Archive for: Microsoft

You’re Doing It Wrong: Microsoft Suing To Block Sale Of 1+ Year Old Motorola Android Phones.

  • August 23, 2011 9:36 am

Using lawsuits to keep your competitors from getting too far ahead is a trait that far too many tech companies rely on these days. Over the past several months at least, it seems this tactic has exploded in popularity with Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Motorola and many more kicking the court room battles up several notches. So it’s with great sadness we highlight a new lawsuit brought forth by Microsoft signaling out Motorola and the alleged infringement on seven Microsoft patents.

In Microsoft’s lawsuit, they seek to ban the import and sale of several Motorola Android phones including the Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq XT, Devour, Backflip and Charm. What’s humorous is that it appears the focus is on these phones exclusively and not all of Motorola’s Android lineup — phones that are ~ 1+ year old and sorely out dated. We understand the idea behind suing to keep competitors at bay (as opposed to actually producing something consumers want). But suing to block the sale of old hardware that no one cares about anymore? What is Microsoft thinking?

Motorola Mobility has publicly responded to Microsoft’s lawsuit by stating that they are “vigorously defending” themselves “against Microsoft’s patent attack business strategy” and that they have “brought legal actions of our own in the U.S. and in Europe to address Microsoft’s large scale of infringement of Motorola Mobility’s patents”. Judge Theodore Essex is scheduled to reveal his findings on November 4th while the commission is seeking to have the investigation completed by March 5th of 2012.

Windows 8 Setup Screen Leaked. Tells Us Nothing New.

  • August 17, 2011 12:23 pm

A screenshot claimed to be a setup page within Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 developer build 8064 has leaked. While the screen itself doesn’t reveal much of anything, the source of the article, PCBeta, houses a list of new changes and tweaks in the latest build. It’s also been noted that DLL hacks to enable locked features are blocked as are any means of simply copying installs thanks to the use of new product keys.

  • A new wallpaper (5th generation)
  • A new BSOD (2nd generation) (back to blue with a smiley : ( ) — nice
  • A new bootscreen (2nd generation) (betta fish is gone)
  • A new installprep and WinPE look. (5th generation)
  • nternet Explorer 10 Developer Preview (pre release version) (with Internet Explorer 10 splashscreen)
  • A new colored “Windows” splashscreen during installprep loading file.
  • Immersive Remote Desktop (old)
  • Immersive Control Panel (old)
  • WinStore (old)
  • Windows 7 wallpaper deleted
  • New WiFi/Ethernet icons (old)
  • New Touch Keyboard icon
  • New genuine center (old)
  • Windows DVD Maker gone
  • Windows Media Center gone
  • New User avatar
  • New Advanced Security Setting tab (old)

Look for more Windows 8 news at next month’s BUILD conference with a public beta of Windows 8 launching at CES 2012.

Microsoft Announces New Features And Games For Xbox Live On Windows Phone.

  • August 17, 2011 7:09 am

Even though we’re in the home stretch of waiting for Microsoft’s upcoming Mango update, the company went ahead and delved into gaming specific updates coming in Mango at the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany.

  • Avatar Awardables — clothing to dress up your avatar based on game achievements. The first title (of many) to support said feature is “Chickens Can’t Fly” — an odd game in which the player takes the role of a scientist performing experiments on chickens. (PETA’s going to have a field day.)
  • Game Add-ons: Aka — in-game purchases
  • Parental Controls
  • Fast Async

Microsoft also announced 14 new titles set to hit the Marketplace “in the coming months”: Beards & Beaks: Cave Area, Bug Village, Burn the Rope, Chickens Can’t Fly, Collapse!, Gravity Guy, Farm Frenzy 2, Fight Game Rivals, IonballEX, Kinectimals Mobile, Mush, Orbital, TextTwist 2, Toy Soldiers Boot Camp.

Getting excited for Mango yet?

Microsoft News: Windows 8 Gets A Blog, Windows Phone President Claims “Superiority” After Google/Motorola Announcement.

  • August 15, 2011 9:44 pm

So far the general populous as well as Android manufacturing world has praised Google for picking up Motorola Mobility in an attempt to establish a more secure future, protected future for Android. One outspoken critic has surfaced at Microsoft however. Windows Phone president Andy Lees came out swinging earlier today by claiming Google’s move makes Microsoft the more “equal”/open platform. Lees says that despite claims to the contrary, Google will inevitably give Motorola preferential treatment when it comes to new version of Android, Android updates, etc. and that Microsoft is the ultimate “open” platform. Kind of amusing considering Windows Phone 7 mimics Apple’s more closed ecosystem more than Android’s. Perhaps the comments were made because Windows Phone 7 is still a very distant contender in the mobile OS wars. Someone is a bit jealous…

Things are a bit rosier back at home on the desktop with Microsoft officially launching a new Windows 8 blog. The new blog, “Building Windows 8” is Microsoft’s attempt to better communicate and spread new Windows 8 news with the world at large in an attempt to drum up interest. From what we’ve seen so far, Microsoft has a pretty unique direction. Hopefully they can execute when the time comes.

