Windows Phone 8 News, Telecom Italia’s Deal In Brazil: Tech Business Wrap

Windows Phone 8 (NASDAQ:MSFT) gets a somewhat positive salute from The Verge, which remarked that, “With each new generation of Windows Phone, Microsoft not only closes the gap with iOS and Android in important ways, but it also differentiates in important ways.” Additionally, it said that the operating system contains the best home screen of any platform and praises its built-in Office and cloud applications. Meanwhile, some 4 million Windows 8 upgrades were sold to consumers in the first 3 days of its being available, according to Steve Ballmer at the company’s Microsoft’s BUILD conference. It could be that the aggressive upgrade price of $40 helped that along.

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TIM Participaçoes, which constitutes Telecom Italia’s (NYSE:TI) Brazilian division, reached a 4 gigabyte infrastructure equipment arrangement with LM Ericsson Telephone Company (NASDAQ:ERIC), Nokia Siemens (NYSE:NOK)(NYSE:SI), and Huawei. TIM is currently the number two mobile carrier in that country and intends to debut 4 gigabyte services prior to the deadline set by the government for April of next year.

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