Review Category : Microsoft

After correctly predicting FIFA football world cup winner and many others, Bing Predicts is now back again for a new season of Dancing with the Stars contest in the US. In addition to predictions, Bing also offers more about your favorite contestants with a snapshot of helpful information available on the results page. Once again, we will be employing a variety of different signals including search queries and social input from Facebook and Twitter to predict the eliminations and top performers. Last season, we were able to predict all but one of the eliminations during show’s run. To see where you favorite contestant stacks up, simply search for DWTS or any related query to the show and the contestants. Here are two sample queries you can try on Bing {DWTS predictions} or {DWTS}. Source: Bing ...

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Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts which is home to 80 middle school students and 450 upper school students representing 27 U.S. states and 27 countries has chosen Surface Pro as their device for their students and the faculty. This empowers students and educators with 1:1 learning. “We have tried and tested different products from different vendors, [but] we settled quite quickly on the Microsoft Surface device,” says Paul Wade, ICT Support Manager at St. Mary’s College. “The key issues for us were the ease of use, the fact that they are so intuitive, the fact that they are so user friendly and really the fact that the pupils and the staff using them don’t need that much support and don’t need that much training.” So, instead of trudging to school uphill both ways in the snow with a 20-pound backpack, kids these days are “enlightened students” – reading, writing, and creating ...

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Yesterday is National Backpack Awareness Day in the US which was founded by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to raise awareness around how the total weight in your bag can have a negative impact on your health, including the type of bag you choose and how you wear it. It is shocking to hear that more than 22,000 people were treated for backpack-related injuries in the United States last year and it is recommended to carry backpack that weigh no more than 10% of your bodyweight. Official Surface blog highlighted this issue in their blog and suggested that Surface Pro 3 might solve this problem for many. Surface Pro 3 can replace your tablet, a laptop, notebook and pen, text books and more. Read the full post here on how Surface Pro 3 may lighten your back pack. In addition to this, they have announced a contest in the ...

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In an interview to Videogamer.com, 343 Industries revealed that they have not ruled out the possibility of bringing Halo Reach and Halo 3: ODST to Xbox One in the future, and so many people “have asked about it that we are thinking about it”. “With Halo 5 coming out we really wanted to focus on those Master Chief-centric games,” executive producer Dan Ayoub explained, discussing the reasons why the two games had been left out of Halo: The Master Chief Collection with us earlier this month. “That was part of it. Quite honestly, the other part of it was just disc space. We’re squeezing everything we can out of the available space for this thing. “What I can tell you is probably the biggest question we get from people is, what about ODST and Reach. What I can say is it’s certainly not in our development timeline or planning right now [but] ...

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Catch up on games you’ve always wanted to play with a growing library of free titles on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Since Games with Gold launched on Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million people have enjoyed great free games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing Games with Gold titles. As part of Games with Gold program for this month, blockbuster title Halo: Reach is now available for free to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360. Halo: Reach is the blockbuster prequel to the landmark Halo video game franchise. The planet Reach is humanity’s last line of defense between the encroaching Covenant and their ultimate goal, the destruction of Earth. Download it here from Xbox Store from your Xbox 360. ...

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Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet is now available for just $279 from Newegg. Grab it before it goes out of stock! Get a 10.1-inch Full HD display with enhanced screen readability, 4G LTE connectivity, super-fast charging, and a 6.7 MP camera with ZEISS optics. This beautiful tablet also comes with built-in Microsoft Office 2013 RT, which includes Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, letting you boost your productivity wherever you choose to work from. Go to Newegg here to order your Lumia 2520 today. Find the Microsoft store links below where the device is on sale for the original price of $399, Nokia Power Keyboard for Lumia 2520 for AT&T (Black) – $149.99 Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) – $399 via: MyNokiaBlog ...

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NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution is now available for download from Xbox Store for Xbox 360 users. Game Description: The latest Naruto game with 100+ playable & support ninjas, the most content in the series & evolved battle system with team based play mechanics. Select from three types of teams & depending on the ninja chosen, you can perform Combo Ultimate Jutsu or be in a state of True Awakening! A new mode called Ninja World Tournament lets you battle 3 other ninja & the last one standing wins! Enjoy 50+ minutes of new animation & learn more info about the Creation of the Akatsuki, The Two Uchiha & more! Add the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution demo to your Xbox 360 download queue Buy it from Amazon here.   ...

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Back in March, Microsoft announced the OneNote Dev Center along with the release the new OneNote API. After listening to the feedback from developers, Microsoft today announce a refreshed OneNote Dev Center with new interactive documentation and improved site design to better find resources. In this update, you find a simple UI that lays out all the key development resources right on the homepage. We have made these resources much more discoverable and accessible. The other big change is the new interactive documentation, accessible via the api reference link. We have partnered with the nice folks from Apiary to roll out the new interactive reference documentation. Not only does the documentation has a modern look-and-feel, it also has a console built right into it so you can call the APIs from the documentation to try it out for yourself. In addition, the new interactive docs also have the ability to generate ...

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Age of Empires: Castle Siege game is now finally available for download from Windows Store for Windows tablets and PCs. Description: Age of Empires®: Castle Siege invites you to guide your empire through the Medieval Era on your Windows PC or touch screen device. Choose from one of several civilizations, including the Britons, Teutons, and Kievan Rus. Upgrade your keep, fortify your walls, and garrison defensive troops to protect yourself from marauders. Then, train an army to raid other cities, and command them in battle to dismantle your opponents’ defenses. Over the ages, you’ll research technology, live through famous battles, and recruit a variety of heroes to your side, including Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and Joan of Arc. Outsmart your attackers and outplay your victims to earn achievements and climb to the top of the leaderboards. Features: Develop your fortress through the ages, from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. ...

