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Microsoft books Hyatt for mobile ads on Verizon

Microsoft has signed a deal with Global Hyatt to put hotel adverts on Verizon Wireless phones, part of a bid to turn around its shrinking advertising business by expanding beyond personal computers, a Bloomberg report said.

Microsoft phone rumours resurface

Cellular News notes that rumours, often denied, that Microsoft could launch its own range of mobile phones have jumped back into life with news that a media agency has been appointed to deal with ‘Project Pink.’

Microsoft, Verizon team on mobile search

eWeek reports that Microsoft Bing has become the default search tool on Verizon-powered mobile devices as part of a five-year deal.

Icahn pushes for Yahoo-Microsoft deal

Activist investor Carl Icahn spoke out in favour of a search deal between Yahoo and Microsoft as talks between the two companies appeared to regain momentum, reports Reuters.

Microsoft opens app store to developers

CNet News reports that Microsoft has got its Windows Mobile application storefront under way.

Microsoft searches with Yahoo

Microsoft and Yahoo have inked a 10-year web search deal to better compete against market-leader Google but stopped short of combining their display advertising businesses.

Microsoft acknowledges ‘issues’ in mobile strategy

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted in a briefing with financial analysts yesterday that the software giant has lost ground in the smartphone market over the last 12 months.

Moto looks to expand govt/enterprise businesses

Motorola co-CEO Greg Brown has said that the vendor will look to expand its government and corporate mobility businesses – possibly via acquisitions – once the long-awaited spin-off of its mobile phone unit is completed.

Microsoft to bring Office to Nokia phones

Microsoft and Nokia are expected to announce an alliance today that will see Microsoft’s market-leading ‘Office’ software made available on Nokia handsets.

Nvidia mobile chip to debut in Microsoft’s Zune HD

Nvidia has revealed that Microsoft’s new Zune HD portable multimedia device will be the first to feature its new Tegra mobile Internet chip, reports PC World. Speaking at a press conference this week, Michael Rayfield, general manager of the mobile business unit at Nvidia, said that other Tegra-based devices, including smartphones, mobile Internet devices and netbooks would launch later this year.