When will Skype be ready for prime time?

When Microsoft purchased Skype last month for $8.5 billion, we viewed it as a step forward for both companies in becoming better integrated in business, particularly catering to the trend of less travel and more remote employees and virtual conferences. The biggest challenge was scalability, and those challenges have appeared lately. Today, Skype is not… Continue reading When will Skype be ready for prime time?

Microsoft is making money on phones… by patent trolling

Microsoft always knew they would be successful in the mobile phone industry. With the Windows Phone 7 not making the splash that they’d hoped, they turned to another business model that seems to be working out just fine for them. With a mere 2 million licenses for WP7 sold so far (compared to 350,000 Android… Continue reading Microsoft is making money on phones… by patent trolling

Infographic of Microsoft’s vast legacy of acquisition

Courtesy of information designer Robin Richards, check this out: a visual map of all 264 companies Microsoft has acquired in its endless quest to dominate the market. Of course, Microsoft hasn’t always played by the rules of acquisition (not to be confused with the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition), but whatever – considering the company’s history… Continue reading Infographic of Microsoft’s vast legacy of acquisition

New memoir paints less than positive portrait of Bill Gates

Although he’s not quite the household name as Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is undeniably an incredibly influential technology innovator. But while Allen and Gates revolutionized the computer software landscape together — and become billionaires in the process — there were times when their partnership wasn’t as solid as it appeared to outsiders. Allen’s… Continue reading New memoir paints less than positive portrait of Bill Gates

Kinect armchair takes laziness to its logical conclusion

Sit back, and relax. For the rest of your life. Quite possibly the coolest Kinect hack yet has come from Microsoft itself – in the form of this Kinect-powered motorized armchair, built using the soon-to-be-released Kinect PC SDK. With a flick of the wrist, the chair reclines, adjusts, and even becomes mobile, all while you… Continue reading Kinect armchair takes laziness to its logical conclusion

Microsoft’s Window 8 AppX technology outed

Yes, Microsoft is making great strides with Windows 8. Yes, Microsoft is making a document reader. Yes, it is a document reader… but there is a reason why this is noteworthy. Why? It’s called AppX. This Windows 8 document reader is the first known application for Windows 8 that will utilize AppX technology. AppX is… Continue reading Microsoft’s Window 8 AppX technology outed

Nokia and Windows Phone 7 To Miss 2011

Microsoft and Nokia have one thing in common: they like to do things extraordinarily slow. It appears that their newfound relationship which makes Nokia the future hope for Windows Phone 7 is also going to take it slow. Any hope for a WP7-powered Nokia device this year is fading fast. The managing director at Nokia… Continue reading Nokia and Windows Phone 7 To Miss 2011

Kinect ‘Evil Genius Simulator’ Hack is the Most Dangerous To Date

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNN4Oo0KhZo[/youtube] If there’s one thing the Kinect is good for, it’s facilitating interesting and downright clever hacks. Obviously. If you thought I was going to say ‘gaming’, you’re not a gamer. In any case, check this out. London Hackspace has developed what they’ve dubbed the Evil Genius Simulator – a device which uses a Kinect… Continue reading Kinect ‘Evil Genius Simulator’ Hack is the Most Dangerous To Date