Review Category : Microsoft

It seems to me this will be a series of posts, please read Part I of our in-depth chronicling of the hardware issues plaguing the PS4: http://microsoft-news.com/cheaper-ps4-experiencing-hardware-issues-already/ Well I must congratulate Sony for copying Microsoft so successfully.  In an effort to emulate some of the successes of the Xbox 360, Sony has included their own version of the RROD (Red Ring of Death) in the PS4, let me introduce to you the Blue Light of Death (BLOD). The difference between the RROD and BLOD, is the BLOD is appearing immediately or only after a few hours of use, pointing to bad components/build quality, while the Xbox 360 had heating issues, which caused problems over time.  On top of that, Sony’s rating for the PS4 is plummeting on Amazon, two days back the PS4 had a 4.5 rating on Amazon.com, toady the rating has dropped to 3.5 stars.  Generally when you looks at the overall reviews you want to sees a decreasing cascade ...

Read More →

Microsoft today detailed the Internet Explorer experience for Xbox One. Internet Explorer for Xbox One comes with support for modern web standards like HTML5 and CSS3, so all your websites should look the same as in desktop. With Xbox One you can navigate the web with your voice, use gesture input with Kinect, grab an Xbox One controller, or pick up a companion device with the Xbox SmartGlass app. Finally, any pinned sites or favorites you saved in Internet Explorer on your Xbox 360 will be pulled forward to your Xbox One. Apart from web standards support, Microsoft has also added feature like website pinning, multiple tabs, inPrivate browsing, SmartScreen, Cookie blocking, and Do Not Track. As you expect, IE supports snap mode in Xbox One as well. As it is a Xbox One app, it supports voice and gesture as well. Hands off Xbox One features brand new support for ...

Read More →

  In an interview to WSJ, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about his decision to leave Microsoft, how he informed everyone about his decision, his future plans, etc,. When Steve Ballmer planned to transform Microsoft into devices and services company last year, he decided that he  will remake the whole brand. As part of this, he started drafting the huge management-reorganization plan which was recently made public as well. While he was on a business trip, the thought of him retiring from came on his mind and he started discussing with the board and eventually with his family after the decision was made. “Maybe I’m an emblem of an old era, and I have to move on,” the 57-year-old Mr. Ballmer says, pausing as his eyes well up. “As much as I love everything about what I’m doing,” he says, “the best way for Microsoft to enter a new era is ...

Read More →

Microsoft has showed strong support for 3D printing with Windows 8.1 by building a class driver for 3D printers.  The  company has recently published an app that allows users to make slight modifications from a library of 3D objects including simple toys, household items, miniatures and seasonal objects.  The app can also load exisiting CAD project, but cannot create object from scratch. “The main focus here was having success quickly with 3D printing,” explained Microsoft’s Shanen Boettcher. Here is the description from the Windows Store: Meet 3D Builder – the best place to view, prepare, and print your 3D models on Windows 8.1-ready 3D printers! 3D Builder is a fun, easy to use, free app that helps you turn bits into atoms and explore the exciting world of 3D printing. It also includes a library of example 3D objects to get you started. Whether you are an experienced enthusiast or new to ...

Read More →

This is the part 2.5 in a series of 5 posts, in which we will take a very brief look at each of the potential candidates for Microsoft’s next CEO.  Please read Part I on Satya “Nutella” Nadella: http://microsoft-news.com/a-brief-glimpse-at-satya-nadella-possibly-microsofts-next-ceo/ Stephen Elop is one of the leading candidates in the running for Microsoft’s next CEO.    There was much controversy over a Bloomberg report that stated Elop would sell Bing and Xbox.  Also in the report was a hint that Elop wanted Office on Android.  I do not want to get into too much speculation as to why Dina Bass decided to publish the report, some say it was from people inside msft against Elop, others say it was from wall street, but either way it was clearly wrong.  This can be evidenced by some commentary by Elop about Bing can be seen in one of the videos below.  Elop was head of ...

