Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft’s consumer online services are facing service disruption for the past few hours. Micr0soft acknowledged that the there are some issues going on in Hotmail, Outlook.com and SkyDrive users. Few hours before SkyDrive services were successfully restores and Hotmail/Outlook.com is still being restored. Microsoft provided the following update regarding this issue. We’re still working on this problem. Fixing the problem is taking longer than we hoped. We’ll provide an update by Mar 13 6:42 PM. We apologize for the lengthy interruption in service You may not experience any issues because only small number of users got affected by this outage. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a set of new themes and wallpapers for Windows devices in their Personalization Gallery. Here is the list of the new themes releases. One harbinger of spring is the sight of bees visiting the crocuses, apple blossoms, and daffodils that begin to bloom around this time of year. Our first theme, a collection of stunning macro images by photographer Mayur Kotlikar, opens a window into the busy and beautifully colorful world of these essential pollinators. Brilliant flowers and busy insects are also the subject of the new theme Garden Glimpses, which showcases the work of young photographer Rangan Das. I’m impressed by the painterly richness of his images. Our next theme features another participant in the Open Call, photographer Ondřej Vlček, whose camera is also focused on the small details of the natural world that might otherwise pass unnoticed: berries gleaming like jewels in the afternoon sun, ...

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Microsoft today released updated for Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT that brings in improved performance, Wifi reliability and more. For Surface Pro, The March cumulative update includes improved Surface Wi-Fi reliability, connectivity in various scenarios, and performance improvements including: Fixes to Wi-Fi reliability allowing for better roaming and improvements to “Limited” connectivity scenarios. Windows To Go feature is enabled. Improved onscreen keyboard detection synchronization when going in and out of sleep. For Surface RT, The March cumulative update includes improved Surface Wi-Fi reliability, connectivity in various scenarios, and performance improvements including: Fixes to Wi-Fi reliability allowing for better roaming and improvements to “Limited” connectivity scenarios. Resolves issues with integrated volume button. Improved Type and Touch cover typing experience on soft surfaces and when devices and keyboard are lying flat. Resolves issue with random muting. Trackpad performance improvements. Update your Surface devices and enjoy these updates.     ...

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Microsoft Research FUSE Labs announced a significant update for its Socl information network. This spring update brings a new look and new features. The site now features improved site navigation, better post creation, featuring, private messages support and more. Read the full list below. - Simplified site navigation, including: create a post button discover (full site search and discovery) pinned menu for quick access to notifications, messages, setting, parties and about centered Socl logo to refresh the page single click access to your profile feed pivots between following and everyone - Collections and Interests merged into one concept collections curated by everyone (formerly Interests) collections curated by individuals, including private collections collection descriptions tags now done at the collection level rather than the post level and applied only by collection followers - Better post creation, featuring: drag and drop resize shuffle share to other social networks - Personal opportunity cards ...

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A new job posting from Sales, Marketing & Services Group (SMSG) Incubation sales team at Microsoft has listed a list of next billion dollar businesses for Microsoft. The Incubation team’s mission is to take these new business and build, accelerate, and mainstream these businesses for Microsoft. Here is the list compiled by ZDnet, Windows Azure: Microsoft’s public cloud business. Windows Intune: Microsoft’s device management/security service, which is now key to managing Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 devices Bing Maps: Microsoft’s maps, which got a lot more pricey for developers to license as of last year StorSimple: The cloud-storage appliance vendor Microsoft bought last year Perceptive Pixel: Those “Big-ass displays” from the PPI acquisition Microsoft made in 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse: Microsoft’s parallel-processing data warehousing appliance, which integrates directly with Hadoop. Read more about it from the via link below. Source: Microsoft via: All About Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are enabling Adobe Flash content to run by default in Internet Explorer both in Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. Microsoft believes that the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life. Also the existing Compatibility View (CV) list now takes the opposite role, it now blocks Flash content in the small number of sites that are still incompatible with the Windows experience. Windows 8 Windows RT Immersive IE Enabled unless on CV list Enabled unless on CV list Desktop IE Enabled for all sites Enabled unless on CV list Source: Microsoft ...

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  Microsoft today revealed their new promotional offer for Office 365 University for US students. With this new offer, students will be able to get upto 6 months of  Office 365 University through simple steps. Microsoft is also bundling SkyDrive with the new Office to promote the service. Here’s what you get: - 3 free months of Office 365 University ( hare the offer on Facebook and get an extra 3 months free of Office.) - An extra 20GB of SkyDrive storage Find the offer here and make use of it. ...

