microsoft en China to Microsoft: You Have 20 Days to Explain Compatibility Problems <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/microsoft_sign_5.jpg" alt="Microsoft Sign" title="Microsoft Sign" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />Microsoft must issue a written statement to China within 20 days</h3> <p>Around the same time China banned Windows 8 from government use over concerns that there could be built-in spying mechanisms, authorities also began investigating Microsoft for antitrust violations. The latest in China's antitrust probe over Microsoft's business practices has the <strong>State Administration for Industry and Commerce giving the Redmond outfit 20 days to issue a written explanation</strong>. What for, you ask?</p> <p>The agency wants Microsoft to explain "problems like incompatibility and other issues caused by a lack of released information about its Windows and Office software," according to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal's</em></a> translation of the SAIC's <a href="" target="_blank">online notice</a>. That's an incredibly vague task, though the agency issued the 20-day deadline during a meeting with Microsoft, in which further details were likely given.</p> <p>Citing state media reports, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> says</a> Microsoft's use of verification codes led to complaints by Chinese companies. Interestingly, verification codes could be one of the ways Microsoft supposedly violated China's anti-monopoly law, though if that's the case, it puts Microsoft in a tough spot. Software piracy in China is a big problem for Microsoft, and it's difficult to see how verification codes could run afoul of antitrust laws.</p> <p>Microsoft isn't China's only foreign target when it comes to anti-monopoly concerns. There are dozens of other companies being investigated, including Qualcomm, which China accuses of overcharging customers for its patents.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> antitrust china microsoft office Software Windows News Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:01:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28458 at Microsoft is Cleaning up Windows Store, Removes 1,500 Copycat and Fraudulent Apps <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/windows_8_logo.jpg" alt="Windows 8 Logo" title="Windows 8 Logo" width="200" height="200" style="float: right;" />Cleaning is good for the Store</h3> <p>It’s easy to be overwhelmed when searching for applications on the various platforms out there. If it is not due to various apps having similar names then it is the ones that are copycats or even fraudulent. Well, <strong>Microsoft announced that it has removed 1,500 apps from its Windows Store</strong> in an attempt to make finding things easier and provide better quality and choice.&nbsp;</p> <p>To this end, Microsoft has modified its Windows Store app certification requirements. Some of the changes made involves the name of an app. An app’s name will need to “clearly and accurately reflect the functionality of the app.” Developers will also need to make sure that apps are properly categorized and icons must be different from other apps so that consumers will not mistake one for another. The policies are being applied to both new and existing apps for Windows and the Windows Phone Store.</p> <p>Windows Store general manager Todd Brix wrote of Microsoft’s progress on the <a title="Microsoft blog" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">official blog</span></a> saying, “These revised policies are being applied to all new app submissions and existing app updates for both the Windows and Windows Phone Store. We’ve also been working on titles already in the catalog, conducting a review of Windows Store to identify titles that do not comply with our modified certification requirements. This process is continuing as we work to be as thorough and transparent as possible in our review. Most of the developers behind apps that are found to violate our policies have good intentions and agree to make the necessary changes when notified. Others have been less receptive, causing us to remove more than 1,500 apps as part of this review so far.”</p> <p>Brix goes on to say that this is still an ongoing process and that the company is increasing resources to speed up the process.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> apps microsoft Todd Brix Windows Windows apps windows store News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:02:52 +0000 Sean D Knight 28443 at Determined Developer Resurrects Windows XP with Unofficial Service Pack 4 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_xp_laptop.jpg" alt="Windows XP Laptop" title="Windows XP Laptop" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Letting go is hard to do</h3> <p>Diehard Windows XP fans are having a hard time bidding the legacy operating system farewll -- by the numbers, it's estimated that some 15 percent (StatCounter) to just under 25 percent (Net Applications) of desktops are still running Windows XP. Save for businesses that pay a fee, <strong>Microsoft killed off support for Windows XP back in April, though one developer is determined to keep it alive with a new (and unofficial) Service Pack</strong>.</p> <p>Known as "harkaz" on on the <em></em> discussion board, he's been working on the Service Pack since September of last year. It contains official Windows XP security updates and patches intended for ATMs and POS systems running a specialized version of XP. You may recall that earlier in the year, it was discovered that XP users could continue to receive such updates via a <a href="">registry hack</a> -- the unofficial SP4 releases applies the hack by default and installs all of the fixes released up to this point.