August, 2012

NokiaFollowing the leaked renders of the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 earlier today, we’re seeing another leak of a Nokia Windows Phone 8 device, thanks to Chinese Windows Phone Forum CoolXAP.com (via WeLoveWP.hk). This time the leaks are of actual photos of the device, and the photos …

NokiaThe leaks just keeps on coming today, and we’re just 6 days away from September 5, when Microsoft and Nokia are due to unveil details about Windows Phone 8 and their range of Windows Phone devices. We previously reported that Nokia may be announcing two Windows Phone 8 …

HTCLooks like Windows Phone OEMs finds it hard to keep their upcoming devices under wraps. Back in June this year, details about HTC’s Windows Phone 8 line-up were leaked, with three devices reported – the HTC “Zenith”, HTC “Accord”, and HTC “Rio” – going from high-end to low-end. …

Windows PhoneAs we’re getting closer to September 5 when it is expected that Microsoft will be unveiling the consumer features of Windows Phone 8 to the world, more details are being leaked about the latest mobile OS. The latest came from The Verge who reported that the new Windows …

Bing MapsBack in April 2011, the Bing Maps team announced the Global Ortho Project, with a goal to create a “uniform, detailed map of the Continental United States and 17 countries in Western and Central Europe”. According to the Bing Maps team, high resolution aerial map imagery was …

BingEarlier this year, Microsoft introduced “the new Bing” which includes a new sidebar for users to interact with your friends to be able to search more socially. This sidebar, released since May this year, shows friend’s who have posted photos related to your search query using their photo …

NokiaJust earlier this week we reported that a mid-ranged Nokia Windows Phone 8 device, codenamed Nokia “Arrow” (or “Atlas” for its CDMA variant), might be announced during Nokia World 2012, scheduled to be held in Helsinki, Finland on September 5. Today, a user had posted an image of …

Windows PhoneA few weeks ago, we reported a rough timeline regarding the launch of Windows Phone 8. We saw Samsung kicking off the wave of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 news by announcing their ATIV line of tablets and phones. Next week we also expect Microsoft to …

skypeZune users received an email from the “Zune Music Team” today informing them of a number of changes coming to the Zune Music services as Microsoft prepares to transition from Zune to Xbox Music.

Here’s the email:

As we prepare for the exciting launch of Xbox Music later

Nokia is expected to unveil its new Windows Phone 8 devices on September 5th, at a press event in New York, and we’ve seen bits of leaked information on the at least two expected devices, including the Nokia Phi.  Now word coming to us from Australia, specifically …

bbbIn just a few short weeks we’ll be heading over to Redmond for Build, to hear all about Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and lots more, and just like last time, we’re getting together with some of our blogger/journalist colleagues to meet up and dissect the day …

Ativ-SIFA, the consumer electronics show in Berlin, apparently is setting up as the de-facto unveiling for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices, with a number of manufacturers showing off devices this week.  While the show is decidedly Android focused, Sony and Samsung have both announced new Windows …

In mid August, SkyDrive updated its look, added features, upgraded its apps for PC and Mac, and announced that a SkyDrive for Android app was coming to complement the apps for iOS and Windows Phone:

skydrive android

Today, Microsoft is making that Android app available for download from the Android

A new site devoted to the “virtual launch” of Visual Studio 2012 seems to be answering a couple of Windows development questions at once: apparently we’ll be able to build what www.visualstudiolaunch.com calls (6 times on the home page!) “Modern apps” for Windows 8, and according to a

Thanks to a tip from “smileyctp”, we’re getting some new indications that Microsoft’s strategy for SkyDrive and Xbox Music may be getting closer to being revealed.  Smileyctp, who has had a bit of his music collection up on SkyDrive for weeks, noticed yesterday something that hadn’t been there …

androidA verdict was reached in the Apple-Samsung US federal patent lawsuit late today, and Samsung was found to have, in some circumstances willfully, infringed on patents held by Apple in some of its Android mobile devices.  The jury awarded Apple just over $1 Billion, with potentially a …

NokiaAs we’re getting closer to September 5, the date for Nokia World 2012 as well as the joint Nokia and Microsoft press event, more details about Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices are coming out. We’ve previously reported that a Nokia “Phi” Windows Phone 8 device will …

NokiaLast week we reported that Nokia is set to unveil their Nokia “Phi” Windows Phone 8 device at Nokia World 2012, scheduled to be held in Helsinki, Finland on September 5. Today The Verge, via unnamed sources, re-confirmed this rumor with details about another two Nokia Windows …

quoraIn May, Bing introduced a set of new features, including the Social Sidebar, allowing you to make your searches “social”, by sharing them with others and checking up on what others in your social networks, or selected experts from some of the most popular social networks, are …

silverlightScott Barnes was a Product Manager for the Rich Client Platform team, and its no secret that since he left Microsoft he’s been outspoken and has had perhaps a bit of an agenda against the way Microsoft has handled the “change in direction” regarding Silverlight, and against Steven