Review Category : Microsoft

According to recent data by NetMarketShare which just started measuring Chromebook usage this month, Chromebook adoption seems very slow even when compared to Windows RT which was criticized for poor sales. For the week of 4/8 – 4/14, ChromeBook has 0.023 percent weighted worldwide usage. Because it rounds to less than 0.1 percent it’s not showing up in our reports. According to ZDNet, as of April 2013 all Chromebooks combined have managed to achieve 7/10 of 1 percent of the usage of Windows 8 PCs worldwide. After nearly two years on the market, Chromebooks have achieved a smaller percentage of usage than Windows RT which was released only few months back on the market. While Windows RT has been widely considered a disappointment, what about Google Chromebooks now? Read more at the source link below. Source: ZDNET ...

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Windows based Tablets, Touch enabled laptops and hybrids are yet to take off in sales. While Microsoft provided their support with Windows 8, hardware manufacturers were not ready. There are only few touch enabled laptops/tablets on the market and with high price tags. At their financial earnings report, Intel executives said that they are expecting Intel Windows tablets to hit the price point between $200 – $300 this holiday season. We have a certain spec for ultrabooks, and that is the product that Stacy said is going to be centered at as low as $599 with some [diverse] SKUs to $499. If you look at touch-enabled Intel based notebooks that are ultrathin and light using non-core processors, those prices are going to be down to as low as $200 probably. Are you ready for the new wave of Windows based touch products? via: Engadget ...

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Yesterday we reported about the new leaked Windows Blue Build 9369. This leaked build does not reveal any significant changes from the already leaked build. But there are some small features which are new in this build. For example, under Search tab of Apps settings page, you can now select option to include search suggestions from the web and even you can control the SafeSearch options. For example, you can choose Moderate level to filter adult images and videos but not text from your search results. via: Neowin ...

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Following the leaks of  Windows Blue 9364 few weeks back, it is time for another build. Windows Blue Build 9369 has leaked online and available for download from p2p networks. We are yet to download and check for new features and updates in Windows 8, if you do before us, please let us know the updates/changes in the comments section below. Windows Blue Build 9364 revealed following changes/features few weeks back, Internet Explorer 11 with synced tabs New personalization features such as choosing from various accent colors Ability to move group of Live Tiles together Improved PC Settings Page with search and recently/most used settings SkyDrive is now part of PC Settings page where you can manage device backup, etc,. Ability to automatically upload Pictures and videos to SkyDrive based on quality. New apps – Movie Moments, Calculator, Alarm and Voice Recorder Improved Multitasking – New side-by-side snapping of upto 3 ...

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Microsoft today announced the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services and a new price commitment that will put an end to the doubt whether Windows Azure was more expensive. Microsoft has promised that they will match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth. Aggressive move by Microsoft! ! Here is the announcement, Today is an exciting day for Microsoft, Windows Azure and all of our customers around the world. I am very pleased to announce the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. This new service now makes it possible for customers to move applications into the cloud. Our announcement today is a significant step in our cloud computing strategy, which has been influenced directly by our discussions with customers and partners around the world. Throughout these conversations, one thing holds true in every discussion – enterprises know that success with the cloud ...

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According to various reports that emerged in the past few days on the internet, Microsoft may bring back the Start button in the upcoming Windows update codenamed Blue. Microsoft removed the Start button with Windows 8 forcing users to experience the new immersive Start screen experience. This decision didn’t go well with few consumers and lots of enterprise. So, Microsoft may add Start button to bridge the old UX with the new UX. Also, Microsoft is planning to add boot to desktop option with the upcoming Blue update. It will let users login to Windows straight to desktop instead of the new flashy Start Screen which some enterprise hate to have. Of course, both the above options are optional, by default it will work as it is already in Windows 8 today. Read more about it here. Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft today detailed their recent efforts at their home campus in Redmond to make it achieve energy savings and other efficiency gains. They installed thousands of sensors across the campus to sense everything, at the end you can now control whole of the Microsoft campus energy spending with a single laptop. A small, covert team of engineers at Microsoft cast aside suggestions that the company spend US$60 million to turn its 500-acre headquarters into a smart campus to achieve energy savings and other efficiency gains. Instead, applying an “Internet of Things meets Big Data” approach, the team invented a data-driven software solution that is slashing the cost of operating the campus’ 125 buildings. The software, which is saving Microsoft millions of dollars, has been so successful that the company and its partners are now helping building managers across the world deploy the same solution. And with commercial buildings consuming an ...

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Microsoft Bing team has updated all their core apps for Windows 8/RT devices. The list of updates available includes the following. All these updates brings new features and improvements in each of them. For example, Bing News App now has the ability to add custom feeds and more. Bing News App Bing Maps App Bing Finance App Bing Travel App Bing Weather App Bing Sports App Find these updates in the Windows Store. ...

