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Phone makers roll their own operating systems as Google and Microsoft close ranks

As Microsoft and Google snatch up Nokia and Motorola to create integrated, iPhone-like hardware/software experiences, hardware makers like HTC and Samsung scramble to create safe havens.

Steve Ballmer on Microsoft's Nokia Devices & Services buy

Microsoft has bought the Devices & Services division of Nokia. Here's what Steve Ballmer had to say about the acquisition.

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Why Skype still can't compete with iMessage (it's all about greed, grudges, and fear)

Skype is now baked into Windows 8.1, Xbox One, and Outlook.com. But until Windows Phone gains momentum and the wireless carriers chill out, it will never become a mobile standby.

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'Official' YouTube app back in Windows Phone Store

After Microsoft and Google settled their differences, a Microsoft-authored YouTube app is back in the Windows Phone Store.

SMS syncing, driver mode, and rotation locks, oh my! Windows Phone update info leaks

The Windows Phone GDR3 update has long been said to (finally!) include 1080p support, but now some of its other features are starting to leak.

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Review: The HTC 8XT is better than the (original) iPhone

The 8XT is an inferior Windows Phone 8X. Even the most hard-core Windows Phone fan should stay away from it.

Rogue hotspots can steal your Windows Phone's saved Wi-Fi passwords, Microsoft warns

With a little naming trickery, attackers can coax your phone into giving up its Wi-Fi login credentials, Microsoft warns—but don't expect a patch to fix the issue.

At the last minute, Google extends Windows Phone calendar and contact syncing

As the deadline for the death of Google Sync approached, the company announced plans to keep the service alive until the end of the year. Are Google and Microsoft becoming frenemies?

Nokia exec vents about Windows Phone app gap

Nokia vice president Bryan Biniak shows frustration with gaps in Microsoft's app offering for the Windows mobile operating system.

Review: The Nokia Lumia 1020 marries an amazing camera to year-old hardware

Nokia's latest Windows Phone packs an impressive 41-megapixel camera, but lacks a strong app ecosystem and competitive specs.