Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today revealed that its employees have raised a record $113 million for non-profits in 2013. This is a $8 million increase from their last year numbers. Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft said, “Amidst Microsoft’s transformation, the value of community involvement continues to define us as employees.” The $113 million total includes our employees’ cash donations, the company’s matching contributions, and $7.8 million from Microsoft to match volunteer hours logged by our employees. Our volunteer program provides a Microsoft contribution of $17 for every hour spent by our employees. Last year, more than 7,400 employees participated, logging almost 460,000 volunteer hours to help nonprofit groups. This has been growing – enough so that 2014 may well see Microsoft employees contribute half a million hours of volunteer time to help nonprofits thrive. Read more about Microsoft’s contribution to the community here. ...

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  Jacob Miller, a UX designer for Microsoft who worked on Windows 8 has responded in a Reddit thread with his personal views about Windows 8 design decisions. He even talked about how Microsoft classifies users as Casual and Power. As we all know already, Microsoft created Metro UI for consumers who are more into consumption of content than creation. Microsoft’s Windows should satisfy both power users and casual users. Microsoft decided not to confuse casual users with too many options, as a result Metro UI was made the default UI for everyone. He also defended that their decision will look better in the years to come. Read the full reply below. UX designer for Microsoft here. I want to talk about why we chose Metro as the default instead of the desktop, and why this is good in the long run – especially for power users. …but not in ...

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At MS-News, we are fans of Hal who writes a great blog entitled Hal2020. For those not familiar with Mr. Berenson, he is a former Microsoft distinguished engineer and worked at the company from 1994 – 2002 and spent decades at the Digital Equipment Corporation before that. He often writes about Microsoft’s products, people and policies. Today, he wrote a blog post titled “Now I get it, the Consumer guys at Microsoft are just plain wrong!” in which he criticized Windows platform’s “shut up and ship” policy as opposed to older ways of engaging with platform developers in advance. For example, Windows Azure is now following the rapid release cadence and public previews releasing every few weeks. On the contrary, Windows and Windows Phone releases are closely guarded till its release leaving little time for developers to jump in to the new platform. Let me contrast three strategic thrusts going on at Microsoft.  ...

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Microsoft today announced a new Dynamics CRM release which includes new marketing, customer care and social listening capabilities, thanks to  acquisitions Microsoft made last year. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 18, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Tuesday unveiled a comprehensive set of new Microsoft Dynamics CRM capabilities to help organizations match their customers to the right products and services, engage with them in the right way at the right time, and nurture their relationships. The new release is expected in the second quarter of 2014. Delivering on its promise of rapid innovation, the release adds new functionality to help marketers be smarter, enabling them to efficiently drive and manage their marketing campaigns; help businesses engage with and care for customers in a personalized manner on virtually any device, anywhere; and enhance capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 to help businesses sell more effectively. ...

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Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale has started today. If you are looking to buy some games for this cold winter season, now is the right time. For the next 7 days, Microsoft will be offering deep discounts on Xbox 360 games including Halo: Reach, Fable III and more. For the next seven days, we’ll be slashing prices on some of Xbox 360′s best titles, and these are in addition to this week’s normal games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store (which will be revealed tomorrow morning). The titles in the above image are on sale now through tomorrow only (18 February 2014). As part of the Ultimate Games Sale, the following special offers will be available at the discount listed below until 25 February 2014. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft Bing team is planning to tap the potential of local businesses in developing nations like Brazil where maps are not available in the way they are available in countries like USA, UK, etc,. A Microsoft team in Brazil has started a project to start building out this mapping infrastructure in the town of favelas and the team is seeking to build the necessary infrastructure to enable the many parties necessary for the communities to fully participate in the digital town square in ways that many of us in the developed online world take for granted. In places like Johannesburg and Rio, millions of people live in shantytowns and favelas – homes that literally don’t show up on the map. Less than one percent of these major urban settlements have been mapped. While these people may not have formal addresses they are not sitting on the sidelines of technology. For ...

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  Dell XPS 12 is one of the best touch Ultrabook out there and Microsoft Store is now selling them under a great deal. When you buy a Dell XPS 12 device, you will get a free Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB tablet for free. Dell Venue 8 Pro is one of the best 8-inch tablet and an 8-inch model costs around $250. So, you basically get Dell XPS 12 for $850, I think it is a great deal. Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2 in 1, Core i5 – $1099 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Over 8.5 hours battery life Dell XPS 12 Touchscreen 2 in 1, Core i7 – $1699 12.5-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i7-4500U 8GB memory/256GB SSD Over 8.5 hours battery life Find the deal from Microsoft Store. Microsoft was also offering some other deals last week that worth checking, some of ...

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Microsoft and Crytek has announced that the new Survivor mode and the much anticipated “Mars’ Chosen Pack” add-on for Ryse: Son of Rome Xbox Game is coming on February 28th. “Mars’ Chosen Pack” will be available for $8.99 through the Xbox Games Store, and as part of the “Ryse: Son of Rome” season pass. It includes new maps, a new character skin and a brand-new cooperative gameplay type called Survival mode. In Survival mode, there is only one objective: battle alongside a fellow gladiator against endless waves of barbarians as your health gradually drains. The only way to regain health and keep death at bay is with quick kills and brutal executions, but the longer you survive, earning more gold and experience with each wave successfully cleared, the faster your health depletes. In addition to Survival mode, “Mars’ Chosen” Pack features five maps. Two of the maps – Firestorm and ...

