Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft announced Xbox One few months back and started taking pre-orders via various retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Stores, etc,. Xbox One, the next generation console from Microsoft which will launch this November, has already seen impressive pre-order sales. Microsoft revealed the fact that Xbox One pre-sales are trending ahead of Xbox 360 during the same time period. And they even announced that Xbox One Day One edition is sold out at most U.S. retailers. This is good news for Microsoft because Xbox platform revenue declined in the last quarter due to poor sales of the current generation console Xbox 360 across the globe. ...

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According to new data from The NPD Group, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 maintained its position as the the best-selling console in the U.S. for 30th consecutive month. About 140,000 units of Xbox 360 were sold in June. June highlights from NPD include: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in June (hardware, software and accessories) reached $197 million, the most for any console in the U.S. During the month of June, Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 console game titles including: “Minecraft,” “NBA 2K13,” “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” “Deadpool,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” “Grand Theft Auto IV” and “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft released its Q4 earning today (MS starts its fiscal year in July, think Q2 2013) with revenue of 4.97 on $19.90 in revenue giving an EPS (earning per share) of $0.59.  Microsoft took a $900 million (nearly $1 billion) charge on SurfaceRT due to a price reduction on the tablet and inventory adjustment on associated accessories.  If you exclude that charge MS would have had a $0.07 EPS increase ($0.65 EPS overall). Regardless, Wall Street was extremely disappointed with the number and Microsoft’s stock tumbled nearly 7% (quite significant in terms of stock) in after hours trading.  The consensus among analysts was an EPS of $0.75 with almost $21 billion in revenue.  Unrealistic, yes, but expectations are expectations. No GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) numbers are: “While our fourth quarter results were impacted by the decline in the PC market, we continue to see strong demand for our enterprise and ...

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Microsoft has launched a new program for web developers called userAgents.IE. The Internet Explorer userAgent community is a developer formed community supported by the Microsoft Internet Explorer team. This community aims to recognize, support, and connect passionate web developers to raise awareness of web standards IE userAgents are part of a community composed of like-minded individuals who have experience with Internet Explorer, but — more importantly — have experience servicing all users regardless of the device or browser they may choose to use. One of our main objectives in this community is to raise awareness of cross-browser coding best practices that will help developers create interoperable web experiences that work great across all platforms and browsers, including old and modern versions of Internet Explorer. The userAgent community is open to anyone passionate, but currently the participation in the program is by invitation only. You can apply, click on the “apply” button on the About page and complete the online ...

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Speaking at analyst conference call today, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that OEMs have over 50 designs of hybrid Windows laptop/tablet PCs in the works that is powered by Intel’s latest Haswell processors. All these new devices does not require fans and which leads to them to be thinner and smaller than in the past.  Along with Intel, Microsoft also hopes that these 2-in-1 hybrids will begin to dominate in the overall PC market which is on decline in the past two years. Microsoft is not completely dependent on Intel for its Windows based device processors, they have ported Windows to ARM which is now being called as Windows RT. Windows RT devices will be powered by processors from Qualcomm, Nvidia, etc,. Source: Venture Beat ...

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Microsoft has so far been quiet about the role of indie game developers in Xbox One. There were reports that Microsoft might announce that there will be a self-publishing option for independent developers as opposed to the current closed system. Speaking to OXM UK, Lionhead Studios creative director Gary Carr told that Microsoft will soon reveal more about its indie games/developers strategy around Xbox One. He told that we will hear more “very soon” from Phil Harrison, former Sony Worldwide Studios president, who’s now in charge of Microsoft’s European developer relations. “I certainly know that Microsoft want to talk at future press events about their relationships with indies. I can’t really talk about that, but they’re very passionate about building a strong relationship with indie development – indie development is the future. Read more from the link below. Source: OXM ...

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Microsoft is now offering a great deal for people who are planning to buy Office 365 subscription. You can get 12 months of Xbox Live Gold with your Office 365 subscription. You can either buy Office 365 Home Premium annual subscription or Office 365 University to enjoy this offer. Activate Office 365 Purchase and activate an Office 365 Home Premium annual or Office 365 University subscription between July 18, 2013 and September 28, 2013. Get your Xbox code Get your code by October 31, 2013 by signing in with the Microsoft account email and password you used to set up your Office 365 subscription. Redeem your Xbox code Redeem your code at Xbox.com or on your Xbox 360 console to begin your 12-month Xbox Live Gold membership. Check out the deal here. ...

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Lenovo has stopped selling its only Windows RT device Yoga 11 from its website Lenovo.com. Yoga 11 was one of the few Windows RT tablets that was made available since announcement of Windows RT OS. After Samsung stopped selling their Ativ Tab Windows RT tablet, now Lenovo has done it with their Yoga 11 convertible. This leaves us with Dell XPS 10 and Microsoft Surface RT as the only other devices running Windows RT which is now available for sale. Source: Lenovo via PCWorld, Neowin ...

