Microsoft culling phone division
Published in Mobiles
Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:21

Microsoft culling phone division


Not much hope

Software giant Microsoft is telling dozens of employees in its phone division that they are surplus to requirements and should expect to clean out their desks fairly soon.

Microsoft pre-installs apps into Acer's gear
Published in Mobiles
Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:08

Microsoft pre-installs apps into Acer's gear


Embedded in Android

Software king of the world Microsoft will bundle its mobile productivity suite of apps onto Acer’s Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Ballmer agrees with most of Microsoft’s cunning plans
Published in News


So it is almost certainly doomed


The shy and retiring Micrososft CEO Steve “sounds of silence” Ballmer has quietly put forward his modest opinion that Microsoft's hardware—Surface, HoloLens, and Xbox—is "absolutely essential" to its future.

Conspiracy nuts wade into Microsoft’s vote counting app
Published in News


Even if it did its job

There is nothing that Americans love more than a good conspiracy and when Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump in the Iowa Republican caucus one started to spin out of control. This one involved an Microsoft election app which was supposed to count the votes.

Microsoft flogged six million tablets
Published in Notebooks
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:06

Microsoft flogged six million tablets


Scratching the service


While everyone knew that Microsoft had done rather well with its Surface tablet, actual numbers were thin on the ground.

Microsoft acquires SwiftKey
Published in News
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:00

Microsoft acquires SwiftKey

Predictive input market competition at all-time high

Software giant Microsoft has recently acquired mobile artificial intelligence startup SwiftKey, a company that has developed a reputation for its predictive key input method software for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Vaio to release Windows 10 phone
Published in Mobiles
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 13:21

Vaio to release Windows 10 phone


Out this week

Sony spin-off Vaio is set to release a new Windows 10 smartphone this week.

Windows tablets are doing well
Published in Notebooks
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:52

Windows tablets are doing well


Microsoft only bright spot in tablet market

For years Microsoft held a torch for the tablet even while everyone else mocked them. When Apple turned the concept into a gimmick and everyone bought one, Microsoft was mocked for not really understanding the tablet.

Microsoft in Iowa hot seat tonight for 2016 U.S. presidential caucuses
Published in News

U.S. Presidential primary voting officially kicks off tonight in Iowa (February 1, 2016), and for tonight's Iowa caucuses, Microsoft is in the hot seat as it has offered to provide a pair of smartphone apps to help nearly 1,700 precincts report more accurate results to party headquarters.

Microsoft Edge’s InPrivate mode is borked
Published in News
Monday, 01 February 2016 11:02

Microsoft Edge’s InPrivate mode is borked


Does not do what it claims

It appears that Microsoft Edge’s InPrivate mode is about as private as a Hollywood starlet in an iCloud account.