2013

Let’s be honest: we had a few fits and starts setting up LiveSide on Azure (including just today, when having IPv6 enabled on the server apparently caused some DNS problems, sorry about that), but after some trial and error, everything seems to be working well. We’re …

One of the things we’re going to try with our new look LiveSide is to be able to point you to interesting conversations around the web, either by linking or by Twitter. Today, Paul Thurrott provides some interesting commentary on what may be troubling times ahead for Windows:…

This weekend, we completed a move from a dedicated Windows Server 2008 “real” machine to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtual Machine running on Azure, rebuilding our WordPress installation and reworking our theme at the same time. We won’t get into the details of the move or the …

As Neowin pointed out yesterday, Microsoft has recently applied for a number of trademarks, all centered around “Mod”. Microsoft Mod, Windows Mod, Mod, and Office Mod and Microsoft Office Mod, with trademark applications for computer operating systems, computer software, hardware, peripherals and accessories, and mobile computing and …

Next week we’ll begin our 8th year as LiveSide.net.  It’s been an interesting journey, and while the landscape has changed considerably since we started, we’re still excited about Microsoft’s consumer services, and we’re excited to be back for another year.  While Windows Live has come and gone, we’re …

It’s Friday night here in Seattle, the snow has melted, and to be honest, not much is going on in the tech news world as most everyone is on holiday break. That didn’t stop the folks at Windows Phone from sending out a bit of holiday cheer, however:…

While we may not be getting a new CEO for Christmas (Microsoft Board of Directors member John Thompson made that clear yesterday in a blog post on the Official Microsoft blog), Microsoft still has plenty of presents just in time for the holiday season, especially for Windows Phone …

Microsoft officially announced the dates and venue for its quasi annual developer’s conference, Build, to occur from April 2-4 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center (yesterday, Tom Warren at The Verge caught an early peek at a web page promoting the dates, but Microsoft made it official today). As …

When Microsoft first introduced Snapshots a year ago in May, the idea was to connect the billions of entities and documents on the web with the trillions of relationships between those entities, actions, and people. Microsoft uses technology they refer to as “Satori” to connect those …

Microsoft’s latest version of Photosynth, first revealed at Build earlier this year and based on WebGL technologies finally built in to IE 11, is now in a limited first-come first-served preview. You can sign up and get on the list at the new Photosynth preview site, and …

NokiaA few weeks ago we reported that Nokia is planning two new upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 devices – “Goldfinger” and “Moneypenny” – with the latter being a low-cost device that comes with a dual-SIM variant. It appears that the Nokia “Moneypenny” has shown up on  Zauba.com (via NokiaPowerUser

Microsoft accountSome of you may have remembered that just a little over a month ago, we exclusively reported that Microsoft account is set to get recent activity feeds, recovery codes, and security notification options. It appears that Microsoft has gone live with these new features today. In an …

Today on the Bing Search blog, Microsoft announced the availability of a preview of the new Bing Maps experience, the Bing Maps Preview, and you can download Bing Maps Preview from the Windows Store today for your Windows 8.1 devices. Microsoft showed off some features of the …

Windows Phone BlueAccording to the official Windows Phone Feature Suggestion Box at UserVoice, one of the most requested feature for the mobile OS is to have the ability to manage files stored locally on the device, gathering more than 77,000 votes on the website since it was posted in 2012. …

NokiaFollowing Nokia World in October last month, the Nokia Lumia 1320 and 1520 are likely to be one of the last Windows Phone devices to from the Finnish handset maker. We have the Lumia 525 and 526 which were just launched yesterday, and the Lumia 929 that is …

Earlier this month, Microsoft sent out a notice to Xbox Video users notifying them that any video content they have purchased on the service will no longer be supported on the Zune PC software, Zune devices, and Windows Phone 7 smartphones by February 2014. However, the notice also …

NokiaSince rumors of the Nokia Lumia 525, codenamed “Glee”, first surfaced back in September, we have seen various leaked photos and specifications of the device, and even seeing the device passing through the Chinese government’s TENAA certification back in November. However, today Nokia has finally took the wraps …

Today, on the Skype blog, Microsoft announced a new partnership with Guangming Founder (or GMF, itself a joint venture with GMW.cn and Chinese computing company Founder) to bring updated Skype experiences to China. In March, Microsoft shut down its MSN messaging operations around the world except for in …

One of the first Windows Store apps to ship along with Windows 8 was the OneNote app, and today, according to a blog post on the OneNote blog, the app is receiving a “BIG update”:

Today, we released an update to the OneNote Windows Store app that