</p> <p>Naturally Microsoft cautions against installing these updates on regular versions of Windows XP, saying that they're "intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers." They also haven't undergone testing on Windows XP. Instead, Microsoft advises that Windows XP users upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1.</p> <p>Should you decide to throw caution to the wind -- bear in mind we know nothing about this developer, his coding skills, and how much testing he's done on XP machines -- you can grab the unofficial Service Pack <a href=";postdays=0&amp;postorder=asc&amp;start=0" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr (Alan Levine)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> microsoft operating system OS service pack 4 Software windows xp News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:18:20 +0000 Paul Lilly 28435 at Microsoft's Working a Fix to Alleviate Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_3.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="136" style="float: right;" />Some Surface Pro 3 tablets are prone to overheating</h3> <p>A limited number of Surface Pro 3 owners have been reporting issues with their tablets overheating, even when running light tasks or simple sitting at idle. In turn, this has led to the cooling fan ramping up to excessive noise levels. <strong>Microsoft is aware of the overheating issue and has promised Surface Pro 3 owners that a fix will be issued "as soon as possible.</strong>" It's unclear if that means it will come on Patch Tuesday (September 9), before, or after.</p> <p>One user on <a href=";tm=1408845783226" target="_blank">Microsoft's discussion forum </a>said he went through four Surface Pro 3 models, each with a Core i7 processor, and each one exhibited the overheating issue. According to his post, his Surface Pro 3 is the loudest thing in his office, even when running idle. At full bore, he says the fan noise becomes "ear-piercing" and the heat produced "immensely hot."</p> <p>In a statement to <em>CNET</em>, Microsoft said it's aware of a "very small number of Surface Pro 3 Intel Core i7 devices that are temporarily restarting and incorrectly showing a 'Thermometer Gauge' icon while attempting to boot up." The company said it has an update that will address the issue.</p> <p>At the same time, Microsoft was a bit standoffish about the complaints of excessive heat.</p> <p>"The i7 version of Surface Pro 3 is a first-of-its-kind tablet delivering i7 processing power in a thin and light package. As such, the increased power calls for the fan to spin more regularly and at higher speeds - and for the unit to run slightly warmer. If customers have any questions or concerns, they should contact Microsoft Support," Microsoft said.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware microsoft OEM overheating rigs surface pro 3 News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:13:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 28428 at Newegg Daily Deals: Samsung 840 Evo 1TB SSD, Windows 8.1 64-Bit, and More! <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/samsung_840_evo_ssd_0.jpg" alt="Samsung 1TB SSD" title="Samsung 1TB SSD" width="300" height="285" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154082/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="newegg logo" title="newegg logo" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>Go back in time a little bit and a slapping 1TB worth of solid state drive (SSD) storage in your PC might run you a bazillion dollars, or more. And these days? 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The home brewed OS could see a launch as early as October, and it would have the full backing of the Chinese government. China's motivation in building an OS of its own is to alleviate concerns that imported software from the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Apple could have spying mechanisms built into the code base.</p> <p>According to <em>Reuters</em>, China's OS would debut on desktop devices before expanding into smartphone and other mobile categories.</p> <p>"We hope to launch a Chinese-made desktop operating system by October supporting app stores," Ni Guangnan, head of an of an official OS development alliance, told the <em>People's Post and Telecommunications News</em>, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Reuters</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>China banned the government use of Windows 8 back in May. Shortly after, China began investigating Microsoft for anti-trust violations.</p> <p>Tensions are also high between China and Google, with the former saying the latter has too much control over China's smartphone industry through Android.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android china Google microsoft operating system OS Privacy Security Software Windows News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:10:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 28411 at Miracast Dongle in the Works at Microsoft <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Surface Miracast Dongle" title="Allegedly Leaked Photo of Surface Miracast Dongle" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Spotted in recent FCC and Wi-Fi Alliance documents</h3> <p>With the recent addition of Miracast wireless screencasting functionality to Windows Phone devices, that <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>rumored Surface-branded Miracast dongle</strong></a> we first heard about back in May was already beginning to make a lot of sense, but now a couple of sites have unearthed some fresh evidence that puts the existence of such a device beyond all reasonable doubt.