Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft, via Corporate Vice President of  Microsoft Technology Policy David Tennenhouse, has released a statement about the US government relinquishing control of internet addresses.  As far as I’m concerned it’s a fairly hollow statement made only after it was certain transition would be made. The U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s recent announcement of its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community is a significant and welcome development. Unlike the other major international communications networks (e.g., the telephone system and postal systems), there has been no single government-led organization that has guided the evolution and growth of the Internet. Instead, “Internet governance” has been the responsibility of literally dozens of different organizations, involving academics, technologists, government and business working collaboratively to create and implement the key standards, shape business practices, and develop norms that have enabled the Internet to grow at an ...

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Given all the hype, it is no surprise to anyone that Titanfall is #1 selling console game in the UK, but is nice to have the data to back it up.  Sales of the Xbox One are up 96% with 70% of Xbox Ones purchased this week were part of the Titanfall bundle (in the UK).   Last Week This Week Title New entry 1 Titanfall New entry 2 Dark Souls II 1 3 South Park: Stick Of Truth 4 4 The LEGO Movie Videogame 2 5 Thief 5 6 FIFA 14 3 7 Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 6 8 Call Of Duty: Ghosts 7 9 Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition 8 10 Battlefield 4 10 11 Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag New entry 12 Yoshi’s New Island 9 13 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 12 14 Grand Theft Auto V 14 15 Aliens: Colonial Marines 11 16 Rayman Legends 16 17 ...

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Microsoft OneNote team today made some significant announcements. The announcements include free OneNote app for all Windows 8/Windows 7 customers, releasing new OneNote for Mac, new OneNote Clipper service, new Office Lens app for Windows Phone devices. Along with all these, there is a hidden gem called OneNote Service APIs. This is a REST API that allows you to create rich content in OneNote and reach millions of users who are already using OneNote, for work and life, and across Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iOS, Android and the Web. Microsoft also announced 12 partners today, who have all successfully integrated with OneNote through our API to enhance their products and services. These partners are Feedly, News360, Weave (WP8/Win8), IFTTT, Livescribe, Doxie, Genius Scan, JotNot, Neat, Epson, Brother and Mod Notebooks. Partner apps and devices: We want to make it easy to remember things from anywhere, not just Microsoft apps. So ...

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As expected, Microsoft today announced the availability of Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE). This LTE model comes only in one SKU, that is only 64GB model available. This new Surface 2 LTE will be available to purchase for $679 USD (ERP) in the US at Microsoft retail stores, www.MicrosoftStore.com and at BestBuy.com and all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores beginning tomorrow, March 18. In launching this new version of Surface 2, we’re adding the power and reach of AT&T’s 4G LTE network to an already fantastic device. Along with cellular connectivity, all of the refinements that went into Surface 2 are here: the increased speed and battery life, the dual-position kickstand, Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT, the full HD screen, the upgraded front- and rear-facing cameras and full-size USB 3.0 port, just to name a few. In addition, when you purchase Surface ...

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Along with the announcement about release of free version of OneNote app for Windows and Mac users, Microsoft also announced a new service called OneNote clipper. OneNote Clipper is the easiest way to save anything on the web to OneNote with just one click. To get started, use any major browser to visit www.onenote.com/clipper and follow the instructions to add the purple Clip to OneNote button to your Favorites bar. Congratulations, now you’re all set to start clipping the web to OneNote! To clip, just browse to any webpage and click the Clip to OneNote button. Once signed in, you’ll see the actual OneNote Clipper. The Clipper will let you know that it’s sending the page to OneNote, and when it’s finished, you can click the OneNote logo to immediately view your clip in OneNote Online. All of your clips are saved to the Quick Notes section of your default ...

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Microsoft today announced that OneNote 2013 app will be available for free to all Windows 8/Windows 7 customers. Earlier, you have to buy it as part of Office 2013 suite or buy it separately for $69. OneNote is now free everywhere including the Windows PC desktop and Mac version. There are some premium features that are available to paid customers, but most of the features are available to everyone. People love OneNote 2013 on Windows. We want this awesome experience to be available to anybody, so we’ve created a free version! It’s designed for personal and school use, it’s totally ad-free and there’s no limit on how long you can use it because it’s not just a trial. For Office 365 and Office 2013 customers, we have premium features like SharePoint support, version history, Outlook integration and so on, but all the core OneNote application capabilities are available in the ...

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As rumored last week, Microsoft has today released OneNote for Mac app for free to everyone. With this, OneNote is now available on all the platforms you care about: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. Similar to other Office for Mac applications, OneNote for Mac has the Ribbon user interface with a variety of options for formatting and styling your notes. Your notes can be styled however you like. You can choose that special font and color you like to use for your notes, or emphasize important content with bold, underline or highlights. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we make it easy for you to insert pictures in your notes and place them anywhere on your page. And when your notes are best organized in a table, you can easily do so with a variety of table formatting options, such as ...

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There were some reports that Xbox One controllers will not work with Windows PCs, but Microsoft’s director of product management Albert Penello ended those reports that Xbox One controller will work with Windows PCs for games. Penello commented the following on NeoGAF forums to answer the wrong reports, “This is 100% wrong,” “When the drivers become available, they will work with the existing controllers. There is no plan to do a new, separate controller that only works on Windows. It will be the same as it is on Xbox 360 – the Xbox One controller you have today will work. “That’s not to say that we may not ship also PC SKU of the Xbox One controller, much like we do on Xbox 360.” “No more updates on the timeframe beyond what’s been publicly stated,” said Penello. “The plan is this year. When the update comes out and we have ...

