2012

Windows Phone 8Last week we reported a rumor that the next update for Microsoft’s latest mobile OS – Windows Phone 8 – will be codenamed “Apollo Plus”. The rumor was corroborated between Twitter user @Football4PDA from XDA-Developers and Tom Warren from The

HuaweiDuring the Windows Phone Summit, Microsoft announced that there will be four initial launch partners for its Windows Phone 8 devices coming this holiday season. We have seen devices coming from Samsung, Nokia and HTC already, but the fourth OEM …

NokiaThe announcement of the Nokia Lumia 620 earlier today might not be the company’s only strategy into the budget smartphone market. With Microsoft officially acknowledging that devices running Windows Phone 7.8 will be sold alongside Windows Phone 8 devices last …

NokiaFollowing the announcements of the flagship Nokia Lumia 920, and the mid-range Lumia 820 (amongst its variants 810 and 822), in a somewhat unexpected move today during the LeWeb event in Paris, France, Nokia has announced another Windows Phone 8 …

8xAt the Windows Phone 8 launch event in San Francisco in late October, Microsoft handed out Windows Phones, the HTC 8x, to everyone in attendance.  As much as we like the 8x, we think the Nokia experience is something we …

rhapsody_on_xboxRhapsody, which began as a music service for Real Networks (if you know your ancient history, before there was YouTube, you used Real Player, begrudgingly, to view online video content from your PC, and you can still use Real …

logo-messenger1Lots of news coming out of the “chat client industry” recently, with Microsoft announcing the coming end of days for Windows Live Messenger, new Skype clients coming on board, Yahoo! IM dropping interoperability with Messenger, and even a rumor …

Windows Live and Yahoo MessengerSix-and-a-half years ago in June 2006, we first reported that Microsoft and Yahoo! have reached an agreement to provide interoperability between their two IM services – Windows Live Messenger, which was still in beta form at that time, and …

SkyDrive logoRumors about Microsoft bringing a cloud music playing to SkyDrive had been floating around for a long time. Back in May 2011 when Microsoft first announced Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”, we reported on some indications that “Mango” might support music

surface-proMicrosoft announced some pricing details of the second in its family of Surface devices today, with Panos Panay, in a blog post on the Official Microsoft blog, detailing pricing on the two versions of Surface “Pro” (the full on …

Windows Phone 7.8 Start ScreenBack in June during the Windows Phone Summit, Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 7.8 update for existing Windows Phone 7.x devices. However no further details about the update, except that it features a new Start screen, were announced since …

msft sq logoYesterday, we posted on news that Outlook.com now has more than 25 million active users, and in perhaps a spirit of sharing over the holiday season, Microsoft is continuing to talk numbers.  In the past few hours, Microsoft has …

outlook logoHotmail became Outlook.com in late July (after we’d been showing it to you as “NewMail” since June”, Microsoft’s “modern” take on web based email, and since then, the new-look service has added 25 million active users, including about a third …

As part of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, Walmart is having quite the sale on smartphones, offering a free $100 Walmart gift card with every smartphone purchased, and the new Windows Phones are doing quite well, capturing 4 of …

bing translatorLast April, Bing updated the Bing Translator for Windows Phone app, including a number of new features like the ability to use the camera to get a translation of printed text (like a menu or a street sign), offline …

So Windows Phone 8 was launched almost exactly a month ago, and devices running the new operating system is already on sale in many countries worldwide. Whilst users are still enjoying their brand new devices, today details about the …

Asha 205Last week, investors began to show a change of heart when it comes to Nokia, moving the stock price up more than 20% (moving from $2.88 to $3.49, where it sits as of this writing) as Windows Phone 8, …

78 teched NZThis weekend, there’s been a flurry of activity and interest centering around Windows Phone 7.8, the promised but as yet not delivered update to previous generation (Windows Phone 7.5) phones.  Paul Thurrott started things off with a bit of a

With Bing, we’re all guinea pigs, and thanks to our readers (this time @TheRomit, thanks!), we get to sneak a peek at what may be coming for Bing in the coming months through various “flight tests” conducted on the …

It’s been (almost) a week since Microsoft announced Steven Sinofsky’s departure as President of Windows and Windows Live Division, which is now up officially in an SEC filing:

As announced on November 12, 2012, Steven Sinofsky, President of the