Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today released December firmware updates for both its second generation Surface devices. The updates for Surface 2 and Surface Pro include improved trackpad experience and several other improvements. Surface 2 December update change log: Screen dimming during CPU intensive operations resolved. Decreased charge time for batteries. Two-finger trackpad use optimized. Update to support additional external displays. Skype video quality improved. Resolved delay during restart when Bluetooth devices are connected. Surface Pro 2 December update change log: Improved system stability, including when minimizing full screen games. Updated Wi-Fi driver for improved wireless display and connectivity with wireless access points. Improved Surface Cover interaction including power-saving sleep functionality. Color fidelity improvements for all applications. Optimized two-finger trackpad use. Enhanced audio experience when connected to a Display Port 1.2 device. Surface RT December update change log: Surface Home Button Driver update to optimize available system memory. Surface Type Cover audio device driver ...

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The reorganization of people inside Microsoft continues. Geekwire yesterday revealed two important changes among top executives. Ted Dworkin, the director of program management of Windows Store in Windows 8 and Jensen Harris, the director of program management for the Windows User Experience have moved to new roles in Bing team within Microsoft. Microsoft confirmed the changes and also declined to provide any specifics on their new job at Bing team. Microsoft also didn’t reveal who will be responsible for their past roles at Windows team headed by Terry Myerson. Source: Geekwire ...

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Microsoft Research today released Socl apps for iOS and Android devices along with Windows Phone devices. Socl offers a set of simple, fun “create experiences” that make it even easier to express and share ideas with people worldwide – from rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, there’s even more ways to create, collect and share stuff you love – on Socl, and other social networks. Description: Socl — pronounced social — lets you create, collect and share stuff you love. From rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, express yourself through posts that take seconds to create, collect and share on Socl, as well as Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. Features • Create beautiful collages and funny memes in seconds. • Share your creations on Socl, as well as your other favorite social networks. • Create visual responses (“riffs”) to existing content. • Snap a ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for a major OS update codenamed Threshold that will bring Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One OS experiences closer than ever before. And this update will come in different SKUs, one consumer focused, one traditional consumer focused based on x86 and a enterprise versions. Today, Winsupersite reported that Microsoft is planning to bring the following two features as part of the Threshold wave of updates. One is the ability to run multiple modern apps at once, and the other one is bringing back the Start Menu. Metro apps running in windows on the desktop. As you can today with third-party utilities such as ModernMix, the next version of Windows will let users optionally run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop. Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next ...

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  Microsoft today confirmed that Halo: Spartan Assault is coming to Xbox One on Dec 24th. Halo: Spartan Assault was originally released on Windows 8 devices and Windows Phone 8 earlier this year and it was well received by consumers. Microsoft is now brining the experience to Xbox One users with native 1080p resolution and smooth 60 fps frame rate, it will also feature a brand-new cooperative mode, new weapons, and the inclusion of the “Operation Hydra” add-on. It will be available on Xbox One via a digital download priced at $14.99. Best of all, fans that have purchased “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 devices or Windows Phone 8 to date or purchase prior to December 15, 2013, will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99. And don’t worry, Xbox 360 owners: “Halo: Spartan Assault” will be available on ...

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The NSA is not the only entity that is bringing competitive tech giants together. (See: Microsoft Joins Facebook, Google And Others Calling For Reforms Of Government Surveillance) From Microsoft and Google to Twitter and Facebook, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge’s decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager. In court briefs recently filed in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, the Internet giants warn that if upheld, the northern Kentucky judge’s ruling to let the former cheerleader’s lawsuit proceed has the potential to “significantly chill online speech” and undermine a law passed by Congress in 1996 that provides broad immunity to websites. “If websites are subject to liability for failing to remove third-party content whenever someone objects, they will be subject to the ‘heckler’s veto,’ giving anyone ...

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Starting today, Microsoft will be running a promotional campaign called “12 Days Of Deals” in which they will be selling 12 different products at discounted prices. Today’s product was Dell Venue 8 Pro and it is already sold out. You can read the upcoming products on this deal list. You have got products like Garmin Fitness Watch, HP Envy 15, HP Pavillion X2, Fitbit Flex and more in these upcoming 11 days. Stop by your local Microsoft retail store or check out the holiday deals online to enjoy 12 Days of Deals on Windows PCs and tablets, Windows Phone devices, and accessories this December. Tomorrows deal:   ...

