Opinion

Shifting_SandsSpeaking to the Australian Financial Review, Blackberry’s CEO Thorstein Heins this week had a few choice things to say about the current mobile landscape, including his thoughts on Apple’s leadership in the mobile space, and how fleeting that may be:…

guinea-pig-5Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 7.8, the upgrade to Windows Phone 7.5 devices that adds new Live Tile functionality and a few fixes and improvements, last month.  The update, as is common with many Microsoft releases, is using a …

Windows_Live_Calendar_logoMicrosoft took the Preview tag off of Outlook.com this week, and told us to “stay tuned” for an update to Calendar, the long overdue “modern” update to one of the last remnants we have of the Windows Live look.  While …

Microsoft_Surface_ProToday, the Microsoft Surface Pro went on sale for the first time, and depending on what you read, it’s already “sold out”.  The 128GB version is currently “out of stock” at microsoftstore.com (the 64GB model doesn’t have the same “out …

xbox-surface-7In Part 1 of this post, we examined a post by analyst Adam Hartung posted last week in Forbes, and a subsequent interview with Hartung by Onoura Amobi from Windows8Update.com.  Hartung believes that by coming late to …

OM_biggerIn case you missed it, Steven Sinofsky, who left Microsoft immediately after the launch of Windows 8 by “mutual” agreement, has started blogging again.  Sinofsky was famous for his internal blog posts while at Microsoft, and turned a series of …

windows-8-storeLate last year, Microsoft announced that it is changing its focus, moving away from software and toward “devices and services”.  We’re not really sure exactly what that means, yet, although the devices part is fairly obvious (although it may be …

Google_Maps_LogoGoogle seems to be bent on declaring war on Windows Phone for some reason recently.  After dropping Exchange ActiveSync for its own open-source CalDAV and CardDAV protocols for Google Calendar and Contacts, and refusing to allow Microsoft access to APIs …

Today, in a blog post on the Google Official Blog, Google announced that they were shutting down some services, including Google Sync.  According to the blog post:

Google Sync was designed to allow access to Google Mail, Calendar and Contacts

surface-proMicrosoft announced some pricing details of the second in its family of Surface devices today, with Panos Panay, in a blog post on the Official Microsoft blog, detailing pricing on the two versions of Surface “Pro” (the full on …

It’s been (almost) a week since Microsoft announced Steven Sinofsky’s departure as President of Windows and Windows Live Division, which is now up officially in an SEC filing:

As announced on November 12, 2012, Steven Sinofsky, President of the

windows-8-logoThis week’s Build conference has been a culmination of years of work on Microsoft’s part, and a summer of speculation and then trials and testing for those of us who follow their every move (we hope).  But now, finally, Windows …

running-lateToday, in the shadow of iPhone 5 day, where Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5 with lots of fanfare and almost no surprises, Microsoft pushed ahead with a few announcements of its own.  The biggest of these was the …

androidA verdict was reached in the Apple-Samsung US federal patent lawsuit late today, and Samsung was found to have, in some circumstances willfully, infringed on patents held by Apple in some of its Android mobile devices.  The jury awarded …

silverlightScott Barnes was a Product Manager for the Rich Client Platform team, and its no secret that since he left Microsoft he’s been outspoken and has had perhaps a bit of an agenda against the way Microsoft has handled the …

surface_02Microsoft has made a number of impressive announcements in the past few months (with hopefully more to come as early as Wednesday, when we’ll begin to hear more about Windows Phone 8), all beginning last October when we caught our …

SkyDrive LogoLast week had been a busy week in the consumer cloud storage space. First we had Microsoft significantly upgrading their SkyDrive service, adding paid storage plans and desktop sync apps. Then we had Google launching their Google Drive service. …

As longtime readers know, Windows Live and LiveSide go way back.  We started this blog in January 2006,  two months after the Windows Live initiative was announced.  Since then, we’ve been there for beta tests and the transitions and transformations, …

The future of Microsoft’s consumer online services, especially around SkyDrive, are arguably brighter than they’ve ever been.  This week’s announcements that SkyDrive will finally provide a full client experience, with sync capabilities, folder upload, larger file sizes, and more, while …

Kip has just published a post about how Microsoft has started the year with a thud following its CES keynote. I have to agree that the keynote was both surreal in places and uninformative for the majority, offering nothing …