Google and Microsoft have a history of not exactly being on the most amicable of terms. Like any good technology company, they've reluctantly worked and existed within the same sphere together, but that's about the gist of it. There's no love lost between them. That's why when Google began redirecting Windows Phone users to the homepage rather than Google Maps, folks were quick to cry foul. Google never supported Internet Explorer on Windows Phone, but that doesn't mean their redirect isn't silly.
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Look, we're just as excited as the next geek blog that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film adaptation appears to be chugging along nicely. We love Sir Ian McKellen, and it's hard to dislike Martin Freeman. That doesn't mean we're immediately going to buy anything and everything that's somehow associated with the movie. Microsoft appears to disagree. They've inked a deal with Warner Bros. that allows the technology giant to use the characters for Windows Phone 8 advertising, because everyone clearly associates The Hobbit with phones.
Microsoft's annual company meeting had a few surprises in store for the tech giant's employees, which is itself kind of surprising given that there are some 90,000 plus of them. You'd think that it'd be hard to surprise that many folks, what with leaks being what they are these days. Even so, that's just what Microsoft did when it announced that all employees would be getting an updated Windows 8 work computer, receiving a Windows Phone 8, and full-time employees also get a Surface RT tablet.