Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today confirmed about their upcoming Build 2014 conference. Build 2014 developer conference will take place April 2 to April 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Registration for this event opens at 9 a.m. PT on Jan. 14 at www.buildwindows.com. Also Microsoft has teased us that they will be discussing about the future of Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Visual Studio and much more at the event. As always, Build is a time to bring developers together to talk about our latest products, platform advances, tools and offerings, all of which come together to create unmatched apps and scenarios. With Windows, developers can create new experiences to reach hundreds of millions of devices on peoples’ desks, in their homes, in their pockets and in their living rooms. At this year’s event, we’ll talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Windows Server, Visual Studio and ...

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Microsoft has released Office 365 Admin app for Android and iOS devices.  Office 365 Admin app enables administrators to view the service health of their Office 365 environment on-the-go. You need to have an active Office 365 subscription with administrator user rights to use this app. The Office 365 Admin mobile app empowers IT service administrators to connect to their organizations’ Office 365 service status on the go. The Office 365 Admin mobile app enables administrators to view service health information and maintenance status updates. In addition, administrators can filter information by service subscriptions and configure app data refresh interval. For Android (4.2.1 and up), download the app from Google Play.  For iOS 7, download the app from the Apple App Store.   Source: Office 365 ...

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Xbox One got sold out at most retailers in the US and it is difficult to buy one right now. It seems Amazon.com has got some more stock of Xbox One to sell and you can now order it from their website. With Xbox One, you can quickly jump from TV to movies to music to a game Only Xbox One unleashes the vast and scalable power of the cloud for your games, entertainment and apps with Xbox Live The console is driven by a powerful combination of CPU, GPU and 8GB of RAM, governed by an innovative OS architecture, to deliver power, speed and agility Kinect is included with every Xbox One. Completely reengineered to be more precise, responsive and intuitive with unparalleled voice, vision and motion technology Find it here from Amazon. ...

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So Dina Bass is wrong again.  But whatever gets the most page views, right? The report that Qualcomm executive Steve Mollenkopf was being seriously considered as Microsoft’s next CEO was false.  Qualcomm is going through a rough patch as Apple & Samsung have begun manufacturing their own chips and relying much less on Qualcomm.  A CEO change at the company has been rumored for some months now and COO Mollenkopf was widely seen as the frontrunner. Microsoft’s new CEO will of course have to work closely with Qualcomm since they are an important partner for Windows Phone and rumored to be powering the 8-inch Surface mini. I do not want to delve too far into conspiracy theories, but I guess it is theoretically possible Mollenkopf leveraged Microsoft’s board and Bloomberg to get the promotion at Qualcomm. Here is the press release from Qualcomm: Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft board is considering Qualcomm’s Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf among candidates to replace CEO Steve Ballmer. This is the first report revealing that Mollenkopf is on the list of several choices which are under serious consideration by Microsoft’s board. Mollenkopf at Qualcomm is responsible for the popular mobile processors which powers leading smartphones including Nokia Lumia 1520, Galaxy S4, etc,. Also Bloomberg once again confirmed that other people in the list also includes Microsoft executive Satya Nadella and external candidates including Ford CEO Alan Mulally. READ: Steve Mollenkopf Will NOT Become CEO of Microsoft; Made President and CEO of Qualcomm Steve’s profile from Qualcomm, Since 2008, Mollenkopf led QCT and served as executive vice president and group president of Qualcomm, driving growth and providing critical technical and operational leadership. QCT is the world’s largest wireless chip supplier and fabless semiconductor company, in terms of revenue. ...

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FIDO Alliance today announced that Microsoft has joined the Alliance as a member of the Board of Directors. FIDO Alliance develops technical specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that reduce the reliance on passwords to authenticate users. Microsoft is committed to working with the FIDO Alliance to produce open standards that will ensure interoperability among strong authentication methods and technologies. Open FIDO specifications will support a full range of authentication technologies for operating systems, including biometrics such as fingerprint and iris scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as existing solutions and communications standards, such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPM), USB Security Tokens, embedded Secure Elements (eSE), Smart Cards, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Near Field Communication (NFC). The open specifications are being designed to be extensible and to accommodate future innovation, as well as protect existing investments. FIDO specifications allow the interaction of technologies within ...

