LiveSide is retiring, thanks for all your support!

All good things must come to an end, and this blog is no exception. When Chris Overd, Matthew Weyer, and Harrison Hoffman founded LiveSide.net back in December of 2005 (LiveSide’s first post was on January 3rd, 2006, and my first post was 9 days later, on January 12th), Windows Live had just been announced, and our posts were all about Office Live, Windows Live Expo, OneCare, and emerging details about …

Posted by Kip Kniskern in News
November 24th, 2014 at 7:19 am

The long, promising (and frustrating) history of Microsoft’s consumer file sync services

Live Drive, SDrive, Project M, Folders, FolderShare, Windows Live Sync, Live Mesh, SkyDrive, OneDrive. Yes, Microsoft has been at this file syncing game for a long time. The company bought FolderShare back in November of 2005, and has been trying to get file syncing right ever since. …

By Kip Kniskern in Commentary
November 21st, 2014 at 8:29 am

Yahoo! / Mozilla search partnership: What’s Marissa Mayer up to?

Yesterday Yahoo! and Mozilla announced a new 5 year partnership to make “Yahoo the default search experience for Firefox in the United States on mobile and desktop”. The deal will make Yahoo! the default search experience on Firefox in the United States, replacing Google. Google and others …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 20th, 2014 at 10:48 am

Has Microsoft given up on eReading?

Microsoft has a long, and not very successful, history with eReaders, going all the way back to Microsoft Reader, which debuted in 2000, but never made it beyond Windows Mobile and was shuttered in 2012. Since then, Microsoft hasn’t delved into the 1st party eReader market, although …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 11th, 2014 at 10:09 am

Microsoft announces the Lumia 535 and 535 Dual Sim

Microsoft unveiled its first Microsoft branded Lumia phones tonight, the Lumia 535 and a dual SIM equivalent, the Lumia 535 Dual SIM. The phones follow along with Lumia’s attraction to the lower end of the market, offering an affordable phone with an “estimated retail price will be around …

By Kip Kniskern in Mobile
November 10th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

The Microsoft Work and Play Bundle: good deal if you can get it

Microsoft just went live with what looks to be a pretty good deal it’s calling the “Microsoft Work and Play Bundle“, which includes one year subscriptions to Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass, and Skype Unlimited World + WiFi, all for $199. Of …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 10th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Back to the future: Windows Phone to be called Windows Mobile?

Maybe that forced change from SkyDrive to OneDrive got things rolling, or perhaps new CEO Satya Nadella really is shaking things up at Microsoft, but there seems to be a newfound interest in beginning anew. That apparently includes name changes, from all over the company. The latest tidbit, …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 10th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

What’s your perfect Windows Phone?

Microsoft is set to announce at least one, and possibly two new phones this week, a successor to the most popular Windows Phone ever made, the Lumia 520, and if rumors are correct, a successor to the 1320, the 6″ behemoth. In addition, Nokia’s last Windows

By Kip Kniskern in Commentary
November 9th, 2014 at 9:13 am

Will the first Microsoft Lumia come in time for the holidays?

When Microsoft announced it was rebranding its phone hardware as “Microsoft Lumia”, it hinted that there might be a new phone on the way, with the Nokia Conversations blog post quoting Senior VP Tuula Rytilä as saying “we are looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon”. …

By Kip Kniskern in Mobile
November 7th, 2014 at 12:39 am

Office updates iOS, Android apps – Windows 10 apps coming soon

Since Microsoft first introduced Office for the iPad last March, it’s been downloaded some 40 million times, even with the restrictions of needing an Office 365 subscription to use it. Today, Microsoft announced that Office will soon be coming to Android tablets, too, and that the iOS apps …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 6th, 2014 at 9:54 am