Review Category : Microsoft

In addition to tracking Santa on NORADSanta.org with help from NORAD and Microsoft, people can also call the NORAD command center right from the site by using Skype for free. As Santa departs the North Pole on December 24th, a touch-enabled 3D globe on NORADSanta.org will light up and follow his movements. With a modern browser like IE11 and a touch enabled device, you’ll be able to spin the globe with a swipe of a finger and pinch and zoom to get an in-depth look at Santa’s stops. Bing Maps is at the heart of the journey; whether you’re mapping Santa’s route on a computer or in an app, you’ll see beautiful, high-fidelity images. You can even visit Santa’s village at the North Pole, play new games daily, listen to music and watch videos. What makes NORADSanta.org truly interactive is that you and your kids can use Skype Click to Call to ...

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Microsoft co-founder and current owner of the Seattle Seahawks Paul Allen has sold a private island in northwestern Washington state to undisclosed buyers for $8 million, his real estate agent said on Monday.  In the early 90s Allen originally planned on building his dream home on island but plans changed after the purchase of the Seahawks in ’97 which required increased time and responsibilities in Seattle. A description of the island: “Enjoy outstanding building sites with beaches overlooking Rosario Strait, the Olympic Mtns, & Strait of Juan De Fuca,” says a description. “Log-style home for caretakers quarters located near the dock with water, septic, and generator.” The 292-acre (118 hectare) Allan Island – not named for its former owner – had been on the market for nine years and sold on Friday for well below its original asking price of $20 million, according to selling agent Wally Gudgell of Windmere ...

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Few days back Microsoft said, “To ensure the best experience for our customers during the holiday season, we have taken steps to remove the update for Surface Pro 2 that was previously published through Windows Update on December 10,” and even confirmed that they are working to release an alternative update package after the holidays. It seems, Microsoft has changed their minds and decided to deliver the fix earlier than expected. Here is the info from the Support forums, We are working through the holidays to deliver a fix for the small number of customers that have experience decreased battery life and booting/sleeping problems as a result of the December update.  We took the update down to prevent additional customers from ending up in this state. All hardware failures, none of which are known to be caused by the December update, are being handled promptly through our warranty exchange policy. The UEFI firmware ...

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Rockstar consortium which was created by Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies to acquire patents from Nortel Networks in 2011. Rockstar Consortium won the bid for $4.5 billion against the rival group which included Google, Intel and others. Bloomberg today reported that Rockstar is in discussions to sell a part of those patents in order to monetize their investment in this intellectual property. The group, called Rockstar Consortium, has recently been in conversations with possible buyers about the patents, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. Rockstar, which also includes BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY), Ericsson AB and Sony Corp., has had little success in landing large licensing deals for the patents, three of the people said. This is not a completely new news because Rockstar already sold $1 million worth of patents to a company called Spherix in July. Also Rockstar is already suing ...

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We all know that Microsoft has partnered with NORAD for tracking Santa from tonight. Microsoft today highlighted their work with NORAD and spoke about the history of tracking Santa.   All of Santa’s Village games are unlocked which can only mean one thing – it’s almost time to track Santa Claus! We’re in as much anticipation as you are – where will Santa go and what will he bring? When the elves start packing up his sleigh at 11 PM PT tonight, the Santa Tracker will go live with NORAD standing by to track Santa. Of course, there are a lot of presents to pack, so Santa won’t take flight until 3 AM PT on December 24. As soon as Rudolph and the gang lift off, NORAD will begin tracking Santa and sharing his location on the map, while keeping him safe as he flies the night skies.This has been ...

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Few days back, we reported that Microsoft that is allowing Skype users to make free group calls, free group screen sharing, no advertising and access to live customer support, for free. All of these features are typically reserved for premium account holders but you can get them free for 12 months. This Skype Collaboration Project offer is still working. If you didn’t grab your offer code, do it now! Visit this page to make use of the deal, The Skype Collabration Project. After you enter your email address a code will be sent to your inbox. After the code is redeemed you see a message that shows a credit of $107.88. Some people receive their code instantly, while for some people it takes days. So, be patient if you didn’t get any code. It is better if you enter the Microsoft Account associated with your Skype account. ...

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Google already made a proposal to European Commission to resolve the antitrust cases against it. While the competitors and the Fairsearch.org are not happy about Google’s proposal, European Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia also expressed his concern about Google’s proposal. Speaking on Spanish national radio, European Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said Google’s latest round of proposals in October don’t “eliminate our concerns regarding competition.” Specifically, he cited the way that Google treats rivals such as review service Yelp and price comparison shopping services. He also said that Google has little more time to respond and act accordingly to avoid any huge fines. Few years back, EC made Microsoft pay about $2 billion for cases regarding Internet Explorer. Read more from AP. ...

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Microsoft today announced that 20 year Microsoft employee Jim DuBios will take charge as Microsoft’s CIO from Jan 1st 2014.   REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 20, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. announced Friday the appointment of Jim DuBois as corporate vice president and chief information officer (CIO), responsible for delivering a broad range of IT initiatives in support of the company’s billions of customers and more than 90,000 employees in 190 countries worldwide. DuBois, who had served as interim CIO for the past six months, will lead a team of employees overseeing Microsoft IT applications, infrastructure, solution delivery and process excellence. A tech leader with a unique view of IT innovation and deep understanding of technical strategy, DuBois has been at Microsoft for more than 20 years, during which time he has held several key leadership positions, including general manager of IT and vice president of Microsoft Products and Services IT. ...

