Review Category : Microsoft

Yesterday the annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Games Awards celebrated the best titles over the past year.   While Sony was seen as the big winner, the Xbox had a few wins too. Xbox Live indie title Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons scooped up the award for Best Innovation – a huge achievement for its creative director and long-time filmmaker Josef Fares, who up until this title had never made a game before.  Xbox One exclusive Forza Motorsport 5 was nominated for both Best Strategy and Simulation, and Best Sports game.  Grand Theft Auto 5 picked up awards for Best Multiplayer, Best Game Design, and Best British Game. Source: TechRadar ...

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Microsoft today announced a cool feature on Bing Image search. It was a long awaited feature and users should be happy that it is finally here. You can now search by image on Bing. Upload your image or provide an URL of an image to Bing, Bing will search for similar images on the web. Searching for the right image can be tough. After sorting through hundreds of images, you finally find a picture you like but unfortunately it’s low resolution or an odd dimension leaving you to go back to scrolling through the results pages. To take the hassle out of this process we’re introducing a new feature that allows you to match an image in a few simple clicks. How does it work? Now when you’re browsing images you will see a button at the bottom of the page that reads “Image Match.” When you click on the ...

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A new trademark filing by Microsoft appears to be for in house game studio Leap Experience Pioneers. Leap Experience Pioneers (LXP) are an in-house games developer for Microsoft based in the US. Although they had been in existence for some years they thought it was the right time to define their identity. Something that all parts of their business could relate to, but more importantly, be inspired by. They considered themselves pioneers (as their name suggests) and wanted to encapsulate the the spirit of fronteering Americans – combining a cowboy with an astronaut with attitude. We then set about creating some short animated logo stings and brand guideline document. – See more at: http://www.territorystudio.com/work/….HFrgBuyl.dpuf On March 6, 2014, Microsoft filed a trademark via the USPTO for “LXP”. It entered the Trademark Reporting and Monitoring System (TRAM) yesterday, on March 10. It’s a basic 1(b) Intent-to-Use filing for game software, and reads ...

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Microsoft today made an important announcement targeting consumer customers using Office 365. Office 365 has more than 3.5 million subscribers and Microsoft is planning to attract more people with the new SKU called Office 365 Personal. Office 365 Personal is a SKU targeted towards individuals interested in Office 365. Office 365 Personal allows for one PC or Mac and one tablet to be connected to the service and will be available for $69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/ month. Also, Microsoft renaming the existing Office 365 Home Premium subscription to Office 365 Home. Office 365 Home will cost the same $99.99 USD/year or $9.99 USD/month and you can use it in up to 5 PCs or Macs, and 5 smartphones. We recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and we’re committed to delivering the right Office for everyone – whether that be one person or an entire household. Whichever Office 365 ...

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Microsoft invested around $300 million into Barnes and Nobel’s Nook platform. “As demand for digital content continues to increase, we are focused on bringing ground-breaking reading and learning content and technologies to more people in more formats than ever before, including the imminent launch of our exceptional NOOK reading application for Windows 8,” said William Lynch, CEO of Barnes & Noble during the announcement of the agreement. “NOOK Media is a leader in developing the next generation of digital reading and we look forward to the company bringing one of the world’s largest digital libraries to Windows 8 devices via their upcoming Windows 8 app,” commented Andy Lees, President at Microsoft. Ever since the announcement, Nook is facing great challenges in the e-book market and they are updating their agreement with Microsoft. Thanks to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, new 8-K filing by Barnes & Noble has all the details of the updated ...

