February, 2012

The future of Microsoft’s consumer online services, especially around SkyDrive, are arguably brighter than they’ve ever been.  This week’s announcements that SkyDrive will finally provide a full client experience, with sync capabilities, folder upload, larger file sizes, and more, while …

About two months ago, Hotmail introduced a set of new features to combat what Microsoft is calling “graymail”: that is mail or newsletters that you may have signed up for or opted into, but you now find filling up your …

NokiaJust as we all thought the next Nokia Lumia device to be revealed is going to be the Lumia 610, which had recently passed certification in Indonesia, another device had surfaced today via the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) …

Video CallBack in August last year, we spotted an interesting set of resource icons from Windows Live Wave 5, suggesting that a web-based video chat service might be coming to Windows Live web properties soon. Today in the SkyDrive post on

skydrive-logoWe’ve had a lot of new info on SkyDrive come at us in the past few days, from all over the place, so much so that its getting a little hard to keep track of.  So in order to help …

skydrive-logoIn a blog post on the Windows 8 blog, Omar Shahine and Mike Torres confirmed today what we told you this weekend about an upcoming SkyDrive app, and provides some detail about the upcoming Windows 8 Metro style app …

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Following the screenshot leaks of SkyDrive yesterday, revealing details about Microsoft’s plans for paid storage and SkyDrive apps for Windows and Mac, today we’ve been tipped about even more new features that are said to be coming to SkyDrive …

Windows Phone TangoMicrosoft planned expand Windows Phone into the Chinese market for a long time, and with Windows Phone “Tango”, this will push it into reality. However, establishing in the Chinese market is not simple, given the many localised services that …

skydrive-logoA Brazilian website, Gemind.com.br (English translation) has posted a set of SkyDrive screenshots which appear to show some new features: A SkyDrive client for Windows or Mac, and some paid storage options.

LiveSide readers will remember that we …

xbox-globeIn an “exclusive”, CNet’s Greg Sandoval is reporting that CNet has learned that “Microsoft is in talks with some of the major record companies about creating a new music service”.  Sandoval reports that the service would supply music …

ciaoA short post on the Bing UK blog is announcing that as of today, Bing Vision is officially available for Windows Phones in the UK.  A number of sites have previously reported that the service has been up and

Windows Phone TangoAs we’re heading closer to Mobile World Congress 2012, where Microsoft is expected to announce details of their next update of Windows Phone, codenamed “Tango”, more details about the update are leaking out. Today Russion website WP7forum.ru leaked several screenshots …

NokiaJust yesterday we posted details about a possible new Windows Phone coming soon – the Nokia Lumia 610. The device is set to be a budget device running Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, potentially to come with the latest “Tango” …

chicktionaryThis week’s episode of “out with the old, in with the new” stars Club Bing, which is being discontinued on May 31st, and something called msnNOW, which was announced this evening.

Club Bing, itself a replacement for Live Search Club, …

Nokia Lumia 610After we reported a rumor yesterday about a potential Nokia Windows Phone to be launched at Mobile World Congress (MWC), another rumor surfaces today about more devices that Nokia is set to unveil at MWC. Pocketnow.com first got words that …

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A new version of Facebook for Windows Phone, version 2.3, …

Last June, we noticed a new feature that we were seeing, a sidebar calendar in the Hotmail inbox.  While some of you reported seeing it too, we learned today that it’s going away.  We asked David Dennis, a Principal …

ms-Hotmail_v_cAccording to a new study by Cascade Insights, as cited by an Inside Windows Live post, Microsoft’s Hotmail narrowly beat out Gmail (and they both significantly out-performed Yahoo! Mail, and an unfiltered web host account) in a test by …

As we’re getting closer to Mobile World Congress 2012, more rumors are surfacing about what Microsoft and Nokia might announce at the event. We know that Nokia will be holding a press conference on February 27 at 8:30am, but …

Windows Phone TangoWe’ve all heard about what is coming for Windows Phone 8, codenamed “Apollo”, and how it will be designed to target higher-end devices with multi-core processors, new screen resolutions (4 in total), NFC, and more. But what about “Tango”, …