Review Category : Microsoft

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 ...

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South Park is an animated American comedy television show which often weighs in on current cultural issues.  They had a rather humorous take on fanboys of the Xbox One and PS4.  The PS4 just launched, and the Xbox One will launch next.  I suspect many of our readers will be spending their Thanksgiving holiday on the Xbox One or PS4.  Please take some time to spend with your family :p via Tom Warren ...

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Microsoft has a separate unit called Digital Crimes Unit which focuses on finding criminals who are running botnets, piracy centers, etc,. Reuters today reported that Microsoft has formed a new expanded  Digital Crimes Unit called Cybercrime Center. This new center brings together security engineers, digital forensics experts and lawyers under one roof to fight against cyber crime. The center features a lab for dissecting malicious software samples that is accessible only with fingerprint authorization. In another room, a monitor tracks the countries and Internet service providers with the greatest number of machines belonging to some of the worst botnets. Next to a situation room with a wall-sized, touch-screen monitor sit rows of empty offices for visiting police, Microsoft customers or other allies expected to join specific missions for days or weeks at a time. Microsoft is not new to these kind of work. At least half of the major, significant ...

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Warner Bros. today announced that the next-generation Lego Marvel Super Heroes adventure game won’t be available on November 22 as previously announced. Also they didn’t announce any firm release date as well. “Lego Marvel Super Heroes is coming to next-gen consoles, but the game will not be releasing on the Xbox One console on November 22,” “We will provide a release date for Lego Marvel Super Heroes on Xbox One as soon as possible.” After Ubisoft’s Watch Dog got delayed from being a launch title for both Xbox One and PS4, Lego Marvel Super Heroes has become the second title for Xbox One which will be not be available on Nov 22nd. via: MCV ...

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Microsoft’s board is in search for the new CEO for Microsoft as current CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring next year. Microsoft previously announced that they are considering both internal and external candidates for this job. Reuters reported that former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and current Ford CEO Alan Mulally are now part of the shortlisted external candidates list. Also the internal candidates under consideration includes former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who is now responsible for Microsoft’s business development, and Satya Nadella, the company’s cloud and enterprise chief. There is a new report from Chinese blog WPDang where Microsoft’s COO Kevin Turner is among the internal candidates list. It was also reported that Kevin Turner will become CEO of Microsoft replacing Steve Ballmer for next 2-3 years followed by Stephen Elop becoming the CEO. Kevin Turner worked nearly 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores before coming to Microsoft. Being COO for the ...

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Lync is a unified communications platform for the enterprise from Microsoft. Lync 2013 desktop client recently got a November 2013 update which includes new features and fixes of bugs. Features included in the November Update: Photos of Sender/Receiver – View photos of sender/receiver inline with IM conversation URL Photo Experience – Set your own photo from a public web site instead of using the corporate image pChat Escalation – Escalate a Persistent Chat room to a Lync Meeting with one click Login Trace Files – Easily access Lync client login logs New Recording Options –Choose preferred resolution for client-side recordings Read more about it from the link below. Source: Lync blog via: Neowin ...

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This is really impressive! Major Nelson today posted a short video showing how Xbox One can power up and log in your voice command. In just 13 seconds, Xbox One was able to power up and log in to the home screen. First, it listened to your voice command through Kinect to wake up the machine, then again it used Kinect’s skeleton tracking/facing recognition to login to your personal profile. And all under 13 seconds in just an impressive thing. If you are more into privacy issues, you can as usual power on your Xbox One using your controller. Watch the video above. Source: Major Nelson ...

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  Microsoft today announced two new roles for their senior leaders Eric Rudder and Harry Shum. Eric Rudder who was heading Advanced Strategy & Research group will become Executive Vice President, Advanced Strategy and Harry Shum who was leading Bing engineering team will become Executive Vice President, Technology & Research. Both of them will report directly to Steve Ballmer starting mid-December. Read the full email below. From: Steve Ballmer To: Microsoft – All Employees Date: Nov. 13, 2013 Subject: New Roles for Eric Rudder and Harry Shum Today, I’m excited to announce new roles for Eric Rudder and Harry Shum. Eric will take on a newly created role as Executive Vice President, Advanced Strategy, and Harry will take on Eric’s current responsibilities as Executive Vice President, Technology & Research. Both Eric and Harry will report to me and both changes take effect in mid-December. Eric has led our Advanced Strategy ...

