Microsoft shipped the first version of Windows on November 20, 1985. The company went public on March 13, 1986. That means that Microsoft pulled the trigger on its IPO mere months after Windows was first launched into the market. Until today I didn’t know that the two events occurred so close together. Given that I was roughly negative 3 or 4 at the time, I’ve decided to… Read More
From the Sony hack coverage to Instagram being valued at $35 billion, here are the top stories from 12/13-12/19. 1. Sony was hacked. Sony cancels the theatrical release of The Interview after threats from hackers. The FBI blames North Korea for the hack. Obama says Sony made a mistake in canceling the release of The Interview (and calls James Franco, James Flacco). Sony’s CEO responds… Read More
Microsoft’s Sway, an online tool for creating presentation documents, is now generally available to the public. Previously, a waiting list was in place.
That Sway has taken down its rope line isn’t surprising. What is perhaps slightly unexpected are the metrics that Microsoft announced in its blog post concerning the product’s availability. Read More
It seems that Facebook quietly removed Bing as its primary search provider over the weekend, announcing plans to debut its own search tool on Monday, according to Reuters.
The report says that Facebook’s new search tool will give users the ability to filter through old comments and other information from friends. Read More
If you live in Germany, Italy, France or Spain, you can now get your Cortana on. Microsoft today announced that it has rolled out its virtual, digital assistant to those four new European countries for users that are part of its Windows Phone Dev…
Last year, Microsoft announced that its consumer-facing Skype communications service and its enterprise-focused counterpart would begin to interoperate, first with IM and audio, and later expanding to support video. Today, the company says, the v…
Microsoft this morning has released an app for Android smartphone users called Torque that allows you to shake your phone in order to perform a voice search, similar to Google’s “OK Google.” The difference is that instead of waking up the app with a standard keyword command, it’s the shaking motion that instead does the trick. Also like Google, Torque will provide a… Read More
A deal from nowhere, which went nowhere, Microsoft’s partnership with Barnes & Noble’s Nook came to an ignominious conclusion today with the bookseller kicking the software firm a chunk of cash and shares. The official verbiage indicates that Microsoft will sell “all of its $300 million convertible Series A preferred limited liability company interest” in exchange… Read More