Skype relaunches video service Qik as “Skype Qik” 0 comments

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? 2 comments

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

Windows on tablets on ARM: Surface, or something else? 0 comments

Today’s news cycle flurry centers around Microsoft’s Surface, and whether Microsoft will continue with Surface on ARM, or just give up on the whole idea. As a refresher, ARM refers to a family of RISC (reduced instruction set computing) based computer processor architectures, ones that require fewer transistors, …

By Kip Kniskern in Mobile
October 9th, 2014 at 11:55 am

How would you sell Windows Phone? 29 comments

In our last post, we called Windows Phone as it currently sits a “lame duck”. On September 30th, Microsoft announced Windows 10, and in the QnA following confirmed that Windows Phones will run Windows 10, too. This means some significant changes to the phone, to apps and …

By Kip Kniskern in News
October 4th, 2014 at 11:09 am

What do we do while we wait for a Windows 10 Phone? Twiddle our thumbs? 9 comments

As if there were any question, yesterday’s QnA session at the Windows 10 press event clarified what’s coming for Windows Phone (via The Verge):

Q: You mentioned screens ranging from 4 inches to 80 inches. Is Windows 10 the next version of the phone operating system too?

By Kip Kniskern in Commentary
October 1st, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Microsoft unveils… (wait for it)…. Windows 10 (!!!) 3 comments

Today, at a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled a first look at its latest Windows version, and revealed that it will be called, not Windows 9, as was widely assumed, but Windows 10. The new version, available as early as tomorrow via a Windows Insider program …

By Kip Kniskern in News
September 30th, 2014 at 11:39 am

HERE Maps update: Still confusing as ever 3 comments

Today’s Microsoft-related news flurry concerns HERE Maps, and the PR fluff is flying. HERE Maps, which Nokia kept after selling off its phones businesses to Microsoft, started out as a Windows-Phone-first enterprise, but there was always some talk of bringing the service to other platforms. Microsoft has been …

By Kip Kniskern in News
September 25th, 2014 at 11:58 am

Its update your phone day 1 comment

Both Microsoft and Apple are pushing out updates for their phones today. Apple is releasing an update to iOS 8, and Microsoft an update for its Developer Preview Program. Both updates are geared at bug fixes, although from early reports, Apple’s update seems to be creating at least …

By Kip Kniskern in News
September 24th, 2014 at 10:45 am

It’s official: Minecraft to join Microsoft Studios 6 comments

As expected, Microsoft announced today that it’s acquiring Swedish game maker Mojang, makers of Minecraft. The deal, for $2.5 Billion US, gives Microsoft a new blockbuster gaming title, new inroads into education and programming, connection to a large and active social network, and significant opportunities to grow …

By Kip Kniskern in News
September 15th, 2014 at 10:07 am

Playing the “Why is Microsoft buying Mojang (Minecraft)?” game 5 comments

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft was in talks to buy Mojang, a Stockholm, Sweden based game company and the makers of the ultra-popular Minecraft. Late Friday afternoon, Reuters reported that the deal is set to be finalized as early as Monday:


By Kip Kniskern in News
September 13th, 2014 at 12:42 pm