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Lumia 830 Launches in Canada. Is Microsoft's Latest Smartphone Camera Better than the iPhone's?
The Nokia Lumia 830 has launched in Canada. The latest smartphone from Microsoft, whose mobile platform still lags non-competitively behind Google's Android and Apple's iOS, is defined as an... more
Microsoft Announces Biggest-ever Job Cuts: 18,000 in the Next Year
Microsoft is eliminating 18,000 jobs over the next year, including about 12,500 associated with the Nokia Devices and Services team it acquired earlier this year. The cuts will begin with a first... more
No Canadian Company Makes List of Best Global Green Brands, but Tech Performs Well
Today, Interbrand and Deloitte released the fourth-annual Best Global Green Brands report. Tech brands performed strongly in this year's report: 10 of the top 50 brands hail from the technology... more
Top 50 Canadiana Search Terms (According to Something Called Bing)
We're not sure who uses Bing or why, but the Microsoft-made search engine has released a list of top "Canadiana" search terms ahead of Canada Day on July 1. Almsot depressingly, the number one... more
We're Still Trying to Figure out Why Canada Was Left out of BCG's Study on SMEs
Microsoft recently commissioned the well-respected Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to conduct a three-year long research study around the use of technology in mid-sized companies. BCG has been... more
Microsoft to Create 400 Jobs with new Excellence Centre in Vancouver's Pacific Centre Mall
Today Microsoft announced plans to open a new training and development centre which will significantly expand the company's investment in Canada. The new "Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre"... more
Canada Has a Disease Called Risk-Aversion and It’s Going to Take a Cultural Shift to Propel Us Forward
It isn't news that Canada's culture is inherently risk-averse. This made our banking sector the envy of the world during the recent recession, but in the startup game, it's a hindrance. When... more
Virtually All Canadians Want to Work from Home, Technology Enabling the Dream for Some
"Hey, technology. I wanna work from home. Or Starbucks. Make it happen." This is the general consensus of Canadians, according to an Ipsos-Reid survey commissioned by Microsoft Canada. As... more
Time to Upgrade: Windows XP Expires Next Month, Microsoft Stopping All Support
A remarkable 30% of Canadian Microsoft users still run Windows XP, an operating system that the software giant released all the way back in 2001. Microsoft is dropping all support for the... more
Microsoft Selects Campaign by Grip Limited as Winner of Challenge at Dx3
A campaign developed by Grip Limited in 24 hours has been selected as the winner of the Microsoft Challenge to promote Kids Help Phone at Dx3, a Canadian conference and trade show focused on... more
Tech Tycoons Dominate List of World's Wealthiest
Technology entrepreneurs continue to be a staple category among Forbes' annual list of the world's wealthiest individuals. In the top 20, there are the founders of Google, Sergey Brin (19th) and... more
In-car Technology: Ford May Ditch Microsoft Windows for BlackBerry's QNX
Ford may be planning to ditch Microsoft Windows and switch for BlackBerry's QNX system for its in-car technology, Sync.  BlackBerry's stock popped up 8% on the news, which was revealed by... more
Microsoft Buys 'Gears of War' Franchise, Hands Reins to Vancouver Game Studio
A Vancouver-based game development studio has taken the reins of the popular "Gears of War" after Microsoft acquired the game franchise from Epic Games. Microsoft bought the franchise, an Xbox... more
This Holiday Season, Microsoft is Putting the Scrooge in Scroogled
Earlier this year, it was reported that Microsoft was going to put an end to their Scroogled campaign, the failed attempt at convincing consumers that Google equals bad and Microsoft equals good.... more
Microsoft Shuttering Victoria Operations
Less than two years after opening a game design studio in downtown Victoria, Microsoft has closed its doors, leaving at least 30 people out of work. In a statement reported on by the Times... more
Startup Hubs Across Canada Partner with Microsoft Ventures to Support Local Ecosystems
Working to help foster Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, Microsoft Canada has announced new relationships with three of our nations's startup hubs. Launch Academy in Vancouver, Notman... more
Extremely Large Xbox One Console Appears in Downtown Vancouver
A really, really big Xbox One console appeared in downtown Vancouver today. The world's largest Xbox One is kicking off a national celebration of the next-gen console's launch, with Vancouver... more
Toronto's 500px Launches Mobile App for Windows 8 Tablets and Smartphones
500px has launched an app for Windows 8. The Toronto-based photo-sharing platform works on Microsoft's Surface tablets and Windows-based smartphones. The Canadian company says expanding its app... more
Microsoft Announces Surface 2 and Pro 2 Tablets
Microsoft announced today that two next-gen tablets—the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2—will launch next month. The second-generation Windows tablets will be available for preorder... more
Microsoft to Acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services Business for $7.2 Billion
Microsoft and Nokia announced yesterday that they have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business,... more
Microsoft Unboxes the Xbox One
Today, Microsoft's Major Nelson did an unboxing of an Xbox One. Inside the big black box is a Kinect sensor, controller, headset, and of course the console itself. Nelson points out that... more
Microsoft Wants to Modernize Urban Hubs with 'CityNext' Initiative
At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference today, the company announced CityNext, a global initiative that it says will empower cities, businesses and citizens "to re-imagine their futures and... more
Canadian Executive Don Mattrick Leaves Microsoft to Lead Zynga
Founder Mark Pincus has stepped down from his role of CEO of the immensely struggling Zynga. He will be replaced by Canadian Don Mattrick, a former executive of Microsoft who brings more than 30... more
Head to Microsoft’s BizSpark Tent at International Startup Festival in July
For startups going to this year’s International Startup Festival in Montreal, July 10 to 13, Microsoft’s BizSpark tent is a space where they can receive free benefits and... more
Microsoft to Open More Than 100 Windows Stores in Best Buys Across Canada
This week, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership to create Windows Stores inside of Best Buy stores. There will be over 500 Windows-Best Buy stores in the US and more than 100 across... more
