Review Category : Microsoft

After the launch of Microsoft Surface for consumers in various countries around the world, now Microsoft is beginning to focus on enterprise customers. Microsoft has now launched a new website which takes volume orders for Microsoft RT and Microsoft Surface Pro devices. Welcome to the Surface commercial customer ordering site. Using the link for your country below, you can order Surface devices, accessories, and after-market service plans (availability varies by market). To learn more about how to protect your investment please click here. Some important notes: A valid Purchase Order (PO) is required for each order form submission Lead times for delivery and order requirements may vary depending on inventory. If you do not currently have a volume licensing agreement with Microsoft, there may be additional processing time to setup account and credit terms If you have pre-purchase questions, please contact your local Microsoft account representative and learn more on ...

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WSJ today reports that US Federal regulators are investigating Microsoft and its business partners over bribery claims. It was reported that Microsoft with its business partners allegedly bribed foreign government officials in return for software contracts. Lawyers from the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are examining kickback allegations made by a former Microsoft representative in China, as well as the company’s relationship with certain resellers and consultants in Romania and Italy, these people said. Since the investigation is in a preliminary phase, so far the government hasn’t accused Microsoft or any of its business associates of wrongdoing. Microsoft is yet to respond this report and according to people familiar with these matters, such investigations takes place regularly over time on large companies like Microsoft dealing with governments. Update: Microsoft responded to the allegations with a long blog post, you can read it here. The matters raised in the Wall Street Journal ...

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SHANGHAI — March 18, 2013 Following the successful debut of the Microsoft Online Store  (MicrosoftStore.com.cn) in China, which opened its doors in October 2012, Microsoft officially launched its flagship online store on Tmall.com in China  today, extending its product and service offering availability on China’s  largest consumer e-commerce platform. Chinese consumers can now discover,  learn, and buy a wider range of products from Microsoft and its key OEM  partners via the new flagship store on Tmall.com (MicrosoftStore.Tmall.com). Microsoft will also continue to operate Microsoft.Tmall.com, an e-store  dedicated to offering consumers with computer accessories such as keyboards  and mice through Microsoft resellers. “We are excited to be working with Tmall.com for the official launch of  Microsoft’s Flagship Store,” said Kevin Eagan, VP, E-commerce of Microsoft  Retail Stores. “Microsoft sees great potential in China’s e-commerce market,  to offer customers across the country choice, value and service through our  online store. Through our joint ...

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Microsoft today released its Kinect for Windows SDK for v1.7. The updated SDK brings in support for Kinect Fusion and many updated APIs, Samples, and DLL Details. Regarding Kinect Fusion, KinectFusion provides 3D object scanning and model creation using a Kinect for Windows sensor. The user can paint a scene with the Kinect camera and simultaneously see, and interact with, a detailed 3D model of the scene. Kinect Fusion can be run at interactive rates on supported GPUs, and can run at non-interactive rates on a variety of hardware. Running at non-interactive rates may allow larger volume reconstructions. Download it here from Microsoft. ...

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Last week Microsoft partnered with Vyclone to bring social video editing to modern web browsers like Internet Explorer 10. Such products help  developers unlock the full potential of HTML5. In the guest blog post in Internet Explorer blog, Anton Molleda of Plain Concepts shared about his experience and learnings while developing Vcylone, a social video editing experience built on HTML5 and many of the new features in next generation browsers like Internet Explorer 10. Vcyclone builds on capabilities like pointer events, multi-touch gestures, and hardware accelerated canvas and CSS3 to make this Web site feel more like an app. Read more at source link below. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Xbox 360 led the US console market for 26th consecutive month as the No.1 selling console. According to data released today by The NPD Group, Xbox 360 sold 302,000 units in February. Highlights of the sales, · Holding 41 percent share of current-generation console sales, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in February (hardware, software and accessories) was the most for any console in the U.S. · During the month of February, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 console game titles including: “Crysis 3,” “Aliens: Colonial Marines,” “Dead Space 3,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” and “NBA 2K13.” Microsoft also announced Spring Value Bundle which includes a 250GB Xbox 360, wireless controller, wired headset, “Darksiders II” and “Batman: Arkham City” for $299. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft started to sell their first Windows hardware Surface RT back in October last year. Initially the device was available only in Microsoft retail locations in US and then later expanded its availability to other retail stores and countries. Three months after that, Microsoft announced the availability of Surface Pro which is based on Intel Core i5 processor which is available in US alone for now. Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft has sold about a little more than million Surface RT units and 400,000 Surface Pro units since launch. Will the broader availability and adoption of Windows 8 further drive Surface family of device sales? Only time will tell. Source: Bloomberg ...

