Review Category : Microsoft

We all know that Microsoft is working on a Office suite for Apple iPad. As iPad sales is increasing quarter by quarter among consumers and enterprise, Microsoft is missing millions in revenue by not having Office for iPad. It was previously rumored that Microsoft is planning to delay Office for iPad release in favor of Windows. Because, the touch first version of Office is coming only in late 2014 or early 2015. Today, Mary Jo Foley reported that Office for iPad might be released sooner than previously expected as Microsoft top executives have given approval for Office team to release Office for iPad as soon as it gets ready. But I hear Ballmer and the senior leaders of the company may have had a change of heart towards the end of last year. According to one of my contacts, Ballmer OK’d the suggestion by the Office team that they’d bring ...

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Microsoft is offering some great deals for Valentine’s Day. There are some steep discounts on touchscreen PCs, for example, Sony Vaio Duo 13 is now available for just $999. It comes with 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen, Intel Core i5-4200U, 4 GB memory/128 GB SSD and offers up to 10 hours battery life. Sony VAIO Duo 13 Touchscreen 2 in 1 (SVD13223CYB) – Discounted Price: $999.00 (Original Price: $1,249.00 ) Sony VAIO Duo 13 Touchscreen 2 in 1 (SVD13225PXB) – Discounted Price: $1,499.00 (Original Price: $1,899.00 ) Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga Touchscreen 2 in 1 – Discounted Price: $999.00 (Original Price: $1,199.00) Samsung Series 7 DP700A3D-A01US Touchscreen All-in-One Discounted Price: $799.00 (Original Price: $1,099.00) Find the other deals here from Microsoft Store. ...

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If you are a Xbox user, you might have already heard of Xbox Live Gold service which allows you to experience multi-player gaming, Video Kinect, lots of video apps on Xbox platform. You need to subscribe to Xbox Live service which will cost you around $60 per year. Often, Microsoft announces free Xbox Live Gold weekends which will allow any Xbox Live user to experience Gold services. Microsoft yesterday announced that Xbox Live Gold member benefits for Xbox 360 will be free for all Xbox Live subscribers from 14-16 February in the U.S. and Canada. If you’ve always wanted to check out the latest entertainment experiences on Xbox 360, now is your chance. Xbox Live Gold member benefits for Xbox 360 will be free for all Xbox Live subscribers from 14-16 February in the U.S. and Canada. During this free Gold weekend, all Xbox Live entertainment apps and online multiplayer ...

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NPD research firm released their data on gaming industry sales yesterday. Microsoft has got both good and bad news from these numbers. Good news is that, January NPD Group figures revealed Xbox(Xbox One+Xbox 360) sold the most games across all console platforms in January with 2.27 million units sold, making up 47 percent of software market share. During the month of January, Xbox* held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list in the U.S.: “Battlefield 4,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts” (Xbox 360 and Xbox One), “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Minecraft.” Gamers love Xbox and our community has never been more vibrant on the industry-leading Xbox Live service. Since launch, over 2.6 billion global Gamerscore has been achieved, 165 million global achievements have been unlocked and 130 million global Game DVR clips have been uploaded. On the negative side, Sony’s PS4 outsold Xbox One by ...

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  Earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft is working on a groundbreaking interactive reading platform for Windows. It was revealed by a Microsoft career listing for the job of Software Development Engineer on the Music, Video, Reading (MVR) team. It stated, “As an SDE, you will be on the team building a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics”. Amazon is a market leader in e-reading market and Microsoft has to offer something more compelling to move people away from Amazon. Two of the recent Microsoft patents reveals possible direction in which Microsoft’s upcoming E-reader architecture will look like. Read the abstracts below, it sounds interesting. The second para describes the good old Courier’s leaked video with the cloud storage concept. E-reader architecture with rich service infrastructure for identity, storage, protection, commercial exchange, and sharing of content is provided. The architecture may enable consumption of content ...