Startup Sad Cat Software Predicts Windows Will Become Dominant Platform for Game Distribution
Toronto-based indie game studio Sad Cat Software believes that games should be made differently, each one unique, deep, and enchanting. The founder, Oleg Samus, also believes in reach. A good... more
Canadian Startup Coding Jar Chooses Windows 8 Over iOS and BlackBerry for First Game
Jodon Karlik founded Coding Jar in Vancouver in early 2011 to indulge his dream of creating indie games. The coder and consultant launched his first indie game, Fling Theory, earlier this year.... more
Polyglot Unconference Explores Potential of HTML5 with Microsoft and Windows 8
On Sunday, May 26, the Imperial Lounge of the Downtown Eastside was host to the final event of the Polyglot Unconference. The Polyglot Unconference, in its second year running, turned the SFU... more
Canadians Win Four Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards
Microsoft Canada has announced the Canadian winners and finalists of the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards 2013. The annual awards honour Microsoft technology partners for delivering... more
From One Entrepreneur to Another: Four Tips to Help Canadian Tech Founders Succeed
RatRod Studio is a startup based out of Gatineau. Founded in 2009, the Canadian company specializes in developing and publishing interactive web content and games for mobile devices, PCs, and... more
Canadian Startup RatRod Studio Tops Charts in Windows Store
RatRod Studio is a startup based out of Gatineau. Founded in 2009, the Canadian company specializes in developing and publishing interactive web content and games for mobile devices, PCs, and... more
Second-annual Ottawa International Game Conference Takes Place May 29 to 31
The Ottawa International Game Conference, which showcases the innovations and emerging trends in the Ottawa and Canadian gaming industry, starts on Wednesday, May 29. Founded by a consortium of... more
HTML5 Gaming Workshop Comes to Vancouver on May 26
On Sunday, May 26, an HTML5 Gaming Workshop will be held in Vancouver. The event, presented by Vancouver Polyglot {Un}conference, Startup Weekend Vancouver and Microsoft Canada, will show... more
Microsoft Releases Amusing but Awkwardly Ironic Nokia Lumia Ad
The scene is a wedding. And just as the young couple are about to seal the deal—with all attendees raising their smartphones to capture the moment—an iPhone 5 user says to a man... more
Former BlackBerry Employees Join Competitors and Telcos, Not Startups: Study
BlackBerry was founded in the 1980s, and since then has employed tens of thousands of people in Canada. But between people quitting, getting fired, and getting laid off, there are now several... more
Big Week for Windows 8 – Smartphone Getting Love from Consumers and Publishers
It’s been a great week for Windows 8! First a surprising report showing dramatic growth in US smartphone sales was released last week from Kantar Worldpanel; and this week leading technology... more
NASA Puts the Universe in Your Hands, No Supercomputer Required
Want to explore the galaxies? Take billions of points of data, your Windows machine, a dash of DirectX11 and 64-bit support, and you can traverse the universe. Microsoft’s research... more
BBDO Canada Wins Big in Dx3 2013 Advertising Challenge
BBDO’s Toronto office took home top honours at yesterday’s Microsoft Advertising Xbox Challenge at the Dx3 Conference in Toronto. In designing a strategy for Movember Canada,... more
Wavefront and Microsoft Workshop to Show How HTML5, Windows 8 and WP8 Work Together
Vancouver-based Wavefront has once again partnered with Microsoft to bring back hands-on coding workshops across Canada. The Windows Phone Store today has more than 135,000 apps, according to... more
Three Reasons to Consider Developing for Windows Instead of Apple or Google
We know that most PC developers don't really make any money from their apps. We also know that, among the developers who do, those building Mac apps make more than those building for competing... more
The App Pitch an Opportunity for Startups, Developers, and Students to Pitch Windows Apps
The App Pitch lands in Montreal on March 20. The event is a chance for Montreal startups, students, developers, and designers to pitch their ideas for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Also on the... more
The App Pitch an Opportunity for Startups, Developers, and Students to Pitch Windows Apps
The App Pitch lands in Vancouver on March 13. The event is a chance for Vancouver startups, students, developers, and designers to pitch their ideas for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Also on... more
Microsoft Canada Sets up Shop in Coworking Spaces Across Country
Microsoft Canada is getting back to the basics by sponsoring the organizations that are going to be responsible for Canada's next generation of startups. Partnerships with Montreal's Notman... more
Microsoft Dethroned as Most Influential Canadian Brand by Google
Microsoft has been dethroned. Canadians think Google is the most influential brand in Canada, a recently updated list concludes. It happens to be a company based out of California and only two... more
Nail The App Pitch and Get a Ticket up the CN Tower
Calling all startups, students, developers, and designers. The App Pitch is an opportunity to show the Toronto startup, student, and developer community your app ideas for Windows 8 and Windows... more
Nokia Sold 6.6 Million Smartphones in Fourth Quarter, 67% of Which Were Windows Phones
Nokia shares surged 19% in trading today following a better than expected fourth quarter. The company shipped 6.6 million smartphones, 67% of which were Windows Phone devices such as the Lumia... more
Microsoft Adds Clout to Vancouver's Videogame Scene with Arrival of Black Tusk Studios
Vancouver's video game industry has been bleeding talent for several months now, but that trend appears to have reversed with the arrival of Black Tusk Studios. Radical Entertainment and Rockstar... more
Microsoft Believes There's No Such Thing as 'Too Little, Too Late' in Technology
On Tuesday, November 27, Microsoft reintroduced itself to Vancouver with an exhibition of their Windows 8 holiday gadgets. Hosted by The Loden in the heart of Coal Harbour, about 30 people enjoyed... more
Don't Miss the Microsoft Dynamics Business Solutions Launch Next Month
Next month, Vancouver will play host to the Microsoft Dynamics Business Solutions 2013 Launch Event. But first, let's talk about what exactly Microsoft Dynamics is. Microsoft Dynamics is a... more
Windows Phone 8 is in Many Ways Superior to iOS and Android. But Does That Mean it Will Succeed?
