Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today announced that “Project Spark” beta program is extending onto Xbox One. Microsoft launched “Project Spark” Beta on Windows 8.1 devices in December 2013 and since then people are creating their old game worlds using this game’s revolutionary toolset. Since it is available both on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, with cross-platform capabilities and through the power of Cloud Saving, “Project Spark” creators can build on a Windows 8.1 device, and then pick-up a controller to continue playing on Xbox One or vice versa.  How to Download Project Spark Beta is now available for the Xbox One! To download Project Spark, you can search for Project Spark (recommended) or find it in the Xbox Store under Games. Search Tip: •Say Xbox Bing •Say Project Spark If you have not signed into the Windows 8 Beta, follow the on screen instructions to register or redeem a key if you already have it. Kinect ...

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A new report claims the Xbox One Twitch app will have 1280 x 720 streaming video compared to the PS4’s 960×540. This gives Xbox One the advantage of streaming high definition 720p video while the PS4 stream at a resolution slightly better than standard definition. Neowin reports: A Reddit post from user “rotj” links to a stats page for the Xbox One Twitch app, which recorded information from the stream of Microsoft’s own Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb. The stats show that the Xbox One Twitch update will stream live gameplay at a resolution of 1280×720 compared to 960×540 for the current PS4 version. In addition, the bitrate for the Xbox One is close to 2.7Mbps, compared to 1.7Mbps for the PS4. Both display at 30 FPS.  The Twitch app release will conincide with the highly anticipated launch of the FPS Titanfall. Source: Neowin ...

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Beginning today more than 92,000 music videos to Xbox Music.  Whether you are listening to a new playlist, create a Radio stream based on your favorite artist or pick a random track from your collection with Xbox Music on Xbox One, and if the song has a music video, watch it play automatically in HD on your TV. Only one step is required to play a music video. Find your playlist, say “Xbox Play,” and watch the videos appear on screen. I think this will be a highly useful feature, especially for social gatherings. Source: Xbox ...

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The Outlook and Skype teams jointly announced today that Skype for Outlook.com has rolled out worldwide. Changes include: Mac & Safari support HD video calling for PC users No more Ringing on other devices after the call has been picked up  To get Skype for Outlook.com simply download the plugin and visit your Outlook.com to chat or video call.   With Skype for Outlook.com, you can easily connect with your Skype friends right from your Outlook.com inbox, so you can go from chat or email to a video call with just one click. If you haven’t had a chance to it check out, getting started is easy. Just download the plugin, link your Skype account to find your friends and start a video call or send an instant message without having to leave your inbox! The latest version of the plugin now has Mac support for Safari, so you have even more ways ...

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One hypothesis I frequently promote is that the media loves to criticise Microsoft and will take any opportunity to do so.  The high negative anti-microsoft sentiment in the tech blogs often bubbles its way into the mainstream press.  Newly minted Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently promoted Mark Penn to Chief Strategy Officer.  Mark Penn is the mastermind behind the Scroogled campaign. Previous to Microsoft, Mr. Penn was a high level democratic political consultant who eventually worked on Hilary Clinton’s political campaign.  Mr. Penn has always received pretty favorable press coverage especially from more center-left leaning publications as the New York Times. But it seems now that Mark Penn works for Microsoft he has fallen out of favor with the press. And the Times has published a fairly negative hit piece on Mr. Penn.  Here is an excerpt from the NYT article with some of the spin taken out: Mark Penn ...

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Steve Ballmer joined his old college friend Dean Peter Tufano at the Saïd Business School for a question and answer session.  This is among Steve Ballmer’s first public appearances since Satya Nadella was named CEO of Microsoft and Ballmer officially retired. The relatively informal question and answer session deals very little with the future of Microsoft and mostly discusses higher level business inquiries such as innovation, failure, and management.  Personally I really miss Steve Ballmer, nobody had the energy & passion he had for the company and it’s quite apparent after watching this q&a session. (Talk starts at around 5:30) A few choice quotes from the talk that were tweeted by a senior Verge reporter: Ballmer answers question on what he’d want on his grave stone once he’s dead. “He was a great father and a great husband.” Ballmer says the number one best thing about being rich is “I can ...

