Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft is beginning the sales of next generation Surface devices, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 from Oct 22nd. Since the launch is few days away, retailers in launch countries has already been receiving units from Microsoft to put on sale on Oct 22nd. However, retailer Argos listed the Surface 2 tablets on its own website allowing customers to purchase them online and pick them up in store. People were able to buy the device yesterday even though the device is launch in on Oct 22nd. After realizing their mistake, Argos has now removed Surface from the sales listings. Their response on this incident,  “We fully comply with embargos issued by our suppliers and have withdrawn the Microsoft Surface 2 from sale with immediate effect. We are working with Microsoft to investigate this error as a matter of urgency.” Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft has removed Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store temporarily. There seems to be some issues affecting users while they updating their devices. Microsoft is aware of the issue and already investigating it. Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1,” “As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store.  We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience.  We will provide updates as they become available.” Expect the update back in store soon! I myself updated my Surface RT and the update process for smooth and now, I’m enjoying the Windows 8.1. ...

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In a blog post Microsoft talked up Direct3D 11.2 which ships with Windows 8.1.  The Xbox One will ship with a superset of Direct3D 11.2.  Microsoft has worked on making a number of advances to Direct3D 11 on Windows, including: The introduction of Tiled Resources, a new hardware feature for efficiently managing enormous volumes of data on the GPU more efficiently, enabling unprecedented levels of detail as well as more immersive open-world gameplay without making gamers sit through annoying “level loads.” Excellent tools in Visual Studio for analyzing and debugging code built using Direct3D 11 Improved performance when accessing memory shared between CPU and GPU when executing compute workloads. Programming model improvements, including advances in HLSL that enables developers to write more manageable shader code, and reduce runtime cycles spent on shader compilation. Improved performance and efficiency on mobile form factors by reducing presentation overhead and enabling hardware accelerated overlays ...

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Luxembourg’s data protection commissioner is investigating Skype over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy program Prism, the Guardian has learned.  The Microsoft-owned internet chat company could potentially face criminal and administrative sanctions, including a ban on passing users’ communications covertly to the US signals intelligence agency.  Skype itself is headquartered in the European country, and could be fined if an investigation concludes that the data sharing is found in violation of the country’s data-protection laws.  Luxembourg’s data-protection commissioner initiated a probe into Skype’s privacy policies following revelations in June about its ties to the NSA. Luxembourg has attracted several large corporations, including Amazon and Netflix, due to its tax structure.  Its constitution enshrines the right to privacy and states that secrecy of correspondence is inviolable unless the law provides otherwise.  Surveillance of communications in Luxembourg can only occur with judicial approval or by authorization ...

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We previously reported on the IE team bringing the classic Windows 95 game “Hover” back to life as a web version.  The revival of the game has proven to be quite popular and Microsoft has now made the game available as a Windows 8.1 app.  The game will not run on Windows 8.0, Windows 8.1 only.  The game does not yet feature the multiplayer features available in the web version, although Microsoft is considering adding this in the future. Download Hover : Microsoft Store ...

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Microsoft released Bing Apps for Windows 8.0 including News, Finance, Weather, Sports, Maps and Travel last year and they released to two new members of the app family as part of Windows 8.1 Release Preview – Bing Food & Drink and Bing Health & Fitness. As Windows 8.1 was released to public yesterday, Bing team has updated all the Bing Apps and has also released the final versions of Bing Food & Drink and Bing Health & Fitness. They detailed all the new changes and features in each of these app on their blog. Bing Food & Drink:  Learn from the Best We think if you’re going to learn to cook, you should learn from the best. That’s why we’ve enlisted help from world renowned chefs including Tom Colicchio, Wolfgang Puck, Jacques Pepin, Joel Robuchon, Marcus Samuelsson and Vikas Khanna (just to name a few.) We work closely with them to ...

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Even though Microsoft’s stranglehold in Operating Systems for computing devices has faded over the past few years, Microsoft continues to have a stranglehold on Office productivity suite in the enterprise. According to a recent report from Forrester, more than 85% of respondents continues to use Microsoft Office in their enterprise and the only notable competitor is Google Apps which is few percentage points. One in five firms uses email in the cloud. Another quarter plans to move at some point. More are using Office 365 (14%) than Google Apps (9%). Just 22% of respondents are on Office 2013. Another 36% have plans to be on it. Office 2013′s uptake will be slower than Office 2010 because fewer firms plan to combine the rollout of Office 2013 with Windows 8 as they combined Office 2010 with Windows 7. Alternatives to Microsoft Office show little traction. In 2011, 13% of respondents supported ...

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Derrick Connell, CVP at Bing today demoed the new Smart Search experience in Windows 8.1 in a new video. He has given a walk-through of how to search all of your documents, pictures, the web and more right from the Windows Start screen with Bing Smart Search. Watch the video demo above. Here’s the features of  Bing Smart Search: Search Just Got Faster and Easier:From the Start screen, just start typing and Smart Search will begin showing you results. When in desktop mode, press the Windows key (or the dedicated search button that will begin to appear on some devices) and start typing to begin a search, or swipe to engage the charm from the right screen edge. It’s the fastest way to search on any device. A New Way to Experience Search: An intelligent summary of results pulled from the most relevant information across the web and related apps, all organized ...

