Review Category : Microsoft

While Bill Gates will be stepping down as chairman of the board, Steve Ballmer will remain on the board.  In Ballmer’s short youtube video on Satya Nadella he also mentions Kevin Turner will continue as Chief-Operating Officer.  Often CEO will pick their own executive teams, much like Terry Myerson putting his own people in positions of power.  We’ll see in the coming months if Nadella feels any changes are needed to be made. In many ways I am sad Ballmer is leaving, no one will ever had the passion and love for Microsoft that he had. *Just to clarify, Bill Gates will still remain on the board of Microsoft, he will just no longer be chairman of the board. ...

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Well credit to Hal Berenson who nailed this a few weeks back, but Bill Gates will no longer be chairman of the board at Microsoft.  His new role will be Technical Advisor focusing on products and technologies.  Bill Gates claims he will now spend a third of this time at the company, up from 20 – 25% previously.  Gates will still retain a seat on the board, but he will no longer be chairman.  I think Mary Jo Foley nailed it earlier this week when she said this was likely more for PR than reality. ...

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From: Satya Nadella To: All Employees Date: Feb. 4, 2014 Subject: RE: Satya Nadella – Microsoft’s New CEO Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world. I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place. I knew there was no better company to join if I wanted to make a difference. This is the very same inspiration that continues to drive me today. It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve and Bill have taken it from an idea to one of the greatest and most universally admired companies in the world. ...

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Microsoft today officially announced that Satya Nadella will become the CEO of Microsoft. Bill Gates steps up to new role as Technology Advisor while John Thompson will become the Chairman of Board of Directors. Here is the email sent from Steve Ballmer to Microsoft employees. From: Steve Ballmer To: All Employees Date: Feb. 4, 2014 Subject: Satya Nadella – Microsoft’s New CEO Today is an incredibly exciting day as we announce Satya Nadella as the new CEO of Microsoft. Satya will be a great CEO, and I am pumped for the future of Microsoft. You can read the full announcement here. Satya is a proven leader. He’s got strong technical skills and great business insights. He has a remarkable ability to see what’s going on in the market, to sense opportunity, and to really understand how we come together at Microsoft to execute against those opportunities in a collaborative way. ...

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Frank Shaw tweeted moments ago that Satya Nadella has become CEO of Microsoft. Official statement from Microsoft: “As Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role. He joined Microsoft 22 years ago because he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he says, “aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.” Satya Nadella on Satya Nadella Bill Gates on Satya Nadella Steve Ballmer on Satya Nadella John W Thompson on Satya Nadella With a perspective based on more than two decades at Microsoft as someone who pushed to make dynamic changes happen, both in the company’s products and its culture, Satya Nadella says he is both “honored and humbled” ...

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According to latest data from NetApplications, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser continues to gain market share worldwide. In January, Internet Explorer gained 0.30% up from 57.91 percent to 58.21 percent. Internet Explorer 11 has also passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.25% of market share. Starting with IE9, Internet Explorer team at Microsoft is delivering solid releases with significant improvements in speed, reliability and more which has resulted in improved customer usage. I expect IE to gain more market share in the coming weeks. Google Chrome had over 16% and Firefox over 18% web browser market share in January. via: TNW ...

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According to the latest market share data from Net Applications, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 barely made any significant gain in January 2014. The market share increased by just 0.09% to reach 10.58% worldwide.  More specifically, Windows 8 fell 0.26 percentage points (from 6.89 percent to 6.63 percent), while Windows 8.1 gained 0.35 percentage points (from 3.60 percent to 3.95 percent). Also, Windows 7 continued to lose market share at very slow rate. Overall, Windows market share is up to 90.73 percent from 90.72 percent, OS X increased its market share to 7.68% and Linux captured 1.60% market share. Image via: TNW ...

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This Windows 8.1 Update 1 build is now available for download from various illegal sites and the leaked build with build string of 9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237 revealed many new features that we reported in the past week. Winbeta did a quick video walk through showing main changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1. Check it out above. New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1: Metro apps have a title bar, with close/minimize buttons and the ability to “Split left/right” when you right-click it. You can keep taskbar visible while using modern apps Control Panel item in metro PC Settings 200% and 250% DPI scaling modes added to control panel (in 8.1 RTM, to get these values you have to go “custom”), 250% is the default on screens with more than 1800 vertical lines Shutdown button on the start screen*, doesn’t show on less than 8″ tablets to prevent accidental shutdown Search button on ...

