Nokia Rebrands Lumia to Microsoft Lumia

This comes via Nokia Conversations blog… When we announced that the Nokia Devices & Services business would become part of Microsoft, we also shared that Lumia, our smartphone brand, would become part of the Microsoft family. Since then, we have naturally been making the change from Nokia to Microsoft in our websites, packaging and other consumer touch points.

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That awkward moment when Microsoft “borrows” the Ignite name

Ohmy, yep, that awkward moment when Microsoft rips… errrr adopts the Ignite name and brands their own event with it… pretty tacky Microsoft!

This via Twitter and Scott Berkun who shared with us details of this interesting Microsoft event… the problem though is that no doubt it will cause some confusion for many as they have branded the event with the popular prefix “Ignite”

 

 

Myself, I’m a huge fan of Ignite, having been introduced to the events by Brady Forrest and Andrew Hyde and am pleased that I’ve attended at least 20 Ignite events in places like San Fran, Fort Collins, Boulder CO, and a few other places I can’t quite recall!

Yep, Microsoft will hold Microsoft  Ignite but don’t expect any of the “Ignite” awesomeness that we’ve all come to expect from the O’reilly Media branded events… sigh… I’m pretty sure we might hear from Tim O’reilly about this one…

you can always learn about the real Ignite events at http://igniteshow.com/oreilly

 

Introducing Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana

Microsoft today has unveiled details of Windows POhone 8.1 OS as well as their new “digital Assistant” – enter Cortana – honestly, I have to say that I’m really not hot on the name and I’m even less excited about actually saying the name Cortana! Regardless, Microsoft has rolled out their latest effort to hype the Lumia lineup of devices with hopes that some of these slick smartphons may even start showing up in the hands of consumers…  see more on the WP blog

Personally, I think the enhanced Skype app and calling features to be the most exciting here and data (and wifi) sense (think data warning and wifi data management) is a nice touch also!

 

Microsoft Introduces Office for iPad

Yes indeed, today Microsoft rolled out the news that Office for iPad (and their enhanced cloud offering) is here! This from Microsoft… Whether you’re creating an Excel spreadsheet on your tablet, authoring a Word document in the browser or making edits to a PowerPoint on your phone, you want the great Office experience you love, everywhere you are. Today, we unveiled Office for iPad® – specifically Word, PowerPoint and Excel. But this isn’t simply Office on another device. We thought a lot about what people want to do when they’re on their tablet, iPad functionality, and touch-first when we were building Office for iPad. We reimagined Office on the iPad, while retaining what people love about Office. We hope you’ll be as pleased with the results as we are. In the future, we will bring Office apps to the Windows Store and other popular platforms. In addition to Office for iPad, we’ve gone a step further in our mobile first and cloud first approach, and like Windows Phone, we’ve now made Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones available for free – Source: Microsoft blog



Steve Balmer’s Rationale and Plans for the Nokia Devices & Services acquisition

In case you haven’t seen details of it yet or heard about it, here’s Steve Balmer’s plans for how the Nokia acquisition will be integrated into Microsoft. For the most part, Nokia teams and leaders will remain in their role and integrated into new positions within Microsoft, albeit reporting under Microsoft execs, for example, Jo Harlow of Nokia will continue to run the smart devices team. This from Balmer… While details aren’t final, here is what we know, and how we’re generally approaching integration:

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Bing Goes Ad Free for Schools

Something new from Microsoft designed to reduce the commercialization of student Web searches performed on the school network.  Bing for Schools also enhances privacy protections, sets strict filters to help block adult content and adds specialized learning features to promote digital literacy. Schools can request to be part of the initial Bing for Schools pilot program at http://www.bing.com/schools. Bing for Schools includes the following elements:

  • Ad-free search.Upon activating Bing for Schools, Bing searches from within the school network will have three key enhancements:
    • Removal of all advertisements from Bing search results
    • Automatic strict filtering to help block adult content
    • Augmented privacy protections
  • Earn Bing Rewards credits for schools. You can help the school of your choice earn credits toward Bing Rewards just by searching the Web from home or your mobile device.
  • Daily lesson plans based on the Bing daily homepage image

Check it out at http://www.bing.com/schools.

Side by Side – Nokia Lumia 920 VS Windows Phone 8X HTC

This week Microsoft with HTC and Microsoft unveiled the Windows Phone 8X HTC, HTC’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Surprisingly (or not) the device may initially remind you of the Nokia Lumia series, in particular the Lumia 920 – there’s also been some buzz about this on Twitter today, case in point, this Tweet from Nokia EVP Sales and Marketing USA Chis Weber:

Source: @CWeberatNokia  It takes more than matching color to match the innovation of the Lumia 920. #SwitchtoLumia” 

 

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Apparently the Micosoft Azure Cloud Offering Won’t Make Developers Micro or Soft! #NDCOSLO

Hmmm, perhaps this is why developers are flocking to the Microsoft Azure cloud solutions… Oh Microsoft!! Someone in the Azure team’s head is gonna be on the chopping block for this one from the #NDCOSLO event in Norway … Just watching it made me feel awkward, perhaps I’m not enough of a geek I guess! (Sourced from this article which explains in details just what Microsoft did – you gotta read this)

Microsoft Opens Up Final Windows 8 Release Preview for Download

Yes indeed, Microsoft is now making available a pre-release download of Windows 8 – come and get it! I was first alerted to this via the Register who provided a quick look at some of the features and functionality available to developers. Apparently, this download is the final update to the code that is expected to be released to manufacturers upon release date with a goal of having PCs and other devices released running the OS by the 2012 holiday season. According to the Register, the latest release needs 16GB of space for 32-bit users or 20GB for 64-bit systems and comes in 14 languages, including American English, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic. The focus of Win 8 is the Metro Style which touts one Window, multiple views! At 8 developers finally have a touch UI from Microsoft and there’s no doubt that the Tablet industry will be taking a hard look at this, however, one has to be wondering how this will face off against the popular Android OS  and iPad which have a huge head start.


More useful resources:

To grab the Windows 8 Preview See here for complete details and the FAQ. There’s also a handy Win 8 App developers blog for those of you wanting to get a jump start on developing apps for this OS. Finally, see also the Windows Dev Center for more helpful resources. Finally, see this blog post for complete details and many more links about the Windows 8 experience for developers and end users

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The new Bing Social Search

Yes indeed, the new Bing is coming and according to the company this is perhaps the biggest update and news since the original launch in 2009! The new technology is best described with a few keywords: real-time, social, sharing, multi-media, location, social search. According to Bing, the new service will be available first to those in the US (dam!). If you would like to be one of the first people to experience the new Bing, visit www.bing.com/new, to receive an email notification when it’s available – see complete details of the new Bing in this fine blog post