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Although Microsoft is getting to launch its first Microsoft Store outside the US in Sydney, plans for other international stores are currently unknown. An earlier report by the site Microsoft-News mentioned that a new Microsoft Store was slated to open this Monday at the Eldorado Mall in São Paulo, Brazil.

However, this is not entirely the case. The Brazilian Windows Phone site Windows Phone Doctor has spoken with mall employees to get clarification about what is coming to that mall.

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File this one under odd, but it looks like Microsoft is set to bring a regional variant of the Lumia 530 to Brazil in the coming weeks. Website Janela Tech has combed through some documents from ANATEL, the Brazilian regulatory agency akin to the FCC and found references to a 'Lumia 532' phone likely due in the near future.

Not much is known about they mystery device, although the model name RM-1032 is used in the documents. The phone appears to be 3G only, dual-SIM and due to the 5xx series we can bet it is nothing to excited over, likely being just a regional variant.

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Microsoft is bringing soccer fans a new way to get ready for the 2014 World Cup with the new section called Destination Brazil for the Xbox One. In addition to a new app, FIFA game mode, and series, Microsoft has also partnered with Copa90, a leading provider of football video online. Several of Copa90's existing series will be making their way to Xbox Video.

First, Microsoft is introducing the Brazil Now app, available on Xbox One starting June 12. The app snaps up next to live TV, and lets you get real-time updates while watching football matches, gives you notifications about things like the beginnings of matches and goal alerts, and you can interact with a notification to turn on and watch a match.

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It is half way through the month of May and Nokia’s latest (and technically last) Lumias are starting to see the light of day. This morning, the Lumia 630, 635 and 930 were all announced as heading to Brazil, at various dates with some pricing info, as well. Perhaps more interestingly, the Lumia 630 will evidently come with Mobile DTV (Digital TV). For those who aren’t aware, DTV is a standard for delivering free over-the-air Mobile Digital TV signals, which is pretty great.

Let’s see what’s coming and when.

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Microsoft is planning to release both the Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 in Brazil later this month, alongside other first-tier launch markets. To celebrate the new Windows Phones entering the local market, Microsoft Brazil will be hosting an event on May 15th in São Paulo. This marks the shift from Nokia to Microsoft with the latter now handling marketing and device launches.

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Windows Phone continues its ascent in the global smartphone race, at least according to shipment numbers released by IDC. While the increase in global market share continues for Microsoft’s mobile OS, perhaps the more interesting story is in individual markets.

IDC’s new numbers show that Windows Phone “posted the largest increase for both the quarter (46.7%) and the year (90.9%)” when compared to iOS and Android. That’s down from Q3, where shipments were pegged at 156%, but is line with year-end performance. The take away is that Microsoft has nearly doubled their growth.

Likewise, Nokia’s dominance of the Windows Phone market is confirmed again at that 90% number, which has had multiple corroborations at this point.

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British international bank, HSBC has released a Windows Phone app for the region of Brazil. The official solution brings mobile banking to the platform, offering customers new and more convenient ways to manage their money and accounts. If you reside in Brazil, hold an account with HSBC and are looking for an app for your Windows Phone, head on past the break for all the details.

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Brazilian Windows Phone fans got a treat yesterday when Nokia's top two smartphones, the Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 925, were released. The Lumia 1020, Nokia's flagship Windows Phone device, is available in black and white, with yellow on its way. It will run you a cool R$2,399 ($1101 USD). The lightweight aluminum Lumia 925, also available in black and white, comes in slightly less at R$1799 ($824 USD).

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While Square (squareup.com) remains the king of mobile transactions for small businesses, taxis and other services globally, the company has so far stayed away from Windows Phone, sticking with the iPhone and Android instead. File it under the old “not enough market share” problem that has plagued Microsoft.

Some of that is changing though as PagSeguro (Brazil) and Cube (getcube.com) have finally embraced Windows Phone, allowing small companies to use their preferred device when doing mobile credit card transactions.

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