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Microsoft is not new in targeting Chromebooks in its Windows ads, we have already seen it in the past. Microsoft today released a new Windows ad which shows a customer opting for a Asus Windows device that costs $350 over a Chromebook. Why she did that? Because a Windows PC allows her to run full Office apps, play games, Skype with family and more importantly without internet requirement all the time. Whether it’s playing games or getting homework done with Microsoft Office, Windows laptops give you the best of work and play. The New Windows: One experience for everything in your life. http://windows.com/honestly Watch the video above and let us know your thoughts on this new ad from Microsoft. ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games. This deal includes rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. Also, the new Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise on behalf of Microsoft with Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the “Gears of War” franchise, will join Microsoft and play a key studio leadership role at Black Tusk on the development of the franchise going forward. Hitler reacts to this Microsoft’s acquisition. Watch and have some fun! ...

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Microsoft today published its report on the governmental requests on customer data it received for a period of 6 months. Previously, Microsoft and other companies were banned from disclosing such data to the public. After the leading technology companies raised their voice about this concern, government recently agreed for the first time to permit technology companies to publish data about FISA orders. Microsoft has published a table that provides the information going back to July of 2011. Our most recent report covers the period from January – June 2013, addressing all of Microsoft’s services.  Specifically, during this time period: We received fewer than 1,000 FISA orders seeking the disclosure of customer content.  These orders related to between 15,000 and 15,999 accounts or individual identifiers.  It’s important to note that this does not necessarily mean that more than 15,000 people were covered by these data requests. This is because one individual ...

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At Microsoft Project Conference 2014, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Project has steadily grown with more than 20 million people are using Project across businesses of all sizes right now. Microsoft also demoed no.of upcoming enhancements to Microsoft Project and revealed a new SKU called Project Lite which costs as low as $7 per user/month. We’re pleased to introduce Project Lite, a new cloud offering that will become available on May 1, 2014. Project Lite is designed specifically for project team members, with features to view/update Tasks, enter Issues/Risks and Timesheets. At just $7 per user/month, instead of the original $33 per user/month with an annual subscription, Project Lite will bring powerful cloud service to even more people and significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership for our customers. Read more from Office blog here. ...

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Few days back, we reported that Microsoft is running a great deal where consumers can now trade-in their old consoles including Sony PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox 360S, etc, at Microsoft to store receive $100 Store credit on buying Xbox One. Microsoft is now expanding this program to smartphones and tablets as well. You can trade in your smartphone or tablet and receive up to $250 of store credit. Trade and save when you bring in your working* smartphone or tablet to your local Microsoft retail store. For a limited time, receive up to $250 of store credit. Looking to trade up to a new tablet?  Check out the Surface 2. At less than 1.5 pounds and just 8.9 mm thick, Surface 2 lets you carry less while you do more. It runs Windows RT 8.1 and comes preinstalled with Microsoft Office 2013 RT, so you get Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and ...

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Confirming the previous reports from WSJ and Recode, Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates may get involved in product development at Microsoft after the new CEO was announced. There were multiple reports in the past few days that Satya Nadella will be announced as the new CEO and Bill Gates will step down from his chairman position to get involved in product development. As the board prepares to appoint Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s next chief executive officer, it’s considering replacing Gates as board chairman, people with knowledge of the matter have said. Gates would remain a director and be involved in product development, focusing less on administration, the people said. He’s weighing going to work at Microsoft at least one day a week, a person briefed on the matter said. Related posts: Report: Microsoft May Name Satya Nadella As Its Next CEO, Gates Will Be Out As Chairman ...

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We have seen many different fields in which Microsoft’s revolutionary Kinect was being used, this one is quite different. Microsoft’s Kinect is now being used in Korean border by the military to monitor the demilitarized zone. If there was any human intrusion, Kinect will automatically notify the army men about it. Even though the current implementation uses first gen Kinect, they are now planning to upgrade to Xbox One Kinect which will able to detect heart rates and heat maps for more accurate tracking. Self-taught South Korean programmer Jae Kwan Ko developed a Kinect-based software system to monitor the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), which separates the two countries. It was deployed at the border last August, but its existence wasn’t made public until recently. According to news site Hankooki (via tipster Sang), the Kinect-based system identifies objects crossing the DMZ. It can discern the difference between animals and humans. If the ...

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Over the last weekend, Lenovo announced the new ThinkPad 11e series of laptops, designed specifically for students in classroom. They have ruggedized build and comes both in regular laptop form-factor and Lenovo Yoga form factor. It includes features like rubber bumpers, reinforced ports, and stronger hinges to protect the system from the hustle and bustle of the classroom. It comes with 11.6 inch HD LED screen running on Intel processor. Read the full press release below. ORLANDO, FLand RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC –January 29, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced at the Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC), the ThinkPad 11e series of laptops, designed specifically for education and ruggedized for classroom performance. Thin and light, these purpose-built devices offer education administrators the durability necessary to succeed in the hands of K-12 students and the flexibility to meet the increasingly changing needs of their technology demands. The ThinkPad 11e series is ...

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