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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.

Report: Microsoft plans dual mobile platforms

Microsoft is reportedly planning to promote two versions of its Windows Mobile operating system simultaneously in a bid to catch-up with its rivals in the smartphone market.

Microsoft to launch new mobile OS on 6 October

Microsoft yesterday announced that its latest Windows operating system (OS) for mobile phones – aimed at reviving its fortunes in the market for smartphones – will debut on devices on 6 October, but initial reports have damned the company’s efforts.

Microsoft recovers Sidekick data

The BBC reports that Microsoft says it has now recovered the personal data lost when its Sidekick servers suffered an outage on 13 October.

T-Mobile suspends Sidekick sales

US operator T-Mobile has halted sales of the Sidekick device after a server caused customers to lose personal data, reports the BBC. Microsoft subsidiary Danger, which designed Sidekick’s software and service, confirmed the disruption.