Windows on tablets on ARM: Surface, or something else?

Today’s news cycle flurry centers around Microsoft’s Surface, and whether Microsoft will continue with Surface on ARM, or just give up on the whole idea. As a refresher, ARM refers to a family of RISC (reduced instruction set computing) based computer processor architectures, ones that require fewer transistors, …

By Kip Kniskern in Mobile
October 9th, 2014 at 11:55 am

How would you sell Windows Phone?

In our last post, we called Windows Phone as it currently sits a “lame duck”. On September 30th, Microsoft announced Windows 10, and in the QnA following confirmed that Windows Phones will run Windows 10, too. This means some significant changes to the phone, to apps and …

By Kip Kniskern in News
October 4th, 2014 at 11:09 am

What do we do while we wait for a Windows 10 Phone? Twiddle our thumbs?

As if there were any question, yesterday’s QnA session at the Windows 10 press event clarified what’s coming for Windows Phone (via The Verge):

Q: You mentioned screens ranging from 4 inches to 80 inches. Is Windows 10 the next version of the phone operating system too?

By Kip Kniskern in Commentary
October 1st, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Microsoft unveils… (wait for it)…. Windows 10 (!!!)

Today, at a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled a first look at its latest Windows version, and revealed that it will be called, not Windows 9, as was widely assumed, but Windows 10. The new version, available as early as tomorrow via a Windows Insider program …

By Kip Kniskern in News
September 30th, 2014 at 11:39 am

HERE Maps update: Still confusing as ever

Today’s Microsoft-related news flurry concerns HERE Maps, and the PR fluff is flying. HERE Maps, which Nokia kept after selling off its phones businesses to Microsoft, started out as a Windows-Phone-first enterprise, but there was always some talk of bringing the service to other platforms. Microsoft has been …

By Kip Kniskern in News
September 25th, 2014 at 11:58 am

Its update your phone day

Both Microsoft and Apple are pushing out updates for their phones today. Apple is releasing an update to iOS 8, and Microsoft an update for its Developer Preview Program. Both updates are geared at bug fixes, although from early reports, Apple’s update seems to be creating at least …

By Kip Kniskern in News
September 24th, 2014 at 10:45 am

It’s official: Minecraft to join Microsoft Studios

As expected, Microsoft announced today that it’s acquiring Swedish game maker Mojang, makers of Minecraft. The deal, for $2.5 Billion US, gives Microsoft a new blockbuster gaming title, new inroads into education and programming, connection to a large and active social network, and significant opportunities to grow …

By Kip Kniskern in News
September 15th, 2014 at 10:07 am

Playing the “Why is Microsoft buying Mojang (Minecraft)?” game

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft was in talks to buy Mojang, a Stockholm, Sweden based game company and the makers of the ultra-popular Minecraft. Late Friday afternoon, Reuters reported that the deal is set to be finalized as early as Monday:


By Kip Kniskern in News
September 13th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Microsoft dropping “Nokia” brand? Not news, sorry

Yesterday, an independent tech blog, Geek On Gadgets, revealed, according to internal documents obtained by the site, that Microsoft will be dropping the Nokia brand in advertising this holiday season. In addition, according to the site, Microsoft will begin to “shy away from” use of the Windows …

By Kip Kniskern in News
September 11th, 2014 at 11:51 am

Is a Watch really what we need?

Yesterday Apple, to the surprise of not a single person, announced the Apple Watch, coming sometime next year. Short on specifics and long on another stab at Apple’s “one more thing” magic (Tim Cook actually said those word when introducing the watch), the Watch will be …

By Kip Kniskern in News
September 10th, 2014 at 10:30 am