Review Category : Microsoft

Omar Shahine and Mona Akmal from the SkyDrive team held an AMA on reddit answering user questions.  We’ll be sharing any interesting tidbits. A HTML5 music player had been built for Skydrive by interns about two years ago but there were never any plans to actually put it into the final product. Omar Shahine: That is correct. About 2 years ago we had a bunch of interns here and one of the projects they came up with was building an HTML5 music player in SkyDrive. We never actually released this and have no plans to do so at this time, but that’s why you saw the rumor about us doing a music player. Like many groups at Microsoft, we have ongoing conversations with the Xbox music team about their experiences, and as you probably know they just launched a new web Xbox music web experience which we think is pretty awesome ...

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We previously reported on SkyDrive’s update that includes expanded photo management features and support for high DPI screens. There is now also a built-in text editor which supports many types of code files. It has line numbering, syntax highlighting and completion suggestions, even control-space is there. It’s not TFS, but it is a very handy way to work with code files that are available from all your PC’s and to share them with friends, even giving them editing ability. Greg Edmiston from the SkyDrive gives a demo of the new txt editor with Channel 9. For a complete list of new features, see the SkyDrive blog. ...

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Microsoft today blogged about the upcoming next generation matchmaking technology called Smart Match in Xbox One. Microsoft highlights three main features of Smart Match. First, it matches players based on skill, language, age and more. Second, you can do other things while Xbox One is finding match using Smart Match. Third, Smart Match will notify you once the matching is done with a toast notification. Smart Match Finds the Perfect Players for the Perfect game Smart Match on Xbox One is completely reengineered for a new generation of gaming – using advanced algorithms to pair players based on skill, language, and now reputation. It’s smarter, faster and optimized to help you play with exactly the people you want, when you want. The advanced party system goes far beyond the beacons of Xbox 360, which was limited to people you already knew. Helping you discover and connect easily with players is ...

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We have seen many rumors and reports in the past that Microsoft will enable WinRT apps to run on Xbox One. It is almost confirmed today by the code leak by SuperDaE. The image above shows the supposedly leaked copy of Homefront 2 for Xbox One source code file list. As you can see, it has AppxManifest.xml file that indicates us that it is a WinRT app. Windows 8 apps in Windows Store has similar file arrangement. And DurangoConfig.xml and DurangoLauncher.exe could be the files used by Xbox One to launch these kind of new apps. Microsoft is still maintaining the silence about the details on the 3rd party app/games development in Xbox One. But they last week confirmed that self publishing is coming to Xbox One. Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage ...

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Microsoft today released Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview for its enterprise customers. The new preview adds features around mobility, security, management and virtualization that satisfies the needs of today’s enterprise. Here are the features that will be offered to customers as a part of the Windows 8.1 Enterprise edition: Windows To Go Creator: IT organizations can create a fully manageable corporate Windows 8.1 desktop on a bootable external USB drive. The drive can be used to support Bring Your Own Device scenarios or be given to contingent staff to access the corporate environment without compromising security. Start Screen Control: IT departments can now control the layout of the Start screen on company-issued devices to ensure key apps are easily accessible. IT departments can also prevent users from customizing their Start screen to ensure consistency across individual workgroups or the entire company. DirectAccess: Users can seamlessly access resources inside a corporate network remotely ...

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  Asus CEO Jonney Shih has told AllThingsD that they are not happy with the Windows RT growth so far. He told that “The result is not very promising,” referring to both Microsoft’s Surface and Asus VivoTab RT. However, Asus is not stopping the developement of new Windows RT products. But they are putting all of their time and energy into devices that use Intel chips, since lots of people still prefers them. He also noted that Microsoft also made their mistakes such as removing the Start button and menu completely, etc,. But Shih isn’t giving up on Windows products. The company recently introduced the Transformer Book Trio, which runs both Windows and Android, and the company is evaluating building smaller 10-inch and eight-inch Windows tablets. “My personal opinion is the 10-inch may make more sense,” Shih said. Read more from the link below. Source: ATD ...

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Microsoft today announced a bunch of new features for SkyDrive.com. The new features includes the support for new file formats like GIF, new sharing options, new shared view and more. File Format Support: So now, SkyDrive.com supports these high DPI displays by measuring the DPI scale of your device. When your screen supports it, we show higher resolution photos and thumbnails. So you see more of your real photo instead of a thumbnail that gets up-scaled (note: not all browsers support high DPI yet). If you’ve ever seen an animated GIF (pronounced “jif”) on the Interwebs (and probably laughed), you were probably disappointed to find out that when you saved and shared that same animated GIF on SkyDrive, it wasn’t animated. Well now you can view your favorite animated GIFs in all their glory! Sorting and management: You can now rotate photos on SkyDrive.com. A few months ago, we introduced ...

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Yammer, which was bought by Microsoft a year ago for $1 billion, has released a browser extension which adds a Yammer tab to your browser menu, and lets you quickly share any web page you’re viewing  – just click on the Yammer icon, choose which Group you’d like to post your message into, and share your own comments with a link to the page.  In addition, as you’re browsing the web, the browser extension will notify you if there’s an existing Yammer conversation about the page. If you see a red notification number on the Yammer icon, that means that your coworkers are already having a discussion on Yammer about that page – simply click on the Yammer icon to pull out a separate viewing pane where you can view the conversation, all while remaining on the web page. You can  join in the discussion and post from within this pane. ...

