Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft is always looking for various types for content to bring it to its Xbox audience. Today, Microsoft announced their partnership with  Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Yes, Microsoft is bringing this music festival experience right into your living room through your Xbox. Various HD streams from the festival will be available for viewing. This new partnership will give Xbox users unprecedented access to the live Bonnaroo experience through an exclusive, interactive television event that will be streaming in high-definition where available. Enjoy live music like never before, with multiple streams featuring the best performances, biggest artists and amazing SuperJams. Explore this year’s lineup to see the best of Bonnaroo’s past with exclusive performances.  Join the conversation with fellow virtual-Bonnaroovians and get connected to your friends and the festival. Wil Mozell, general manager of Xbox Entertainment Studios said, “This is an amazing event to bring to Xbox, to showcase our unique capabilities for ...

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Microsoft India has partnered with Acer, MBD Group and Tata Teleservices for offering special bundled tablets for private schools (K6-12). They will be offering Acer W4 8-inch Windows tablet for Rs.24,999 for all these schools. It has got the standard hardware spec and it comes with Office Home and Student as well as Office 365. Microsoft has also included the Office 365 Education A2 and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification for students. Read the full press release below. New Delhi – 6th February, 2014: Microsoft India today announced the availability of special bundled tablets for private schools (K6-12) in partnership with Acer, MBD Group & Tata Teleservices. This consortium envisions a future of education where content, technology and connectivity come together seamlessly to make learning more immersive. Priced at Rs. 24,999 per device, the bundle is available to all private schools (K6-12) in India. The specially created bundle comprises a ...

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Lots of information regarding Windows 8.1 Update 1 started leaking on the web in the last few weeks. Wzor today posted new screenshots of Windows 8.1 Update 1 build 6.3.9600.16608.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140130- 2030. The new build still boots to desktop directly instead of Start screen in the case of PCs with no touch screens. I think Microsoft is trying to please mouse and keyboard desktop users with this move. Also, this build includes the Internet Explorer Enterprise mode which will allow organizations to run IE in older versions mode to have better compatibility with internal apps. Also, Neowin reported that the new title bar on the metro apps which includes close, minimize, maximize buttons might be transparent instead of black as in the previously leaked builds. Source: Wzor ...

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Following the release of Windows Phone version, NBC Sports Live Extra app is now available in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. It allows you to watch thousands of hours of Live coverage of 2014 winter Olympics. Microsoft’s Windows Azure is powering the whole streaming thing. Read about it here. Description: NBC Olympics: Watch more than 1,000 hours LIVE for FREE with the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Coming in February, watch live coverage of the 2014 Winter Games: All 15 sports. All 98 medal events. All streamed LIVE! Download now on your Windows 8 device. The vast majority of live streaming content on NBC Sports Live Extra will only be available to authenticated cable, satellite and telco customers via TV Everywhere. Further instructions are provided in the app settings section. NBC Olympics video is only accessible in the U.S. and certain U.S. territories. The application requires a 3G, 4G ...

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Information continues to trickle out of the recently leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 build.  A report by WinBeta shows a variation of the popular Aero Glass theme can be enabled in the build: It also appears Microsoft may be working on a return of the highly popular Aero Glass theme. From what can be enabled in the recent Windows 8.1 Update 1 leak, looks like a variation of the Glass theme can be enabled. In this build, it’s extremely buggy and doesn’t work as intended to. Dragging windows with Glass enabled lags and leaves many UI errors. So this is definitely a work in progress. The primary reason cited for the removal of Aero Glass was the impact on battery life.  Do you want Aero Glass to come back? Update, Tom Warren reminds us: Sigh. Aero Glass in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is not news. HideBlur is always there in beta and milestone builds. Was same in ...

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Microsoft launched modern.IE website for web developers last year in an effort to make the job for web developers easier when it comes to testing in different browsers. It was a nightmare to test in different Internet Explorer versions since you can’t have more than one version installed on a Windows machine. Also, developers on Mac and Linux platforms were not able to test on IE. To solve this issue, Microsoft launched modern.IE, One of the best ways to easily test across multiple versions of Internet Explorer is through virtualization technology. Since launching last year, over 750,000 developers have used the virtualization tools on modern.ie, saving an average of 1 hour and 20 minutes by using pre-configured VMs and 2 hours and 48 minutes using Browserstack, when compared to building a VM from scratch. Collectively, those developers have saved over one million hours, freeing them to focus on building innovative ...

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Scott Guthrie, well known among developers for his red polo shirts, has been promoted to EVP of Cloud & Enterprise. This is now CEO Satya Nadella’s old position. eWeek snagged his first interview since his promotion. Scott talks about Windows Azure, how they worked with Dev division for lots of integration, competing with Azure, unique position Microsoft holds in this game and more. Here is an excerpt from it. How does all this added together set you up to compete with AWS? I think we’re in a good place right now. The team is executing in Agile. We did a bunch of mobile service announcements. It’s kind of nice because it is kind of rapid and it has the team on its toes. And the quality bar goes up. The biggest thing for us is with the things like BizTalk and Active Directory, it shows us getting very pointy with a ...

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NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group today announced that Microsoft’s Windows Azure Media Services is chosen to use to publish and stream all 98 events of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, through Feb. 23. This involves managing more than 1,000 hours of streaming coverage across devices. Millions of users can access live and on-demand content by using NBCOlympics.com, free NBC Sports Live Extra app, available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. To meet those demands, Windows Azure will be “leading the way by providing end-to-end live streaming of the Winter Olympics entirely in the cloud, including encoding, transcoding and streaming, for the first time in history,” said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft corporate vice president, in a press release announcing the partnership with NBC. “We know the country will be watching, so we think it’s a great testament that NBC Olympics has chosen Microsoft as its partner for ...