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Pwn2Own 2014 hacking contest is going on. Yesterday was the first day of Pwn2Own 2014 and it saw successful attempts by five entrants against five products, with payouts of $400,000 to researchers in the main competition and $82,500 to charity in the Pwn4Fun sponsors-only event. Team VUPEN successfully presented a vulnerability against Microsoft Internet Explorer, a use-after-free causing object confusion in the broker, resulting in sandbox bypass. It was disclosed to Microsoft and Microsoft will be working on the fix. Today, the following team will be trying to hack Microsoft’s IE. Jung Hoon Lee of ASRT – Microsoft Internet Explorer Sebastian Apelt and Andreas Schmidt – Microsoft Internet Explorer Other Mozilla Firefox, Apple Mac OS X, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader are some of the other products in which researchers revealed many security exploits. Apple Safari and Google Chrome will be attempted today at the second day of the event. ...

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Back in 2012, Microsoft introduced a new way in which you can buy a Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect for just $99 under two year contract. The contract for two year would require you to pay $14.99 for Xbox LIVE gold subscription. This is similar to the way you buy your smartphone under contract from AT&T or Verizon. Microsoft has quietly ended this program and there is no way you can get a Xbox 360 on contract. Microsoft said the following in response to ending of the program, “This program was intended to be a pilot experiment from the start, and Microsoft routinely adjusts the mix of offers available to its customers and this change was simply standard business practice,” This move from Microsoft is not surprising given the fact that they didn’t announce this contract plan for their newly introduced Xbox One. Do you expect Microsoft to re-introduce the contract ...

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Raymond Cox, known online as Stallion83 on Xbox Live, has created another world record in the gaming community. He already has the record for the most Xbox Live Gamerscore in the world, today he reached an important milestone on 1 million Gamerscore. Massive Achievement Unlocked: On behalf of the entire @Xbox team, congrats to @Stallion83 the first person get over 1-Million Gamerscore — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) March 13, 2014 To put 1 million Gamerscore in perspective, you can only get a maximum of 1,000 Gamerscore when you unlock all the achievements in a game. I guess, @Stallion83 should have played almost all the games released for Xbox 360/Xbox One in its lifetime. Great effort by him! ...

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Razer today announced the world’s thinnest gaming laptop with QHD+ resolution. Read more from the link below. CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, the world leader in entertainment devices and software, today announced the latest Razer Blade now comes with the highest resolution 14-inch display available in a laptop. The stunning 3200×1800 touchscreen display features a record 5.76 megapixels, sharply exhibiting even the finest details and text with 262 pixels per inch. The Razer Blade’s state-of-the-art IGZO/IPS (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide/In-Plane Switching) display panel technology provides unmatched color and image quality. The result is a 250 percent increase in contrast ratio over its predecessor, with high brightness LED backlighting optimized for outdoor use, wide viewing angles, and dramatically improved video propagation and response. The Razer Blade’s display minimizes color shift while maximizing uniformity to make gaming more beautiful than ever before possible. Blending retina-tearing clarity with ultimate functionality, the Razer Blade is ...

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After so many delays, VLC for Windows 8 has now passed Windows Store certification and available for download. Download it here from Windows Store for free. You can enjoy this beta app only on x86/x64 platforms as ARM version of this player is still pre-beta state. One of the developer behind the app has listed the features of this release with its limitations, read it below. This application: works on Windows 8.0 and 8.1: too many people are still on 8.0, so we had to use that. This decreases the stability of the application, though… is compiled for Intel x86 CPUs: Windows RT version will follow as soon as we are able to compile it. ARM version will also apply to Windows Phone. plays all video and audio formats of VLC, including MKV, Ogg and Mov files or FLAC and MPC; supports the same codecs as the VLC application for ...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, popular American actor and former Governor of California from 2003 until 2011 is participating in a new find raising program. As part of this program, donating people will get a chance to fly to Los Angeles and spend the day with Arnold. Also you’ll ride in his tank together, crush something together. You and a friend will get to ride shotgun with Arnold in his M47 Patton tank. Yes, Arnold has a tank. Yes, this is your chance to ride in it. Not only that, but you’ll also get to use the tank to crush something. And if you’re into working out, you can lift together on it too. There’s a high probability that this will be the best day of your life. Cigars included. In the promotional video made for this campaign, Arnold calls out people to come join him in crushing a Microsoft Zune. The video even shows a Zune getting crushed under a ...