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   Microsoft is getting aggressive with their marketing these days and I highly appreciate their move. When you have better product than the competition and consumers are still buying the competitors crappy ones, you got to teach them the right thing and Microsoft is trying to do it. In the recently published ad on YouTube, Ben the PC Guy hits the streets of Venice, CA asking people which they would rather have — a Chromebook or a Windows laptop. The ad highlights the lack of real apps on Chromebook and their mandatory online nature making them effectively useless most of the time. The ad ends with Asus Windows 8 hybrid that offers great value and experience for almost same price. What do you think of this ad? ...

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VGX 2013, the Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards was announced recently. About 12 awards were given to games that are available on Xbox platforms. Below is the list of winners! Most Anticipated Game – “Titanfall” (Electronic Arts/Respawn Entertainment) Game of the Year – “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games/Rockstar North) Best Sports Game – “NBA 2K14” (2K Sports/Visual Concepts) Best Xbox Game – “Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons” (Starbreeze Studios) Best Driving Game – “Forza Motorsport 5″ (Microsoft Studios/Turn 10 Studios) Best Action/Adventure Game – “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal) Best Fighting Game – “Injustice: Gods Among Us” (Warner Bros Interactive/NetherRealm Studios) Best Shooter – “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games/Irrational Games) Best Character – The Lutece Twins from “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games/Irrational Games) Best Soundtrack – “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games/Rockstar North) Best Song in a Game – “Will the Circle be Unbroken” from “BioShock ...

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Microsoft today revealed that they are joining AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and Yahoo in calling for reforms of government surveillance. Their main principle is that government access to personal information must be governed by law. Here are their principles, The Principles: 1) Limiting Governments’ Authority to Collect Users’ Information Governments should codify sensible limitations on their ability to compel service providers to disclose user data that balance their need for the data in limited circumstances, users’ reasonable privacy interests, and the impact on trust in the Internet. In addition, governments should limit surveillance to specific, known users for lawful purposes, and should not undertake bulk data collection of Internet communications. 2) Oversight and Accountability Intelligence agencies seeking to collect or compel the production of information should do so under a clear legal framework in which executive powers are subject to strong checks and balances. Reviewing courts should be ...

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Kodu is a free game development tool originally released by Microsoft Research team targeting kids to learn game development and programming. Now, Microsoft Studios has released this app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. If you have kids at home, then this is a must have game for them. Description: Kodu lets you create games through a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game with no design or programming skills. Features: Kodu is a rich tool for narrative creation and storytelling Kodu demonstrates that programming is a creative medium Kodu helps children with critical thinking, breaking a complex goal into manageable steps, and iterate on the design process Kodu introduces the logic and problem solving of programming Kodu introduces conditions and sequences, which teaches cause and effect Kodu ...

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The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit today announced it has successfully disrupted a rampant botnet in collaboration with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and leaders in the technology industry, including A10 Networks Inc. The Sirefef botnet, also known as ZeroAccess, is responsible for infecting more than 2 million computers, specifically targeting search results on Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines, and is estimated to cost online advertisers $2.7 million each month.  Today’s action is expected to significantly disrupt the botnet’s operation, increasing the cost and risk for cybercriminals to continue doing business and preventing victims’ computers from committing fraudulent schemes. This is Microsoft’s first botnet action since the Nov. 14 unveiling of its new Cybercrime Center — a center of excellence for advancing the global fight against cybercrime — and marks the company’s eighth botnet operation in the past three years. Similar to Microsoft’s Citadel ...

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Seattle native Pamela Woon is a favorite of ours here at Microsoft-News.  In her continuing series “On the Whiteboard,” she talks to the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit who fights organized crime on the Internet. This latest criminal botnet operation is captured on film in real-time. Together with the FBI, Europol, and tech leaders like A10 Networks, they are working to disrupt click fraud and search hijacking that affects millions of people without their knowledge. ...

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Less than two years after opening a game design studio in downtown Victoria, Canada. This was an initiative led personally by Don Mattrick who had previously lived in Victoria, Canada.  Microsoft has closed its doors, leaving at least 30 people out of work.The Redmond based software giant said it was part of a plan to consolidate its resources. “This was not an easy decision, but one guided by our desire to centralize development in our Vancouver studios,” the company said. “We are working closely with all employees affected by this change to identify open positions in other studios, and we remain committed to doing business in British Columbia.” “It was great to have a large, well-known brand like Microsoft come to town and we’re sorry to see them go, but in the end it wasn’t a giant studio,” said Dan Gunn, executive director of the Victoria Advanced Technology Council. “Fortunately, we have seen ...

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