Review Category : Microsoft

In the recent SEC filing, Microsoft has revealed that it has awarded 418,361 shares (about 14 million in current value) to former Windows president Steven Sinofsky. It also revealed that Microsoft has also signed a non-compete agreement with Steven to prevent him landing in other companies, “accepting employment at certain competitors or encouraging certain customers of Microsoft to choose a competing offering to Microsoft products,” until December 31st 2013. Here is Microsoft’s official response, Given Steven’s 23 years of strong service at Microsoft, which included leading teams that produced six versions of Office and two versions of Windows, the company will continue to provide him with the economic value of the stock awards he earned during his employment, similar to the retirement benefits we provide employees who work at least 15 years and retire at 55 or older. This agreement provides a number of important considerations for Microsoft, including a commitment ...

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The new Reputation system will be an integral part of Xbox Live in the Xbox One.  The reputation system will track player misbehavior and essentially create communities of like players that behave similarly while playing games.  OXM got an exclusive interview with Microsoft’s senior product manager Mike Lavin who explained the reputation system in more detail. OXM reports: The key aim is that players won’t have to splinter off into Parties to ensure they aren’t matched with objectionable types in multiplayer. “There’s a lot of folks, a lot of our core consumers who just want to basically kick back and stay in touch with some of their old college buddies,” Lavin began. “That’s cool, and Party Chat today and our Party system is leaps and bounds ahead of competitors, from the standpoint of just being able to isolate yourself and cross-game chat.  But the problem we see is that this ...

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Microsoft is working on making major improvement for laptop for the final release of Windows 8.1 .  Windows principal program manager James Clarke outlined some of the improvements being planned for the 8.1 release later this year: According to the Verge: Microsoft has been working with Intel, Elan, and Synaptics to allow Windows 8.1 to directly control the pointer, multi-touch, and gesture support in trackpads. They’ll also include smoother scrolling and better zooming and panning support. Clarke showed off a “co-engineering effort with Intel” that is a concept device using the new “Precision Touchpad” support, noting that Microsoft has “invested in accidental activation prevention to help really filter out these non-deliberate touches on the touchpad.”The work is clearly in the early stages, but Microsoft believes some laptops will debut with the improvements later this year. “These devices will be coming to market in some limited availability this holiday and then shipping in volume ...

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Microsoft drew a hard line in the sand with enabling “Do Not Track” by default on Internet Explorer.  While this was good for consumers, websites have to honor the Do Not Track request and many sites refused to after IE enabled it by default.  You may be glad to know that Microsoft-News honors all of your do not track requests, we are committed to not scroogling you. Today Microsoft is introducing user-granted exceptions to Do Not Track requests.  This allows users to specify certain websites to track them, allowing certains websites to make more money and users to continue to receive content for free. Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch reports: As part of our ongoing commitment to privacy, Microsoft has included improvements to our support of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Do Not Track (DNT) effort in the Windows 8.1 Preview released at Microsoft’s Build confrence last week. ...

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Bing< Maps looks like it could be the next major secret-spiller making headlines; you may recall that previously Bing May Have Revealed Secret U.S. Drone Base.  Bing’s satellite-imaging service captured a stealth Russian fighter jet, which was previously thought to be ancient history.  The airplane, known as the Mikoyan Project 1.44, was reportedly launched during the fall of the Soviet Union and was thought to be put to bed in 2001. . Mashable reports: The jet was purportedly Russia’s first attempt at a flyable stealth fighter — one that was meant to match one of America’s best-kept secrets, the F-22 Raptor. Some speculated that the fighter jet was sent to China to kick-start Beijing’s own stealth development program.  Foreign Policy compared China’s J-20 stealth fighter, revealed in 2010, to the 1.44 (see above). The 1.44 is the larger of the two planes, found just outside Moscow’s Zhukovsky airfield, but the ...

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Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft in 2008 and devoted to most of his time to philanthropic activities since then.  Gates is still chairman of the board at Microsoft is the company’s largest shareholder, owning roughly 8% of the company and has been working closely with Ballmer lately on the re-org plan. Gates will be keynoting the the annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on July 15 and 16.  Four hundred elite academic investigators will gather at the event in Redmond, Washington, to explore the future with Microsoft researchers.  This will be Gates first appearance back since 2005. Gates will address the role of computing in solving global problems, and then take questions from the in-person audience and online viewers. The keynote will be rebroadcast later in the day, but if you have a question for this leader in computing and philanthropy, be sure to view live at 9 a.m. PT on ...

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Microsoft has filed a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against VertexPC, a Buford company that sells PCs and other computer equipment and software, according to documents filed recently in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Microsoft is seeking unspecified damages, said VertexPC and owner Peter Dapice “advertised, marketed, installed and offered and distributed unauthorized copies.” VertexPC says it was founded in 1999 in New York and relocated to metro Atlanta in 2004. In addition to providing computer equipment, the hardware and software merchant says it provides consulting services to several stock trading and financial institutions, and its clients have included Coca-Cola, NASA, and governmental, educational and medical institutions across the country.  Microsoft says it warned the Gwinnett County company in December about the “consequences of making and distributing infringing copies” of its software.  In April of this year, however, Microsoft said VertexPC distributed to an “investigator” computer systems with installed unauthorized copies ...

