November, 2011

Shortly after yesterday’s post on the new updates to SkyDrive on Inside Windows Live, reports started coming in about “lost” OneNote files when trying to access them from the Office Hub on Windows Phones.  According to a new blog post on Inside Windows Live today, they’re not “lost” …

LenovoBack in October, President of Microsoft’s Windows Phone division Andy Lees mentioned that new OEMs will be coming on-board with Windows Phone in 2012. Shortly after we saw leaks of a Lenovo-branded smartphone running the Windows Phone OS, suggesting that Microsoft may be in talks with Lenovo to …

Nokia Windows Phone PrototypeEver since Nokia first revealed its first two Windows Phone devices – Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 – there had been various rumors about upcoming Nokia Windows Phones. In fact, a few weeks ago images of an alleged Nokia Lumia 601 was leaked to the web, said to …

Office 365Office 365 received a major update today since its release back in June this year. According to the official Office 365 blog, over 40% of the top 100 brands are now using Office 365 or related cloud productivity services from Microsoft. As such, Microsoft is now …

A few more updates came as part of today’s Windows Live update (version 16.2). One of this includes Windows Live Profile, which received some clean-up to its Connected Services page. Services that you connected through Live Connect no longer shows up here, however, one particular service makes a …

As part of the latest SkyDrive update today, as we predicted earlier, the rest of Windows Live web services received an update too, up to Wave 5 M2 (version 16.2). As part of this update, Windows Live Service Status, the website that allow you to keep …

Last week I announced Liveside’s new campaign to pass on your questions and requests directly to Microsoft and we kicked it off by asking for your questions and requests for SkyDrive. I plan to collect up all the responses to Questions and Requests: SkyDrive at the end of …

A new post on the Inside Windows Live blog today brings us news of some new features for SkyDrive, including file upload and file management changes, expanded “right-click” functionality, HTML5 support for file uploads (meaning drag and drop file uploading for Firefox and Chrome), and support for viewing …

In just a few hours, Nokia is taking over the Millbank Tower in London for an over-the-top UK product launch for Nokia Lumia Windows Phones.  The production, set to begin at 9pm GMT tonight (November 28th, [countdown date=2011/11/28-21:00:00 offset=0]in [timer][/countdown]), is set to turn Millbank Tower into a …

YandexAccording to a press release from Russia’s most popular search engine Yandex, their search product will be replacing Bing as the default search engine on Windows Phones sold in Russia. Below is an excerpt from the press release:

Yandex (NASDAQ: YNDX) has become the default search engine on

SkyDriveOver at the official Inside Windows Live team blog, Omar Shahine and Mike Torres, Group Program Managers for SkyDrive, recently made a blog post analysing some of the stats of the current competitive environment, outlining what they think are the “winning factors” for a personal cloud service, …

Following my meeting with some of Microsoft UK’s Hotmail team last month it has been decided that the event was a great platform to provide feedback to the company through the questions and feature requests I took with me. Microsoft found this to be extremely useful and is …

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired California-based company VideoSurf, which provides video discovery technology to customers and enables them to quickly and accurately find the video they want. Their technology is pretty unique in that it doesn’t solely rely on text-based search terms, like most video search …

Kinect for WindowsMicrosoft’s Xbox 360’s Kinect motion sensor had been one of the best selling tech gadget in the recent years, even breaking Guinness World Records for the fastest selling consumer electronics device within a 60-day period. But it appears Microsoft’s ambition for the Kinect technology does not stop …

At today’s “Microsoft Big Picture” event in Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft apparently announced that Lync, Microsoft’s corporate instant messaging client, will be coming to Windows Phone, Android, Blackberry, and “iDevices” within the next 4 weeks.

The news was tweeted out by Big Picture attendee Garry Holden, and …

What a strange, but very interesting document!  Today on the Inside Windows Live blog, Omar Shahine and Mike Torres give us a “state of cloud storage” post where they admit:

  • Less than 10% of college students even consider using SkyDrive for cloud storage.
  • But, about 75% of

BingBack in May this year, we first noticed that Microsoft had replaced Bing Map’s Streetside panoramic view with Microsoft Research’s “Street Slide”, which lets users navigate street level imagery sideways rather than a full 360 degrees panoramic view. On May 31st, Microsoft made it official, and all …

MSN OffersToday we received an email from Microsoft announcing that Bing Daily Deals (http://www.bing.com/daily-deals), powered by Tippr, will soon be rebranded as MSN Offers. As we reported earlier, the service lets you subscribe to daily emails telling you about the best deals in your local area, …

It’s official this time, both The Verge and Kotaku reported that Microsoft has confirmed the release date of the upcoming Xbox 360 Fall 2011 dashboard update – December 6. According to The Verge, the launch will be a global launch and will be available to all Xbox 360 …

Joe Marini, who was fired from Microsoft after tweeting about the at the time unreleased Nokia 800, has landed at Google, according to, of course, a tweet by Marini this morning:

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The former Principal Program Manager for the Windows Phone web platform got into trouble this …