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

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