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

Surface Pro 3: Can Microsoft Think Different about hardware? 8 comments

Today in New York City, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3, a 12″ 3:2 ratio tablet/laptop hybrid that refines the Surface line and comes across as a showcase device for what a Surface and One Microsoft can do together. Rather than bow to pressures to compete directly …

By Kip Kniskern
May 20th, 2014 at 10:52 am

The Satya Nadella Mythology 3 comments

Tomorrow, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to unveil the next generation of Surface devices, and mark his 112th day on the job, by our count. It’s a good mark for the beginning of Nadella’s transition from his self-imposed “first hundred days” of meeting with customers, partners, …

By Kip Kniskern
May 19th, 2014 at 11:14 am

Microsoft Careers job teases Cortana on Windows 1 comment

Since Microsoft announced Cortana along with Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014, “Will Cortana come to more platforms” seems to be one of the top questions. Cortana herself has said she’s a fan of PCs – a hint that Cortana could go beyond Windows Phone, but Microsoft has …

By Picturepan2
May 15th, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Microsoft announced new WP OEMs K-Touch and Blu 3 comments

Today, two new phone makers K-Touch and Blu join Windows Phone OEMs camp. Microsoft announced these two OEM partners at the Qualcomm Reference Design and Wireless Innovation Summit in China.…

By Picturepan2
May 14th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Outlook.com adds new features, boasts “the most sophisticated rules in webmail” 4 comments

In a blog post on the Outlook.com blog today, Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Advanced Rules, which allow you to create “multi-condition” and “multi-action” sets of rules, and you can combine and customize your existing rules and use a number of optional conditions, including several that are …

By Kip Kniskern
May 13th, 2014 at 10:38 am

Surface Mini: On the way, but at what price? 7 comments

Yesterday Microsoft sent out invitations to “a small event” in New York City on May 20th, and word on the street is that the company will finally be announcing a smaller version of the Surface. From what we’re gathering from the rumors swirling out there, Satya Nadella will

By Kip Kniskern
May 6th, 2014 at 10:58 am

Does “One Microsoft” include Nokia, Xbox apps? 3 comments

Last Friday, Microsoft and Nokia made it official, and now the Nokia devices and services businesses (apart from HERE Maps and location services) are now part of Microsoft. This morning, in a live blog session on the Nokia Conversations blog (which is also now part of Microsoft, …

By Kip Kniskern
April 28th, 2014 at 10:57 am