Edge.

Luca Negro has uploaded the video above demonstrating the effect in action (look particularly at the white part of the page while it is loading), which he describes as “flickering like an old TV Screen.”

If the problem is widespread it is somewhat understandable – 2G data does cause a lot of electrical interference and the handset is relatively thin, reducing the possibility for good shielding.  In addition most of us hardly ever use 2G these days in any case.

The fact remains however that many Windows Phone users expected better from Nokia, who after all is rather well known for their smartphone radio expertise.

Read more at Nokia Discussions and PocketPC.ch here.

Thanks Matthias for the tip.

ICYMI: Bing Expands Its Popular Snapshot Feature In The UK

This is an old news, but I thought I should let our users know about it. After all these years of focusing Bing’s efforts in the US, Microsoft is now expanding many of the Bing’s features to other countries around the world. Snapshot is a feature on Bing that shows results on the right column on the Bing search results page. Snapshot brings relevant information and services related to your search to you right on the main results page including like celebrities……..

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MixRadio to become standalone Music Service

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Due to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices & services business, we have seen many changes take place around the Windows Phone world. Many of those changes have affected Nokia MixRadio, which recently dropped the Nokia Branding.

The recent layoffs at Microsoft have also affected MixRadio for better or for worse. Jyrki Rosenberg, Vice President of Entertainment at Nokia has announced plans of “spinning off” MixRadio to other platforms. This means that you may see more iOS and Android friends using this service on their phones mixradioQRas well. It will continue to come preloaded to Lumia devices, as it has since the first Nokia Windows Phone device as “Nokia Music”.

You can download MixRadio here.

What do our readers think about MixRadio becoming a standalone service?

Report: European Commission May Reopen Google’s Antitrust Settlement

European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Earlier this year, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google in the context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. In its proposal, Google then accepted to guarantee that whenever….

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My O2 app now available in the Windows Phone Store

O2 has finally brought their My O2 app to Windows Phone, which will help take the mystery out of that last shocking phone bill.

For Pay Monthly customers the app gives access to a full itemised bill including your most expensive, longest and most frequent calls.

The app syncs with your phone book contacts so you can see who you’ve called and texted instead of seeing cryptic numbers, and the app offers fully itemised recent charges to your account since your last bill and up to six months detailed bill history.

The app also offers notifications to let you know when you’re running low on minutes, messages and data, and lets you know your allowances of minutes, messages and data.

Pay and Go customer can see their allowances of minutes, messages and data, tariff details and calling plan costs, Bolt Ons and Top Up using O2’s automated call services.image

The My O2 app is unfortunately not available to O2 business and corporate customers.

Download the app for free from the Windows Phone Store here.

Microsoft OneNote Simplifies The Process Of Adding Recipes To Your Notes

Microsoft OneNote allows users to add information on the web through OneNote web clipper and the email clipper ([email protected]). Now, they are further simplifying the process of collecting recipes on the web. When you use the OneNote web clipper or email clipper ([email protected]) to clip a recipe, OneNote will now simplify the page down to just the steps, ingredients, and key pieces of information you need most, giving your recipes a simpler……..

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Don’t bother trying to claim your Nokia Lumia 930 Wireless Speaker kit in UK; its too late

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One of the big attractions of jumping in early on the Nokia Lumia 930 was the £130 worth of wireless kit, which incudes attractive items such as wireless speakers and additional wireless chargers.

It seems however you had to be rather quick, as the allocation available to hand-out was pretty small, amounting to only a few thousand kits spread over a large number of retailers.

If you try and claim now you will most likely be met with the above, somewhat sarcastic screen.

We agree with Neowin that the offer was misleading, and that Microsoft did not make it clear that stocks were as limited as it was, instead merely emphasising that the offer was time limited.

If you have purchased a Nokia Lumia 930 try your luck claiming here. Don’t hold your breath however…

GoPro Channel App Is Now Available On Xbox One

After the launch on Xbox 360, the GoPro Channel app is now available on Xbox One. Similar to Xbox 360 GoPro version,  Xbox One users can enjoy four exclusive videos. And as you expect, the GoPro Channel also offers access to on-demand GoPro content, the ability to share videos and purchase cameras and equipment directly through the app channel. Microsoft also revealed that GoPro on Xbox 360 has been immensely……

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