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The Razer Edge Pro, which is the world’s first tablet designed for PC gamers is now available under great deal from Amazon. Razer Edge Pro powered by Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce graphics has a 10.1″ full HD multi-touch display. The Gamepad Controller for the Razer Edge makes it the only tablet in the world that allows for console style gaming on the go with full PC game support, immersive vibration-feedback and direct reflective acoustics. The 256GB model is now available for just $1049 from Amazon. Find key specs below. Processor Intel Core i7 Dual Core Processor with Hyper-Threading CPU: 1.9GHz (Base) / 3.0GHz (Turbo) Memory 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB 1600MHz) Storage 256GB SSD (SATA-III) Video Intel HD4000 (DX11) NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology) Display 10.1″ (IPS, 1366×768) Multi-touch HD display Network Intel WLAN (802.11b/g/n + BT4) Operating System Windows 8 Others Stereo speakers Codec supports 7.1 ...

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Killer Instinct developer Double Helix Games has been acquired by Amazon. Amazon commented that they acquired Double Helix as part of their ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers. There are also reports that Amazon is planning to release its own console to compete with Microsoft, Sony and others. Even though Double Helix is now part of Amazon, Microsoft confirmed that Killer Instinct franchise will remain with Microsoft Studios. Microsoft spokesperson said the following regarding this acquisition, “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Double Helix and wish them success in their next endeavor,” “We want all of our loyal fans to know that the Killer Instinct team at Microsoft is not changing and that the franchise will remain with Microsoft Studios. We remain dedicated to delivering a great experience and plan to announce our new development partner soon. We’re excited about the future of this popular franchise.” If you are ...

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An update late last night by VLC’s twitter account revealed they are re-submitting their app to the Window 8/8.1 Store “soon.”  It seems they are close to squashing whatever bugs that caused their app to be rejected last week. Now I believe the original plan was to get VLC working on full Windows 8 first and then WinRT due to some minor api differences.  Hopefully if the team is able to submit the app tomorrow we may be able to download the app within a week’s time. Just a quick refresher on the timeline: VLC asks for funding via Kickstarter in late November of 2012 By late December 2012 VLC has raised nearly $75,000 Update on 90% completion in early April 2012 Update on unforeseen challenges in early June 2012 Further updates in Oct & Dec 2013 of Audio Bug Audio stack re-written in January 2014, UI revamped Failed submission ...

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Last year, Microsoft Research revealed that they are working on an unconventional approach to power a datacenter entirely by fuel cells integrated directly into the server racks. Today, they announced that they have successfully demonstrated the concept at the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UC Irvine. A rack of servers powered directly off the direct current (DC) output of the fuel cell stack, essentially stripping out most of the infrastructure found in the traditional data center energy supply chain. As a result, you will have a very efficient system with a radically simplified supply chain and fewer points of potential failure. But aren’t fuel cells much more expensive than conventional generation technology?  On a pure levelized cost of energy (LCOE) basis, an off-the-shelf fuel cell system will not be cost competitive with conventional generation. In other words, the cost of electrons coming out of the conventional power plant will ...

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Sony, one of the popular Windows OEM known for its high-end machines today announced its sale of VAIO PC business to Japan Industrial Partners. So, Sony won’t be releasing/selling VAIO Windows devices once the deal is over. Read more about it below. Sony and Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (“JIP”) today concluded a memorandum of understanding confirming the parties’ intent for Sony to sell to JIP Sony’s PC business currently operated under the VAIO brand. Following a comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry, Sony’s overall business portfolio and strategy, the need for continued support of Sony’s valued VAIO customers, and future employment opportunities for personnel involved in the VAIO business, the Company has determined that concentrating its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and transferring its PC business to a new company established by JIP is the optimal solution. Sony and JIP will ...

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We have seen several new features that will be coming to Windows 8.1 as part of the upcoming update. Winsupersite today unearthed this new feature called Disk Space in Windows 8.1 Update 1. This Disk Space manager can be accessed from PC Settings screen. Disk Space allows you to manage your storage in your device. You can see the total free space available, how much each apps/games occupy in your disk, get overview of the storage, and the ability to empty recycle bin. To see how much each apps/games occupy on your disk, you need to click “see my app size” under Disk Space. It will show you a detailed screen as below. What do you think of this new feature? Source: Winsupersite ...

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After the official announcement about Microsoft’s new CEO was made, Satya Nadella along with Bill Gates and others addressed hundreds of Microsoft employees who gathered to see their new CEO. Later in the day, Microsoft organized a short interview with Satya in front of key customers and partners. This interview was live telecasted to the public as well. In case you missed it, Microsoft just now uploaded the interview online. Watch it above. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks with Susan Hauser in front of a group of customers and partners about his background and the opportunities he sees for the company’s continued growth and innovation.   ...

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Previously, We heard from various reports that Microsoft is planning to release Windows 8.1 Update 1 in March. Today, Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported that Microsoft’s plans for this update got delayed by a month. The ship target for Windows 8.1 Update 1 has shifted from March 2014 to April 2014. OEMs may receive their final bits in late March to ship in Windows devices. So, there is a possibility that we may get this update on April 8th. This Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked build is now available for download from various illegal sites and the leaked build has a build string of 9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237 revealed many new features that we reported in the past week. New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1: Metro apps have a title bar, with close/minimize buttons and the ability to “Split left/right” when you right-click it. You can keep taskbar visible while using modern ...

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