February, 2013

bing maps satellite orthoBing Maps continues to improve their aerial imagery, announcing today new date provided by TerraColor to present seamless satellite imagery for zoomed out views, new bathymetric (ocean floor) data from Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and  new high resolution satellite imagery that now covers 100% of the US and …

guinea-pig-5Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 7.8, the upgrade to Windows Phone 7.5 devices that adds new Live Tile functionality and a few fixes and improvements, last month.  The update, as is common with many Microsoft releases, is using a staggered rollout schedule, where a small group of …

ie-10-logoSome four months after the release of Windows 8 and its browser, IE 10, Microsoft today has made IE 10 for Windows 7 available for download.  In two blog posts, one on the IE blog and another on the Windows blog, Microsoft touts !E 10’s 20% increase …

four phonesAt MWC in Barcelona today (well 11:30 pm Sunday here in Seattle), Nokia CEO Stephen Elop took the stage to introduce a new range of Asha and Lumia phones, bringing the price point for Nokia phones downward while promising more innovation in the high end coming later this …

Ofc_Orng166_rgbMicrosoft released the final Office Web Apps to the latest version in line with Office 2013 back in October last year, but that doesn’t mean the work stops there. On the official Office blog today, Microsoft detailed the latest updates to the Office Web Apps, now available …

NokiaWith less than 3 days to go until Mobile World Congress 2013, details about upcoming Nokia Windows Phone devices are making headlines all over the internet. We previously reported that the Nokia Lumia 520 (codenamed “Flame”) and Lumia 720 (codenamed “Zeal”) showed up on an Indonesian certification website, …

prod_xboxinfo_heroYesterday, Sony previewed their next generation gaming system, the PS4, in New York City, showing off some impressive new graphics and gaming announcements while never actually showing off the PS4 console.  Now today rumors are surfacing that Microsoft’s Xbox, planning an event of their own, will hold it …

Windows_Live_Calendar_logoMicrosoft took the Preview tag off of Outlook.com this week, and told us to “stay tuned” for an update to Calendar, the long overdue “modern” update to one of the last remnants we have of the Windows Live look.  While we have no more idea than you do …

outlookcomIn a post on the Outlook.com blog tonight, Microsoft announced that Outlook.com, which launched last July, has shed its Preview classification and is ready to face the world, complete with a new marketing campaign and a new tagline “email that gets you going”.  After launching as the …

skypeThis week, Skype updated its client for Mac and Windows, and if you’re using Skype on a Mac, or iOS or Android, you’ll be able to make use of a new, beta, feature, Video Messaging.  News of the video messaging service first surfaced when Skype changed it’s …

NokiaAs we’re inching closer towards Mobile World Congress 2013, speculations and rumors about what coming from the Nokia and Windows Phone camp had been constantly surfacing. The sharp-eyed guys over at MyNokiaBlog.com today noticed a mysterious Nokia Lumia device shown during one of the commercials aired from Dutch …

microsoftdmedia-2013At the Dive Into Media conference produced by the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D this afternoon, Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President of the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), and Nancy Tellem, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s LA Studios, took the stage to drop some new numbers about …

Microsoft_Surface_ProToday, the Microsoft Surface Pro went on sale for the first time, and depending on what you read, it’s already “sold out”.  The 128GB version is currently “out of stock” at microsoftstore.com (the 64GB model doesn’t have the same “out of stock” tag, currently, although apparently it did

Spotify-LogoEven though when Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 8 and its new app model they said that “your (Windows Phone 7.x) app should just continue to work, without any changes”, that wasn’t apparently quite true, as we speculated back in September.  One example, Spotify, which was released for …

bing electionsLast November, Bing unveiled Bing.com/Elections, an interactive experience that attracted almost 32 million people on Election Day, rivaling network news viewership.  Now, expanding on that experience, Microsoft is readying a new interactive experience for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday February 12th at …

SkyDrive logoOver at the Inside SkyDrive blog today, Microsoft announced that SkyDrive has reached an important milestone – that over one billion Office documents are now stored on SkyDrive by its users. As part of this post, Sarah Filman, Lead Program Manager for SkyDrive.com, also announced a new feature …

NokiaNokia has a tendency of patenting their mobile phone designs before they were officially revealed. Last year we saw the design patent for the Nokia Lumia 920 (or Nokia “Phi” as it was called back then) just before it was announced, and two other design patents were revealed …

NokiaAs we’re getting closer to Mobile World Congress 2013, details on what’s about to come for Nokia and Windows Phone are trickling out. Previously we’ve reported that the Finnish manufacturer is planning on releasing several high-end Windows Phone 8 devices later this year – namely the Nokia “EOS”

XboxLogoAs with all Durango news prior to Microsoft’s official announcement, take this with the appropriate level of salt, but Edge Online has reported several new details regarding the new Xbox.  Citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the new hardware,  Edge claims that it appears as though the rumors …

t_rellerA bunch of news sites popped up today posting interviews with Windows Chief Marketing Officer and CFO Tami Reller, one of the two women who took Steven Sinofsky’s place to run Windows at Microsoft.  While Reller didn’t release much in the way of news (and you would think …