Microsoft is working with Asian component suppliers on its own smartphone design but has not decided if it will go into mass production, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal .
Research In Motion said it has delivered its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform to more than 50 carriers for lab certification, a critical step toward a launch planned for early next year.
Microsoft is convinced it now has the high-end hardware and a rising number of the top applications to make a convincing push into the smartphone market with Windows Phone 8, according to a senior Microsoft executive.
Gameloft will adapt a dozen of its most popular titles for Microsoft's Xbox platform to run on the software maker's new Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.
Microsoft formally unveiled its new Windows Phone 8 software, demonstrating several new features, and also emphasized the carrier support the platform is receiving from AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and, perhaps most importantly, Verizon Wireless.
Microsoft will formally roll out its Windows Phone 8 platform at a media event in San Francisco today ahead of the commercial launch of a wave of new smartphones from hardware partners Nokia, Samsung Electronics and HTC.
Verizon Wireless will launch the Nokia Lumia 822 smartphone, the carrier's second phone running Microsoft's Windows Phone software. The launch is a boost for Nokia, giving it another avenue to boost U.S. sales after a lackluster third quarter in which it sold 300,000 handsets in North America, half of what it sold in the first and second quarters.
With its new Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system slated to launch Monday, Microsoft has released a new companion application enabling users to synchronize their smartphones with PCs running the just-released Windows 8 desktop platform.
On the eve of the launch of Microsoft's first branded tablet, the Surface, CEO Steve Ballmer said that the software giant will produce more branded hardware, but did not specifically say if the company will release its own smartphone.
Nokia wants to raise $980 million in a bond offering aimed at bolstering its balance sheet as it enters a critical phase of its turnaround in selling phones running Microsoft's Windows Phone platform.