At the recent Lumia 530 launch in Jakarta, employees of Microsoft Devices kept correcting journalists who referred to the company as Nokia. They’re really eager to disassociate themselves with their old employers despite the products still bearing that name, although according to recent reports, that branding is going away very soon, and perhaps for the better.

Windows Phone 8 has an album for Screenshots

Since Windows Phone 8 has the ability to take screenshots by pressing the power button and the home button together (sounds familiar?) the photos have to go somewhere. On iOS, these go to Camera Roll, mixed with photos taken using the device’s camera, causing a lot of grief to those who prefer to have their screenshots collected separately. On Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has made it so that screenshots go to their own album and these don’t get uploaded or synchronized to SkyDrive, at least not automatically. You have to manually send photos to SkyDrive from the Screenshots album.

The Saved Photos album is for photos or images generated by apps. Unless it’s a photo edited directly from Camera Roll using the built in editing tools, edited photos end up in this album. These don’t get synchronized to SkyDrive unless you make it so. If you do, the Saved Photos folder gets stored under Pictures on SkyDrive.

Images manually saved to SkyDrive from these albums go to a folder called Mobile Uploads, which you can also access from the Photos app on Windows Phone 8.

Yes it can get a little confusing but basically all photos except those in the Screenshots album get synchronized to SkyDrive if you activate the option.

This morning I found out that Google is removing support for Exchange Active Sync. This essentially cuts off proper Gmail services to Windows Phone. As the creator of Exchange, Microsoft isn’t keen on supporting the open alternatives to Exchange services but without such support, all consumers considering Windows Phone will hear is, “Windows Phone doesn’t do Gmail” or “Gmail sucks on Windows Phone” and then they’ll go running to iPhone or Android.

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HTC is launching its Windows Phone phones here well before the others and having used the 8X briefly, it’s very hard to resist. It’s slim, incredibly light, and looks very, very attractive. The rubbery enclosure is a godsend for those who tend to drop their phones since it gives a very good grip. The camera on the 8X works really well on its own, pictures come out great and the macro can be really tight, but Nokia just has better camera support.

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Microsoft rebrands Windows Phone Marketplace to Windows Phone Store

There is no longer a market, simply a store

At least “Store” may have a shot of fitting on the screen. I’m sure some people will wonder what happened to “rketpla” though. 

  1. Camera: Nikon D7000
  2. Aperture: f/3.2
  3. Exposure: 1/1000th
  4. Focal Length: 40mm

What Microsoft’s announcement on Monday really boils down to.

Microsoft announced its own brand of tablets on Monday in Los Angeles. Called the Microsoft Surface, it comes in two variants, one running Windows RT, powered by an ARM processor, another running the full Windows 8 Pro environment with an Intel processor on board. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Microsoft Surface was a touchscreen table (yes, table) which was released in 2007. The current version of that table has been renamed PixelSense.

How is the Surface different from the iPad? To begin with, it has a built in kickstand, a 10.6 inch high definition screen with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, and has a Windows logo on it (some people might miss this fact, really). It also has a USB and microSD ports as well as digital video connectors. Microsoft showed off the accompanying screen cover which doubles as an integrated keyboard and touchpad as well as a pen for the Pro version. Surface for RT will come in 32 and 64 GB versions while the Pro model gets a 64 and 128 GB options.

With Surface, Microsoft has decided to enter the hardware space for personal computers and compete with its own hardware partners in delivering devices running Windows 8. Previously it was more than happy to deliver just the software while letting partners figure out hardware manufacturing and assembly, but ever since the tablet market ran away without caring about Windows, Microsoft probably felt that it needed to rectify the situation.

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Speaking of change, Microsoft changed its Windows logo again. This time from the now familiar flag to an actual window which harks back to the logo of Windows 1 but adopting the new Metro look introduced in the company’s Windows Phone 7 operating system for mobile.

Even its creator can’t wait until it goes away completely. If you’re still using IE 6 (or even IE5 -shudder) time to take a look at your browser policy and follow the lead. The world has moved on to far better things, if you haven’t, what’s taking you so long?

So as we kick off 2012, we call on the rest of the world – make it your new year’s resolution to end IE6

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