January, 2012

Finally, after two years as a beta product, Bing has officially launched in Germany, according to a press release ( Bing German to English translation) issued by Microsoft Germany last Friday, January 27th.

binggermanyThe press release describes the intensive testing that Bing.de has gone through (translated):

“We

In a post today on Marketing Land, Greg Sterling is reporting that Microsoft is replacing conventional display ads in Hotmail with ads for Deals, including Bing Deals and MSN Offers.  The switch, which is being tested in selected cities, won’t be appearing everywhere, at least not yet.  …

Today Microsoft is announcing that it has updated its Bing Get Me There app for Windows Phone for use within London. The app now pulls in transportation data from District Light Railway (DLR), London Buses and Overground services along with the data it already used from Bing maps …

Microsoft-Office-2010-LogoIn a blog post today, Microsoft Corporate VP PJ Hough announced the beginning of a Technical Preview program for Office 15, with what he called “the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division”:

With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our

Windows Phone TangoAccording to WPSauce (via WMPU), Microsoft revealed some interesting information during a Windows Phone developers camp in India today. According to Karthik Ragubathy, who had been attending this event, the on-stage speaker had confirmed to the attendees that the next release of Windows Phone, codenamed “Tango”, will …

047d1d4aa748d2936b4956445b59cc06We received a tip yesterday about a very fun website, Centives.net,  run by a group of economics students at Lehigh University, who blog about interesting tidbits from around the web in their Daily Bulletins, and produce some fun and interesting content of their own in …

ms-hotmail-logoToday we reported on an effort by our pals over at Hotmail to make a little hay on some of Google’s recent negative publicity, by posting 3 simple steps on how to switch from Gmail to Hotmail.  Since then, in the comments here and on the Inside Windows …

ms-hotmail-logoThis week, Google made it even more apparent that it’s either get on the Google+ bandwagon or get out of the way, announcing new privacy policies that make it far easier to share on Google+, but causing some strife among Google users.

In light of that, …

xbox720_logo1_1Seems like just about everyone (except Microsoft) is talking about some aspect of a new Xbox or Xbox experience lately, from Microsoft Points to powerful new processors to lots of speculation (and, we assume, a few wild guesses) about when we’ll see a new version, or new versions, …

Microsoft has today announced the release a new app for Apple’s iOS platform; MSN UK for iPad. The app is divided into the categories found on the news portal and each one can all be navigated with horizontal swiping allowing users to quickly see the latest news …

embedsubscribeBack in 2009, the Hotmail guys published a blog post detailing how to get an embedded calendar for your website using Windows Live (now Hotmail) Calendar, and we’ve been using that little iframe snippet ever since.  To be honest, other than trying (and sometimes falling a bit short) …

bingmapsPocket-lint, “the largest independent gadget news and reviews site in the UK”, scored an interview at CES with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who revealed a bit of news about the the future branding for what’s now known as Bing Maps.

Elop told Pocket-lint that:

"You’ll starting seeing the

cutler-avatarMary Jo Foley broke the news today that Microsoft legend Dave Cutler is no longer working on Azure, but has moved over to IEB (Interactive Entertainment Business), the home of Xbox and Zune, among others.

Cutler came to Microsoft in 1988 from Digital Equipment Co. to build Windows …

Microsoft UK has been sending out invitations to IT Pros across the country to encourage and educate IT Pros about moving off IE6. This campaign continues work done by Microsoft internationally to move users off IE6 and on to more modern and secure web browsers.

Microsoft UK points …

yahooIn a press release today, Yahoo! announced the resignation from the Board of Directors and “all other positions with the company”, effective today.  Here’s Yang’s statement:

"My time at Yahoo!, from its founding to the present, has encompassed some of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my

Early last November, Mike Torres and Omar Shahine, in a post on designing cloud storage services (read: SkyDrive), posted some telling statistics:

  • Today, less than 10% of college students consider using SkyDrive to access or share docs
  • Overwhelmingly, when students work on group projects, they start or finish

kinectA number of rumors have surfaced over the past few months about a next generation Xbox, and about Microsoft’s push into the living room using the popular gaming, and now entertainment system.  In fact, a few months ago we speculated that while a truly full on next gen …

logo_skype_webIn another bit of what Microsoft calls “momentum”, and we think of as “non-news”, a flurry of posts reported yesterday that according to a video interview posted by “Rob from the Microsoft Social Media Marketing team”, a Skype app for Windows Phone is “coming soon”.  The video begins …

Google -LogoThere’s been a bit of a tempest in a teapot brewing this week as Google introduced what it’s calling “Search Plus Your World”.  The feature, which in some respects is similar to the way Bing uses Facebook interactions to show you results “liked” by your Facebook friends, is …

Microsoft has announced that today they have signed a patent agreement with LG that that covers “LG’s tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome OS Platform”. Microsoft and LG are not sharing the details of the agreement, but it is likely that this …