Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has posted a new ad on their Windows youtube page.  The ad features a number of devices including an 8-inch Toshiba Encore tablet, the HP Split X2, a Surface 2, a Dell XPS 18, and the Nokia 2520.  A few features are highlighted with text with each of the devices.  Microsoft is clearly trying to emphasize the variety of devices for your particular lifestyle along with a consistent experience. The song featured in the ad is called “Universal” by Eighty (http://soundcloud.com/joshone/eighty-universal) What do you think of the ad?  Let us know in the comments below ...

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Please see our previous coverage of hardware problems on the PlayStation 4: More PS4 Users Experience Hardware Issues 360 1-star Reviews On Amazon Climbing/ and Cheaper PS4 Experiencing Hardware Issues Already It seems the Xbox One is not without it’s share of hardware problems either.  A number of users are reporting having faulty disk drives and hearing a “grinding/clicking noise.”  Some users have reported that their device will not turn. One user received a device that had been physically damaged.  Right now these appear to be somewhat isolated events, but only time will tell as to how widespread these events are.  There may be more information by Monday if more users report having problems with their consoles. We will keep an eye on this, just as we have been doing with the PS4 and report back when we have more information. Microsoft has released the following statement: “We know that with ...

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Deezer is a web based streaming music service, similar to Spotify & Pandora.  Based in Paris, France they launched in 2006 and have slowly expanded out throughout Europe and the Middle East.  They currently have 5 million paid users with 30 million licensed tracks and 30,000 radio channels. This compares quite well to Spotify’s  7 million paid users. In the past Deezer has made deal with telecoms and more recently partnerships with LG, Samsung, and Toshiba. Seeing success with its mobile phone applications, Deezer is looking to expand into the United States.  France’s Startup Blog reports: In order to launch [ in the US], Deezer will likely need to partner with a strong local player, which may explain the rumors around the Microsoft acquisition. A partnership with Xbox or Windows could provide Deezer with some much needed advantage over rival Spotify, whose deep integration with Facebook and early attack of the US market has given ...

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Microsoft today announced the upcoming release of Office 365 Message Encryption, a new service that lets you send encrypted emails to people outside your company. You can now send sensitive business communications with an additional level of protection against unauthorized access. Office 365 Message Encryption is the new version of Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) which includes all of the capabilities of EHE plus new features, such as the ability to apply your company’s branding to encrypted messages. Office 365 Message Encryption works with both Office 365 mailboxes and on-premises mailboxes. Office 365 Message Encryption will be available as part of Windows Azure Rights Management. Office 365 Enterprise E3 and E4 users will get Office 365 Message Encryption at no extra cost. Office 365 Message Encryption will be available for purchase during the first quarter of 2014, and customers who are currently using Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) will be upgraded to ...

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While the discussion in this post may be obvious and quite apparent to most of you, it may not be to all.  It is important to remember we have new readers everyday who are just escaping the Apple & Google reality distortion fields perpetuated daily by our blatantly biased fangirls “tech media.” The Instagram non-controversy was what I would call a ‘teachable moment.’  I woke up early Wednesday morning to see a smaller blog breaking the story that Instagram would be released later that day for windows phone.  Of course, as we have now come to expect, as usual, the larger tech sites did not credit the site when they reported on the story themselves.  I then went on to read the Xbox reviews that had finally come out.  It was an exercise in torture, reading poorly written, and even more poorly thought out reviews lacking a modicum of intellectual ...

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Now this is only a rumor, and to be perfectly honest, not one I really believe.  However, TechCrunch, which is owned by AOL, is reporting that Microsoft is considering buying Winamp & Shoutcast.  Winamp is media playing software for Windows and Android devices that AOL picked up through its $80 million acquisition of Nullsoft in 1999.  Nullsoft also developed Shoutcast which is a cross platform propriety streaming media software. AOL is currently in the process of shutting down both Winamp and Shoutcast.  With the increasing popularity of Spotify, Pandora, ITunes, etc is seems to make little sense that Microsoft would want either piece of software.  Spotify recently raised $250 million valuing the company around ~$4 billion, greater than AOL’s entire market cap.  However, it is important to remember Microsoft did buy over a billion dollars in patents from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and then proceeded to sell some of them ...

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Microsoft wants everyone to enjoy their Xbox One consoles as soon as they receive it later today. Since Microsoft is planning mid-night launches throughout the US and other launch countries as well, many Xbox fans may not turn up to their offices tomorrow! Microsoft is well aware of this scenario and it is using this for marketing Xbox One with more consumers. They have launched a microsite where you can generate a fun Doctor’s note to whomever is making you do the thing that is not Xbox One. Play Xbox One. Doctor’s Orders. Xbox One is finally here. It’s time to spend some quality time with your console for a day (or three). That means you might have to get out of some obligations. Luckily, we have the solution. Simply fill in the blanks below and send your official Doctor’s note to whomever is making you do the thing that is not Xbox One. ...

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Microsoft released an update for its Mail, Calendar, and People apps for Windows 8.1 devices couple of days back. This new update brings several new features and improvements in all three apps. Microsoft has provided the detailed change log which you can read them below. What’s new in Mail • See all messages from your favorite people in one place. • See a more organized Outlook.com inbox with social updates and newsletters filed away automatically. • Use Sweep to clean up your Outlook.com inbox. • Delete, flag, and mark messages from the message list. • Drag and drop messages into folders. • Select multiple messages at once with checkboxes. • Write new messages without leaving your inbox. • Open a message, draft, or attachment in a separate window. • Search across all mail in all folders. • Create automatic replies for when you’re away. • Choose the default font and color ...

