Review Category : Microsoft

Last year, Microsoft announced the initiative to make its list of patents publicly accessible to anyone on the internet. Following the same path, Microsoft last year announced its plans to provide electronic access to Microsoft’s prior art today. By making this information available to the USPTO and public, reviewers can better ensure issued patents reflect truly novel inventions. Microsoft today announced that the beta testing will be over soon and they are implementing the USPTO’s feedback. They are planning to make the service available to all patent examiners by May 2014 and will continue to add to the database with the goal of providing examiners access to more than 10 million archived Microsoft technical documents. The USPTO reviews thousands of applications, and part of that review includes a search to see if the idea is truly novel. Right now, though, the USPTO lacks easy access to an enormous amount of this ...

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Microsoft is nowadays planning to deliver updates to Xbox One every other month. Following the release of February system update, Microsoft is on the way to release March system update which will significantly improve the multiplayer and party experiences on Xbox One. Microsoft today announced that they will be sending out invitations to select Xbox One customers to preview upcoming Xbox One system updates and provide feedback. Beginning today, Xbox is inviting select Xbox Live members to preview new features coming to Xbox One in a March system update and future system updates as they become available, asking them to provide valuable feedback before the updates are implemented worldwide. Selected participants will receive a message over Xbox Live with a code to register. The next system update will begin rolling out next week to those who will preview the new features. Once registered, participants will be able to test the ...

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As expected, Microsoft today officially announced the that Xbox One Media Remote will be available in Xbox One markets worldwide in early March. The Xbox One Media Remote allows you to control video playback, includes dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons. The OneGuide button provides one-touch, quick access to your favorite TV shows and movies through the Xbox program guide. This remote is designed to help you listen, watch and switch among experiences instantly – allowing you to rule your entertainment.The Media Remote can also control TV/Receiver power and volume through Kinect, which uses IR blasting to send signals to your TV and/or receiver. The Xbox One Media Remote will retail for $24.99 ERP in the US and available in stores around the world. ...

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AMD today announced the new Turbo Dock technology that automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and move it to lower power consumption mode in tablet mode. This technology is expected to power Windows tablets and Hybrid PCs in the coming months. Read the press release below for more details. SUNNYVALE, Calif. —2/20/2013  AMD (NYSE: AMD), creator of the performance tablet category, today announced a new innovation for hybrid PCs that delivers uncompromised mobile PC experiences when in tablet mode or when connected to its base keyboard. Hybrid PCs are a new market segment between full notebooks and pure tablets that AMD plans to demonstrate, along with stand-alone performance tablets, at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain next week. AMD Turbo Dock technology1 automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and ...

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Last month we reported about UK government’s plans for switching to software which can produce open-source files in the “open document format” (ODF). UK government believes that they can cut costs by doing this way. Microsoft is opposing this proposal related to sharing and collaborating with government documents. The government proposes to mandate Open Document format (ODF) and exclude the most widely supported and used open standard for document formats, Open XML (OOXML). We believe this will cause problems for citizens and businesses who use office suites which don’t support ODF, including many people who do not use a recent version of Microsoft Office or, for example, Pages on iOS and even Google Docs. Microsoft Office has supported ODF since 2007, but adoption of OOXML has been more widespread amongst other products than ODF. This move has the potential to impact businesses selling to government, who may be forced to ...

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Hot on the heels of launching OneDrive yesterday, Microsoft Office team has announced launched Office Online, the re-branded Office Web Apps. Along with the new name, there are also launching a new destination Office.com where you can access all the Office Online products. Office.com is a discoverable and shareable web page so that you can start using Office Online right away. Office Online suite includes the following, Word Online OneNote Online Excel Online PowerPoint Online How much does it cost? It is completely free. All you need is a Microsoft account, login with your account in any of the Office Online products and your files are automatically saved to OneDrive, so you can share them with others and  work together on documents, presentations, spreadsheets and notebooks in real-time. The new online experience includes hundreds of Word, PowerPoint and Excel templates so you can go from nothing to something with just ...

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After Microsoft added the Unity framework support in Windows and Windows Phone Store last year, there are more than 2000 games now available in our stores. Microsoft is happy with the way Unity Developer program for Windows is progressing and they are announcing a new special incentive offer, exclusively for Unity developers, to continue to create great games for Windows. Unity developers can get some great benefits including store registration, a Microsoft Windows 8 license, a Windows device (phone/tablets), a promotional package and technical assistance. Check the details of the offer and the Terms & Conditions. Read more about it below, How to qualify: Any Unity developer using Unity 4 to develop their games and apps can apply. Applicants are required to have experience with shipping games and apps on mobile platforms. The content that is submitted for review needs to stand out: it needs to be innovative, interesting, and different from ...

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If you missed out the 100GB OneDrive Storage giveaway offer from Microsoft, Microsoft is giving a chance to get another 20GB. Microsoft sent a mail to OneDrive users after the 100,000 people signed up for 100GB giveaway. Read about it here. Now, there is an another chance to win 100GB of OneDrive storage from Microsoft. You must be one of the first thirty thousand (30,000) participants to visit a participating Microsoft Store during the Promotion Period, activate a free OneDrive account or provide proof of an existing OneDrive account, and using the device provided by an onsite store employee, provide your legal first and last name and valid e-mail address in the designated areas and click the designated button on the Promotion Website (“Website”) as instructed to reveal the Instant-Win Prize you have won. Thirty thousand (30,000) Instant-Win Prizes will be available during the Promotion Period. Ten thousand (10,000) Grand Prizes: ...

