Review Category : Microsoft

The White House is tapping the private sector for its next point man to fix the troubled Obamacare website. The administration is set to announce that Kurt DelBene, an executive at Microsoft, will succeed Jeff Zients in leading the overhaul of the embattled HealthCare.gov, according to four sources with knowledge of the decision. DelBene was most recently the president of the Microsoft Office Division and has been with the company since 1992. He is also the husband of freshman Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.).  It was announced he would retire from the company after Ballmer’s re-org. “I’ve long said that we need more people to enter public service who are focused on delivering results,” Suzan DelBene said in a statement. “Kurt has demonstrated throughout his career that he is about results, and his decision to join the administration will be extremely valuable to their efforts to improve the website.” Led by ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on smaller version of Surface device to be released next year. There were several reports in the past which confirmed the same, but the details on the device are yet to be confirmed. Some reports said that the device will have 8.3 inch 1080p display, while some reported that it will have 7.5-inch 1080p device. Some reports said that the device will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Today, WPDang reported that Surface Mini will come with 8” 1080p display and Intel Bay Trail CPU running full Windows 8.1. They also reported that an ARM version of the same may be in the works. Surface Mini will include some new Kinect like technology that will be able to recognize people’s faces, human hand gestures and more. I’m more skeptical about this Kinect like somatosensory technology baked in Surface mini, but we have to ...

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Microsoft announced the Independent Developers @ Xbox Program (ID@Xbox) which allows independent developers to publish games for Xbox One. First, you have to apply for the developer program. After the application is approved, Microsoft will offer developers free development kits and access to its Xbox One toolset which includes Kinect, Cloud, etc. There is no developer application fees as well. The first set of indie games which are approved by Microsoft is expected to hit the Xbox One Store around March 2014. Speaking to The Edge, ID@Xbox’s director Chris Charla said, “I think it will be early in the New Year, in the first three months. I would say closer to the third month.”   Source: Edge via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft’s Cloud platform Windows Azure is evolving at the rate in which even industry leaders like Amazon are now within the reach in terms of feature parity. Speaking to The Channel, Microsoft’s Windows Azure president Scott Guthrie revealed some interesting information about Azure, how it is evolving, how it compares to Amazon, etc,.  He also said that Skype now runs on Windows Azure, all new storage of SkyDrive goes to Azure, part of Xbox Live is now powered by Azure and Office 365 used Azure’s identity management for authentication. Some excerpts from the interview, “We have more regions than Amazon, we have coverage in places like China that they’re not in,”. “If you want to reach the globe the most, we’re the cloud vendor to do it.” “Every Office 365 customer has a Windows Azure Active Directory login,” he said. “All authentication, all security, all access control for Office 365 ...

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US President Obama is scheduled to meet top executives from US tech companies tomorrow. The main agenda of the meeting is to discuss their concerns about America’s surveillance operations. Recently, Microsoft along with other tech companies wrote an open letter to Obama regarding their concerns about NSA Spying program and others. Obama will also talk about progress with the troubled online federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov, and ways the government and technology industry can partner to boost economic growth. The 15 executives who will meet include the following, Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo! Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and ...

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Edit: Looks like my sources were correct: Microsoft Confirms: CEO Won’t Be Named Until Early 2014 I’ve been inspired by Dina Bass lately.  So take with post with a grain of salt, maybe mountains of salt.  Typically when original rumors are posted on msnews we like to have two other sources of independent confirmation.  The following information in this post is from multiple people, but only a “single source,” so no independent confirmation.  Individuals sending tips often have an agenda, so just keep that in mind. I received an anonymous tip early last week that Microsoft is considering making its CEO announcement late Q2 / early Q3: “[...] the board is now considering announcing the new CEO later than originally planned, most likely at the end of Q2 or maybe early Q3 [...]“ The information did not really make sense to me initially, Q3 would be way too late, giving Ballmer nearly ...

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On November 22nd, as part of the Xbox One Launch celebration on Microsoft campus, there was a wonderful fireworks show. Microsoft captured the fireworks show using  a quad-copter. Xbox One’s Global Launch Party on the Redmond, WA campus November 21, 2013 – we captured the fireworks display from an HD camera mounted on a quad-copter flying 150 feet off the ground. This version has the full music mix added! Enjoy. via: istartedsomething ...

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Microsoft today announced the upcoming update for Forza Motorsport 5 that brings in lots of new features like new race modes such as drag racing and multiplayer “Tag.” Also Microsoft is making adjustments to the Forza Motorsport 5 economy, including increasing the amount of credits earned for racing and lowering the prices of the best cars in the game. Drag Racing First up, we’re adding two significant game modes to Forza 5: drag racing and multiplayer “Tag.” Drag racing in Forza Motorsport 5 is the ultimate test of car tuning, reflexes, and pure power, and you’ll be able to take your favorite drag-tuned rides to the Airfield track and test their mettle on quarter-mile, half-mile, and full-mile drag strips. Drag racing will be available in both Free Play and in Multiplayer game modes. Tag Mode The other big feature addition to Forza Motorsport 5 is the introduction of Tag. Tag ...

