Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft’s Windows XP is nearing its end-of-life date. One of the most glaring bug Windows XP users experienced over their lifetime should be the one related to svchost.exe. The SVCHOST system process would eat up upto 100% of CPU during Windows updates. Because of this, overall system performance will do down significantly. Microsoft is aware of this bug and promised to fix it long back. Microsoft has finally delivered the fix to stop this svcehost issue. As we are just two more patch Tuesdays away from Windows XP’s end of life, it is good to see Microsoft fixing the issue.   In a statement, Dustin Childs, group manager in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group said… “On Tuesday, Microsoft depreciated legacy security updates for Internet Explorer that had been replaced by more recent ones. We did this to improve customer experience, reducing the time Windows Update requires to check existing updates before ...

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Microsoft is competing with market leader Amazon in providing cloud services. They are already in price war and delivering reliable and top notch performance is a must have in this business. The cloud pricing scheme differs on performance levels and the new patent from Microsoft researchers revealed a new pricing approach where customers can either bid a price they’re willing to pay or to be quoted a price based on the system’s estimate of the resources needed to deliver that performance. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft delivers this pricing scheme to its customers. Abstract: Described are performance-based pricing models for pricing execution of a client job in a cloud service. Client-provided performance-related parameters are used to determine a price. The price may be a minimum bid price that is evaluated against a bid received from client bidder to accept or reject the bid. Alternatively, the price may be returned ...

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Last night, Google revealed their latest Google[x] project called Smart Contact Lens. This smart contact lens is built to measure glucose levels in tears using a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor that are embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material. Google is already testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second which will serve as an early warning for the wearer. Also, Google is exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds. The media went crazy about this new project in a way that Google invented this whole new concept, but it is not the case. The project was originally started by researchers from the University of Washington (UW) and it was a Microsoft Research Connections-funded project supporting advanced technology research. Babak Parviz, then researcher at UW(now a Google employee), and Desney ...

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  NPD today released their latest game console sales numbers in the US for December. Microsoft’s Xbox One emerged as the No.1 selling console in the US market. Microsoft sold 908,000 units in December. Also, Xbox 360 continued to see sales with 643,000 units sold in December, putting it in the No.3 spot overall. Together, Xbox One and Xbox 360 held 46 percent of the hardware market share in the U.S. and showed a 10 percent year over year growth from December 2012. December 2013 NPD highlights include: Total combined retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in December reached $1.39 billion, 50 percent of the combined software, hardware and accessories spend in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, December 2013). During the month of December, Xbox One held six of the top 10 spots on the new generation console game title list: “Battlefield 4,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” ...

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Microsoft Open Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft that is dedicated to improve Microsoft’s investment in open technologies. It often acts as  bridge between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies to make them work together in heterogeneous environments. For example, MS Open Tech developed the Node.js SDK for Windows Azure, they implanted the pointer events for Blink and more. Today, Microsoft Open Tech announced its new office in China. Read the full press release below. SHANGHAI, China — Jan. 16, 2014 — Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech), a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. dedicated to bridging Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies, on Thursday announced the opening of a subsidiary in China, Microsoft Open Technologies (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. (MS Open Tech Shanghai). MS Open Tech Shanghai will have a robust team of engineers, standards professionals and technical evangelists with roots in open source and open standards. The Chinese subsidiary will focus on ...

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Microsoft today revealed no.of small but useful improvements they made to Outlook.com on their blog. These improvements includes the updated UI for sweep to delete feature, Apply to all from.. in categories, Move all email from… in the Move feature, Search with improved Advanced search UI and archive specific emails you want and more. Read the full list of improvements below, 1. Sweep to delete A good first step is to get rid of email you don’t want. Use Sweep to delete (or, if you want, block) email in bulk. You can also create a rule to automatically sweep out email going forward. Many of you have told us Sweep is one of your favorite features (it’s used around 7.5 million times every week). To make it simpler, we have updated the UI to require less clicks to use. 2. Organize by categories The email that remains is probably mail you ...

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Microsoft has updated their Skype for iOS app with two new improvements. The app now allows users to enjoy 2-way high-definition video calls on the iPhone 5s. The second feature is the Skype notification support in the lockscreen. You can now have your Skype messages on your iOS homescreen which will allow you to enjoy the latest messages without even unlocking your device. What’s New in Version 4.17:     Two-way HD video calls are now supported on the iPhone 5S. Receive chat messages even when Skype is closed. Chat messages now sync much faster across all your devices. Download Skype iOS app here from App Store. ...

