Review Category : Microsoft

  Microsoft along with other technology industry leaders are now trying to bring transparency to the law enforcement requests they receive from various government agencies around the world. Microsoft has released their own law enforcement requests report for the first half of 2013. It lists all the countries where data are available. When you click a country, you can get the break up of no.of requests Microsoft received, rejected, disclosed content, etc,. Here are the highlights of the data revealed, Microsoft (including Skype) received 37,196 requests from law enforcement agencies potentially impacting 66,539 accounts in the first six months of this year.  This compares to 75,378 requests and 137,424 potential accounts in the whole of 2012. Approximately 77 percent of requests resulted in the disclosure of “non-content data”. No data at all was disclosed in nearly 21 percent of requests. Only a small number of requests result in the disclosure ...

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Few days back, we reported that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave an emotional speech at his last annual company meeting held in Seattle this week. Steve Ballmer was moved to tears at one point of his speech. The Verge then reported about the happening as below, At one point during the meeting, Ballmer chose to play the song he used back at his first company meeting in 1983: Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”. He then proceeded to jump and dance around the stage screaming at the top of his voice “the sound of Microsoft!” After the song ended, an emotional Ballmer paused to “enjoy this for a minute,” with tears visibly streaming down his face. “You work for the greatest company in the world, soak it in.” Today, they posted a video of the same. You can watch it above. Steve Ballmer, take a bow. I don’t think any ...

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Microsoft today revealed their first marketing activity around Xbox One. They are taking Xbox One on the road, allowing customers to experience the new generation of gaming before Xbox One launches on Nov. 22. They will visit over 75 different cities around the world through  this program. The “Area One” tour will let people in the U.S., Canada and Europe get hands on with the Xbox One line-up of blockbuster games through a series of experiential events, while the Xbox One “Test Drive” will see Xbox hitting the road like never before to give people hands-on gameplay in unexpected places. “Area One” will bring a large traveling tour to many markets around the world, including Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Vienna, Paris and Berlin. Xbox fans will be among the first to get their hands on the upcoming blockbuster games coming to Xbox One, including hotly anticipated ...

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Microsoft today released a new video ad for the upcoming release of Windows 8. Even though the ad does not explicitly mentions Windows 8.1, it clearly shows the improvements made as part of the upcoming Windows 8.1 update. The video highlights the ability to snap apps side-by-side, different Live Tile size support, the return of the Start button, and the ability to have this same experience across tablets, laptops and PCs. Windows 8 customers can update to Windows 8.1 for free in the Windows Store, starting October 18th, 2013. With the return of the Start button, new ways to personalize your Start screen, and more ways to do more things at once, the new Windows gives you one experience for everything in your life. http://msft.it/NewWindows What do you think of this ad? ...

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Microsoft Windows Store team today revealed that they are increasing the app roaming limit for Windows 8 deices from 5 to 81. Till now, when an users buys an app, he will be able to install the same app in 5 different devices by using the same Microsoft Account. Now, the developers can decide to have the app enforce a constraint around the number of devices and Microsoft Account will support up to maximum of 81. Users who own multiple devices like laptops, tablets, All-in-Ones, can now access their favorite apps from any device, and will give developers additional opportunities to monetize the incredible reach the Windows platform provides. We exclusively interviewed mixed martial arts fighter Prince Vegeta who told us “I won’t be satisfied until the limit is over 9000!” Since we launched Windows 8, we heard growing feedback from many developers and from our most enthusiastic customers that the limit ...

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Microsoft already has a hidden gem in its Office suite, it’s called OneNote. OneNote is an excellent note taking app. Using OneNote, you can take notes, add images, videos,   to-dos, files, and audio recordings anywhere on the page. All your notes are available on all your devices, OneNote works with Windows, Windows Phone, iOS (iPhone and iPad), and Android phone. You can even use it in Web browsers with the OneNote Web App. And you can use OneNote to share notebooks that everyone can view and edit. See what changes were made, and who made them. You can even share with people who don’t have OneNote. In the mobile world, services like Evernote emerged to be a winner because of their superior mobile apps and availability on all platforms. OneNote came late on mobile and it seems Microsoft is focusing more on improving it. In the annual company meeting held ...

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At their annual company meeting, Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer demonstrated an upcoming Windows 8 app from the Office team codenamed ‘Office Reader’. Office Reader is supposed to be a cross format tool for consuming different types of content. He also demoed no.of updates coming to Office in the upcoming “Gemini” wave. Recently, Microsoft described the below in their re-org memo. “We will ensure that the tools handle multimedia (photos, videos, text, charts and slides) in an integrated way and natively online. These documents/websites will be easily sharable and easily included in meetings. They will offer complex options such as imbedded logic and yet be easy to author, search and view. These documents will be readable from a browser, but the experience will be infinitely better if read, annotated or presented with our tools.” I guess the Office Reader exactly does the same. Office Reader app will support web pages, Office documents, ...

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  Microsoft has its annual company meeting at Key Arena yesterday where more than 20,000 Microsoft employees assembled to hear Steve Ballmer talk for the one last time in front on this huge crowd. As expected, he was moved to tears at one point of his speech. The Verge describes the situation in which Ballmer had tears as below, At one point during the meeting, Ballmer chose to play the song he used back at his first company meeting in 1983: Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”. He then proceeded to jump and dance around the stage screaming at the top of his voice “the sound of Microsoft!” After the song ended, an emotional Ballmer paused to “enjoy this for a minute,” with tears visibly streaming down his face. “You work for the greatest company in the world, soak it in.” Ballmer also promised one thing, “we will deliver the ...