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With the Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft is updating Internet Explorer 11 with a new feature called Enterprise mode. The new Enterprise mode feature will allow users to run internal apps and websites in a special mode that will maintain the compatibility. This IE11 with Enterprise mode for Windows 7 got leaked on Internet today and you can download it now. Mary Jo Foley explained this feature as below, Enterprise Mode for IE (EMIE), as it’s referred to internally, is supposedly going to be a new feature of IE11. According to my sources, EMIE will allow businesses to specify which sites should be loaded in IE8 compatibility mode and which don’t need it. Users who need IE8 to view certain intranet sites and internal apps would still be able to move to IE11 on Windows 7 (or Windows 8.x) thanks to the new compatibility mode functionality. But they still would be able to make ...

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If you own a Nokia Lumia 2520 from AT&T and waiting to buy a Nokia Power Keyboard, the time has come. Nokia Power Keyboard for Lumia 2520 for AT&T (Black) is now available for $149 from Microsoft Store. Give your Lumia 2520 tablet all-around protection and added functionality with the Nokia Power Keyboard. Part durable case, part convenient keyboard, it comfortably holds your tablet for hands-free viewing and provides full keyboard functionality with a built-in touchpad. It also includes two USB ports and boosts the tablet’s battery life by 50 percent when connected. This keyboard is only for use with the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet for AT&T. Also the Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) is now available for just $399, down from its original price of $499. 10.1-inch Full HD touchscreen 4G LTE 2GB memory/32GB SSD Up to 10 hours battery life Find the store links below. ...

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Speaking at Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference today, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller revealed that Microsoft has sold over 200 million Windows 8 licenses since its launch in October 2012. Previously, Microsoft announced the sales numbers of Windows 8 in May 2013 when 100 million milestone was reached. It took about 8 more months to double the numbers. About 240 million licenses of Windows 7 were sold in its first 12 months, compared to 200 million licenses of Windows 8 in 15+ months. The decline in sales rate is due to various factors. First, PC market in general is in decline. Second, Windows 7 came after not so well received product called Windows Vista. Microsoft is on track to deliver Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April to the consumers and Tami told the following in the conference, “more rapid cadence” on which the Windows team has ...

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If you are more into Windows Phone 8.1 leaks in the past couple of days, time to move to Windows 8.1 Update 1. We already saw 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. Some of the most notable changes include the ability to pin Windows Store apps in taskbar, ability to close/minimize/close Windows Store apps via black bar on the top, search and power buttons and Start screen and more. Today, a new Win 8.1 2014 Update build  got leaked with build string. 6.3.9600.17019.WINBLUE_GDR.140205-2003. This 9600.17019.WINBLUE_GDR.140205-2003 is a Escrow build and you can expect Microsoft to sign-off RTM build of Windows 8.1 update 1 soon. It was reported that this update will be rolled out to consumers in April via Windows Store. via: WZor ...

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Microsoft has partnered with Sony Pictures to showcase the future of search from Microsoft’s perspective in the Robocop movie. Sony Pictures asked Microsoft to come up with a concept for search in the not-too-distant future to showcase in the upcoming Robocop film. The film is set in 2028 and Microsoft didn’t go too far like dreaming up holographic 3d search results, instead they focused on what is really possible in 2028 with search technology. Here’s a peak at what you will see in the movie, Building off the voice recognition work we have released for Bing on Xbox and Windows Phone, in this vision of search, a character can speak in natural language and instantly receive accurate and relevant results. We also needed to convey millions of results without overwhelming the display with a barrage of links. The solution was to have elements continuously scrolling in and search results updating in ...

