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Submission + - Microsoft giving away Windows phones to Czech developers (thenextweb.com)

phonewebcam writes: "It’s easy to become overly focused on the US and UK smartphone markets, assuming that they are essentially the game complete, and not simply two of its many players. However, the purveyors of the major smartphone lines know better, and focus on countries by the dozen; every place you don’t invest, someone else will, potentially limiting your market share.

Nokia and Microsoft are operating along that line of thought, and are currently paying attention to the Czech Republic, and its developer population. To help build interest among developers there, the two companies are offering up Lumia 710 and 800 phones to the first 100 local developers who place three apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, and rack up 50 downloads."


Submission + - Microsoft approved to administer TV white space da (fiercebroadbandwireless.com)

phonewebcam writes: "The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has named Microsoft as an administrator of the TV white spaces database, despite the company filing late and others opposing its designation.
Microsoft is now required to develop and operate a TV bands database in its geographic area that will locate the unused slivers of broadcast spectrum. Microsoft is now the 10th company the FCC has designated as a white space database provider."


Submission + - Microsoft wants you to diss Android for a free WP7 (cnet.co.uk)

phonewebcam writes: "As the WP7 market share hovers around what Android would consider a rounding error, Microsoft sinks to a new level of desperation:

"This could be a little controversial. Microsoft is offering the chance of winning a free Windows Phone, in exchange for Android owners sharing tales of woe on Twitter concerning Google's operating system, Electric Pig reports.

People are encouraged to use the hashtag #droidrage to vent their dissatisfaction.

Windows Phone 'evangelist' Ben Rudolph tweeted: "Share your android malware story... and you could win a #windowsphone upgrade."""


Submission + - Man Survives Steve Ballmer's Flying Chair To Build (wired.com)

phonewebcam writes: "Mark Lucovsky was the other man in the room when Steve Ballmer threw his chair and called Eric Schmidt a “fucking pussy.”

Yes, the story is true. At least according to Lucovsky. Microsoft calls it a “gross exaggeration,” but Lucovsky says that when he walked into Ballmer’s office and told the Microsoft CEO he was leaving the company for Google, Ballmer picked up his chair and chucked it across the room. “Why does that surprise anyone?” Lucovsky tells Wired.com, seven years later. “If you play golf with Steve and he loses a five-cent bet, he’s pissy for the next week. Should it surprise you that when I tell Steve I’m quitting and going to work for Google, he would get animated?”"


Submission + - Google Apps Customer Explains How Microsoft Tried (sfgate.com)

phonewebcam writes: "A couple years ago, we heard a rumor that Microsoft viewed Google Apps as the number-one threat to its enterprise business. Apparently, whenever a big Microsoft customer announced a plan to use Gmail or Google Apps, Microsoft would sic a special team on them to try and change their mind.

Now, we know it's true.

Michael Rodger is the IT director of a Canadian hotel chain called Delta Hotels. In 2009, they decided to move their company's email to the cloud."

Every cloud has a silver lining; you should have sold it, and bought titanium.