Satya Nadella first public speech – watch the webcast 1 comment

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 gathered journalists in San Francisco, reportedly to announce the introduction of Office for iPad. Microsoft has posted a viewer for the …

By Kip Kniskern
March 27th, 2014 at 9:14 am

After “Microsoft” Azure, should Windows Phone be renamed? 16 comments

Yesterday Microsoft announced that it was renaming “Windows Azure” to “Microsoft Azure”, the latest in a series of moves to consolidate Microsoft’s branding and clean up the Windows brand. Followers of this blog know that Azure is only the latest in a long string of rebrandings, from …

By Kip Kniskern
March 25th, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Nokia, still an outsider, plans a press event at Build 0 comments

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, perhaps an appearance by new CEO Satya Nadella, and now an appearance, still on the outside looking in, by Nokia. When Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s phones …

By Kip Kniskern
March 25th, 2014 at 10:44 am

Nokia expects Microsoft deal to close in April, still awaits regulatory approval in Asia 0 comments

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 transfer “substantially all of its Devices and Services business” to close in April 2014. That makes misses the cut, just barely, for a “First …

By Kip Kniskern
March 23rd, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Did Microsoft Scroogle itself? Some thoughts, and the company response to the Kibkala/Canouna leaks story 13 comments

Earlier today, we wrote about the arrest yesterday of Alex Kibkala, a former Microsoft employee who apparently leaked not only Windows 8 pre-release information to blogger “Canouna” who ran WinUnleaked.TK and published numerous leaks of Windows 8 before the software was publicly released. For most of the …

By Kip Kniskern
March 20th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Receiving leaks from Microsoft? Don’t use Hotmail/! 2 comments

The Seattle PI reported yesterday that a former Microsoft employee, Alex Kibkalo, was arrested for “theft of trade secrets”, stemming from his leaking pre-release Windows 8 information to a French blogger, known as Canouna, and concerned mainly with the theft and unauthorized release of a copy of Microsoft’s …

By Kip Kniskern
March 20th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Office for iPad set for March 27 introduction? 3 comments

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 Satya Nadella, and rumored by the likes of The Verge and All About Microsoft to be the coming out party for Office for …

By Kip Kniskern
March 17th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

OneNote, Surface, and Microsoft’s Brave New (free) world 3 comments

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, both of them well expected, but both interesting in their own rights. First, a set of blog posts on the Office Blog introduced a

By Kip Kniskern
March 17th, 2014 at 10:35 am

Those million pre-ordered Nokia X’s in China don’t add up, sorry. 6 comments

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 it had, but that doesn’t mean that Nokia will sell anywhere near that many of the new devices. The pre-orders, all coming to Chinese retailer

By Kip Kniskern
March 14th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Nokia – Microsoft deal to close within 20 days? 1 comment

When Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia’s phones businesses, it was slated to close “in the first quarter of 2014″, a deadline that is rapidly approaching. While regulatory approval has been granted in most major markets, a few holdouts have apparently been an issue, including China, …

By Kip Kniskern
March 13th, 2014 at 11:47 pm