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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 Previ …

April 17, 2014

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

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 …

April 11, 2014

Enabling the Bing Knowledge Widget

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 “enti …

April 7, 2014

Key takeaways from the Build Day One keynote

Today in San Francisco Microsoft opened the 2014 version of its Build developer’s conference with a three hour keynote featuring Cortana, Un …

April 2, 2014

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

This morning, in an all-hands email released by Microsoft, new CEO Satya Nadella announced a number of changes to his Senior Leadership team …

March 31, 2014

Session list for Build 2014 is now online

Build 2014, Microsoft’s almost annual developer’s confererence, takes place this Wednesday through Friday, and Microsoft has (finally) relea …

March 31, 2014

Microsoft changes email privacy policy after backlash

Last week, in relation to the arrest of Alex Kibkalo on theft of trade secret charges, his indictment revealed that Microsoft had accessed p …

March 28, 2014

Office for iPad available now

As announced in a webcast this morning, Office for iPad, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is available now via the Apple App Store. …

March 27, 2014

Microsoft introduces Office for iPad with “freemium” pricing

In a just concluded webcast from San Francisco (the on demand webcast is already up if you missed the ~40 minute presentation), new Microsof …

March 27, 2014

Satya Nadella first public speech – watch the webcast

At 10am Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -8, in just less than an hour from this posting), Satya Nadella will speak at a press event in front of g …

March 27, 2014

After “Microsoft” Azure, should Windows Phone be renamed?

Yesterday Microsoft announced that it was renaming “Windows Azure” to “Microsoft Azure”, the latest in a series of moves to consolidate Micr …

March 25, 2014

Nokia, still an outsider, plans a press event at Build

In just over a week, Microsoft’s Build Conference will convene in San Francisco, expected to unveil Windows 8.1 update, Windows Phone 8.1, p …

March 25, 2014

Nokia expects Microsoft deal to close in April, still awaits regulatory approval in Asia

In a press release issued Monday morning (8:00, CET +1) in Espoo, Finland, Nokia announced that it now expects its deal with Microsoft to tr …

March 23, 2014

Did Microsoft Scroogle itself? Some thoughts, and the company response to the Kibkala/Canouna leaks story

Earlier today, we wrote about the arrest yesterday of Alex Kibkala, a former Microsoft employee who apparently leaked not only Windows 8 pre …

March 20, 2014

Receiving leaks from Microsoft? Don’t use Hotmail/Outlook.com!

The Seattle PI reported yesterday that a former Microsoft employee, Alex Kibkalo, was arrested for “theft of trade secrets”, stemming from h …

March 20, 2014

Office for iPad set for March 27 introduction?

Microsoft has been sending out invitations to an event set for March 27th in San Francisco, with opening remarks to be delivered by new CEO …

March 17, 2014

OneNote, Surface, and Microsoft’s Brave New (free) world

It’s Monday morning and time for Microsoft to pound away once again at the news cycle. This time, the company made two major announcements, …

March 17, 2014

Those million pre-ordered Nokia X’s in China don’t add up, sorry.

Earlier today Nokia “weibo’d” that the Nokia X had received over a million pre-orders for the first Android powered Nokia phone, and indeed …

March 14, 2014

Nokia – Microsoft deal to close within 20 days?

When Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia’s phones businesses, it was slated to close “in the first quarter of 2014″, a deadli …

March 13, 2014

Is Xbox Reader on the way?

We first caught notice of the Xbox “Music, Video, and Reading” team last October, and then again in a job posting this February, but since t …

March 13, 2014