Opinion

Can the mobile landscape change? Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Blackberry’s CEO Thorstein Heins this week had a few choice things to say about the current mob ...

March 18, 2013

Windows Phone 7.8 delayed: from beta tester to guinea pig? Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 7.8, the upgrade to Windows Phone 7.5 devices that adds new Live Tile functionality and a few fi ...

February 27, 2013

That thing about Calendar Microsoft took the Preview tag off of Outlook.com this week, and told us to “stay tuned” for an update to Calendar, the long overdue “modern ...

February 21, 2013

On selling out Surface Pro Today, the Microsoft Surface Pro went on sale for the first time, and depending on what you read, it’s already “sold out”.  The 128GB versio ...

February 9, 2013

Does Microsoft have a future? (Part 2: Can Xbox save the company?) In Part 1 of this post, we examined a post by analyst Adam Hartung posted last week in Forbes, and a subsequent interview with Hartung by On ...

January 29, 2013

The Sinofsky Spin: will we hear the other side of the story? In case you missed it, Steven Sinofsky, who left Microsoft immediately after the launch of Windows 8 by “mutual” agreement, has started blog ...

January 14, 2013

Devices and services? Microsoft needs to focus on apps Late last year, Microsoft announced that it is changing its focus, moving away from software and toward “devices and services”.  We’re not r ...

January 8, 2013

With Windows Phone and Google at war, the user loses Google seems to be bent on declaring war on Windows Phone for some reason recently.  After dropping Exchange ActiveSync for its own open-sou ...

January 5, 2013

Google, Microsoft, and the EAS problem Today, in a blog post on the Google Official Blog, Google announced that they were shutting down some services, including Google Sync.  ...

December 15, 2012

The prickly problem of how to price Surface Microsoft announced some pricing details of the second in its family of Surface devices today, with Panos Panay, in a blog post on the Offic ...

November 29, 2012

Thoughts on a Post-Sinofsky world, one week in It’s been (almost) a week since Microsoft announced Steven Sinofsky’s departure as President of Windows and Windows Live Division, which is ...

November 19, 2012

For Microsoft, now the hard work begins This week’s Build conference has been a culmination of years of work on Microsoft’s part, and a summer of speculation and then trials and te ...

November 2, 2012

Is Windows Phone 8…. late? Today, in the shadow of iPhone 5 day, where Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5 with lots of fanfare and almost no surprises, Microsoft pushed a ...

September 12, 2012

The Apple-Samsung verdict: A “win” for Windows Phone, but will it really matter? A verdict was reached in the Apple-Samsung US federal patent lawsuit late today, and Samsung was found to have, in some circumstances willfu ...

August 25, 2012

Is this what really happened to Silverlight? Scott Barnes was a Product Manager for the Rich Client Platform team, and its no secret that since he left Microsoft he’s been outspoken and ...

August 22, 2012

Windows 8, Windows Phone, Bing, Xbox Music and Video, SmartGlass, Kinect, Surface: can Microsoft put the pieces together? Microsoft has made a number of impressive announcements in the past few months (with hopefully more to come as early as Wednesday, when we’l ...

June 18, 2012

The cloud storage race – what can SkyDrive improve on? Last week had been a busy week in the consumer cloud storage space. First we had Microsoft significantly upgrading their SkyDrive service, a ...

April 28, 2012

The long botched history of Windows Live As longtime readers know, Windows Live and LiveSide go way back.  We started this blog in January 2006,  two months after the Wind ...

March 4, 2012

Is this the end of “Windows Live” as we know it? The future of Microsoft’s consumer online services, especially around SkyDrive, are arguably brighter than they’ve ever been.  This week’s a ...

February 22, 2012

2012 is a very important year for Microsoft and it starts it with a bang Kip has just published a post about how Microsoft has started the year with a thud following its CES keynote. I have to agree that the keyno ...

January 10, 2012