Read More →

Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet will launch on AT&T next week on November 22.  Pricing on two-year contract will start at $399.99. If you want the device off contract, it will cost you $499. If you are ready to buy the device along with Lumia 1520 or Lumia 1020 or Lumia 925, you need to pay just $199 on contract. Some quick specs: 10.1 inch Display Keyboard Cover LTE 8,000 mAh battery 6.7 megapixel rear camera Nokia bundled apps including HERE maps, camera app, Storyteller image app Runs Windows RT Qualcomm Processor November 22 is a big day for Microsoft and Nokia.  The Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Xbox One will both accompany the launch of the 2520. I suspect some our readers may be filing for bankruptcy quite soon (j/k). Availability on Verizon is still unclear at this time. Source: Nokia ...

Read More →

Many mainstream news outlets are reporting on users having hardware problems with Sony’s PS4.  The problem got bad enough where Sony’s President of PlayStation, Shuhei Yoshida, took to twitter to release a statement: “Be assured we are investigating reported PS4 issues. The number is very small compared to shipped, we believe they are isolated incidents.” The current PR spin by Sony is that these problems are only being experienced by users who received the PS4 earlier then the general public.  However, this may be a hint of the lack of quality control going on in the Sony production line. A cheaper console has its consequences, and one of these may have been a more relaxed quality control to save money. Kotaku, in their PS4 review, noted their first console did not work at all, and had to subsequently go procure another console.  Many users on Reddit are also complaining of issues ...

Read More →

In recent years, Microsoft has had a rich history of being quite friendly to their competitors.  For years now, the IE team has been sending cakes & cupcakes to the Mozilla Firefox team with every major release of their browser.  More recently Microsoft has been extending their services on other platforms such as iOS and Android and ensuring interoperability with other browsers such as Firefox & Chrome.  Early this morning the Xbox team sent out a congratulatory note to Sony via twitter for a successful PS4 launch. I suspect we will see a similar tweet from Sony next week, when the Xbox One is finally launched.   Our friend Tom Warren, jokes about the feelings of fanboys with this act of kindness… Have any of you picked up a PS4? Please share your experience so far in the comments below… Source: Twitter ...

Read More →

Dell today announced the availability of the XPS 11 2-in-1 and the updated XPS 13 Ultrabooks which will be available starting $999. Apart from these consumer devices, Dell also announced the availability of the Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation and introduction of the new OptiPlex 3020 desktop. Dell XPS 11: With the highest resolution display (Quad HD, 2560 x 1440) on an 11.6-inch 2-in1, the acrobatic XPS 11 is the world’s thinnest, lightest and most compact 2-in-1 Ultrabook available today.  Featuring a 360-degree rotating hinge design, the 2-in-1 is sure to turn heads as it transitions from tablet to laptop with ease. The XPS 11 starts at $999.99 USD. New Dell XPS 13: The award-winning XPS 13 Ultrabook has a 13.3-inch, edge-to-edge display that innovatively fits into a footprint similar to an 11-inch laptop, is razor thin and light, and weighs less than 3lbs. It is built for mobility and ...

Read More →

Intel yesterday posted 2013 Intel Holiday Buying Guide for consumers. With the release of 4th generation Intel Core processors, there are lots of cool 2-in1s, convertibles, Ultrabooks in the market. All the PCs and tablets deliver a 50 percent improvement in battery life as well. Thanks to Intel, your personal compute devices just got sweeter this holiday season. Now there are computing devices with Intel Inside® to match every appetite and pocket book – from traditional laptops to tablets to 2 in 1 devices to portable All-in-Ones. There’s a lot to choose from (and salivate over) this holiday season. Take a look inside the 2013 Intel Holiday Gift Guide to see the latest tech eye candy. The buying guide has 10 Windows devices which are listed below. 2in1s and convertibles: ASUS Transformer Book T100 Dell Venue 11 Pro Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Sony VAIO Tap 11 Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S ...

