April, 2013

facebook phoneToday, Microsoft announced a new beta app for Windows Phone, apparently developed jointly with Facebook: the Facebook for Windows Phone Beta app.  This new app, completely redesigned to look less like Metro and more like Facebook’s other apps for Android and Apple, is available now and can …

Yesterday, Skype announced a preview of Skype for Outlook.com (which should be available now for users in the UK, and will be coming to the US and Germany soon, and then the rest of the world “this summer”).  Hot on its heels, over at the Skype “Garage” blog, …

SkypeEver since Microsoft bought Skype two years ago, we’ve been expecting more and more integration between the messaging service and Microsoft’s online properties.  Today’s announcement, that a preview of Skype integration into Outlook.com is another step along that path, and although there’s still quite a ways to …

Microsoft just released a new ad for Windows Phones, one that takes a light-hearted look at the battle playing out between Samsung/Android and Apple iPhone users, with Windows Phone shown as perhaps a saner alternative.

The ad campaign plays off what’s apparently a new slogan for Windows Phone:…

Two weeks ago, Bing released a “significant” set of updates to its Windows 8 suite of apps (News, Maps, Finance, Sports, and Travel), and promised an update to the Weather app, too, “over the course of the coming days”.

Well maybe the folks in Redmond were waiting a …

Microsoft China has promoted a limited time offer in China. Before May 31st, you will get a Touch Cover or Type Cover for free when you buy a Surface RT through all Surface sales channels, including Microsoft China online store, the Tmall store, JD.com, Suning etc.

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New-Microsoft-LogoWith the rebrand of the Microsoft logo last year, we also saw the rebrand of several other iconic Microsoft brands, including Windows and Office, which brings them all under one cohesive brand. However, according to a Design Day presentation at Oslo, Norway recently by Albert Shum, Windows …

After the Nokia Lumia 810, which is a T-Mobile exclusive variant of the Nokia Lumia 820, T-Mobile has launched their second Windows Phone 8 device today. According to the official press release, the Nokia Lumia 521 is set to launch on April 27th via the multichannel retailer …

It was a little bit earlier than what we expected, but Nokia has just sent out an invitation to media outlets of an press event scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. Below is an image of the invite (courtesy of WPCentral

bing offers logoLooks like Bing is trying again with an aggregation service for “deals”, or in this case, “offers”.  A post on the Bing Search blog today announced the beta launch of Bing Offers, available in the US, which:

aggregates deals from a broad set of partners, including many

If you’re like us, you’re unable to log in to Skype using your Microsoft account credentials right now.  We first noticed the problem this evening, getting an error message when we tried to log in:

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A quick check of Twitter shows a number of other users have been …

BI-HotmailSo if there’s any doubt that Microsoft has some issues when it comes to making a connection with consumers, a new post over at Business Insider (and picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate) pretty much sums up the problems in a nutshell.

The post, one …

Rumors that Xbox would hold a pre-event to what we’re expecting to be a blockbuster E3 this year to tease the next generation of Xbox look to have nailed it as a blog post on Major Nelson’s blog and some new graphics on the Xbox Facebook page are …

surface blueIt’s already been 6 months since the first Surface RTs appeared in the marketplace, and ever since then, consumers in markets around the world have been asking to be able to purchase a Surface RT or Surface Pro in their markets.

Today, in a post on The Surface …

Microsoft opened MicrosoftStore.com in 2009, and since then, it’s gone from selling downloadable versions of Windows and Office in 5 countries to selling “a wide variety of Microsoft products and services” in 228 markets worldwide.

Today, as announced in a blog post on a TechNet blog called “The

Nokia EOSThe Nokia “EOS”, rumored to be the first Windows Phone 8 Lumia device to come with the 41MP PureView technology, was first detailed back in January. Today Financial Times reports that the device may be unveiled as early as July this year, indicating a possible summer release:…

NokiaDetails of Nokia’s upcoming Lumia range of phones are hot in the news lately. Back in January, rumors of a new device codenamed Nokia “Catwalk” was reported to be in the works. The rumor claimed that the device will come with an aluminum body aimed to reduce the …

Microsoft-account-Two-factor-authentication_thumb.pngAs we told you last week, Microsoft is ready to enable 2 step verification for all of its services accessible via “Microsoft account”, as outlined in a new blog post on  the Official Microsoft Blog.

We gave you many of the details of the new process …

Another day, another updated app coming from Microsoft.  This could get exciting if it keeps up!  This time, it’s a newly updated Android app for Outlook.com, an app that Program Manager Steve Kafka admits “has been behind” in his blog post on the Outlook blog detailing the …

bing news app logoThis morning Bing released a set of updates to their Windows 8 apps, including a new feature in News that lets you set RSS content as news sources to create your own customized News app.

Of course we had to try it out, as we’re far too …