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Just few days back Blaise Agüera from Microsoft gave us a demo of the upcoming Photosynth technology TED. Sad news is that he has left to Google. NYTimes today reported that he has left the company to join its rival Google. Blaise and his team worked on some unknown augmented reality, wearable computing and natural user interfaces projects at Microsoft. Publicly we know that Blaise Agüera was working on Photosynth, Bing Maps and Bing Mobile. NYTimes reported that Agüera y Arcas will work on machine learning at Google. Microsoft on its part commented the following, “He was a great colleague and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.” People come and go at Microsoft all the time. But losing someone like Blaise to Google will really hurt Microsoft. Blaise today confirmed his new job on his blog with the following message, Nick Wing­field at the New York Times ...

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Developing original series for Microsoft has taken a little longer than veteran TV executive Nancy Tellem had hoped, but her first slate of shows will launch on the Xbox videogame consoles early next year. “We’re hoping we will be able to put something up in the first quarter, at minimum second quarter,” said Tellem, president of entertainment and digital for Microsoft, at Variety’s Dealmakers Breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. “I’m incredibly ambitious and impatient,” said Tellem, who took the job to produce original content for the Xbox platform in 2012. Because of that, the time it’s taken to develop the first slate of series, including a high-profile project based around “Halo,” with Steven Spielberg producing, has been “slower,” but “reflecting on what we’ve done and what lies ahead, it’s been pretty good.” Tellem was attracted to joining Microsoft after spending years at CBS and the CW, ...

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We reported earlier that Amazon had some more Xbox One consoles, they are now sold out again.  Best Buy’s website is now showing that they have some Xbox One consoles in stock, guaranteeing delivery (with free shipping) by December 24th.  Grab them before they disappear. Best Buy: Xbox One In unrelated news, the PS4 is available in an additional 16 markets bringing the total to 48 markets, while the Xbox One will only remain available in the 13 launch countries until next year.  The PlayStation European blog says that the PS4 can now be bought by residents in the Czech Republic, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, South Africa, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. via Neowin ...

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Microsoft today updated the Skype for Android devices to v4.5 with many new features. Skype Android application now offers a picture in picture window that lets you see your video call even when you switch away to other applications. This gives Windows 8 Snap mode like experience to Android users. So, you can multitask while you’re on Skype video calls, as well as audio calls on your Android device. Also there is a new option to quickly jump from one letter to another in your contact list. Just pinch your contact list to zoom out to an alphabet and tap on the letter (or number / symbol option) to jump to that section. In addition, version 4.5 has several bug fixes and quality improvements, including: Improved Video Instant Messaging functionality overall, including fixes on latest Samsung phones Added compatibility for the Hudl tablet Fixed crashes on the Nexus 5 Drop down filter ...

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Microsoft today confirmed about their upcoming Build 2014 conference. Build 2014 developer conference will take place April 2 to April 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Registration for this event opens at 9 a.m. PT on Jan. 14 at www.buildwindows.com. Also Microsoft has teased us that they will be discussing about the future of Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Visual Studio and much more at the event. As always, Build is a time to bring developers together to talk about our latest products, platform advances, tools and offerings, all of which come together to create unmatched apps and scenarios. With Windows, developers can create new experiences to reach hundreds of millions of devices on peoples’ desks, in their homes, in their pockets and in their living rooms. At this year’s event, we’ll talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Visual Studio and ...

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Microsoft has released Office 365 Admin app for Android and iOS devices.  Office 365 Admin app enables administrators to view the service health of their Office 365 environment on-the-go. You need to have an active Office 365 subscription with administrator user rights to use this app. The Office 365 Admin mobile app empowers IT service administrators to connect to their organizations’ Office 365 service status on the go. The Office 365 Admin mobile app enables administrators to view service health information and maintenance status updates. In addition, administrators can filter information by service subscriptions and configure app data refresh interval. For Android (4.2.1 and up), download the app from Google Play.  For iOS 7, download the app from the Apple App Store.   Source: Office 365 ...

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Xbox One got sold out at most retailers in the US and it is difficult to buy one right now. It seems Amazon.com has got some more stock of Xbox One to sell and you can now order it from their website. With Xbox One, you can quickly jump from TV to movies to music to a game Only Xbox One unleashes the vast and scalable power of the cloud for your games, entertainment and apps with Xbox Live The console is driven by a powerful combination of CPU, GPU and 8GB of RAM, governed by an innovative OS architecture, to deliver power, speed and agility Kinect is included with every Xbox One. Completely reengineered to be more precise, responsive and intuitive with unparalleled voice, vision and motion technology Find it here from Amazon. ...

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So Dina Bass is wrong again.  But whatever gets the most page views, right? The report that Qualcomm executive Steve Mollenkopf was being seriously considered as Microsoft’s next CEO was false.  Qualcomm is going through a rough patch as Apple & Samsung have begun manufacturing their own chips and relying much less on Qualcomm.  A CEO change at the company has been rumored for some months now and COO Mollenkopf was widely seen as the frontrunner. Microsoft’s new CEO will of course have to work closely with Qualcomm since they are an important partner for Windows Phone and rumored to be powering the 8-inch Surface mini. I do not want to delve too far into conspiracy theories, but I guess it is theoretically possible Mollenkopf leveraged Microsoft’s board and Bloomberg to get the promotion at Qualcomm. Here is the press release from Qualcomm: Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a ...

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