Review Category : Microsoft

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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Microsoft creative director Adam Orth tweeted his opinion about the controversies about Xbox vNext requiring always on internet connection to function. After he tweeted that, a person replied to his tweet about the SimCity debacle and Adam replied him that just like electricity internet may not be available for some time. In the continued conversation it was reported that Adam insulted the other person who was believed to be a Xbox customer which you read in the image above. Now, Gameinformer reports that Adam Orth no longer works at Microsoft, Game Informer has learned from sources close to the matter that Orth is no longer with Microsoft. A call to Microsoft’s main switchboard confirmed this fact. Our sources, who wish to remain anonymous, suggest that Orth resigned in the wake of last week’s events. We haven’t been able to confirm whether this was a voluntary or forced resignation. Microsoft sent the following statement ...

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Microsoft Bing team today released the public preview of project codename “Geoflow” for Excel. “Geoflow” is a 3D visualization tool that helps users map, explore and interact with both geographic and chronological data, enabling discoveries that could be difficult to identify with traditional 2D tables and charts. To see the power of Big Data on Bing Maps – including how it plots both geographical location and intensity of data via columns, bubble visualizations and heat maps check the link below. With GeoFlow, you can: Map Data: Plot more than one million rows of data from an Excel workbook, including the Excel Data Model or PowerPivot, in 3D on Bing maps. Choose from columns, heat maps, and bubble visualizations. Discover Insights: Discover new insights by seeing your data in geographic space and seeing time-stamped data change over time. Annotate or compare data in a few clicks. Share Stories: Capture ”scenes” and build cinematic, guided ”tours” that can be ...

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Details about Xbox vNext is getting leaked every other day. Microsoft is officially planning to reveal Xbox vNext details in May. So far we know that Xbox vNext will include powerful graphics processors to support next generation games and Xbox LIVE tv stuff. Today, The Verge revealed four new game titles that will be part of the launch titles for Xbox vNext. The list includes Ryse, Forza, a Pixar movie style Zombie game and more. We’re told Ryse is designed to be Microsoft’s new Gears of War / Halo mega launch title. It’s set in the roman empire period and uses deep Kinect integration to allow a player to slash and kick at enemies. We understand that Ryse will take advantage of the new body tracking improvements in the next Kinect sensor. Ryse is part of four major launch titles for the next-generation Xbox. Sources tell us that a new Forza ...

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Nokia is working on a Windows tablet and it was reported to have Asus Vivo Tab style keyboard dock/cover. Here is the information we about it. The 10.1 inch tablet will have USB and HDMI-out, and also cellular connectivity, with 10 hours battery life which can  be fast-charged to 50% in a short period. The real innovation however will come from the accompanying cover, which The Verge noted will snap in place and will double battery life, provide a keyboard and also a kickstand for the tablet. The cover will also provide two USB ports. While the cover sounds rather fantastical, it is of note that the Asus Vivotab RT (pictured above) provides a “cover” with very similar functionality, and which effectively turns the Vivotab into a laptop. Given that Nokia cover also includes a battery and keyboard it is difficult to see how it could have a much different ...

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Microsoft has recently updated the Xbox SmartGlass app for Android devices. The new update now supports Android tablets which are larger than 10-inch screen and also includes various other improvements. This 1.5 Android update includes: o Support for Android tablets 7” and larger. o An ‘always-on’ state for SmartGlass Experiences, so your device doesn’t go to sleep while they’re running. o Numerous design and usability improvements. o Numerous bug fixes. Download it here from Google Play Store. ...

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IDC reported its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker shipments yesterday and the report turned out to be a bad news for the PC industry. Worldwide PC shipments was 76.3 million units in the Q1 of 2013 which is down -13.9% compared to the Q1 in 2012. IDC also stated that it is worse than the forecast decline of -7.7% and also the worst decline since IDC begun tracking PC numers. Despite some mild improvement in the economic environment and some new PC models offering Windows 8, PC shipments were down significantly across all regions compared to a year ago. Fading Mini Notebook shipments have taken a big chunk out of the low-end market while tablets and smartphones continue to divert consumer spending. PC industry efforts to offer touch capabilities and ultraslim systems have been hampered by traditional barriers of price and component supply, as well as a weak reception for Windows ...

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WSJ today reported that Microsoft is working on a 7-inch Surface tablet powered by Windows RT. After the success of iPad 10-inch tablet, the market seems to have moved towards 7-inch tablets like iPad mini, Google Nexus 7 and more. There are currently no Windows based devices in the category since the OS is not optimized for such devices. As previously reported, the upcoming update for Windows codenamed ‘Blue’ will optimize the Windows experience for 7′inch media tablets. One person familiar with Microsoft’s product plans said the 7-inch tablets weren’t part of the company’s strategy last year, but Microsoft executives realized they needed a response to the rapidly growing popularity of smaller tablets like Google Inc.’s 7-inch Nexus, which was announced last summer, and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini introduced by Apple Inc.last October. Source: WSJ ...