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Microsoft today announced the general availability of WinJS 3.0 which was announced earlier this year at BUILD developer conference. WinJS 3.0 now runs seamlessly across platforms and browsers so that developers can now use WinJS not only for Universal Windows Apps, but also for the web sites, and when building HTML-based mobile apps across various platforms using technologies like Apache Cordova. Major items we addressed in the 3.0 release includecross-platform infrastructure improvements for layout, keyboarding, string localization, and support for right-to-left languages; a comprehensive unit test suite that runs on our components for major operating systems and browsers; and design updates to the custom WinJS controls and intrinsic HTML controls ensure a consistent user experience on many platforms and browsers. WinJS offers the following, Cross-browser/cross-platform support spanning the most popular desktop and mobile browsers, as well as HTML-based app environments like Apache Cordova JavaScript modularization giving developers the control to optimize ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced the general availability of Azure AD Basic and Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync). AAD Basic is targeted towards deskless employees of organizations and it provides essential features like company branding, group-based application access and self-service password reset. Azure AAD sync simplifies the process of connecting Azure AD to Windows Server AD, including making it simple to connect complex, multi-forest deployments. It also enhances the single forest capabilities. The features included in Active Directory Basic are: Company branding – This feature enables you to add your company logo and color schemes to your organization’s Sign In and Access Panel pages. You also have the option to add localized versions of the logo for different languages and locales. For more information, see Add Company branding to your Sign In and Access Panel pages. Group-based application access – Easily manage user access to thousands of SaaS applications based ...

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Microsoft revamped their Xbox Live Rewards program last year. With Xbox Live Rewards, it’s easy to get rewarded for being loyal to Xbox Live. The more you use Xbox Live services, the more rewards you get. You get rewards for playing games, watching movies and more. For example, renewing your Xbox Live Gold membership  gets you 3,000 Rewards Credits, take monthly surveys (250 Credits) and more. Microsoft recently highlighted few information about the program, read it below. 1) It’s easy to use (you’re practically doing it already!) One of the nice things about the Xbox Live Rewards Program is that it rewards you for doing the stuff you’re already doing on your Xbox One and Xbox 360. Namely: playing games, watching movies, and using apps. It’s the easiest and most fun way to earn credit for games! 2) Payouts are automatic When your Xbox Live Rewards account reaches 5,000 Rewards Credits, ...

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Carlsberg group is now the fourth-largest brewer of beer in the world with a roster of 500 different brands. As they are expanding globally more than ever, they have chosen cutting-edge technology from Microsoft to centrally manage their operations around the world. They have selected Microsoft Office 365 as their complete productivity and collaboration solution that employees can use to connect with each other. “One way we are helping our employees work better together is by deploying Office 365,” said Etienne Dock, vice president of IT architecture and sourcing at Carlsberg. “No matter what device or distance, the cloud is breaking down traditional barriers so we’re better able to focus on brewing the best beer in the world.” Employees use Microsoft Exchange Online for email and calendaring; they take advantage of Microsoft Lync Online to connect via webconferencing and instant messaging; virtual teams are collaborating on projects using Microsoft SharePoint ...

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Microsoft already has a cloud platform called Azure. Thousands of organizations are already building and deploying their apps on this enterprise service. Back in April, a job listing revealed that Microsoft is developing a new product in which they will offer Windows as a Service. 1st and 3rd party service providers can also build on this Windows as a Service. Job description had the following information, We are a team focused on developing services that will power Microsoft’s ability to offer Windows as a Service. You will help will build the software platform that allow 1st and 3rd party service providers to onboard their services on to the Microsoft’s new consumer membership program. You will prototype and develop services that connect partners with consumers to offer an integrated Microsoft membership experience. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with multiple teams within Microsoft to strive toward the common goal ...

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In the past few years, Microsoft is making the testing on Internet Explorer a little easier by offering developers with the virtual machines, tools and offers available on modern.IE. Based on developers feedback, yesterday they announced few more additions to their offering. Microsoft has made available the VirtualBox versions of modern.IE’s test VM’s for Vagrant users in beta form so that they can automatically download and layout those images for development and testing purposes. This helps developers using Vagrant to automate the setup and configuration of their development environments to ensure consistency and repeatability standing up their project machines. Microsoft has partnered with Parallels to make the modern.IE VMs accessible from within their new VM wizard directly. Developers need not separately download the VM archive pieces to put them together. This handy access path provides the EULA and choice of IE/Windows versions directly in the product. As a special offer ...

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3D Builder app is an easy to use, free app for Windows 8.1 from Microsoft that helps you turn digital objects into physical ones. It also includes a library of example 3D objects to get you started. Today, this app received a major update with several new features. In the R5 version of 3D Builder, the following new features and enhancements are introduced: Cloud Print (buy a print online from 3D Systems) Overhauled main control, new selection control New trophy parts 3D models Windows RT support Save as STL Cloud Print option in an interesting one. Now you can print 3D models from the 3D Builder app without having to own a 3D printer, Microsoft partnered with 3D Systems to provide a cloud printing service that anyone can use. By clicking on the “Buy Print” button on the advanced options bar, you can seamlessly order a 3D print and have ...

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