Joe Belfiore, the manager of the Windows Phone at Microsoft, said at Monday’s Windows Phone launch in San Francisco that he does not think the user experience has really changed much in the... more
Poor Guy: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Made Only $1.3 Million Instead of $2 Million This Year
Steve Ballmer isn't bringing home his full bonus. Cue the world's smallest violin. Due to slow progress in online services and failure to comply with an agreement with European regulators,... more
Microsoft Office is Coming to iOS and Android Devices
Speaking at a press event in the Czech Republic this morning, Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek told Czech news site IHNED that native Office apps will be available on iOS and Android devices in... more
Microsoft Accuses Google of Trying to Kill HTML5 Mobile Video Standardization
Vancouver's Destiny Media thinks that Microsoft accused Google of trying to kill mobile video. "The industry attempted to standardize on a common format as part of the new HTML5 browser standard,... more
Microsoft is Opening Four Pop-Up Stores in Canada This Fall to Sell Surface Tablets
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Microsoft's four Canadian pop-up stores will open on Friday, October 26. Just recently Microsoft confirmed its first official retail store in Canada,... more
Microsoft to Open First Traditional Retail Store in Canada This November
Microsoft has 25 retail stores in America. The first one in Canada opens this November. The software giant announced that it will open a Microsoft Store in Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre on... more
Facebook and Microsoft Talk Design at DevTO
Toronto’s own Polar Mobile played host to this month’s DevTO. Around 100 members of the Toronto tech community congregated to meet up and spread ideas about all things related to... more
Why This Canadian Quit Microsoft to Join an Unproven Startup in Toronto
Two years ago a young woman named Jaclyn Konzelmann left Waterloo to join Microsoft in Seattle. Initially it was an amazing experience, she says, but it didn't take long for her to fly back to... more
Microsoft's Surface Tablet Will Fail Like the Zune Did: Analyst
Microsoft has been hyping its forthcoming Surface tablet like crazy, but doubters remain. Research firm Canalys believes the Surface tablets will be too expensive and face too much competition... more
Microsoft Lays Off 35 Employees in Vancouver Following Two Project Cancellations
Microsoft has shut down two major projects in Canada and, as a result, has laid off an undisclosed number of employees in Vancouver (we're learned it's around 35). While Microsoft insists its... more
Microsoft Reports First Quarterly Loss Ever (But Still Beats Wall Street)
Software titan Microsoft posted its first quarterly loss as a public company yesterday—but still managed to beat Wall Street expectations overall. The company faced a multi-billion-dollar... more
Amazon Poaches Microsoft Windows Phone Senior Director Ahead of Rumoured Smartphone Launch
Amazon has poached a senior director of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, according to his updated LinkedIn profile and a tweet from his handle, @RobWill53. Robert Williams is now Amazon's App... more
Microsoft Kinect is About to Make Television More Interactive
Many have seen the wide ranging applications beyond just video games of the Nintendo Wii and the XBOX 360’s sensing input known as the Microsoft Kinect. However, those applications have... more
CEO David Sacks: 'Yammer Will Remain Under My Direction'
Yesterday it was made official that Microsoft was acquiring Yammer for $1.2 billion in cash. "The acquisition of Yammer underscores our commitment to deliver technology that businesses need and... more
Surface Tablet Available at Canada’s First Microsoft Store in Toronto Opening Later This Year
Following Monday’s unveiling of Microsoft’s new Surface tablet and Wednesday’s announcement of Windows Phone 8, the Toronto Star reported that Microsoft is set to open its very... more
Here's Why Internet Scammers Always Claim to be Nigerian Princes
A Nigerian prince tells you that he is very close to accessing a million-dollar horde of cash—but needs an extra $10,000 to make it happen. "That's where you come in, friend," he whispers... more
Microsoft Windows Phone to Overtake Apple iPhone in Four Years: Report
A new report suggests that underdog Windows Phone is just four years from overtaking the iPhone as the second most popular mobile platform on Earth. Microsoft's platform currently holds 5% of the... more
Microsoft Canada President Steps Down After Three Years; Max Long to Take Over
Eric Gales has served as the president of Microsoft Canada for nearly three years. However, on May 1, Eric will officially step down as the leader of Microsoft's Canadian division to "pursue other... more
Is Microsoft Plotting to Buy Half of Research In Motion?
Benzinga reports that there is renewed chatter surrounding the rumour that Microsoft is plotting to invest a whopping $3.5 billion in Research In Motion, according to sources. With RIM's... more
Roundtable Discussion with the President of Microsoft Canada
Eric Gales, President of Microsoft Canada, spoke with students at UBC on April 3 about the challenge of innovation in Canada. The discussion was very insightful and forward-thinking, as audience... more
Microsoft to 46,000 Employees: Don't Buy iPads!
