Microsoft recently announced its plans to reduce 12,500 ex-Nokia employees as part of the reorganization announced by the new CEO Satya Nadella. This is a major blow for Finland as a country as thousands of people will go unemployed. Finland Labor and Finance ministers raised their concern about this layoffs announcement from Microsoft. Microsoft in response said, “As a responsible company, we strive to do our best to ensure that employees affected by the potential cuts are offered a variety of support measures and advice, including in finding new work.” Finland Labor minister said that Microsoft must fulfill the promise of building a data center in Finland as it announced in September last year. Finland Labor Minister Lauri Ihalainen said the following, “Microsoft’s intention to reduce jobs also in Finland is the bad news we feared,” Ihalainen said. “The least that can be now expected is that it creates a ...

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As part of the reorganizations and layoffs announced today, Microsoft has decided to stop developing the MixRadio service it acquired from Nokia. However, the good thing Microsoft is doing is to spin-off MixRadio from Microsoft so that it could operate as independent company. Currently, MixRadio depends on the revenue from the devices pre-loaded with MixRadio. If it becomes an independent company, it should find a new business model to survive in the highly competitive online music streaming industry. Microsoft will continue to focus on developing and maintaining the best operating system for consumers to use music and entertainment with their choice of third-party applications along with their own Xbox Music platform. Speaking to Musically, Jyrki Rosenberg of MixRadio team said that he has seen very strong interest from investors in the US, Europe and Asia. “For me personally it’s very exciting. I’ve been meeting with potential investors around the world in the last few weeks. We ...

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As you all know, Microsoft today announced their largest ever restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. As a result of it, Microsoft is planning to eliminate up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 will be professional and factory positions from the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25. Microsoft is expecting these plans to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. Another important thing for investors is that, Microsoft expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion over the next four quarters, including $750 million to $800 million for severance and related benefit costs, and $350 million to $800 million of asset-related charges. Read more about it here. Read about Stephen Elop’s mail to Microsoft ...

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Last week we reported that Microsoft is planning for layoffs and they may axe up to 10% of their workforce. Recently, in the e-mail Satya sent to its employees, he mentioned that Microsoft will share more on the engineering and organization changes needed to focus on their bold ambition in July. In addition to the changes, we reported that they will also announce layoffs as part of their quarterly earnings results. Later, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, and they may announce it as soon as this week. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said. Some details are still being worked out, two of the people said. Bloomberg also speculated that some of the job cuts will be in marketing departments for businesses such as the global Xbox ...

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Last week we reported that Microsoft is planning for layoffs and they may axe up to 10% of their workforce. Recently, in the e-mail Satya sent to its employees, he mentioned that Microsoft will share more on the engineering and organization changes needed to focus on their bold ambition in July. In addition to the changes, we reported that they will also announce layoffs as part of their quarterly earnings results. Today, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, and they may announce it as soon as this week. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said. Some details are still being worked out, two of the people said. Bloomberg also speculated that some of the job cuts will be in marketing departments for businesses such as the global Xbox ...

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Nokia is continuing their tradition of rewarding free games to their low-end mobile owners, Gameloft and Nokia today announced that they have special edition games worth over 40€ (or equivalent value in local country)available for free, until August 31. So, starting starting July 1 until August 31, all Nokia X device owners can download these games with bonus in game content at no charge. The games available includes Real Football 2014, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dungeon Hunter 4 and more. So how do you get your hands on these special edition games? Launch the Nokia Store from the Menu. Select the “Exclusive Free Offer” category from the Collections section and tap next to the game you want to download. Follow the steps on-screen to download and install the app. Alternatively, you can also search for each game in the Nokia Store. From the main menu, tap Search, enter the name of ...

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Last week we reported that T-Mobile may soon start selling Lumia 2520 Windows tablets to its consumers in the US. Today, @evleaks posted an image of it connected to T-Mobile’s 4G network. AT&T and Verizon are already offering Nokia Lumia 2520 from last year. Lumia 2520 is already available online and in select stores. For Verizon, only the Black color model will be available in stores, and if you want the red one, you should order online. Verizon website will have both Black and Red color models. The Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) is now available for just $399, down from its original price of $499. Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD display with enhanced screen readability, 4G LTE connectivity, super-fast charging, and a 6.7 MP camera with ZEISS optics. It also comes with built-in Microsoft Office 2013 RT. Key Specs: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G ...

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Information from Indian Export Import site Zauba reveals that Nokia India is receiving Nokia Lumia tablets and keypad from China for internal company use. This could possibly be the old Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets with keyboard covers, but Lumia 2520 has almost reached the end of life and it is highly unlikely that Microsoft would like to launch this device in India at this time point. The other possibility is that this could be the next Lumia tablet Nokia has been working on after they shipped Lumia 2520. This may be successor to the Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet and may get announced later this year as per previous reports. What do you expect from a Lumia 2520 successor? Here is the info about current Lumia 2520, Key Specs: 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G LTE 2GB memory/32GB SSD Up to 10 hours battery life Find the store links below. Nokia Lumia 2520 ...

