Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today kicked off its sixth annual TechForum at Microsoft’s new Envisioning Center. Craig Mundie, senior advisor to CEO Steve Ballmer, and Eric Rudder, chief technical strategy officer along with other senior Microsoft executives presented their vision for the future of technology to a group of journalists. It also featured latest technology demos and prototypes some of which like ViralSearch, SketchInsight, etc,. Microsoft focused on three areas for this year’s  TechForum, The Arrival of Big Data: The massive explosion of data from machines, sensors and people—along with the broad availability of affordable cloud services at scale—are bringing us powerful new tools that turn data into insight. Systems That Learn: 21st-century computers aren’t just told what to do—they learn. Dramatic improvements in machine learning are leading to systems that can absorb the vast amounts of data we are collecting, discern knowledge, and project futures. More “Human” Natural User Interfaces (or NUI): This is a topic ...

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European Commission today announced a fine of €561 Million on Microsoft for failing to comply with user browser choice related commitments. Due to technical error, browser choice screen didn’t appear on PCs sold in EU from the period of May 2011 until July 2012 causing the non-compliance with commitment to EC. Microsoft apologized for the technical error and issued the following statement. We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologized for it. We provided the Commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps to strengthen our software development and other processes to help avoid this mistake – or anything similar – in the future. Full press release after the break. ...

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WSJ today reported that Microsoft has started offering price breaks on its Windows 8 OS and Office productivity for OEMs in an order to help spur the development of Windows based small, touch-enabled laptop computers. These new products are expected to be available later this year during fall. Microsoft is expecting that these discounts for software licensing could help reduce the price and increase the appeal of Windows based touch laptops. Here are the details about the discount, In late February, Microsoft offered PC makers the deal of Windows 8 plus Office for $30 for touch-screen devices under 10.8 inches, according to one person familiar with the situation. This compares with around $120 previously. Touch-screen devices above 10.8 inches can still get the discounted Windows 8 price, but Office isn’t included, this person said. Source: WSJ ...

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At CeBIT 2013, Intel revealed a new prototype Ultrabook hybrid running on Intel’s upcoming Haswell processor with Windows 8. The prototype has a full HD screen with the ability to separate dock and the screen. Intel is using the 22 nm process for Haswell processor and is expected to release CPUs based on this microarchitecture around June. With Haswell, Intel will introduce a new low-power processor designed specifically  for convertible or ‘hybrid’ Ultrabooks that will allow OEMs to come up with innovative PC designs. Source: Mobilegeeks ...

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During yearly TechForum event in Seattle, Microsoft Research unveiled number of interesting projects that they were working on. Some of the projects were SketchInsight, Viral Search, etc,. The Verge reports that Microsoft also revealed displays with Kinect sensor built-in. Microsoft is working to bring Kinect sensor integrated into displays. There are no.of challenges in making that happen, for example infra-red cameras in Kinect will not work in bright sunlight. Speaking on this, Craig Mundie said the following, “You want to be as cheap as possible and physically as small as possible,” , “My dream is to get a Kinect into the bezel of something like this [Surface tablet].” “It’s not gonna happen tomorrow, but we can see a path towards that sort of thing.” Read more about it from the link below. via: The Verge ...

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Microsoft Research unveiled number of research projects at company’s annual TechFest started this week. One of them was, Viral Search. Viral Search allows you to navigate and explore real time content around the world using data from various services. What does it mean for online content to “go viral”? An analysis of almost a billion information cascades on Twitter news, videos, and photos has produced the first quantitative notion of whether something has indeed gone viral, thereby enabling further research into topic experts, trending topics, and viral-incident metrics. Read more from the link below. Source: Microsoft Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Research unveiled number of research projects at company’s annual TechFest started this week. One of them was, SketchInsight. SketchInsight is an interactive whiteboard system for storytelling with data by using real-time sketching. Creating personalized, expressive data charts becomes quick and easy. The presenter simply sketches an example, and SketchInsight automatically completes the chart by synthesizing from example sketches. Read more from the link below. Source: Microsoft ...