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Microsoft has released a new video ad to promote Windows 8.1. This new ad mainly focuses on the different kind of PC form factors running Windows 8.1 that is available on market.It shows devices like Surface which has detachable keyboards, 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks, hybrids, 8-inch tablets, etc,. It also shows Windows 8.1 platform features such as Live Tiles, Snap view modes, support for 3D printing, etc,. Watch the ad above.   ...

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Along with the release of Windows 8.1 update to all Windows 8 customers, Microsoft has also released Windows 8.1 Enterprise ealuation edition for download. The Windows 8.1 Enterprise evaluation is available in 32 and 64-bit ISO versions. You can register, then download and install full-featured software for a 90-day trial. Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your test computer and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Windows 8.1 Enterprise. A clean installation is required. Windows 8.1 brings following benefits to the enterprise. Best business tablets and PCs – Enhanced user experience (improved multi-tasking, multi-monitor support, and mouse and keyboard navigation), boot to desktop, new Search experience, support for latest hardware innovation (processors, InstantGo, displays, smaller tablets, NFC, biometrics) Windows apps for business – Develop, deploy, and manage new mobile ...

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A great news for developers got buried inside the Windows 8.1 release news yesterday. Microsoft has released the final releases of Visual Studio 2013, .NET 4.5.1, and Team Foundation Server 2013. All the three are now available for download. Somasegar,  corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft blogged about the new VS 2013 as below, Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers and teams to build and deliver modern, connected applications on all of Microsoft’s platforms.  From Windows Azure and SQL Server to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, Visual Studio 2013 supports the breadth of Microsoft’s developer platforms. As part of the Cloud OS vision, Visual Studio 2013 enables developers to build modern business applications that take advantage of the cloud and target a variety of devices and end-user experiences, all delivered within today’s rapid and dynamic application lifecycles. There are great new features and ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 held the position as the No.1 selling game console in the US for the past 32 months and it has come to an end this month. According to NPD sales data, Sony’s PS3 sold more units that Xbox 360 largely due to the GTA5 launch bundle. However, Microsoft has also got some good news on its sales charts. · Last month marked the biggest September software sales ever for Xbox 360, with sales reaching $401.2 million the most for any console in the U.S. · Xbox 360 continues to see strong consumer demand with an amazing lineup of titles. In fact, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 consoles games during the month of September including: “Grand Theft Auto V,” “FIFA 14,” “Madden NFL 14,” “Diablo III” and “NBA 2K14.” · Xbox 360 remains the number one selling console in the U.S. in 2013, with 1.6 million units ...

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Barnes & Noble has today updated their NOOK App for Windows 8.1 devices. The updated app now includes Windows 8.1 features such as supports for new Live Tiles sizes, enhanced snap view, import from SkyDrive and more. Read the full press below. New York, New York – October 17, 2013 – NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced an updated NOOK App for Windows 8.1 that is fully optimized to integrate the exciting new features of Windows 8.1. The updated app includes a streamlined user interface, faster performance and great new features to highlight Windows 8.1, including enhanced support for snap view and portrait orientation, the ability to import files from SkyDrive, enhanced search, improved library organization and even better in-app support for customers. To celebrate the launch of the NOOK App for Windows 8.1, ...

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I’ve collected most of the replies from Windows development team on Reddit during their IAmA. Read them below. There is a part-1 as well, you can read it here. Regarding Password Management in Windows 8.1: Hi oshindx – we overhauled the password detection logic in IE11. With Win 8.1 you should see a dramatic improvement in your sites being recognized and passwords saved. You can also see all of your stored sites in the Settings/Accounts, and you can choose to have these credentials roamed across your Win8.1 devices so you don’t have to remember a password once you enter it on one of your PCs. Regarding Storage Spaces error ” The Specified Size Is Not Valid”: Well you’ve wound up the whole StorageSpaces team. They’re working on reproing your issue right now to debug. I might not have info right away, but it’s being actively investigated. Regarding Notification Center and Battery ...

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I’ve collected most of the replies from Windows development team on Reddit during their IAmA. Read them below. There is a part -2 as well, you can read it here. Default zoom has been changed from 100% in windows 8, to 125% in windows 8.1. IE selects a default zoom based on the DPI and expected viewing distance of the device to optimize for consistent readability across form factors and display densities. The net zoom level depends on your device. You can change the IE zoom level on the desktop under the “gear” menu. Regarding poor quality apps creeping into the store. WRT to your Store questions: 1. We’re constantly improving the Store certification process in order to make it a first-class experience. With 8.1 there’s tons of work on the back-end that will surface over time. I’ll answer the second part with your 3rd Store question. 2. A lot ...

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Microsoft today opened up the new improved Windows Store in Windows 8.1. Also the Windows Store is now open for submitting apps targeting Windows 8.1 by the developers. For the developers who started working on their app with the preview versions of Windows, they will first need to update their Preview environment to today’s release versions of Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013. Packages built on prerelease versions won’t be accepted into the Store. Microsoft has made following improvements to the Windows Store to better connect apps with customers and drive greater monetization. All new Store layout providing better discovery and richer experience Integration of Bing technologies to make recommendations more relevant App packages can now be up to 8 gigabytes (great for visually rich apps and games) App bundles optimize the distribution of Windows Store app resource packages to global customers Windows Store support for in-app consumables and larger ...

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