Review Category : Microsoft

If you are looking for a portable 10-inch fully powered PC which costs very less, then this is the definitive answer. The first generation Microsoft Surface Pro is now on sale at BestBuy online stores and retail stores. The device with 128GB is now available for just $499. It is $400 off from its original price.  If you want more battery life, adjustable kickstand and Intel Haswell performance, check out Surface Pro 2. But it will cost you more! ! Key Features: Supports the full Office experience Run Outlook, Word, SharePoint Designer, PowerPoint and more. (Office applications sold separately.) 10.6″ ClearType HD touch-screen display 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio VaporMg casing Precision crafted to be tough yet elegant, without excessive bulk. With a watchlike finish that’s incredibly smooth and durable, Surface is a delight to hold and touch. Integrated Kickstand Provides uncompromised support and flexibility. Flip out the Kickstand for hands-free ...

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Microsoft recently got their patent for one of the most unique thing on Windows 8, its Start Screen. Yes, Live Tiles arranged on a background is now patented by Microsoft. In 2011, Microsoft got their patent on Windows Phone Start Screen UI. You can read about it here. You can find the two patents related to Windows Phone Start Screen UI here and here. Recently, Samsung announced a new Magazine UX for its tablets. It is basically a tweaked version of Windows 8 Start experience. Yes, you got large Live Tiles for different apps which you can arrange on your home screen similar to what Windows 8.1 provides to users now. I guess, patents like this might stop companies like Samsung from copying their designs. Source:USPTO via: Winbeta ...

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More screenshots of Windows 8.1 got leaked today and as previously rumored, there seems to be an option to enable minimize and close button for Metro apps. As you can see in the image below, there is a black bar on top of PC Settings page which has Close, Minimize and other Windows options buttons. Another bad news for Metro UI lovers is that Microsoft is now booting straight to desktop instead of Start screen in an effort to please keyboard and mouse users. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft added an option to select boot to desktop as an option, but with the upcoming update, Microsoft is planning to make it by default. What do you think of these changes? Source: WZOR ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft board may be announcing Indian born Satya Nadella as its next CEO. It also added that board is looking to replace Bill Gates from his position as chairman of Microsoft’s board. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s board is preparing to make Satya Nadella, the company’s enterprise and cloud chief, chief executive officer and is discussing replacing Bill Gates as chairman, according to people with knowledge of the process. One person the board is considering to take the place of co-founder Gates as chairman is Microsoft lead independent director John Thompson, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process is private. Even if Gates steps down as chairman, he may be more involved in the company, said two people familiar with the matter, particularly in areas like product development. As expected, Microsoft declined to comment on this story. Source: Bloomberg ...

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If you are a fan of Marvel and Marvel games, then this is a good news for you. Marvel Run Jump Smash! game is now available for download in the Windows Store. Description: Run, jump, and smash as Marvel Heroes in a brand new endless runner! Compete with friends and fight Super Villains and their henchmen! How far can you make it? Fly as Iron Man! Smash as The Incredible Hulk! Run and Jump as Cap! Run and Gun as Super Spy Black Widow! Unlock additional Super Heroes… Swing as Spider-man! Shoot arrows as Hawkeye! Unleash the Thunder as Thor! Binary Blast as Captain Marvel! Dodge obstacles and fight Super Villains like Loki to progress as far as you can. Increase your score by switching between characters and activating each Super Hero’s unique Special Attack. Collect coins and boosts on your run. Then buy special power-ups to boost your distance and score. ...

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Microsoft is now running a great deal for old generation console owners. They can now trade-in their old consoles including Sony PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox 360S, etc, at Microsoft to store receive $100 Store credit on buying Xbox One. To be eligible for trade in, product must power on and be in fully functional, working condition without broken/missing components, cracked display/housing or liquid damage, cannot be password protected, and include original chargers/accessories. Trade up and get your hands on the new Xbox One Welcome to a new generation of games and entertainment. Where games push the boundaries of realism. And television obeys your every command. Where listening to music while playing a game is a snap. And you can jump from TV to movies to music to a game in an instant. Where your experience is custom tailored to you. And the entertainment you love is all in one place. ...

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Last week, we reported about VLC Player for Windows 8‘s upcoming Zune like UI. Yesterday, VideoLAN team shared more screenshots of the current UI they are working on. Also he provided a shot update on the progress of the work, they are going to submit in to Windows Store in next couple of days. We’ve worked a lot on the audio crashes, and finally decided to rewrote the audio stack for Windows Metro platforms. Hopefully, this will allow us to finally pass the Store validation. This kept us busy during the holidays. See more screenshots below. Source: VLC ...

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A NeoGAF forum user yesterday leaked lots of information about Microsoft’s plans for Xbox One in 2014. He revealed about the new SKUs of Xbox One coming later this year, Xbox One launch expansion to new countries schedule and some information about games coming to Xbox One. Find the information about game titles and DLCs below. Forza Horizon: “Fall 2014, probably September. Super sexy weather system and… lots of co-op/social stuff. 1080P and open-world, so you can road trip with your bros.” Halo Anniversary 2 will be 1080p, iffy on the 60fps, maybe not. Quantum Break is Holiday 2014 Multiplayer confirmed for HA2, same devs as Halo Anniversary. Sunset Overdrive is Fall 2014 Black Tusk cancelled project was called “Shangheist.” May have involved stealing stuff from the Chinese (though I think that may have been a reference to the name and maybe not the gameplay? Not sure…) Fable Legends is ...