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There were lots of reports in the past pointing towards Microsoft Office for iOS and Android devices. It was later confirmed that Microsoft is already working on them and it is delaying its release for some unknown reasons. Now, CNET reports that Microsoft will be releasing their Office productivity suite for iOS and Android only in fall 2014. The product release cycle codenamed Gemini will kick off later this year with  Metro versions of  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote by Oct 2013. Following that in Apr 2014, Microsoft will be releasing Office for Mac 2014 and a new version of Office for Windows Phone devices. Also Microsoft will be releasing updates for desktop versions of Office for ARM devices in April 2014 followed by the release of Outlook RT in Oct 2014. And during the same time, Microsoft will be releasing Office for iOS and Android devices. Gemini wave 1.0, October: Windows ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on some cool stuff related to TV in the upcoming Xbox vNext release. One part of the story was to create Xbox LIVE exclusive content for the subscribers and the other part of it was to enhance the traditional cable TV experience. According to the recent report from The Verge, Xbox vNext will take the existing cable signals in and present it with the Kinect based UI and will have more features over it. The functionality will work by taking a cable box signal and passing it through to the Xbox via HDMI, allowing Microsoft’s console to overlay a UI and features on top of an existing TV channel or set-top box. We’re told that this is a key part of the next-generation Xbox and that it will go a step further than Google’s TV implementation thanks to Microsoft’s partnerships with content providers. ...

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Are you passionate about developing games for Windows 8? You don’t know where to start? Here is some help from ZERO260 to get you kick-started and motivated.   Zero260 provides free virtual training for developing games for Windows 8. And they cover some pretty nice games and topics to look out for such as Angry Turds, Racecar, Clown, Shoot, Grow, Treasuremap and a lot more to be announced. If you are a developer, I think you should get started. Recently, Neowin reported that Kevin Ashley, a developer is making $30,000 from his game in Windows Store. Read his story of Making $30,000 a month on Windows 8 apps here. Now checkout the forthcoming events and register here ...

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Microsoft will be monetizing the free Xbox music streaming platform by playing audio advertisements powered by TargetSpot.  These ads will be played in Xbox 360 consoles, Windows 8/Windows RT tablets and Windows 8 PCs and smartphones.     The ads which will be played are very much relevant to the listeners’ choice and will help monetize the free music streaming platform to a considerable extent. The free Xbox streaming service which has over 18million songs is now available in almost 15 countries will be a complete monetization solution for Microsoft’s music content, reported TNW As a trial offer, an one month Xbox music pass is available for free whereas to have a subscription users have to pay a measly sum of $99.99 per year. Source : TNW ...

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Intel’s annual conference Intel Developer Forum (IDF) gave some sneak peek into the future Atom processors codenamed “Bay Trail” that will power the Windows 8.1 tablets. It is expected to be released during this holiday season. The anticipated Bay Trail which  is based on microarchitecture will almost double the computing capacity of already powerful Atom processor.   Tan Weng Kuan, VP and GM of Mobile Communications Group, Intel China, reported that Bay Trail will have 4 Atom processors which harnesses some of the power of Intel HD 4000 graphics and boasts an out of order design as current Core processors. Bay Trail and Avoton server chip are the first major redesign of Atom microarchitecture after its inception in 2008. It will allow designs as thin as 8mm (0.3 inches) which can have an all-day battery life and power the tablet for almost a week in stand-by mode. On the tablet side, ...

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  Recently Apple enabled  two-factor authentication for Apple ID and Google enabled it last year. Now, its time for Microsoft. According to report from Liveside, Microsoft is already testing two-factor authentication for Microsoft accounts and it may be enabled for all the accounts soon. By setting up “Two-step verification”, when logging in to your Microsoft account from any device or apps (with the exception of devices added to your trusted PC list), in addition to typing in your password you will also be prompted to enter a security code randomly generated by an Authenticator app on your phone. There is also a Authenticator app for Windows Phone devices which lets you generate security codes. Read about it here. Source: Liveside ...

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Microsoft today announced firmware updates as part of the patch Tuesday for Surface Pro and Surface RT devices. Here is the change log for Surface Pro device, The April cumulative update for Surface includes firmware and driver updates including: Resolves an issue with on screen touch navigation in the UEFI boot menu. Resolves some Surface Type and Touch cover connectivity issues. Support for 106/109 keyboards on North American Surface devices. Resolves an issue where toggling airplane mode would disable the Wi-Fi driver. Change log for Surface RT device, The April cumulative update includes improved Surface Wi-Fi reliability, connectivity in various scenarios, and performance improvements including: Certain “Limited” connectivity issues resolved Improves Wi-Fi to handle a wide range of access points. Resolves system crashes caused by certain Wi-Fi issues. Check for updates on your Windows device after few hours. Updates will be released around 1 p.m. ET. ...

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  As per previous leaks, Microsoft was planning to reveal Xbox vNext sometime in April. But according to recent reports from Winsupersite and The Verge, Microsoft will be revealing the next Xbox specification details on coming May 21st. The event is expected to be held at a small venue which will give some firsthand details about the new gaming console. Xbox vNext specs got leaked few months back and it is expected to sport 8GB of RAM, 2GB of graphics, WiFi and Ethernet facility to connect and play online games, USB3.0 support, Blu-Ray player, etc. The device was also rumored to have always online feature. Source : TheVerge, Winsupersite ...

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