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Microsoft has announced that the developer BUILD conference will be from April 2-4 in San Francisco.  Developers will be able to register for the event on January 14th at 12PM EST.  Mobile World Congress will be Feb 24 – 27, 2014.  I suspect Windows Phone 8.1 will be unveiled at MWC.  At the Build conference Update 1 for Windows 8.1 will likely be revealed.  With India unfreezing Nokia’s assets, it looks very likely that the Microsoft deal with Nokia will close in early January.  Maybe the Surface mini and plans for Xbox apps could be revealed at the 2014 build conference. Baller famously did the demos at the 2012 Build conference and shortly after it was announced that Steven Sinofsky was leaving the company.  This year it will be Terry Myerson’s show, but will the new CEO be announced before or after the Build conference?  Will Ballmer want to stay ...

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Similar to Windows Phone, Windows 8/8.1 is also having Red Red Stripe Deals on apps and games from the Windows Store.   In the spirit of the holiday season Microsoft is doing 12 Red Stripe Deals running through the rest of the month. You can take advantage of amazing deals on the following apps and games from the Windows Store: PacMan CD DX+ – 50% Off. Original price: $9.99. Sale price: $4.99. Collins Learn Thesaurus – 50% Off. Original price: $6.99. Sale price: $3.49. Game Dev Tycoon – 50% Off. Original price: $7.99. Sale price: $3.99. Bejeweled LIVE – 60% Off. Original price: $4.99. Sale price: $1.99. Sunny Hillride – 50% Off. Original price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Supermarket Mania 2 (Full) – 57% Off. Original price: $6.99. Sale price: $2.99. Rayman Jungle Run – 50% Off. Original price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Package Tracker – 50% Off. Original price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Draw a Stickman: EPIC – 50% Off. Orig. Price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Disney ...

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  I’ll admit it, I’m a big fan of Photosynth technology right from the day Microsoft revealed it. The Live Labs inside Microsoft which originally developed Photosynth is no more. However, Blaise Agüera y Arcas and a bunch of people of his team were still working on Photosynth. Even though the first generation Photosynth was cool, the consuming experience was not so smooth. Microsoft is fixing this issue in the upcoming Photosynth technology, but it comes with few constraints on how you take photos. “Where we sort of failed, I think, was that the panoramas never stitch,” Agüera y Arcas says. “When you hold the mobile phone to make the panorama, you never do a good enough job for the result to be useful for 3-D reconstruction … You can’t hold the camera still enough — you always end up with seams and things.” Rather than hammering away at this frustrating ...

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  In the last few days, there were reports that Microsoft is planning to bring back the Start Menu in Windows 8. The biggest question is, how will the Start Menu look like? And how will it function? Joseph Machalani, an UX, UI & Branding Architect blogged about his project on fixing Windows 8. In his project, he discussed about fixing the jarring difference between desktop and Metro work environment, new Windows Explorer UI with icons and more. More importantly, he brings back the Start Menu in his concept. His description of the proposed Start Menu,  If we want to separate the Desktop and Metro environment we need a way for each of them to access apps, files and basic features like search, notifications and settings. Since we need to kick out the Metro Start Screen and Charms bar from the Desktop, let’s just bring back the good ol’ Start menu that worked so good for all ...