Microsoft is struggling to produce mobile devices that outshine Apple's iPad, as evidenced by negligible marketshare and flops such as the Kin. Now, instead of innovating a tablet consumers want to... more
The Cloud Will Create 70,000 New Jobs in Canada by 2015
The economy has had a dark cloud hovering over it since 2008. But a different may just save the economy. Indeed, cloud technology is expected to create an incredible 70,000 new jobs across Canada... more
The World in 2020: Microsoft Canada President Showcases the Future of Technology [Video]
Microsoft Canada President Eric Gales says that technological change will be more profound in the next ten years to come than the last ten. In a keynote before the Toronto Board of Trade Gales said... more
WAR: Microsoft Directly Attacks Google in New Ad [VIDEO]
It's a war of the tech titans. The "Don't Be Evil" Google, which has been taking a lot of flack during the past year for questionable activity—most recently circumventing Apple's Safari... more
Microsoft to open retail store in Toronto by end of 2012
According to The Verge, Microsoft is planning to open four new stores over the coming months and its first international stores in Canada later this year. Microsoft's Kevin Turner revealed last... more
Attend the Red Carpet Canadian Premiere of Startup documentary Ctrl Alt Compete
Join a networking crowd of investors, startups and entrepreneurs in Toronto or Montreal for the Canadian screening of Ctrl Alt Compete – a Microsoft documentary on what it takes to be a... more
Xbox LIVE Gives Canadians Some Northerly Love
Microsoft has big plans to become a major media player in 2012, a fact they discussed at this year’s CES technology trade-show.  Some of the media partners mentioned are understandably... more
Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace Now Has 50,000 Apps
Microsoft now has 50,000 apps available for download in its Windows Phone Marketplace. This marks a growth of nearly 10,000 apps in the past month. The Marketplace is puny compared to Apple's... more
Microsoft Canada To Jumpstart Windows Phone Developer Movement
In a recent report on the state of mobile app marketplaces in 2011, Microsoft is still dragging behind the App Store for iOS devices, and the Android Market.   Since available applications... more
Bing Photos 2011 is an Interactive Animated Gallery Recapping the Year in Pictures
The end of one year is a fabulous time to look forward to the next one. But it's also a great time to reflect back and reminisce about fun memories. Enter Bing Photos 2011 Canada, an interactive... more
Microsoft to open major game studio in Victoria, BC
Microsoft is opening a major game design studio in downtown Victoria early in the new year that could employ up to 60 people. In an exclusive interview with the Times Colonist, the technical... more
The iPhone is Canada's Most Searched Tech Device of 2011
"iPhone 5" was the most-searched consumer electronic device in Canada in 2011, according to Bing. (If you don't know what Bing is, Google it.) Apple dominated the search category: "iPad" ranked... more
Cloud Computing Confusing to Canadians
Canadians are confused about cloud computing. A Microsoft Canada survey conducted by Leger Marketing polled Canadian C-level executives across all sectors and found that 19% of those who say they... more
Microsoft acquisition of Skype closes and Canada Pension Plan pockets $528 Million
Last May Techvibes reported that Skype had been acquired by Microsoft and that Canadians would make over $500 Million on the deal. Today the transaction officially closed and the Canada Pension... more
Microsoft's Zune Pass comes to Canada
Effect this coming Monday, Microsoft's Zune Music Marketplace and the Zune Music Pass will be available in Canada. Quoth Microsoft's blog: Windows Phone owners in Canada [will have] access to... more
Microsoft begins rolling out Windows Phone Mango. Can it boost suffering sales?
Software giant Microsoft has now begun rolling out its next-gen mobile platform, Windows Phone 7.5, or "Mango." First announced back in May, the major operating system update claims 500... more
MIXX Canada: The Ever Changing Innovative, Optimized and Animated Display Ad
While Techvibes reported that the IAB recently released a report that mobile advertising was growing four times faster than online advertising, I had a chance to take in the conference they ran in... more
Dennis Pilarinos leaves Microsoft to test free agency
After 9 years with Microsoft and two years leading the Microsoft Development Center in Vancouver, Dennis Pilarinos is a free agent. The Toronto-born Microsoft veteran was exported back to Canada... more
How Slow Canadian Adoption from IPV4 to IPV6 Could Affect The Ambitions of Innovators and the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things suggests that there will be somewhere between 20 and 50 billion connected objects and devices by 2015, depending on who you listen to. However, under the current IPV4... more
My friend's been hacked!: Hotmail ups its security
In order to curtail security breaches within Hotmail's user accounts, Microsoft has introduced a new security tool called "My Friend's Been Hacked." When opening a friend's email message and... more
Microsoft chooses Toronto for 2012 Worldwide Partner Conference
One of the world’s most prestigious conferences is coming to Toronto next July. Microsoft announced today that its Worldwide Partner Conference will meet in Toronto in 2012.  More... more
Techvibes' Comprehensive list of Canadian Tech Acquisitions [updated - now 75 transactions]
Canada's startup ecosystem tends to measure success with financings and acquisitions. Since Angel and VC financings often go unreported, it's easier to track the state of the Canadian Startup space... more
New speakers for GROW announced, including big names from HootSuite, Google, Facebook, and more
The roster of speakers for this year's second-annual GROW Conference in Vancouver is looking more and more impressive. Many interesting speakers were already lined up, from Beyond the Rack... more
Toronto's Polar Mobile seals major deal with Intel
On the heels of deals with tech titans like Microsoft and Research In Motion, Toronto's Polar Mobile has now struck up another one, this time with computer chip maker Intel. Intel developed Meego... more
Microsoft’s ‘Battle for Beauty’ could use some work...
This weekend the fine folks at Microsoft created what they claim to be the "biggest HTML5 game made.” HTML5 is the next evolution of the HTML standard and one of it’s many features is... more
Microsoft acquires Skype and Canadians make over $500 Million on the deal
The BIG news today is that the rumoured purchase of Skype by Microsoft is complete. Analysis is pouring in on the acquisition including whether eBay ended up making money on their sometimes... more
Why you should include the Windows Phone as part of your global mobile strategy
Today, the Toronto Board of Trade hosted a luncheon to discuss the “Global Mobile Opportunity” with speakers Gladstone Grant, VP, Developer and Platform Group, from Microsoft Canada... more
Apple surpasses Google as world's most valuable brand; RIM plunges 20 percent
Clearly, technology on the whole is valuable. Six out of the top ten "Most valuable global brands" in 2011 according to WPP's annual BrandZ study were technology firms. At the top, Apple surged a... more
Microsoft Game Studios expands presence in Vancouver
Microsoft Game Studios has launched a website for a new Vancouver location that is reportedly working on a "core" Kinect-based shooter for the Xbox 360. According to the newly launched site,... more
Design the conference t-shirt for Make Web Not War (MWNW)
Make Web Not War (MWNW) is one of Canada’s first cross-platform conference showcasing the latest techniques and technologies available to the ever-evolving web community and... more
Over $15K up for grabs in Microsoft’s Code Your Art Out Competition
Up to $15,000 is up for grabs for the best app submitted for the Code Your Art Out coding competition. The Microsoft-sponsoted competition has partnered with TechSoup Canada to help identify... more
Canadians place value on 'intelligent' risk and innovation: Study
A large majority of Canadians believe that business leaders should be open to taking more intelligent risks in order to foster innovation, according to a Microsoft Canada survey conducted by... more
Microsoft buys More Than Half A Million IPv4 Addresses From Nortel
In the Nortel bankruptcy proceeding which seems to never conclude, it seems there is still some interest to be wrung from it. As part of the bankruptcy settlement, Microsoft has agreed to purchase... more
Microsoft hosts IE9 and WP7 Boot Camps
Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Phone 7 are two Microsoft technologies that have taken a lot of people by surprise. People expected them to be mere incremental releases rather than what they... more
RIM looks to integrate with Microsoft in the cloud-based services
Research in Motion is looking to enter the cloud space. A senior executive from the Waterloo-based tech titan told The Globe and Mail that the company does indeed have plans to offer cloud-based... more
The Zune Player is officially dead. What does this mean for Microsoft?
