Microsoft steps away from Windows 10 Mobile OS

Microsoft appears to be moving away from its smartphone operating system, Windows 10 Mobile, according to BBC News.

Microsoft Windows 10 chief Joe Belfiore tweeted that it was no longer a “focus” for the tech company to develop new features and hardware for the mobile operating system. Belfiore added that he had changed to an Android phone himself.

The USP of Windows 10 Mobile was that users could run the same ‘universal apps’ on PCs and handsets, but the concept did not prove successful. IDC research figures showed that Windows 10 Mobile handsets represented a mere 0.03% of smartphone shipments within the global market between April and June 2017.

IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo said: “There wasn’t a range of devices running Windows 10 Mobile, so it wasn’t attractive to retailers or operators. And from a consumer perspective, the operating system didn’t provide as good an experience as Android or iOS.”

Belfiore’s series of tweets confirmed that Microsoft would continue to support the platform through bug fixes and security updates. Belfiore confirmed that Microsoft had tried to incentivise app developers for the platform but that the number of users was too low to attract investment.

However, Microsoft is said to be working on a new version of Windows 10 known as Andromeda which would run on all types of computer. The platform would be compatible with all third-party apps without a special ‘universal’ version being required.

KPN disposes of Ortel Mobile unit in Switzerland

Dutch telecommunications and ICT services provider Royal KPN NV (AMS:KPN) on Monday announced the sale of its Ortel Mobile Switzerland business to Treternity AG.

KPN did not say how much it got for the unit, which offers mobile services as a virtual network operator under the Ortel Mobile brand.

The disposal is part of the Dutch group’s strategy of aligning the focus of Ortel Mobile with its core markets, it said, adding it was exploring options for its other Ortel Mobile-branded operations.

The sale will have no impact on customers of Ortel Mobile Switzerland, the vendor added.

Apart from Switzerland, Ortel Mobile has offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Spain, according to its website.

Swiss Myriad closes deal to to acquire British mobile messaging firm Synchronica

Swiss Myriad Group AG, a provider of software for mobile and consumer electronic sectors, said on Monday it had wrapped up the acquisition of British mobile messaging services firm Synchronica Plc (LON:SYNC) after securing the required shareholder approvals.

The deal, announced in January, creates a top global mobile social messaging business servicing more than 100 carriers and 25 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the world, Myriad’s chief executive Simon Wilkinson said.

The offer, whose terms were announced on 7 March, was declared fully-unconditional earlier today, with Myriad saying it had waived all the remaining conditions to the the bid, after declaring it unconditional as to acceptance on 5 April.

The all-stock deal gives Synchronica shareholders 4.83 new Myriad shares for every 100 Synchronica shares, with the settlement to take place no later than three business days after the buyer takes the tendered shares.

The two parties started negotiations last November. Based on Myriad’s closing price on 6 March, the deal values the British target at around GBP23.85m (USD38m/EUR29m), the buyer has said previously.
Synchronica is present in Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America and Africa.