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Microsoft recently took nearly a billion dollar charge and reduced the price of the SurfaceRT to $350.  It appears the price point has helped move some units of the SurfaceRT with Walmart now out of stock of the device.  Walmart expects to have more units on hand within the week. Directions on Microsoft analyst Michael Cherry notes: The $900 million write-down also included parts and accessories, Cherry noted. And many forget that Apple is the master of tying up critical elements of components the company needs in order to build an adequate supply of consumer electronics. “When Microsoft decided to step into the world of building tablets I wondered how this differed from what they already built (mice, keyboards, and Xboxes),” said Cherry. “I assumed that a lot of money went into: a) buying parts; b) buying time in a plant; and c) building sub-components such as milling the metal ...

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Microsoft has launched a pilot project in the rural Limpopo province of South Africa that aims to deliver high-speed and affordable broadband to underserved communities using so-called “white spaces” technology.  The focus of the pilot will be to prove that TV white spaces can be used to meet the South African government’s goals of providing low-cost access for a majority of South Africans by 2020.  The pilot is a joint effort between Microsoft, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the University of Limpopo and local network builder Multisource. It will use TV white spaces and solar-powered base stations to provide low-cost wireless broadband access to five secondary schools in remote parts of the Limpopo province.  The project will use the University of Limpopo as a hub for a white space network deployment that will provide nearby schools in local communities with wireless connectivity. The project will also provide each of ...

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According to Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 51.7 million units in the first quarter of 2013 with Windows having 4.5% of global share. Android almost doubled its market share to 67 percent while Apple iOS declined to 28 percent. Strategy Analytics expects that there may be growth in Windows tablets for Q3 due to the recent price cuts from OEMs like Microsoft. Microsoft captured a niche 4.5 percent global tablet share in Q2 2013. There may be an uptick in Windows RT shipments in Q3 following savage price cuts by all the partners still involved in the RT Market. Microsoft has reduced prices by $150 and other vendors even more; they are still not cheap, but are much more where they should be to compete. The shortage of apps continues to be a problem, with seemingly little incentive for developers to work on the platform. ...

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Take this post with a grain of salt, but CNET UK believes the Xbox One will be launched November 29th based on information obtained from retailer Toys R’ US.  Sony is releasing their console in mid-December, so an earlier release by Microsoft would be a blow to Sony and would help the Xbox One pick up some more momentum.  Amazon, which give estimated dates for pre-orders, has also pegged the Xbox One launching in November 2013.  The PS4 is currently priced a $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, but it does not include a bundled version of their equivalent Kinect technology. Source: CNET UK ...

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Microsoft’s Bing in UK has introduced a new way to reduce child abuse on the internet. Bing will show pop-up warnings on sites containing images of child abuse. When you do a search on child abuse, the Bing Notification Platform will inform you that the content you are trying to access is illegal with details of a counselling service. And when the user tries to access not so good images of children, they will be presented with a warning based on input compiled by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. “If someone in the UK tries to use search terms on Bing which can only indicate they are looking for illegal child abuse content, they will activate the Bing Notification Platform which will produce an on-screen notification telling them that child abuse content is illegal. The notification will also contain a link to Stopitnow.org who will be able to ...

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Microsoft has announced a Day One 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership card pre-order. This Day-one pack will include 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership and play Killer Instinct: Round One, with the exclusive Shadow Jago character. Microsoft is also including commemorative card and case. You can pre-order now to get Xbox LIVE Card on the day it’s released. It costs $59.99 and it is available from various retailers. Source: Microsoft ...

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After taking pre-order for Xbox One console in the last two months, Microsoft is now taking pre-order for Xbox One accessories. Following accessories are now available for pre-order from Microsoft Store. Xbox One Wireless Controller with Play and Charge Kit – $74.99 -Experience the action like never before with the Xbox One Wireless Controller. New Impulse Triggers deliver fingertip vibration feedback, so you can feel every jolt and crash in high definition (in supported games). Redesigned thumbsticks and an all new D-pad provide greater precision. Plus, keep the action going with the Play and Charge Kit, with a battery that recharges while you play or afterwards, even when your Xbox is in standby. Xbox One Play and Charge Kit – $24.99 - Keep the action going with the Xbox One Play and Charge Kit. Recharge while you play or afterwards, even when your Xbox is in standby. The long-lasting rechargeable ...

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Corning Brings Gorilla® Glass NBT™ to Touch-Enabled Notebooks New cover glass helps prevent damage to touchscreen displays; extends Corning Gorilla Glass into new market CORNING, N.Y. – Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today introduced its newest cover glass, Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™, designed to help protect touch notebook displays from scratches and other forms of damage that come from everyday handling and use. Gorilla Glass NBT is Corning’s unique glass solution for touch-enabled notebooks. Touch has become the primary way consumers are interacting with devices, which can cause the glass to scratch. Scratches, combined with flex applied to the display, can result in the glass breaking. Corning Gorilla Glass NBT provides enhanced scratch resistance, reduced scratch visibility, and better retained strength once a scratch occurs, to help protect notebook displays from breakage that can occur with plain soda-lime glass. Corning Gorilla Glass NBT meets or exceeds the performance demands of touch-based ...

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