2013

NokiaWith the keynote for Nokia World 2013 – likely to be the last one before Microsoft’s acquisition of the Finnish phone maker – set to begin in less than 24 hours, we have summarised everything we might expect to see …

Nokia World is only 2 days away, Nokia is expected to announce six new devices, including phablet Lumia 1520 and tablet Lumia 2520. Today, it is reported that Nokia China’s official Tmall store leaks Lumia 1520 pricing and specs information.…

Yesterday Microsoft released the final version of Windows 8.1, the fix update to Windows 8, featuring a Start button, Bing Smart Search, better mouse and keyboard controls, updated versions of Microsoft’s “core” apps, and quite a bit more. If …

Thanks to sharp-eyed @MichaelGillett, we were just able to download and install the new *official* Facebook app for Windows 8.1, which apparently just went live a few moments ago (at just after 11pm PDT on October 16th here …

Microsoft has been using the past few days to drum up enthusiasm for Windows 8.1, set to be released to the public (it’s already available to developers and others with MSDN or TechNet subscriptions) on October 18th, in …

Only a week after US AT&T Windows Phone users received their “GDR2” update, Microsoft today announced the availability of “Update 3”, available “in the coming months” to current Windows Phone 8 users and soon to be available on new Windows …

When Microsoft introduced Windows Phone, one of the suppositions was that updates would be easier, faster, and free of the headaches that plagued Windows Mobile. However it hasn’t quite worked out that way, and Windows Phone updates, while they’re promoted …

It started out back in 2008, back when Bing was still Live Search, and Microsoft introduced “cashback”, a program to reward users for searching. The cashback program ended, but more or less morphed into Bing Rewards and Bing Offers, offering …

In April, Bing added Pinterest pins to image search results, allowing you to “Pin” images directly from Bing to your Pinterest Boards. Pinterest, started in 2010, is a popular image curation site where users can “Pin” interesting items to …

The latest flurry in the long running soap opera known as Microsoft comes today with news that 3 top unnamed investors in the company are asking that Bill Gates to step down as Chairman of the Board. Reuters has the

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …