Windows Phone Newsroom: Top Stories

Read what others are saying about Windows Phone in this collection of selected top news stories.

Microsoft OS chief Myerson on the future of ‘One Windows’
April 10, 2014
Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet

Meeting Cortana, Microsoft’s Sassy Siri Rival
April 02, 2014
Joanna Stern, WSJ

Meet Microsoft’s Cortana, A More Personal Siri
April 02, 2014
Nick Wingfield, NY Times

The story of Cortana, Microsoft’s Siri Killer
April 02, 2014
Tom Warren, The Verge

Here’s Why Microsoft’s New Mobile Strategy Will Help It Overtake Apple In 3 Years
Dec. 05, 2013
“In fact if you look at the numbers, the Windows Phone is the fastest growing smartphone platform, it’s the 2nd most used OS in Latin America and India, it grew 48% year over year (YoY) in EMEA and enjoyed a 366% increase YoY for Nokia Lumia sales in the United States.”

Readers’ Choice Awards 2013: Smartphones and Mobile Carriers
March 13, 2013
“According to our survey respondents, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 clearly bests Apple and Android.”

Nokia Sold 4.4 Million Lumia Smartphones in ‘Solid’ Q4 2012; Results ‘Exceeded Expectations’
Jan. 10, 2013
“In its press release, Nokia says its ‘Devices & Services’ unit likely exceeded expectations and ‘achieved underlying profitability’ in the fourth quarter of 2012, as both its Mobile Phones business unit and Lumia portfolio delivered better-than-expected results.”

Study Gives High Innovation Marks to Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store
Jan. 03, 2013
“Microsoft should be lauded for its initiative to extend its ranking algorithm beyond raw download figures, by including factors that can actually measure the customer satisfaction and retention.”

Microsoft Certified 75,000+ Windows Phone 8 Apps in 2012
Dec. 27, 2012
“Despite Windows Phone 8 hitting the market just seven weeks ago, Brix said Redmond has already seen a 40 percent increase in month-over-month developer revenue in the 30 days since the current SDK release.”

Windows Phone 8 Worthy Rival to Apple, Android
Nov. 13, 2012
“There’s a lot to cheer in these latest devices.”

Windows Phone 8 Arrives: What You Need to Know
Oct. 30, 2012
“Most importantly, Windows Phone 8 aims to create a unified design philosophy and user experience across all Windows devices. In that, Microsoft has doubtless succeeded. And they have succeeded in creating the most customizable and personalized smartphone OS.”

Windows Phone 8 First Impressions: Snappy Redesign
Oct. 30, 2012
“Windows Phone 8 is snappy and fast. The units on hand at the Microsoft event in San Francisco on Monday all showed that the user interface is incredibly quick and smooth. The new flexibility of the home screen’s Live Tiles makes a huge difference in the amount of content that’s visible on the home screen and how users interact with it. The Live Tile concept finally hits is stride with WP8, especially because the Tiles can be resized and offer even more interactive content.”

Style, Surprises Liven Up Latest Windows Phone
Oct. 30, 2012
Wall Street Journal
“Someone who glanced over my shoulder and looked at the user interface of Windows Phone 8 said, ‘That’s a really pretty phone.’ He was right. Its combined good looks, functional features and sexy new hardware make it a winning smartphone.”

Ballmer Pitches Windows Phone 8 Live Tiles in Video Ad
Oct. 30, 2012
“It’s one of those rare ads that actually describes a technology; in this case the live tiles at the heart of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.”

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8: What’s New for Business Users
Oct. 30, 2012
“Users can dictate their notes and have them automatically transcribed and added to OneNote without having to type them in by hand. …Users also can send and reply to emails using voice.”

5 Awesome Windows Phone 8 Features You’ll Love
Oct. 29, 2012
“Backed by HTC and Nokia, the new line of Microsoft phones are housing the latest hardware, stunning designs, and some amazing new software features just recently announced today at the company’s WP8 San Francisco event.”