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  Ifixit today posted their Microsoft Xbox One tear down just few hours after its launch. Xbox One scored a repairability score of 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). I think 8 of 10 is a number which should surprise everyone given the recent repairability scores of Surface devices from Microsoft. Ifixit posted their experience as below, Only a few tools are required to take the whole console apart. The opening procedure is similar to, but much easier than, any Xbox 360. Once inside, a clean, no-nonsense modular design allows the drives, fan, heat sink, wireless board, and front daughterboard to be easily replaced. Clips instead of screws make opening the case more difficult than necessary, but the absence of adhesive and proprietary screws helps soften the transgression. The hard drive is relatively difficult to access; you’ll have to void the warranty if you’d like to upgrade/replace it. Source: Ifixit ...

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Microsoft today announced the long awaited update for the SkyDrive app users on iOS devices. SkyDrive app now supports auto backup of photos from your camera roll. With the new camera backup feature, you can control if uploads happen over Wi-Fi or your data network, whether photos are uploaded at original resolution or down-sampled to save space on your SkyDrive, and whether videos are included. Microsoft also announced improved viewing and editing experience for people who use Office Mobile for iPhone and OneNote for iOS. With this update, when you’re using Office Mobile to select a recent doc from SkyDrive, you can open it directly in Office Mobile or OneNote, instead of the Quicklook viewer that we offer today. After you make edits, you can save your changes back to SkyDrive. This means you get a more seamless editing experience, no matter where you choose to open the file. Apart from ...

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TripAdvisor today announced their partnership with Microsoft to integrate their Hotel reviews, photos, ratings in Bing web search results and Smart Search results. Read about it below. NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel website, today announced two new experiences with Microsoft, through which TripAdvisor’s reviews, ratings, photos and other content will be embedded into both the search engine results display on Bing.com and Bing Smart Search results on Windows 8.1 devices. These experiences will make it easy for people to move from thinking about where they want to travel to being ready to book in a matter of seconds. As a result of the partnership, TripAdvisor’s price comparison tools, traveler reviews and photos are now embedded into the search engine results display on Bing.com for the first time. This allows people to quickly and easily compare hotel prices and availability via Bing’s search results ...

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TripAdvisor’ today released their official app for Windows 8.1 devices that will help travelers plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor’s new app for Windows 8.1 is optimized for touch, and it is integrated with Bing Smart Search, which enables you to tap or click directly into the app when it is relevant to whatever you’re searching for. Also when you do search in Windows 8.1, content, such as hotel ratings and reviews from within the TripAdvisor app, is presented within results to give people an at-a-glance view of what’s available when they open the app itself. With just a single tap or click, consumers will then have instant access to the TripAdvisor app’s content and features, including its Hotel Price Comparison search tool. Description: Millions of traveler reviews, photos, maps from TripAdvisor. Plan and have your perfect trip. With over 100 million reviews and opinions by travelers, TripAdvisor makes ...

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New Zealand is the first country in the world to launch the Xbox One due to its time zone. And the world’s first Xbox one was officially sold to a customer named Dan. Xbox New Zealand posted the above photo of Dan receiving his Xbox One console. Xbox One releases for retail sale on Friday, November 22, 2013 in 13 markets around the world. Microsoft has planned thousands of mid-night launches across the US to celebrate the launch with Xbox One customers. ...

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When Xbox One console arrives tomorrow, everyone should update their system with Day 1 patches. Once you connect your Xbox One to internet, it will prompt you to download the latest update. During launch day, Xbox Live servers which delivers updates for Xbox One might become slow or broken. In case that happens, Microsoft has alternative plans in place. You can download Day One update to your PC now and use it to update your Xbox One when it is available. Microsoft calls it Emergency Offline Update (EOU), which can be used to perform a system update to a console that’s having trouble downloading the system update from Xbox Live. To perform the EOU, you’ll need: •A USB flash drive formatted as NTFS with a minimum 2 gigabytes (GB) of space •A PC with an Internet connection and a USB port. Read the below instructions carefully before updating it. Step ...

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Tesco UK yesterday announced that Tesco will be selling stock on a first come first served basis at more than 100 of its Extra stores from midnight on Thursday Nov 21. It will also be available online whilst stocks last. Also consumers will be able to try out the new console for themselves at the following stores: Cheshunt Extra on Friday Nov 22; Coventry Extra on Saturday Nov 23 and Slough on Sunday Nov 24. Tesco is also celebrating the launch event by altering the signs on the front of 10 of its stores to include the Xbox logo as you can see in the image above. Tesco Home Entertainment Manager Stephen Owusu said, “The launch of the Xbox One is a massive event for millions of gamers around the world and the console is sure to top many Christmas present lists this year. “The last Xbox console – the ...

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One of the most comprehensive features of Microsoft Xbox One is the ability to control your system via voice commands through Kinect. For now, the supported system commands are limited. You have to use the following commands for system control and each apps will have their own voice control commands which will be listed on screen guide. Gameinformer compiled the list as below, System Commands Xbox on – Wakes up Xbox One, turns on television and cable/satellite set-top box Xbox turn off – Puts Xbox One to sleep/off, can turn off television and cable/satellite set-top box Xbox – Shows menu of global voice command options and begins listening for the next command Xbox select – Shows voice command options for everything on the screen that are supported. Shows channel shortcuts during full screen TV viewing Stop listening – Stops Kinect from listening or cancels voice commands if Kinect is triggered ...

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