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Microsoft commits to 'many more' Windows RT tablets

Expect to hear lots more about Windows RT from Microsoft, based on ARM's success in smartphones.

Windows Phone's 'Cortana' will challenge Siri and Google Now for smart assistant supremacy

In its quest to build a better smart assistant, Microsoft has allegedly enlisted the help of the most fantastic digital assistant ever imagined.

Phone makers roll their own operating systems as Google and Microsoft close ranks

As Microsoft and Google snatch up Nokia and Motorola to create integrated, iPhone-like hardware/software experiences, hardware makers like HTC and Samsung scramble to create safe havens.

on techhive.com

Microsoft to buy Nokia's handset business

Microsoft will acquire the cell phone business of Nokia in a deal that gives the American software company its best chance yet to break the dominance of Google and Apple in the smartphone market.

Steve Ballmer on Microsoft's Nokia Devices & Services buy

Microsoft has bought the Devices & Services division of Nokia. Here's what Steve Ballmer had to say about the acquisition.

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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.

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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.

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Review: The HTC 8XT is better than the (original) iPhone

The 8XT is an inferior Windows Phone 8X. Even the most hard-core Windows Phone fan should stay away from it.

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.

At the last minute, Google extends Windows Phone calendar and contact syncing

As the deadline for the death of Google Sync approached, the company announced plans to keep the service alive until the end of the year. Are Google and Microsoft becoming frenemies?