June, 2013

webgl-logoAmong the number of announcements Microsoft made at last week’s Build, two stand out not only for their significance, but for their relationship.  For the first time, Microsoft is including the open-source graphics rendering javascript API known as WebGL, and at the same time, re-introducing Bing Maps …

blogs-we-likeWell, nothing like waiting til the last minute. Tomorrow (July 1st), Google will shut down Google Reader, which as you may know we’ve been using to aggregate our list of feeds for “Blogs We Like“. While a number of new RSS Readers have jumped at …

Windows Mail, Calendar and People apps will get revamped and updated in Windows 8.1, though Microsoft doesn’t push out these new version apps in preview stage. During a last day Build 2013 session, Windows Mail app lead PM demoed the new version of Mail app. Now, …

It’s the last day of Build, but the sessions are going strong, and today in a session on “Stories from building the new Windows Mail app”, Windows Mail app Lead PM Jeremy Epling demoed the new version of the Mail app, which isn’t included with Windows 8.1 but …

By now, you’re probably all caught up on the headline news coming out of Build today, and hopefully you’ve downloaded the Windows 8.1 bits (if not, they’re available at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview).  If you were watching the live stream, we hear it may have crapped out on you a …

SprintIt was announced at the beginning of the year at CES 2013 that Windows Phone 8 is coming to Sprint, US’s third largest carrier, by “summer” of this year. Today, the company has officially announced two brand new Windows Phone 8 handsets to its line up – the …

Xbox Music logoWhen Microsoft took off the wraps of its new Xbox Music service back in October last year, the service was only available on Microsoft devices such as Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and the Xbox 360. However, there were always plans to expand the service to other platforms, …

HuaweiWe’ve heard plenty of rumors and leaks about Huawei’s second Windows Phone 8 device – the Huawei Ascend W2, but the device was never officially revealed. The device appeared on China Mobile’s advertisement a short while ago, but the specifications for the device was still largely unknown. Today, …

Microsoft continues to try to inch ahead in its battle to catch market leader Google.  This time it’s the “Bing For Schools” program, announced today in a Bing Search blog post and accepting requests to bring Bing For Schools to your school at www.bing.com/schools.

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The program, set …

buildOn Wednesday, we’ll be in San Francisco for Microsoft’s Build developer’s conference, hoping to learn a lot more about Windows 8.1 (including getting our hands on some bits), Windows Phone, Xbox, and more.  For Microsoft, Build is shaping up to be a monumental event, a chance to …

SkyDrive logoBack in May, we exclusively reported that SkyDrive.com will get a built-in Photosynth panorama viewer, likely to complement the panorama mode in the upcoming Windows 8.1’s Camera app. However, LiveSide has learnt that the SkyDrive team is planning a whole range of other new features – one of …

HTCHTC had been with Windows Phone since the very beginning, but since the HTC 8X and 8S released last year, we haven’t heard much about what’s coming next from the handset manufacturer on the Windows Phone side. Besides the mid-tier HTC “Tiara”, which is said to be …

This seems to be a prime week for imitators. Yesterday, Facebook announced that its Instagram was adding an Instagram Video feature, one so much like Twitter’s Vine that it prompted John Herrman of Buzzfeed to declare Facebook “out of ideas”.  Then, news filtered out that Microsoft had …

HuaweiIt was not long ago when we saw leaked renders of Huawei’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 device – the Huawei Ascend W2. This was followed by recent teases from Huawei’s Italian Facebook account, although we have yet to see the company to officially unveil the device. It appears …

Ofc_Orng166_rgbBack in early May, the Office team announced that real-time co-authoring will be coming to Office Web Apps soon. As part of the announcement, the team also mentioned other enhancements are coming in the upcoming update as well, but provided no details on exactly what new features …

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Following substantial backlash from would be consumers, as well as a targeted attack from Sony at E3 last week, Microsoft has announced that they are removing many of the controversial DRM requirements for the Xbox One. According to Microsoft’s Wire site, these changes come as a direct result …

Nokia announced last week that it was holding a press event in New York City on July 11th (11am EDT, GMT -5), and today they’re further teasing the event, and announcing that it will be webcast live via the Nokia Conversations official blog:

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Teasing the expected announcement …

Nokia Lumia 925, the latest Lumia flagship, will go on sale early next month in China. At today’s Lumia 925 event in Beijing, China, Nokia officially launched the device for China market with two operators China Mobile and China Unicom. As reported earlier, Lumia 925 already started …

MailYesterday, Microsoft announced that they will be doing away with “linked accounts”, the method of being able to switch from one account to another in Outlook.com without having to re-enter your login credentials.  In reading through the comments on our post announcing the upcoming changes, what’s apparent …

Microsoft accountWe saw this coming when back in April we exclusively reported that the new two-factor authentication feature in Microsoft account does not support linked accounts, but Microsoft has made it official – that “linked accounts” feature is no more on Microsoft account. According to a blog post on …