The 'one more post before a long weekend' Microsoft roundup: WP7, Hulu, Skype and more

The 'one more post before a long weekend' Microsoft roundup: WP7, Hulu, Skype and more

Summary: Here's a roundup of Microsoft-related news items, including Windows Phone Marketplace connectivity issues; Microsoft rumored to be talking to Hulu about an acquisition; a possible Microsoft/Skype/Facebook deal and more.

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Just before the long Fourth of the July weekend begins here in the U.S., here are a few more Microsoft-related news items worth noting:

Microsoft is aware of Windows Phone (and Zune) connectivity issues: There have been all kinds of new and interesting Windows Phone 7 applications flooding into the Windows Phone Marketplace over the past few days. (Microsoft is now up to more than 25,000 Windows Phone apps.) But I -- and a number of other Windows Phone users are unable to get access to them because we can't get access to the Marketplace. I've been unable to see anything in the Marketplace on my HTC 7 Trophy on Verizon for several hours. I also have been unable to access almost any content via Zune since this morning, and have been getting weird server connectivity error messages. What's going on? The only word I've gotten from Microsoft (around 3 p.m. ET today) is“We’re aware that some customers are having trouble installing apps from Windows Phone Marketplace and are investigating the issue.”

Update (July 5): I never did hear back from any Microsoft reps, but access seems to have been restored to the Marketplace and Zune services some time late Friday, July 1. Microsoft in talks to buy Hulu? The Los Angeles Times is reporting everyone and her sister -- well, actually "just" Google, Microsoft and Yahoo -- have been talking with Hulu about a possible acquisition. Hulu is trying to drum up interest in a sale and is making "presentations to the potential suitors," the Times said. The Times also said that Hulu has received an "overture from Yahoo." Microsoft already has a deal with Hulu involving Xbox Live. But the Redmondians are famous for jumping in at the last minute to keep certain purchases out of Google's hands. So who knows what may/may not happen.

More Microsoft-Facebook love (this time with Skype added into the mix)? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been making no bones about Facebook's plan to launch something super awesome next week. TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook will launch a new video chat product, powered by Skype, that will work in a browser. That would be one way to try to head off Google+. And yet one more tie-up between Microsoft (via its still to be finally approved Skype acquisition) and Facebook. Not sure about you, but the last thing I need in my life right now is YASN (yet another social network)....

Windows Thin PC is now available for download: As promised, Microsoft has made available to its Software Assurance volume licensees the final version of Windows Thin PC for download as of July 1. Based on Windows 7, Windows Thin PC allows users to repurpose older PCs as thin clients.

Happy Fourth to all my U.S. readers. And happy weekend to one and all.

Topics: Windows, Collaboration, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Social Enterprise

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Access to Marketplace

    I finally got into Marketplace (HTC Trophy on Verizon) just a few minutes ago.
    grayknight-22253692004129760887070084760051
  • RE: The 'one more post before a long weekend' Microsoft roundup: WP7, Hulu, Skype and more

    Yahoo has money?
    frankwick
    • Has money?

      @frankwick YES.

      I think Yahoo is most interested. Google is off table, don't kid yourself. That means, MSFT is in no rush.
      jk_10
  • Before Apple trolls show up....

    iTunes store is often down.
    MSFTWorshipper
  • Concise news

    I like this concise news bits with all necessary key links! thanks
    Arun (sreearun)
  • RE: The 'one more post before a long weekend' Microsoft roundup: WP7, Hulu, Skype and more

    I installed Mango beta on my HTC Mozart and am very impressed. The best bit is that I can now run all our web apps (that run on everything exzcept iOS) on the WP7 phone. Unlike Apple, MS has implemented HTML 5 with autoplay on the audio and video tags. In fact, as far as we can see it is exactly like IE9 on the PC.
    tonymcs@...
  • RE: The 'one more post before a long weekend' Microsoft roundup: WP7, Hulu, Skype and more

    To me Yahoo is better than any similar service. I probably just got used to it better.


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