Opinion

tweetchoirThis was Microsoft’s last CES keynote, after a 14 year run of opening the consumer electronics event, and the new year, in January in Las Vegas.  In a year that promises Windows 8, renewed hope for Windows Phone with …

cardsYesterday Eric Hautala posted on the Windows Phone blog about the latest Windows Phone update, dubbed 8107, which, according to the Windows Phone website, addresses the disappearing keyboard issue, a Gmail sync issue, the location permissions issue, and a …

mac_vs_pc_2Charlie Kindel (who left Microsoft earlier this year after 21 years, most recently as a Windows Phone General Manager), posted today on an “impedance mismatch” between carriers and device manufacturers, and Windows Phone, where those carriers and OEMs …

ms org chart cartoonToday, in a blog post she called “As the Microsoft Windows Phone org churns”, while noting the transfer of Windows Phone GM Matt Bencke to Xbox Live, Mary Jo Foley coined a new phrase, only half jokingly aligning …

I was using SkyDrive earlier and decided that I should probably tidy it up now it’s so easy to move folders around following the most recent update. I went about selecting various folders that only stored photos to move …

xbox-kinect-liveOn Tuesday, Microsoft will begin to roll out the next version of the Xbox experience, featuring a new dashboard that combines your living room TV with the Xbox 360.  With voice and motion control powered by Kinect, and search …

SkyDriveOver at the official Inside Windows Live team blog, Omar Shahine and Mike Torres, Group Program Managers for SkyDrive, recently made a blog post analysing some of the stats of the current competitive environment, outlining what they think are …

On Halloween, Tom Rizzo, a SharePoint Senior Director, poked some fun and threw some stones at rival Google, commenting on Google’s plan to retire Google Wave, and more.  He went so far as to create a Halloween graphic, featuring …

dropboxToday the headlines are all about Dropbox, and how the fast-rising company turned down an offer from Steve Jobs, who called the file storage and sharing service “a feature, not a product”.  Precisely.

Dropbox has been getting a lot …

450px-Waiting_for_Godot_set_Theatre_Royal_Haymarket_2009Our friend Long Zheng spotted news of an upcoming Nokia Maps app for Windows Phone, apparently coming to (at least) Nokia Windows Phones when they begin to show up sometime shortly after Nokia World at the end of this …

GeekSquadLots of news around Microsoft’s latest update to Windows Phone today, as Mango was announced, and amazingly (with a little help from an undocumented “trick”), the update is flowing out, people are happy, and there’s even quite a little …

wleThis week at Build, we’ve heard about changes upcoming to the way mail and messaging will work in Windows 8, perhaps putting a Windows Live Messenger client and Windows Live Mail out of business, once you’ve moved over to …

Astheworldturns1987As we enter the Mango era, possibly the first make or break test of Microsoft’s latest foray into the smartphone market, things couldn’t be set up better for a challenger to make a move into the space.  Microsoft, while it …

horse and barnOK so I like Frank Shaw.  I liked him when he worked at Waggener Edstrom, although we never really dealt directly together, and I like him at Microsoft.  I also quite like him as a person, as a writer, and …

burning the shipsSo, Google announced today that it was acquiring Motorola Mobility, and we’ve been reading every blog post we can find since then to try and make sense of it all.  In fact, we were trying to make sense of …

Microsoft made it official this morning, the latest version of the Windows Phone operating system, code named Mango, has been released to manufacturing.  Mango includes some 500 new features (MobileTechWorld has a list, via Mary Jo Foley

bing-for-sale1An commentary in the New York Times Business Day section today suggests that Microsoft should sell Bing, perhaps to Facebook, because it has become “a distraction” for Microsoft, and selling it would be “a boon” for Microsoft investors.  The …

Two weeks ago we reported that Games for Windows Marketplace is slated to be migrated to Xbox.com, potentially being the first step for the convergence of Xbox LIVE across the Xbox 360, Windows Phone, and the Windows PC. Today, …

fb skypeToday, Facebook and Skype announced Facebook Video Calling, basically a “mini Skype client” running within Facebook, allowing you to video chat one on one with any of your Facebook friends.  Our friend Rafael Rivera, already digging through the …

Today over at Inside Windows Live, Dick Craddock walks us through some recent work, just released, on Hotmail, citing some impressive speed improvements.  By modernizing Hotmail to make better use of caching, pre-loading, and asynchronous operations, speed has …