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On the Threshold of Windows 9: Preview said to arrive late September "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 rep ...

August 15, 2014

Continue your conversation with Bing 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 ...

August 13, 2014

Windows Phone Cyan / Dev Preview update, an easier way 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 ...

August 4, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 now available Last week in China, Joe Belfiore announced that Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 would be available to "developers" soon, and indeed today, it's h ...

August 4, 2014

Cortana expands, Windows Phone plays “catch up” Late last night (Pacific Daylight time – mid-Wednesday morning in China), Microsoft announced the expansion of Cortana to two new markets in ...

July 30, 2014

The Microsoft built Windows Phone era is about to begin – can it save Windows Phone? This has been an interesting year so far for Windows Phone. In some ways, it's been quite disappointing, as Microsoft's mobile ecosystem has ...

July 29, 2014

One OS or three, Windows still doesn’t add up Microsoft released its 4th quarter earnings yesterday, and despite a big hit from the Nokia acquisition, the news was generally good. Micros ...

July 23, 2014

Xbox an entertainment platform? So much for that idea More fallout from Microsoft layoffs announcements came later in the day yesterday, this time with the news that Xbox Entertainment Studios ( ...

July 18, 2014

Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs this year, realigning phones business – is it enough? Today, as expected, Microsoft announced significant job cuts as it moves into the new fiscal year and continues to integrate Nokia's phones ...

July 17, 2014

The coming Microsoft job cuts: more than just numbers According to a news report coming out of Bloomberg, Microsoft could be announcing its most significant job cuts since 2009, and that announc ...

July 16, 2014

Nadella outlines changes coming to Microsoft in email to employees It's easy to take today's email by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella as not much more than a high level, buzzword filled, overly long communique f ...

July 10, 2014

Goodbye Street & Trips – Now, about Bing Maps… Today, Microsoft quietly announced that both MapPoint, and its consumer facing subset Streets & Trips (the "#1 best-selling travel and m ...

July 7, 2014

Xbox Music opens 3rd party APIs, offers affiliate program Microsoft first announced the Xbox Music API program at Build, earlier this year, and today, according to a blog post on the new "Xbox Music ...

July 3, 2014

What’s the future of Windows Phone? A post over at the Boy Genius Report this week has stirred up a bit of a tempest in a teapot, as according to BGR, Windows Phone has "failed ...

July 2, 2014

OneDrive ups the game with more storage, cheaper prices Yesterday, Microsoft announced some significant changes to OneDrive, upping storage to 15GB from 7GB, free to all users, and upping Office 3 ...

June 24, 2014

Happy Birthday, Bing Five years ago, on June 3rd, 2009, Microsoft's search product, which had been known by various names up until then: MSN Search, Windows Live ...

June 3, 2014

The disturbing disappearance of the Surface Mini On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, available now for pre order, and shipping beginning June 20th. There are plenty of reason ...

May 22, 2014

Surface Pro 3: Can Microsoft Think Different about hardware? Today in New York City, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3, a 12" 3:2 ratio tablet/laptop hybrid that refines the Surface line and comes a ...

May 20, 2014

The Satya Nadella Mythology Tomorrow, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to unveil the next generation of Surface devices, and mark his 112th day on the job, b ...

May 19, 2014

Outlook.com adds new features, boasts “the most sophisticated rules in webmail” In a blog post on the Outlook.com blog today, Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Advanced Rules, which allow you to create "multi-c ...

May 13, 2014