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One of the main unique selling point for Microsoft Surface is its Touch Cover and Type Cover keyboards. Touch Cover is the one of the thinnest keyboards available on the market right now. Microsoft recently detailed the earlier design process and the technology behind it. Touch Cover is a pressure sensitive keyboard + trackpad that acts as a cover for your Surface and also comes with spill resistant technology. The pressure sensing input technology used in the Touch Covers allows you to type more fluidly and faster than you would be able to on an on screen keyboard. A technology that’s never been used like this before, these keyboards can sense weighted pressure as keys are selected. Simply align your fingers on the keys as you would on any other keyboard and apply pressure with your fingers to the letters or symbols you desire. See those letters and icons appear ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing Desktop app with Facebook feeds support. Bing Desktop brings the beauty of the Bing homepage to your Windows desktop each day. Also you can do Bing searches via the desktop search bar or from the Windows taskbar without having to first open a browser. Bing Desktop automatically updates daily the Windows desktop background image to the beautiful image that is on the Bing.com homepage. The user may override the image of the day by manually selecting a different image from the prior eight days. In addition, Bing Desktop offers an easily accessible yet unobtrusive search box to streamline searching without opening the browser.  There are several search box options including a new way to minimize Bing Desktop as a toolbar in the Windows taskbar. Beyond search, Bing Desktop offers direct access to the latest news, trending topics, video and picture highlights without having to launch a browser. ...

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I think its time for Google to rethink their IP strategy as one of their core web property Google Maps is on the verge of getting banned in Germany due to the patent lawsuit with Microsoft. FOSS Patents reports that MMI’s German subsidiary is liable for infringement of a key Microsoft patent, EP0845124 on a “computer system for identifying local resources and method therefor”, which is the European equivalent of U.S. Patent No. 6,240,360. Microsoft is seeking, and now very likely to obtain, a German patent injunction against the Google Maps service, the Google Maps Android client app, and web browsers providing access to Google Maps. In order to comply with the injunction that looms large, Google would have to disable access to Google Maps from computers using a German IP address, discontinue shipping the Google Maps Android app in the German market, and distribute web browsers in Germany only ...

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  Microsoft today acknowledged that it is one of the brain behind the Massachusetts legislation against companies that use data collected from computers at schools. Microsoft said that the bill is aimed at Google Apps business practices. The bill is aiming to restrict the commercial use of data gathered for ad targeting, etc, while children use computers at public schools. Microsoft commented about this matter with the below statement,  ”We believe that student data should not be used for commercial purposes; that cloud-service providers should be transparent in how they use student data; and that service providers should obtain clear consent for the way they use data. We expect that students, parents and educators will judge any proposed legislation on its merits.” Source: WSJ ...

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Microsoft today released an updated version of Skype app for iOS devices with a new calling experience and bug fixes. Skype allows you to make free video and voice calls to anyone else on Skype, share photos, files and of course instant message others. What’s New in Version 4.6 ✓ Beautiful new calling experience ✓ Mark all your recent chats as read with just a few taps. ✓ General fixes and improvements ✓ One-to-one chats now appear in the correct order. Previous release: ✓ Skype automatically reconnects a dropped call when your WiFi or mobile network reception is poor ✓ General fixes Download it from App Store here. ...

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In a new video ad released on YouTube, Microsoft’s new webmail service Outlook.com revealed the upcoming Skype video call integration inside the browser. The ad which shows off lots of Outlook.com features, finally showed the ability to make Skype video calls while having conversation with your friends on Outlook.com’s Skype IM. It also states at the end that Skype experience is coming soon. Check out the video above. Sign up for free web mail service at Outlook.com. ...

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Stardock has released a new Windows 8 program called ModernMix which allows you to run Windows 8 Modern/MetroStyle apps in a windows similar to the way other classic programs operates. You can run multiple modern apps, minimize & maximize it, pin them to task bar, etc,. Run modern apps in windows: ModernMix enables you to run multiple Modern apps in individual separate windows on the desktop as well as launch them from the desktop. Apply custom settings: Modern app window sizes are remembered the next time you launch them. Pin modern apps to the taskbar: Active Modern apps will also appear on your taskbar where they can be pinned for quick access later. Bring back the familiar Windows look: Standard Windows 8 title bar is enabled for Modern apps. Explicitly close Modern apps by clicking its close button Download it from Stardock here. It comes with 30 day free trial ...

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Microsoft has released its HealthVault app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. HealthVault app allows you to access your health information stored in your HealthVault account. Description: HealthVault for Windows helps you take control of your health and keep your most important health information at your fingertips. Set health goals, track progress, and discover trends. Features: Track progress towards your health goals. Manage your weight, track your exercise, steps, and diet. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol. View and edit details of your family’s most important health information. Discover trends in your health and fitness. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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  Microsoft today responded to customer feedback on Office licensing terms. Microsoft today announced that they have changed the Office 2013 retail license agreement to allow customers to transfer the software from one computer to another which now means users can transfer Office 2013 to a different computer if their device fails or they get a new one. Updated transferability provision to the Retail License Terms of the Software License Agreement for Microsoft Office 2013 Desktop Application Software: Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner). If you transfer the software to another computer, that other computer becomes the “licensed computer.” You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if ...

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