So, Microsoft has killed the Zune Player, its rival to the iPod that flopped almost as embarrassingly as the Kin smartphones (only that they stretched out its agonizing lifespan to five years... more
$15k up for grabs in Microsoft’s Code Your Art Out Competition, Open Now
Up to $15,000 is on the line for the best app submitted for the Code Your Art Out coding competition launched by Microsoft on June 1st. The unique part of the competition is that Microsoft... more
Make Web Not War hits Vancouver in 2011 - tickets available now
Make Web Not War (MWNW) is coming Vancouver on May 6th and 7th and registration for the free tickets is now open. MWNW is one of Canada’s first cross-platform... more
Digging graves: Nokia-Windows combo phone won't be out until 2012
Is Nokia digging its own grave even deeper? The embattled tech titan has stated its Nokia Windows phones will be on the market in 2012 - and not specifically when in that year, either, which... more
How to win $10k from Microsoft - code a WinPhone app
Remember the last time Microsoft was nice to coders? It was earlier this year when it gave away free t-shirts to app developers who built the first Windows Phone jailbreaking tool... more
Web Central Station provides the tools to create a full web experience
For many web developers, a full web experience isn’t the important thing — it’s the only thing. With this in mind, Microsoft has launched a new web portal, Web Central Station,... more
Microsoft giving $10,000 to the best WP7 app developer
Microsoft is looking to give $10,000 to the developer of the best Windows Phone 7 app in their Great Canadian Apportunity contest. The competition is looking for the best apps by Canada’s... more
How to ensure your WP7 app is a success
So, you want to get your Windows Phone 7 app into the App Marketplace, eh? Well, how exactly are you going to do that? First of all, you’re going to want to get access to the Marketplace by... more
Windows Phone 7 rife with opportunities for app developers
App development has turned into something of a gold rush. Developers are looking to stake their claim wherever they can so they can carve out their own piece of the pie, and hopefully, strike... more
Student app developers ready to throw down at the Battle of the Apps
Microsoft is pitting student mobile developers against each other in a battle royale of app development, and is hoping that Windows 7 users will be the ultimate winners. Student developers and... more
RBC using Microsoft's Surface 2.0 to better educate customers
Lost in the mix of a bajillion other gadgets being debuted at CES 2011 was the release of Microsoft’s newest iteration of their Surface touch-screen computer. The new Surface has a bigger... more
Hotmail users' missing emails returned to their inboxes
Microsoft is calling the January 1st disappearances of hundreds of users’ emails from their Hotmail accounts a “limited issue.” Fear not, Hotmail users; your missing emails have... more
Microsoft donates 200 Kinect units to children's hospitals
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario was the site of a celebration of five years of cooperation between Microsoft and the Children’s Miracle Network today. The two organizations are... more
Further developments in i4i v. Microsoft: U.S. Supreme Court grants Microsoft a review of the case
A further development came today in the long-running legal battle between Toronto’s i4i and Microsoft. The courtroom battle is over a patent violation; i4i claims that versions of Microsoft... more
Hear the story of how Windows Phone's UI was designed December 7
The Metro design language, used by the Windows Phone, is the subject of a presentation and networking session presented by Microsoft and Habanero on December 7th called “Modern Mobile Design... more
Microsoft going on tour to help app developers master Windows 7
If you’re developing apps for Windows 7, you want to make sure your users will have the most complete, enjoyable experience possible. But to do that, you need to make sure you know all the... more
Eight Canadian teachers honoured for bringing technology into the classroom at the 2010 Worldwide Innovative Education Forum
Microsoft honoured eight Canadian teachers among over 500 educators in attendance at the 2010 Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The accolades were in recognition of... more
Microsoft Canada's Take Back the Net campaign about empowering victims of cyber bullying
Cyber bullying has been in the news a lot these days (sadly), and individuals, organizations and even companies, in Canada and around the world, are taking action. Today was the start of National... more
Calgary's Poynt App selected as Canadian Launch Partner for Windows Phone 7
Calgary's Poynt Corporation (formerly Multiplied Media) announced today that their Poynt Local Search application is available for Windows Phone 7 and was selected as a launch partner in Canada.... more
Smile for the camera: where could Microsoft go with Kinect-style technology?