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Microsoft Kinect is creating quite a revolution in the field of Natural User Interface. The low cost 3D depth camera like Kinect opens up infinite possibilities in our computing world. Sign language is the primary language for many deaf and hard-of-hearing people, but currently it is not possible for these people to interact with computers using their native language. Microsoft Research Asia has developed a system using Kinect which can detect sign languages used by these people and it works well. Here are some info on the project, Kinect, with its ability to provide depth information and color data simultaneously, makes it easier to track hand and body actions more accurately—and quickly. In this project—which is being shown during the DemoFest portion of Faculty Summit 2013, which brings more than 400 academic researchers to Microsoft headquarters to share insight into impactful research—the hand tracking leads to a process of 3-D motion-trajectory ...

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  MetroTwit is one of the most used Twitter clients back in the Windows 7 days. After the release of Windows 8 and Windows Store, the developers behind the MetroTwit project released a Windows Store version of the same app. The app follows Microsoft’s modern design language and with this today’s update, it looks even better. It now also features inline image previews as well. Features: Track your Twitter feeds with interactive tiles Pin multiple columns on the homescreen Simple tweet, reply or retweet Search Twitter by keyword or hashtags View lists, saved searches, trending topics Fully functional snap view for quick access to tweets   Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they expanding the Bing People Autosuggest feature they announced few months to no.of new categories. The categories that will show up in autosuggest to include brands, movies, albums, places, software, sport teams, animal species and more. In order to make these distinctions, Bing utilizes an underlying technology we call Satori that understands the relationships between millions of people, places and things providing you with a more useful model of the digital and physical world. All of this computational power allows you to select the most appropriate choice in a matter of milliseconds. For example,  If you are searching for “Harry Potter” we give a variety of choices including the literary series, the character, and a selection of movie titles. Read more from the link below. Source: Bing blog ...

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Microsoft today revealed their latest project they partnered with Polar to showcase the power of Companion Web. If you are wondering what Companion Web is, here is the explanation from Microsoft. Companion Web is all about a world where experiences move seamlessly across the multiple screens around us – our tablets, phones, computers, and televisions Microsoft is expecting that the Companion Web enables the internet to bridge the gap between various devices across the platforms. For developers, Companion Web represents an opportunity to reuse code that works across multiple scenarios, enabling greater reach and ways to engage an audience. Today, our friends at Polar launched their Companion Web experience. What’s unique about how Polar used the Companion Web is that it allows their site to complement what you’re watching on the big screen. In particular, it demonstrates the potential of the Companion Web in that it not only looks good on ...

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The HP Split 13-m010dx x2 is a Windows 8 convertible device with a detachable 13.3″ high-definition touch-screen display for flexible use as a tablet. It is powered by 3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3229Y processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD for fast boot-up times and also has built-in TrueVision high-definition webcam. 1 USB 3.0 port and 1 USB 2.0 port, Multiformat media reader and is just 0.9″ thin. It is selling on Best Buy for $749. You can find the link below. Source: HP, Best Buy       ...

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  Microsoft has released Skype WiFi app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Skype WiFi app allows you to f=get online at over 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world. You can make use of pay per minute with Skype Credit. If you are a frequent traveler, then this is a must-have app for you. Features: Reduce your data roaming costs when you’re abroad Use Skype WiFi to connect to WiFi hotspots at hotels, airports, train stations, bars and restaurants – available at over 1 million hotspots worldwide Just one tap or click to connect – then browse the internet, check email, use Skype, check Facebook, update Twitter, upload photos, download music or ebooks Only pay for the time you’re connected – there are no limits on the amount of data you can upload or download Great low per-minute prices, wherever you’re connecting: With Skype WiFi, you can go ...

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Microsoft today responded to some of the recent reports which claimed that Microsoft provides access to customer data to governments. Microsoft was forced to do so because many media outlets started covering about these reports which has no truth. Brad Smith who is the General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft blogged in detail about the claims made by recent reports. In short, Microsoft does not provide any government with the technical capability to access user content directly or by itself. In short, when governments seek information from Microsoft relating to customers, we strive to be principled, limited in what we disclose, and committed to transparency. Put together, all of this adds up to the following across all of our software and services: Microsoft does not provide any government with direct and unfettered access to our customer’s data. Microsoft only pulls and then provides the specific data mandated by ...

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Microsoft revealed during the announcement about Xbox One that you will be able to to play disc-based games while they’re installing to the Xbox hard drive. Microsoft has recently confirmed that the same applies for digital downloads too. You can start playing the game before it gets completed. Once certain parts of the game get downloaded, you can start playing the game while Xbox will continue the download in the background. Sony also confirmed that this same feature is also there in their PlayStation 4 console. ...

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