Review Category : Microsoft

In a coordinated operation, codenamed Operation b54, Microsoft, in cooperation with leaders in the financial services industry – including the Financial Services – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association, the American Bankers Association (ABA) – Agari,  and other technology industry partners, as well as the FBI, announced it has successfully disrupted more than a thousand botnets that are responsible for stealing people’s online banking information and personal identities. The FBI took coordinated separate steps related to the operation. This coordinated disruption resulted from an extensive investigation that Microsoft that began in early 2012. After looking into this threat, it was discovered that once a computer was infected with Citadel malware, that malware began monitoring and recording a victim’s keystrokes. This allowed hackers to gain direct access to a victim’s bank account or any other online account in order to withdraw money and/or steal personal identities.  Microsoft also ...

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Microsoft is already selling Xbox hardware console at discounted prices by bundling up with yearly Xbox LIVE gold subscriptions in US. According to the recent reports from MCV UK, Microsoft is planning to sell Xbox One at discounted prices by bundling them with Sky TV subscriptions in UK. Sources familiar with the situation tell us that Microsoft is in talks with the broadcaster to sell Xbox One with Sky subscriptions. The device could work as a set-top-box or companion device – but most importantly the console could be sold at a hugely reduced cost. The move may already have been signed off. We could even get official confirmation as soon as Monday night, when Xbox opens E3 with its yearly press conference. Microsoft and Sky are a great partners in Xbox space as they have constantly delivered apps/services in the last few years. So, I would not be surprised by ...

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WSJ reported few months back that Microsoft is planning to cut the Windows price it charges the OEMs to increase the sales. At Computex event held in Taiwan, Microsoft’s OEM division head Nick Parker has confirmed about the price cuts, but it is only applicable for tablets/PCs that are less than 10.1 inches in size. According to WSJ, Microsoft is cutting by two-thirds the cost to license Windows and Office software, or roughly $100 before marketing rebates Microsoft offers to PC makers. This may sound that there will be a significant reduction in price for Windows devices on retail. But it may not happen, here’s why. Microsoft is planning to ship Microsoft Office with all small sized tablets for free, so you can understand the logic behind price cuts. “I think this is revenue neutral, that the end price to the OEMs is neutral, but they’re throwing in Office,” said ...

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According to the study conducted by Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Fraunhofer USA Inc., Internet Explorer continues to be the most energy-efficient browser on Windows 8. The study concluded that compared to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer uses up to 18% power. Internet Explorer 10 exhibited the lowest energy consumption. In some scenarios such as playing Adobe Flash video on laptop PCs, it was 18% more energy efficient than Google Chrome, and it was 17% more efficient than Mozilla Firefox in playing HTML5 video. To put that in perspective,  if every Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox user in the United States switched to Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 for a year, the energy saved could power over 10,000 households in the United States for that year. Here is the info from Microsoft, The 18% savings in energy consumption is significant. Consider that if every Google Chrome and Mozilla ...

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An update will come to the Surface in a few week that will allow for the ability to toggle between what the keys on the top row do, get some quick access to other capabilities like screenshots through shortcuts, and just make some things like paging easier to do with one hand. These include: Fn + Caps: Locks F1-F12 into being function keys. Do it again and you get the charms, volume, Home, End, etc. if you are in the function lock mode, you can get the inverse options by pressing the Fn key, naturally Fn + <spacebar>: Print Screen Fn + <spacebar> + Alt: Print Screen for the in-focus App only Fn + Del: Brightness Up Fn + Backspace: Brightness Down Fn + <left>: Home Fn + <right>: End Fn + <up>: Page Up Fn + <down>: Page Down   Source: Surface Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced that new small screen x86 based Windows tablets like Acer Iconia W3 will come with full Office pre-installed. Office Home and Student 2013 version will be there out of the box. Tami also shared that new small screen x86 tablets including the recently announced Acer Iconia W3, will come with Office Home and Student 2013 right out of the box. For both businesses and consumers, we’re committed to making all Windows tablets, both x86 and ARM, great options for work as well as play. Microsoft also made some more announcements today. Microsoft: Outlook 2013 Coming To Windows RT Devices As Part Of Windows 8.1 Microsoft Demos Windows 8.1 Features (Video) Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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During Microsoft’s keynote at Computex, Microsoft announced that Outlook 2013 is coming to Windows RT devices as part of Windows 8.1 update later this year. Microsoft Windows RT devices shipped with Office RT which included Word, Excel, Powerpoint and now Outlook will join the list. Along with Outlook, Windows 8.1 for RT will also include no.of improvements which will be increase the manageability of Windows RT device and more. Another important thing they announced was that you can now program keyboard shortcuts in Type Cover. I am thrilled for myself, for Edie’s colleague, and for everyone else who really likes Outlook to point out that all Surface RT users will get Outlook 2013 RT, alongside a lot of other cool stuff coming with Windows 8.1. Tami Reller announced this just recently at Computex. This means that in addition to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, which all Surface RT users already ...

