Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today announced the launch of the Ad Controls creative solution in the UK. These ad controls are a rich and engaging video, image and content solution running across the Windows 8 advertising platform. For the first time, Microsoft partnered with the 7stars to collaborate with the brand team at Nominet to find the best way market  launch of the new .uk domain. This high-impact creative solution will be running across PC & tablet users from 14th July through to the 11th August. Focussed around the concept of ‘Shorter is Sweeter’ the final ad execution seamlessly combines video, imagery and editorial content to engage and educate consumers on some of the most commonly used abbreviations that have become engrained into everyday language. Gabi Sillars, Digital Account Director at the7stars had the following to say about the campaign  “When planning this launch campaign we were focused on reaching digital natives to drive awareness and understanding of the new ...

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As promised, Microsoft today released the System Firmware Update – 7/16/2014 for Surface Pro 3 users to fix the WiFi performance issues.  This update will further improve Wi-Fi connection and throughput scenarios. Surface Integration (v.2.0.1038.0) further enhances system stability. Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth (v. 15.68.3042.85) further improving WiFi connection and throughput scenarios. Check for updates on your device. You can order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store starting $799. ...

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At WPC keynote held today, Microsoft spoke about the app momentum in Windows Store. The number of apps in Windows Store has increased by over 100% over the last year. During the presentation, Microsoft marketing executive highlighted that Windows Store now includes consumer apps like WhatsApp, Spotify and WeChat. We all know that these apps are not available in Windows Store yet. I guess the person who made the presentation got confused between Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. The mentions of WhatsApp, Spotify, WeChat and Pandora are a mistake. WhatsApp business head Neeraj Arora confirmed that it was a mistake from Microsoft. video via @tomwarren. ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference held today, Microsoft highlighted their IoT platform, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, and Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service. These services will allow enterprises to use devices and sensors with the Intelligent Systems Service, to harness, analyze and utilize data. Microsoft CEO spoke about their partner CGI which is changing the way elevators are maintained around the world. For example, in his keynote address today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted the work of partner CGI that’s dramatically changing the way more than 1 million of the world’s elevators will be maintained. CGI’s service puts Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and the Intelligent Systems Service to work, illustrating the deep insight that is possible when nontraditional and unorthodox data sources are centralized in the cloud service and accessible through a simple interface. The service harnesses data from sensors within each elevator, fueling rich data visualization enabled by Power BI for ...

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Based on previous reports, we all know that Microsoft is working on a fitness oriented wearable device that will be compatible with iOS and Android devices in addition to Windows Phone devices. Today, IBTimes reported that this upcoming fitness band will feature a blood-glucose monitor and a UV sensor. The device will feature a UV Index sensor to help warn the user of harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation from sunlight in order to better protect against the risk of skin cancer. The blood-glucose monitor will be used to help track users’ fitness levels and assist people who suffer from diabetes. As we already know, Microsoft is planning to launch this smartband before the end of this year. What’s your expectations from Microsoft’s upcoming wearable? Source: IB Times ...

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Based on the source code on the Microsoft’s OneDrive website, Livesino discovered few months that Microsoft is creating a Music Locker service that will allow users to stream their own personal music collection from OneDrive. Users need to upload their music collection to OneDrive Music folder and they can enjoy their music via Xbox Music app on any of the devices. Xbox Music app is available on Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, iOS, etc,. To get the full Xbox Music experience, move your music files into the Music folder on your OneDrive. Meet your OneDrive Music folder. Upload your music files to this folder, so that you can play them via Xbox Music from any of your devices. You can also add files to this folder using the OneDrive app for your computer. Today, they revealed that Microsoft will offer free 20GB of OneDrive storage to people who upload music on ...

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Last week we reported that Microsoft is planning for layoffs and they may axe up to 10% of their workforce. Recently, in the e-mail Satya sent to its employees, he mentioned that Microsoft will share more on the engineering and organization changes needed to focus on their bold ambition in July. In addition to the changes, we reported that they will also announce layoffs as part of their quarterly earnings results. Later, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, and they may announce it as soon as this week. The restructuring may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history, topping the 5,800 jobs cut in 2009, two of the people said. Some details are still being worked out, two of the people said. Bloomberg also speculated that some of the job cuts will be in marketing departments for businesses such as the global Xbox ...

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Last year, Microsoft Research released a new SDK/Framework called Lab of Things that supports their existing HomeOS project. HomeOS provides a centralized, holistic control of devices in the home. It provides to users intuitive controls to manage their devices. Professor Nilanjan Banerjee of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, an early adopter of Lab of Things platform has developed a system that could help people with limited mobility lead more independent lives by enabling them to control the environment in their home and workplaces. Their system detects gestures and uses them to activate lights and other appliances in the home. These sensors capture/monitor subtle motions such as finger twitching, lower arm rotation, and head movements among paralysis patients, with the ultimate goal of providing these individuals the ability to control appliances in caregiving and home settings. The sensor design for this project was developed by Professor Ryan Robucci and ...

