We saw this coming, everyone did. After years of poor sales, Microsoft finally announced that the company will no longer be manufacturing its Zune media player. Instead the company will focus on its Windows Phone 7 software. Analysts believe that this is actually a smart move from Microsoft. The company needs to focus more on its mobile platform/OS in order to compete with Apple and Google.
Well, this was kind of expected. Nokia has finally decided to team up with Microsoft. So expect to see some new Nokia smartphones powered by Windows Phone 7 soon. So I guess Symbian’s fate is now more or less sealed. This certainly helps Microsoft as well. Nokia being the world’s largest mobile phone maker can surely help Microsoft compete better.
After several months of beta testing, Microsoft has finally launched the first Release Candidate for Internet Explorer 9 to the public. Over 25 million users contributed to the testing process. The latest version of IE not only offers a performance boost, but also features a cleaner user interface, better tab controls, advanced thumbnail preview controls and enhanced pinning options.
Quite a few times you would need to enter an email address to join a website, forum or subscription. However, you really don’t want to give away your personal email id everywhere. So, to make things easier Microsoft will soon introduce ‘disposable’ email addresses. These temporary email addresses can be connected to your primary email id in Hotmail, where all the messages will be redirected.
Microsoft recently announced that the company has sold over 2 million Windows Phone 7 units over the holiday quarter. The number indicates worldwide stats, not just the US. Microsoft was able to sell 1.5 million units in the initial six weeks of the Windows Phone 7 launch. Although the 2 million sales number isn’t too bad, it is nowhere close to that of iPhone sales during the same period, which stands at a whopping 16.2 million!
Microsoft launched a new web development tool, called WebMatrix. The tool makes creation of web applications a breeze and is a complete one-stop solution for simple to moderately complex projects. It even has support for popular PHP-based open source applications like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. WebMatrix also allows integration to Twitter, PayPal, Facebook, bit.ly, Groupon, Windows Azure, PollDaddy and Foursquare.
Microsoft recently revealed a preliminary sales report for its latest Windows Phone 7 platform. As per Achim Ber, VP of business and marketing for WP7, the sales figures stands at 1.5 million units worldwide, since its launch on October 21 in Europe and November 8 in US and Canada. The total number of associated carriers worldwide is 60.
Microsoft recently unveiled a new online application that would allow users to see what’s ‘cool’ on the internet. It is impressively customizable by the user and shows real-time content from various popular websites including Twitter, Youtube and Bing News.