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Microsoft officially relaunches the Kin One and Kin Two

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

After being called one of Microsoft’s greatest failures and having been pulled from sale after only six weeks during its original run, the Kin One and Kin Two are now back on sale with Verizon. This re-release gives them a name change to the Kin ONEm and Kin TWOm. Originally Microsoft only sold 8,810 units, but they hope to turn those sales numbers around with better pricing plans.

One of the reasons cited for the poor sales was that the phones lacked full smartphone functionality, but at the same time were forced to use smartphone plans of at least $70 per month. It just couldn’t compete with more fully featured phones.

WP7 copy & paste coming in weeks

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on November 7th, 2010

Some of you might be undecided about Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system due to its lack of copy and paste. If that is the case, then you might like to know that the platform will be getting an upgrade “in a matter of weeks”.

This upgrade will include that functionality. According to Arpan Shah, Director for Product Management for Microsoft Project at Microsoft, the feature will be here very soon in just a few weeks.

Microsoft expects to sell 5 Million Kinect units this fall

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Microsoft has high hopes for the Kinect. In fact, the company is expecting to sell five million Kinect motion sensors through the holiday shopping season. This new figure is quite a leap from their original expectation of three million units for the same time period.

Head of Microsoft’s entertainment unit, Don Mattrick, was quoted recently saying that Presales have exceeded expectations. Can they do it? We’ll see. The Kinect will hit more than 30,000 retail locations, with midnight events scheduled at 5,000 stores for the launch, so they have a good chance.

No Apple products allowed in the Gates house

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

In an interview with the New York Times, Melinda Gates, wife of William Gates, says that Apple products are not allowed in their household. She is supporting her husband, who you may remember had banned all Apple products from his company’s campus back in 2005.

You can check out her Apple related answers from the interview below.

Microsoft sells 240 Million copies of Windows 7 in 12 months

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Microsoft has announced that it has sold more than 240 million copies of Windows 7 (which was launched a year ago this week), Those numbers make it both Microsoft’s and the industry’s fastest-selling OS. The company needed it too. Windows 7 has helped the company overcome much of the negative consumer opinion after the launch of its Vista OS.

It should be noted that Apple has sold about 13.8 million Mac machines worldwide, but still isn’t large enough to compete in sheer new OS installs. It has however received a much faster adoption of its latest OS version.

Microsoft giving free WP7 devices to AT&T workers

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2010

It was rumored that Microsoft was giving out WP7 devices to its staff and now we have word that the company is also giving AT&T workers free WP7 devices to get the word out. An employee claims that about 100 devices were given out to those attending an event in Minneapolis, though it wasn’t confirmed if it was a US-wide policy or not. We assume not.

It also wasn’t mentioned which phone of the many WP7 devices were given out, but with the Samsung Focus being the first to ship, it’s likely that one.

Windows 7 Phone Line-Up

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 11th, 2010

Microsoft has introduced a bunch of new Windows Phone 7 phones. If you are thinking about getting yourself a phone with the windows Windows 7 OS, you need to check out the link below. Gizmodo has a great article on all the Windows 7 phones that are worth your consideration.

Spoiler alert. You have a flurry of phones to choose from. And the HTC HD7 looks like one of the best.

Microsoft to open retail store opposite the Apple store in Mall Of America

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2010

Microsoft is squaring off with Apple again in a high noon type of retail store showdown. The company’s upcoming store in the Mall of America in Minneapolis will sit directly across from the Apple store. The store is said to be twice as wide as Apple’s store, and it will apparently shut down ten times as often with a blue screen of death instead of a closed sign. Okay, I made that last part up.

We don’t know when the store will be open, but it might open before the Windows Phone 7 launch. Microsoft will also emulate Apple’s Genius Bar by offering an Answer Desk.

Microsoft to launch Windows Phone 7 devices on October 21?

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

According to Neowin, Microsoft will launch a wide range of Windows Phone 7 devices on October 21. If this info is accurate, Microsoft will hold several launch events worldwide on October 21 to introduce its latest Windows Phone 7 handsets. The company is also planning to hold an open house event in New York City on October 11 where it plans to show off some of the new devices.

Devices will hit retail shelves on October 21 in the UK, France, Germany Italy and Spain. It’s unknown if these devices will be available in the United States on October 21.

Microsoft Employees hold iPhone and Blackberry funerals

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on September 12th, 2010

Last Friday Microsoft employees got out of their cubicles at the Redmond campus to attend a funeral parade that resembles some kind of geek Mardi Gras. There were apparently plenty of crazy outfits, like zombies, Darth Vader and even some Village People impersonations. They were there to lament the BlackBerry and iPhone’s demise.

It looks like it was a sad affair as iPhone and Blackberry mock-ups were carried coffin style to the grave. Obviously Microsoft wanted to make a statement about the upcoming Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft offers up Studio Series Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2010

Microsoft has pulled the covers off a new wireless mouse that can be had in six different colors and patterns called the Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000. As the name suggest the mouse is aimed at the notebook user looking for a mouse to use on the go.

The 4000 uses Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology and has a plug-and-go-nano transceiver, 2.4GHz wireless technology, and a 10-month battery life. The mouse comes in two models that are the same and only differ in the patterns offered. The D5D-00068 will be offered in many locations and comes in a bright pink Pirouette design, a white and gray design called Downtown, and a skull design called Crania.

Bing Maps can now calculate taxi fares

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2010

Never be surprised by taxi fares again. Microsoft is trying to inject some innovation into its search service, Bing, with a contest called the “King of Bing Maps.” It’s paying off already, as Bing is now doing some things before google.

One of the most useful said things is Bing Maps’s ability to help you calculate taxi fares. It works just like getting directions, and then with the click of a button you can get an idea of how much it will cost you to take a cab. That’s great for city dwellers and tourists.

Microsoft uses a gyroscope to eliminate Smartphone Camera Shake

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

Microsoft is always all over the place, working on many different technologies and now Microsoft Research has developed an algorithm that records movement detected using gyroscopes and accelerometers inside of many smartphones that cancel out and eliminate blurry digital photos caused by camera shakes.

The algorithm will reverse the shake in your images, giving you a cleaner picture and saving all of our eyes. The technology isn’t perfect yet, but it will only get better. Right now you can still see some ghost lines in the pictures, but the end result is very impressive.

Xbox 360 Halo: Reach bundle unveiled

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

Microsoft has a history of making special edition Xbox 360 consoles to celebrate games like Halo. With the new Halo: Reach game coming soon a new branded and limited edition Xbox 360 has been unveiled.

The new bundle is called the Halo: Reach bundle and it features a customized version of the new slim Xbox 360. The console is silver in color and has Halo-reach graphics and sound effects from the Halo universe.

Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 launch partners

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

Microsoft’s lineup of partners for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch is impressive. Microsoft has confirmed that Dell and HTC will be making Windows Phone 7 phones, as well as ASUS, LG, and Samsung.

All of these companies should have their stamp firmly in place on the hardware by the end of the year. The launch of the OS is slated for the “holidays.” These are good partners to have for this OS. We are really looking forward to what they deliver. Expectations are high for this one.