Analyst Predicts Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Will Be Just Another Zune


Though Microsoft has not yet made its Surface hardware available until the next version of Windows launches in October, a lot of attention is being placed on Microsoft’s foray into the tablet hardware business. When the company debuted the Surface tablet to media, the clean design and innovative keyboard smart cover won praise from the […]

Microsoft is Killing Off Zune in Favor of Xbox-branded Media & Apps

Microsoft Launches $99 Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle

At E3 next week Microsoft will expand the Xbox brand beyond the home console, bringing it to mobile, likely in place of Zune. Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer of the Interactive Entertainment Division, Yusuf Mehdi made the announcement on The Official Microsoft Blog amid talk of the Xbox 360. The statement reads “this year, Xbox becomes the […]

Microsoft Prepping ‘Woodstock’ Xbox Music Streaming Service With Apps for E3


Microsoft might be phasing out its Zune Pass music service for an Xbox-branded cross-platform music streaming service. According to The Verge, Microsoft is preparing to show its “Woodstock” music streaming service at E3 in early June. The service will have an Xbox branding, but isn’t limited to Microsoft’s video game console. The service won’t even be […]

Nokia Announces Fix to Lumia 900 4G LTE Connectivity Problem on AT&T


Earlier, it was reported that a small number of early adopters of Nokia’s flagship Lumia 900 Windows Phone for AT&T’s 4G LTE network were having connectivity issues. Nokia quickly looked into the problem and did right by its customers, offering early adopters a $100 credit on their AT&T phone bill and also promised a quick […]

If Microsoft Brings Xbox Live Games To iOS & Android, Can We Get Zune, Too?


Rumors are swirling around the possibility of Microsoft letting their precious mobile games out of the Windows Phone 7 gated community and into other neighborhoods. Specifically onto Android and iOS devices. Sparked by a leak to Business Insider and further fueled by a statement to Forbes that all but says Get your thumbs ready, kids! mobile gamers and Xbox addicts everywhere are salivating at the prospect.

Is Nokia Working on the Next ‘Zune’ or Lumia Player?


At the T-Mobile USA press event unveiling the U.S. arrival of the Windows Phone-powered Lumia 710 on the carrier’s network, Nokia was showing off a 3-inch device sans any buttons. The device is described as a ‘pocket tablet’ that lacks any wireless mobile broadband connectivity, meaning that it will either connect to the Internet via […]

Create custom ringtones with Windows Phone 7.5


We told Microsoft we wanted custom ring tones and they finally listened. Today Microsoft posted “Custom ringtones: A visual guide” over on their Windows Phone Blog. I won’t snatch their huge image and give you zero reason to visit, so head over and check it out. It pretty much sums it all up nicely. The […]

Nokia Lumia 800 Review (Video): Editor’s Choice


Once a dominant player in the phone industry, through a series of mis-steps Nokia had ceded the U.S. smartphone market to Apple, various phone-makers who are using the Google Android operating system, and Research in Motion, which itself is struggling to keep pace in the competitive market. Nokia didn’t want to play ball with carriers […]

Windows Phone Glitch Shuts Out Zune Pass Listeners


Users who have upgraded their HTC-made Windows Phone 7 smartphones to the Mango firmware update are now noticing that their handsets are freezing, or locking up, when they’re using Zune Pass. Users have been complaining and documenting their issues on Microsoft’s support forum, and according to these users, Microsoft is saying that there may be […]

Mango Arrives on HTC Arrive, Trophy Windows Phones at Sprint, Verizon


Retail locations of Sprint and Verizon Wireless stores have begun to receive demo and display units of the HTC Arrive and HTC Trophy respectively with the Mango software pre-installed. Neither carriers nor Microsoft have given an exact release date of when the Mango software update will begin to roll out for these two CDMA Windows […]

Mango Ripens on AT&T on 9/27 for Windows Phone Owners


September 27 will be the magical days for eager Windows Phone 7 owners on AT&T‘s network as the carrier is poised to release the Mango software update to a number of smartphones starting on that date and continuing through October depending on the specific device you own. According to WP Central, which has obtained a […]

Google Aims to Succeed Where Microsoft Has Failed


Watching the announcements streaming out of Google this week, I could not help but notice a certain trend. There were a slew of accessory devices and gadget applications shown off in what is unofficially being called “Android Everywhere”. They’ve bolstered their offerings with music streaming and movie rentals. They seem intent on breathing new life […]

Microsoft Shifts Zune Gears from Zune Player to WP7


I guess this shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anybody who has been paying attention. Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft will stop releasing new versions of the Zune hardware. Instead the focus will move towards the Zune software on Windows Phone 7. I’ve never had a Zune but quite a few folks I know […]

Windows Phone 7: Ok, here comes the Software


Last week, I made a post asking where the software is. The shelves were pretty empty in the App Market place when I checked last week. Today, it’s looking a little more beefed up. Rumor has it that Microsoft expects more than 1,000 apps when the devices hit the streets officially. This number is down […]

Zune Pass: The best thing since sliced bread?


This isn’t a review of Zune Pass, this is just some info for those that might not know just how cool Zune Pass is. I have been a Zune Pass subscriber since it’s inception and have loved ALMOST every minute of it. The only part I don’t like about Zune Pass is that it doesn’t […]

Zune 4.7 is available and Windows Phone 7 Apps Present


Zune 4.7 is live for download and we can now download Windows Phone 7 applications! I don’t see 2,000 apps in there, but I do see apps nonetheless. The apps are in organized well with several genres: games, entertainment, photo, lifestyle, news & weather, health & fitness, finance, travel, navigation, social, productivity, tools, business, and […]

Microsoft is Playing Twitter Games with June Plans and Possible Zune Phone


Microsoft is heating up for something and playing leak to Twitter games. We’ve heard denials about a Zune phone from Redmond, but this little Twitter exchange seems to hint otherwise. Of course just like in politics, when someone denies something many times it means just the opposite. Who really knows, but I’m guessing June is […]