The new, faster, responsive Microsoft… or is it?

Another day, another report of how the new, post Ballmer Microsoft is speeding up its cadence on delivering Windows, this time with Mary Jo Foley reporting that there may be another update to Windows 8.1 as early as this August. …

By Kip Kniskern in Opinion
April 22nd, 2014 at 11:21 am

Microsoft to officially acquire Nokia Devices and Services business this Friday.

Microsoft made it official today, in a blog post on the Official Microsoft Blog by General Counsel Brad Smith, and will be completing the acquisition and “officially welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business as part of the Microsoft family” …

By Kip Kniskern in News
April 21st, 2014 at 7:39 am

Cortana begins her move into the desktop with Bing personalized cards

Cortana, the Bing powered personal assistant now (sorta) available for Windows Phones (if you’ve installed the Windows Phone Developer Preview and upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1), has already begun to move more broadly into Bing products, including the Bing homepage …

By Kip Kniskern in Bing
April 17th, 2014 at 8:43 am

One of the last vestiges of Windows Live, Admin Center, stumbles to the deadpool

It was bound to happen. The little used and almost never promoted but very useful Windows Live service, Admin Center (it started its life as Custom Domains, and was renamed back in November of 2007), is finally reaching end …

By Kip Kniskern in News
April 11th, 2014 at 10:23 am

Enabling the Bing Knowledge Widget

One of the ways Bing is seeking to differentiate itself, and make the service more useful in more types of scenarios, is by the use of “entities” and their relationships, driven by what Microsoft calls “Sartori” (a Japanese …

By Kip Kniskern in News
April 7th, 2014 at 8:53 am

Key takeaways from the Build Day One keynote

Today in San Francisco Microsoft opened the 2014 version of its Build developer’s conference with a three hour keynote featuring Cortana, Universal Windows Apps, appearances by Stephen Elop and Satya Nadella, and a few surprise announcements, including Windows for the …

By Kip Kniskern in News
April 2nd, 2014 at 1:49 pm

More Senior Leadership changes announced as new CEO Satya Nadella tweaks “One Microsoft”

This morning, in an all-hands email released by Microsoft, new CEO Satya Nadella announced a number of changes to his Senior Leadership team and to “One Microsoft”, Microsoft’s latest reorg. Scott Guthrie, who has been acting head of the …

By Kip Kniskern in News
March 31st, 2014 at 9:49 am

Session list for Build 2014 is now online

Build 2014, Microsoft’s almost annual developer’s confererence, takes place this Wednesday through Friday, and Microsoft has (finally) released the session list for the conference. The sessions, as usual, will be available (usually within 24 hours) on demand via Microsoft’s Channel …

By Kip Kniskern in News
March 31st, 2014 at 1:42 am

Microsoft changes email privacy policy after backlash

Last week, in relation to the arrest of Alex Kibkalo on theft of trade secret charges, his indictment revealed that Microsoft had accessed personal Hotmail emails in trying to find the source of the thefts. Microsoft then issued a pair

By Kip Kniskern in News
March 28th, 2014 at 11:46 am

Office for iPad available now

As announced in a webcast this morning, Office for iPad, specifically Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is available now via the Apple App Store. Microsoft has also posted a number of new posts on todays news, including:

A cloud for

By Kip Kniskern in News
March 27th, 2014 at 11:17 am