Review Category : Microsoft

Last week we reported that Microsoft has hired Qualcomm Executive Vice President Peggy Johnson for a high-level executive post at Microsoft. In the 24 years Johnson has worked at Qualcomm, she has held positions in nearly every facet of the Company. Today, Microsoft confirmed that Peggy will join Microsoft’s Senior Leadership team. She will be the executive vice president of business development and will be responsible for driving strategic business deals and partnerships across various industries with key customers, strategic innovation partners, OEMs, key accounts, third-party publishers and industry influencers. Prior to this role, Johnson spent 24 years at Qualcomm where she held various leadership positions across engineering, sales, marketing and business development.  Most recently, Johnson served as executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president of global market development where she was responsible for commercializing new business opportunities and developing strategic relationships for the company.  Notably she was responsible ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are are not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 “Update 2.” Instead of waiting for months and bundling together a bunch of improvements into a larger update as we did for the Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft is planning to use the existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements along with the security updates normally provided as part of “Update Tuesday.” Some of the updates will include improvements that is more visible or even new features, while others might be more “behind-the-scenes” that improve things like the performance, security and reliability of your device. Microsoft also announced that the upcoming August 12th Update Tuesday will include following new features and improvements: Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag. Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi ...

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  Ubuntu and Mac OS X always had the feature to switch between different desktop environments. You can have virtual desktops for running different set of applications at the same time and keep your things organized. Even though Windows OS internally supported this feature, Microsoft didn’t make it as a consumer facing feature. However, there is a small utility called Desktops which allow you to enjoy the same feature. Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you’re not using. After you configure hotkeys for switching desktops, you can create and switch desktops either by clicking on the tray icon to open a desktop preview and switching window, or by using the hotkeys. You can download Desktops for free ...

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The developers behind popular Kickstarter project Haptix is now back with a product called Touch+. Touch+ is a successor to Haptix and costs just $75. Touch+ is a small and sleek bar that turns any surface into a multitouch controller for your PC or laptop. Touch+ contains two cameras that track the 3D positions of your fingers and allow you to use multitouch by detecting the height of your fingers. It also enables gesture shortcuts by detecting the hand gestures you make.  You can use this 3D tracking device to tap, swipe, or zoom on any surface while seeing your fingers on the screen. You can order the sensor here from Ractiv. via: Engadget ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced commitment plans for Azure which offered up to 32% discounts. Now, Microsoft has pulled this offer for new subscribers. However, existing subscribers can continue to use this offer. Make a monthly commitment to Azure for 6 months or 12 months and receive a significant discount of 20-32%. The discount you earn is determined by the monthly monetary amount you commit. We offer two options: Pay Monthly: Minimum commitment $500/month billed monthly Pre-Pay: Pre-Pay for the entire term and get an additional discount If you have an unused commitment balance at the end of a billing month, it will be rolled over as a credit to future billing months until the end of your offer term. Microsoft is yet to comment on this new change in policy. Update: Microsoft provided the following statement regarding this policy change, “We have nothing to share at this time, but Microsoft ...

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We have come across few reports in the past that Microsoft is working on the next version of Windows codenamed Threshold that can run Android apps without any modification. Hal Berenson, a former Microsoft employee recently published a blog post on current state of Windows/Windows Phone and how Microsoft may move with the upcoming major release. In that post, Hal said that Microsoft might be depending on OpenMobile’s Application Compatibility Layer to enable Android apps on Windows. ACL does not use any virtualization or emulation techniques, instead it integrates the Android application runtime into native Windows. OpenMobile’s solution uses the Android open source project (AOSP) app management software as the base for ACL. Utilizing the Dalvik virtual machine and all required Android runtime libraries from AOSP, ACL will enable Android apps on any non-Android operating system, including Windows. Even though enabling Android apps on Windows will further alienate developers from ...

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After selling the Devices and Services unit to Microsoft, Nokia is planning to again enter the consumer product business with a new product. According to a Nokia job listing, Nokia is planning to launch a product that is currently being developed under Everyday Adventures vertical and will be in the US market for this holidays under the HERE brand. HERE is looking for a Head of Marketing for the Everyday Adventures vertical which is currently developing a stealth product intended to launch in the US for holiday 2014. Under the HERE brand umbrella you will develop the full marketing mix and launch a unique consumer experience around the motivations and needs of an active outdoor lifestyle community globally. Specifically, You will build the full brand offering behind a category defining range of disruptive soft- and hardware products including packaging, pricing and distribution You will be responsible for developing the global ...

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As announced by the Bing Ads team earlier, Microsoft today revealed the overhaul of the Bing Ads web interface. Microsoft has redesigned it based on the feedback of from customers. The site been redesigned to simplify navigation, a number of existing features have been revamped to make you more efficient including negative keywords, opportunities and change history. It include the following improvements: Easier access to frequently used tools and links Shared libraries – lists of entities you can reuse across campaigns starting with shared negative keyword lists Multi-metric trend charts make it easy to view key campaign performance metrics at a glance More intuitive and actionable proposals in the Opportunities tab Overhauled Change History page, with undo functionality forthcoming Read more about it here.   ...

