Opinion

In a year full of promise (and risk), Microsoft starts it off with a thud This was Microsoft’s last CES keynote, after a 14 year run of opening the consumer electronics event, and the new year, in January in Las Ve ...

January 10, 2012

Can we get real about phone updates? Yesterday Eric Hautala posted on the Windows Phone blog about the latest Windows Phone update, dubbed 8107, which, according to the Windows ...

January 7, 2012

So, just what IS the problem with Windows Phone? Charlie Kindel (who left Microsoft earlier this year after 21 years, most recently as a Windows Phone General Manager), posted today on an “ ...

December 26, 2011

Is Windows Phone moving to the Windows org? Today, in a blog post she called “As the Microsoft Windows Phone org churns”, while noting the transfer of Windows Phone GM Matt Bencke to X ...

December 20, 2011

Does SkyDrive’s “move” dialogue box point to future storage locations? I was using SkyDrive earlier and decided that I should probably tidy it up now it’s so easy to move folders around following the most recent ...

December 15, 2011

Can Microsoft take over the living room with Xbox, Kinect, and Bing? On Tuesday, Microsoft will begin to roll out the next version of the Xbox experience, featuring a new dashboard that combines your living ro ...

December 4, 2011

Taking a glimpse at the future of SkyDrive (from their blog post) Over at the official Inside Windows Live team blog, Omar Shahine and Mike Torres, Group Program Managers for SkyDrive, recently made a blog ...

November 27, 2011

Google Graveyard? Microsoft throws stones from its glass house On Halloween, Tom Rizzo, a SharePoint Senior Director, poked some fun and threw some stones at rival Google, commenting on Google’s plan to ...

November 2, 2011

What is SkyDrive waiting for? Today the headlines are all about Dropbox, and how the fast-rising company turned down an offer from Steve Jobs, who called the file storage ...

October 18, 2011

Microsoft’s deals with Nokia and Skype: are we waiting for Godot? Our friend Long Zheng spotted news of an upcoming Nokia Maps app for Windows Phone, apparently coming to (at least) Nokia Windows Phones whe ...

October 2, 2011

Microsoft and mindshare: can Mango be cool in the mall? Lots of news around Microsoft’s latest update to Windows Phone today, as Mango was announced, and amazingly (with a little help from an undo ...

September 28, 2011

Oh by the way, where’s Windows Live Wave 5? This week at Build, we’ve heard about changes upcoming to the way mail and messaging will work in Windows 8, perhaps putting a Windows Live ...

September 14, 2011

As the Smartphone Turns: players jockey for positions around the Elephants In the Room As we enter the Mango era, possibly the first make or break test of Microsoft’s latest foray into the smartphone market, things couldn’t be ...

August 29, 2011

Yes Frank, the horse has left the barn– it’s not Plus PC, it’s Past PC OK so I like Frank Shaw.  I liked him when he worked at Waggener Edstrom, although we never really dealt directly together, and I like him a ...

August 21, 2011

The one where we try to make sense of patents So, Google announced today that it was acquiring Motorola Mobility, and we’ve been reading every blog post we can find since then to try and ...

August 16, 2011

Windows Phone “Mango” RTMs: now the work begins Microsoft made it official this morning, the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system, code named Mango, has been released to ma ...

July 26, 2011

Sell Bing? Why that’s not a good idea (obv) An commentary in the New York Times Business Day section today suggests that Microsoft should sell Bing, perhaps to Facebook, because it has ...

July 25, 2011

Games for Windows Marketplace now on Xbox.com; wild rumors on Xbox and Windows 8 integration, and more Two weeks ago we reported that Games for Windows Marketplace is slated to be migrated to Xbox.com, potentially being the first step for the ...

July 18, 2011

Facebook, Skype, and video chat: Where does that leave Messenger? Today, Facebook and Skype announced Facebook Video Calling, basically a “mini Skype client” running within Facebook, allowing you to video c ...

July 6, 2011

Hotmail: It’s fast. Is that enough? Today over at Inside Windows Live, Dick Craddock walks us through some recent work, just released, on Hotmail, citing some impressive speed ...

June 30, 2011