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Microsoft has partnered with the blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise to bring a new experience for its fans and movie lovers. To promote The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, set for release November 22,  The Hunger Games Explorer  will act as an go-to destination and hub online for fans to get all the latest on The Hunger Games franchise in an interactive and rich experience. Starting tonight with the global launch of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer, fans can now visit The Hunger Games Explorer to be immersed in this world, track every development of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, including tweets, exclusive images and videos, and then share their thoughts and excitement with others around the world creating a global conversation. The Hunger Games Explorer lets fans explore the online world of The Hunger Games in a way they’ve never be able to before. “We have the best fans ...

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comScore today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. Microsoft’s Bing continued its growth in US search market with the increase of 0.2%. Even Yahoo increased by 0.2% while Google lost about 0.4%. Microsoft powered searches were at 26.1% whereas Google dominated the market with 69.2%. 20.4 billion explicit core searches were conducted in March (up 11 percent), with Google Sites ranking first with 13.7 billion (up 11 percent). Microsoft Sites ranked second with 3.4 billion searches (up 13 percent), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 2.4 billion (up 14 percent), Ask Network with 540 million (up 14 percent) and AOL, Inc. with 321 million (up 5 percent). Source: comScore ...

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Microsoft is not new to the world of smart watches. Microsoft introduced Smart Watch category a decade ago by partnering with various watch manufacturers. Those devices used radio waves to get some basic data such as weather report, etc,. Later, Microsoft discontinued the platform due to poor adoption by consumers. Fast forward, it is now 2013. As companies like Sony, Motorola, Pebble are giving another try in Smart Watch category, there are rumors that Apple is working on a Smart Watch too. Today, WSJ reported that Microsoft is also working on a Smart Watch on its own. Earlier this year, Microsoft asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for a potential watch-style device, the executives said. One executive said he met with Microsoft’s research and development team at the software company’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. But it’s unclear whether Microsoft will opt to move ahead with the watch, they said. For ...

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Adobe has updated their Reader Touch app for Windows 8 devices. The new update now added the ability for Adobe Reader Touch to print and added keyboard shortcuts for Find, Open, Print, and Close. App Features: Quickly open PDF documents from email, the web, or anywhere on your device Easily find your most recently read documents View password-protected PDFs, annotations, and drawing markups Search text to find specific information Select single page or continuous scroll modes Easily zoom in on text or images for a closer view Use bookmarks to jump directly to a section in your PDF document Quickly navigate through large documents using the Semantic Zoom thumbnail view Tap on links in a PDF to open linked web pages Share PDFs with other applications using “Share” Email PDFs as attachments Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft Bing team yesterday announced a new feature in Bing Image search. You can now directly pin an image from Bing image search results to Pinterest. With just one click and the image is saved to your favorite Pinterest board. Pinning from Bing is designed to be as effortless as possible: · Simple and Lightweight: There’s no need to install another bookmarklet in your browser, one click and you’re good to go. · Link to Original Content:Bing automatically links and gives proper attribution to the original, high-resolution source, saving you the hassle of tracking it down yourself. · Powerful Search Tools: Take advantage of the full breadth of Bing image search tools like sorting and filtering by size, color, layout, and more. You can even do image search within a specific website, for example, see all “summer dresses” on Anthropologie.com. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Bing ...

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We all know the power of research in medicine and allied applications are much more essential for healthy human life. As the exciting field of machine learning research progresses leaps and bounds, the researchers at Microsoft are also contributing to the innovation at a large propotion. Recently, Microsoft was awarded the prestigious  USPTO’s Patents for Humanity Award in Information Technology category for the work in advanced machine learning techniques. Microsoft researchers have been working on Infer.NET over the last 10 years to provide a framework that makes it much easier to apply advanced machine learning techniques to solve challenging problems. Microsoft provides Infer.NET free of charge for non-commercial purposes, such as scientific or medical research. Examples of joint research studies involving Infer.NET include: · An asthma study to investigate the early indicators of severe asthma in children and to try to shed light on the environmental and genetic causes of ...

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Previous reports pointed that Microsoft is working on two version of Xbox vNext from which one will focus on high-end gaming and other about low-cost media console. The low cost Xbox vNext dubbed Xbox Mini/Lite will have Apple TV like functionality and will not have any harddrive. if you want to play Xbox 360 games, you have to buy and play it on demand similar to services like Gaikai. VGLeaks provided a brief description about Xbox Mini, read it below. The “Xbox Mini” is not a 360 add-on, it is a stand alone product that contains Xbox 360 functions for gaming, and alone it is meant to compete with Apple TV. Since it is likely it will not have a disc drive, it is being designed with “always online” in mind, and with internet being required for Live functions. Xbox 360 Games can be played on it by purchasing Games ...

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