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Microsoft Yammer team has launched a new app called Yammer Now for iOS devices. Yammer Now is a mobile messaging app for enterprise users. This is a lightweight tool for simple and quick messaging experience, for accessing other functionalists such as Inbox and Home Feed, you need to download the regular Yammer app. Today, we are excited to introduce Yammer Now, a simple and easy-to-use mobile messaging app that allows you to communicate with your colleagues on Yammer even faster than before. With Yammer Now, you can easily initiate and respond to Yammer conversations anytime, anywhere.  And there’s no need to exchange phone numbers or email addresses, all you need is login with your work email. Key features of Yammer Now include: Online Presence: See which coworkers are online and get an instant response Group Messaging: Add participants to a conversation at any time Share Images: Snap a picture and ...

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Without much noise, Microsoft has launched the Xbox Music API for developers. Along with the Xbox Music API, there is also a new affiliate program and badge program. You can become an affiliate of Xbox Music and start earning revenue. Microsoft has also published guidelines for promoting Xbox Music, including use of the Available on Xbox Music and Play on Xbox Music badges. The Xbox Music Service makes it easy for you to connect your app or website to the world of Xbox Music. The Xbox Music API provides access to RESTful web services that offer many features and generate useful data that can increase the value that people receive from Xbox Music and your application or website. By using the Xbox Music API, you’ll be able to do the following: Get the details of an album, an artist, or a track if you know its ID. Search for any ...

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Last June Microsoft announced that it would be hosting a limited, exclusive developer preview program for Kinect for Windows v2 prior to its general availability in the summer (northern hemisphere) of 2014. And a few weeks ago, Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits were shipped to thousands of developers in the program from London to Tokyo. Some promising developers are taking advantage of the higher resolution data and the ability to see six people and the new sensor’s ability to track the tips of hands and thumbs.  Developers have also described how easy it’s been to port their v1 apps to the new APIs. The Redmond software giant has created 500 additional developer preview kits for the Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK. The program is open to professional developers, students, researchers, artists, and other creative individuals. The program fee is US$399 (or local equivalent) and offers the following benefits: Direct ...

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a senior portfolio manager at Microsoft Corporation and his friend and business partner with insider trading ahead of company announcements. The SEC alleges that Brian D. Jorgenson, who lives in Lynwood, Wash., obtained confidential information about upcoming company news through his work in Microsoft’s corporate finance and investments division.  Jorgenson tipped Sean T. Stokke of Seattle in advance of the Microsoft announcements, the most recent occurring in October.  After Stokke traded on the inside information that Jorgenson provided, the two equally split the illicit profits in their shared brokerage accounts.  They made joint trading decisions with the goal of generating enough profits to create their own hedge fund. In a parallel action, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington today announced criminal charges against Jorgenson and Stokke. “Abusing access to Microsoft’s confidential information and generating unlawful trading profits is not ...

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Nokia MixRadio app for Windows 8 devices got updated in Windows Store. The most significant change in this update is the addition of Play Me button in the app. Nokia MixRadio is now even better, as it comes with the brand-spanking new Play Me button. It’s bright pink, it says ‘Play Me’ and it plays music you’ll love – what could be better than that, you lucky people? You can tweak the personalized music profile Play Me is based on by clicking the thumbs up and down buttons, favoriting artists and skipping songs. The other features includes the following, •Play Me: Your own personal radio station. Created just for you. •Mixes: Hundreds of hand-crafted playlists across every genre you’re interested in. From Pop to Country, Blues, Reggae, Indietronica, and loads more – we’ve got them all •Offline Mixes: Download your favorite mixes to listen when you’re not connected to the ...

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Microsoft today announced that an original documentary series will debut exclusively on Xbox in 2014. Xbox will produce the series with two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man and Man on Wire) and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn. “Jonathan and Simon Chinn are the perfect team to spearhead this series for Xbox. They are consummate story tellers and they plan to match their creative sensibility with the best talent in the industry,” commented Xbox Entertainment Studios President Nancy Tellem. “These stories will expose how the digital revolution created a global democracy of information, entertainment and commerce, and how it impacts our lives every day.” The first film in the groundbreaking series investigates the events surrounding the great video game burial of 1983. The Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the video game “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” buried millions of unsold game cartridges in the middle of the ...

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In the rare case you’re still running the Windows 8.1 Preview it expires in less than a month.  Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade so need to wait.  Here’s what to do: If you installed the Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store, you can update to the final release through the Windows Store by following the instructions available here, or by clicking here to initiate the process. Note that you will have to reinstall all of your applications (desktop or modern) after doing this. If you installed a volume license version of Windows 8.1 Preview for evaluation purposes, we would recommend that you install a fresh version of Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Enterprise for ongoing use. If you have to upgrade an existing machine, you can do so using volume license media. This can be done by manually running SETUP.EXE from the media, or ...

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Microsoft Project Siena (code name) is the beta release of a new technology for business experts, business analysts, consultants and other app imagineers.  Think of it as a Metro App that creates apps. Now, without any programming, you can create powerful apps for the device-first and cloud-connected world, with the potential to transform today’s business processes.  Apps to explore media-rich product catalogs and create ensembles that together serve a customer’s needs Apps used on the spot to resolve customer service bottlenecks and logistics exceptions, with the custom intelligence to help the user make local trade-offs Apps for auditing and inspecting a manufacturing facility through photos, videos and pen and voice notes, all tied to an asset database Siena apps are as easy as editing a document. You place some visuals on a canvas. You hook them up to your data. You customize how your app looks and works. Then, if ...

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