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Microsoft releases Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone

Microsoft has released a Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone, although it requires the latest Windows Phone 8.1 developer version.

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It's official: Nokia's phone business will become Microsoft's on April 25

After a long wait and regulatory delays, Microsoft's $7 billion acquisition of Nokia's phone business will close on Friday, April 25.

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Universal apps herald cheaper Windows Store prices

Microsoft is wooing developers with the ability to write apps for Windows and Windows Phone alike, and wooing customers by bringing cheaper, Windows-Phone-style pricing to the Windows Store.

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How to install Windows Phone 8.1 right now

Why wait? Microsoft's developer preview is actually open to anyone who's a little adventurous.

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Battle of the digital assistants: Windows Phone Cortana vs Google Now vs Siri

Even in beta, Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant has an impressive amount to say for itself. But is it enough to keep up?

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Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 review: Major upgrade closes the gap with iOS and Android

With the Cortana digital assistant and a vibrant new interface, the OS is finally positioned to attract the users and developers it critically needs.

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Nokia's Asha phones get music, photo improvements

The OS upgrade also includes new integration with Microsoft's OneDrive storage service.

Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant to compete with Apple's Siri, Google Now

At Microsoft's Build conference in San Francisco this week the company debuted Cortana, a voice assistant for Windows Phone similar to Google Now and Apple's Siri.

Nokia shows off new Windows 8.1 Lumia smartphones

Microsoft’s just-announced Windows Phone 8.1 operating system will run on three Nokia Lumia smartphones coming out this summer. Here's a closer look.

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You heard right: Halo's Cortana AI actress lent her voice to Windows Phone's Cortana

But can Microsoft's digital assistant ever match the savvy of the Halo character by the same name?

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Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 gets native voice call transfers and Cortana integration

Skype is getting even deeper integration with Windows Phone in version 8.1 including seamless voice call transfers and voice command video calls.

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Hands-on: Microsoft's new Cortana digital assistant

At first blush, Microsoft's Cortana gives Google Now a run for its money.

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Build 2014, Day 1: The highlights, the surprises

Microsoft made a splash on the very first day with impressive upgrades coming for Windows, Windows Phone and more.

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Cortana takes the spotlight as Microsoft updates Windows, Windows Phone, Office

Microsoft opens its Build 2014 conference by announcing everything from a rebirth of the Windows Start menu to universal apps.

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Microsoft makes Windows free on phones, small tablets, and gizmos - but not PCs

Microsoft's fortune was built on selling its software, but now it's giving Windows away for free in the war against Android.