Review Category : Microsoft

Lync is a unified communications platform for the enterprise from Microsoft. Lync 2013 desktop client recently got a November 2013 update which includes new features and fixes of bugs. Features included in the November Update: Photos of Sender/Receiver – View photos of sender/receiver inline with IM conversation URL Photo Experience – Set your own photo from a public web site instead of using the corporate image pChat Escalation – Escalate a Persistent Chat room to a Lync Meeting with one click Login Trace Files – Easily access Lync client login logs New Recording Options –Choose preferred resolution for client-side recordings Read more about it from the link below. Source: Lync blog via: Neowin ...

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This is really impressive! Major Nelson today posted a short video showing how Xbox One can power up and log in your voice command. In just 13 seconds, Xbox One was able to power up and log in to the home screen. First, it listened to your voice command through Kinect to wake up the machine, then again it used Kinect’s skeleton tracking/facing recognition to login to your personal profile. And all under 13 seconds in just an impressive thing. If you are more into privacy issues, you can as usual power on your Xbox One using your controller. Watch the video above. Source: Major Nelson ...

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  Microsoft today announced two new roles for their senior leaders Eric Rudder and Harry Shum. Eric Rudder who was heading Advanced Strategy & Research group will become Executive Vice President, Advanced Strategy and Harry Shum who was leading Bing engineering team will become Executive Vice President, Technology & Research. Both of them will report directly to Steve Ballmer starting mid-December. Read the full email below. From: Steve Ballmer To: Microsoft – All Employees Date: Nov. 13, 2013 Subject: New Roles for Eric Rudder and Harry Shum Today, I’m excited to announce new roles for Eric Rudder and Harry Shum. Eric will take on a newly created role as Executive Vice President, Advanced Strategy, and Harry will take on Eric’s current responsibilities as Executive Vice President, Technology & Research. Both Eric and Harry will report to me and both changes take effect in mid-December. Eric has led our Advanced Strategy ...

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We all know that Xbox One is releasing on Nov 22nd. Due to time differences, New Zealand will be the first country to launch the Xbox One. So the first official Xbox One will be sold in New Zealand. To guard this special console, Microsoft New Zealand has placed it inside a shark tank at Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium in Auckland which has over 20 tiger sharks. Microsoft will take this console out of aquarium on launch day mid-night to hand it over as the first officially sold Xbox One. via: IGN ...

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Microsoft yesterday sent out email to customers notifying that Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content starting Nov 22nd. Zune Marketplace had millions of songs, videos, podcasts, and TV shows for purchase and rental and it was available across Windows Phone 7 devices, PC, Xbox and the web. Since Microsoft has transitioned to the new Xbox entertainment services like Xbox Music and Xbox Video, Zune Marketplace will shutdown on Nov 22nd. Email from Microsoft, We recently notified you that with the Fall 2013 release of the Xbox 360 update, Microsoft Points are being retired. This email is a confirmation that as part of this update, Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content, or browsing movies and TV shows, beginning as early as November 22, 2013. If you have a remaining Microsoft Points balance, you can transition your Microsoft account from Microsoft Points to local ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Visual Studio Online previously known as Team Foundation Service. Visual Studio Online is made up of collection of developer services, hosted in Azure to offer the best integrated end-to-end development experience for modern applications. Microsoft also announced two new Visual Studio Online services, Visual Studio Online Application Insights and Visual Studio Online “Monaco” ins addition to the existing services announced during preview. VS Online will be free for teams up to 5 users.  Visual Studio Online is also included as part of MSDN subscriptions. You get started with VS Online at http://visualstudio.com/. Visual Studio Online services, including the following: Hosted Source Control Visual Studio Online provides developers with hosted source control, using either Git or Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC).  The sources for your Visual Studio Online projects are readily available to sync to your desktop when you are logged into Visual Studio. Work Items and Agile Planning Whether ...

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Microsoft today launched Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1 to the general public. Visual Studio 2013 allows you to build modern, cloud connected apps across Microsoft platforms ranging from Windows Azure to Windows Phone. It has support for live debugging Azure sites,  Energy Profiling, UI Responsiveness diagnostics and more. Support for live debugging Azure sites from Visual Studio means you can set a breakpoint in a running service in the cloud, and step through it directly from Visual Studio. The new Cloud Business Application project type lets you build next-generation business applications leveraging Office 365 and Azure. And features like Energy Profiling and UI Responsiveness diagnostics make it easier than ever to build 5-star applications for the Windows Store. For individual developers, Visual Studio 2013 brings great new developer productivity features.  Features like Peek Definition and CodeLens provide key information about your code right where you are working in the ...

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Microsoft Xbox team today revealed their plans to celebrate the launch of Xbox One with Xbox fans around the world, when it launches next Friday, Nov. 22. Microsoft has planned more than 10,000 retail locations for mid-night launches. More than 10,000 retail locations in 13 countries will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 22 to welcome fans amidst great fanfare. Festivities will kick off in major cities around the world, starting in Auckland, NZ and continuing through Sydney, London, New York City and Los Angeles, uniting fans who have come together to celebrate the availability of Xbox One. The celebrations will be showcased in a live broadcast airing on Spike TV, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, also on Xbox.com and on Xbox Live. “Today we invite millions of Xbox fans around the world to join us for the launch of Xbox One, beginning on Nov. 21 as we ...

