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It is no secret at this point that the Nokia name was going to be eventually supplanted by something else. Nokia lives on as a separate company, while Microsoft takes ownership of the Lumia brand and brings the new employees into the fold.

Speculation about the name change has been going for months but on October 21, Microsoft made it official by stating the new name will go from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia.

Tonight, the Conversations blog has more on the name change, including what it all means.

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Microsoft's financial numbers for the quarter that ended September 30 revealed that the company took a hit with revenues from its Windows Phone division, as it recorded a 46 percent decrease compared to a year ago. The numbers may come as a surprise as Microsoft experienced "modest growth" in Windows Phone sales for the same quarter.

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After his comments regarding how women should ask for a raise in the workplace drew the ire of the media earlier this month, Satya Nadella is now further clarifying his views on the subject. Talking to USA Today and CNBC, Nadella also discussed other topics that include his vision for Microsoft as well as the impact of cloud-based services.

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Microsoft may once again be offering an online store for users in India. Back in 2012, hackers accessed microsoftstore.co.in and stole usernames and passwords for of people who had made purchases from the online store. Microsoft subsequently pulled the plug and the site has been offline ever since. Now it appears as if the site may be operational again as early as next month.

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If you are lucky enough to reside in Sweden, you may want to pencil in Monday, October 29 from 4pm to 8 pm to head to Microsoft's Open house shindig.

As someone who has been to many Microsoft events, let me say from experiences they tend to be much fun (translation: they amply use their budget). For this event, you can expect "food, drinks, contests" and of course the ability to get your hands on all sorts of new hardware for Windows and Windows Phone.

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Microsoft made headlines earlier this season with the NFL exclusively using the Surface to help manage players and for strategy planning. Now it looks like the world's most famous racing circuit in the US is jumping on board too.

Today, Microsoft, and NASCAR are sharing their new partnership, specifically using Windows to power a new racecar inspection process. Previously, NASCAR relied on the old pencil and paper method for checklists, but now the group is outfitted with a Surfaces and some customized Windows software to help automate the tasks.

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Microsoft's ExpertZone has just received a huge refresh. ExpertZone is where Microsoft connects with the thousands of retail professionals who sell Windows Phone, Windows, Xbox, Office and all other Microsoft products. It's on this site where retail pros can join a community of like-minded individuals to learn about all things Microsoft and earn rewards for doing so.

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