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Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft Windows had 2.1% of the worldwide tablet market with a total of 4 million units sold in 2013 according to Gartner. Microsoft is already working towards driving more sales volume. One such strategy is to produce low cost and high value devices. At MWC, Microsoft announced that they are reducing the hardware requirements of Windows for tablets in an effort to reduce the price of Windows tablets. Amrish Goyal, director of Windows business group in India told the following to TOI, “We are reducing our required hardware specification for Windows to bare minimum that is needed for good experience. We want to be price competitive with Android. We want to get the bill of material for Windows tablets down,” He also revealed that Microsoft will be selling tablets that cost around Rs 10,000 in the mid of 2014. “We will probably not sell a tablet ...

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We already know about the changes that are coming in Windows 8.1 Update 1 in which Microsoft is trying to address the concerns of keyboard/mouse users of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 Spring update will hit MSDN on April 2 and Windows Update on April 8th. WZor today reported that Microsoft has finalzied the Windows 8.1 Spring update build and the Gold RTM build string is 6.3.9600.17031.WINBLUE_GDR.140221-1952. 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 apps Control Panel item in metro PC Settings 200% and 250% DPI scaling modes added to control panel (in 8.1 RTM, to get these values you have to go “custom”), 250% is the default on screens with more than 1800 vertical lines Shutdown button on the start screen*, doesn’t show ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the preview of Open Source Office 365 SDK for Android. Microsoft’s preview release of new Office 365 APIs extends the platform that was introduced in Office 2013 by adding the ability for both websites and native applications to consume Office 365 data. This is a project from the MS Open Tech Hub to help Android developers access Office 365 data from their apps. This is powerful. Now, both web applications as well as native applications running on Windows 8, iOS, Android, and other device platforms can consume Office 365 data by using REST APIs and standard OAuth flows. This preview release of Office 365 APIs supports a limited number of SharePoint, Exchange, and Windows Azure Active Directory (AD) data sources. But this is only the start of a much larger innovation. Moving forward, we’ll also support additional data sources in SharePoint and Exchange as well as supporting additional ...

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NewsHunt mobile newspaper is now available for download from Windows Store. Description: NewsHunt, India’s #1 mobile newspaper app brings together News from 100+ regional newspapers in 11 Indian languages.Now also includes newspapers from Bangladesh & Africa. ‘NewsHunt’ is free and is used every day by millions of users around the world – Recipient of GSMA Mobile Awards 2013 for Best Mobile Publishing Product & mBillionth Award 2013 for News & Journalism – India’s Best News App & in top 10 smartphone consumed apps across all platforms by Neilsen Consumer Rankings – Top Ranked News App on Windows Phone 8 platform – Named the ‘Most Downloaded News App’, by GetJar.com with over 8 million downloads till date – Users spend more time on NewsHunt than on YouTube, according to a report by Nielsen Informate Mobile Insights – Number 1 News App on Google Play in the free ‘News & Magazines’ category ...

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At the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, Microsoft made some announcements regarding OneDrive for Business. If you are not aware of it, OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro) is personal online storage for a company’s employees. Employees can store, sync, and share their work files across multiple devices with ease and security. With OneDrive and Office Online, employees can use Office and edit documents from virtually anywhere via a web browser in real time. Also Office Mobile apps including Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS, and Android devices allows them to access documents from anywhere. Not only is OneDrive for Business a simple and intuitive file sync and storage solution for employees, it’s a trusted service that provides enterprise-grade content management, compliance, and administrative controls, and it is financially backed by the industry leading Office 365 Service Level Agreement. Microsoft made the following announcements regarding OneDrive for business, -OneDrive for ...