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Yesterday, there were reports that Microsoft is ending its Scroogled campaign against Google. Microsoft responded to those reports that they are not going to stop this campaign and asked us to stay tuned for next chapter of the campaign. Microsoft’s statement, “Scroogled will go on as long as Google keeps Scroogling people. We know Google doesn’t like it when the facts come out. Chapter two of the consumer education campaign has shown people care about their privacy. More than 3.5 million people visited scroogled.com, and nearly 115,000 people signed a petition asking Google to stop going through their Gmail. Stay tuned for the next chapter.” ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have acquired cloud monitoring startup MetricsHub. MetricsHub was a participant in the Microsoft Accelerator, powered by TechStars.  MetricsHub helps businesses in Active Cloud Monitoring, a technology that automates cloud performance management and it also helps customers more efficiently manage their cloud services at a lower cost. All Windows Azure customers can get started today – with the announcement of a pre-release, no charge, version of MetricsHub’s Active Cloud Monitoring – available now through the Windows Azure Store.  We think it’s going to save customers time, money and headaches.  You can learn more at the MetricsHub site. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft is getting into a new kind of content business. They are going to release a British film called Pulp exclusively for Xbox LIVE users. Pulp is a comedy about a struggling comic book publisher recruited by the police to bust a crime syndicate. Microsoft is planning to distribute more films this way in the future. Microsoft has already set up its own studio to create original content for Xbox LIVE subscribers in US. They are focusing mainly on interactive entertainment which takes advantage of Xbox 360 and Kinect. Read more at BBC. ...

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Microsoft is not new to sharing their vision for the future. Microsoft Office division shared their vision for productivity future 2 years back. Now, Microsoft has released a new video about how they are imagining out future in next 5-10 years. Most part of the above video shows that NUI and machine learning will be the key part of our future. Microsoft has started an Envisioning Center inside Microsoft which was built upon their latest ideas on the future. This work continues at our new Envisioning Center, which is all about imagining how technology could be used to make life easier and more enjoyable, sometimes in small ways and sometimes in revolutionary ones. The Envisioning Center has been rebuilt from the ground up to incorporate our newest ideas and latest technologies, and today we announced its opening. The facility encompasses scenarios at home, at work and places in between, and is inspired by ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that they are expanding the availability of Surface RT and Surface Pro to many other countries around the world. Surface Pro is soon coming to Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and United Kingdom. The roll out will begin in late March. Microsoft has also announced that the Surface RT will be coming to Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan in the upcoming months and will release more details on it soon. Source: Surface Blog ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced that they are releasing new top of the world imagery along with 13 million sq km of updated satellite imagery. We are pleased to present our new seamless base satellite imagery provided by TerraColor. This imagery has a resolution of 15 meters per pixel, providing coverage of the entire world! This new imagery will enhance overall viewer experience with Bing Maps and the Windows 8 Maps App. Experience it yourself by visiting the Windows 8 Maps App or Bing Maps. The new Top of the World imagery (pictured above) is visible from zoom levels 1-13. Zooming in deeper will reveal our high resolution satellite imagery. Microsoft also revealed that their latest release of Global Ortho imagery includes 203,271 sq km of new data. So far, in total they have published 11,001,500 sq km covering 100% of the United States and 90% of Western Europe. Read more ...

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Microsoft and Facebook today announced that Facebook is acquiring the Atlas Advertiser Suite from Microsoft. Microsoft bought Atlas as part of the aQuantive acquisition back in 2006. The deal was terrible for Microsoft and it wrote off the entire $6.2 billion value last year. Facebook on Atlas, Many marketers that advertise on Facebook today use Atlas, and Atlas has been an approved partner for measurement since June. Today’s agreement brings us closer together in a way that benefits both Facebook and Atlas’ agency and marketer clients. Atlas clients should not see any change to the service they receive today, and we will continue to innovate and invest in the Atlas platform. We plan to improve Atlas’ capabilities by investing in scaling its back-end measurement systems and enhancing its current suite of advertiser tools on desktop and mobile. We will also work to improve the user interface and functionality with the ...

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PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced that Microsoft Corp., a global leader in cloud service and data center solution delivery, has joined the organization as a contributor member. With Windows Azure, its industry leading cloud platform, and leadership in enterprise software delivery, Microsoft brings a valuable perspective to the organization and is expected to contribute immediately to the Alliance’s mission. The ODCA’s current membership is comprised of hundreds of corporations spanning the globe working collaboratively towards shaping the future of the enterprise ready cloud based on industry standard solutions. The organization aims to be a voice for enterprise IT in articulating the requirements for the transforming enterprise IT landscape with focus on topics including open, interoperable delivery of compute infrastructure as a service, cloud security, and best practices for adoption of big data analytics. “The ODCA brings together leaders from across ...

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Microsoft today announced a new set of Office 365 offerings for businesses. Office 365 features enhanced enterprise social capabilities with SharePoint and Yammer today, and Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, instant messaging (IM), and voice by June. The new Office 365 service is available today in 69 markets and 17 languages and will be available in an additional 20 markets and 16 languages in the second quarter of this year. Following are the new offerings, •  Office 365 ProPlus. Office 365 ProPlus includes the latest and most complete set of fully featured, rich Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, InfoPath and Access — delivered as a service, on up to five devices. People can now simply sign in to Office 365 from any of their devices, and their documents and personalized settings roam with them, allowing them to quickly pick up right where they left off. IT departments ...

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