Microsoft Share Price: Division Boss Addresses Lack of Major Windows Phone Updates

on Jul 24, 2013
Listen Wednesday, July 24th: U.S.-based software maker Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has responded to users’ criticism regarding the lack of major Windows Phone updates since the release of the company’s latest operating system.

Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8 in October 2012 and while the company may be on track to deliver the upcoming update called General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2), Microsoft has not implemented any major features to the platform since its release. Many users have taken to Microsoft’s official feedback site to request updates on Window Phone 8. Joe Belfiore, head of Microsoft’s Windows Phone division, addressed the issue, responding to blog comments yesterday.

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Belfiore explained that the upcoming GDR2 update will add DataSense and FM Radio, among other user requested features, which are coming later this year. He also reassured consumers that they should not worry since Microsoft is indeed listening to user feedback. “Don’t worry – we are listening to you folks,” Belfiore wrote yesterday.
**Xbox Live Service Down**

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Microsoft said yesterday that some users are experiencing problems accessing Xbox Live, the company’s service for playing videogames online. In a service-status blog, the tech company said the outage was affecting the Xbox 360 console, Windows 8 computers and smartphones powered by the company’s Windows Phone software. The problem was resolved later during the day.

Users have long complained about issues with the online component of the Xbox console. Microsoft experienced a similar widespread outage in April, and technical problems caused Xbox users to be apprehensive of the potential for issues with the upcoming “always-online” Xbox One.
**The Microsoft Share price was 0.59 percent down at $31.82 at the close of trading in New York yesterday. The stock has lost more than 10 percent of its value since the company released disappointing second-quarter results on Friday (Microsoft and Google Shares Plunge as Earnings Disappoint).**


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