July, 2014

Late last night (Pacific Daylight time – mid-Wednesday morning in China), Microsoft announced the expansion of Cortana to two new markets in beta, China and the UK, as well as the alpha release of the personal digital assistant for Windows Phone in India, Australia, and Canada. In addition, …

This has been an interesting year so far for Windows Phone. In some ways, it’s been quite disappointing, as Microsoft’s mobile ecosystem has failed to gain ground in the marketplace (enough so that Microsoft executives are now talking about “making the market” for Windows Phone), and no new …

Microsoft released its 4th quarter earnings yesterday, and despite a big hit from the Nokia acquisition, the news was generally good. Microsoft’s cloud services (Azure, Office 365, and the like) are starting to take off, traditional server side businesses (SQL Server, Hyper-V, etc.) continue to do well, …

More fallout from Microsoft layoffs announcements came later in the day yesterday, this time with the news that Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES) would be closing. The Studios, headed by ex-CBS exec Nancy Tellem, who was hired in September 2012 to help to help to “expand the Xbox …

Today, as expected, Microsoft announced significant job cuts as it moves into the new fiscal year and continues to integrate Nokia’s phones businesses into the company. The majority of those cuts, some 12,000 over the next 12 months (with 13,000 total cuts coming almost immediately, and the other …

According to a news report coming out of Bloomberg, Microsoft could be announcing its most significant job cuts since 2009, and that announcement could be coming as soon as this week. Although the cuts are widely expected to focus on trimming the fat after the Nokia acquisition, …

It’s easy to take today’s email by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella as not much more than a high level, buzzword filled, overly long communique from a CEO to his some 100,000 employees. In it, Nadella re-describes Microsoft’s core mission, refining Ballmer’s “devices and services” company to the more …

Today, Microsoft quietly announced that both MapPoint, and its consumer facing subset Streets & Trips (the “#1 best-selling travel and map software for 13 years straight), would be coming to end of life as of the end of this year. Perhaps most surprising in these announcements is …

Microsoft first announced the Xbox Music API program at Build, earlier this year, and today, according to a blog post on the new “Xbox Music for Developers” blog, that program has now moved out of its pilot program and the APIs are available to any 3rd party developers …

A post over at the Boy Genius Report this week has stirred up a bit of a tempest in a teapot, as according to BGR, Windows Phone has “failed spectacularly” to gain market share, and a “death knell” has been sounded on the “entire Windows Phone project”. That …