September, 2013

Back in July, the SkyDrive team introduced us to placeholder files, or “smart files”, basically image and document thumbnails which show you what’s on your online SkyDrive without actually saving a copy of the entire file on your hard drive. Smart files make syncing and storing files …

Ever since Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his decision (well, we very much doubt it was actually *his* decision, but still) to retire from Microsoft within the next twelve months, the rumor mills have been rampant with guesses as to who the next CEO will be.

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According to The Verge, Executive Vice President Terry Myerson told attendees of Microsoft’s annual Company Meeting today that Microsoft is planning to combine its Windows Phone Store and Windows Store into a single app store. The move is expected to come as early as early next year, …

Today in New York, Microsoft unveiled successors to the Surface RT and Surface Pro, with faster speeds, thinner covers, better cameras and resolutions, and a number of new accessories. The new models, and some of the accessories, will be available October 22nd and will be available for pre-order

NokiaWhilst all the recent news and rumors had been focused on the October 22 event, when Nokia is expected to announce their Lumia 1520 “Bandit” phablet and Lumia 2520 “Sirius” tablet, another device had appeared under our radar. Twitter user @evleaks had revealed the press renders of …

23777Yesterday’s Microsoft Financial Analysts Meeting was all at once a reaffirmation of Microsoft’s strengths, a defense of its positions, especially in the consumer space, a last dance of sorts for outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer, and a glimpse at a new regime (minus, of course, a new CEO) that …

Microsoft first unveiled a developer preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8 earlier this year at Build, and then shortly after that released a version for Windows 7, in July. Since then, IE 11 Release Preview for Windows 8.1 was released, and the Windows 8.1 RTM version …

Today, in a blog post on Blogging Windows, Microsoft revealed its pricing structure for Windows 8.1, due to hit the shelves and the download queues on October 18th. There’s definitely some new information, and some changes in direction by Microsoft in how they’re going to sell Windows …

This morning, Microsoft unveiled a new logo, a redesigned interface, and a new set of features for Bing. The logo moves Microsoft’s search property away from the controversial (to typographers, at least) extra-kerning old logo and in line with the company’s efforts to create a unified look …

NokiaEarlier today we reported that Nokia had delayed the launch event for their upcoming 6-inch “phablet” device, the Nokia Lumia 1520, possibly due to the recent Microsoft-Nokia acquisition. Rumors at the time pointed to a mid-October launch, and it turned out to be true. Today, the official Nokia

Windows Phone BlueThe first screenshots of Windows Phone 8.1, codenamed “Blue”, were leaked back in June this year when an alleged Nokia Lumia 920 with a pre-release build of the OS got into the hands of a Reddit user. The leaks cooled down a bit until earlier this month when …

Microsoft has just unveiled their new Bing logo, aimed to integrate the “One Microsoft” vision both from a product perspective and visually. We’ve actually caught a glimpse of this logo back in April, when Todd Simmons, Creative Director at Wolff Olins, showed off some early prototypes …

NokiaLast week, reports came out that Nokia is expected to unveil their 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 “phablet” during a press event to be held on September 26 in New York City, which seemed consistent with sources from Reuters and other media outlets. Unfortunately, whilst we’re getting closer to …

Over the past few months, in the realm of Windows Phone all the news and rumors had been surrounding Nokia, especially given that it is soon to be bought out by Microsoft. But let’s not forget about the other Windows Phone OEMs – HTC, Samsung and …

This morning, in a Reddit.com AMA (Ask Me Anything), the Outlook.com team dropped a bit of a surprise and an exclusive: Outlook.com now supports IMAP. Here’s the exchange:

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When will Outlook.com support IMAP? It stands out as the only major missing feature vs. Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and

Windows Phone BlueEarlier today, we reported a recent leak of Windows Phone 8.1, codenamed “Blue”, and briefly mentioned an upcoming new feature in the OS codenamed “Cortana”. The feature was described as “an overhaul to the TellMe service that [would] give Siri a run for its money”. Not long after, …

NokiaLast month a series of rumors were trickling out regarding Nokia’s upcoming Windows RT tablet, codenamed ‘’Sirius”, and specifications of the device were also leaked. Photos of the actual device – the back of the device to be exact – were also leaked earlier, however we have not …

NokiaThe Nokia Lumia 1520, the first 6-inch “phablet” from the Finnish company, is no longer a secret. We’ve seen press renders as well as photos of the device in every angle possible over the past few weeks. Today we might have a possible launch date for the device, …

Windows Phone BlueJust a few days ago an alleged photo of a device running an early pre-release build of Windows Phone 8.1, codenamed “Blue”, was leaked to the internet. The photo revealed an early version of the Notification Centre, which may or may not retain in the form of a …

Yesterday Microsoft released Windows 8.1 RTM to MSDN and TechNet, and thanks to our MVP status and complimentary subscriptions we were able to download and install the new bits. We went ahead and just installed over Windows 8.1 Preview, with no noticeable ill effects, but note that this …