That thing about acquisitions

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Yesterday Apple released its 2nd quarter earnings, and in the earnings call Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple has acquired some 24 companies in the last 18 months, and plans to keep looking for opportunities. Seemingly every day, there’s news of a new acquisition on Techmeme, …

By Kip Kniskern
April 24th, 2014 at 11:57 am

The new, faster, responsive Microsoft… or is it? 4 comments

Another day, another report of how the new, post Ballmer Microsoft is speeding up its cadence on delivering Windows, this time with Mary Jo Foley reporting that there may be another update to Windows 8.1 as early as this August. This “new” Microsoft, it seems, is ready to …

By Kip Kniskern
April 22nd, 2014 at 11:21 am

Microsoft to officially acquire Nokia Devices and Services business this Friday. 0 comments

Microsoft made it official today, in a blog post on the Official Microsoft Blog by General Counsel Brad Smith, and will be completing the acquisition and “officially welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business as part of the Microsoft family” on Friday, April 25th. The deal, in which …

By Kip Kniskern
April 21st, 2014 at 7:39 am

Cortana begins her move into the desktop with Bing personalized cards 3 comments

Cortana, the Bing powered personal assistant now (sorta) available for Windows Phones (if you’ve installed the Windows Phone Developer Preview and upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1), has already begun to move more broadly into Bing products, including the Bing homepage on the desktop.

In a blog post on

By Kip Kniskern
April 17th, 2014 at 8:43 am

One of the last vestiges of Windows Live, Admin Center, stumbles to the deadpool 5 comments

It was bound to happen. The little used and almost never promoted but very useful Windows Live service, Admin Center (it started its life as Custom Domains, and was renamed back in November of 2007), is finally reaching end of life. The service, which allowed users to …

By Kip Kniskern
April 11th, 2014 at 10:23 am

Enabling the Bing Knowledge Widget 1 comment

One of the ways Bing is seeking to differentiate itself, and make the service more useful in more types of scenarios, is by the use of “entities” and their relationships, driven by what Microsoft calls “Sartori” (a Japanese word for “understanding”). Bing started surfacing entities in …

By Kip Kniskern
April 7th, 2014 at 8:53 am

Key takeaways from the Build Day One keynote 1 comment

Today in San Francisco Microsoft opened the 2014 version of its Build developer’s conference with a three hour keynote featuring Cortana, Universal Windows Apps, appearances by Stephen Elop and Satya Nadella, and a few surprise announcements, including Windows for the low low price of free to OEMs of …

By Kip Kniskern
April 2nd, 2014 at 1:49 pm

More Senior Leadership changes announced as new CEO Satya Nadella tweaks “One Microsoft” 1 comment

This morning, in an all-hands email released by Microsoft, new CEO Satya Nadella announced a number of changes to his Senior Leadership team and to “One Microsoft”, Microsoft’s latest reorg. Scott Guthrie, who has been acting head of the Cloud and Enterprise group after Nadella was promoted …

By Kip Kniskern
March 31st, 2014 at 9:49 am

Session list for Build 2014 is now online 1 comment

Build 2014, Microsoft’s almost annual developer’s confererence, takes place this Wednesday through Friday, and Microsoft has (finally) released the session list for the conference. The sessions, as usual, will be available (usually within 24 hours) on demand via Microsoft’s Channel 9, and you can view the session list

By Kip Kniskern
March 31st, 2014 at 1:42 am

Microsoft changes email privacy policy after backlash 0 comments

Last week, in relation to the arrest of Alex Kibkalo on theft of trade secret charges, his indictment revealed that Microsoft had accessed personal Hotmail emails in trying to find the source of the thefts. Microsoft then issued a pair of statements clarifying their stance, and making …

By Kip Kniskern
March 28th, 2014 at 11:46 am