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Microsoft today released Skype for Mac 6.14 update. Microsoft has made some changes to improve compatibility with OS X Mavericks and has included some new features too improve the overall experience. Read the new features below. Do Disturb Did you know that you can turn off all notifications, such as new message sounds, by setting your status to Do Not Disturb? This feature has been in Skype for years, but sometimes it can be easy to forget that you’re in this mode and have muted the notifications. That’s why we’ve added a warning to the Notifications preference pane to remind you why you aren’t getting notifications in this state. Too busy to chat? If you are busy and have to decline an incoming call, the caller normally gets a busy signal. But if you have Voice messages set up, you now have the option to let declined callers leave you ...

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During a Reddit AmA on new Surface devices back in September 2013, Surface team confirmed that they are working on LTE version of Surface devices. Why was LTE not included on neither Surface nor Surface Pro? We didn’t talk about it today, but Surface 2 will be launching an awesome LTE SKU early next year! Looks like the time has come. A Surface device with AT&T LTE has now passed through the FCC which again confirms that we are closer to launch. We can expect the device either in March or April. FCC published the Surface with LTE documents just today and since it comes with confidentiality request, we have very less details on the device. Neowin noted in the testing report that the device is running Windows RT OS. “EUT driver software installed during testing was Windows RT8.1 Preview Build 943”. I guess the device should be identical to current Surface 2 with an added option for cellular. What do ...

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If you missed out the 100GB OneDrive Storage giveaway offer from Microsoft, Microsoft is giving a chance to get another 20GB. Microsoft sent the following mail to OneDrive users after the 100,000 people signed up for 100GB giveaway. As you may have seen earlier today, we gave away 10 petabytes of storage to celebrate the launch of OneDrive. That’s enough space to store a selfie of every man, woman, and child on the planet and we’re thrilled that it went so quickly! Did you miss out? Don’t worry. Because of your interest in OneDrive before it launched, we want to make sure you can get started with some extra storage too. You can click the link in your mail to get an extra 20 GB for one year, and after you redeem your storage, tell a friend about OneDrive by forwarding this email and they too can get extra storage by ...

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  Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $229 from Amazon. FYI, It costs $299 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great tablet PC that runs on full Windows instead of Windows RT. Specs:  Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC Color: Black It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now. Check out the 32GB model deal here. Check out the 64GB model deal here. Amazon has also started selling ThinkPad 8 Windows tablet. The 64Gb model is the only model available and it costs $449. Find the listing here from Amazon.   Related deal posts: Microsoft Store ...

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Microsoft today made the announcement about the rebranding of SkyDrive to OneDrive and also announced updated Android apps, new storage plans, etc. Apart from Windows, iOS and Android, OneDrive is also available on Xbox One. You can save your recorded game videos to OneDrive directly and share it with your community. Or you can sit back and relax your OneDrive photos albums and videos as slideshows. Xbox One team also announced that you can now earn Xbox Live Achievements for using OneDrive on Xbox One. Here’s a few of the achievements you can earn: Week one winner – Open OneDrive on Xbox One in the first week Week one wizard – Play 20 photos in a slideshow from your camera roll in the first week Hope those aren’t all selfies… – View 10 photos from your camera roll Long exposure – View 100,000 photos On a roll – Watch five ...

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Last week we reported that Amazon Canada’s listing has revealed that Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One Media Remote accessory in March. It will cost around $25USD and will ship on March 4th. Xbox One Media Remote looks simple with minimal design with essential control buttons. You also have a button to switch between apps in Xbox One with Xbox One logo on its top. Today, The Verge reported that Microsoft will officially announce the remote this week(Feb 20th). We understand the Media Remote will allow Xbox One users to navigate, launch, and control media apps, and it will also work as an infrared remote to control TV or AV receiver volume. The remote also has a button to launch the OneGuide TV feature, but we’re told the channel up and down buttons will only work in the US within the TV app, largely because this feature has not yet rolled out ...

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Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft is planning to give 100,000 people 100 GB of free storage for 1 year on OneDrive. OneDrive’s Twitter account will give clues about other details on how to take part in this giveaway, etc,. Now, OneDrive Twitter account has tweeted the above puzzle with following information. You need to solve the puzzle for details. To celebrate the official launch of OneDrive, today we will also give 100,000 people 100 GB of free storage for 1 year. That’s 10 PB of free storage—enough storage space for a photo of everyone on the planet. If you want to be one of those 100,000, keep an eye on @OneDrive for clues. #OneDrive is here, as is your chance to win 100 GB FREE storage. Solve the puzzle for details http://bit.ly/O5Yqex pic.twitter.com/ciNyiyp4gd Update: Use http://OneDrive.com  now and get 100GB bonus storage for a year for free   ...

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Along with the announcement about the launch of OneDrive, Microsoft also announced a huge giveaway that will happen today. Microsoft is planning to give 100,000 people 100 GB of free storage for 1 year on OneDrive. OneDrive’s Twitter account will give clues about other details on how to take part in this giveaway, etc,. To celebrate the official launch of OneDrive, today we will also give 100,000 people 100 GB of free storage for 1 year. That’s 10 PB of free storage—enough storage space for a photo of everyone on the planet. If you want to be one of those 100,000, keep an eye on @OneDrive for clues. Update: Use http://OneDrive.com  now and get 100GB bonus storage for a year for free Source: OneDrive Blog ...

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