Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft Store has got some great deals on new PCs for this festival season. Dell XPS 12, one of the best touch Ultrabook available in the market with its flexible flip-hinge design is now available for just $699. Display: 12.5 in Full HD touchscreen (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support Processor: Intel Core i5-4200U 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.60 GHz Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz Hard drive size: 128 GB SSD Audio: Waves MaxxAudio Pro Video: Intel HD Graphics 4400 with shared graphics memory Ports: 2 USB 3.0 (1 regular, 1 with Powershare) • Headphone output/Microphone input combo • Mini DisplayPort Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion (over 8.5 hours)* Camera: 1.3 MP webcam Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac • Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) capable (required adapter sold separately) Bluetooth: Yes Dimensions: 12.48 x 8.46 x 0.79 in (316.99 x 214.88 x 20.07 mm) Weight: 3.35 lbs (1.52 kg) Find the ...

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Microsoft recently published the Bing Search Trends report for 2013 in India. Bing’s Top Search Trends revealed that Bollywood celebrities dominated the most searched persons list. Microsoft also revealed that cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar was the most searched sporting person. Find the list below for more details. Most Searched Persons: 1 Salman Khan 2 Shahrukh Khan 3 Katrina Kaif 4 Sachin Tendulkar 5 Deepika Padukone 6 Priyanka Chopra 7 Kareena Kapoor 8 Akshay Kumar 9 Ranbir Kapoor 10 Vidya Balan Most Searched Songs: 1 Lungi dance – Chennai Express 2 Party on my mind – Race 2 3 Challa – Jab Tak Hai Jaan 4 Ambarsariya – Fukrey 5 Batmeez dil – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 6 Gulabi – Shuddh Desi Romance 7 Tum tak – Raanjhanaa 8 Zinda – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag 9 Dil tu hi bata – Krrish 3 10 Sawaar loon – Lootera Most Searched Movies: 1 ...

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A few years back we saw the first Xbox 360 laptop mod and it’s not surprising that we’re seeing the same being done with the Xbox One.  Well known modder James “DarkUncle” Terry has created the first 22″ Xbox One laptop.  He posted a youtube video of the finished product but unfortunately did not go into detail of how he created it. Terry added an audio-out port to his Xbox One laptop, but has otherwise replicated all other functionality in the Xbox One.  The laptop will also have to remain plugged-in since it contains no batteries and makes use of the original XB1 power brick.  Terry has already sold his creation but there was no word on price or if more will be created in future for people to buy. Would you be interested in buying one? ...

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Official Facebook app for Windows 8 devices got updated today with lots of new features and improvements. You can now edit posts, comments, post privacy, delete photos and more. There is also support for new 320 snap view for the whole app, Smileys sticker pack and more. Full Change log: 320 snap view for the whole app Smileys sticker pack Profile pic sync New Stories indicator Create albums from photos page Add photos directly into an album Search thread names when choosing conversation members Refresh in Nearby Improved toast notifications to remove already seen messages, old stories, etc. Edit Posts Edit post privacy Edit Comments Copy link to post Add/Remove people from groups Add friends to lists Delete photos It is nice to Facebook actively developing their Windows Store app. The app now has almost all the features that are part of Facebook’s iOS and Android apps. Download it here ...

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NPD Group’s Distributor Track and Commercial Reseller Tracking Service today reported that over 14.4 million desktops, notebooks, and tablets were sold through U.S. commercial channels in this year to date through November 2013. Windows laptops showed zero growth over 2012 while Windows desktops saw a 10% increase in numbers. Even Apple sales for laptops and desktops fell by 7%. The real shocker from the report is regarding Google Chromebooks which saw a tremendous growth. Chromebooks, and Android tablets collectively had the biggest impact on sales growth, with 1.76 million units going through the channel from January through November of this year, compared to just 400,000 units in 2012. Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook* sales, up from negligible share in the prior year, and 8 percent of all computer and tablet sales through November, up from one tenth of a percent in 2012 – the largest share increase ...

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Two months back, we reported that Rockstar consortium which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony has sued Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Google for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas. Rockstar consortium was formed by Microsoft, Apple and others after they won the Nortel’s patents in a bidding for $4.5 billion. Today, Google responded to this lawsuit in court that Google and Android OEM’s products does not infringe any of the patents cited in the lawsuit. They also mentioned about the Rockstar consortium’s status. Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents. Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other companies’ successful products to find anything that Rockstar might use to demand and extract licenses to its patents under threat of litigation. I’ve no idea how Google went on to claim directly that Android devices does not infringe any of the patents because ...

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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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