Microsoft’s Kinect, the motion-sensing peripheral for Xbox 360, has met with strong acclaim since its debut last week. But could Kinect be only the first step in a wider product rollout from... more
Windows Phone 7 phones released in Canada today
Handsets powered by the new Windows Phone 7 software went on sale across Canada today as Microsoft tries to win market share in the mobile phone space. In Canada, the Big Three big launched a... more
Taking aim at Apple - Microsoft Store opens in Minnesota
Microsoft's latest answer to the Apple Store finally arrived this morning with the another one of the tech giant's Microsoft Stores literally "facing-up" to the Apple Store from across the... more
'Facebook for the enterprise': Microsoft Office now in the cloud with new Office 365 [video]
Microsoft has now launched a completely online edition of its popular Office suite of applications. The new service is called Office 365. It's available as a limited test currently. It will... more
Polar Mobile to develop 500 new apps for Windows Phone 7
Microsoft seems to be hitting the ground running, swinging and body-checking in all directions. With the spectacular failure of its Windows Mobile and "Kin" marring the company's stock prospects in... more
Microsoft chooses Polar Mobile for Window Phone 7 apps
Toronto's Polar Mobile continues to rack up new clients and press. Yesterday the Globe and Mail reported that Microsoft has tapped the Canadian app developer to build a slew of new software for... more
Bing and Facebook team up to make social searching a reality
Microsoft’s Bing search engine users are now getting some help from friends — that is, their Facebook friends. Starting Wednesday, Bing will tie into users’ Facebook profiles in... more
Vancouver: Wonders Start Here [video]
BCIC's CONNECT Conference took place tonight in Vancouver and it was an unqualified success. The SOLD-OUT event took place at the new Convention Centre and prior to Lane Merrifield's keynote... more
7 Reasons the Windows Phone 7 will dominate
On Canadian Thanksgiving, Microsoft announced the global unveiling of the Windows Phone 7.  We announced this news on Techvibes.  Today, we share with you 7 reasons the Windows Phone 7... more
Windows 7 phones coming to Canada
Today, Microsoft finally revealed their new Windows Phone 7 handset.  We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets.  Microsoft and its partners are... more
Thanksgiving Day Tech Roundup
We know you're going to be really busy on Thanksgiving today, but why pass up on your daily dose of sizzling hot tech news? Have both. Here are some top tech stories to get your grey matter... more
Christmas gets tablet-crazy: Microsoft announces Windows slates by holiday season
As Microsoft struggles for relevance in the fast-paced, highly competitive portable device market, chief exec Steve Ballmer promised a Microsoft slate tablet by the Christmas season. Does this mean... more
Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 9 beta
After 9 versions, will they finally have it right? Thoroughly revamping the browser's every aspect, including heavy focuses on web standards and HTML5, and a slew of new features, Microsoft's... more
Co-founder of Microsoft is suing Facebook, Google, Apple, eBay, and more
Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft (but has since left), has filed lawsuits against  AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube (owned by... more
#growconf | A timelined summary of 'Day 2: Inspire' at GROW 2010 (Part 4 of 4)
August 20, 2010. Day 2, Inspire: The GROW Conference will provide inspiration for turning today's entrepreneurs into tomorrow's leaders. Speakers include founders of... more
News in Short: Internet Explorer 9 beta coming this September, Twitter adds feature on who to follow
Microsoft progresses with IE 9 Microsoft CEO Kevin Turner announced this week that their forthcoming upgrade to the dying legend that is Internet Explorer, version 9, will open beta in September.... more
Bootup on getting acquired by Microsoft
Since 2005, Microsoft has acquired an average of 10 companies per year and purchased stakes in several companies valued at over $1 Billion. On August 12th, the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society is... more
News in Short: Microsoft previews amazing new map street viewer, people caught in limbo between print and web
  Microsoft sneak peaks its Street Slide technology Software giant Microsoft's latest project has the potential to make Google's renowned street view look antiquated (who'd have thunk it... more
Microsoft's Ballmer announces Windows 7 powered Slate
Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference is now in full-swing in Washington, DC. And the first announcement from CEO Steve Ballmer?  That Microsoft will be releasing Windows-powered... more
Predictions for Microsoft WPC 2010
Chris Day is the President & CEO of Vancouver's Fully Managed and a Techvibes Guest Contributor.  This blog post was published on July 9th on Fully Managed's blog. We are just about... more
WordStream adds a free negative keyword tool to its roster
WordStream, a provider of keyword tools for pay-per-click and search engine optimization efforts, today releases its "Free Negative Keyword Tool"—yes, that's the official name.... more
Microsoft leads program to help respond to data theft more quickly
Microsoft is spearheading an initiative designed to "provide a trusted way for researchers to report stolen credit card numbers and other data they've found in the dark corners of the... more
Microsoft's IE8 lets you to shop and bank online with confidence
In 10 years - or less - every transaction will be made online. This is online payment giant PayPal's recent prediction (PayPal already has 84 million users worldwide and is by no means the only... more
Bing photo contest encourages Canadians to put their town on the map
Microsoft Canada, Walmart PhotoCentre, and Kodak Canada are running a photo contest called Put Your Town on the Map with Bing. Canadians are urged to submit photos they have snapped of their... more
Spotlight on the award winning Omnivex moxie
Omnivex Corporation, which specializes in display management software solutions for digital signage was chosen from eight finalist submissions made by independent software developers across... more
Cross Platform Collaboration in Motion = Web Not War
If, at its core, design experience is a means to realizing viable outcomes within businesses, communities, and the lives of individuals, then transparent discourse, is the currency at... more
Vancouver students create innovative, award-winning app using open data
Combining Vancouver City's Open Data Catalogue and the forces of Microsoft's Silverlight and the Bing Maps API, grad students at Great Northern Way Campus in Vancouver... more
Microsoft's IE attempts to regain browser dominance over Firefox, Chrome
Will HTML5 change the playing field of web browser domination? Internet Explorer, which has lagged incredibly far behind leading competitors Firefox and Google Chrome, anticipates a legitimate... more
As Canada's Internet use soars, Microsoft Canada safeguards
Following the initial launch of the campaign, Browse with Confidence, Microsoft's campaign for internet safety and security, has created a YouTube channel. According to a recent report by... more
Microsoft Canada launches Browse with Confidence campaign
Microsoft Canada launched a campaign called Browse with Confidence on Monday the 10th. The campaign is based around the website, which promotes safe web browsing. “Canadians are among... more
Make Web Not War 2010 - Cross Platform Web Conference in Montreal
Come join web developers from all over Canada at the Make Web Not War (MWNW 2010) conference in Montreal on May 27th to talk about the ever-evolving web - discover new platforms, enter the... more
Microsoft Blue Sky Awards - Submissions close on April 30th!
