Review Category : Microsoft

During an investor meeting in Santa Clara, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed that Bay Trail tablets with a 64-bit version of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 will be released in the first quarter next year. Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display already have the A7 64-bit processor which improves application and graphics performance in devices. Intel revealed this information to let everyone know that they are not far behind Apple in terms of CPU processor power and efficiency. Also Intel expects to sell 40 million  Intel based tablets next year. Are you ready for more powerful Windows tablets? Source: PCWorld ...

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The title is a reference to a controversial statement made by President Obama while campaigning in 2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=z75WFJIAXmw#t=225 An internal memo, obtained by AllThingsD, shows Yahoo employees are having a tough time letting go of their favorite mail client Outlook (the software often bundled with the Office suite).  Microsoft is famous for “dogfooding” its own products, meaning they use their own beta software throughout the development process.    Yahoo’s SVP of communications products Jeff Bonforte and CIO Randy Roumillat are trying to get Yahoo employees to do the same, only with Yahoo’s new mail client.  It proven to be rather difficult, and only 25% of their employees have moved on to Yahoo’s solution with over 75% clinging onto Outlook.  Here’s the full text of the memo: Hello Yahoos, Earlier this year we asked you to move to Yahoo Mail for your corporate email account. 25% of you made the switch (thank you). ...

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Microsoft has grown quite fond of doing Reddit IamAs (‘ask me anything’) recently.   It is one of the many practices still continued from the Steven Sinofsky era.  And to the company’s credit their employees have been fairly honest and open in answering questions.  Following the Visual Studio 2013 launch well known Microsoftie Scott Hanselman along other members of the ASP.NET team held an IamA on reddit.  The questions asked often veer off the intended topic. User “bmoneybryan” asked: For Scott Hanselman (@shanselman): This is pretty off-topic, but I believe you once mentioned you worked from home, if a new CEO inserts a policy like Yahoo or HP where you have to work in the office at Microsoft, will you still be working at Microsoft? Some employees mentioned you’re an expert in African-American culture, is this true? Mr. Hanselman answered the questions quite honestly: Working from Home: Yes, if they tell me I have to move, ...

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Microsoft produced limited edition Xbox One White units for its employees who worked on Xbox One team. It came with couple of white controllers with “I MADE THIS LAUNCH TEAM 2013″ message on the both the controller. One of such console is now available for bidding on eBay. Currently highest bid amount is $2125! If you want to own this rare product, start bidding. Here is your chance to get a very rare limited edition Xbox One in white.  These were made for Xbox employees only so you will never find these in any store.  The white console and white controller both say “I MADE THIS LAUNCH TEAM 2013″ This item is new, but since it is rare and the first ever to be made available to the public, I had to remove it from the box for pictures. This auction includes; Limited Edition White Xbox One model 1540 w/Kinect ...

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For those who got their new Xbox One units few days back, there is a deal going on at Amazon and Walmart for games. Instead of the regular price of $59, most of the Xbox One games are now available for $49.  Call of Duty, Ryse, FIFA 14 and more popular titles are now available under this deal. Did you try any games on Xbox One? What was your experience? Check out the deals here from Amazon and Walmart. ...

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Microsoft today posted a video showing the highlights of Xbox One launch events around the world. Xbox One is available now in 13 markets worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Austria. From New Zealand to Los Angeles, fan excitement reached a fever pitch around the world. In New Zealand, fans partied at Shed 10 in Auckland as the iconic Sky Tower pulsed green, and one fan made the world’s first official Xbox One purchase. Across the world in London, Xbox One turned entertainment epicenter Leicester Square into Xbox One Square with a glowing, green nexus and fan festivities throughout the day. In New York, zombies, Roman soldiers and jaw-dropping supercars converged on Times Square. As billboards glowed green, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis helped 1,000 fans count down to midnight with an electrifying performance at Best Buy Theater, while thousands more ...

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Yesterday, we reported that few Xbox One customers are reporting hardware issues with the units they received yesterday. Microsoft today responded to these reports that they are replacing the faulty Xbox One units to the few customers who are affected. The issue is affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers. We’re working directly with those affected to get a replacement console to them as soon as possible through our advance exchange program. Rest assured, we are taking care of our customers. Source: Forums ...

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Today Microsoft has started delivering the delivering Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits to the programs thousands of participants.  The Developer Preview includes a pre-release Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, access to the new generation Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK), as well as ongoing updates and access to private program forums. Participants will also receive a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor when they become available next summer (northern hemisphere). Microsoft is making the Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK available early to qualifying developers and designers so they can prepare to have their new-generation applications ready in time for general availability next summer.  The new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor will feature the core capabilities of the new Kinect for Xbox One sensor. Real Vision Kinect Real Vision technology dramatically expands its field of view for greater line of sight. An all-new active IR camera enables it ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have sold 1 million Xbox One units in less than 24 hours. Xbox One was launched in 13 markets on Nov. 22 to great fanfare and it was the biggest launch in Xbox history surpassing day one Xbox 360 sales and setting a new record for Microsoft. Xbox One is now sold out at most retailers and Microsoft is working to replenish stock as fast as possible to meet the demand from our customers. Microsoft also shared some data regarding the games, Gamers couldn’t wait to play Xbox One and check out new games like “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and “Killer Instinct.” In the last 24 hours: Over 60 million zombies have been killed in “Dead Rising 3” Over 3.6 million miles driven in “Forza Motorsport 5″ Over 7.1 million combos in “Killer Instinct” Over 8.5 million enemies defeated in “Ryse: Son of Rome” And, fans ...

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The Scroogled merchandise appears to be a hit among the Microsoft community and the mugs are currently out of stock.  If you are considering purchasing a t-shirt or hoodie for a loved one, now may be the time to do so to ensure you get one in time for the holiday season.  For those that think this is beneath Microsoft, just think back to the “Hi I’m a PC/Mac” commercials.  Ad Age reported earlier last month, Microsoft’s “Scroogled” ad campaign has actually seen positive results. Please read of our previous coverage: http://microsoft-news.com/google-responds-to-microsofts-scroogled-merchandise-campaign/ http://microsoft-news.com/get-your-scroogled-gear-just-in-time-for-the-holiday-season-from-the-microsoft-store/ ...

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A day before, Microsoft launched a new section in its online Microsoft Store to sell Scroogled branded merchandise. Microsoft launched Scroogled campaign against Google to make sure consumers aware of the fact that Google is selling your data to advertisers. Google responded to the latest Scroogled merchandise with the following response, “Microsoft’s latest venture comes as no surprise; competition in the wearables space really is heating up,” Even though some might find the above statement from Google as funny, I don’t. Google is yet to launch the Google Glass product to the general public and they themselves consider them as a competition in the wearables space. Even Microsoft is planning a smart watch and Google Glass like Augmented reality glass. Both are expected in 2015 with public details in 2014. You can find the details about the merchandise here. ...

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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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