April, 2012

barnes__noble_logo_1The big news today is that Microsoft and Barnes and Noble have announced a new partnership where B&N will spin off its Nook E-Reader and its educational books business into a new, as yet named “newco”, backed by a $300 million Microsoft investment.

That $300 million will buy …

burning-questionsIt’s the burning question of our time: will current Windows Phones be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8, or not?  Ever since WMPowerUser republished a Zwame.pt interview with a Portuguese Microsoft evangelist saying that “all actual devices will get upgrade to the next major version of Windows Phone (we´re …

SkyDrive LogoLast week had been a busy week in the consumer cloud storage space. First we had Microsoft significantly upgrading their SkyDrive service, adding paid storage plans and desktop sync apps. Then we had Google launching their Google Drive service. We’ve even seen Dropbox joining in and adding …

Microsoft will release a Windows 8 Release Preview in the first week of June. Steven Sinofsky announced this during a Windows developer event in Japan. The news was spread via Twitter.

A date for the final release was …

woodstockIn an exclusive report from The Verge today, Tom Warren has revealed that Microsoft may be planning to unveil a new music service at E3, according to his sources.  The new service, code named “Woodstock”, would replace the current but neglected Zune music service, and run under the …

Microsoft has released a new version of Security Essentials. The new version (version 4) is available via the Microsoft Download Center and the Microsoft Security Essentials web site.

Those who participated in the beta received the following email:

Dear Beta User,

Thank you for joining the Microsoft®

Microsoft announced two changes for Windows Phone owners today, ones that “most of you likely won’t even notice” according to a blog post on the Windows Phone blog.  The first removes the ability to purchase Windows Phone apps from within the Zune PC software, which seems to …

Facebook for Windows PhoneThe Facebook for Windows Phone app only just received an overhaul back in February, and today over at the official Facebook for Windows Phone page the team responsible for developing the app had shared a post revealing what’s coming in the next update – version 2.5. The …

This morning, even a bit earlier than we expected, Omar Shahine and Mike Torres posted on the Building Windows 8 blog on the new updates to SkyDrive that “make personal cloud storage for Windows available anywhere”

Here’s what’s available now, on the SkyDrive apps download page, according …

SkyDrive and SkypeMicrosoft released updates to two high-profile apps today on the Windows Phone marketplace. As promised previously, Microsoft released the final version of the Skype for Windows Phone app.  In addition, Microsoft also bumped the version number of their SkyDrive for Windows Phone app to v2.0, which coincides …

LGEver since LG released their last Windows Phone – the LG Jil Sander E906, the company had almost completely disappeared from the Windows Phone front, with the company making no contribution to the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” generation of devices. However, every now and then there’s rumors …

microsoft-logoYesterday, Microsoft released their 3rd Quarter Earnings statement, and reported a stellar quarter.  This morning, $MSFTs  US stock market price is up over 5.5% on the news (and up over 20% since last April – you can follow some of our favorite stocks easily in our sidebar).…

nokia 900Nokia released its first quarter earnings today, and as expected, the news isn’t good.  Posting a $1.7 billion quarterly loss, on net sales that were down 30%, Nokia continues to struggle with “greater than expected competitive challenges”, and “mixed’ sales of its new Lumia Windows Phone devices:…

Earlier today we reported that WMPowerUser posted a transcribed video interview snippet from Portuguese site Zwame.pt, quoting a Microsoft evangelist as saying that “all actual devices will get upgrade to the next major version of Windows Phone (we´re talking about Apollo) “.

While we would love to believe …

In a video interview with Portuguese Windows Phone Evangelist Nuno Silva published by Portuguese site Zwame.pt last month, and noticed by WMPowerUser, comes news that all current Windows Phones will be able to be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 (Apollo).  WMPowerUser posted a short video excerpt of …

As a few of our commenters on this morning’s SkyDrive post noticed, the SkyDrive team, via their Twitter account, have released “a few cool things”:

[blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/#!/SkyDrive/status/192298695184756736"]

The link, which not coincidentally is using the new “sdrv.ms” URL shortener, and links to an ODF document stored on …

Google-DriveThe Next Web considered themselves lucky yesterday to be on the receiving end of a draft release, purportedly from a Google partner,  giving away “a wealth of information” on Google’s upcoming competitor to Dropbox and SkyDrive.  That service, which has been known as Google Drive or G …

A pair of posts on the Bing blogs today announced some new features for both Bing Maps and the Bing Translator App for Windows Phone.

First, with Bing Maps, the nearly 900 venue maps are now much easier to find, as you can now just click on …

e3After Sony’s E3 press conference announcement yesterday, Microsoft has today announced their press event time and date for this year’s E3 conference: Monday June 4th at 10am, according to a post on the Examiner.com and elsewhere.  Even though Microsoft has publicly said that there will be no new

SkypeEver since Microsoft and Skype closed the deal in October last year, we haven’t heard much about what the future holds for Skype, and how Microsoft is going to integrate into its products and services. Microsoft did release the Skype app for Windows Phone, and the final …