Are you a developer, ISV or part of an emerging start up? Then make sure you check out the Blue Sky Innovation Awards as submission for this year's contest is closing on April... more
Microsoft's WebsiteSpark offers up prizes
Are you a web developer that would use Microsoft technologies if only they didn’t cost so much? WebsiteSpark is here to help. If you run or work at a small web design or development firm,... more
Microsoft TechDays 2010
I’m excited to share the news that TechDays, Microsoft’s training conference for IT professionals and developers, is coming back for a third year! Last year’s tour across Canada... more
Under the Office Security Kimono at CanSecWest
Tom Gallagher, the senior security test lead for Office Trustworthy Computing, and David Conger, a Microsoft Access software engineer, peered “Under the Kimono of Office Security... more
Twestival Toronto sponsor spotlight - Microsoft Canada
If you still haven't purchased a ticket to the social media event of the spring don't wait any longer.  Twestival Toronto promises to be the biggest Twestival  to date.  As part of... more
Goldfish and Microsoft host Vancouver Open Data Shindig
Bloggers, open source aficionados and virtual map makers descended upon Goldfish, Yaletown's upscale seafood restaurant last night to attend the Open Data Vancouver Shindig, a showcase for the... more
Ask the experts at 'Ignite Your Venture'
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur looking for community support and industry insights? In the world of the entrepreneur, collaboration is key and keeping up to speed on the most relevant vehicles to... more
Web Apps from Microsoft's WebsiteSpark Program
If you run or work at a small web design or development firm, Microsoft's WebsiteSpark program is worth looking in to. WebsiteSpark is Microsoft’s global program dedicated to helping small... more
Ignite your Coding, brought to you by Microsoft Canada!
Microsoft Canada is presenting Ignite your coding; a program designed for technical professionals, to help in support with career development, practical skills and business... more
WebsiteSpark is Coming to a Community Event Near You
Microsoft is taking their WebsiteSpark program on the road and attending a number of upcoming community events in Montreal and Toronto. What's WebsiteSpark you ask? WebsiteSpark is... more
Microsoft announces its Blue Sky Innovation Awards - Open for Submission!
Microsoft Canada has recently launched its 3rd annual Blue Sky innovation awards, aimed at ISVs, Developers and Software/Web start-ups. According to Microsoft Partner Marketing Manager Carmen... more
Web Apps from Microsoft's WebsiteSpark Program
If you run or work at a small web design or development firm, Microsoft's WebsiteSpark program is worth looking in to. WebsiteSpark is Microsoft’s global program dedicated to helping small... more
Microsoft Partner Network: Greenlight contest is LAUNCHED!
Microsoft's partner network has just launched the Greenlight contest: Get the Greenlight!  With the amazing buzz and response around Windows 7 this contest comes at an interesting and... more
Attention Web Designers: Check out WebsiteSpark
If you run or work at a small web design or development firm, Microsoft's WebsiteSpark program is worth looking in to. WebsiteSpark is Microsoft’s global program dedicated to helping small... more
Bill Gates now tweeting
The world's most famous geek is now tweeting. Sometime yesterday the founder of Microsoft joined the micro-blogging site Twitter.  His first tweet was, "Hello world". In his bio section, Bill... more
Sadi Khan, Program Manager at Microsoft, on Obsession
Sadi Khan is a recent graduate of Waterloo University.  As such, he is able to bring a very unique perspective on some of the success principles he has discovered which has enabled him to make... more
Canadian Financing Forum panels announced
Vancouver's Canadian Financing Forum is coming up in two weeks on January 28th and the panel sessions are shaping up. The Keynote Luncheon panel "Smart Grid and Energy efficiency Initiatives" will... more
Toronto-based i4i Inc. wins Microsoft appeal
Toronto-based i4i Inc. today won a U.S. federal appeals decision worth US$290-million judgement against Microsoft Corp. The ruling also includes an injunction, set to go into effect Jan. 11, that... more
Tech Companies BIG and small named Best Places to Work
BC Business Magazine has named the Best Companies to Work for in BC and the Vancouver tech community is well represented. In the Companies with Fewer than 100 Employees category, Strangeloop... more
Jon Gelsey tells you How to sell a company to Microsoft.
Gelsey is the post-lunch speaker at BVF this year and started off by reminding people about Bizspark and www.bing.com/developer. Gelsey thinks that to outsiders, the acquisition process is pretty... more
How NOT to get VC money
When approaching a potential venture capitalist with your brilliant new start-up idea, don't tell you've got a great idea they should fund but demand they sign a non-disclosure agreement to learn... more
Mircosoft Tech Days presents Demo Ignite Camp with Joey DeVilla
Microsoft Tech Days is back! And so is Internet superstar and accordion virtuoso Joey DeVilla, running Demo Ignite Days. Microsoft has the space for 2 days, so on September 14th the evening will be... more
More on Toronto-based i4i vs Microsoft
Microsoft won a temporary reprieve against an injunction that prohibited it from selling Word in the US as a result of a protracted patent infringement battle against Toronto-based i4i. The stakes... more
Bing Leads In Successful Canadian Searches
Hitwise reported recently that Bing is leading in "successful" web searches performed by Canadians, above Yahoo and Google. In a previous report, Hitwise had found that only 70% of Canadian... more
Bell and Microsoft decide to split
Earlier this month Dave Forde of Profectio hinted that Bell Canada and Microsoft were quietly working in the background trying to dissolve their Sympatico MSN partnership. Today Bell announced the... more
Microsoft Office Back To School Promo for Students
If you are heading back to school at the end of the month, or that old university e-mail address is still functioning, you are eligible for Microsoft’s ‘Ultimate Steal’ promotion.... more
Bing.ca Upgraded To Show More Canadian-Relevant Content
Just heard from the folks over at Bing that their Canadian homepage (at www.bing.ca) has been updated to show Canadian-relevant highlights below the image being displayed (which changes... more
Microsoft lawsuit targets Vancouver Click Fraudsters
The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Microsoft Corp has filed a lawsuit against three Vancouverites that it alleges committed a form of "click fraud" by improperly manipulating... more
Microsoft’s Richmond Development Centre looking for a new leader
BIV's Curt Cherewayko had an interesting story online yesterday. Parminder Singh, the Managing Director of Microsoft’s Development Centre in Richmond, has departed and is pursuing other... more
Video Interview with MicroSoft - What's All The Hype About BING?
