2013

This September, rather than face an uphill court battle with Britain’s BSkyB, Microsoft relented and agreed to change the name of its up and coming cloud storage services known as SkyDrive. If you’ve been following LiveSide over the past 7 …

Last night, my friend PicturePan2 (he’s here for this week’s MVP Summit, where we’ve been all week) and I headed back to Bellevue to witness the Xbox One Launch at the Bellevue Square Microsoft Store. Bellevue wasn’t one of the …

It’s a big day for shareholder’s meetings today, with Nokia holding one earlier today and the Microsoft shareholder’s meeting, including a vote on whether or not Steve Ballmer will remain on the board, later today.

For Nokia, the big vote, …

November 22nd is, of course, Xbox One day, and Microsoft is planning events around the globe for the release of its first entirely new gaming console since the Xbox 360 was launched 8 years ago almost to the day. …

A rumor came out of China’s WPDang last night (no better place for a reliable CEO rumor than a Chinese Windows Phone enthusiasts’ site, right?) than Microsoft’s Board of Directors has made a final decision on the company’s next CEO. …

Microsoft continues to make moves to shape its “One Microsoft” strategy, today announcing that it is dropping its unpopular “stack ranking” employee review process. The move, outlined in an email to employees from HR chief Lisa Brummel this morning and …

In less than two weeks, on November 22nd, Xbox One launches, and Microsoft is filling in the details of what will be available on the new generation console. Today, in a post on the Inside SkyDrive blog, Program

Nokia Lumia 525, codename “Glee”, has passed Chinese certification TENAA early this week. But soon after that, another unannounced Nokia Lumia phone passed TENAA certification. It is Lumia 526, likely a Lumia 525 variant, for China Mobile “TD-SCDMA

Lots of noise this week about what Microsoft should do with the direction of the company, including some persistent calls for the company to get out from under some of its money losing propositions, including Bing and Xbox.

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In mainland China , Skype has been operated by a joint venture with TOM Online for about 9 years. Now, TOM-Skype announces Microsoft will take operating rights for Skype in China on November 24th. It is definitely a good news …

It’s been a long time coming for Office Web Apps, but full on real-time co-authoring has finally arrived. Microsoft has actually offered a semblance of co-authoring for years, first announcing it way back in 2010. However, that technology required …

Microsoft is continuing to look for a replacement for longtime CEO Steve Ballmer, but the list of potential candidates is narrowing, according to a report today from Reuters. Included in that list are about 5 external candidates, among them …

NokiaFollowing yesterday’s leak of the Nokia Lumia 525, as well as a video leak of the Nokia Lumia 929 last week, details of both devices keeps leaking to the internet. Today we have the full specifications of both devices leaked, …

NokiaWhilst we didn’t see it getting announced during Nokia World last month, the Nokia Lumia 525, codenamed “Glee”, has been in the spotlight recently. Various rumors have surfaced regarding the device, but it was the recent leaks that confirms the …

If you remember all the way back to June of 2012, when Microsoft hemmed and hawed and finally announced that indeed Windows Phone 7.5 devices wouldn’t be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8 (but would take a Windows Phone 7.8 …

Microsoft accountThe last time Microsoft account was added with new features was back in April when we exclusively reported that the service would get two-factor authentication. Since then, Microsoft also dropped support for linked accounts and urges users to use aliases

NokiaWith Nokia World 2013 just finished, we saw Nokia venturing into the large screened “phablet” space with the announcement of Nokia Lumia 1520 and 1320. However, the Finnish company isn’t stopping there, as we have heard since September this year …

Steve Ballmer was known for caring more about profits than stock prices, sometimes to the dismay of shareholders. Yet in his last days, after a re-organization of the way Microsoft reports financial earnings (to go along with the “functional” reorg …

This morning, Apple unveiled their latest iPads and Macbooks, and along with it, revisions to both iLife, Apple’s suite of “lifestyle” apps like Garage Band, and iWork, Apple’s version of Office. Only instead of charging for them, Apple is making …