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Just yesterday we reported that two of the Microsoft’s EVPs are leaving the company. The two people leaving are Tony Bates and Tami Reller. Tony Bates is currently the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Business Development and Evangelism group, responsible for the company’s relationships with key OEMs, strategic innovation partners, independent software vendors and developers. Before joining Microsoft through Skype acquisition, he held various positions including one at Cisco.  Tami Reller is currently executive vice president of Microsoft’s Marketing group, responsible for marketing to consumers and businesses globally. Microsoft confirmed the news today with a letter from CEO Satya Nadella to employees. Eric Rudder, who is the EVP of advanced strategy at Microsoft will temporarily take up Tony’s duties as he will be leaving the company immediately. While Tami Reller’s job will be taken over by Microsoft marketing executive Chris Capossela. There is also an interesting change in marketing division. Chris ...

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Clearance sale on certain PCs are going on at Microsoft Store and you can save up to $400 on some of them. Find some of them below, Sony VAIO Duo 13 Touchscreen 2 in 1: 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 10 hours battery life Microsoft Store listing here. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Touchscreen Ultrabook: 13.3-inch Quad HD+ touchscreen Intel Core i5-4200U 4GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 7.5 hours battery life Microsoft Store listing here. Razer Edge Touchscreen Gaming Tablet: 10.1-inch HD touchscreen Intel Core i7-3517U 8GB memory/128GB SSD Up to 4 hours battery life Microsoft Store listing here. There is a bunch of great deals going on at Microsoftstore.com for 8-inch Windows tablets. Most of them are under deal prices, so grab them before they go out of stock. Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB is now available for just $229, Dell Venue ...

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A Reddit user FallenFusion has posted a massive leak on the upcoming Titanfall game which will be released on March 11 on Xbox One and PC and on March 25 on Xbox 360. The leaks include new maps, screenshots, game modes and more. The leaker also offered a screenshot with the image players normally see when they have the chance to regenerate. Titanfall’s levelling system called “Generations” allows players who have reached the maximum level to reset back, and although all weapons and upgraded unlocked will be lost, gamers will be allowed to keep their Burn Cards. This way, players can become second-generation pilots and have ten generations to complete. While they earn experience ten percent faster than normal, it appears that the rate boosts for future generations. If the image provided is authentic, second generation pilots will earn a 110 percent experience boost. Titanfall massive leak reveals maps, screenshots, ...

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Gartner today released their worldwide tablet market share for 2013 in which a total of 195.4 million units were sold. Apple’s iOS share fell to 36% while Android took 61.9% of the market, thanks  to low-end small screen tablets attracting first time buyers. Microsoft Windows had 2.1% of the market with a total of 4 million units sold in 2013. Microsoft has a long way to go in tablet market to catch up to Apple and Google. In 2013, Microsoft’s tablet volumes improved but share remained small. Despite Microsoft now acting more rapidly to evolve Windows 8.1, its ecosystem still failed to capture major consumers’ interest on tablets. “To compete, Microsoft needs to create compelling ecosystem proposition for consumers and developers across all mobile devices, as tablets and smartphones become key devices for delivering applications and services to users beyond the PC,” said Ms. Cozza. Microsoft enjoys better shares in ...

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Forbes today released their world’s richest billionaires list and Bill Gates is back to the top of the list. He now owns a net worth of $76 billion up $9 billion from the year ago, thanks to rising Microsoft share value. Bill Gates now owns $78 billion after giving away over $28 billion in his lifetime through his foundation. Helped by a bounce in shares of Microsoft, Bill Gates returns to the top of our annual Billionaires list this year after a four year hiatus. He is worth $9 billion more than a year ago, and has now been the world’s richest person for 15 out of the past 20 years. The Microsoft cofounder, who stepped down as chairman this year, has agreed to spend more time helping the software company’s product managers work on innovations. Meanwhile, Gates, who has given away more than $28 billion in his lifetime, remains ...

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