February, 2011

Well, ok, maybe Matt Cutts of Google won’t be too excited about this, after all.  But Bing has just released a new “Bing Bar” anyway.

The new toolbar, available here, adds some nice new features, including Facebook integration, …

Along with the whirlwind of news around a Nokia / Microsoft Windows Phone partnership, this week’s Mobile World Congress brought us a little more news about upcoming releases for Windows Phone.  So we know a little more about what we’ll …

angry-birdsAlong with all the news about Microsoft and Nokia, we’ve been seeing quite a few news items go by that seem to show interest for the Windows Phone developer platform, and interest in Windows Phone apps is picking up.

First …

Ahh, we love PR-speak.  After a number of sites picked up on Paul Thurrott’s posting that he’s hearing that “the Zune brand is on the way out”, Microsoft responded, first through Twitter:

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…and then through …

Microsoft today has launched four new corporate blogs, one each for the four tech hotspots in the US (and beyond the “why US only?” questions, we would add “What about Seattle/Redmond?”).  According to the official “Microsoft Blog” on Technet, the …

zune-logoWe told you about Paul Thurrott’s early mentions about a possible Zune rebrand, and then in a post titled “Questions Remain in the wake of a Microsoft / Nokia Partnership”, Thurrott drops more hints:

And what about Zune?

drive-benderIf you are or were a fan of Windows Home Server, you know that late last year a decision was made to remove the “Drive Extender” technology from Windows Home Server “Vail” (now known as Windows Home Server 2011), a …

02-14MWC_PeopleHub_Twitter_webToday at MWC, one of the announcements about new features coming for the “Mango” release of Windows Phone later this year is integration of Twitter into the “People” Hub.  Currently, while there is a Twitter app for Windows Phone, Twitter, …

Steve Ballmer just walked off the stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, after delivering a bit of news, most of it known to some degree already, about upcoming advances for Windows Phone.

After pinning down the early “NoDo”, or …

The Nokia Press Briefing in Barcelona isn’t being broadcast live, but Steven Elop and Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President Marketing Nokia Mobile Phones, have been on stage, and of course news of the Microsoft / Nokia partnership dominates.  Elop said, …

If you remember, last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona featured the unveiling of Windows Phone 7.  What will happen this year?  We just added a TweetBlender Twitter search for the hashtags #mwc and #mwc2011 in our sidebar so you …

In their press materials for the big announcement on Friday, Nokia and Microsoft featured a number of their brands in a collage of goodness about the partnership:

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However one brand is conspicuously missing from the equation: Zune.  It doesn’t …

Dare Obasanjo posted a quick notice on the Windows Live Developers Blog announcing that the "Application Contacts" feature in Messenger Connect will be discontinued in six month’s time due to low user usage. For those who doesn’t know, the application …

  • Well one thing is for sure, the US stock market isn’t too happy with Nokia’s decision to go Windows Phone.  After hours trading late last night showed NOK off some 7 points, and the stock is currently down 14.71%, to

As it’s the middle of the night here in Seattle, we’ll leave you for the night with a quick recap of the highlights of this momentous announcement by Nokia and Microsoft that they are forming a strategic partnership which will …

Nokia has outlined its side of the brave new world we’re undertaking tonight, offering up some details about what’s to come for the mobile hardware giant.

First, as expected, Nokia is streamlining its executive staff and operations.  The first to …

The log-in to the Nokia webcast, due at 10:00 GMT today, requires that you agree to the “forward looking statements” before you get to the video page, and these are one set of small print you won’t want to …

The links to the Nokia webcast just went live, and the word is out, Microsoft and Nokia are creating  a strategic partnership.  According to a press release just issued by Microsoft, the proposed partnership would include these points:

Nokia would

If you haven’t downloaded it already, the IE9 RC is now officially up for grabs, with an IE9 blog post from Dean Hachamovitch explaining what’s new in the RC.  With some very nice tabbed browsing improvements (along with a …

Already up at Channel 9 are some videos highlighting improvements in IE9 RC.  Our early favorite? – the ability to create pinned sites with multiple tabs!  We’ve just installed the RC here, but so far so good, and we’ve noticed …