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Microsoft previously released a list of 21 countries that it would launch the Xbox One for holiday 2013.  Japan was not among them.  Today Microsoft Japan President Yasuyuki confirmed that Japan is a “tier 2″ country and the console will launch in early 2014 in the country. Higuchi also said the the Xbox One “won’t be delayed too much from the North American release.” Microsoft has not seen huge success in Japan, Sony’s home territory.  With the PS4 launching holiday 2013 in Japan, it is probably more sensible for Microsoft to launch it in early 2014.  The Xbox One will also launch in early 2014 for many other Asian countries. Xbox One Launch Countries for Holiday 2013: Australia Austria Belgium Brazil Canada Denmark Finland France Germany Ireland Italy Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Norway Russia Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Source: Games Industry International ...

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Microsoft has released the first set of updates since the Windows 8.1 Preview launch& bug fixes for Windows 8.1 since its release last week. You may recall 5 updates were released the day of the Windows 8.1 preview: Update for Windows RT 8.1 Preview (KB2864247) which is specifically supposed to fix a bug causing Metro apps to crash on Windows 8.1 Preview just after launch. Update for Windows RT 8.1 Preview (KB2864806) that makes it possible to sing you Google account through Picasa or other applications that rely on Google services. According to Microsoft, this issues occurs because “the application cannot retrieve certain cookies located on the computer.” Update for Windows RT 8.1 Preview (KB2864808) addressing a bug in Internet Explorer 11. “When you start and then pause a download in Internet Explorer 11 Preview on a Windows 8.1 Preview-based computer, the download cannot be resumed,” the company explains. Update ...

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Microsoft has removed the Facebook and Flickr integration from the Photo app in Windows 8.1 along with support for photos on network storage.  One of the key features in Windows Phone has been the tight social integration with the ability to pull photos from many services within the photo app. It seems Microsoft is moving in the other direction with Windows 8.1. A spokesperson for Microsoft, speaking in the Microsoft community forums said: In Windows 8, we wanted to provide a way for folks to view their photos on other services knowing there would be few (if any) apps in the store at launch that would do so.  Now there are many apps in the store that offer ways to view photos on other services and soon there will even be a Facebook app from Facebook.  We’re confident Facebook will offer great ways to view and engage socially with photos ...

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Microsoft Research has released their Network Speed Test app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. They have already released the same app in Windows Phone Store last month. Description: How fast is your Internet connection? Network Speed Test measures your network delay, download speed and upload speed. Using servers all over the world, Network Speed Test measures your network connection’s latency and throughput. Based on your connection’s speed, Network Speed Test will tell you what activities you might be able to do, such as stream music or video calls. Slide to the right to see a history of your previous tests for easy comparisons. When you test your network using the Network Speed Test, certain characteristics of your device and the network connection will be sent to Microsoft to help improve our understanding of network quality and availability. If you consent, we may also collect information about your location ...

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Skype introduces “Stay Together,” a new campaign via Pereira & O’Dell. The “Stay Together” ads strive to have a powerful emotional connection with the audience instead of focusing on the technology itself; in this case, to keep family and friends in touch despite long distances. A similar type of ad has been recently seen in the Apple “Made in California” commercial. AdAge reports: The first in the series is “The Impossible Family Portrait,” featuring Denis, separated from his family in Uganda and trying to keep in touch with his family and adopted son, over Skype. There’s also “Animal Family Portrait,” [below] about a zookeeper who had to leave Australia but still keeps in touch with her animal friends, and “The Growing Up Family Portrait,” about 10-year-old Julie and her cousin in Brazil. There’s also a contest where Skype asks users to share stories of how they use the service to ...

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Microsoft today announced that the Bing Ads platform will be available in Windows 8.1 Smart Search which was announced last week as part of the upcoming Windows 8.1 release. With Windows 8.1 Smart Search, consumers can look for information across the web, device, apps and cloud. They can play, launch, view or browse items in a single tap. It is a modern search experience to allow consumers to find the information they are looking for quickly and accomplish a broad range of tasks – giving people a faster way to find, discover and do. Just like in Bing web search results, Smart Search results in Windows 8.1 will also feature Bing Ads. Bing Ads will be an integral part of this new Windows 8.1 Smart Search experience. Now, with a single campaign setup, advertisers can connect with consumers across Bing, Yahoo! and the new Windows Search with highly relevant ads ...

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Game Critics Awards 2013 was announced that today. Of all the games that were awarded by the 30 media outlets that vote on the Game Critics Awards, one game stood out high. It’s Titanfall from EA/Respawn which will be exclusive to Microsoft platforms (PC, Xbox 360 And Xbox One). It won best of the show, best original game, best console game and so much more. Take a look at the list below. Check out the trailer after the list. Best of Show Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Original Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, XBox 360, Xbox One) Best Console Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Handheld/Mobile Game Tearaway (Media Molecule/SCEA for PSVita) Best PC Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Hardware/Peripheral Oculus Rift (Oculus VR) Best Action Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Action/Adventure ...

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Picturepan2 over at LiveSino has some shown off some nice screenshots of the Mail, People, and Calendar apps as they will look in the final version of Windows 8.1 Mail: In the mail app it will be easier to multi-select & triage, support for drag and drop has been added, and snap mode for attachments is now supported.  The application will now be known as the “Windows 8 Outlook.com client.”  There are also sweep/cleanup features similar to Outlook.com as well as auto-categorizing your email such as newsletters and social mail. Calendar: What’s Next feature will show the next series of events on the calendar. People: People app will get a significant UI makeover. Clicking on a contact’s first letter will change the look of the filter. A search box inside the updated People app and the contact page for each profile will also get a new look. Source: Windows Newsroom via LiveSino ...

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