</p> <p>It has now emerged that a Miracast dongle, known only by the model number HD-10, recently stopped by both the <a href=";RequestTimeout=500&amp;calledFromFrame=N&amp;application_id=715973&amp;fcc_id=PYAHD-10" target="_blank">Federal Communications Commission (FCC)</a> and the <a href="file:///C:/Users/pulkit/Downloads/Certificate_WFA55947.pdf" target="_blank">Wi-Fi Alliance</a>. According to documents published on the FCC and Wi-Fi Alliance websites and discovered by the folks over at <a href="" target="_blank">Windows Phone Daily</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Nokiapoweruser</a>, the HD-10 is a Microsoft-developed Miracast dongle that will be manufactured by Foxconn.</p> <p>With Microsoft widely expected to announce a couple of Lumia mobile devices at its upcoming IFA press event in Berlin on September 4th, we won’t be surprised if this dongle also ends up getting officially unveiled there. Also, we fully expect this device to support Windows PCs as well; however, it remains to be seen whether it will carry Surface branding as previously rumored.</p> <p><em>Image Credit:</em></p> <p><em>Note: The above image is alleged to be that of a Surface-branded Miracast dongle but the claim hasn't been confirmed.<br /></em></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> fcc hd-10 microsoft miracast dongle screencasting surface dongle wi-fi alliance News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:50:59 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28406 at Steve Ballmer Leaves Microsoft's Board to Focus Energy on Los Angeles Clippers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ballmer_clipper.jpg" alt="Steve Ballmer at Clipper Rally" title="Steve Ballmer at Clipper Rally" width="228" height="162" style="float: right;" />Ex-Microsoft chief cuts last remaining tie to go all-in with the Clippers</h3> <p>Admit it, you miss Steve Ballmer, even if just a little bit, right? Okay, so maybe some of you don't -- perhaps you're still holding a grudge over Windows 8, or perhaps Ballmer's slow play into mobile has you shaking your head. He hasn't always made the right decisions during his time at Microsoft, but nobody can question his passion. Now it's the Los Angeles Clippers organization and fan base that will get to see his antics on a consistent basis. In an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, <strong>Ballmer announced he's stepping down as a board member at Microsoft</strong>, thus truly marking the end of a 34-year run with the company.</p> <p>It's been nearly six months since Ballmer relinquished his role as CEO of Microsoft, and now that he's no longer on the board of directors, his only remaining tie with the organization is that of a shareholder, which anyone can become with a $45 investment. Ballmer said it would be "impractical" to remain on the board as he takes on teaching responsibilities and the constant demands of owning an NBA franchise after acquiring the Clippers for $2 billion.</p> <p>He offered some parting advice for Nadella, telling him that "Microsoft will need to be bold and make big bets to succeed in this new environment." Ballmer believes the future success of Microsoft lies in part with enterprise subscriptions, hardware, and advertising revenues. He also imparted plenty of optimism and said Nadella is free to bounce ideas off of him.</p> <p>"I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will. I continue to love discussing the company’s future. I love trying new products and sending feedback. I love reading about what is going on at the company," Ballmer wrote in his letter to Nadella. "Count on me to keep ideas and inputs flowing. The company will move to higher heights. I will be proud, and I will benefit through my share ownership. I promise to support and encourage boldness by management in my role as a shareholder in any way I can."</p> <p>As for Ballmer's future, he's already made his presence and style know to Clipper nation during a fan rally in which he brought his usual high energy and fervor. You can watch the fan rally below.</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="465" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> basketball clippers microsoft nba steve ballmer News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:54:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28385 at Microsoft Yanks Patch Tuesday Kernel Update Containing a BSOD Bug <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/bsod.jpg" alt="BSOD" title="BSOD" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Just when you thought that BSODs were a thing of the past</h3> <p>After installing Microsoft's August 2014 Patch Tuesday updates, you may have noticed some wonky behavior in Windows. If you're especially unluckly, you may have even been experiencing those dreaded Blue Screen of Death errors that have largely been eradicated in recent years. It turns out <strong>there's some potentially buggy code that could cause BSODs after installing the updates</strong>, which prompted Microsoft to pull the patch offline while it investigates the issue.