symbolset writes: Microsoft has had sometrouble as of late getting adoption of their mobile products. Even Bill Gates has said it was inadequate. Despite rave reviews of Windows Phone in the press it has failed to get double digit share of the smartphone market. Now comes reports from WMPoweruser that WP8 will lose mainstream support in July 2014, before even Windows Phone 7.8.
Is this evidence that Microsoft will give up their quest for mobile relevance?
symbolset writes: According to Microsoft there have been service distruptions in their online mail services Outlook.com and Hotmail.com for the past eight hours. Techcrunch reports that Skydrive online storage service was also impacted for a time, and suggests this might relate to some part of the migration of Hotmail users to Outlook.com.
Some users report "no issue" so it is likely not all users of these services are affected.
This follows only two weeks after a prolonged global outage of Microsoft's Azure Cloud service previously here reported.
symbolset writes: As reported on The Verge, many people are experiencing freezing, rebooting and battery problems on their new Windows Phone 8 devices. This WP8Central thread shows many of the issues. Affected devices include Lumia 920 and HTC 8X.
symbolset writes: In the long running complaint between Motorola and Microsoft, Judge David Shaw of the ITC recommended Monday a ban on XBox consoles, as they are found to infringe Motorola's patents. The judge also ordered Microsoft post a bond of 7 percent of the retail price of all unsold US XBox inventory. The decision will go to the ITC’s board of commissioners who will either uphold the recommendation or overturn it.
symbolset writes: In a surprising turn of events Engadget is reporting that the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two will have an encore in the market. Some years ago Microsoft purchased Danger, Inc, services provider for the legendary Sidekick line of phones and set upon refreshing them for a new generation in "Project Pink". Several project restarts and one data loss incident later the project had lost favor internally and relations with the launch carrier Verizon had gone sour. The product was launched anyway to dismal sales and yanked from the market in under two months.
According to the article the costly data plan was thought to be to blame for the poor sales, so cellular data services and features that require them have been removed.
symbolset writes: Seven years ago Microsoft announced their acquisition of RAV antivirus from GeCAD softaware of Romania. RAV Antivirus was one of the few antivirus products that provided cross-platform email virus scanning and spam filtering, integrating with sendmail and postfix on Linux at that time. What happened to it? Do you know?
symbolset writes: Microsoft has an opening for a "Linux and Open Office Compete Lead." If you can manage 13 member v-team and handle a project that's "top of mind for KT and SteveB" this may be the job for you! You'll need to engage with OSS communities and drive internal readiness to compete with them. Core objectives include "be a perception change agent" and "drive compete strategy." Please note that unwavering optimism is essential.
In related news, Microsoft's HR department may also have an opening in job ad writing and placement.