Deal: Buy A Nokia Lumia 635 To Get A Case And Portable Charger For $50

Lumia 635 UK Order

Microsoft Store is now taking pre-orders for Nokia Lumia 635 on AT&T and already started selling T-Mobile version. The device will cost $99 on AT&T without contract and $129 on T-Mobile without any contract.

If you visit any of the Microsoft Retail stores in the US, you can now take advantage of the following offers for T-Mobile Lumia 635,

  • Buy a Nokia Lumia 635 and get a Case* and Portable Charger for $50
  • Buy a Nokia Lumia 635 and get a Case* and Microsoft Complete for $50

Find the Microsoft Store listings below,

No Contract Nokia Lumia 635 for AT&T – $99
No Contract Nokia Lumia 635 for T-Mobile – $129

Find details about the deal after the break.

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Deal Of The Day: Get Up To 35% Off Select PC Components And Accessories

As part of Goldbox Deal of the day on Amazon, you can build a new PC or give your existing machine an overdue upgrade with savings of up to 35% on select PC components and accessories. This one-day offer is valid on July 23, 2014, or while supplies last. Some of the components on deals include the following, Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz 6MB Cache Quad-Core Desktop ……

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Microsoft’s Cloud OS Business Is Showing Rapid Growth, Commercial Cloud Revenue Grew 147%

According to me, the real highlight of Microsoft’s quarterly financial results releases yesterday was regarding their Cloud OS business. Cloud OS represents the fastest growing opportunity for Microsoft. Quarter after quarter, Microsoft is driving growth and customer adoption. In fact, commercial cloud revenue grew 147% with an annualized run rate that exceeds $4.4 billion. Also, server products revenue, including Azure, grew 16%, with…….

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Microsoft reveals Nokia Lumia 630/635 and 930 “off to a good start” and Q2 2014 Lumia sales up Year on Year

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While we have been pretty concerned that Q2 2014 sales were “disastrous” Microsoft revealed in their earnings call that things are not quite as bleak as they appear.

While Microsoft only sold 5.8 million handsets in the 65 days left in Q2 since the merger became official on the 25th April, Satya Nadella confirmed overall that sales were better in Q2 2014 than Q2 2013, saying:

But that said, we are even year-over-year basis seen increased volume for Lumia, it’s coming at the low end in the entry smartphone market and we are pleased with it. It’s come in many markets we now have over 10% that’s the first market I would sort of say that we need to track country-by-country.

That translates into at least 6.9 million shipments (Q2 2013’s volume) and if one merely extrapolate the numbers possibly as much as 8 million.

Satya also confirmed that the new range of Windows Phone 8.1 handsets are doing well, saying:

On phones, we saw a good early start to Lumia 630 and 635 as well as Lumia 930 especially in Europe

As to the future of Windows, he said

…the key places where we are going to differentiate is looking at productivity scenarios or the digital work and life scenario that we can light up on our phone in unique ways.

and

In the year ahead, we are investing in ways that will ensure our device OS and first party hardware aligned to our core.

With the new enterprise focus of Microsoft I suspect in the near term we will see more business-related features coming to Windows Phone, and of course in the medium term Windows and Windows Phone will merge next year.

Via NPU

Microsoft Announces Skype App For Amazon Fire Phone, Includes Customized Skype 3D Icon And Notification Badge

Skype is now available on all kinds of devices, from PCs and tablets, to Xbox Ones, TVs and smartphones of all shapes and sizes. Microsoft has now announced Skype app for Amazon Fire Phone devices. Microsoft Skype team worked with Amazon over the last couple of years to bring Skype to its Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets, and now for Fire phone…..

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Microsoft Announces Affordable Bang Mini Speaker By Coloud

The Bang by Coloud Microsoft

Along with the announcement about Nokia Lumia 530 WP8.1 device, Microsoft also revealed Bang mini speaker by Coloud. Coloud Bang portable speaker is  easy to carry and quick to set up. You can connect it to your phone via the 3.5mm headset jack, and this rechargeable speaker provides great sound for up-to 8 hours. Also, you can daisy chain two or more speakers together to make your music sound even better. And comes in Bright green, orange and black colors.