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A small number of users of Microsoft’s webmail service Hotmail/Outlook.com yesterday experienced a long service outage. The services was fully restored after nearly 15 hours. Microsoft VP Arthur de Haan today blogged in detail about the root cause of the service and how they restored it. Read it below. Root cause analysis At 13:35 PM PDT on March 12th, 2013 there was a service interruption that affected some people’s access to a small part of the SkyDrive service, but primarily Hotmail.com and Outlook.com. Availability was restored over the course of the afternoon and evening, and fully restored by 5:43 AM PDT on March 13th, 2013. On the afternoon of the 12th, in one physical region of one of our datacenters, we performed our regular process of updating the firmware on a core part of our physical plant. This is an update that had been done successfully previously, but failed in this ...

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comScore yesterday released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace. In explicit core search share, Microsoft Sites had 16.7 percent (up 0.2 percentage points) from the previous month where Google still leads with 67.5%. On the search count, Microsoft Sites ranked second with 3 billion searches. Overall in February, 69.7 percent of searches carried search results from Google (up 0.4 percentage points), while 25.9 percent of searches were powered by Bing (up 0.3 percentage points). Yahoo is considering to revamp its search deal with Microsoft in an effort to monetize it effectively as they are in a downward spiral. Read more at source link below. Source: comScore ...

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Microsoft has recently secured patents for its Surface tablet hardware design. As you can see above, the patent describes the physical features of the device. On the software side, Microsoft has already applied for several key features of Windows 8 such as Live Tiles Start screen, Picture Password, Gesture support, etc,. As companies like Google are not respecting IP owned by other companies, it is becoming an compulsive act for companies like Microsoft and Apple to patent everything they do. via: Patentbolt ...

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Microsoft today revealed their partnership with social video editing start-up, Vyclone. Vyclone’s mobile app allows users to co-create, sync, and edit multiple views of a single shared moment – like a sporting event, or birthday. Working with Microsoft, Vyclone has today released a new experience called Vyclone web editor using which users can now edit and share crowd sourced video to the web using just a browser and HTML5. With modern browser like Internet Explorer 10, Vyclone web editor even supports touch input. Does this sound familiar? You go to a concert and there is a sea of phones in the air, are as common as lighters once were. It’s human nature to want to capture the moment and share it with the world. But Vyclone takes that one step further. With Vyclone, users can access everyone else’s video to make their own director’s cut from the best views at the concert – instead of ...

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So far we have seen many references to Windows Blue, the next version of Windows which Microsoft is working on. Today, new job postings from Microsoft reveals some references to Windows 9, it seems Microsoft is already working on Windows 9 along with Windows Blue. Here is the description from Bing team job listing, Do you want to join the frontlines in one of the biggest battles we are fighting in the company? Do you want to work on the latest technology? Bing brings search experiences to tens of millions of users with over a billion page views a week. As a member of the Bing Client team, you will be joining a team that is constantly innovating in the latest technology areas by combining the best of client and services to build great customer experiences. We utilize cutting edge technologies across the stack from Bing metro application development using ...

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IDC yesterday released its latest forecast update of the Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker estimates. IDC expects tablet shipments to be upwards of 350 million by the end of 2017. IDC also predicted that Windows will only have arounf 10% of the total tablet market by 2017 with Windows RT growth to remain below 3% during the forecast period. “Microsoft’s decision to push two different tablet operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows RT, has yielded poor results in the market so far,” said Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets. “Consumers aren’t buying Windows RT’s value proposition, and long term we think Microsoft and its partners would be better served by focusing their attention on improving Windows 8. Such a focus could drive better share growth in the tablet category down the road.” What do you think of their forecast? Source: IDC ...

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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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