HTC 8X: This Flagship Windows Phone Packs a Big, Beautiful Screen in a Slim, Blade-like Package
Sept. 19, 2012
“HTC’s new flagship Windows Phone — the 8X — is not just impressive because it packs a 1.5 GHz, dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset and 4.3-inch 1280×720 display good for a PPI of 342. But it also manages to make a phone that, already checking in at a svelte 0.39-inches, feel even thinner than it is.”

HTC Debuts Stunning Windows Phone 8 Devices
Sept. 19, 2012
“Beyond specs, though, what really sets the 8X and 8S apart is HTC’s exciting design. …both devices are stunning. The handsets’ polycarbonate unibodies feature a soft, matte finish that looks and feels more substantial than most plastic phone bodies. And the curved backs fit very nicely in the contours of a palm.”

HTC Rekindles Its Old Microsoft Romance and Bets on Windows Phone 8
Sept. 19, 2012
The Verge
“Speaking to The Verge recently, HTC’s Graham Wheeler, tells us that the company is ‘super excited’ about Windows Phone 8. ‘Our first phones were Windows devices, we’ve been there with every major launch,’ says the EMEA Director of Commercialisation Product Management.”

Verizon Gets Back on Board With Windows Phone
Sept. 19, 2012
“Verizon’s sale of the HTC Windows Phone 8X is a move that could give both Microsoft and HTC the dramatic bumps they both need.”

Nokia Lumia 920 Hands-On Extended Cut: City Lens and PureView
Sept. 06, 2012
“One of the most fabulous elements in this device is its Carl Zeiss Tessar lens working with 8.7 megapixels of power with PureView technology.”

Nokia Ups the Ante With Just-Announced Lumia 920 and 820
Sept. 05, 2012
“They’re everything we thought/hoped they would be.”

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, First Windows 8 Smart Phones, Offer Best Camera We’ve Seen
Sept. 05, 2012
Consumer Report
“The flagship Lumia 920 features the most advanced phone camera we’ve seen.”

Microsoft Beefs Up Windows Phone 8 Camera Phone Features
Sept. 05, 2012
“The new features aim to integrate the camera deeper into the smartphone user experience and with the operating system’s social features.”

Nokia Launches Lumia Phones With Focus on Optics, Wireless Charging, Augmented Reality
Sept. 05, 2012
“Microsoft-Nokia could make a major impact on the market with new phones, analysts say.”

Nokia Lumia 920 Brings Raft of Killer Features to Windows Phone 8
Sept. 05, 2012
“Nokia today announced its new flagship Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 920, with a powerful PureView camera as the centerpiece. …At a press conference in New York, Nokia focused on features, design, and technology that goes beyond raw performance.”

Nokia’s Focus on Features and Services With Windows Phone 8 Lumias Puts Challenge to Rivals
Sept. 05, 2012
“The evolution of Nokia’s services should worry rivals. While companies such as Samsung differentiate through the use of things like voice commands (S Voice), Nokia has chosen to improve the core experience of Windows Phone 8, which seems a more sound use of development time than adding additional but somewhat limited features.”

Hands-On With the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 Phone
Sept. 05, 2012
PC World
“All in all, the Lumia 920 looks lovely, performs smoothly, and has a deluge of features — especially if your smartphone doubles as a camera. …The predominant question about the Lumia 920 among people in the demo room seemed to be when they could get one.”

Nokia Gears Up for Windows Phone 8 With Lumia 920 and 820
Sept. 05, 2012
“Photography is a big part of Windows Phone 8. The Camera app has been revamped to support pinch-to-zoom and features a new lenses button. Third-party developers can create lens applications that integrate with the Camera app.”

Nokia Debuts Lumia 920 With Windows Phone 8, Wireless Charging
Sept. 05, 2012
“Along with the Lumia 820, the Nokia Lumia 920 will be one of the company’s first devices to run Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s updated mobile operating system, and comes with an enhanced 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ touchscreen. …On back of the device, you’ll find an 8.7-megapixel camera that’s capable of recording 1080p HD video and offers more advanced capabilities for capturing better pictures without having to fuss with settings.”

Nokia Lumia 920, 820 Boast Windows Phone 8, Camera Display Advances
Sept. 05, 2012
“In a demonstration, the camera technology in particular — which uses stabilization technology that allows the camera’s shutter to stay open longer and so offer brighter, crisper shots at night, without introducing blur from finite hand movements — was impressive.”