The main highlight of this product is its price. It will cost just €19 and will be available in the coming weeks.

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Microsoft Officially Announces Lumia 530 Single And Dual-Sim Devices

Nokia Lumia 530

Microsoft today officially announced the Lumia 530 Single SIM and Lumia 530 Dual SIM devices. Lumia 530 is expected to be priced at €85 before taxes and subsidies and on the retail for under €100. The Lumia 530 will be made available globally, with rollout beginning in select markets in August 2014.

As expected, the device comes with 4-inch 854 x 480 display powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 512 MB RAM and 4GB Internal memory. The device will be available in bright orange, bright green, white, dark grey.  Nokia Lumia 530 will also be compatible with Nokia Shell for Lumia 530 and Nokia Flip Shell for Lumia 530 protective covers.

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Report: Microsoft’s Tablet Usage Share Is Just At 1.4% In The US Market, Apple iPad Tops The List With 78%

Chitika Ad Network today released their report on the distribution of web usage among leading tablet devices for early July 2014 in the U.S. and Canadian tablet. The results are not so encouraging for Microsoft. Despite the fire sale of Surface RT tablets followed by Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in the market, Microsoft tablets accounted for only 1.4% of the total market…..

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Cortana coming to China next week

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Chinese site Zol.com.cn reports that Microsoft is sending out invitations to a Chinese event where it is strongly suspected that Microsoft will be launching Cortana in the region.cortana envelope

The invitation, for the 30th July, which features a Cortana logo on the phone, is very suggestive, but the envelope containing it even more so, with a massive Cortana logo.

Microsoft has long said China and UK will be the next markets to receive the voice assistant, with UK also expected to get the update next week.

Zol notes they expect Cortana to have the more sedate name of “Huna” in the region.

Read more here.

Thanks hengxiang32401 for the tip.

Microsoft Expects Bing To Be Profitable, On A Standalone Basis, In FY16

When it comes to Online Services business which included Bing, Microsoft has lost billions of dollars over the years. Despite the loss. Microsoft was more focused on building the business and now Bing has turned to be platform that powers various Microsoft products such as Xbox, Windows, Windows Phone, and many others. At earnings call today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that they are expecting Bing to be profitable on a standalone…..

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Satya Nadella confirms the next version of Windows will unify Windows and Windows Phone

The next major version of Windows is expected to be released in Spring to Summer 2015, in  about a year’s time.

There has been many hints along the way, and now Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that the next version will be the one that subsumes Windows Phone into Windows.

At the Microsoft quarterly earnings call he said:

“We will streamline the next version of Windows from 3 operating system into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes.  We will unify our stores, commerce and developer platforms to drive a more coherent user experience and a broader developer opportunity.  We look forward to sharing our more about out next major wave of Windows enhancements in the coming months.”

He notes later in the call, collated by Neowin in the video above, that the OS will have a UI which scales across all screen sizes.

The news suggests we may see a radical change in the UI of the next major version of Windows Phone in 2015, and that the artificial differences in functionality between Windows and Windows Phone may go away e.g.  that if Windows supports Bluetooth keyboards, Windows Phone should also.

In some ways the news also telegraphs the death of the traditional Windows Phone however.  How do our readers feel about this news? Let us know below.

Microsoft Reveals Forza Horizon 2′s First 100 Cars List

We all know that Forza Horizon 2 racing game is coming to Xbox One in the coming months. Today, Xbox team started to reveal the cars that will be available in the game. Today, they announced the first 100 of the just over 200 cars that will be featured in Forza Horizon 2. They said that these cars have been built from the ground up for this generation with the utmost care and detail, taking full advantage of the power of Xbox One and Forza……

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