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Last week we reported about new Microsoft Research project called Bing Code Search: C# code snippets on-demand for visual studio developers. Bing Code Search for Visual Studio 2013 helps developers find and reuse code samples on the web more easily by bringing the code search experience directly into Visual Studio. With this extension, a developer can search sites such as MSDN, StackOverflow, CSharp411 and Dotnetperls and find, copy and use C# code samples directly inside the IDE. Visual Studio team today officially announced the availability of the plugin for Visual Studio IDE, Behind the scenes, that query is securely beamed up to Bing along with contextual pieces that help us hone in on the fuller meaning of that query. We use meta-data like the project type, semantic context (using the new C#/VB compiler services aka ‘Roslyn’!), and a few other sprinkles of Microsoft Research magic. Those pieces along with the query ...

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Through a strategic partnership with Microsoft, DocuSign is making its industry-leading eSignature apps widely available to businesses and consumers within Microsoft Office 365, including Outlook, SharePoint, and Word – making it even easier for organizations of every size, industry, and geography to quickly and securely transact business anytime, anywhere, on any device. Also, official DocuSign apps are available in Windows Store, Windows Phone Store and more. Read full press release below. REDMOND, Wash., and SAN FRANCISCO — Feb. 17, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and DocuSign on Monday announced a long-term strategic partnership to make DocuSign’s industry-leading eSignature apps widely available from within Microsoft Office 365. DocuSign’s eSignature apps for Office 365, available in the Office Store in early March, will provide customers with the ability to submit and sign documents without leaving Microsoft applications, allowing them to quickly, seamlessly and confidently transact their business. “Leading partners like DocuSign are building apps ...

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Longtime Microsoft Research executive Kevin Schofield has announced that he is moving away from MSR to some other new role at Microsoft.  Kevin Schofield is currently General Manager and Chief Operations Officer for Microsoft Research, he joined Microsoft in 1988, and has worked in Microsoft Research since 1997. His organization drives consensus on technical strategy and priorities for Microsoft’s research efforts, and coordinates business affairs and operations for the division. He is also responsible for developing Microsoft Research’s relationships with customers, press, analysts, and Microsoft’s own product groups. Geekwire reported about his change in job this morning as Kevin updated his Facebook profile as follows, “I love MSR and the direction it’s going in, and part of me is sad to be leaving, but I’d also been there a long, long time and it’s probably good for me to exercise some different muscles. … I’m good, MSR is good, we’re all good, ...

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Microsoft Store is running a great deal on 12 months of Xbox Live Gold subscription. If you own a Xbox or Xbox One console, then it is a must have for you. Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership is now available for just $39.99 (actual price $59.99). Xbox Live Gold is your ticket to the most exciting social entertainment network in the world on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Experience unrivaled multiplayer gaming, HD movies and TV shows, live events, music, and sports. You also get access to premiere entertainment apps, Internet Explorer, and Skype on your TV. With Xbox Live Gold, you’ll be connected with friends, family, and more than 48 million people around the world. Find the deal here from Microsoft Store. ...

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Konami has recently published their plans for their next major release, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes on next generation consoles. MGS5 will run at a native 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second on the Sony PS4 but just 720p at 60 fps on Microsoft’s Xbox One. This is not the first time where a major game developer opts for a lower resolution gameplay, we have seen similar actions from Battlefield, Call of Duty, etc. Microsoft on its part always declined to accept that Xbox One is under powered when compared to PS4. Microsoft have their own example like Forza which runs 1080p on Xbox One. Current Gen / Next Gen Comparison Chart  for MGS5(resolution, frame) PlayStation®3 PlayStation®4 Xbox 360® Xbox One resolution 720P (Scaling internally) 1080P 720P (Scaling internally) 720P frame 30fps 60fps 30fps 60fps Microsoft’s comments on lack of 1080p on several games in Xbox One, “I think the ...

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Microsoft last week announced that they have started the roll-out of February system update for Xbox One customers. As you already know, this update includes several new improvements such as the ability to see and manage your storage space, ability to use your USB keyboard,  and more. One more unreported improvement is that the strong sharpening filter issue reported by many in Xbox One is not fixed. For games that didn’t run natively at a 1080p resolution, and were upscaled to that full HD experience, a strong sharpening filter was applied that caused aliasing and jagged edges. Since it is fixed now, unscaled games should look better. Drew McCoy of Respawn Entertainment also confirmed that, “This should also make the scaler much better”. Find more screenshots from the link below. via: NeoGAF ...

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Microsoft announced the new security bounty programs last year and it have now paid out over $253,000 over to various security experts around the world. In October last year, Microsoft announced their first ever $100,000 bounty for James Forshaw for finding a new class of attack technique on Microsoft’s products. Recently, Microsoft awarded another $100,000 bounty for Yu Yang (@tombkeeper) from NSFOCUS Security Labs. The following researchers have submitted a qualifying vulnerability or new mitigation bypass techniques to Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) Bounty Programs. We thank them greatly for their participation and for working with us to help keep customers safe. Yu Yang (@tombkeeper), NSFOCUS Security Labs Mitigation Bypass variants – $100,000 Yu Yang tweeted the following, @k8em0 In order to express my thanks for your congratulation, maybe I should submit more. — Yang Yu (@tombkeeper) February 15, 2014 Source: Microsoft via: Neowin ...

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The most anticipated FPS of this year Titanfall on Xbox One is just a month away from its release. Few days back, EA/Respawn took Titanfall beta registration live allowing users to sign up for themselves. If you have a received a beta code key, you can enter the beta. Today, Titanfall team tweeted that the beta is now open for download for everyone on Xbox One. Pre-Order Titanfall Now, Coming March 11, 2014 Watch Behind-the-scenes Look At The Titanfall Beta, Including Exclusive Gameplay(Video) Microsoft Announces Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller, Pre-order Now 12 Xbox Games Among VGX 2013 Award Winners, “Titanfall” Wins The Most Anticipated Game Title ...

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