Digest: Dropbox on Office, Skype Translator, more

I’m here on the Microsoft campus for the MVP Summit, a mostly yearly gathering of some 1500 Microsoft MVP awardees, and as usual being right in the thick of things is about the hardest place there is to keep up on the news.

But the news goes on, …

By Kip Kniskern in News
November 4th, 2014 at 9:03 am

3rd party apps coming to Outlook.com

103014-1928-3rdpartyapp11 News Microsoft continues to re-examine and bolster its platform company roots, this time by announcing app support for Outlook.com, coming in Spring 2015. Microsoft has been pushing 3rd party development on its Office properties, announcing API support for Office 365 last spring, and extending that with new SDKs

By Kip Kniskern in News
October 30th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Microsoft Band: cross platform, yet Better Together with Windows Phone (and Cortana)

103014-0459-MicrosoftBa1 News Microsoft took the wraps off its latest devices and services tonight, a few hours early after apparently breaking its own embargo, announcing not only the Microsoft Band, a wearable fitness device with 10 types of sensors to monitor everything from heart rate to GPS location, but …

By Kip Kniskern in News
October 29th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Is Microsoft setting up a whale of a 2015 second half?

102914-1847-IsMicrosoft1 Commentary Windows Phone missed a whole sales cycle this year. Consumers and businesses alike continue to pan Windows 8 / 8.1, and although sales of the Surface Pro 3 are encouraging, they’re still lagging far behind iPad sales. Microsoft is rumored to be getting into the wearables market, …

By Kip Kniskern in Commentary
October 29th, 2014 at 11:46 am

Storage Wars: Microsoft offers unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 customers

102714-1714-StorageWars1 News First it was a terabyte of storage, and now Microsoft has one-upped itself, announcing today that its offering unlimited storage for Office 365 customers. The offer includes both OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, according to Chris Jones in a post on the OneDrive blog, and is …

By Kip Kniskern in News
October 27th, 2014 at 10:14 am

Microsoft debuts a new header for your online apps

Microsoft’s online apps are sporting a bit of a new look today with a new app switcher for Office Online and the Outlook.com Mail, People, Calendar, and OneDrive apps. The new switcher resides in the upper left corner of the online headers, providing a consistent and convenient place …

By Kip Kniskern in News
October 22nd, 2014 at 11:19 am

Windows Insiders get first Windows 10 Tech Preview update: Build 9860

102214-0405-WindowsInsi1 News Less than a month (three weeks, actually) after Windows 10 Tech Preview was first made available to “Windows Insiders” (read: anyone who signed up, over a million at last count), Microsoft today released a new build of the Tech Preview, Build 9860. According to a post on

By Kip Kniskern in News
October 21st, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Build 2015 dates announced: April 29-May 1

At last month’s unveiling of Windows 10 at a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO mentioned that we’d be hearing more about the latest version of Windows at the next Build, in April. Now, today, Microsoft has announced a few more specifics about its developer focused conference. …

By Kip Kniskern in News
October 16th, 2014 at 10:26 am

Skype relaunches video service Qik as “Skype Qik”

101414-1707-Skyperelaun1 News Skype acquired the upstart video streaming service Qik in January 2011, reportedly for $100 million, where it survived for three years before being retired in April 2014. Now, the service, or at least the name, has been reborn as Skype Qik, according to a posting on the

By Kip Kniskern in News
October 14th, 2014 at 10:07 am

Is Windows 10 your daily driver?

101314-1753-IsWindows101 Commentary It’s been almost two weeks since Windows 10 was made available for download as a Technical Preview, and according to a new post on Blogging Windows, more than a million early adopters have already joined the Windows Insider program and downloaded the latest version of Windows to …

By Kip Kniskern in Commentary
October 13th, 2014 at 10:53 am