Read More →

  Market research firm NPD announced their stats for the video game console market yesterday. Xbox 360 is back at No. 1 position being the most sold console in the U.S. market in October. About 166,000 units of Xbox 360 were sold. NPD highlights from October include: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software and accessories) reached $283 million, the most for any console in the U.S. During the month of October, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 console game titles, including: “Batman: Arkham Origins,” “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Battlefield 4,” “NBA 2K14,” and “Grand Theft Auto V.” As Xbox One launch is just a week away, this might be the last time for Xbox 360 to become the No.1 console in the US. ...

Read More →

The long awaited Flipboard app is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. Flipboard is like a modern day RSS reader with a great UX. You can discover and read content in a enjoying way. Description: Flipboard is your personal magazine. It is the most popular way to catch up on the news you care about, read stories from around the world and browse the articles, videos and photos friends are sharing. To begin, pick a few topics and tap any of the tiles to begin flipping through your personal magazine. Use the Discover button to customize your Flipboard with iconic sources like The New York Times, PEOPLE magazine, Fast Company and many more. You can also connect your social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Share what you are reading and enjoy updates from friends all in one place. When you find things you like on Flipboard, use the ...

Read More →

Microsoft announced Games with Gold program that offers free Xbox 360 games to qualifying Xbox Live Gold members few months back. Since then there were lots of free games offered to Xbox 360 users every month. Major Nelson today tweeted that access to free games each month is coming for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One. More details on this program will be announced in 2014. This seems to be a great deal! What do you think? Source: Major Nelson ...

Read More →

Microsoft today announced Facebook Login APIs for Windows Store apps. As many developers rely on Facebook Login to tap into the Facebook social graph to enhance their applications’ experience, Facebook Login API support becomes essential in creating apps. Microsoft with its partnership with Facebook announced Facebook Login APIs on Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8. Developers can get access to documentation and the APIs through Microsoft’s Windows App Builder blog and Windows Phone Developer blog as well as Facebook’s detailed documentation for Facebook Login for Windows and Facebook Login for Windows Phone. While Facebook Login for Windows 8 is ready to use in production applications, and for Windows Phone 8, Facebook Login is in beta. Lots of apps like Foursqaure, iHearRadio, Adobe, etc, will start making using of this API. · Foursquare will use the Facebook Login API on Windows devices to “make it even easier for people to use Foursquare to ...

Read More →

During the Visual Studio 2013 launch event in New York, Microsoft revealed its upcoming compiler technology that will compile .Net code directly to native code. Mary Jo Foley reported that this project is codenamed Project N. Microsoft Project Manager Orville McDonald demonstrated this technology with FreshPaint app. One version of FreshPaint app was compiled using this upcoming compiler technology while the other one was a normal current FreshPaint app. It was shown that the optimized FreshPaint loaded very quickly. “We don’t do JIT (just-in-time compile) and use optimization that we use for C++ code,” ZDNet reported the following on this upcoming project from Microsoft, I’ve gotten a few tips in recent months about “Project N,” which, according to my contacts, is designed to make applications developed in .Net/C# work better on Windows 8 and Windows RT via new compiler technology under development at the company. My tipsters have said Microsoft is planning to go ...

Read More →

When Nokia announced Lumia 2520 Windows tablet, they also announced HERE Maps app for Lumia tablets. As you can expect, it is a fully featured Maps app from Nokia. You can explore places around you, find directions, and more. The real beauty is that it works even without a data connection. Yes, it has offline Maps support. Other attractive features include street level to see panoramic views of places, Tilt the map to see cities and buildings in 3D and more. Description: HERE Maps is a complete mapping app designed to work with or without a Wi-Fi or data connection. With HERE Maps you can download and take your maps with you on your tablet. Get walking, driving and public transit directions to the places you want to go, all completely offline. HERE Maps is a perfect companion for your smartphone. Plan where you want to go and save places ...

Read More →