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February 9, 2015 at 4:52 PM

Microsoft, Samsung settle Android patent fee dispute

Microsoft and Samsung won’t duke it out in court after all.

The two technology giants on Monday say they settled a 6-month-old court battle concerning fees Samsung owed Microsoft for manufacturing phones running the Android  mobile operating system.

“Samsung and Microsoft are pleased to announce that they have ended their contract dispute in U.S. court” as well as related arbitration overseen by the International Chamber of Commerce, Microsoft Deputy General Counsel David Howard and Samsung Executive Vice President Jaewan Chi said in a brief statement on Microsoft’s website.

They didn’t detail the terms of the agreement. Representatives of both companies declined to comment beyond the statement.

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January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM

New Outlook apps arrive for Android, iOS devices

Microsoft is bringing new versions of its Outlook email service to Google- and Apple-powered mobile devices, the latest effort to get the company’s products in front of people who aren’t using Windows.

The free Outlook apps will be available for download on Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating system starting on Thursday, the company said.

The apps are based on code written by the team at Acompli, the maker of well regarded email programs that Microsoft purchased in December. Acompli was among the companies working to unclutter the deluge of email that modern life brings with next-generation email and organization software.

“Today the average business user sends and receives 121 emails per day, but more email doesn’t mean more productivity,” Javier Soltero, a manager with Microsoft’s Outlook group and the former chief executive of Acompli, said in a blog post. “We need to be able to send better, more useful email, more easily.” 

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February 24, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Nokia launches its first Android-based phones [updated]

[This post has been updated to include comment from Microsoft]

Nokia, whose phone business is soon to become part of Microsoft, introduced its first Android-based smartphone today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Nokia X line of phones — which include the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL — is based on Google’s Android operating system, meaning the phones will run Android apps and that it should be relatively easy for developers to port their Android apps to the Nokia Store.

The Nokia X (Photo from Nokia)

The Nokia X (Photo from Nokia)

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August 7, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Windows Phone’s U.S. market share edges up

Microsoft’s market share of U.S. smartphone subscribers bumped up a little to 3.1 percent for the three months ended in June, according to research firm comScore. That’s up from 3 percent for the three months ended both in March and in May. Those figures include both Windows Phone and the outdated Windows Mobile, according to…

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August 7, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Windows Phone, Android smartphone market share up; iOS down

Windows Phone’s worldwide market share edged up from 3.1 percent in the second quarter of last year to 3.7 percent this year, cementing its third-place rank among smartphone operating systems. That’s according to research firm IDC, which also notes that Windows Phone shipped 8.7 million units in the second quarter of this year, up from…

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