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Microsoft added this new Bing Snapshot experience which provides direct information about the entities that you search for, e.g., people, places, and things, based on their understanding of those entities and their relationships stored in Bing’s knowledge repository called Satori. Today, Bing team has added a bunch of new entities that are now part of the Snapshot experience. The following entities are now available in Bing Snapshot experience, Discover TED Talks Listen to Famous Speeches and National Anthems Instantly Learn More with Online Courses See How Universities Stack Up Explore Scientific Concepts at a Glance A Quick View of Historic Events Explore More with Related People Animal Research Made Easy Ask Bing Luckily Find App and Software Downloads Read more about them in detail in the link below. Better read them to make Bing more useful to you. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft’s Yammer team today announced a neat feature that will combine the email experience into Yammer. If you are the one who keeps switching between Yammer and email to communicate with everyone in your company, then this a great news for you. There are two new email features for Yammer, Loop in Non-Yammer Users and Forward Emails into Yammer. Loop in Non-Yammer Users Need someone to chime in on a Yammer conversation, but they don’t happen to be a Yammer user? No problem – now you can include anyone in your organization in a Yammer discussion. Simply begin typing their email address into the CC bar of any message, and that coworker will receive a notification email alerting them of the Yammer conversation. They’ll be able to respond to your message simply by replying to the email – their message will be posted back to the relevant Yammer discussion. Of ...

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Steve Ballmer has been chatting with Mary-Jo Foley over the past few weeks.  “I pride myself on the fact that we do make a lot of money,” Ballmer said. He gave out some his top five management tips, that might help you do the same: Make sure you see the whole playing field “If the CEO doesn’t see the playing field, nobody else can,” Ballmer said. “The team may need to see it too, but the CEO really needs to be able to see the entire competitive space.” “Ten years from now, will devices look the same as they look today or quite different? And will they be funded primarily by gross margin on the device or will it all be just ads and commerce from guys like Google and Amazon” he asked. “The truth is, whoever sits in the CEO seat needs to have enough perspective to have an intelligent ...

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Hal Berenson is a former distinguished engineer at Microsoft who runs a great blog titled Hal2020.  Hal often provides a unique perspective given his experience working at the Redmond software giant during the earlier days of the company from 1994 – 2002 and decades previously spend at the Digital Equipment Corporation.  Mr. Bersenson is predicting that Bill Gates will resign from Microsoft as chairman within the year, I find this difficult to believe, but some logical reasoning is provided.  He also predicts what I have heard from my sources, Alan Mulally will be brought to the board: If you want to know why Bill was so emotional at the recent shareholders meeting it was probably because this was likely his last as Microsoft Chairman, not just Steve Ballmer’s last as CEO. First, this is not about pressure from a couple of investors as was reported a while ago. I believe Bill ...

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  Microsoft today announced the Cloud OS Network, a worldwide group of more than 25 leading cloud service providers who will deliver hosted services built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform, which includes Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack. Many of the members were already Microsoft partners, but Microsoft is now giving them a brand new name to better target customers. The members of the Cloud OS Network are leading service providers who will offer hybrid services that give customers greater flexibility and choice. By making a substantial commitment to the Microsoft Cloud Platform, they are able to deliver tailored infrastructure and application services that meet diverse customer needs. Customers will have greater choice in customization, data sovereignty, security, privacy and service levels. For example, Cloud OS Network partner Outsourcery in the United Kingdom is driving an initiative to provide compliant cloud services for U.K. government ...

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Yesterday, Paul Thurrott reported that Microsoft is planning to bring back Start Menu is the upcoming update for Windows 8. This move from Microsoft is targeted towards power users who use keyboards and mice. It would be similar to the current Windows 7 Start Screen allowing users to access their apps, folders, etc,. Maary Jo Foley today confirmed that Start Menu is coming back and it is internally known as “mini-Start”. Since Thurrott’s initial December 10 report on the return of the Start Menu, I’ve heard from my own contacts that this is highly likely to happen. Microsoft is, indeed, highly likely to bring back Start Menu. Supposedly it’s being called internally “mini-Start,” (as it won’t be a full-screen Start Menu like in Windows 8), one of my contacts said. Are you really looking forward to this upcoming Start Menu? Source: ZDNet ...

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