Microsoft had a busy week by its usual standards, including the notable demise of its mobile efforts after cutting more Nokia jobs and taking another huge write-off on the purchase, effectively ending its position in the consumer market.
Elsewhere the firm announced the building of an undersea cable with Facebook to boost traffic flow between the US and Europe, and a partnership with Citrix to increase the use of Windows 10 via the Azure cloud.
Microsoft and Facebook have joined forces to lay an undersea cable between Virginia Beach on the west coast of the US and Bilbao in northern Spain.
Laying of the Marea cable will commence in August and is expected to be completed by October 2017, according to a blog post by Microsoft.
Analysts expect firm to stick by failed platform for a while yet, if only to prove it has a mobile-first ethos, but enterprise is the only likely growth market for phones on Windows Mobile.
Firm admits defeat with more jobs cuts and write-offs of Nokia acquisition that was once seen as its saviour in the mobile market.
Citrix and Microsoft have extended their partnership to bring Windows 10 to virtual desktops powered by the Azure cloud platform.
The companies have been working together for some time, but a deeper partnership was revealed at Citrix’s Synergy conference in Las Vegas in which the firms will mix Microsoft’s cloud software and platform with Citrix’s virtualisation products and services.
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Gartner stats underline how badly platform is faring, which was no doubt one reason that only a few days later Microsoft as good as admitted defeat in the mobile market by cutting more jobs and taking a $950m hit on the deal.
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