Category Archive for Rumors


Truth About Office for iPad Will Arrive ‘In the Coming Weeks’

Yesterday I posted about reports coming from The Daily that Office for the iPad was very real, and was to be submitted to the iTunes App Store soon and then be available in a few weeks after, but Microsoft is saying otherwise.

A tweet from one of Microsoft’s Twitter accounts says, “[g]reat respect for The Daily but regrettably someone is giving them bad info, and that’ll be clear in the ‘coming weeks.’” So now we have The Daily saying it’s coming, Microsoft saying they have been misinformed and that the software in the image is not theirs, so I guess that’s that, right?

Well, not so fast. Shortly thereafter Mary Jo Foley, of the All About Microsoft Blog, received a tweet from Peter Ha (the one who posted the Office for iPad article on The Daily) saying that not only is the image not fabricated, but someone from Microsoft demoed Office for the iPad to him. Plus, according to a further tweet by Peter Ha, Microsoft isn’t going to be very happy with their next follow up, whatever that means.

You can read the article Bad day at the Office on The Daily for more information.


Office for iPad Spotted, Could be Coming Soon

If the reports from The Daily are correct, Office for the iPad could be arriving within a matter of weeks.

Source: The Daily

The Daily had a short hands-on with the app, and it appears to support Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, along with a Metro-style like layout of the application. These supported documents can be edited both locally and online (SkyDrive and SharePoint, presumably). The app has, once again — reportedly, just been finished and not yet submitted to the iTunes App Store, but should soon and then it is just a matter of waiting for the app to be approved.

Currently Microsoft has a OneNote app available for both the iPhone and iPad, but The Daily’s sources claim that there is an upcoming update to the app which would give it a more Metro feel to it, like the ones shown off for Windows on ARM (WOA). There is also the possibility that the OneNote app could be merged with this Office suite app, though the image from The Daily only shows Word, Excel and PowerPoint icons.

There is no word on how much this app would cost, if at all, and Microsoft is not working on an Android version of Office.


Windows Phone 7 "Mango" Update Could Include Visual Voicemail

Another feature rumored to be included in the next major update of Windows Phone 7 (codename “Mango”) is visual voicemail, according to a tweet from @WindowsPhone8.

While this is a rumor, WinRumors says that @WindowsPhone8 “… previously announced Mango developer features shortly before Microsoft’s official MIX11 conference in April.”

Visual voicemail is simply a visual interface for checking for and listening to voicemail received on the phone. Phones without visual voicemail require you to dial a number to access the voicemail inbox. Currently the iPhone has native support for visual voicemail and Android has third-party apps which handle it, and some even offer a transcript of the message as well.

This feature can be added to the slew of other rumored features coming in the Windows Phone “Mango” update later this year, such as: Bing Audio, Bing Vision, on-device podcast support, SMS dictation, Windows Live Messenger integration, and possibly Skype integration as well. We know that the following features will be included in the “Mango” update, as Microsoft told us at MIX’11: IE9 Mobile, multi-tasking, Twitter integration, Office doc syncing to SkyDrive, custom ringtones, and more.


HTC Trophy Spotted at Best Buy


It was almost two weeks ago that signs of Verizon getting ready to launch the HTC Trophy were beginning to appear, but it still didn’t happen.

Now a Phone Arena reader sent them a picture of an HTC Trophy on display at a Best Buy, which allows us to, once again, assume that Windows Phone will be arriving on Verizon shortly. Though we all know what happened last time — nothing.

Phone Arena says the phone will have a 3.8 inch TFT screen with a WVGA resolution, 1GHz processor, 5MP camera and 16GB of built-in space.

The phone is expected to launch May 12, which is only a couple of days away.


Wall Street Journal: Microsoft in Talks to Buy Skype for $8 Billion [Updated]

There must really be something to these rumors of Microsoft in talks to buy Skype for some $7 to $8 billion. The Wall Street Journal says that this deal could still fall apart, though it could be announced as early as tomorrow, according to “people familiar with the matter.”

But why would Microsoft want to buy Skype? What benefit would it provide to them? Microsoft already has Lync which is like Windows Live Messenger, but aimed at enterprise and offers VOIP like Skype. Though Skype does offer more than just internal enterprise communication. WSJ says this acquisition “would give Microsoft a recognized brand name on the Internet at a time when it is struggling to get more traction in the consumer market.”

Not only would Microsoft own the company — of course — but also Skype’s debt of $8.5 billion, so unless Microsoft has an idea in mind on how to make money out of Skype, it seems pointless.

How would this help Microsoft in the consumer market? Skype may be well-known, but it is not as if it would make people think “Oh, I’ll buy a Windows Phone!” Seeing as if they did buy Skype, it would be integrated in Windows Phone, but it would be outright idiotic for Microsoft to make Skype Windows Phone-only. That would mean there would be very little to no benefit to having a Windows Phone with Skype integrated than an Android or iPhone app.

I certainly cannot answer any of these questions, all I can do is ask, but we will have to wait until tomorrow to see what comes of these rumors — if anything.

Update: Kara Swisher of AllThingsD says her sources are telling her that Microsoft will announce the Skype acquisition at about 5AM PT. So you may want to wake up early if you really want to see if this is true or not, but I am not waking up 3 hours early just for that, but I will certainly make an article if this is true.