Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft Bing team today announced enhancements to the technical search terms mostly used by developers and students. They have made two main improvements, first is making code search & API reference easier on Bing and the second is Bing now understands developer queries containing non-alphanumeric characters. One of the common tasks in a programmer’s life is learning about new APIs. The best way to learn about an API is to see a description and an example of how it is being used. More importantly, seeing the actual code is critical for programmers.  In many cases, this information is buried in the API documentation requiring additional steps. In the above example a programmer queried for C# hashtable method. As you can see without even going into the MSDN page, user can know about the use this method, can even copy paste the code and start using it. Technical developer queries often contain ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox One users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain will be able to experience premium live TV features on Xbox One, such as the ability to access your favorite shows and channels with the sound of your voice* through the OneGuide, with the new Xbox One Digital TV Tuner. The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner will be available beginning late October in the UK for ₤24.99, and France, Italy, Germany and Spain for €29.99. Following are the list of capabilities enabled by the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner: •Watch HD TV on Xbox One: With the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, you can watch free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C television channels without changing TV inputs. You can receive game invitations and notifications while watching TV and even watch TV while you wait for a multiplayer match to start. •TV Viewing in Snap Mode: You ...

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In between advising current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his philanthropic endeavors, Bill Gates was spotted on a family vacation off the coast Italy near Porto Cervo, Sardinia. According to a new report: Gates — along with his wife Melinda and their kids Rory, Jennifer and Phoebe — knocked a few balls around in Porto Cervo, Sardinia before being flown back to the massive yacht they’re renting. After that, the family went through a rack of wet suits (because who doesn’t keep their wet suits on a clothes rack?) before taking a dip in the Mediterranean Sea and hopping on jet skis. Safe to say his summer is probably better than yours.   h/t tmz ...

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Microsoft continues to expand its existing retail footprint in the U.S., offering an assortment of best-in-class products, including Windows 8.1 PCs, Surface Pro 3, Windows Phones, Xbox One, Microsoft Office 365 and more. Customers also receive end-to-end service with an Answer Desk and knowledgeable staff to answer questions, make recommendations, and help with PC setups and other services, so they can walk out the door with a product that’s ready to run. CEO Satya Nadella during the earnings call said that they will ensure disciplined financial execution related to Microsoft Store. Even though Microsoft has over 60 retail stores across the US, they are yet to open a store in New York City. As per the report from Daily News, Microsoft is planning to open its retail store at 677 Fifth Ave. near 53rd St., which is one of the top retail corridor in the country and more importantly it is ...

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You can now stream all 2014 NFL Preseason games on your Windows 8/RT devices using this new app. You can watch entire NFL games from snap to whistle in approximately 30 minutes, view scores from around the league (Includes the option to turn scores on and off), full box scores of archived games and stats for your favorite NFL players and more. It requires a paid subscription to NFL Preseason Live. Description: Can’t get enough football? Watch every NFL Preseason game live† or on demand in HD with a subscription to NFL Preseason Live. Tune in to see football games from every team for the 2014 Preseason not available anywhere else. All from your Windows Surface. With NFL Preseason Live, you can follow your favorite team(s) and catch all the excitement with features such as: - Live and On-Demand Football Games: Stream all 2014 NFL Preseason games - Condensed Games: ...

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Microsoft Studios has released the Tentacles: Enter the Mind game in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Description: Play as the adorable and fantastical creature, Lemmy, and tap or click your way through the layers of Dr. Phluff’s outrageously bizarre mind. Dispatch enemies, collect eyes and secret eggs, gain powers and abilities, and play against your friends. And when you get to the end: survive as long as you can. The Doctor has gone mad from the creatures and only you and Lemmy can save him! Tentacles is back — bigger, weirder and 3D! The good old Dr. Phluff has returned, but his mental health is not what it used to be. The cute ideas he so dearly adores are taking over his mind, but fear not. His subconscious has a plan. You are invited into the mind of the mad professor for an all-you-can-eat eyeball buffet. Explore the many ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Peggy Johnson will join Microsoft’s Senior Leadership team. She will be the executive vice president of business development and will be responsible for driving strategic business deals and partnerships across various industries with key customers, strategic innovation partners, OEMs, key accounts, third-party publishers and industry influencers. Eric Rudder, Microsoft’s executive vice president of advanced strategy who was temporarily looking after the responsibilities of Tony Bates after he left Microsoft is now back to his old job. Peggy Johnson will now take care of the work which was handled by Tony Bates in the past. In addition to these changes, Microsoft has now moved Developer Evangelism and Experiences team from Eric Rudder’s division to sales, marketing and services group led by Kevin Turner. In addition, the company’s newly named Developer Evangelism and Experiences team (formerly Developer and Platform Evangelism), led by Steve Guggenheimer, will shift from Rudder’s organization to Microsoft’s sales, marketing and ...

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Autodesk yesterday announced SketchBook Pro 7 for Windows along with a new membership offering for Autodesk SketchBook, a family of digital painting and sketching apps. SketchBook Pro 7 boasts new community-requested features including Perspective Guides with 1 point, 2 point, 3 point, and Fisheye modes; Flipbook mode with animation timeline; a new drawing engine; and workflow improvements including Distort Transform, Gradient Flood Fills, improved Selection, layer grouping, multi-layer selection, and Blending modes. You can start using SketchBook for desktop completely free. This starter edition provides core tools to create basic drawings and enables artists to become familiar with the natural drawing experience and power of SketchBook. A paid membership of either $24.99 per year or $2.99 per month unlocks the latest SketchBook Pro 7. As per Surface team, SketchBook runs great on the latest Surface Pro 3 and supports a fully pressure sensitive drawing/sketching experience out of the box. I’m sure Surface Pro 3 ...