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When Microsoft announced Nokia’s Devices and Services acquisition deal, approximately 32,000 people were transferred to Microsoft, including 4,700 people in Finland and 18,300 employees directly involved in manufacturing, assembly and packaging of products worldwide. Microsoft’s head count increased by over 25% – 30% as part of this single deal. Whenever such large deals happen, layoffs will follow due to restructuring. During the announcement, Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft is planning to integrate all global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn to have a unified brand and advertising strategy. Also, Finance, Legal, HR, Communications, DX / Evangelism, Customer Care and Business Development will integrate functionally at Microsoft and ICM / IT will also integrate functionally for traditional IT roles. Given overlap of lots of jobs, everyone is expecting Microsoft to announce the same. GigaOM recently reported that Microsoft is going to announce the layoffs soon. Look, [Microsoft CEO Steve] Ballmer buys Nokia and adds 25,000 ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the new Nokia X2 Android based device which comes with enhanced specs compared to the first generation Nokia X, with a larger 4.3” ClearBlack display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and a 1800mAh battery. The other significant news is the release of Nokia X software platform 2.0 along with Nokia X2. The latest software platform release includes the following improvements, The home screen experience has really evolved with extra room for additional tiles;  There’s also the new home button; you can long-press the back button for easier multitasking;  The new apps list view; Fastlane has gotten richer, with more app detail exposed. The new camera UI Improvements in the control panel and more. The bad news is that this software update won’t be made available for first gen Nokia X devices like Nokia X, X+ and XL. This is again the WP7 story ...

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Microsoft Mobile division’s official blog today posted a teaser with the following text, Summer brings out our inner glow… …stay tuned to Conversations to find out what we’ve got in store. Since the teaser is in green and Nokia has always associated green color with Android/Nokia X series in the past, we can expect a new Nokia X series device on Monday. As per the previous leaks, the Nokia X2 Android device will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The device also scored an AnTuTu benchmarking score of 11827. Also, Microsoft is reportedly fixing the glaring UX flaw in the X series devices. Currently, Nokia X devices only have a back button on the front. As most of the Android users are used to having a home screen button on the front are finding it difficult to use the device. As per the report, Microsoft ...

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The original Nokia company today surprised everyone by releasing a launcher called Z Launcher for Android devices. This app comes from the Advanced Technologies Group of Nokia which Microsoft didn’t acquire. They are trying to make a more intelligent and personal mobile experience that’s better suited for real life. Throughout the day, Z Launcher will learning how you use your phone and promoting your favorite apps so you can get to them faster. Whether you’re texting a certain someone, trying not to search for apps in the car, or multi-tasking at the office, your screen changes based on your everyday life. The more you use it, the better it gets. The fastest way to find any app on your phone in one second is by scribbling in the first letter – right on the home screen. It’s easy. Download it for your Android device at https://www.zlauncher.com/.     ...

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In order to promote the upcoming Surface Pro 3 launch in Canada, Microsoft Canada is opening Surface Cafés. These events will have a collaborative communal environment that will also play host to a series of hands-on workshops with some of the brightest minds in music, photography, illustration and business. Join us to experience the all-new Surface Pro 3. Designed to fit your lifestyle, the Surface Pro 3 is powerful, portable, and can be personalized to meet all your creative desires and productivity needs. Step inside the café and let the fun begin. Following are the events organized, Mobile Design with Uri Minkoff : Explore the intersection of fashion and technology with one of the founders of the design company that brought us the Mini M.A.C. handbag! InstaLife with Caitlin Cronenberg : Whether you’re an amateur shutterbug or a seasoned pro, get up close and personal with acclaimed Canadian photographer Caitlin ...

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business has been cleared to close in 16 markets where the deal was approved without any conditions. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) however approved the deal on certain conditions as they feared Microsoft may use its dominant patent resource to get more royalty out of Chinese OEMs. You can read Microsoft’s commitments is here. At that time, Microsoft revealed that Android devices are built on hundreds of patent “families” owned by Microsoft. A Chinese agency has now published the lists of patents on a Chinese-language webpage. You can download the longer list of 310 patents or read it below. The below document has three sections, in which 73 patents are classified as “standard-essential patents,” or SEPs which Microsoft should license to others on FRAND terms. There are 127 patents that Microsoft believes are used in Android devices. And there is another classification that has “non-SEP” assets, which includes 68 patent applications and 42 issued patents. Microsoft ...

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After selling the Devices and Services division to Microsoft, Nokia is now trying to  build a great location platform out of HERE. Last month, they announced that they have acquired Desti, an SRI international spin-off that uses artificial intelligence and natural language understanding to create deep knowledge of destinations by reading everything about them, and understands users’ natural language, so they can be specific and get the best results, immediately. Today, they announced that they have acquired Medio systems for an undisclosed sum. Medio leverages predictive models to optimize mobile customer acquisition, retention and  monetization using a cloud-based infrastructure for collecting and analyzing customer activity data. Nokia HERE team believes that building on Medio’s ‘smart data’ asset enables HERE to create contextual maps and location services that change according to the situation to provide highly personalized and predictive experiences for people and businesses. Read the full press release below, Berlin, Germany ...

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After selling the Devices and Services division to Microsoft, Nokia is now trying to  build a great location platform out of HERE. Yesterday they announced that they have acquired Desti, an SRI international spin-off that uses artificial intelligence and natural language understanding to create deep knowledge of destinations by reading everything about them, and understands users’ natural language, so they can be specific and get the best results, immediately. Desti is the first travel planner that understands you and understands travel. Desti’s iPad app helps you find exactly what you’re looking for when planning a trip – by simply asking for it. Desti uses artificial intelligence to sift through thousands of places, find you the best matches – and explain the relevance. Want to check what’s near this hotel? Just ask! Need a pet friendly park? Just ask! No more spending hours sifting through irrelevant search results. Desti will even read ...

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