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

Is Xbox Reader on the way? 0 comments

We first caught notice of the Xbox “Music, Video, and Reading” team last October, and then again in a job posting this February, but since then, we’ve yet to see an Xbox branded (or any other) Reading product materialize. That may be about to change soon, however, …

By Kip Kniskern
March 13th, 2014 at 11:08 am

Office 365 Personal: Will you rent Office (with Skype and OneDrive) for yourself? 1 comment

Microsoft is pushing its Office 365 subscription plan hard, making a number of advances for business that they announced at last week’s SharePoint conference, and continuing the trend with the announcement today of Office 365 Personal. A blog post on the Office blog this morning reveals …

By Kip Kniskern
March 13th, 2014 at 9:55 am

Skype for “Modern Windows” updated: Version 2.6 improves cross device syncing 0 comments

A blog post on the Skype Garage and Updates blog announced today that “Skype for Modern Windows” has been updated, bringing cross device syncing:

With this update, if you have Skype running on multiple devices, your read chats and picked up calls will sync automatically.

Got that

By Kip Kniskern
March 10th, 2014 at 11:11 am

Nokia X launches on Mar 24th in China, pre-order begins now 1 comment

Today Nokia and JD.com jointly announced the pre-order of Nokia X phones begins today in China. The Nokia X phones, Nokia’s newly announced Android family, will exclusively be selling through JD.com JDPhone program and be available on March 24th.…

By Picturepan2
March 9th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone available for download 3 comments

facebook messengerLast week at the Mobile World Congress, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore announced that Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone would be available soon, and sure enough, it’s available now through the Windows Phone Store.  Facebook Messenger has been available on iOS and Android for some time, and

By Kip Kniskern
March 4th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Skype for Outlook.com now available worldwide 1 comment

skype outlookLast April, Skype debuted a preview of Skype for Outlook.com, a browser plugin (available for the “most recent versions” of IE, Chrome, and/or Firefox) that enables you to conduct Skype conversations via your browser from within Outlook.com, once you’ve linked your Skype and Microsoft accounts.

Now today, …

By Kip Kniskern
March 4th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella officially announces senior leadership changes 0 comments

SatyaNadellaatOneMic_PageAs was reported this weekend by Re/Code and then Bloomberg, Microsoft made a number of management moves within senior leadership today.  Former Skype CEO and Business Development and Evangelism EVP Tony Bates has left the company, as has Tami Reller, the former EVP for Marketing.  EVP …

By Kip Kniskern
March 3rd, 2014 at 5:18 pm

OneDrive for Business to offer standalone subscriptions 1 comment

onedrive for businessThanks in part to a lawsuit by BSkyB that forced a renaming of SkyDrive to OneDrive, Microsoft suddenly finds itself with a coherent set of services, all well named, and just in time for a new year full of new features and new promise.  Today, at the SharePoint …

By Kip Kniskern
March 3rd, 2014 at 10:41 am

Microsoft’s Senior Leadership shakeout continues: Bates, Reller to leave, says Re/Code 0 comments

microsoft logoLast week, Microsoft announced the first of the Satya Nadella era changes to the Senior Leadership Team, and news is filtering out of more changes to come as early as this week.  With former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop set to come on board as soon as the …

By Kip Kniskern
March 2nd, 2014 at 3:52 pm