February, 2014

nokia_x_front_yellow_home1We may be confused as to the logic behind Nokia’s push into Android, especially just as the phones business is about to be acquired by Microsoft, but according to Nokia Vice President for Mobile Phone Marketing Jussi Nevanlinna, it all makes perfect sense. In an interview posted on

Nokia-X-Dual-SIM1This week, Nokia officially announced the “X” series of entry level smartphones powered by an open source version of Android.  The three phones: the Nokia X, the X+, and coming later this year, the Nokia XL, not only introduce “popular Microsoft services” to Android, but apparently also introduce …

In December, Bing Maps introduced a new version of its on-again, off-again 3D mapping product, the “Bing Maps Preview”, this time completely rebuilt from its Silverlight predecessor to now use WebGL, a web standards graphics engine introduced in Internet Explorer 11 (Web GL has been a …

Yesterday marked the much anticipated rebrand of SkyDrive to OneDrive, but in a companion move, Microsoft also announced that Office Web Apps is now “Office Online”. Of course, if you’ve been reading LiveSide, you already knew the change was coming, as we spotted the new name back

onedrive_white Microsoft just announced that SkyDrive is now officially OneDrive, and available in over 100 languages at www.onedrive.com or by logging in to your former SkyDrive account.  Last year, after fighting in court over European trademark rights to the SkyDrive name with BSkyB and losing, Microsoft had a …

cortana star Ever since the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK, provided early to developers, leaked last week, we’ve been learning more and more about what’s upcoming for Windows Phone’s next OS update.  So far, the SDK has revealed a long list of new features, but thanks to some sleuthing by our …

When Windows 8.1 was delivered last October, Microsoft released two brand new Bing Apps, Bing Health & Fitness and Bing Food & Drink, to extend already existing Bing Apps family . At the same time, Microsoft Bing AppEx team has been actively “porting” Windows 8 Bing apps …

If you had been following the news lately, a preview version of Windows Phone 8.1 SDK were distributed to selected beta testers earlier this week, which were then inevitably leaked to the internet. The SDK included not only development tools, but also the Windows Phone 8.1 emulator and …

Ever since Microsoft announced the deal to acquire Skype back in May of 2011 (closing the deal in October of that year), updates to Skype have fallen into the Microsoft cadence: that is – slow. While there has been undoubtedly an immense amount of work done on the …

Microsoft released a number of updates for Windows 8.1 RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2, and among the updates was something a bit unexpected: a SkyDrive update that brings back the sync icon in the taskbar and updates SkyDrive settings.

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The Android on Nokia story, which has been percolating ever since word first leaked out about a Nokia “Normandy” device, boiled over yesterday with a Wall Street Journal post reporting that Nokia is indeed planning to announce a Nokia device running Android at MWC (Bloomberg today says …

Last October, we caught a mention of a new team at Microsoft, the “Xbox Music, Video, and Reading” team, responsible for the currently available Xbox Music and Video apps, and apparently more than that. Now, thanks to a newly posted jobs listing at Microsoft Careers, …

The day started early here in Seattle – Microsoft announced Satya Nadella as their new CEO at 6am PST, just in time for the stock markets in New York to open, three time zones away. Since then, we’ve been poring over news and notes, and wanted to end …

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Microsoft has invested $15 million in popular location check-in service Foursquare, and has signed licensing deal with the New York based company:

In addition to an equity investment, Microsoft has signed a multi-year contract to license Foursquare data in

In choosing Satya Nadella as CEO of Microsoft, the company has not only chosen an accomplished technologist and administrator but what’s turning out to be a favorite son of his home country, India. Nadella’s appointment is front page news in India (well, it pretty much is all across …

Microsoft, in a press release this morning, has made the official announcement that Satya Nadella, a 22 year Microsoft veteran, becomes the third CEO in the 30 year history of the company, effective immediately

In addition, the company announced that founder and Chairman of the Board Bill …

Mega-leaker @evleaks has posted what appears to be the first render of a Windows Phone 8.1 device, the Samsung “Huron”, said to be coming to Verizon. The Samsung device, which has been showing up here and there in user agent profiles, reportedly sports a 5″ 1080p screen (although …

Back in 2007, Microsoft held what turned out to be a one-time event, called Searchification. Microsoft invited a number of media types down to Mountain View, California (to Microsoft’s offices there, where Live Search was headquartered at that time) to spend the day and learn about “Live Search …

A trio of new rumors have been circulating the past few days, of course perhaps overshadowed by a fourth, that Microsoft is about to choose a new CEO. Last week, Bloomberg reported that longtime Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella could be named CEO as early as this week, …

Tomorrow, Sunday February 2nd, the Seattle Seahawks play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl for the NFL championship. Seattle is pretty excited about it all, partly because we haven’t won at much of anything, partly because the NFL is by far and away the most popular sport …