Two New Lumia 640 Models Discovered After Microsoft Leak

 A few pieces of data point to two new Lumia models, the 640 and 640 XL, a pair of low-end phones that should be announced tomorrow morning. The device specs were posted on NokiaPowerUser and point to a 5-inch 640 device as well something called t…

Windows 10 Pops Up As A “Green Shoot” Among Microsoft’s Slipping Mobile Market Share

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 12.29.25 PM For Microsoft’s mobile strategy, the only direction available is up. Today, IDC reported that Android and iOS controlled 96.3 percent of the mobile market in 2014. That means that Microsoft’s Windows 10 strategy, which will see a single operating system stretch from the smallest to the largest screens, is starting in many ways from scratch. Interestingly, Microsoft actually grew… Read More

You Can Now Build Apps For Band, Microsoft’s Fitness Wearable

 Microsoft is updating the Band fitness wearable today, building out its on-device feature set, launching a web portal so that users can better interact with their collected data, and releasing an SDK to allow developers to build apps for the gadg…

Microsoft Launches Developer Preview SDK And New Features For Microsoft Band

microsoftband Microsoft is preparing to bring third-party apps to its Microsoft Band wearable platform. The company revealed today that it’s launching a Developer Preview SDK for the wrist-worn device, allowing third-party app makers to start to create apps for it, beyond the select partners, including MapMyFitness, that it already works with. Opening Band to third-party apps means not only making… Read More

15 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

TC-weekly-roundup This week’s tech news included the crowdfunding of Burning Man’s largest art car, Apple’s plunge into the market for automobiles, Raspberry Pi surpassing the $5 million mark in sales, and more. These are our best stories of the week (2/14-2/20). Read More

Microsoft Officially Launches Azure Machine Learning Platform

Face made of red and grey gears. You know all that big data that’s streaming into your company from sensors, customers, social media, Excel spreadsheets, and data sources all over the internet? Microsoft wants to help you process all of it, build APIs and make use of that data in the cloud with machine learning technology.
And to that end, Microsoft officially announced at the Strata Conference today, the general… Read More

One Year In, Nadella Is Planning Microsoft’s Long And Short Game

Man golfing on island. Golfers like to talk about their long game and their short game. Maybe it’s useful to look at Microsoft’s strategy that way too. Since Satya Nadella took over just over a year ago as CEO at Microsoft, he has started to redirect the company, looking at the short term, while perhaps beginning to formulate a plan for the next wave of computing. Microsoft is the quintessential… Read More

Microsoft Wants To Buy Love In Silicon Valley

microsoft-heart Y Combinator and Microsoft announced a program this week that will pour free access to the Azure cloud computing platform onto the incubator’s current class of startups.
The deal includes $500,000 in credits to Microsoft’s cloud computing service Azure, and three years of access to its Office 365 suite of productivity tools. Half a million worth of Azure usage is nothing to… Read More