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Microsoft today posted a video demo of Windows 8.1 features which was revealed last week. Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president of Windows program management joined Tami Reller at Microsoft’s keynote at Computex Taipei 2013 to demo the first public reveal of the upcoming Windows 8.1 update. Today during Microsoft’s , the world’s second largest computer show, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s OEM division Nick Parker reinforced the potential the Windows platform can offer for partners. As part of the keynote, Windows CFO and CMO Tami Reller joined him onstage and shared the ongoing progress we’re seeing with Windows 8 and what that means in terms of opportunities for the ecosystem. Watch the video above. Microsoft made some more announcements today. Microsoft: Outlook 2013 Coming To Windows RT Devices As Part Of Windows 8.1 Microsoft: New Small Screen x86 Windows Tablets Will Come With Office Pre-installed   ...

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Fujitsu has announced a new touchscreen ultrabook called LIFEBOOK UH90/L which it claims as the world’s thinnest Ultrabook. The main improvement comes with the display which features a touchscreen equipped wide-format IGZO 14-inch liquid crystal display, which reproduces images in an ultra-high 3200 x 1800 pixel display resolution. The LIFEBOOK UH90/L’s is powered by 4th-Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor. A 14-inch wide-format display fit into a standard 13-inch form factor The LIFEBOOK UH90/L’s advanced display panel utilizes IGZO technology to achieve an ultra-high display resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. With approximately 2.7 times the detail of Full HD combined with a pixel density of 262 ppi, users can enjoy ultra-high resolution digital photos that are given a vivid, real-life quality. This also allows text displayed on the screen to appear sharper and easier to read. The touch panel’s special surface processing, called Super Glide Coating, enables users to smoothly ...

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Sony has announced two new laptops, the VAIO Pro and VAIO Duo.  Both include Intel’s fourth generation Haswell processor inside (up to Core i7), Triluminous color rendering and X-Reality display engine technologies, Rapid Wake feature to bring the systems back up to speed quickly after sleeping, and USB ports can charge a device when the notebooks are in sleep mode or even powered down. There AC adapter has a USB charging port, too.  These notebooks will connect to any NFC enabled device by simply tapping it to the VAIO to share data and connecting via Bluetooth. The VAIO Pro is available in 11 inch or 13 inch touchscreen, weighing 1.92 lbs or 2.34 lbs respectively.  The VAIO Pro 13 will offer a high-speed PCIe SSD drive.  Both VAIO Pro models can connect the optional sheet battery to double the battery life of either, giving an estimate 11 – 14 hours battery life.   The ...