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Microsoft launched its next generation Xbox One console in November last year in 13 countries. Microsoft then announced that it will be expanding to additional countries in 2014. Today, Neogaf forum user posted Microsoft’s plans for Xbox One that includes new Xbox One SKUs, game launch timelines, and Xbox One launch in additional new countries. Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox One to 13 new countries in April followed by 15 more in October. Find the full list below. April Japan S. Korea Taiwan Singapore Hong Kong Russia Sweden Norway Finland Denmark Colombia Chile Argentina   October China Poland Czech Republic Hungary Greece Portugal Slovakia Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa UAE Israel India Indonesia Egypt Source: NeoGAF ...

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Its time for some Xbox information leak. A forum user over at NeoGAF is posting lots of Xbox One information that Microsoft is planning for later this year. He posted lots of information on Xbox One hardware, games, etc, and I’m focusing on Xbox One console hardware alone in this post. Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One for $399 without an optical drive. Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One white edition later this year. Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One with 1TB harddrive later this year. Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One Titanfall edition. He even posted an image of the same. Find it below. I find all the above four leaked information largely possible. What do you think? Source: NeoGAF ...

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The Official Super Bowl XLVIII Interactive Game Program is now available in Windows Store for $1.99. You can get up to speed with everything you need to know about the teams playing in the game and more. Description: The National Football League presents the Official Super Bowl XLVIII Interactive Game Program. The app has everything you need to know about the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks plus video highlight recaps for every week of the 2013 season! Get ready for the Super Bowl with: ° All content from the printed 288-page commemorative program, enhanced for your tablet device. The app also has a gallery of images and information about every previous Super Bowl, including high-resolution images of every Super Bowl ring; and a thorough recap of the 2013 regular season and playoffs. ° New this season: ° Animated starting lineups and stadium renderings; real-time Twitter and ...

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Microsoft is showcasing some enterprise customers who are deploying Microsoft Surface and German bank Volksbank Mittelhessen is the latest one to join the list. Volksbank chose Microsoft Surface over Apple iPad because of the full Office suite availability and other enterprise uses that focuses on productivity. They are using it to train their incoming young employees. Watch the video above to see it in action. German bank Volksbank Mittelhessen decided to up their game and acquire better young talent into their training academy program by deploying Microsoft Surface tablets. As new hires enter the Volksbank Academy, they are given a Surface in order to get familiar with the bank’s Microsoft/Office/Windows environment and to interactively train on bank procedures and practices via a custom modern app. Now Volksbank’s training material is instantly up to date and trainees can access all the materials instantly and from anywhere. ...

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  Microsoft today announced that they are expanding their Bing Rewards program to mobile in the US. Users can now start using Bing apps to earn rewards points. You can earn credits by searching every day and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands such as Amazon.com, Xbox, Skype, Fandango, and Dominos or donate your credits to a local school or charity of your choice. It is a great way to earn some perks for searching the web which you will do anyway everyday. How does it work? Signing into Bing Rewards on your mobile phone using your Microsoft or Facebook account takes you to a new mobile optimized dashboard that has offers customized just for you. In addition to many of the offers you would find on your PC, there is a new exclusive mobile-only search offer that gives you an opportunity to earn additional ...

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Microsoft recently announced renaming its cloud storage service SkyDrive to OneDrive after trademark lawsuit with British satellite broadcaster BSkyB over the name. While there was a overwhelmingly positive response to OneDrive name, Microsoft might still face some trademark suits in different countries where OneDrive name is already in use. TechGeek.com listed few of those companies which uses OneDrive name already,  It is the name of a bolt designed by an Australian company called Zipbolt called the OneDrive 15.200. There is a product called OneDrive from an Austin-based company called KLD Energy. It is a propulsion and generation system for electric vehicles. There is a Portuguese car parts importer and distributor, who is also called OneDrive. ONEDrive is the name of upcoming software from DataONE – or the Data Observation Network for Earth. In New Zealand, OneDrive is a car-rental service for businesses that are members of OneFocus – which is now the Universal Business Team as ...

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Microsoft today announced that former US President Bill Clinton will deliver keynote address at SharePoint 2014 conference. SharePoint conference 2014 is scheduled to happen on Monday, March 3rd at 8:30 am.  All registered attendees can attend the keynote. SharePoint 2014 conference agenda includes more than 200 sessions on SharePoint, Yammer and Office 365 and product roadmap and feature announcements. Conference location is Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, USA. Click Here  for more information about the event. Source: SharePoint ...

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As BYOD trend is increasingly growing among enterprises, they are finding it hard to manage different kind of devices that their employees bring in. There are no.of mobile MDM vendors in the market right now and recently VMWare acquired the largest player Airwatch. Microsoft has its own solution called Windows Intune which allows IT managers to manage all the devices with the help of System Center and Active Directory. Today, Microsoft announced no.of new features that is coming to Windows Intune next week. Helping organizations proactively manage this new generation of IT is what makes me so excited about the advancements and innovation we are delivering as a part of next week’s update to the Windows Intune service. These updates include: Support for e-mail profiles that can configure a device with the correct e-mail server information and related policies – and it can also remove that profile and related e-mail ...

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