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December 3, 2012 at 6:00 AM

No HTC Windows Phone 8S in U.S. and other notable items from the weekend

Here’s a roundup of some notable items from the last few days:

  • HTC, which had announced in September that it would be producing a budget-minded Windows Phone 8S (as opposed to the high-end 8X model), has now said it won’t be offering the 8S in the U.S. That’s according to Engadget, which says HTC is focusing its U.S. effort on the 8X.
  • Microsoft has raised the prices on per-user client-access licenses and some Office server products as of Dec. 1. Here’s some more information from ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley and Directions on Microsoft.
  • Microsoft, at its Partners in Learning Global Forum 2012, said it planned to invest up to $75 million to bring digital access to young people and educators in developing countries. It’s doing so via agreements with six humanitarian organizations that will lead the initiative to get teachers and students digital training. That’s in addition to the $250 million Microsoft had committed earlier this week in order to renew the Partners in Learning program for five more years. The program is Microsoft’s effort to help improve education systems around the world by connecting educators worldwide so they can share ideas.
  • “We had a little bit different expectations for Windows 8 than previous OS launches. In the past Windows was the only game in town, when it was Windows 7 or Vista it was the big event of the year. These days it’s a different environment.” That quote comes from Jeff Barney, vice president and general manager of Toshiba America’s PC and TV business — one of several of Microsoft’s manufacturing partners quoted in a story from Wired on what OEMs think of Windows 8 sales so far.

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