The coming Microsoft job cuts: more than just numbers 1 comment

According to a news report coming out of Bloomberg, Microsoft could be announcing its most significant job cuts since 2009, and that announcement could be coming as soon as this week. Although the cuts are widely expected to focus on trimming the fat after the Nokia acquisition, …

By Kip Kniskern
July 16th, 2014 at 11:04 am

Nadella outlines changes coming to Microsoft in email to employees 5 comments

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 from a CEO to his some 100,000 employees. In it, Nadella re-describes Microsoft’s core mission, refining Ballmer’s “devices and services” company to the more …

By Kip Kniskern
July 10th, 2014 at 10:10 am

Goodbye Street & Trips – Now, about Bing Maps… 7 comments

Today, Microsoft quietly announced that both MapPoint, and its consumer facing subset Streets & Trips (the “#1 best-selling travel and map software for 13 years straight), would be coming to end of life as of the end of this year. Perhaps most surprising in these announcements is …

By Kip Kniskern
July 7th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Xbox Music opens 3rd party APIs, offers affiliate program 6 comments

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 for Developers” blog, that program has now moved out of its pilot program and the APIs are available to any 3rd party developers …

By Kip Kniskern
July 3rd, 2014 at 10:25 am

What’s the future of Windows Phone? 12 comments

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 spectacularly” to gain market share, and a “death knell” has been sounded on the “entire Windows Phone project”. That …

By Kip Kniskern
July 2nd, 2014 at 10:51 am

OneDrive ups the game with more storage, cheaper prices 7 comments

Yesterday, Microsoft announced some significant changes to OneDrive, upping storage to 15GB from 7GB, free to all users, and upping Office 365 users 1TB of storage per person with any Office 365 account. Additional storage prices have also dropped, and an extra 100GB will now cost you …

By Kip Kniskern
June 24th, 2014 at 10:31 am

Happy Birthday, Bing 8 comments

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 Search, and Live Search, to be more specific, became Bing. That Microsoft was planning to introduce a new brand for search wasn’t a secret, …

By Kip Kniskern
June 3rd, 2014 at 11:22 am

Bing chat bot, Cortana’s sister from Microsoft China 1 comment

Four days ago, Microsoft China released a Bing branded AI chat bot Xiaobing. Initially, the Bing chat bot was exclusively available in Tencent’s WeChat, the most popular mobile messaging app in China. But since yesterday, Tencent immediately banned all Xiaobing’s conversations because of privacy and security concerns.…

By Picturepan2
June 2nd, 2014 at 5:29 pm

The disturbing disappearance of the Surface Mini 4 comments

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, available now for pre order, and shipping beginning June 20th. There are plenty of reasons to either be excited for, or nervous about, the fate of the third generation of Surface Pro, but it’s what Microsoft didn’t announce this week …

By Kip Kniskern
May 22nd, 2014 at 11:39 am

Microsoft quietly pushes Cortana China specific features to users 5 comments

Today I noticed some changes to Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft has quietly pushed China specific features and contents to Chinese users, though Cortana is still only available when the phone is set to US(region, speech and language).

Chinese users, with Cortana enabled WP8.1 phones, don’t need …

By Picturepan2
May 21st, 2014 at 7:11 am