October, 2011

Windows Phone 7.5So the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” OS is out of the door, planned to be made available to 98% of existing Windows Phone devices within the next month. But what about the hardware side? What are the new Windows Phone …

Acer, one of the new Windows Phone OEM partners, announced today that they will be releasing a new Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” device soon – called the Acer Allegro:

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According to TelecomPaper.com, the Acer Allegro is due to arrive …

bing-logo-horizTechCrunch has spotted what apparently is a new offering from Bing, “Bing Deals”.  This is a separate offering than the Bing Deals aggregation site we wrote about last month.  While they both appear to be called “Bing Deals” (maybe …

With Nokia World 2011 getting closer and closer, more details about the much anticipated Nokia Windows Phones are starting to surface. Pocketnow.com today revealed the first images of a print advertisement for the new Nokia 800. Check them out …

Windows Phone President Andy Lees gave interviews to at least three publications this week, talking frankly about Windows Phone sales, calling the iPhone 4S a “missed opportunity” and Android “chaotic”, promising dual core chips and LTE (but not saying when), …

Finally.  We don’t even want to go through the whole story again, it’s too embarrassing, but after a number of miscues, the Zune player has been (we hope) finally put to rest.  The notice on the Zune.net players support

Last week we reported that Microsoft is currently rolling out the “Tiger” search indexing platform for Bing. Well there’s more to Microsoft’s investments in the Bing back-end platform than just indexing. According to Mary Jo Foley, there’s two …

Xbox DashboardMicrosoft announced its new Xbox 360 dashboard update during E3 2011, and announced nearly 40 TV and entertainment partners worldwide a few days ago which will be featured in the next Xbox LIVE update. An article from Gigaom today …

Looks like Microsoft and Facebook’s relationship are getting closer and closer. Following reports that Facebook’s upcoming Timeline feature will be powered by Bing Maps, we learnt that Facebook is adding a new translation service on its social network, and …

skype rainbowFollowing US approval of the $8.5 billion deal by Microsoft to acquire Skype, the European Union today announced that it has also approved the deal.  In a press release, Microsoft’s General Counsel Brad Smith noted the approval:

We’re pleased

We’ve seen quite a few new Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” devices being announced over the past couple of months, from new comers like Fujitsu, Acer and ZTE, to the old-time big players HTC and Samsung. However, besides …

kinect-nuads-062111Yesterday Microsoft unveiled an impressive lineup of new content coming to Xbox Live: networks like SyFy, MSNBC, the Today Show, TMZ, and more.  What yesterday’s announcement didn’t say is that along with all this new content, Microsoft is planning …

While we’re embracing the new features added to Bing recently such as adaptive search, action buttons, or even the new HTML5 video homepage, a group of Microsoft engineers are working tirelessly behind-the-scenes to make sure Bing operates …

Following last week’s reports about three upcoming Nokia Windows Phones – the Nokia “Sabre”, “Sea Ray”, and “Ace”, today two more Nokia Windows Phones had been discovered. The first one came from French website MonWindowsPhone (via WPCentral) which …

6558_phone_oneScreen_thumb_7FBDF462Lots of news around Xbox today, including news coming from a blog post on the Windows Phone blog that along with Xbox, Kinect, Bing, and a host of new entertainment providers, Windows Phone is joining the party with a …

6558_phone_oneScreen_thumb_7FBDF462Lots of news around Xbox today, including news coming from a blog post on the Windows Phone blog that along with Xbox, Kinect, Bing, and a host of new entertainment providers, Windows Phone is joining the party with a …

As expected, Microsoft announced in a press release today that it is expanding partnerships with entertainment providers to bring new services to Xbox Live on the Xbox 360 this holiday season.

Nearly 40 TV and entertainment providers from more …

Last Friday we heard reports from Bloomberg that Microsoft could be announcing details about their upcoming Xbox LIVE TV service sometime this week. Today an article on AllThingsD further confirms this, claiming that we could be hearing details about this …

What is wrong with these people?  Yesterday, after a comedy of errors and false starts, a Zune.net notice went up announcing that “we will no longer be producing Zune players”.  Finally, we thought (and blogged), this charade of “will there

Today is one of those days where it’s probably better to just go out and play.  Apple announced its new lineup of iOS updates and devices, and pretty much everything else has ground to a halt (including, for a time, …