</p> <p>"Microsoft is investigating the behavior in which systems may crash with a 0x50 Stop error message (bugcheck) after any of the following updates are installed:</p> <ul> <li>2987291: MS14-045: Description of the security update for kernel-mode drivers: August 12, 2014</li> <li>2970228: Update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows</li> <li>2975719: August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2</li> <li>2975331: August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012</li> </ul> <p>This condition may be persistent and may prevent the system starting correctly," Microsoft says.</p> <p>There are a couple of other known issues associated with the update, both of which relate to fonts, though the BSOD problem is by far the most concerning. If you're negatively affected by the update, or simply don't want to risk that something will go wrong, Microsoft details a <a href="" target="_blank">step-by-step instructions</a> to get things working again.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> blue screen of death BSOD microsoft Patch Tuesday Security Software News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:20:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 28369 at Newegg Daily Deals: Intel 730 Series 480GB Solid State Drive, AMD A10-6800K Richland, and More! <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/intel_730_ssd.jpg" alt="Intel 730 Series SSD" title="Intel 730 Series SSD" width="300" height="211" style="float: right;" /><img src="/files/u154082/newegg_logo_small.png" alt="newegg logo" title="newegg logo" width="200" height="80" /></p> <p><strong>Top Deal:</strong></p> <p>It's about damn time a manufacturer blinged out a solid state drive with a skull! 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Here’s a possible explanation: It could be that the <strong>Internet Explorer team is too busy fixing IE for Windows</strong> to build entirely new versions of the browser.</p> <p>No sooner had Microsoft finished patching 26 Internet Explorer vulnerabilities as part of its August Patch Tuesday update than it realized Internet Explorer was a tad slow as a result of all the recent patching and that the issue was serious enough to warrant an out-of-band fix.</p> <p>“After you apply the MS14-037 (July 8, 2014) or MS14-051 (August 12, 2014) cumulative security update for Internet Explorer, web applications that implement consecutive modal dialog boxes may cause Internet Explorer to become slow and unresponsive over time. This issue occurs in Internet Explorer versions 7 through 11,” Microsoft wrote in it security advisory. </p> <p>In case you’ve the security updates that are to blame for this issue, all you need to do is to download the appropriate hotfix file based on your operating system and browser combination from this <a href="" target="_blank">link</a>.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> browser hotfix Internet Explorer microsoft patch Software update News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:40:36 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28362 at Microsoft: We Have No Current Plans to Port IE Over to Android or iOS <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ie_windows_phone.jpg" alt="IE on Windows Phone" title="IE on Windows Phone" width="228" height="221" style="float: right;" />"Oh no!," cried a single Android user</h3> <p>You can run Microsoft Office on multiple platforms, and the same goes for some of the other products and services the Redmond outfit offers, such as OneDrive and Skype. With that kind of attention being paid to cross-compatibility, might we expect Microsoft to release its Internet Explorer browser on other OSes as well? Not in the near future. As it stands, <strong>Microsoft isn't planning to port IE over to Android or iOS</strong> in the mobile space.</p> <p>That revelation came by way of a <a href="" target="_blank">Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session</a> featuring engineers from Microsoft's IE platform team. At one point in the conversation, Microsoft's Charles Morris fielded a question about whether IE would be ported to Android or iOS where there's much more market share to exploit.</p> <p>"Right now, we're focused on building a great mobile browser for Windows Phone and have made some great progress lately. So, no current plans for Android/iOS," <a href="" target="_blank">Morris said</a>. "We are committed to improving our own engine. We love the fact that the web was built on multiple competing (yet interoperable) platforms and believe that this is how it is going to move forward into the future!"</p> <p>It's somewhat of a curious decision for Microsoft. The company's Windows Phone platform is losing ground, having dropped to a 2.5 percent share of the smartphone market last quarter, versus Android and iOS, which collectively account for more than 9 out of 10 smartphones.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android browser IE Internet Explorer ios microsoft mobile windows phone News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:25:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 28358 at Get a Sneak Peek of Window 9 in September or October <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_9_1.jpg" alt="Windows 9" title="Windows 9" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />Microsoft is planning a technology preview of Threshold next month</h3> <p>Now that Microsoft is no longer bothering itself with major updates for Windows 8.1, the company can switch focus to its next operating system codenamed "Threshold," or Windows 9 if you think Microsoft will keep the numbering scheme going. What will Windows 9 bring to the table? If that's a question you'd like answered, stay tuned -- <strong>Microsoft is reportedly planning a "technology preview" of Windows 9</strong> either late next month or early October.