Nokia Lumia 920 Hands-On Preview, Pictures and Video
Sept. 05, 2012
The Verge
“In a video showing a couple on a bike ride, footage went from headache-inducingly shaky to clear and still with the flip of the stabilization switch. The eight-megapixel camera also does remarkably well in low light, a factor reps contribute to a combination of the Carl Zeiss lens, the image stabilization, and some Nokia software in the device.”

Samsung Unveils ATIV S, World’s First Windows Phone 8 Device
Aug. 29, 2012
“If you’ve been wondering what the first dual-core Windows Phone would look like, this is it. Today, the Korean electronics giant took the wraps off the Samsung ATIV S, the world’s first smartphone running Windows Phone 8.”

Windows Phone 8 Technology Is Impressive: 10 Reasons Why
June 21, 2012
“The operating system marks a significant shift for Microsoft, which has tied it in with the NT kernel, effectively making it a Windows-based device. Even better, it now supports dual- and quad-core devices and can scale to up to 64 cores whenever mobile devices hit that milestone. Simply put, Windows Phone 8 is ready for primetime and it’s about time everyone understands why.”

Windows Phone 8 May Be the Most Developer Friendly Phone on the Market
July 02, 2012
“The biggest and best part about Windows Phone 8 is the shared core. That means that the OS running on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 is nearly identical. It makes it super easy to develop an app for one platform and then port it to the others.”

Windows Phone 8 Start Screen Is a Living Ecosystem of Delight
June 20, 2012
“…Windows Phone 8 differentiates itself and looks awesome at the same time. Microsoft revealed Windows Phone 8 today and it’s actually really cool.”

Windows Phone 8 Is a Great Big, Crazy, Beauitful Mess
June 20, 2012
“…it’s hard to look at the several dozen screen shots and demo videos from today’s event and not be excited about the future of Windows Phone 8.”

Windows Phone 8 Heads Off to Work
June 26, 2012
“Put simply, Windows Phone 8 is the smartphone OS for which Microsoft-based businesses have been clamoring. …Windows Phone 8 will share many of the same proven and well-understood technologies from Windows, as well as the same drivers, support for the same services, and more.”

Windows Phone 8 Seen Cementing Developer Loyalty to Microsoft
June 22, 2012
“For these code writers, Windows Phone 8 brings two broad benefits: new hardware options, and a more extensive software infrastructure that can support an array of sophisticated and highly integrated mobile applications.”

Windows Phone 8’s New, Even More Personal Start Screen
June 20, 2012
Ars Technica
“Windows Phone 8 will sport a new Start screen that builds on the personalization features of the Windows Phone 7.5 interface, making it even more customizable and personal. …The result is greater flexibility for users, and more options for developers.”

Windows Phone 8 in Detail: New Start Screen, Multi-Core Support, VoIP Integration, and NFC
June 20, 2012
The Verge
“Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system gets its grand unveiling.”

More Business Features Coming to Windows Phone 8
June 20, 2012
“…Microsoft officials confirmed that a number of features meant to appeal to business users are coming to Windows Phone 8 with the ‘Apollo’ operating system update.”

Microsoft Is the Most Exciting Company in Tech, Hands Down
June 21, 2012
“Microsoft is a company reborn. It’s not just significant because of past achievements. Microsoft is exciting because of what it’s doing right now.”

Sexy Lumia Has Microsoft and Nokia Gunning for iPhone
April 05, 2012
CNN Money
“The Lumia 900 is a visually dazzling smartphone that’s generating a lot of chatter after it took home the Best of Show award at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.”

Nokia Lumia 900: Best Windows Phone Ever
April 03, 2012
“Windows Phone begs to be touched, swiped and pinched, even more than iOS or Android.”

Nokia Lumia 900 Review: This Might Save Windows Phone
April 03, 2012
“The Lumia 900 is a phone that every single person should consider owning.”

New Nokia Is Good Phone at Great Price
April 03, 2012
“…I found it more pleasurable than any of a half-dozen largely indistinguishable Android phones I’ve recently checked out.”

