After passing through the FCC last month, the RM-1090 has now broken cover at China's TENAA. Considered to be the first device to sport Microsoft's branding, the RM-1090 is rumored to be a mid-range device that offers dual-SIM connectivity.
Microsoft announced an additional 3,000 job cuts last week, bringing the total number of layoffs to 18,000. While the software giant did not give out specifics on what business units are being downsized, a report out of Shenzhen Business News suggests that the cutbacks include the entire Xbox R&D division in China.
Cortana in China may go by the name "Xiao Na" but Microsoft is bringing the digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1 to life in a new promotion in the form of both a TV commercial and actors who interact with people in the real world.
The launch of the Xbox One may have been slightly delayed in China, but that does not seem to have affected sales of the console, as it is being reported that Microsoft managed to sell 100,000 units on launch day.
Microsoft has today announced the upcoming launch of the Lumia 830 for China, which will also see the arrival of Cortana (and the Lumia Denim update) in the region. The Windows Phone will be priced at 2,399 yuan ($390) and will be available in the choice of four colors. Jot down the date of October 13.
After pushing back the original launch of the Xbox One in China (which was yesterday), Microsoft is announcing that it will launch the console in six days' time. Chinese customers will be able to get their hands on the Xbox One starting September 29.
Originally set to launch next week, the launch of the Xbox One in China has been pushed back to the end of the year. Microsoft has stated that customers who have pre-ordered the console in the country will be among the first to receive it once it launches in the country, along with "an added bonus."
Microsoft launched the Chinese version of its Cortana digital assistant, called Xiao Na, a few weeks ago with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 in that country. Now the company is talking more about a related project called XiaoIce ("Little ice") that has been designed to offer human-like conversations on Chinese social networks.
China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) is demanding a "written explanation within 20 days" from Microsoft over queries about Windows and Office compatibility. Earlier this month, the Chinese government launched an antitrust investigation into Microsoft centred around the bundling of Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player with the Windows operating system.
Microsoft's MSN Messenger, also known as Windows Live Messenger, which shut down in most parts of the world in April 2013, will finally close for good on October 31. That's the date Microsoft has set for shutting down the messaging service in China, where it will be replaced by Skype.
Citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter, Reuters claims that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is scheduled to visit China next month. Microsoft is currently being investigated by one of China's antitrust regulators over concerns centering on the bundling of Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player with Windows. The antitrust probe, which was launched this week by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, followed a raid on four Microsoft offices in the country by Chinese authorities.
After raiding Microsoft's offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu last month due to issues with "compatibility, bundling and document authentication", Chinese regulators are now targeting the Redmond-based giant's web browser and media player.
The government of China could launch its own PC desktop operating system sometime in October which could later be extended to smartphones and tablets, in a bid to compete with rival overseas systems from Microsoft, Google and Apple.
Microsoft's Xbox One partner in China, BesTV, revealed that the Chinese government has approved of the sale of 5 million units of the game console ahead of the Xbox One's official launch in that country on September 23.
Finally, there is a video showing off how Windows Phone 8.1 and Cortana would look and work when it lands in China. The video shows the feature demonstrated on a yellow Lumia 1520 phone, and the features shown confirms what we already know about the localization of Cortana for the Chinese market.
Microsoft's Windows Phone leader Joe Belfiore has confirmed that Microsoft will be forming a new team, based in Beijing, that will be tasked with creating projects for Windows PCs, tablets and Windows Phones specifically for the Chinese market
Xbox Wire has made the Xbox One launch in China announcement official, which includes pricing info for the console in the region. Priced at 3,699 RMB ($600), the Xbox One will also include some pretty neat extras.