It looks like Microsoft has some updates coming to Skype: It was recently reported that Microsoft wanted to buy Slack for $8 billion. Slack, for those unfamiliar, is a messaging app for teams that’s been getting quite popular recently. Now, Microsoft is working on a direct Slack competitor under the Skype brand, according to people […]
It looks like Microsoft is kicking ass with their mobile phone division: Microsoft is cutting 2,850 more jobs beyond the 1,850 that the company announced would be eliminated earlier this year. The new cuts will hit phone hardware and sales. The entire computer world has moved to mobile, with everyone on either iOS or Android, […]
Regular readers of Daily Exhaust know I’m not a fan of Microsoft. I feel this way for a lot of reasons. I think they’re always a day late and a dollar short with new products (see Windows Phone, Nokia, Microsoft Stores, etc), they historically have not valued design, and every attempt at being cool ends […]
Microsoft is giving students a free Xbox One with Surface Pro 4 purchases: Microsoft is tempting students to buy a Surface Pro 4 this week with a new promotion running at its retail stores in the US. The software maker is taking $300 off when students buy a Surface Pro 4 and Xbox One. “So […]
Last week news broke that Microsoft bought LinkedIn for $26.1 billion: For Microsoft, a big part of the deal is about being at the center of the business worker’s world. While it has ceded the personal social graph to Facebook and others, it sees being at the center of the worker’s world as too important […]
I came across a new Microsoft ad campaign aimed at developers. The main copy is “Any Developer. Any App. Any Platform.” Here’s their campaign homepage: What I don’t like about this campaign is it’s misleading. When you tell a developer they can build an app for “any platform”, the assumption is they can build for […]
Microsoft is celebrating a milestone: As we near the one year anniversary of the availability of Windows 10, we’re excited to share that Windows 10 is now running on 300 million active devices around the world. It’s too bad hardly any of those devices are the ones people carry around in their pockets.
Ina Fried at Re/Code on Intel missing the mobile boat: After missing the early days of the smartphone revolution, Intel spent in excess of $10 billion over the last three years in an effort to get a foothold in mobile devices. Now, having gained little ground in phones and with the tablet market shrinking, Intel […]
Instagram came out over 5 years ago (6 Oct 2010). Now, in March of 2016 it’s finally coming to Windows 10 Mobile. To add to the excitement, it’s a beta version!
Paul Thurrott on the problems with Microsoft’s Surface tablets: Microsoft is having its iPhone 4 “Antennagate” moment, thanks to rampant reliability issues with its Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 devices. But rather than publicly face the problems head-on, the software giant has retreated behind a veil of silence. This is a huge mistake, and […]
Oh this is tasty: On Monday, the Cowboys’ communication service to their Microsoft surface tablets wasn’t working properly. With their primary source of playbook information temporarily down, they used the next best thing and relied on printed versions of their playbook. Tangible copies can’t fail, right? They don’t, but even the printers weren’t working correctly […]
Tim Bajarin on Microsoft admitting with their actions Apple’s way is the best way: But if you look at Microsoft’s new strategy, one can’t help but see this is an acknowledgment Apple’s business model of owning the hardware, software and services is ultimately the best one that assures Microsoft’s control of their destiny. At the […]
Let’s see how things go for Microsoft with Windows 10, but right now, Windows Phone is still a fucking mess: While the app gap has always been a problem, Windows Phone is now five years old and it’s still facing new challenges. Over the past year developers haven’t flocked to Microsoft’s platform to improve its […]
Speaking of Lenovo, Ars Technica on the new ‘PC Does What?’ ad campaign to take on Apple: You’ve got to feel for the PC. While there’s no denying its practicality or gaming chops, ever since IBM dropped the first beige box of PC joy on the world over three decades ago, the PC has never […]