Nokia Lumia 900 Review: A Solid Slab of Windows Phone
April 03, 2012
“I’ve waxed poetic about Nokia’s design chops before, but it’s worth repeating that the Lumia 900’s look and feel is a cut above that of its competitors.”

2 Underdogs Produce, But in Time?
New York Times
“This Nokia phone and its Microsoft operating system are truly lovely — more beautiful than the iPhone or Android software, and, for most functions, just as powerful.”

Nokia’s Lumia 900 Is the Best $100 Smartphone Yet
April 03, 2012
“…the Lumia 900 feels perfectly in harmony with Microsoft’s slick Metro interface.”

AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 Review: The Windows Phone You’ve Been Waiting For
April 03, 2012
“It’s the perfect marriage of Windows Phone and beautiful, first-class hardware all in a super affordable $99 package.”

The Nokia Lumia 900 Will Be a Hot Seller on AT&T
April 03, 2012
“I love the Lumia 900 and as a fan of the platform it is the best Windows Phone device I have ever used.”

Nokia Lumia 900 Reviewed: The Windows Phone to Get
April 03, 2012
“Right now, I can’t think of a better Windows Phone to try out or buy. …The phone also illustrates that Windows Phone is a very competent operating system with a fast-growing ecosystem.”

App Academy: the Student Developers Building the Windows Phone Ecosystem
March 29, 2012
The Verge
“[Microsoft’s] focus on bringing the top apps to Windows Phone and student activities suggest that it’s in the race for the long term.”

Nokia’s Cut-Rate Windows Phone Is Just Right
Jan. 19, 2012
Boston Globe
“The Lumia 710 is a very good smartphone – sleek, fast, cheap, and designed for Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 7 operating system.”

Talk Is Cheap and Reliable on Nokia’s $50 Phone
Jan. 18, 2012
All Things D
“After a week of testing the Lumia 710, my verdict is that it’s a good value for the money, and a good choice for people moving up to their first smartphone, or those looking for an alternative to Android and Apple.”

Why Windows Phones Are the Most Exciting Handsets at CES
Jan. 12, 2012
“Headlines like ‘Why Windows Phone is Making Waves at CES’ and ‘How Nokia’s Lumia 900 Windows Phone Won CES Before It Even Started’ are key indicators of the excitement surrounding Windows Phone’s big leap into relevance in the smartphone market. Before the show even started, Nokia’s next-gen Lumia handset, in particular, was on the receiving end of a tremendous amount of anticipation and praise. And for good reason.”

CES: Windows Phone Outpaces Rivals in Microsoft Speed Challenge
Jan. 12, 2012
“At the company’s CES booth, Ben Rudolph of the Windows Phone team is challenging users of other smartphones to duels in which they race him to complete everyday tasks such as checking the weather, posting to Facebook and Twitter, and snapping/sharing a photo. Anyone who beats him gets 100 bucks. …Summing up the Day 1 results in a blog post, he reports 21 wins, two losses, and a tie — underscoring the company’s point that Windows Phone is faster at many everyday tasks.”

Why Windows Phone Is Making Waves at CES
Jan. 10, 2012
“Even before Steve Ballmer’s Monday night keynote address, I’m hearing ‘Windows Phone’ in various conversations everywhere I travel. …The hardware side of things is starting to catch up with better camera sensors — the Titan II has a 16 megapixel camera — and high-quality, industrial design such as that found in Nokia’s smartphones.”

How Nokia’s Lumia 900 Windows Phone Won CES Before It Even Started
Jan. 10, 2012
“In short, Nokia’s Windows Phones exude style, and that goes a long way toward impressing tech journalists overwhelmed by dozens of aesthetically similar phones and tablets at CES. There’s more: In mobile, Microsoft has become the beloved underdog of the tech press. Windows Phone is fun, and it’s silky smooth like an iPhone without mimicking Apple’s interface of apps and nothing else.”

Microsoft and Windows Phone Partners Declare Mobile War
Jan. 10, 2012
“Microsoft is staking a lot on its very different user interface. The live-tile design is strikingly different from the icon-based environment we find on Android devices and the iPhone. …Only time will tell. But for consumers, the entrance of a third major competitor would be only good news.”