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Microsoft today announced that they releasing an update to the Office 365 API Tool for Visual Studio 2013, which includes Office 365 API client libraries for .NET applications and JavaScript for multi-device hybrid applications. This update brings in some changes based on feedback and bug fixes since the previous release. When you open the tool for the first time to add Office 365 APIs to your project, the Register your app link makes it explicit that you are registering a new application in Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD). With today’s update, you can now associate your Windows Phone 8.1 project with an Azure Active Directory application using the Office 365 API tool. The tool now logs messages in the Visual Studio output window so you can see what changes are made once you add Office 365 services to your project. With the latest tooling update, you can specify Redirect URIs directly in ...

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Microsoft today announced that Internet Explorer will date ActiveX controls starting August 12th. Sincet automatically updated, malicious or compromised Web pages target security flaws in outdated controls to collect information, install dangerous software, or by even let someone else control your computer remotely. As per Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, Java exploits represented 84.6% to 98.5% of exploit kit-related detections each month in 2013. To help improve the security situation for users, Microsoft is delivering an update to Internet Explorer on August 12, 2014 will introduce a new security feature, called out-of-date ActiveX control blocking. Out-of-date ActiveX control blocking lets you: Know when Internet Explorer prevents a Web page from loading common, but outdated, ActiveX controls. Interact with other parts of the Web page that aren’t affected by the outdated control. Update the outdated control, so that it’s up-to-date and safer to use. Inventory the ActiveX controls your organization is using. The out-of-date ActiveX control blocking ...

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As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced last month, thousands of former Nokia factory workers will be losing the job. Last week, hundreds of Chinese employees from  Nokia factories protested against Microsoft’s decision on mass layoffs. The participated employees posted pictures showing their protest on social media networks as well. The protest took place at former Nokia Beijing research center and factory employing 2,400 people. Today, MarketWatch reported that Microsoft is giving free Nokia Lumia 630 devices to up to 300 employees per day if they apply for the company’s volunteer resignation package. And it is being offered under first come, first serve basis. As per this report, Microsoft plans to cut about 4,700 jobs at its factory and R&D center in Beijing, leaving only 300 workers. via: MarketWatch ...

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Following the release of OneNote apps for Kindle Fire and Fire phone by Office team, OneDrive today announced the availability of OneDrive apps for both these devices. With this new OneDrive app, users can store, view, and share their favorite photos and important documents right from their phone or tablet. OneDrive is now available everywhere from PCs to Macs, Android, iOS and Windows phones and tablets, and now on your Kindle Fire and Fire phone. OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is the one place for everything in your life. Easily store and share photos, videos, documents, and more. When you upload files from your Android device to OneDrive, you can get to them when you’re on your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. With OneDrive for Android, you can easily get to, manage, and share files on the go: • Browse all your OneDrive files and files shared with you • Share files by ...

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Yesterday, we reported about the virtual desktops feature coming in Windows 9 codenamed Threshold. Today, Neowin reported some more information regarding change to how Charms bar works in the upcoming Windows release. Here is the summary of the report from Neowin, Charms bar will work differently for Desktop and Modern environment users. Charms bar won’t exist in the current form for desktop users where they are required to move the mouse to right edge of the screen for the menu to appear. Charms bar might become app centric where it might appear within the windowed Modern apps for desktop users. Modern apps will be opened in windowed mode from desktop and this will allow Microsoft to remove the charms bar on the right. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Neowin ...

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Microsoft has already reduced the price of Xbox One since its launch. Currently, Microsoft is selling Xbox One for 399 Euros in the UK. Recently, a NeoGAF user spotted that Xbox One listed for a lower price tag of 349.99 Euros on Xbox Spanish site which led many websites to speculate that Microsoft is planning another round of price cuts for Xbox One. Microsoft today confirmed that the listing was a mistake and they have no plans for price cuts in the near future. Microsoft Xbox One is now priced at the same level of Sony PS4 and the only possibility Microsoft could lower the price in the near future is when Sony does it. As you all know, Sony is in a bad financial position and they would not be ready to lose money on selling PS4. So, this puts an end to all Xbox One price cut rumors and reports. ...

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Back in May, Chinese government announced the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban was due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news claimed that it was due to security concerns. Following the ban, Microsoft continued to supply Windows 7 based PCs and was working with officials to resolve the concerns about Windows 8. Today, Bloomberg reported that Chinese government has now banned 10 Apple products which includes the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. These products were omitted from a final government procurement list distributed in July. According to government officials familiar with the matter, the ban was due to security concerns. “When the government stops the procurement of products, it sends a signal to corporates and semi-government bodies,” said Mark Po, an analyst with UOB Kay Hian Ltd. in Hong Kong. “The Chinese ...

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According to Chinese agency, The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) raided Microsoft offices in Beijing, Liaoning, Fujian and Hubei once again following last week. The SAIC also raided the Dalian offices of IT consultancy Accenture, to whom Microsoft outsources financial work, according to the regulator. Microsoft offices in China were raided last week by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Later, a Chinese regulator confirmed that they are conducting an anti-monopoly investigation on Microsoft over its Windows OS and Office productivity suite. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding these raids, We’re serious about complying with China’s laws and committed to addressing SAIC’s questions and concerns Source: REUTERS ...

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