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Microsoft today announced a new fitness program called Xbox Fitness. Xbox Fitness is a new online service built exclusively for Xbox One that takes the world’s most popular fitness videos and makes them interactive. Microsoft has partnered with famous fitness trainers for this program, The extensive library of videos from the world’s biggest fitness brands including Beachbody’s P90X® (Tony Horton) and INSANITY® (Shaun T), Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson and others, will be available for free with Xbox Live Gold memberships through December 2014. Xbox One will make use of the new Kinect to read your heart rate without a monitor, see which muscles are most engaged by measuring the power, force and transfer of weight in your body, and track the quality of your performance by measuring your balance, tempo and form. INSANITY’S Shaun T says, “What makes Xbox Fitness so innovative is the feedback it gives you.  The Kinect sensor ...

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Kara Swisher is reporting that Alan Mulally is currently the top pick to become Microsoft’s next CEO.  I have reached out myself to induviduals familiar with the situation who tell me that the board is no where near a final list of candidates and Mulally has indicated he is not interested in the job.  Now, Mrs. Swisher has significantly more credibility than I do, so you’ll have to independently come to your own conclusion here.  Considering Mulally is approaching the age of 70, I still have trouble believing he would become CEO since he would have to plan his own succession almost immediately.  Now, Ballmer and Mulally are friends and he has advised the Microsoft CEO in the past.  Certainly it is quite plausible that Mulally could be giving Microsoft some guidance on picking their next CEO. I will repost an editorial I wrote regarding Mr. Mulally some weeks back: ...

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Lenovo is working on a truly incredible Ultrabook that may become the thinnest Ultrabook to date. This Lenovo 9 Slim will come in a standard Ultrabook design and it will measure just 9.74mm(.38-inches) thick. Even some tablets and smartphones nowadays are thicker when compared to this one. It has a Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic exterior and interior is made of magnesium alloy casing. It is expected to weigh under 1kg. Being a thinner device doesn’t mean it has inferior specs, it will sport a 13-inch display with a resolution of 3200 × 1800 and it is a 10-point multi-touch as well. There is no information on when this device will be released to the public. I hope it comes sooner! ! via: Mobile Geeks, Yesky ...

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  Microsoft is releasing their next generation Surface devices Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 next month. Recently during the Reddit AmA session, Microsoft commented the following regarding the criticisms on their  ads for Surface devices. Definitely true – some people love our ads, and some people really don’t like them.  Our new ads will launch shortly and highlight some of the great ways people love to use Surface.  We hope you like them! Our original ads were meant to drive breakthrough for a new brand.  We did hear the feedback and you will see our new campaign shortly – it shows some of the favorite ways our customers use Surface today. I guess the above one is the first of many videos that are going to be released by Microsoft. As you can watch above, the new ad focuses on the device itself, how people can use it for both ...

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Microsoft released its own anti-virus program Security Essentials back in 2009 and it even started bundling with Windows. Since then, Microsoft is constantly updating the malware engine and the definitions. But some Anti-virus test results, case studies put Security Essentials to the bottom of the post. Holly Stewart, senior program manager of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center, told Dennis Technology Labs that Microsoft made a decision to switch to what it calls a “baseline strategy”. It started focusing on protecting their customers instead of making  Security Essentials score better in competitive tests. Microsoft is “doing everything we can to protect against real threats” and even passing their own data on threats to other antivirus vendors as well. She said that shouldn’t be seen as Microsoft leaving customers unprotected, claiming the company is merely focusing on the most serious threats. “Baseline does not equal bad,” she said. “We provide a high-quality, ...

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Bill Gates had a chat with David Rubenstein, Harvard Campaign co-chair for a Harvard fundraising campaign. In that Gates revealed that it was a mistake to force users to use hold down “Ctrl+Alt+Del” to log into their computers and he also blamed IBM for doing so. “You want to have something you do with the keyboard that is signaling to a very low level of the software — actually hard-coded in the hardware — that it really is bringing in the operating system you expect, instead of just a funny piece of software that puts up a screen that looks like a log-in screen, and then it listens to your password and then it’s able to do that,” Gates said. The Microsoft co-founder said that there was an option to make a single button for such a command, but the IBM keyboard designer didn’t want to give Microsoft a single ...

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Microsoft today announced their participation in a cross-industry coalition dedicated to the creation of an effective European unitary patent system. This coalition includes 14 companies and users of the European patent system. Find the list of signatories below. adidas AG Apple Inc. BlackBerry Limited Bull SAS Cisco Systems Inc. Deutsche Post DHL Deutsche Telekom AG European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) Google Inc. Hewlett-Packard Company Intel Corporation Microsoft Corporation Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Syndicat de l’Industrie des Technologies de l’Information (SFIB) Telecom Italia S.p.A. Yahoo! Inc. Microsoft along with all the above member companies have been working collaboratively for several months to suggest solutions that support the creation of an effective, balanced and harmonized Europe-wide patent system. You can read the letter sent by this group to European policy makers on recommendations to those solutions. Read about it in detail here. ...

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Microsoft first announced Windows on ARM project 2 years back. Since then, they branded it Windows RT and started licensing it to OEMs. In fact, Microsoft itslef has become Windows RT OEM. Since its launch in October 2012, Windows RT devices are struggling to find a place in the fastest growing tablet market. Asus and Samsung discontinued their Windows RT efforts soon after the poor market reception. Lenovo was selling Yoga 11 Windows RT devices until it released Yoga 11S Intel based device. Dell and Microsoft continued selling XPS 10 and Surface RT devices respectively. Today, Dell has also announced that XPS 10 product is unavailable. And they have suggested Intel based Latitude 10 as a comparable system. So, the only Windows RT tablet you can buy in the market right now is Microsoft Surface RT. In the near future, Surface 2 from Microsoft is getting released. Other than that, I don’t think any other Windows ...

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