The Critics Rave … for Microsoft?
Jan. 07, 2012
The New York Times
“Microsoft actually has a hit, at least with the technorati. It’s cellphone software called Windows Phone — and they need it to be a blockbuster here at Microsoft Central.”

Windows Phone’s Siri Rival Off to a Good Start
Jan. 04, 2012
“Move over Siri. Windows Phone now has its own voice assistant, dubbed Ask Ziggy, and it seems to be a hit.”

Survey: Windows Phone No. 1 in User Satisfaction
Jan. 04, 2012
Redmond Channel Partner
“In a scale of 0 to 2, where 0 means ‘unacceptable’ user experience, 1 means ‘satisfactory’ and 2 means ‘delighted,’ Windows Phone scored 1.31 among reviewers. It was followed by BlackBerry (1.28), iOS (1.26), Android (1.18) and Symbian (1.01).”

Why I Don’t Want an iPhone Any More
Nov. 28, 2011
“Windows Phone strikes the perfect middle ground between the two. The slick, instantly recognisable and totally intuitive live tile interface is playful without being toylike, knocking Apple’s once-revolutionary front end into a cocked hat.”

Spotify Tunes Into Windows Phone Mango
Nov. 08, 2011
“By a delightful coincidence, Windows Phone 7 is our seventh mobile app. Created with our friends at Microsoft, this app will give you an outstanding music experience on your Windows Phone 7,” the company said on its blog.

Microsoft Touts UC Apps on Windows Phone
Nov. 07, 2011
“This isn’t little SharePoint, this isn’t a copy of SharePoint. You don’t lose any capabilities. And this isn’t a subset of capabilities of Lync. This is Lync for your phone,” Glenn Gerlach, senior mobility strategist, told the audience at the Sprint Open Solutions Conference last week in Santa Clara, Calif.

Five Unique Features That Set ‘Mango’ Apart
Oct. 05, 2011
“With ’Mango’, Windows Phone has matured, and now Microsoft is ready to go head to head against iOS and Android. Here are five key features of ’Mango’ that make it worth taking a closer look before you upgrade your iPhone 4 to an iPhone 4S, or jump ship to get an Android device like the Samsung Galaxy S II.”

Tasty Mango Upgrade Should Bring New Windows Phone 7 Users to the Table
Oct. 05, 2011
The Boston Globe
“…Microsoft has found its way. The company has tweaked the powerful, elegant system it delivered last year in ways that I find pretty near irresistible. Already blessed with a gorgeous user interface, Windows Phone 7 has added valuable search features, more efficient ways to stay in touch with friends and colleagues, and a smart method for accessing the software apps you need, even if you don’t know you need them.”

Real Competition From Redmond: Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango’ Reviewed
Oct. 02, 2011
Ars Technica
“With Mango, Microsoft has got the smartphone operating system right. It’s fast, it’s fun, it’s easy to use, it does everything you need, and it looks great. It takes the things that made the original release unique and makes them better, and it addresses nearly every criticism made of that version. As a piece of software, it’s a triumph, and it’s more than good enough to take on Android and iOS.”

Mango Is a Sweet Upgrade for Windows Phone 7
Sept. 29, 2011
USA Today
“Windows Phone 7 software is punctuated by a bold interface called Metro that is built around rectangular live customizable ‘at a glance’ tiles. Tap a tile to jump to pictures, your calendar, the Internet Explorer browser, Xbox Live, a Music + Videos hub, and more.”

Windows Phone 7.5 `Mango´ Release Details and Updated Review
Sept. 27, 2011
This Is My
“Windows Phone remains a breath of fresh air in an otherwise-entrenched mobile landscape. It’s fun to use in a way that iOS and Android are — to put it bluntly — not.”

Windows Phone 7.5 Review: Second Best Isn’t Half Bad
Sept. 27, 2011
“It’s more or less a complete thing now. A real boy. Or whatever. And frankly, it’s about time for another major phone platform, one that actually feels like it’s in the same class as iOS.”

