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Mobile World Congress, Microsoft and Nokia
The following post is from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Communications at Microsoft. Mobile World Congress is in full swing in Barcelona this week, one of the biggest events of the year for the mobile industry. I love Barcelona, and am sad to miss MWC this year. There is something...
24 Feb 2014
Weekend Reading: Feb. 14th Edition—Make Valentine’s Day memorable with Bing, Windows 8.1, the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on making Valentine’s Day memorable using apps, the continuing commitment to empowering youth through YouthSpark initiatives and tips to stay safer online. The international day of love celebration known as Valentine’s Day inspired...
14 Feb 2014
Weekend Reading: Jan. 10th Edition – New Windows devices unveiled at CES 2014 and Xbox One sales hit 3M consoles sold
Gavin Gear, of the Extreme Windows Blog, with Panasonic’s 20-inch Toughpad 4k tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show. In this edition of Weekend Reading, we look at some of the exciting new PCs and tablets unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Xbox One...
10 Jan 2014
Weekend Reading: Dec. 20th Edition–‘Biggest holiday season yet’ for Windows Phone and Windows Store apps
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the momentum building behind Windows Store and Windows Phone Store app downloads, how Bing broke out of the (search) box in 2013 and a Microsoft researcher who uses data to power his predictions. Buoyed by new gift cards and other promotions...
20 Dec 2013
Microsoft announces unified registration for Windows and Windows Phone app developers
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced a unified registration experience for both Windows Store and Windows Phone developers. “As a result of these changes, Windows Store developers are now also Windows Phone developers, and Windows Phone developers are also Windows Store developers,” writes...
6 Nov 2013
Windows Phone 8 apps and games galore announced at Nokia World
The news that an official Instagram app for Windows Phone 8 will be available “in the coming weeks” may dominate the headlines coming out of Nokia World in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, but the fact is, a whole bevy of great apps and games for Windows Phone 8 were announced. Some of the ones that...
22 Oct 2013
Announced at Nokia World: 2 new super-sized Windows Phones, the first Nokia tablet & Instagram is on the way!
If you were up into the early morning hours of Tuesday to watch the Webcast of the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, then you know it was basically one blockbuster piece of news after another. Nokia took the wraps off of the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 (that’s the 1520 pictured above) – two...
22 Oct 2013
Tune in Oct. 22 to watch live from Nokia World Abu Dhabi
Nokia will hold a press event at 12 a.m. PT on Oct. 22 at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. You can watch the webcast from the event at Nokia Conversations . There will also be additional interactive sessions that will follow, going into more detail about the news that is announced...
21 Oct 2013
Weekend Reading: September 20th Edition–The inside story on Skype as it turns 10
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Skype as it celebrates a decade of connecting people and changing lives, a micro-documentary that shows the seamless integration of technology into designs for Fashion Week New York 2013 and a major makeover for Bing. The inside story...
20 Sep 2013
Tech: the necessary accessory at New York Fashion Week 2013
During New York Fashion Week 2013, Microsoft’s technology helped one designer make a bold statement with his latest collection. Veteran designer Cesar Galindo looked to Bing, Windows Phone and Surface to help him realize his vision of “going virtual” in both the presentation and production...
18 Sep 2013
‘2007 called. It wants its camera phone back!’
That’s one of the better lines from the newest Windows Phone commercial entitled “The Recital,” our latest irreverent take on the smartphone wars. The new spot, set to air during MTV’s Video Music Awards, was created in the same tongue-in-cheek vein as an earlier Windows Phone...
22 Aug 2013
The Nokia Lumia 1020 with its groundbreaking 41-megapixel camera is now available on AT&T
The Nokia Lumia 1020 – already receiving impressive reviews due to its 41-megapixel camera – is now available at AT&T’s online and retail stores. The 4G LTE phone, which costs $299 with a standard contract, comes in yellow, white and black. Complementing the Lumia 1020’s...
26 Jul 2013
Meet the Nokia Lumia 625 – a low-cost phone with a BIG screen
It comes in orange, yellow, bright green, white and black, has a ginormous 4.7-inch LCD display and is 4G LTE ready. It’s the Nokia Lumia 625. The new phone, which was unveiled today by Nokia, comes with “a 1.2-GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 512 MB RAM, 2,000mAh battery, and 8...
