May, 2011

In a blog post today, our old friend Chris Pendleton officially announces a new version of Bing Maps Streetside, which now uses the Microsoft Research Street Slide technology.  We told you about the apparent switch back on May 7th, but this blog post makes it official:…

Microsoft unveiled last week at the Windows Phone VIP press conference that three new hardware manufacturers – Acer, Fujitsu, and ZTE, will be joining in to produce Windows Phones in the coming year. Today, the first new hardware device to come with Windows Phone “Mango” has been revealed …

Last week, MSN China launched a new homepage for its news and content portal website. Along with a new logo, the new, cleaner look has the same design as current MSN.com in the US and NineMSN beta in the Australia.

Here’s the new site, and a

Even though this is a holiday weekend in the US (Monday is Memorial Day), the next few weeks promise lots of upcoming news, some of it potentially monumental.  (all times listed are Pacific Daylight time, GMT –8)

sinofsky-wsjThe Wall Street Journal/All Things D are somewhat frustratingly coy about …

We’ve all heard about Microsoft’s "3-screens-and-the-cloud" strategy before, delivering cloud services to the "three-screens" – PCs, TV (via the Xbox 360), and of course your mobile phones. Windows Live really sits right in the centre of this strategy, bringing the "cloud" component to a variety of …

Together with the recent wave of Windows Phone "Mango" news, Microsoft announced that the a Web-based version of Windows Phone Marketplace for apps and games will be coming as part of “Mango”, complementing the one in the Zune software and on Windows Phone. You can read more about …

We have to say we’re a bit overwhelmed by the size and scope of the Mango release announcements from yesterday, everything from a new web based Windows Phone Marketplace to a redesigned SkyDrive (can’t wait to hear more from Windows Live on this!), to built in Messenger (finally) …

Earlier today we revealed that a new SkyDrive is coming which will bring Photos and Office documents together in a new HTML5-based user interface. In case you missed it, here’s a screenshot of it in action:

Windows Live SkyDrive Wave 5

With the new Windows Phone "Mango" release, we will also see improved …

Windows Live CalendarMicrosoft officially unveiled Windows Phone “Mango” this morning in New York City, and touted a few major features coming in the next major release of the mobile operating system. However, it was almost impossible to cover all of the over 500 new features said to be in this …

OK so we’re a little upset we weren’t able to make it to New York today for the Mango announcements, but we’ve been making up for it by keeping a close eye on all the tidbits coming out today, and there’s bunch of them.

At the top of …

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While there were few surprises in today’s Mango announcement if you’ve been following the news, it was fun to see everything presented at once, officially.  It’s a pretty impressive showing, and if Microsoft can keep its promises, all current Windows Phone users should have the free update “this …

OK while we sort out our Romanian translations (Google pegs the release as this “summer”, and Bing as “autumn”, for example), we’re getting set to watch the webcast, and you can too:

Here’s the url for the Microsoft News Center “Windows Phone Newsroom”

Cant wait to hear more …

It’s less than an hour away from the Windows Phone "Mango" VIP Event, and Microsoft had spilled the beans on the via the Microsoft Romania Press Center (translated version). Update: The proper English version of the press release is below:

“Mango” to deliver smarter and easier communications,

You can follow the Windows Phone press conference, to be held in New York today, live in the Windows Phone News Room. Windows Phone Press Conference

Time in your Country.

Will the rumors become truth?

sinofskyIn a somewhat rare appearance outside of Microsoft environs, Steven Sinofsky has just been announced to appear at next week’s D9 conference, put on by the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D blog.

Sinofsky, President of Windows and Windows Live engineering, makes fairly frequent appearances at Microsoft …

We’ve been hearing lots of rumblings about the future of Zune services, and a couple of tweets from @MSNerd has brought some new, although totally unsubstantiated (read: wild rumor) bits of “information”.  MSNerd tweeted a “wee little rumor” that Zune will be split into three groups: Xbox mobile, …

Today saw the “premiere” two new Bing ads, posted on Bing’s Facebook page.  The ads, of course, celebrate Bing’s new relationship with Facebook “Likes”, which itself debuted earlier this week.  The first one has a group of Facebook friends liking Sushi:

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And another group of …

webmaster-toolsBarry Schwartz at Search Engine RoundTable has noticed something interesting, although there doesn’t seem to be any official news about it (although Webmaster Tools PM Duane Forrester retweeted the news): Bing Webmaster Tools, which up until recently required Silverlight, has apparently backed off that requirement.  The …

angry-birdsAt Mix, Joe Belfiore announced that the popular birds vs. pigs game Angry Birds would be coming to Windows Phone on May 25th (a week from today).    However in what can’t be much of a surprise, Angry Birds, like seemingly everything Windows Phone, has been delayed.

A new

More details are leaking about Microsoft’s next major update to its Windows Phone platform codenamed "Mango". Earlier today, a Twitter user @WindowsPhone8 tweeted the following:

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And soon after, Neowin posted a screenshot which shows off the new "Linked Inbox" feature, which apparently came from a press …