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Review: Up to Speed
Sept. 27, 2011
“With version 7.5, Microsoft attempts to build on its metaphor for simple, straightforward features that get you in and out. This time, though, the goal was to make everything smarter and more social, now that Windows Phone must graduate from simply being something new, to something different. In this, Microsoft largely succeeds. …keep an open mind and you just might be pleasantly surprised by Microsoft’s elegant, daring, and simple take on smartphones.”

Mango Is a Fresh New Flavor for Windows Phones
Sept. 27, 2011
“Overall, the Mango upgrade presents Windows Phone owners with a more complete package than the launch version. Interface details have been well-thought-out and executed. I see no reason not to upgrade. And if you don’t have one, consider checking one out.”

4 Reasons Windows Phone 7 Will Beat iPhone and Android
Aug. 08, 2011
“…IDC is so bullish on the future of Windows smartphones that it predicts Microsoft will capture more than 20% of the market by 2015, moving ahead of iOS and behind only Android. Here are four reasons why Microsoft will be a major smartphone player in a few years.”

Watch Out Apple, Google: Windows Phone’s Next Big Update Is An Absolute Home Run
Aug. 04, 2011
Business Insider
“Windows Phone is getting a giant update coming this fall called ’Mango.’ We can’t wait. Mango has some truly inspired features that integrate social networks into every aspect of the phone, as well as many others.”

Mango Phone: a Peach of a Late Bloomer
June 21, 2011
All Things D
“With the help of Mango, the Windows Phone has grown up into a device that can be considered a real competitor for Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android devices…”

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 `Mango´
June 21, 2011
“Windows Phone 7 takes a genuinely different approach to communication than its main rivals.”

The Next Windows Phone: It’s Pretty Great
June 21, 2011
“Pending some killer Nokia hardware or radical Android redesign, I think the choice this fall for all but the nerdiest of nerds is going to be very simple. iPhone or Windows Phone. Nothing else is that pleasant.”

Windows Phone `Mango´ preview
June 21, 2011
This Is My Next
“Regardless of Mango’s ultimate success at the register, though, I like more about Windows Phone in Mango than ever — and I’m definitely looking forward to playing with some final software and hardware.”

Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta Review
June 21, 2011
“…Windows Phone 7 Mango brings several compelling new features to the smartphone wars.”

Microsoft’s `Mango´ – Making Smartphones Smarter
May 25, 2011
“Mango will deliver more than 500 new features that will actually integrate the entire smartphone experience including all your communications, apps and the Internet. The new Mango release organizes information around the person or the group that we want to interact with, not the app we have to use.”

Microsoft Windows Phone Mango Update Is Major Upgrade
May 24, 2011
“Information from Twitter and LinkedIn will display in the `People´ Hub, along with new images added by friends. Windows Phone users will also have the ability to consolidate their friends and colleagues into Groups, the easier to send mass-messages and emails. Visual voicemail and the ability to see `threaded´ conversations in emails buttress Mango’s communications enhancements.”

Microsoft Wins Over Developers
March 31, 2011
Bloomberg Businessweek
“About 36,000 developers have registered with the company, Microsoft said in a blog posting Mar 31. A total of 11,500 apps are available and customers on average download 12 a month.”

Building the next great mobile software developer opportunity
Feb. 14, 2011
Venture Beat
Terry Myerson, VP of Windows Phone Engineering, and Nokia’s Tero Ojanpera, EVP of Services, submit an open letter to developers.”

How Microsoft Hit CTRL+ALT+DEL on Windows Phone
Nov. 08, 2010
“The reset was no simple task: It involved bringing in new managers, reorganizing the Windows phone-design department and opening new test facilities dedicated to mobile hardware.”

3 Reasons Windows Phone 7 Smartphone Is A Keeper
Nov. 10, 2010
“Microsoft has finally delivered a smartphone based operating system that provides big benefits for smartphone lovers with its Windows Phone 7 offering.”

Top 25 Must-Have Apps for Windows Phone 7
Nov. 09, 2010
“As you cozy up to your brand new WP7 handset, take a look at our list of some of the hottest apps for Windows Phone 7.”

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