Following yesterday’s official debut of Office 2013 (and the Customer Preview, which is now available for download as we reported yesterday), Microsoft has today followed up with a post that shares more information about Office 2013′s role in the cloud as well as its future on the Windows Phone platform.

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Windows Phone 7.x users were somewhat disappointed to learn that Windows Phone 8 would not be coming to the current batch of WP devices. Instead, Microsoft has laid out a somewhat watered-down iteration in Windows Phone 7.8, so naturally, anybody looking to jump on the Windows Phone 8 background will need to grab themselves a new device, which while a little bit gutting, is still rather exciting at the same time.

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Remember last month’s comparison between mobile OSes, where we compared iOS 6 with the existing Android 4.x ICS and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platforms? Well, in the time that has passed since then, we’ve since learned some newer official information about iOS 6, along with the upcoming versions of the other two mobile OSes. So now, a new chart has been concocted which compares and contrasts iOS 6 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8.

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YouTube is the most frequented video streaming site on the web, and as such, most smartphone owners require a decent app for viewing the very latest and most entertaining content.

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The always popular Encyclopedia Britannica is now available to keep in the palm of your hand, with the news that a Windows Phone version of the app is available for download and fully updated for the year 2012. Primarily living online so as to avoid filling your phone’s internal storage, the app also features an offline viewing mode for those occasions when Wi-Fi or a 3G data connection just isn’t as forthcoming as we would like.

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In an interview on Finnish TV, a Nokia executive has claimed that the phone maker has a fallback plan should Windows Phone 8 not meet the company’s expectations. That fallback plan? Google’s open source Android operating system.

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Plugging a hole that has been around since its release in 2010, Twitter’s Windows Phone app now sports push notifications, bringing it in-line with the iOS and Android versions of the app.

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Microsoft recently announced Windows Phone 8 with a bunch of important new features that put it but in the three-horse mobile OS race. Features included support for multiple cores, HD displays, Near Field Communication (NFC), a shared core with Windows 8, use of Nokia’s mapping technology for turn-by-turn navigation, Skype integration and a much more customizable start-screen. We’ve discussed these features in detail here.

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The Windows Phone “sneak peek” keynote conference gave the technology world a real glimpse of what it can expect from Microsoft’s future mobile endeavors, and as well as the promised Camera Extensions app, which landed yesterday, the Redmond company also noted the Nokia Play to DLNA app would surface.

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For those technology loving fans around the world who may have had their heads buried under a rock in the last week, or been located somewhere that is detached from the world wide web then it may come as a shock to learn that Microsoft recently lifted the covers on a pretty sweet looking tablet, named the Microsoft Surface. Powered by Windows 8, the Surface looks like it will be a serious contender in the tablet space when released but somehow I don’t think Apple are panicking just yet.

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The more we live our lives on our smartphones, the more we are beginning to realize that we spend the vast majority of our time sat looking at whatever home screen adorns our devices. Whether your particular poison is Android, iOS or Windows Phone flavored, the chances are you spend a fair chunk of your time navigating the pile of icons, widgets or tiles that make up your home screen.

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Microsoft surprised some and impressed many with details of its Surface earlier this week, which does look much like the first lovechild of the tablet and the ultrabook. The device, which is reckoned to be releasing this Fall, has divided opinions to a degree, mainly because the Redmond company neglected to disclose some of the key details such as price and availability. Nevertheless, the fuss it has managed to cause in a few short days bodes well for a more competitive tablet market moving forward.

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Microsoft has had a pretty good week with all said and done. The Microsoft Surface, although managing to yield its fair share of critics, was relatively well-received by those in the tech world, and the grand unveiling of Windows Phone 8 suggests the Redmond-residing company is heading in the right direction.

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People wanting to see what Microsoft announced during its Windows Phone Summit today can now find out by watching the presentation in video format, right from the comfort of your own computer after the Redmond outfit published the entire thing online.

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As the tech world continues to natter about the Microsoft Surface, which was announced earlier this week, the Redmond company has finally revealed the details of Windows Phone 8, and they are pretty impressive to say the least.

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Although Apple and Google have both been working tirelessly in efforts to improve their respective software rosters, neither have matched the work ethic of Redmond-based Microsoft, which has been announcing enhancements to its services on an almost daily basis. In the latest, the software maker has revealed, on its mobile updates history page, details of its forthcoming Windows Phone Tango update.

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Desperately trying to stay relevant in an industry that is doing its best to leave them behind, Microsoft is set to hold an event on June 18th for what is being called a ‘major new announcement’ from the company.

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Microsoft will be, as promised, delivering consumers a preview of what they can begin to expect with the upcoming Windows Phone 8 next week, but with WWDC now firmly in the past, it appears as though the tech world has already begun to focus its attentions on what the Redmond-based software maker has in the pipeline.

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With Apple’s big iOS 6 reveal done and dusted, we can now focus our attentions on what Microsoft has in store with its ever-advancing Windows Phone platform. The Redmond-based outfit has been steadfast in its progress of Windows 8, and the mobile version will play a key role in its eventual success.

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Having a cursory glance through my RSS reader today has led to even more confusion than usual. In the midst of more WWDC talk than I care to read, and more speculation about iOS 6 than any sane person can truly follow, I found one story that piqued my interest. The title suggested that Samsung, the Korean firm behind umpteen Android smartphones, is in talks to buy Nokia. The same Nokia that can’t catch a break right now, and is apparently hemorrhaging money.

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