Microsoft is encouraging developers to create universal Windows 10 applications that can be used on multiple devices. The Windows 10 development platform is set up to accommodate this push, Paul Krill writes.
Microsoft reports that applications submitted for the Windows Phone store are up 40% since the October launch of Windows Phone 8. The company says it will keep its full Windows Phone store staff working through the holidays to process app submissions. No app testing will be done on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, however.
Apple has added Microsoft's Bing search engine as a third option on the iPhone, joining Google and Yahoo!, CEO Steve Jobs said Monday. The move is seen as a boost for Microsoft, whose share of the U.S. mobile-search market remains under 1% compared with 1.9% for Yahoo! and 97% for Google.
Ivory Investment Management is urging Yahoo! to sell its search business to Microsoft, a move the investor estimates would double Yahoo!'s value. "We believe a search deal with Microsoft could deliver value to Yahoo shareholders of $24-29 per share, or more than double yesterday's closing price of $12.19," said the managing partner of Ivory, which owns a 1.5% stake in the company.