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If you are using Skype on multiple devices, then you would have faced the difficulty of keeping conversations in sync, or they’ve missed messages and seen “read” messages on one device that are still marked as “unread” on another, etc. Microsoft was working on fixing this and has finally rolled out the fix to public users. Now, push notifications make sure you know when you have a new message in chat, and Skype chats are synced across all of your Skype-enabled devices. You can scroll back on your mobile phone to see the conversation you had on your laptop just as easily as the chat you had with your best friend on your smartphone about a recipe. Also there is a no ‘read’ notification system that will make sure that your message was read at the other end. We also understand the importance of knowing that messages you send have ...

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Microsoft revealed ID@Xbox program last year which allowed independent developers to self-publish games to Xbox Store. Phil Spencer from Microsoft few days back revealed that NinjaBee’s Nutjitsu and a mystery Team17 Worms game will be among the first ID@Xbox titles released. Indie developer No Goblin has revealed that its racer game Roundabout, is making its way to the Xbox One. Roundabout will be developed for the Xbox One using the ID@Xbox independent developers publishing program.The developer even praised ID@Program, read it below. Alongside the Windows, Mac and Linux versions that you can pre-order right now, we’re also going to be releasing Roundabout on Xbox One. We have dev kits in house, and we’re really excited to be shipping our debut game on next gen hardware. To answer the question on everyone’s lips: Yes, we will investigate yelling “Xbox, HONK HONK” to activate the limo’s horn. A huge thanks has to ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the new Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset Adapter accessories for Xbox One. According to Amazon Canada’s listing, Microsoft is also planning to release Xbox One Media Remote accessory in March. It will cost around $25USD and will ship on March 4th. As you can see in the image above, Xbox One Media Remote looks simple with minimal design with essential control buttons. You also have a button to switch between apps in Xbox One with Xbox One logo on its top. You can control Xbox One using various ways including Xbox One controller, through voice and gestures via Kinect and Xbox One Smartglass apps. Source: Amazon.ca (Google Cache)  via: Engadget ...

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Microsoft and Rare yesterday announced that “Kinect Sports Rivals” will be available exclusively on Xbox One on April 8, 2014 in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and on April 11, 2014 in Europe.Kinect Sports Rivals will include lots of new sports like climbing, wake racing and target shooting – or experience the re-imagined fan favorites – soccer, tennis and bowling. “Kinect Sports Rivals” is the first title to take full advantage of all the new Xbox One capabilities, including the new Kinect sensor and Xbox Live, and is beautifully rendered 1080p HD. “Kinect Sports Rivals” is built entirely from the ground up to take advantage of all that Xbox One has to offer to create a more tailored and immersive experience than was never possible before. For the first time in motion-based games, subtle movements and timing are tracked with precision – now every move you make matters and ...

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Yesterday, we reported about the article on The Guardian claiming that Microsoft is censoring Chinese language searches in Chine and in the US. Today, Stefan from Bing team did a quick blog post to dismiss those claims. Read it below. There has been discussion over the past day or so that Bing results for Chinese language queries done outside of China are somehow intentionally edited or incomplete for political censoring purposes. We can emphatically confirm that they are not. The only time Bing adjusts search results is to comply with local law or for quality or safety reasons such as child abuse or malware. Bing search results outside of China are not subject to and are not modified in any way based on Chinese law. The error we referenced yesterday was one where we incorrectly showed a Chinese ‘removal notification’ message outside of China to users who have selected to view ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the new Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset Adapter which will allow Xbox One users to enjoy their experience in the way they would like to. Both these will be available in early March. The Xbox One Stereo Headset will retail for $79.99 MSRP and the Stereo Headset Adapter will be available for $24.99 MSRP. You can pre-order these units now from Amazon and Microsoft Store. Find the links below. The Xbox One Stereo Headset delivers a premium audio experience for both game and chat audio.* Its full-range audio spectrum provides deep bass and crystal-clear high frequencies, while its unidirectional microphone ensures clear communication. The over-the-ear design gives you a comfortable fit for long gaming sessions, and its easy to set up with no wiring to your TV or console. Plug your favorite compatible headset into the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter and hear the action ...

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