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This is an insane deal from Microsoft. Xbox One Titanfall Edition bundle can be ordered from Microsoft Store for just $399, down from its regular price of $499. With the Xbox One bundle, you get Xbox One console, Titanfall, and a month of Xbox Live Gold. Limited quantities, get yours now. You can also get Xbox Live Gold 12 months subscription for $39, instead of $59.  Find the deal here from Microsoft Store. To get Xbox One Titanfall Edition for $399, add the bundle to your cart in Microsoft Store from the following link and proceed to checkout. In the checkout page, use ’1′ as the promo code and get $100 off. Order Xbox One Titanfall Edition – Microsoft Store Order Titanfall Xbox One bundle from Amazon from following link. Order Xbox One Titanfall Edition- Amazon Order Titanfall from the following links, Order Titanfall Xbox One game from Amazon Order Titanfall PC game from ...

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Microsoft Skype Labs, in-house innovation hub at Skype is celebrating its five year anniversary. Skype Labs team is responsible for lots of innovation that has improved experience of more than 300 million monthly users, who use more than two billion minutes of Skype audio and video calls per day. To celebrate the anniversary, Skype team will showcase some of these innovations. As with any big birthday, Skype Labs’ anniversary was a special moment to look back at who we are, what we have been up to, and to reminisce on how we have realized our goals to invent, design, implement, and build compelling solutions and experiences for our users. We are a multicultural and geographically diverse applied research team. In Skype Labs, we have used our expertise in audio, video, computer vision, networking, machine learning, data mining, statistics, and quality of experience to create and deliver some of the fundamental ...

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Xbox Live deals for this week is now live in Xbox Games Store. You can get games  with savings of up to 80 percent and it will be available till March 17th. “Soulcalibur V” – regularly $14.99, now 75 percent off – continues the epic story of the legendary soul swords 17 years after the events of “Soulcalibur IV,” and features a fluid 3D battle system and guest appearance by Ezio Auditore, the Master Assassin from “Assassin’s Creed.” Content Title Content Type Discount % Eternal Sonata Games on Demand 37% – 50% Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Games on Demand 50% Soulcalibur V Games on Demand 75% Sanctum 2 Arcade 67% Retro City Rampage Arcade 50% Doodle Jump Arcade 80% Giana Sisters Arcade 67% Capsized Arcade 50% Hexodius Arcade 50% Foul Play Arcade 67% Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Arcade 67% Find all these details in Xbox Store. ...

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Few hours back we reported that Microsoft is planning to release next major version of Office for Mac by end of this year. The Verge today reported that Microsoft is also planning to release OneNote for Mac app this month. OneNote note taking app was released on Windows in 2003, and since then Microsoft has released 4 major versions of it. In the past few years, OneNote is facing competition from companies like Evernote. In response, Microsoft has released OneNote app for all leading mobile platforms and it is updating them regularly. The Verge also reported that Microsoft is planning to release OneNote Windows app for free. Currently, OneNote comes as part of Office 2013/Office 365 bundle and if you want to buy it separately, it costs $49.99. While its direct competitor Evernote has all the apps for free and earns revenue through premium features subscription, Microsoft might follow the ...

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  Last August, Microsoft announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with ValueAct Capital which owns approximately 0.8 percent of the outstanding shares of Microsoft common stock and is one of the company’s largest shareholders. The cooperation agreement provided for regular meetings between Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, and selected Microsoft directors and management to discuss a range of significant business issues. The agreement also gave ValueAct Capital the option of having Morfit join the Microsoft board of directors beginning at the first quarterly board meeting after the 2013 annual shareholders meeting. As a result, Microsoft yesterday announced that Mason Morfit has joined Microsoft’s board of directors and its audit committee. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — March 11, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday that Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors and its audit committee. ...

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