It’s official: Minecraft to join Microsoft Studios

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As expected, Microsoft announced today that it’s acquiring Swedish game maker Mojang, makers of Minecraft. The deal, for $2.5 Billion US, gives Microsoft a new blockbuster gaming title, new inroads into education and programming, connection to a large and active social network, and significant opportunities to grow …

By Kip Kniskern
September 15th, 2014 at 10:07 am

Playing the “Why is Microsoft buying Mojang (Minecraft)?” game 5 comments

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft was in talks to buy Mojang, a Stockholm, Sweden based game company and the makers of the ultra-popular Minecraft. Late Friday afternoon, Reuters reported that the deal is set to be finalized as early as Monday:

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By Kip Kniskern
September 13th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Microsoft dropping “Nokia” brand? Not news, sorry 4 comments

Yesterday, an independent tech blog, Geek On Gadgets, revealed, according to internal documents obtained by the site, that Microsoft will be dropping the Nokia brand in advertising this holiday season. In addition, according to the site, Microsoft will begin to “shy away from” use of the Windows …

By Kip Kniskern
September 11th, 2014 at 11:51 am

Is a Watch really what we need? 5 comments

Yesterday Apple, to the surprise of not a single person, announced the Apple Watch, coming sometime next year. Short on specifics and long on another stab at Apple’s “one more thing” magic (Tim Cook actually said those word when introducing the watch), the Watch will be …

By Kip Kniskern
September 10th, 2014 at 10:30 am

MSN goes back to the future: new look, Bing apps are now MSN apps 16 comments

What comes around, goes around.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

All Of This Has Happened Before And Will Happen Again.

Microsoft has just announced a new look and somewhat of a new direction for MSN, and a bit of a rebranding for some of …

By Kip Kniskern
September 8th, 2014 at 12:53 am

Bye Bye Bing Image Widget 0 comments

In late August, Bing introduced a beta of the Bing Image Widget, a way for websites to embed Bing Image search results in their web pages. You would set up a search query and some size parameters, and Bing would return images directly to your site. Apparently …

By Kip Kniskern
September 6th, 2014 at 10:14 am

Confessions of a Microsoft enthusiast: the best in class problem 11 comments

I’ve been thinking a lot about Microsoft and its relationship with consumer enthusiasts like myself and the readers of this blog recently. Even though I’ve been lax on posting, my enthusiasm for Microsoft and its consumer products hasn’t waned. I got into this blogging game as an offshoot …

By Kip Kniskern
August 28th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

On the Threshold of Windows 9: Preview said to arrive late September 6 comments

“Threshold” is the code name of the next version of Windows, and according to a report today by Mary Jo Foley, it’s coming soon. Mary Jo reports that according to her multiple sources, the new OS will enter a public Technology Preview in late September, with a …

By Kip Kniskern
August 15th, 2014 at 10:27 am

Continue your conversation with Bing 1 comment

A few years ago when Microsoft rebranded Live Search to Bing, it promised to move beyond the “10 blue lines” that described Google search at the time. In the years since that, search has indeed moved well beyond those 10 blue lines, first with the introduction of Siri …

By Kip Kniskern
August 13th, 2014 at 11:08 am

Windows Phone Cyan / Dev Preview update, an easier way 11 comments

Just now I wrote about the hoops I jumped through to get a fully working and fully updated Windows Phone, which is now running Nokia’s Cyan update and the Windows Phone 8.1.1 update. In short, there has been an issue with updating directly from Windows Phone 8.1 …

By Kip Kniskern
August 4th, 2014 at 12:06 pm