Windows Phone posts highest ever European market share

Microsoft's mobile platform finally starting to gain traction, with a double digit market share in both France and the UK

Jim Armitage: Blackberry deal - lifeline is nothing more than ugly break-up

After two years of rapidly worsening misery, capped with one of the most sensational profit warnings in recent corporate history last week, Blackberry shareholders have been thrown a lifeline. Albeit one that’s frayed to a thread and covered in a noxious mould.

BlackBerry in jet row as it faces a $1bn loss

Smartphone maker BlackBerry was today facing major embarrassment as it emerged the company bought a corporate private jet in July, even as it was running up a quarterly loss of almost $1 billion (£628 million).

Nokia-built 10-inch Windows RT tablet leaked

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Stephen Elop back in Microsoft's fold and in the field for CEO after Nokia deal

No sooner had Stephen Elop been named Nokia's chief executive in 2010 than rumours began to circulate about a closer relationship between the Finnish firm and Mr Elop's long-time employer, Microsoft.

James Moore: Stand by for some fun as Microsoft strives to get its house in order with Nokia deal

Outlook A cynic might see the real prize for Microsoft with its $7.2bn (£4.6bn) takeover of Nokia's mobile business as the return of Stephen Elop, who could provide a tidy solution to the question of who should replace Steve Ballmer as CEO.

Microsoft shares tumble after €5.4bn Nokia takeover

US software giant buys Finnish group's mobile business as it attempts to catch up with Apple and Samsung

Telecoms giant Nokia has made products from tyres and rubber boots to televisions and smartphones

Microsoft buys Nokia: 150-year history of Finnish company with humble beginnings

Company's founder would never have dreamed it would one day become a global brand

Microsoft buys struggling mobile arm from Nokia for £4.6bn

The software giant is looking to make gains in the mobile market, and will acquire all of the Finnish handset-maker’s patents as part of the deal

Microsoft's new CEO: bookies offer 5/1 on Nokia chief Stephen Elop; Apple CEO Tim Cook at 100/1

Elop leads a pool of possible candidates mostly populated by Microsoft insiders past and present.

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