The technology press is abuzz this morning after Bloomberg published an article concerning what Nokia’s – and soon Microsoft’s again! – Stephen Elop would do to reform Microsoft should he be selected as its next CEO. He is widely tipped as a leading candidate for that role as he is set to return to Microsoft as an executive vice president once the sale of Nokia’s hardware business to the Redmond-based software giant is consummated.
The piece is interesting because it makes a number of claims concerning Elop’s plans for Microsoft that seem slightly odd. Elop, 49, is not an idiot, of course. But if this is his vision, and it could be, I don’t understand it.
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Microsoft is taking a new approach to its lack of Windows Phone apps. The software maker has started publishing Windows Phone apps for websites like Lowe’s, TMZ, and J.Crew that are simply the mobile version of the sites packaged into a Windows Phone app. In a move that ZDNet notes is part of Microsoft’s WebApps team, there’s over 40 web apps published that are designed to look like Windows Phone apps.
A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed the apps are published by the company, noting that they’re not designed to replace native apps. “We are helping people access great mobile experiences on Windows Phone by creating pinnable Web Apps that show up in the app list,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. “In most cases we hope that usage of the Web App will encourage the ISV to publish its own native app.”
via The Verge.
Microsoft and Klout extended their partnership Friday with the introduction of new Klout-verified photos on Bing.
Now when people search for you on Bing you can dictate what photo shows up in search results. You can also add links to your social media profiles, as well as your pubic personal summery on LinkedIn.
Photos and summary information are brought in only if you have a Klout account connected to your LinkedIn profile. If your Klout account is also connected to Twitter, then your two most influential public tweets over the past seven days will also be displayed below your profile. If your Instagram account is connected as well, then your most influential Instagram photos from the past 90 days will also be displayed.
Bing originally partnered with Klout in September of last year. At launch, the feature simply displayed a person’s Klout score in search results. In May of this year the two companies furthered the partnership by having Klout users answer commonly-searched questions based on their expertise, that are then displayed within search results.