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PARIS, Feb 16 — Microsoft has announced a new Windows 10 smartphone for selected European markets.

The Lumia 650 adds to the firm’s latest smartphone range with a mid-range model, although with sales figures still low, the Lumia line could soon be replaced altogether.

The Microsoft Lumia 650 will be launching in Europe from February 18, in single- and dual-SIM models and with prices starting at around US$199 (RM823.85).

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If you’re part of the minority rocking a Windows Phone 8 or 8.1 smartphone loud and proud, and if you were hoping to update to Windows 10 Mobile, we’ve got some bad news for you.

Microsoft has decided to delay the free Windows 10 Mobile update for select Windows 8 and 8.1 phones until “early next year,” according to an official statement provided to ZDNet. Windows 10 Mobile was originally scheduled to roll out to Windows Phone faithfuls this month.

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Windows Phone fans and fanboys have a tough job. They have to stand by an operating system with a new name every few years, significantly fewer apps than the competition, and a distant third place spot in the market. The latest news out of Microsoft isn’t making their lives any easier.

This week, Microsoft failed to deliver on its promise of rolling out Windows 10 Mobile devices to existing Windows Phone devices in December. The new target? 2016.

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Company rolls out slew of new products to take on competition in the home market

An affordable smartphone, a Windows tablet, an air purifier and a 15-minute emotional soul-searching speech by CEO Lei June were Xiaomi Corp’s final offerings for this year.

At a product launch event on Tuesday, Lei, 46, introduced Xiaomi’s first smartphone with finger print scanning capability and a tablet equipped with an

Intel Corp processor and Microsoft Corp’s latest Windows 10 operating system.

Both devices are priced below 1,000 yuan ($156).

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Microsoft confirmed this weekend that it has delayed–if not killed entirely–a tool designed to make it easy for Android apps to run on Windows 10 phones and tablets.

Dubbed Project Astoria, the effort was unveiled in April as part of an aggressive but risky plan to get developers who write for Android, iOS or the Web to bring their programs to Windows. Developers had begun to raise questions, though, as the tool was never released publicly and Microsoft had stopped talking about it.

Microsoft confirmed to Re/code this weekend that it was not moving ahead with Astoria as planned, but a representative declined to say whether Astoria was delayed, on hold, or being scrapped altogether.

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New York City finally has a Microsoft store to call its own.

Microsoft took its sweet time to bring one of its stores to the city, with many smaller towns and cities across the US already boasting stores of their own first. For a long time, New York—prime tourist destination and home of the North American media that it is—was an obvious and peculiar exception. But that changed today, with not merely a store but a flagship store now gracing Fifth Avenue, a few blocks away from Apple’s iconic glass cube store.

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New York: Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 10 has reached more than 75 million devices in almost a month since the operating system was released, according to Yusuf Mehdi, the company’s marketing chief for Windows and devices.

More than 90,000 personal-computer and tablet models have upgraded to the new OS, which is running in 192 countries, Mehdi said Wednesday in a series of tweets. The app store for Windows 10 has had six times more downloads per device than Windows 8, he wrote.

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Microsoft will use its customers’ upload bandwidth to deliver Windows 10’s updates and apps with a peer-to-peer technology resembling BitTorrent, a fact that has caught some by surprise.

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In a major restructuring of its mobile devices business, US tech giant Microsoft on Wednesday said it is writing off $7.6 billion it spent on acquiring Nokia and will cut 7,800 jobs, but was silent on India impact.

“I want to update you on decisions impacting our phone business… We anticipate that these changes, in addition to other headcount alignment changes, will result in the reduction of up to 7,800 positions globally, primarily in our phone business,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an email to employees.

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Microsoft announced an academic research program Monday aiming to gather proposals for HoloLens technologies that further “the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society.”

Microsoft will be awarding $100,000 and two HoloLens development kits to the best five research proposals from academic institutions.

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