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Sharp has announced a new 15.6-inch Windows 8.1 tablet called RW-16G1. It is powered by Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. The main highlight of the machine is the 3200X1800 QHD+ IGZO display. As you expect, it is also a touchscreen with stylus support. Its a 2.7-pound, 0.5-inch thick tablet and it offers a battery life of upto 9 hours. It also includes a Mini DisplayPort, 3 USB 3.0 ports and a SD card slot. On the networking side, it has IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 support and NFC too. The device will go on sale in March with unknown price tag. Sharp is clearly targeting professionals and developers with this unit. Source: Sharp ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Ericsson’s president and CEO Hans Vestberg is now in the possible candidates list which Microsoft board is evaluating for past few months. As expected, both Microsoft and Ericsson’s spokespersons declined to comment on this matter. Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, Kevin Turner are already in the race to become the next Microsoft CEO. Bloomberg reports that many candidates were concerned about Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer sitting in Microsoft’s board with about 8% of the stock will influence the decisions made by the CEO. Microsoft board gave us the following update on the new CEO search last month, On Aug. 23, we announced that Steve Ballmer would be retiring from Microsoft within 12 months, and the Board of Directors was launching a search for a replacement, looking both externally and internally. Since then, we’ve been focused on finding the best possible person ...

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Blair Westlake, Microsoft’s longtime VP of media and entertainment, is leaving the company after a decade. He joined in 2004 to head the media licensing and other entertainment stuff at Microsoft. He himself stated that the recent re-organization within Microsoft is the reason he is leaving the company. “As the reorganization has unfolded, it has become clear to me that the organization is moving in a direction that does not fit either my expertise or skill sets,” Westlake said in a statement. “Therefore, I have made the decision to leave Microsoft.” “I have had the privilege of working with numerous talented and professional people,” Westlake said of his tenure at Microsoft. “While I will miss their company and our interaction, I truly believe that this move is in the best interest of all parties concerned.” Westlake was in charge of the group within Microsoft that licensed movies and television shows for Microsoft products and the ...

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Microsoft is ending the extended support for Windows XP from April 2014. It was expected that Microsoft will also stop delivering security updates via Security Essentials at the same time. But, Microsoft today surprised everyone by announcing the extended anti-malware signature support for Windows XP users through July 2015. Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014. After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures. For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows ...

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Syrian Electronic Army which recently hacked some of the Microsoft’s social media accounts threatened Microsoft on Twitter that they are not yet done with Microsoft and there will be more attacks in the future. We didn’t finish our attack on @Microsoft yet, stay tuned for more! #SEA — SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) January 15, 2014 The worst part is that SEA has got access to Microsoft employee emails as well. You can see the communication between Microsoft Story Teller Steve’s mail to his boss on recent attacks by SEA. See the screenshot below,   What @Microsoft staff are doing – Part 2 #SEA pic.twitter.com/H7sV91VvJW — SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) January 12, 2014   SEA even tweeted that a Microsoft employee changed his password from Microsoft1 to Microsoft2 to make it stronger. I guess, Microsoft will come up with more stronger internal policies when it comes to passwords to prevent such attacks in the future. ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft opened up the registration process for Build 2014 developer conference. Build 2014 will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 2 – 4. The conference got sold out today. I think the steep registration amount of over $2000 is the reason Build 2014 took about 24 hours for selling out all its tickets. Microsoft is expected to talk about Windows 9 and the developer story behind the future of Windows. Build is our premier developer event, targeted at people who want to create experiences that span PC, tablet, phone, console, server, and cloud, and at this year’s event we will share what is coming for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Xbox, Visual Studio and more. Perhaps even more importantly, we’ll be talking about what Microsoft is doing to protect your technology investments, regardless of their form: tools, skills, language preferences, code, and apps, ...

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  Google today announced the release of Chrome 32 web browser for Windows devices. This stable release will include some neat features such as tracking down noisy tags, safe browsing feature, etc,. One of the most important changes is the inclusion of Chrome OS interface within Windows 8 Metro mode. In full screen mode, the whole UX will be like Chrome OS with support for multiple windows, app launchers and more. You can now track down noisy tabs: You can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the ones singing in the background. You’ll also be able to see which tabs are currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV. Safe Browsing’s malware warning has gotten stronger: If you see this message in the download tray at the bottom of your screen, you can click “Dismiss” knowing that Chrome is working to ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition wireless controller. You can pre-order the unit for $64.99 from Microsoft Store today. It will be released on 3/11/2014. Own a piece of gaming history and fight in style with the Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller. Designed in partnership with Titanfall creator Respawn Entertainment, it’s inspired by the C-101 carbine, used by the elite IMC Titan Pilots of the Frontier. Crafted in striking detail for maximum authenticity in color and graphics, the controller looks and feels like an artifact from the world of Titanfall. Microsoft revealed that these will be available in limited quantities, so order it soon! You can pre-order Titanfall game from Amazon here and  here. Source: Microsoft Store ...

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Microsoft has updated the Skype app for Windows 8/RT devices in the Windows Store. This update does not include any new features, instead it has general bug fixes. Using this app,  you can share everyday things and special moments – files, photos, or even a video message. Connect with anyone on any PC, Mac, Android, iPad, Windows Phone, iPhone, Xbox One or more. Features: Snap Skype alongside other apps. Chat, share files and photos. Make free voice and video calls. Send video messages every day. Call anyone, even if they’re not online. Messages are delivered to your lock screen, start screen, wherever you are. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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