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Every year, Microsoft gives Technical Recognition Awards to Microsoft’s technical leaders and innovators. All honorees are nominated and judged by their peers within the Microsoft Technical Community Network (TCN), a community of senior leaders and contributors representing Microsoft’s technical core. Harry Shum who headed Microsoft’s search efforts was awarded with 2014 Outstanding Technical Leadership. This award recognizes an individual responsible for creating or directly influencing a visionary initiative through collaboration and technical leadership, creating a breakthrough in the technology industry. With the presentation of the Outstanding Technical Leadership Award, the Microsoft Technical Community Network recognizes Harry Shum for his transformative impact on Search Development at Bing in OSD. When Steve Ballmer handpicked Harry Shum to lead the then-struggling Bing search quality team in 2007, Shum considered himself a “surprising choice.” As we shall see, this faith in Shum was well founded: In relatively short order, Shum righted the ship and ...

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Congrats to the "Metro" designers who were honored with Microsoft's Outstanding Tech Achievement tonight! pic.twitter.com/7IS4mujRLI — joebelfiore (@joebelfiore) March 16, 2014 Every year, Microsoft gives Technical Recognition Awards to Microsoft’s technical leaders and innovators. All honorees are nominated and judged by their peers within the Microsoft Technical Community Network (TCN), a community of senior leaders and contributors representing Microsoft’s technical core. This year, Outstanding Technical Achievement 2014 was awarded to Microsoft Design team. This team award recognizes an outstanding and innovative technical achievement that has profoundly transformed the world of software and addressed some of the most urgent technological challenges facing the world today. This is not a single team, but design leaders from Windows, Office, Xbox, etc. The award was given to the people in the above below. Top row: Alan Urdan(Windows team), Samuel Moreau(Windows team leader), Joseph McLaughlin(Office team), Ralf Groene9Surface team), Ramiro Torres(Xbox team), Front row: Albert ...

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VLC for Windows 8 was finally made available in the Windows Store, in beta form, just a few days ago.  The initial release contained a number of bugs including one that crash the app on startup.  An update to fix this issue along with improving the stability of the app has been submitted to the Windows Store.  President of VideoLan Jean-Baptise Kempf gave us an update on his blog: After the first beta release a couple of days ago, a second build fixing the most important crashes has been submitted to the store, for certification. It should notably fix the crash on start, on some machines, but other stability issues, on the music side too! We’d like to thank the new contributors that helped. It should appear automagically in a few hours on the store. Next release, next week! Hopefully these rapid updates continue. It appears VLC seems to have more than a 1000 users ...

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Over $400,000 has already been given away at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest where the world’s most popular browsers are exploited for cash prizes.  An item which has been getting very little media attention is a $150,000 prize for exploiting Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 11 running on 64-bit Windows 8.1, with the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) turned on is still unclaimed. On the other hand, Google Chrome has been exploited twice, and a handful of exploits for Mozilla Firefox were also shown off.  Internet Explorer was successfully exploited once without EMET turned on. Source: @jmanici ...

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Banks around the world will miss a deadline to upgrade outdated software for automated teller machines (ATMs) and face additional costs to Microsoft to keep them secure.  The Redmond software giant first warned that it was planning to end support for Windows XP in 2007, but only one-third of the world’s 2.2 million ATMs which use the system will have been upgraded to a new platform, such as Windows 7 by the April deadline, according to NCR, one of the biggest ATM makers. To ensure the machines are protected against viruses and hackers many banks have agreed deals with Microsoft to continue supporting their ATMs until they are upgraded, extra costs and negotiations that were avoidable but are now likely to be a distraction for bank executives. “There are certainly large enterprise customers who haven’t finished their migrations yet and are purchasing custom support,” a spokesman for Microsoft said, declining ...

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In a lengthy blog post today, released on a Friday evening in an effort to bury the story, Mozilla announced it was cancelling the Metro Firefox Project.  The company cited “low usage” and “limited resources.”  Having tried out the Metro browser a couple times it was a terrible & buggy piece of software.  Also not mentioned in the blog post was that the project was wildly off schedule, like clockwork every few months I would write about how the project had been delayed again and again.  I used the first beta of Windows 8 in 2011 we’re now almost quarter way through 2014.  Mozilla is clearly struggling to find its identity.  With their “limited resources” they seemed to manage to write an entire mobile operating system which has gained little traction as well.  Firefox is being overtaken by the popularity of Google Chrome, the very company the are dependent on their funding for.  ...

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Microsoft has scored a big deal in Sweden with the Riksdag Administration buying into Windows 8, Office 2013, Skype, and Lync.  The new environment started rolling out in  March in the form of a pilot project with 100 participants and after the elections this fall, all 1,650 jobs in Parliament will receive the new software. The big Microsoft venture also means that employees will receive select phones and tablets based on Windows. The Swedish government will be developing apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. (Due to the translation it is unclear if the government is adopting Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 or Win8.1 Update 1) Mr Einarsson, head of it operations at the Parliament administration, says that the focus on mobility that began a few years ago are now going to be widened, which will offer the same experience to users regardless of which device they are using.  The ...

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Microsoft continues to bring significant updates to the Xbox One and today announced their first update for Skype for Xbox One since its launch in November. This list of improvements includes chat history sync, new Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Emoticons, contact filtering based on their online status, tutorial for first time users, and lots of bug fixes. #1 Improved Chat: We know that many of our users jump between using Skype on their PC to their phone and now to their living room. So we’ve been focused on enhancing this experience, keeping conversations in sync and reducing the number of missed messages to make your chat experience even better. Improved chat is now synchronized and comes with push notifications, alerting you when a new message arrives, and providing a longer chat history – up to 1,000 messages, rather than just the past 7 days. #2 Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier ...

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