January, 2011

within-windowsA small percentage of Windows Phone users (man, that must be a REALLY small number) apparently have been seeing abnormal data usage on their Windows Phones, and today our pal Rafael Rivera from Within Windows posted on some experiments he did which showed that the Yahoo! Mail app …

no-donutsA rumor has started, apparently from some French Windows Phone enthusiast websites, that the by now long awaited Windows Phone 7 update, code named “nodo” (for no donuts) may appear as early as Monday, February 7.  The update is slated to bring copy/paste functionality …

Recently a new third-party Windows Live Messenger app was released on the Windows Phone Marketplace – called Li’Messenger. This app is created by C&R Holdings Limited and is completely free (and free of ads!) for WP7 users to download. On first look, the app looks even better than …

Guess the previous tip we received about the launch date for IE9 RC on January 28 did not eventuate, despite Microsoft had been hyping up the launch a few days earlier saying that "an announcement will be made soon". Just today Microsoft sent out invitations to media outlets …

Microsoft has published a rather daunting looking Knowledge Base article on troubleshooting Windows Phone 7 update problems, presumably getting ready for the hopefully soon to arrive update to the new phones.  The update is widely expected to add copy/paste functionality to the phones, as well as performance improvements.  …

data-privacy-dayToday is “Data Privacy Day” (what, you didn’t take the day off?), and Microsoft is celebrating by rolling out a blog post on how much they’ve been doing lately to protect our accounts, especially in Hotmail.

The blog post, on the Inside Windows Live blog, by Dharmesh Mehta, …

seleritycorpAlongside the news of Microsoft’s second quarter earnings (yup, they’re still making boatloads of money, except for Online Services – MSN and Bing – which are still losing boatloads) came an interesting little twist.  A small, ahem, “low latency, real time-fact aggregation and event data company” from …

According to a set of tweets from Bloomberg News journalist Dina Bass, who interviewed Microsoft executive Greg Sullivan for an upcoming story, the company shipped (edit: the software for..  MS did not actually ship the phones, of course) 2 million phones last quarter.  Sullivan would not say how …

On February 1st, BigThink.com, an “online knowledge forum” that has been leading discussions on a wide range of topics since 2007, will present “Farsight 2011: Beyond the Search Box”.  The four hour presentation (from 10am to 2pm PST on Feb 1) will feature a number …

Microsoft silently updated their Windows Live Solution Center website today to have a more consistent look with their Windows Live properties. While not exactly adopting the "Wave 4" header used on the Windows Live web properties, it definitely uses the same background image to make it seem more …

That’s exactly what Microsoft’s latest commercial is about – a documentary about the making of a recent flash mob in Seattle. In the two-minute video, it featured Microsoft’s most popular consumer brands, including Windows Live, Windows Phone 7, Video Kinect on Xbox 360, the upcoming Internet Explorer 9, …

Bing Images introduces a fresh new look to its landing page with new ways to browse pictures delivering a more intuitive and visual image search experience.

The landing page assembles the top images in full fidelity so you can get a quick snap-shot of some of the most …

Where in the world do you want your desktop to go? Explore sweeping landscapes and dramatic images from around the globe in this Windows 7 theme.

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The theme pack includes 18 wallpapers.

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Microsoft FUSE Labs just rolled out an update to their Docs.com service, touted a “major backend update” with performance and stability improvements. In addition, this update also introduced support for 30 different languages (dialects) which allows users to create documents in their own languages – or …

OneNote Mobile for iPhone now available, what’s next?Microsoft released its very first official Office app for iPhone today – OneNote Mobile, which is available in the U.S. iTunes app store only and free for a limited time.

OneNote Mobile for iPhone is a note taking and organizing app. It allows you easily create and edit …

Windows Live EssentialsBack in May 2010, just before the launch of Windows Live Essentials 2011 (Wave 4), Microsoft released a small QFE update for Windows Live Essentials Wave 3 which bumped the version number to 14.0.8117.416. The release targeted several bug fixes and minor changes, but particularly sparked outrage

According to an article appearing over at Anand Khanse’s The Windows Club, The Windows Clubhouse will be shutting down this spring.  The marketing effort which was to feature blog posts by “club members” on Microsoft.com on topics related to Windows never really got off the ground after an …

Some parts of Zune.net, including the Marketplace and (at least here) the ability to sign in to your Zune account from the Zune software are down as of this morning.  A message posted on the Zune support page confirms the outage:

Status: You might be unable to browse,

Search AllianceThe Microsoft-Yahoo! Search Alliance had been granted approval by the EU almost a year ago, and back in August 2010, the Search Alliance announced that all Yahoo! organic searches in US and Canada had been transitioned to be "powered by Bing". Today, the Search Alliance had reached another …

This weekend marks the Golden Globe awards, film and television awards presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and marking the beginning of the entertainment awards “season”.  Bing and Windows Phone are getting in the act, and will show two commercials during the awards telecast.  Both feature …