Think Windows Phone president Andy Lees is speaking crazy talk? Can Microsoft really turn over a new leaf with Windows 8? Let us hear your thoughts after the break.

Alleged RTM Build Of Mango Leaked.

  • August 12, 2011 9:58 pm

After previous false alarms claiming to be legitimate Mango builds (and then a beta Mango build here or there) were leaked, the time has come for WP7 junkies. Tonight an official RTM build has hit the interwebs — and it’s likely the final shipping version too!

As with all things mobile hackery, XDA is the source. So if Mango is what your heart desires, this thread is what you need to hit up for all the directions and needed files.

If you’re feeling adventurous, let us know how all 500 of those new WP7 Mango features treat ya!

Nokia Exec: “Apple’s And Google’s App Centric Operating Systems Outdated. WP7 Rules All.”

  • August 10, 2011 1:16 pm

Nokia’s head of North America and president, Chris Weber, was recently interviewed by VentureBeat. And wow, did he have something bold things to say. The overall tone of Weber’s interview was that Nokia wasn’t scared in the slightest. In fact, he claimed that Apple and Google’s app-centric operating systems were “outdated”.

According to the quoted executive:

Nokia‘s new superphones will offer a superior user interface and a better, cloud-enabled experience than its chief competitors…

Ironic given Apple and Google actually created their massively popular platforms whereas Nokia has to rely on others — because they failed. Add to that the argument that Nokia is only calling apps “outdated” because they’ve also failed at building a robust app network of their own and you can begin to see this is more buzz word marketing and attempts to create hype where there really isn’t

Nokia: Come back and brag to us when you’ve got something to show us.

Criticisms aside, we do see Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 going places — especially if Android becomes increasingly costly for 3rd parties no thanks to mounting lawsuits. In 2-4 years the mobile landscape could look very different.

Microsoft Releases New/Updated Apps For Zune.

  • August 4, 2011 7:24 am

The Zune software may have been absorbed by Windows Phone 7 leaving many users to fear for the future of their MP3 player of choice, but Microsoft apparently still cares about you. Despite numerous signs that Microsoft was beginning to move away from the audio-only hardware — slashed prices, killing off the Zune original storefront and porting of Zune apps to WP7 — the software giant has come back with a slew of new Zune apps as well as updates for older apps.

  • New Zune apps: Finger Paint, Calendar, Trash Throw, Slider Puzzle, ColorSpill, Splatter Bug, Vine Climb, Decoder Ring, and Tug-O-Wa
  • Updated apps: Shuffle by Album, Zune Reader, Penalty! Flick Soccer, Email, and Echoes

A couple of weeks back we heard a couple of rumors claiming Microsoft was working on a new piece of Zune hardware. Those rumors have not been confirmed nor has any hardware been seen/heard of. But even if Microsoft really is done with pumping out new Zune hardware, it’s nice to see they still care about providing new apps and services to current Zune owners. Such a trend is rather rare in the tech sector these days.

Zune owners: Be sure to let us know what you think of the new/updated apps.

“New” WP7 Logo Becomes Official.

  • August 1, 2011 4:18 pm

If you’ve handled any WP7 hardware over the last several weeks, seen the latest Mango software in action or caught a recent WP7 ad or two, you’ve already seen the “new” logo above. Seeing as how Microsoft has been parading the new look around for some time now means they might as well go official — and so they are. Exciting, isn’t it?

Weather Live Returns To Windows Phone Marketplace.

  • July 26, 2011 7:15 am

Weather Live fans who found their favorite Live Tile supporting WP7 weather app ripped from their world a few short days ago will want to break out the bubbly and dance in the streets once again. The original app was broken by Google, whom began restricting certain pieces of data from Weather Live. But after a clever “back door” tactic by the developer, functionality was restored (and then some). On top of simply being available again, two new features are debuting:

  • Real Location Names
  • Live Tile Customization

The first new “feature” is a worthy addition as previously all the end user saw was raw GPS coordinates — not very helpful for most day-to-day scenarios. The second and more important feature allows end users to control what does/doesn’t display on the Live Tile icon as well as flip the time between 12hr and 24hr.

As long as Microsoft is pleased, look for Weather Live to rejoin the ranks of thousands of other WP7 apps in the coming days.