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Microsoft OneNote team today announced the new release of APIs that will help developers to write a full fledged OneNote app. Along with the launch of these new APIs, they have also just turned on the ability to create new notebooks on OneNote Online. This is a feature that has been requested by many of our users and Now that it is available, the OneNote Online experience is more convenient to use than ever before. Creating a new Section Creating a new section is similarly easy. Let’s create a new section called “BIOLOGY 101” in the notebook that we just created. In this case, we will use the “id” property above (0-61528580FB755FBB!460) as the {notebookId} below. POST https://www.onenote.com/api/v1.0/notebooks/{notebookId}/sections Note that we are using the exact same API as the one we are providing to our developer community. We are happy to be making this feature and the API available to you ...

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As part of the Channel 9’s Microsoft Research Luminaries series, this week’s video features John Platt, a Microsoft distinguished scientist and deputy managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond who has been working in AI now for 32 years. In the video, they talk about his work in the resurgent research area of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and the impact of deep learning on those fields. Platt, a Microsoft distinguished scientist and deputy managing director of Microsoft Research Redmond, tells interviewer Larry Larsen that he has been with Microsoft for 17 years, but that he has spent no fewer than 32 years in the AI domain. At Larsen’s prompting, Platt then attempts to define and differentiate what is meant by the terms “AI” and “machine learning.” “They’re very intertwined,” he begins. “I would define artificial intelligence as software that’s trying to emulate the human mind. That’s often specific to a domain, like computers that can ...

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Ever since Steve Jobs coined the term Post PC era, it became the buzz word and many analysts claimed that tablets will dwarf the sales of notebooks in couple of years. We are in 2014 now, notebook shipments are still more than that of tablets. With 49.1 million units shipped in the quarter, notebook shipments surpassed those of tablets for the first time since Q3 2013. Shipments in North America and EMEA were up 13% and 8% year on year, helped by good growth in Western Europe and the US. Customers who have bought a tablet already are finding it unnecessary to upgrade their tablet because there is very little innovation happened in the space. On the notebook side, the growth is supported by improving economic conditions, end of Windows XP support, low cost touch screen devices and more. ‘A slowdown in the pace of innovation is creating an issue for ...

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Based on previous reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. The smartwatch will work with iPhones, Android and Windows devices. It will continuously measure heart rate through the day and night and will offer up to two days of battery life. Reecently, Gearlive.com claimed that they have seen the device in person, and it was similar to Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit in appearance. The device will include heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, and a galvanic skin response sensor all built-in. Designer Nadir Aslam has come up with a Microsoft Smartwatch concept which you can see below. I find it interesting, what do you think of this concept? Source: Behance via: Makeuseof ...

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Microsoft developer and tools division today announced several new releases for developers around the world. The most notable ones are the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 and  Azure SDK 2.4. Find the list of releases below, Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 a feature-filled update for all Visual Studio 2013 users. Azure SDK 2.4 an updated SDK of Azure tools for Visual Studio developers to take advantage of the cloud for infrastructure, platform, and dev/test services. Windows Phone 8.1 Update including new emulators to help developers test their apps on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 release. Multi-Device Hybrid Apps CTP 2.0 and update preview release of tools for Visual Studio for building iOS, Android and Windows apps with HTML and JavaScript using the Apache Cordova™ framework. The updated CTP2 of the Multi-Device Hybrid Apps tools includes includes support for developers on Windows 7 desktops, debugging support for Android <4.4 and across-the-board quality, reliability and performance ...

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Microsoft today announced the limited-edition bundle includes an Xbox One console and a Madden NFL 15 game download. You can pre-order by 2 PM PT on August 22 and get it the day it’s released. The bundle includes the following, Download code for Madden NFL 15 on Xbox One Standard Xbox One console Standard Xbox One wireless controller Standard Xbox One chat headset Special edition Madden NFL 15 packaging Token for three Madden NFL Ultimate Team Pro Packs Bundle Description: Xbox One brings together the best exclusive games, the most advanced multiplayer, live TV, and your favorite entertainment apps. Play with friends, find new challengers, upload your best game moments, or broadcast your gameplay on Xbox Live. Then switch quickly between apps or do two things at once by snapping a game, TV, a movie, or apps side-by-side. With the NFL on Xbox One, get NFL scores, stats, and highlights, ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in 17 new countries. With this expansion, Dynamics CRM Online is now available in four global regions serving over 50 global markets. Find the list of new markets below, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, U.S. Virgin Islands, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates Back in June, Microsoft announced their Dynamics CRM spring wave updates along with new markets expansion. With today’s announcement, they are expanding further. With the global expansion, CRM Online is now available and running within Microsoft’s Latin America datacenter located in Brazil.  This means that Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will join Microsoft Azure and Office365 to serve our Latin American customers from our South America datacenter.  This regionally located datacenter means less latency than traversing to North America resulting in better service for our customers in ...

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Last year, Microsoft revealed their limited edition white Xbox One console, Kinect and controller. Those limited edition console was not for public sale and it was limited to Microsoft’s IEB employees. Microsoft was even auctioning one of those console for the good. Today, a French retailer Micromania listed white Xbox One on their website with the launch date in October. Microsoft could be launching this white Xbox One along with the exclusive game Sunset Overdrive. The listing was few hours back. If the listing happens to be true, you can expect Xbox One white to be released on October 28th with the pricing of €399.99. via: OXM ...

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