23 Jul 2013
Weekend Reading: Nov. 16th Edition – Shop the Holiday Look Book & Pick Up Your Windows Phone 8 Device Today
In this edition of Weekend Reading, Microsoft releases its interactive Holiday Look Book, where to get your hands on a Windows Phone 8 device now, plus Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani share their Windows Phone 8 Start screen. The Microsoft 2012 Holiday Look Book. Kick off your holiday shopping with...
16 Nov 2012
Introducing Windows Phone 8
At an event in San Francisco earlier today, Microsoft fully took the wraps off of Windows Phone 8 after a brief peek back in June to showcase some of the new platform enhancements. As part of the announcement , Microsoft revealed new features, including Kid’s Corner and Rooms, along with details...
29 Oct 2012
Daily Update, Oct. 4th – The Nokia Lumia 920 & 820 Headed to AT&T
Windows Phone fans, have we got some news for you today. AT&T just announced that the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are officially part of the carrier’s fall lineup . As Ben Rudolph tells you in a Windows Phone Blog post this morning, “You’re going to be able to get the Lumia 920 in-store...
4 Oct 2012
Weekend Reading: Sept. 7th Edition – A First Look at Two Windows Phone 8 Devices from Nokia & Bing Invites You to Break the Google Habit
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 devices for Windows Phone 8, the Bing It On Challenge – a dare to compare Bing search results head-to-head with Google’s and Xbox 360 keeping its top spot in the U.S. console market. Announcing the...
7 Sep 2012
Microsoft, Fashion and Technology
One of the most fun parts of my role at Microsoft is exploring trends in technology and the role Microsoft is playing. In the past on this blog I have talked about trends such as Natural User Interface . Over the past year, the convergence of fashion and technology is a trend on the rise. There...
7 Sep 2012
Weekend Reading: June 29th Edition–Office 365 Celebrates its First Birthday & a Sneak Peek at the Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the one-year anniversary of the launch of Office 365, a sneak peek at the Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen and details on Xbox 360’s presence at the 42nd annual Comic-Con in San Diego. Microsoft Office 365: A big year in review. One...
29 Jun 2012
The Midweek Download: April 25th Edition–Introducing a More Muscular SkyDrive, the Latest on Windows 8, plus Windows Intune, Windows Phone and Internet Explorer 10
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got the lowdown on the new and more powerful SkyDrive, memory usage in Windows 8, what’s next for Windows Intune and a few bits and pieces for Windows Phone developers. Available now: A more powerful SkyDrive. Over the last year we’ve...
25 Apr 2012
Weekend Reading: April 20th Edition–Master Chief Returns in “Halo 4”, the Latest on Windows 8 & Don’t Miss “The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator”
We’ve got an action-packed edition of Weekend Reading for you today, with stories on the return of Master Chief in “Halo 4”, the latest word on Windows 8, a few tips to help you get the most out of your Nokia Lumia 900 and a wicked cool interactive comic book collaboration called "The...
20 Apr 2012
Weekend Reading: Feb. 17th Edition–Find Out What’s Trending on msnNOW, See the New Facebook and Carbon Social Apps for Windows Phone, plus Hotmail, Microsoft Research & Xbox 360
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got the scoop on the launch of msnNOW, a new and improved Facebook app for Windows Phone and a new Microsoft Research project called Layerscape. MSN launches msnNOW to keep you in the know. Ever feel like you have to jump from site to site in order to...
17 Feb 2012
The Midweek Download: Nov. 16th Edition–Microsoft Unveils Intelligent Systems Product Roadmap, plus Windows 8, Nokia Research, Internet Explorer and Silverlight 5
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on Windows Embedded, Windows 8, a glimpse into Nokia Research and Silverlight 5, among others. Read away! Microsoft unveils product road map for intelligent systems. For the past several months, Microsoft’s Windows Embedded business...
16 Nov 2011
The Midweek Download: Nov. 2nd Edition–A Chat with the Bing Social Search Team, a Cool Microsoft Research Project, plus Windows 8, Windows Phone and Internet Explorer
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories on the Bing Social Search team, a cool Microsoft Research project, Windows Phone developer news from Nokia World and a new post from Building Windows 8. Check it out. Bing Social Search team makes search ‘less lonely’. In...
2 Nov 2011
Microsoft and Nokia: Fast Out of the Gate
It’s hard to believe that it’s little more than eight months since I was in London with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer when they announced a broad strategic partnership that combined the collective strengths of both companies to form a new global mobile ecosystem....
26 Oct 2011
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