Cortana begins her move into the desktop with Bing personalized cards


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

Nokia press event at Build 0 comments

Nokia will be holding a press event at Build, and according to a post on Nokia Conversations, “there’ll be a lot to talk about”:

What makes 2014 so special is the exciting Microsoft and Nokia partnership, and boy, have we got some treats lined up for you.


By Kip Kniskern
March 29th, 2014 at 10:14 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

Office for iPad available now 2 comments

As announced in a webcast this morning, Office for iPad, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is available now via the Apple App Store. Microsoft has also posted a number of new posts on todays news, including:

A cloud for everyone, on every device – Satya Nadella’s post…

By Kip Kniskern
March 27th, 2014 at 11:17 am

Microsoft introduces Office for iPad with “freemium” pricing 0 comments

In a just concluded webcast from San Francisco (the on demand webcast is already up if you missed the ~40 minute presentation), new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (he’s been on the job 52 days, he announced, “but who’s counting”), announced that Office for iPad will be available via …

By Kip Kniskern
March 27th, 2014 at 10:56 am