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Without a smartphone, Microsoft's augmented reality (AR) efforts may be overshadowed by Apple's ARKit and Google's ARCore phone-based approaches.
As Microsoft winds down its smartphone efforts in preparation for its next mobile attempt, many fans still want a Windows phone. But boy, are they getting difficult to find.
It may not always seem like it, but Microsoft has a mobile strategy. It's been unsuccessful, but it's still more or less on track.
Live Tiles have taken a lot of heat from Windows phone critics and blamed for Microsoft's mobile woes. But they're actually the best thing about the platform.
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore said Windows 10 Mobile is for phone experiences. That doesn't contradict a full Windows on ARM on telephony-enabled pocket PCs vision, however.
In the wake of a rise in white supremacist activity, violence and a proliferation of hate, Silicon Valley must be decisive in its stance against hatred and the use of its platforms.
Barring a recent Consumer Reports study condemning Surface, Microsoft's Surface and Windows 10-led PC strategy has been a success. There's reason to believe the company plans to expand that success to your pocket.
The next generation of adults, unconcerned about social and privacy issues, may readily accept smartglasses as smartphone replacements.
Today's children live in a world where computers are an integral part of life. To win the next generation tech giants have partnered with schools to teach children how to code.
Windows 10 Mobile failed, but the remnants of a plan where Windows 10 Mobile and full Windows on ARM coexist, Microsoft's post-smartphone strategy, endures.
Microsoft's Dona Sarkar and Alex Kipman believe AR smartglasses will replace smartphones. And they may very well be right. Here's why.
Google Glass is back and like Microsoft's HoloLens its fighting for the enterprise. Whichever wearable wins the enterprise will likely win consumers.
ODG has designed consumer-focused AR smartglasses powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. Will Microsoft be too late to the consumer AR space?
Like everyone, Windows phone fans you have a choice to use whatever platform you wish. So if Windows phone works for you, use it until it doesn't!
With Apple's consumer-focused AR strategy, Microsoft's HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality may be overshadowed. But media-focused HoloLens for home, targeted at consumers, could turn the tide.
Windows 10 Mobile has effectively devolved into a mere testing ground for features destined for a future of full Windows on ARM devices, and Windows phone fans, you're the beta testers.
Disenchanted Windows phone fans feel Microsoft's next mobile device will fail without their support. But Microsoft's ultimate mobile device vision may not need those smartphone loyalists.
Microsoft's retreat from the smartphone space suggests its killing Windows phone. Perhaps it is, but only to prepare for what's coming next.
Microsoft's leaders bear the burden of guiding Microsoft through exciting and competitive times. Here's a quick look at the company's leadership.
Ambient computing is a term that is becoming more popular of late. But what is it and why does it matter to consumers, communities, society and tech companies?
Before 2007 Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS had a dominant position in mobile. Before June 2017 Microsoft had an undisputed lead in augmented reality (AR) as well. In both instances, Apple flipped the script.
Smartphones are the gateways to many tech companies' broader ecosystems. Sadly, history proves any attempt by Microsoft to fill that void in its ecosystem is a huge gamble.
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