Review Category : Microsoft

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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Last June Microsoft announced that it would be hosting a limited, exclusive developer preview program for Kinect for Windows v2 prior to its general availability in the summer (northern hemisphere) of 2014. And a few weeks ago, Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits were shipped to thousands of developers in the program from London to Tokyo. Some promising developers are taking advantage of the higher resolution data and the ability to see six people and the new sensor’s ability to track the tips of hands and thumbs.  Developers have also described how easy it’s been to port their v1 apps to the new APIs. The Redmond software giant has created 500 additional developer preview kits for the Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK. The program is open to professional developers, students, researchers, artists, and other creative individuals. The program fee is US$399 (or local equivalent) and offers the following benefits: Direct ...

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The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a senior portfolio manager at Microsoft Corporation and his friend and business partner with insider trading ahead of company announcements. The SEC alleges that Brian D. Jorgenson, who lives in Lynwood, Wash., obtained confidential information about upcoming company news through his work in Microsoft’s corporate finance and investments division.  Jorgenson tipped Sean T. Stokke of Seattle in advance of the Microsoft announcements, the most recent occurring in October.  After Stokke traded on the inside information that Jorgenson provided, the two equally split the illicit profits in their shared brokerage accounts.  They made joint trading decisions with the goal of generating enough profits to create their own hedge fund. In a parallel action, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington today announced criminal charges against Jorgenson and Stokke. “Abusing access to Microsoft’s confidential information and generating unlawful trading profits is not ...

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Nokia MixRadio app for Windows 8 devices got updated in Windows Store. The most significant change in this update is the addition of Play Me button in the app. Nokia MixRadio is now even better, as it comes with the brand-spanking new Play Me button. It’s bright pink, it says ‘Play Me’ and it plays music you’ll love – what could be better than that, you lucky people? You can tweak the personalized music profile Play Me is based on by clicking the thumbs up and down buttons, favoriting artists and skipping songs. The other features includes the following, •Play Me: Your own personal radio station. Created just for you. •Mixes: Hundreds of hand-crafted playlists across every genre you’re interested in. From Pop to Country, Blues, Reggae, Indietronica, and loads more – we’ve got them all •Offline Mixes: Download your favorite mixes to listen when you’re not connected to the ...

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Microsoft today announced that an original documentary series will debut exclusively on Xbox in 2014. Xbox will produce the series with two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man and Man on Wire) and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn. “Jonathan and Simon Chinn are the perfect team to spearhead this series for Xbox. They are consummate story tellers and they plan to match their creative sensibility with the best talent in the industry,” commented Xbox Entertainment Studios President Nancy Tellem. “These stories will expose how the digital revolution created a global democracy of information, entertainment and commerce, and how it impacts our lives every day.” The first film in the groundbreaking series investigates the events surrounding the great video game burial of 1983. The Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the video game “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” buried millions of unsold game cartridges in the middle of the ...

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In the rare case you’re still running the Windows 8.1 Preview it expires in less than a month.  Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade so need to wait.  Here’s what to do: If you installed the Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store, you can update to the final release through the Windows Store by following the instructions available here, or by clicking here to initiate the process. Note that you will have to reinstall all of your applications (desktop or modern) after doing this. If you installed a volume license version of Windows 8.1 Preview for evaluation purposes, we would recommend that you install a fresh version of Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Enterprise for ongoing use. If you have to upgrade an existing machine, you can do so using volume license media. This can be done by manually running SETUP.EXE from the media, or ...

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Microsoft Project Siena (code name) is the beta release of a new technology for business experts, business analysts, consultants and other app imagineers.  Think of it as a Metro App that creates apps. Now, without any programming, you can create powerful apps for the device-first and cloud-connected world, with the potential to transform today’s business processes.  Apps to explore media-rich product catalogs and create ensembles that together serve a customer’s needs Apps used on the spot to resolve customer service bottlenecks and logistics exceptions, with the custom intelligence to help the user make local trade-offs Apps for auditing and inspecting a manufacturing facility through photos, videos and pen and voice notes, all tied to an asset database Siena apps are as easy as editing a document. You place some visuals on a canvas. You hook them up to your data. You customize how your app looks and works. Then, if ...

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Reddit user Rachel was participating in the annual redditgifts Secret Santa gift exchange when she got a  major surprise.  When she opened her Secret Santa card and package it was from none other than Bill Gates! “My god,” she writes. “Never in my entire life did I imagine, ever, ever, ever that Bill would get me (as a match). I am SO SO thankful for the time, thought and energy he put into my gift, and especially thankful for him overnighting it.” Gates purchased Sarah a cow profit Heifer International.  The donation dovetailed with Rachel’s own passion for education, because Heifer also provides money to help girls around the world go to school.  Gates also gave Rachel a travel book, Journeys of a Lifetime, based on her interest in travel. Gates has participated in reddit before, doing an AMA a few months back.  Many teams at Microsoft are also fond of doing AMAs ...