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After the reports which came online yesterday, Joe Belfiore himslef confirmed on Twitter that he is taking over the work involving user experience for Windows and Internet Explorer in addition to Windows Phone UX which he is already responsible for. I think this is a great news for ‘One Microsoft’ strategy as Joe will be responsible for the Windows, Windows Phone and IE UX. Congrats to Joe Belfiore for his new role at Microsoft! ...

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We are just few weeks away from Black Friday deals. Many retailers in the US have started publishing their deal information online. BesyBuy yesterday revealed their upcoming Black Friday deals. It includes Surface tablet (previously known as Surface RT) as well. Surface 32GB will go on sale for $199, down from its original price of $349.99. The deal will be valid from November 28-30, 2013. Get ready for the Black Friday shopping! Source: BestBuy ...

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There is a limited time deal going on at Microsoftstore.com. When you buy a Surface 2 64GB model and a Type Cover 2 bundle, you can get a free Touch Cover. Touch Cover comes in various colors and it costs $79.99. Another deal was with Surface Pro 2, you can save over $75 by buying the bundle which includes Office 365 Home Premium, Complete for Surface Pro 2-year warranty, Touch Cover (Cyan), and Surface Pro Screen Protector. You can buy this bundle for $269.00 instead of the regular price of $348.97. Find the deal here. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced the expanded availability of Office 365 to 17 new countries and 4 new languages. With this expansion, Office 365 is now available in 123 markets, additionally 120-day trials are available in 18 markets where paid subscriptions may become available in the future. The new languages are Indonesian, Kazakh, Hindi, and Hebrew, bringing the number of Office 365 languages to 40, including English. New trial markets include: Palestinian Territories, Congo (DRC), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Botswana, Namibia, Curaçao, Faroe Islands, Monaco, St. Kitts and Nevis, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Afghanistan, and Tanzania. New markets with paid subscriptions include: Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Lebanon, Jamaica, Bolivia, Brunei, Nicaragua, Honduras, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Georgia, Ghana, Mauritius, Iraq, Bermuda, Rwanda, Belize, Cameroon, Moldova, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Fiji, Kyrgyzstan, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Angola, and Libya. You can find the full list of countries available here. Source: Office Blog ...

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NOOK for Windows 8 just got updated to v1.7 with support for Windows 8.1 and many new features. Find the full list of new features below.  Features: · New Large and Small Live Tile sizes · Import ePub and PDF files from your PC or SkyDrive to access your favorite content in one place · Type anywhere in the app to search your Library or search within the NOOK Shop to find new books, magazines, newspapers and comics. · Send feedback feature allows for enhanced customer support · Improved support for use in portrait orientation and a range of window sizes · Navigation and usability enhancements · Bug fix to address missing content: existing users should sign out and sign back in following upgrade Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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  Microsoft today revealed their limited edition white Xbox One console, Kinect and controller. First of all, don’t get excited. These limited edition console is not for public sale and it is limited to Microsoft’s IEB employees. Microsoft is auctioning one of these console for the good. Read about it below. In honor of Veteran’s Day here in the US I was able to snag one of the super limited edition white Xbox One Consoles and will be auctioning it off to support the Wounded Warrior Project. This is the same limited edition console that will be given to Microsoft IEB employees and isn’t for sale anywhere else. The winning bid will not only receive the extremely limited edition white Xbox One (console, Kinect and controller) but will also receive one year of Xbox Live, and a copy of each of our first party launch titles including Forza Motorsport 5, ...

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Many Microsoft employees expressed their happiness about the e-mail they got from Lisa Brummel, head of HR at Microsoft today. The mail states that Microsoft is ending the highly criticized stack ranking system among employees. Lisa mentioned in her mail that “no more curve,” , and there “will no longer be a pre-determined targeted distribution.” In the management system known as “stack ranking”, every team must rate a certain percentage of employees as top performers, good performers, average and poor. It was reported that this system lead to lots of unhappy employees and created a bad environment among the team. This should surprise everyone because companies like Amazon, Facebook and Yahoo has recently started their own versions of stack ranking for employees and Microsoft is ending it completely. There is no information on the upcoming review system at Microsoft. Lisa’s email to her employees, To Global Employees, I am pleased to announce that we ...

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Microsoft today released firmware updates for Surface devices which includes Surface, Surface 2 and Surface Pro. Surface 2 received the most significant update which includes lots of improvements across the system like wireless performance, system performances, audio performance, battery life improvements, etc. Surface 2: •Performance improvements for all Type Cover and Touch Cover versions. •Wi-Fi and Bluetooth driver updates to improve wireless display performance. •Camera improvements. •Audio improvements including switching to speaker playback after disconnecting a headset. •System performance and stability improvements. •Battery life improvements. Surface Pro: Windows 8.0 •Update to allow the use of Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2. Windows 8.1 •Update to the LifeCam driver to increase TrueColor fidelity. •Update to the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers to enable improved wireless display performance and to further enhance Wi-Fi network performance and stability. Surface RT: Update to allow the use of Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type ...

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