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Why Skype still can't compete with iMessage (it's all about greed, grudges, and fear)

Skype is now baked into Windows 8.1, Xbox One, and Outlook.com. But until Windows Phone gains momentum and the wireless carriers chill out, it will never become a mobile standby.

Microsoft updates Windows Phone App Studio as DIY developer projects skyrocket

Microsoft is updating the recently launched beta of Windows Phone App Studio to improve performance and scalability after the new app development tool crossed 55,000 active projects.

Google blocks Microsoft's YouTube app for Windows Phone (again)

Two days after a Microsoft-made YouTube app arrived for Windows Phone owners, Google blocked Microsoft's access for the second time this year.

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'Official' YouTube app back in Windows Phone Store

After Microsoft and Google settled their differences, a Microsoft-authored YouTube app is back in the Windows Phone Store.

SMS syncing, driver mode, and rotation locks, oh my! Windows Phone update info leaks

The Windows Phone GDR3 update has long been said to (finally!) include 1080p support, but now some of its other features are starting to leak.

Bing apps make the leap to Windows Phone 8

Bing News, Sports, Weather, and Finance -- already available on Windows 8 -- now come in mobile versions, as Microsoft looks to have a consistent experience between its operating systems.

Microsoft eases development for Windows Phone apps

The new Windows Phone App Studio can be used to build new apps without coding.

Rogue hotspots can steal your Windows Phone's saved Wi-Fi passwords, Microsoft warns

With a little naming trickery, attackers can coax your phone into giving up its Wi-Fi login credentials, Microsoft warns—but don't expect a patch to fix the issue.

Microsoft to rename SkyDrive after losing trademark suit

A British broadcaster has successfully convinced a judge to require Microsoft to change the name of its SkyDrive cloud-storage service because of trademark issues.

With Nokia's Treasure Tags, you may never have to dig under the couch cushions again

These little tags use NFC and Bluetooth to help you locate your keys, your wallet, your everything.

on techhive.com

Nokia exec vents about Windows Phone app gap

Nokia vice president Bryan Biniak shows frustration with gaps in Microsoft's app offering for the Windows mobile operating system.

on techhive.com

Windows device sales aren't meeting Microsoft's expectations, Ballmer admits

In a closed door Microsoft meeting, CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly admits to disappointing Windows hardware sales. But while the company's smart to rejigger its retail efforts, Windows devices won't shine until the software is up to par.

How Microsoft could beat Siri and Google Now: A modern Microsoft Bob

Don't expect Microsoft to launch a direct competitor to Google's Google Now and Apple's Siri. Instead, Microsoft envisions its Bing search engine operating quietly in the background.