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to <em>CNET</em></a> and the multiple sources it spoke with who wish not to be named, anyone who installs the technology preview of Windows 9 will be required to accept subsequent monthly updates that are automatically pushed out. One of the sources "who has provided accurate information on Windows in the past" added that the tech preview will be available to anyone interested.</p> <p>Microsoft hasn't said much about Threshold or confirmed any features, though there have been a number of supposed leaks showing off different aspects of Windows 9, including a new mini Start Menu. If the leaked content is true, there will also be windowed Metro-style applications on the Desktop, virtual desktops, and no more Charms bar (except on tablets).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> microsoft operating system OS Software threshold windows 9 News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:38:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 28356 at Microsoft Uses PCs to Showcase Xbox Game at Gamescom <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/xboxonelogo.jpg" alt="Xbox Logo" title="Xbox Logo" width="200" height="194" style="float: right;" />Caught again</h3> <p>Over the past few years it seems that both Sony and Microsoft have, at one point or another, demonstrated console games on PCs instead of on consoles at gaming events. This time, <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a title="Centrumher" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">CentrumHer</span></a>&nbsp;</span><strong>caught</strong><strong> Microsoft using PCs to showcase an Xbox game at Gamescom</strong>.</p> <p>CentrumHer was able to take a couple of&nbsp;<a title="CentrumHer XB1 pic" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">pictures</span></a> that showed a demonstration of the game Ori and the Blind Forest crashing to a Windows 7 desktop rather than the company’s current operating system Windows 8. But that isn’t all. The pictures taken also showed that the PCs were most likely using Nvidia GPUs rather than AMD GPUs. An interesting thing to note, considering that the current generation of consoles are all equipped with AMD GPUs. In <a title="CentrumHer XB1 picture" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">one of the pictures</span></a>, you'll see a notification at the bottom right corner of the screen informing the user that “An updated version of GeForce Experience is available.”</p> <p>Showing games on PCs at events such as Gamescom and E3 are common practice when it comes to developers like Ubisoft. Developers and publishers want to show off a product in the best possible way and that is on the PC. To be fair, though, Ori and the Blind Forest is expected to be released on the PC platform as well as the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">Follow Sean on&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a><span style="font-style: italic;">, </span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a><span style="font-style: italic;">, and </span><a style="font-style: italic;" title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></p> microsoft Microsoft XB1 PC Ori and the Blind Forest XB1 PC Xbox On Xbox One PC Gaming News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:26:00 +0000 Sean D Knight 28351 at Microsoft Launches Super Cheap Nokia 130 Handset <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nokia_130.jpg" alt="Nokia 130" title="Nokia 130" width="228" height="122" style="float: right;" />An ultra-affordable mobile phone that isn't destined for the U.S., though maybe it should be</h3> <p>Wouldn't it be ironic if Microsoft's best selling mobile phone didn't run the company's Windows Phone platform? Hey, it could happen -- <strong>Microsoft today unveiled the Nokia 130</strong>, a super affordable mobile phone intended to bring the "digital experience" to millions of users in developing and emerging territories. It's only 19 euros (around $25 in U.S. currency) to own the phone outright with no service contract.</p> <p>At that price, it's not meant to compete with high-end or even most entry-level handsets. It has a 1.8-inch Quarter-QVGA (160x120) color display, USB connectivity, microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB, built-in video player, MP3 player, FM radio, Bluetooth, flashlight, and a few other basic essentials available in single- or dual-SIM form. As for the software, it runs on Series 30+.</p> <p>"As demand in the affordable mobile segment continues to grow, Microsoft remains committed to delivering market-leading mobile innovation at each and every price point,"<a href="" target="_blank"> said Jo Harlow</a>, corporate vice president for Phones, Microsoft Corp. "It is estimated that at least 1 billion people in the world still do not have a mobile phone, while at the same time there is increasing demand for reliable backup phones in both mature and high-growth markets."</p> <p>Microsoft is only releasing the Nokia 130 in select markets, including China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam. However, we're in <a href="" target="_blank">agreement with <em></em></a> that this would make a sensible handset for the U.S. market as well -- not for high-end users, obviously, but for kids or when traveling someplace where you don't want to risk losing an expensive smartphone.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware microsoft mobile nokia 130 smartphone News Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:16:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 28326 at