February, 2012

Earlier today (February 29th), Steven Sinofsky, Julie Larson-Greene and others took the stage at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview launch event in Barcelona, in conjunction with the Mobile World Congress.  The event wasn’t webcast live, and although the download went live as the event was taking place, we …

If you’re not in a hotel meeting room, you’re probably downloading or have already downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  If so, you can play with three new Bing apps: Finance, Weather, and Maps.  The Bing team has posted on the new apps, in conjunction with …

At a non-webcast press event at MWC in Barcelona today, Steven Sinofsky and Julie Larson-Greene took the stage to unveil the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  The new operating system, with its Metro style interface and “fast and fluid” design, is available for download, as is the beta of …

When Microsoft and Nokia signed their strategic partnership last year it was noted that the companies planned to work together not only on Windows Phones but also their mapping technology, today an aspect of that partnership has been announced with a new Unified Map Design from the two …

Today we were tipped off by @ParasValecha about a new design for Bing. Microsoft has been testing a few different designs for the search engine over the past few months and a few readers of Liveside have had access to them. However, those designs weren’t too different from …

Windows Phone TangoWhilst there was no mention of the codename “Tango” at Mobile World Congress, details about the upcoming update to Windows Phone 7.5 has been hinted in the various official blog posts from Microsoft and Nokia. Instead of having you to dig through the posts to find these details, …

NokiaEver since Nokia and Microsoft’s partnership, Nokia had been developing exclusive value-adding apps and services to their Windows Phones. Back when the first Nokia Windows Phone devices launched in Nokia World 2011 last year, the company also announced four new apps – Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, Nokia Music

ZTE Orbit Hands-onAlong with all the Nokia news at Mobile World Congress, ZTE is also set to join the Windows Phone news coming out of the event. As reported earlier, ZTE is set to reveal their second Windows Phone device, after the ZTE Tania. According to the official

Nokia just concluded its press conference in Barcelona at MWC with the unveiling of 5 new phones (only one of them a Windows Phone), new software experiences, and a pretty amazing new imaging technology called “PureView”.  Also announced were (finally!!) a Skype for Windows Phone beta client

PrintJust as Stephen Elop took the stage at Mobile World Congress 2012, Microsoft has released the beta version of the long-awaited Skype for Windows Phone app. According to the official Skype blog:

With Skype for Windows Phone Beta you can make free audio and video calls to

mwc(Countdown clock: [countdown date=2012/02/27/-08:30:00 offset=1] [timer] until the Nokia press conference begins![/countdown])

If you’re like us and want to catch the latest Nokia (and presumably Windows Phone) news from MWC, and are eagerly awaiting their press conference but weren’t quite able to make it to Barcelona, there’s good …

Google plus Windows LiveEver since Wave 3, Windows Live have always had the ability to connect within various social services from across the web, most notably services such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.  By connecting other social services and websites to Windows Live, depending on the connection, you’ll be …

NokiaIn just two days, Nokia is set to reveal their new additions to the Lumia line of Windows Phones at Mobile World Congress 2012. It is widely speculated that they will reveal the Nokia Lumia 610, which recently passed certification in Indonesia, as well as a global …

Microsoft LLPLast Tuesday, February 21, is UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day, and on this date Microsoft detailed the upcoming language improvements in Windows 8, and announced 14 additional display languages to be supported in the new operating system. Well it appears that the next version of its online …

QQ GameWe reported last week that with Windows Phone “Tango” in China, Microsoft will be removing Xbox LIVE from the Games hub, due to the fact that the service is not available in that region. Today, Chinese newspaper Shanghai Daily reported that Nokia and Tencent Inc, one of …

With the new Windows Store about to debut as part of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Microsoft has launched a new billing portal named Microsoft Your Account, replacing the old http://billing.microsoft.com, which will allow you to view at once all of your purchases, payments, subscriptions and accounts from …

PhotosynthMicrosoft’s Bing team released the Photosynth app for iOS almost a year ago, and they have long promised to develop the same app for Windows Phone. Despite the promise, the app has yet to surface in the Windows Phone marketplace, nor has it been built into the …

FileWinLive-syncOne of the questions our commenters asked about the upcoming integration of Windows Live Mesh into SkyDrive was “what about direct Device to Device synchronization?”.  Currently, you can use Windows Live Mesh to sync folders from device to device, with the Live Mesh service only used as …

ZTEWith less than 5 days to go until the annual Mobile World Congress, there had already been reports about potential new Windows Phone to be announced during the event, particularly with major OEMs such as Nokia and LG. Today Chinese OEM ZTE announced that they will be …

Microsoft took another small step toward Bing integration with Facebook today with the introduction of Bing Linked Pages.  By allowing Bing to connect up with your Facebook account, you can now manage the way your “vanity search” looks in Bing, by confirming (or not) a set of links …