Paul Marek of 3RING.com, corresponding live from Search Engine Strategies Toronto '09 Video interview with Melanie Martin of MicroSoft explaining some of the features of MicroSoft's new "decision... more
Are You Bing-ing It Yet ? - Two Thumbs Up For Microsoft's New Search Engine
Microsoft's newest iteration of Live Search, earlier codenamed Kumo, finally launched this week under the "Bing" brand. Check it out at www.bing.com (or Canadian version at www.bing.ca). Almost... more
Moving to Microsoft is Big for Hardt
BIV's Curt Cherewayko wrote this week about Canadians Moving to Microsoft and not surprisingly sound of the best quotes come from entrepreneur Dick Hardt of ActiveState and Sxip Identity fame.... more
Infusion Angel’s Windows Azure Event Tomorrow
Cloud computing has been getting a good deal of media attention recently, one can scarcely go a day without seeing the term used. Much like the term “Web 2.0” the meaning of... more
Microsoft acquires Vancouver's Big Park
Microsoft announced yesterday that it is acquiring Vancouver video game developer BigPark. The stealthy BigPark (thanks in part to its odd UBC location) was created by Electronic Arts alumni Erik... more
Attack and Defend on the Net
Know your enemy and know yourself, find naught in fear for 100 battles. Sun Tzu’s advice is as true as ever, particularly when we apply it to the cyber-war going on right now, according to... more
Hack and Defend Workshop winners
Microsoft Canada is hosting an invite-only Hack and Defend Workshop this Thursday in Vancouver and they gave Techvibes five spots to give away to our readers. Have you ever wondered how hackers... more
Microsoft Office upgrade for Vancouver?
Have you seen the Microsoft buses scooting around downtown Vancouver? Well, it turns out that most of the unmarried and carless developers from around the world (check out the video below) that... more
Microsoft hosts Hack and Defend Workshop - 5 free tickets available
Microsoft Canada is hosting an invite-only Hack and Defend Workshop in Vancouver on May 7th and Techvibes has got five spots to give away to our readers. Have you ever wondered how hackers gain... more
Mesh '09: Microsoft's OCAD Announcement
Microsoft Canada announced a design innovation collaboration with the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and also donated a Surface Computer to them.    more
Forbes Names 2009 Tech Billionaires and Their Losses
Forbes has named its world of billionaires once again.  Out of the list, the 40 tech billionaires collectively lost $81.5 billion compared to their standing on last year's list. Who are some... more
Microsoft Launching Security Awareness Campaign
Microsoft is rolling out a more aggressive cyber security awareness campaign in 2009, says Microsoft Security Team specialist Mohammad Akif, talking with Techvibes in Vancouver. "Security threats... more
Infusion Angels Presents Independents Day
If you are interested in gaming there is a great event happening today at the University of Waterloo. Infusion Angels and Microsoft have teamed up for an event geared towards those interested in... more
Joey DeVilla gets sworn in at Microsoft Tech Days
In addition to running around filming the day's events at Microsoft Tech Days, I also had a chance to film a swearing in ceremony for Joey Devilla, who just finished his probationary period at... more
Video (& accordion) from from Microsoft Tech Days in Vancouver
Techvibes Blogger Warren Frey has been at Microsoft Tech Days 2008 in Vancouver over the past couple days and brought his video camera with him to catch some of the action. Check out this video... more
How to be a Silverlight Samurai at Microsoft Tech Days
Silverlight, Microsoft’s answer to Flash, was front and centre at day two of Microsoft Tech Days, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Where the first iteration of Silverlight was... more
Joey Devilla spreads the gospel at Microsoft Tech Days
Joey Devilla, the well-known blogger and Accordion Guy, was on hand to dispense both music and advice on integrating AJAX and ASP.NET at Microsoft Tech Days 2008, held January 21st and 22nd at the... more
Women and IT at Microsoft Tech Days
Qixing Zheng is a Microsoft User Experience Advisor. But she's also the driving force at Microsoft behind both encouraging more women to join IT and to help them gain acceptance once they’ve... more
Mark Arteaga on A Platform in your Pocket at Microsoft Tech Days
While the smartphone market has grown exponentially with the advent of the iPhone, Blackberries and even the nascent Android platform, not much has been heard about Windows Mobile. But that’s... more
Three FREE tickets to Microsoft Tech•Days in Vancouver
Microsoft Canada has been kind enough to pass along three FREE passes for Tech•Days Canada 2008 in Vancouver. With up to forty 200+ level sessions, TechDays is the learning conference on... more
Tech•Days Vancouver: Buy 3 Tickets, Get a 4th Free
Next week Microsoft is hosting Tech•Days 2008 on January 21st & 22nd, where the rich learning experience of Tech•Ed is brought to the Vancouver Convention Centre. With a customizable... more
Tech•Days Vancouver: Buy Three, Get a 4th Ticket Free
This January 21-22nd, Microsoft is excited to present Tech•Days 2008, where the rich learning experience of Tech•Ed is brought to the Vancouver Convention Centre. With a customizable... more
Microsoft Tech•Days comes to Vancouver
Microsoft's Tech•Days 2008 Vancouver takes place on January 21st & 22nd at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Tech•Days brings the rich learning experience of Tech•Ed without the... more
Microsoft's Blue Sky Innovation Competition
Microsoft is once again launching its Blue Sky competition for developers with ground breaking software. Any application made in Canada is eligible for entry, providing some Microsoft technology... more
Dick Hardt joins Microsoft
Vancouver's Dick Hardt has announced on his Identity 2.0 blog that he is joining Microsoft as a Partner Architect tasked with working on consumer, enterprise and government identity problems.... more
Microsoft Enters Cloud Computing Game With Windows Azure
Azure: a light purplish-blue, or sky blue. Also, a small town in Montana, a model of Bentley automobiles, and a song by Duke Ellington. Today, a new definition can be added: Microsoft's cloud... more
Was 'SeinfeldGates' a viral success or failure?
Marketing virally is a slippery slope, and invariably it's those that have no inclination towards creating something viral that experience the success that the "professionals" so strive for. ... more
Microsoft builds bridges from Redmond to Richmond, and through bogs
CTV News ran a happy-feely story about employees of the recently established Microsoft development centre in Richmond giving back to the community by building a boardwalk through a bog. Wearing... more

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