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We all know that Xbox One is releasing on Nov 22nd. Due to time differences, New Zealand will be the first country to launch the Xbox One. So the first official Xbox One will be sold in New Zealand. To guard this special console, Microsoft New Zealand has placed it inside a shark tank at Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium in Auckland which has over 20 tiger sharks. Microsoft will take this console out of aquarium on launch day mid-night to hand it over as the first officially sold Xbox One. via: IGN ...

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Microsoft yesterday sent out email to customers notifying that Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content starting Nov 22nd. Zune Marketplace had millions of songs, videos, podcasts, and TV shows for purchase and rental and it was available across Windows Phone 7 devices, PC, Xbox and the web. Since Microsoft has transitioned to the new Xbox entertainment services like Xbox Music and Xbox Video, Zune Marketplace will shutdown on Nov 22nd. Email from Microsoft, We recently notified you that with the Fall 2013 release of the Xbox 360 update, Microsoft Points are being retired. This email is a confirmation that as part of this update, Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content, or browsing movies and TV shows, beginning as early as November 22, 2013. If you have a remaining Microsoft Points balance, you can transition your Microsoft account from Microsoft Points to local ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual Studio Online previously known as Team Foundation Service. Visual Studio Online is made up of collection of developer services, hosted in Azure to offer the best integrated end-to-end development experience for modern applications. Microsoft also announced two new Visual Studio Online services, Visual Studio Online Application Insights and Visual Studio Online “Monaco” ins addition to the existing services announced during preview. VS Online will be free for teams up to 5 users.  Visual Studio Online is also included as part of MSDN subscriptions. You get started with VS Online at http://visualstudio.com/. Visual Studio Online services, including the following: Hosted Source Control Visual Studio Online provides developers with hosted source control, using either Git or Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC).  The sources for your Visual Studio Online projects are readily available to sync to your desktop when you are logged into Visual Studio. Work Items and Agile Planning Whether ...

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Microsoft today launched Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1 to the general public. Visual Studio 2013 allows you to build modern, cloud connected apps across Microsoft platforms ranging from Windows Azure to Windows Phone. It has support for live debugging Azure sites,  Energy Profiling, UI Responsiveness diagnostics and more. Support for live debugging Azure sites from Visual Studio means you can set a breakpoint in a running service in the cloud, and step through it directly from Visual Studio. The new Cloud Business Application project type lets you build next-generation business applications leveraging Office 365 and Azure. And features like Energy Profiling and UI Responsiveness diagnostics make it easier than ever to build 5-star applications for the Windows Store. For individual developers, Visual Studio 2013 brings great new developer productivity features.  Features like Peek Definition and CodeLens provide key information about your code right where you are working in the ...

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Microsoft Xbox team today revealed their plans to celebrate the launch of Xbox One with Xbox fans around the world, when it launches next Friday, Nov. 22. Microsoft has planned more than 10,000 retail locations for mid-night launches. More than 10,000 retail locations in 13 countries will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 22 to welcome fans amidst great fanfare. Festivities will kick off in major cities around the world, starting in Auckland, NZ and continuing through Sydney, London, New York City and Los Angeles, uniting fans who have come together to celebrate the availability of Xbox One. The celebrations will be showcased in a live broadcast airing on Spike TV, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, also on Xbox.com and on Xbox Live. “Today we invite millions of Xbox fans around the world to join us for the launch of Xbox One, beginning on Nov. 21 as we ...

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After the reports which came online yesterday, Joe Belfiore himslef confirmed on Twitter that he is taking over the work involving user experience for Windows and Internet Explorer in addition to Windows Phone UX which he is already responsible for. I think this is a great news for ‘One Microsoft’ strategy as Joe will be responsible for the Windows, Windows Phone and IE UX. Congrats to Joe Belfiore for his new role at Microsoft! ...

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We are just few weeks away from Black Friday deals. Many retailers in the US have started publishing their deal information online. BesyBuy yesterday revealed their upcoming Black Friday deals. It includes Surface tablet (previously known as Surface RT) as well. Surface 32GB will go on sale for $199, down from its original price of $349.99. The deal will be valid from November 28-30, 2013. Get ready for the Black Friday shopping! Source: BestBuy ...

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There is a limited time deal going on at Microsoftstore.com. When you buy a Surface 2 64GB model and a Type Cover 2 bundle, you can get a free Touch Cover. Touch Cover comes in various colors and it costs $79.99. Another deal was with Surface Pro 2, you can save over $75 by buying the bundle which includes Office 365 Home Premium, Complete for Surface Pro 2-year warranty, Touch Cover (Cyan), and Surface Pro Screen Protector. You can buy this bundle for $269.00 instead of the regular price of $348.97. Find the deal here. via: Neowin ...

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