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Microsoft is more focused on bringing more content to its upcoming gaming console Xbox One. They have already announced partnership with companies like ESPN, NFL, etc,. Along with live TV partnerships, Microsoft is also working on some exclusive content for Xbox through studios in Los Angeles, London, Seattle and Vancouver. Microsoft Entertainment Studios President Nancy Tellem told that they are producing content that merges “the story-telling magic of TV with the interactive power of the Xbox One.” Deadline reports that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently visited Hollywood along with Nancy to strike exclusive content deals for Xbox. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was escorted by his entertainment studios president Nancy Tellem on the Hollywood visit late last week to lobby her former boss CBS chief Les Moonves, WME co-CEOS Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell and other bigwigs in the TV business about the new Xbox One. It’s all part of their effort to ...

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A reorganization has been in the works at Microsoft for over two years now, as the plan is near being finalized new details are emerging.  The changes would give greater responsibility to executives including Satya Nadella, head of the (Azure) server business, Don Mattrick, who runs Xbox, Qi Lu, chief of the online group (Bing), and Tony Bates, president of Skype.  Andy Lees who was essentially fired from the Windows Phone division, will leave Microsoft sometime between the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone Blue. Ballmer, who is now 57 is looking at potentially retiring after 10 years, and wants this reorganization to allow a natural successor to emerge within the company. Ballmer is still meeting with the board (i.e. Bill Gates) to discuss and finalize changes. The changes are aimed at cutting the number of disparate units and fostering cooperation between products so that Microsoft is more competitive. One idea ...

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You’ll be able to get your hands on the official Windows 8.1 Preview build in less than a month.  But in the mean time, our good friend Tom Warren has posted a video of the start button in action in build 9410. Of course the functionality could change, but nothing too dramatic really. Why do we need a Start Button again? via Tom Waren ...

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Microsoft has supported fingerprint readers and other biometric devices since the mid-90s through various third party software and drivers to log into Windows. With Windows 8.1 Microsoft hopes to improve this support more natively and will add the ability to lockdown down individual folders via fingerprint. For years Microsoft has been trying to make it easier to log into Windows in ways other than a password. The ‘picture password’ and ‘pin’ were added with Windows 8. With the Kinect coming to Windows within a year, facial recognition and retinal scans may soon be possible. In the mean time, Microsoft is working with OEMs to take biometrics more mainstream. According to the The Verge, “Swiping or touching a finger on a reader will allow Windows 8.1 to authenticate a finger against a Microsoft Account. Users will also be able to purchase applications using a fingerprint reader or login to apps.” Michael ...

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Dell today announced an updated XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook. The XPS 12 device now includes a NFC chip, latest Intel Haswell processor and a increased battery capacity to 50Wh. The XPS 12 can now last up to 9 hours! The device will go on sale for $1,200 from July 9th around the world. Enhanced Touch Experiences and Performance Boost New Dell XPS systems feature performance and expandability enhancements over the previous generation for customers that demand the latest high-performance technology. The new XPS 27 All-in-One PC delivers one of the world’s most vibrant touchscreen AIO experience with an incredibly vivid Adobe RGB Quad HD display. Now customers can design, create or enjoy multimedia with brighter, truer colors. For consumers seeking a versatile desktop with advanced performance, the XPS 8700 is built with speed, expandability and storage in mind. In addition, the award-winning XPS 12 convertible laptop is now designed to ...

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Innovation, Reinvention on Intel® Architecture Fuel Wave of 2-in-1 Devices, New Mobile Computing Experiences NEWS HIGHLIGHTS: Intel introduced 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors that serve as foundation to wave of new 2-in-1s that combine stunning PC performance with tablet-like mobility in one device and deliver on Ultrabook™ vision. New Intel Core processors deliver biggest power savings in company history, enabling over 9 hours of battery life1 with stunning performance and two times the graphics capability versus the previous generation2. Intel demonstrated for the first time its next-generation 22nm quad-core Intel® Atom™ SoC for tablets in conjunction with its forthcoming 4G LTE multimode data solution. Showed first smartphone reference design platform based on next-generation 22nm Intel Atom SoC for smartphones. COMPUTEX, Taipei, Taiwan, June 4, 2013 – Ushering in a wave of new Ultrabook™ andemerging 2-in-1 devices that deliver a PC when you need it and a tablet when you want ...

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