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After the NSA scandal broke this summer, revealing that the U.S. spy agency was eavesdropping wholesale on the most popular services on the web, Microsoft turned to five or six of its top engineers for help.  One of them was Mark Russinovich.  It was only natural that Russinovich ended up on the small team of engineers who would decide how Microsoft should respond to the documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. “It gave Microsoft a wake-up call, especially the revelation of tapping inter-data-center connections,” Russinovich says, referring to an October Washington Post story that exposed an NSA sketch, or “slide,” showing that the agency is grabbing data from lines that run between the massive computer centers operated by the likes of Google and Yahoo. “The tapping of public wires going into a data center? That slide was shocking to me, because it’s just so flagrant.” And, yes, he ...

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Microsoft has decided to pull a firmware patched, for the Surface Pro 2, pushed through Windows Update on December 10, 2013.  Microsoft started receiving complaints shortly thereafter when numerous users began experiencing an error code (80070490) when attempting to install the update. Microsoft explained a few days after that this update was triggering a false error message upon installation. “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 10th, 2013. We are working to release an alternative update package after the holidays,” Microsoft stated. A number of users also experienced reduced battery life after installing the update. “Some people may by experiencing a false error message, 80070490. The firmware update should be installing correctly; however, if you received this error message, we recommend that you go to Device ...

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Microsoft has updated CRM for tablets apps are now live in both the Windows Store (app version 1.0.0.98) and the Apple App Store (app version 1.0.51). They provide additional language support for Chinese and Japanese, and the new iPad app also provides support for iOS 7. Note that while the new iPad app supports iOS 7, CRM is not currently supported in the iOS 7 version of the Safari browser, so if you plan to use CRM in both the app and the browser (or just the browser), your iPad should be configured with iOS 6. These updated apps require the installation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Update Rollup 1 to the CRM server. If your organization is using CRM Online, this update has already been applied. The CRM web application is supported in the following browsers and operating systems for tablets: Windows 8 RT with Internet Explorer 10 Windows ...

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The Bing Team wrote a nice blog post titled “Entities, Apps, and Maps.”  In the last paragraph the team talks about what they see in the future of Bing Maps: Moving into the future, entity knowledge will greatly enhance our mapping experiences. While our Bing Maps Preview app already takes advantage of Satori to deliver smart features like Local Scout, we have a vision for maps where everything is annotated with useful information: what buildings are called, what stores are in them, how to get in touch with those stores and when they are open. Much of this exists today in our current experiences, but further integrating entity knowledge into maps will transform digital maps from the visual representation they are today to a deep model of what the world is like. Another element of how maps and entities will converge is putting map-construction technology in the hands of our ...

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Acer, Dell and Lenovo has already got 8-inch Windows tablets in the market. As per the recent reports, Asus is going to join the list with its upcoming ASUS VivoTab Note 8 M80TA. The main differentiation among its competitors will be the Wacom-Digitizer & Stylus support. Dell Venue 8 Pro already supports stylus, but it is powered by Synaptics digitizer with a battery-powered stylus. Other standard 8-inch Windows device specs applies here too. 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z3740 “Bay Trail” Quadcore-SoC 2GB RAM, 32GB and 64GB models Windows 8.1 with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student MicroSD, MicroUSB and 3.5mm audio jack. 3950mAh, 15Wh battery 1280×800 Pixel, 10 finger multi-touch IPS panel. 220.9 x 133.8 x 10.95 mm. 380 g The device will be available for $299 in the coming weeks. Source: Mobile Geeks via: The Verge ...

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Viber today released their app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Viber has more than 200 million users offering text, call, and photo and video messages worldwide over Wifi or 3G – for free. Viber is available for Windows 8, Android, iPhone, Windows, Mac, Blackberry, Windows Phone and many more devices and platforms. Features: • Text with your friends • Make free calls with HD sound quality • Create groups with up to 40 participants • Send stickers and emoticons, making messaging fun! • Share photos, receive videos, and attach locations • Live Tiles • Lock screen notifications • Pin Viber and/or specific conversations directly to the Start screen • Snap Viber to the side of your screen and work, play or browse the web with Snap View • Search for Viber contacts using the Search charm • Share content on Viber and on Facebook using the Share charm ...

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  Time Warner Cable app for Xbox 360 users got updated with the long awaited video-on-demand feature. The video-on-demand now has over 5,000 promised titles allowing users to enjoy. When we launched the TWC TV app on Xbox 360 in August, we promised we were hard at work with our partners at Time Warner Cable to bring you Video On Demand and just in time for the holidays, we’re delivering. Starting today, Xbox Live Gold members in the U.S. who are also Time Warner Cable subscribers can now get On Demand content right on their Xbox 360 in addition to the nearly 300 channels of live TV that the TWC TV on Xbox 360 app already offers. And don’t forget that with Kinect for Xbox 360, the app lets you control your favorite shows using voice and gestures so you can kick back, remote-free. The update also includes an exclusive ...

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