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Microsoft yesterday highlighted yet another customer win for Office 365. Gamestop, which is a rapidly growing Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company with more than 6,000 stores has adopted Office 365 for communicating with their employees from thousands of stores. The GameStop retail portal is built on Microsoft SharePoint Online. GameStop plans to provide targeted views of the portal so that employees in different job roles can quickly see the information that specifically applies to them. GameStop adopted a retail portal that runs using Microsoft SharePoint Online in Microsoft Office 365. The company’s corporate employees use the portal to share daily updates with more than 6,000 retail stores, and its deskless store associates receive at-a-glance information through graphics and videos rather than waiting for their managers to wade through email to find the latest product information and share it with them. The company plans to adopt Microsoft Lync Online for ...

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Microsoft Research yesterday spoke about their Project Adam at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. It is an state of an art machine learning and artificial intelligence program that enable softwares to visually recognize any object. Project Adam and its object classification is built on a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags by Microsoft resesarcher Trishul Chilimbi  and his team. Microsoft claims that this program is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems. To show this system in action, Microsoft used a live dog on stage and Project Adam powered phone recognized the breed of the dog. You can watch the whole keynote video above which includes Project Adam demo. Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Technology and Research group, opens the Faculty Summit by highlighting ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have began shipping thousands of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors to developers worldwide. Also, they have released a preview version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0. Microsoft was testing Kinect for Windows v2 sensor with no.of developers in private preview for months, one of them is Disney Entertainment. Disney has created a virtual reality game based on Kinect to promote their upcoming animated comedy-adventure feature film Planes 2: Fire & Rescue which is releasing in August. The game lets fans of all ages take on the role of the film’s firefighting planes, Dusty and Dipper, as they race to protect Piston Peak National Park. The Kinect-powered experience does more than just control Dusty and Dipper—it lets players virtually become Dusty and Dipper, using body gestures to control the planes. Players’ arms become wings, and as they swoop and sway, their firefighting avatars execute aerial ...

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  As per the latest report from eMarketer, Microsoft might beat Yahoo in global digital ad market share. Microsoft is projected to increase its market share from 2.45% to 2.54%, while Yahoo is projected to lost market share. In terms of revenue, Microsoft will increase by more than 20% over 2013 to reach $3.56 billion. Google remains the dominant player with Facebook growing fast in the second place. Yahoo’s push to maintain its position as a top global ad seller will take another hit in 2014, according to new projections from eMarketer. Though Yahoo’s ad revenues will be back in the black this year, increasing its global digital ad revenues by 2.7% after a decline of 2.1% in 2013 to reach $3.53 billion, the company’s share of the $140.15 billion digital advertising market will fall from 2.86% to 2.52%. At the same time, Microsoft will grow its net worldwide ad revenues by ...

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Microsoft today announced their collaboration with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to deploy Surface Pro 3 for premium digital experiences. Mandarin Oriental has already started piloting Microsoft Surface Pro tablets in four of their award-winning properties in London, Washington D.C., Las Vegas and Tokyo. These Surface Pro 3 devices will feature a custom Windows 8.1 start screen and modern touch apps that allow guests to quickly and easily request hotel services, such as housekeeping, laundry and in-room dining. Microsoft Corp. has announced it will collaborate with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to provide Windows 8.1 as a platform for delivering a premium digital experience to the luxury hotel group’s guests. The Group is piloting Microsoft Surface Pro tablets in four of its award-winning properties in London, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and Tokyo, providing in-room tablets that feature a custom Windows 8.1 start screen and modern touch apps. In conjunction with Microsoft, Mandarin Oriental has ...

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Microsoft Office team today announced their plans to scale up the limits for Public Folders in Office 365. They announced that the folder count limit has been increased to 100,000 folders, a 10x increase over the prior limit as defined in the Exchange service description limits. Microsoft believes that this increase in limit will enable migration of larger existing public folder hierarchies and increased use of the feature in Office 365. As this is a cloud based feature, customers can immediately take advantage of this new scale for public folders. As you scale the number of public folders in the service you might need to keep track of the number of folders. Exchange Online remote PowerShell provides an easy way to see the current public folder count in Office 365. Using the Get-PublicFolder and Measure-Object cmdlets you can readily get a current count of your public folders created in Office 365. Source: Office 365 ...

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Microsoft today announced special edition Armed Forces themed accessories for Xbox One. These special edition Xbox One Wireless Controller or Stereo Headset will be available this autumn. These new editions vary only in their look, standard accessory features will be same. The Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Wireless Controller features a Metallic chrome d-pad in addition to the camo pattern. It ships in October for an MSRP of $64.99 US. Also shipping in October is the Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Stereo Headset. It includes a detachable Stereo Headset Adapter, and will retail for an MSRP of $89.99 US. via: Major Nelson ...

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Last year, Microsoft started delivering the Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to thousands of participants.  The Developer Preview included a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK), as well as ongoing updates and access to private program forums. Microsoft also announced that participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available next summer (northern hemisphere). Last month, Microsoft announced that Kinect for Windows v2 sensors are available for pre-order. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor gives developers more of the precision, responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities they need to develop interactive voice and gesture-based applications. Today, they have began shipping thousands of Kinect for Windows v2 sensors to developers worldwide. Also, they have released a preview version of the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0. The new sensor’s key features include: Improved skeletal tracking: ...

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