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One of the more requested apps has finally popped up on the Windows Phone Store, Messenger by Facebook. While the option of speaking and evening “pinning” the Messenger option of the Facebook apps has existed for a while, Facebook has finally broken out the popular feature on its own, like iOS and Android. I’ve recently installed the new app on my Nokia Lumia 1020 and thus far, it’s impressively smooth and brings back memories of the old Facebook app, before it was made to look like Apple’s and Android’s. The...

With the winter months coming to a close (thank god, if you lived in the Northeast, you’d understand) it means that spring time is edging closing and so is the month of April. Why is April so special? The month itself isn’t exactly that spectacular, but it will host the upcoming Microsoft development meeting where the Redmond giant is expected to debut Windows Phone 8.1. The latest version of Windows Phone that is expected to be announced is eagerly anticipated due to all of the fantastic new features, like the ability to...

Microsoft’s search for their new CEO to replace the outgoing Steve Ballmer, has finally been found in the 22-year company veteran, Satya Nadella. Nadella, 47, was selected from a group of other well-qualified candidates like Ford’s Alan Mulally, Google’s Sundar Pichai and even Stephen Elop, who will re-join the company after leading Nokia for the past two years. Nadella has been a crucial part of Microsoft for the past 22 years, he’s been a part of the company’s Bing team, Office team, Server and Tools team...

Later this month, Nokia (soon to be Microsoft) will take the lids off their long-rumored Lumia tablet, which will be running Windows RT (why??). According to WinSuperSite‘s Paul Thurrott, this tablet will feature the typical 10.1 inch display size for tablet with full 1080p resolution. It will also feature a quad-core processor from Qualcomm, presumably either the 600 or 800 chipset. Since Nokia is a big fan of cameras, it shouldn’t be to surprising that they are squeezing in a 6.7-megapixel shooter, which we can only assume...

  When you have billions of dollars in the bank and you want to get into the “devices & services” category, sure you could put together a team and try and build products yourself, or you could just buy an already established company. That’s exactly what Microsoft did with Nokia, their biggest partner on their Windows Phone front. Microsoft and Nokia announced early this morning (Tuesday) that the Redmond giant will pay a combined $7 billion+ for both Nokia’s device and services business ($4.99 billion)...

Now that we all know that Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the CEO position at Microsoft, sometimes over the next 12 months, it’s time to reflect on the man’s words. As with most important departures, Ballmer has taken the time to draft an open letter to all of Microsoft’s 97,000+ employees. Below is that letter.   I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the...

Aside from just announcing the HTC 8XT, Sprint has also announced another Windows Phone 8 device, the ATIV S Neo from Samsung. The ATIV S Neo is the continuation of the ATIV S Windows Phone line that Samsung has already released on other carriers, with subtle changes here and there. The S Neo will feature a 1.4 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, as well as microSD card support. It also features a 4.8-inch HD display—an improvement over the HTC 8XT’s 4.3-inch non-HD display. Like other popular Samsung devices, the ATIV S Neo features...

Sprint, along with Microsoft and HTC, announced the new Windows Phone 8 device, the HTC 8XT. The 8XT is one of the first Windows Phone 8 devices for the Now Network and like the critically acclaimed HTC One, features dual front speakers with HTC’s Boomsound. While it doesn’t feature the same aluminum unibody frame of the One, it does feature a smooth, soft touch finish on a slick tapered design. The 8XT is equipped with an f/2.0 8-megapixel camera (with auto focus and an LED flash) which is great for low light images, as well...

Image © and courtesy of Joystiq.com Today is the day many gamers have been patiently waiting for, the announcement of the next Xbox by Microsoft. In typical Microsoft fashion, the event was big and featured some exciting news, not all good, but exciting nonetheless. First up, the console itself, which looks like it pays homage to the original Xbox’s black box design (it’s even called the “One”). It features a two-tone-like design, with one side being glossy black, while the other features a vented pattern. In fact,...

Today seems to be the day of event announcements, earlier today Apple announced the date of their yearly WWDC event and now Microsoft just announced that on May 21st, at an event in Redmond, Washington (home of the Xbox) they’ll be revealing the “new generation” of the Xbox. This news lines up with previous rumors that suggested Microsoft would announce the new Xbox in May, prior to the big gaming convention in June, E3, which will give developers a great place to debut titles for the newly announced console. The next...