Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today announced an updated Bing app for iOS devices. Along with the updated iOS app, Microsoft also revealed the Siri Bing search results experience. As you can see above, if Siri can’t find results for your voice search, it will bring up Bing search results. Check out the new features for Bing iOS app below: - Homepage Tiles: We’re adding four new tiles to our homepage to help people accomplish everyday tasks, including the ability to check trending news and images from Bing Trends, find nearby local businesses on a map, and check the weather. - Saving and Sharing: The new share button includes an updated design that makes it easy for people share their favorite images via Facebook and Twitter and save a screenshot of the full search results page, homepage image or image from Bing Image search. - New Menu: The new menu gives people more options. Browse ...

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This is another interesting design choice from Microsoft on Xbox One. You won’t be able to use your Xbox One in vertical orientation. Microsoft’s own Xbox 360 which features tray loading drive supports vertical orientation. Also Sony’s PS3 and PS4 which sports slot loading drive supports vertical orientation. Microsoft’s senior director of product management and planning at Xbox, Albert Panello confirmed that Xbox One should be used only horizontally. “We don’t support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk,” he said. “It wouldn’t be a cooling problem, we just didn’t design the drive for vertical. Because it’s a slot loading drive, we just didn’t design it for both.” “we found…that 80 percent of people, believe it or not, have their Xbox 360 horizontally.” The rest 20% of the people who use their console vertically might find it annoying with Xbox One. What do you think? via: CNET ...

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At FAM held yesterday, Microsoft revealed some new stats regarding its revenue. While tech press is arguing whether Microsoft is a consumer company or an enterprise company, the actual number speaks for itself. Microsoft revealed that 55% of its revenue comes from the Enterprise, 19% from OEMs and 20% from consumer and services. Also they have 5 diverse business groups each contributing revenue significantly except Bing & Online. too often for you by customer segment. But if you look at our business and the makeup of the company today, well over 55 percent of the business is enterprise, and additionally, there’s some OEM business there that belongs in enterprise, but that’s how we count it, and market it. 19 percent is OEM. 20 percent is consumer and online. And a fair piece of the OEM is also consumer and online. And 6 percent is our small and midsize business. And ...

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Microsoft announced a realignment of its organizational structure as part of its transformation to a devices and services company back in July. There are new divisions like Operating Systems group, Application and Services group, and more. But the financial reporting structure will not be same as a operating organizational structure.  Beginning in fiscal year 2014, the Microsoft will report its financial performance based on the five reportable segments described below. Devices and Consumer Devices and Consumer (“D&C”) develops and markets products and services designed to entertain and connect people, increase personal productivity, help people simplify tasks and make more informed decisions online, and help advertisers connect with audiences. D&C revenue is generated from three segments: * D&C Licensing, comprising: Windows, including OEM and other non-volume licensing of the Windows operating system and related software (“Consumer Windows”); non-volume licensing of Microsoft Office for consumers (“Consumer Office”); Windows Phone, including related patent ...

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At Financial Analyst Meeting held yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke with financial analysts for the last time. While he spoke about number of things, he was proud of what Microsoft achieved so far leaving out few missed opportunities like mobile. “We have been very successful,” he said. “We make a ton of money. We’re very proud of that…I’m proud that we’ve made more money than anybody on this list in the last 10 years.” He posted a chart where he compared Microsoft’s financials with all its competitors that includes Apple, Google, IBM and others. As you can see, Microsoft made the most profit in the last 10 years than any other technology company. And also, Microsoft paid the most dividend than any other company in the last 10 years. Read his full transcript below. ...

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Microsoft Studios Developer Turn 10 today released an impressive video ad to promote Forza 5. Forza 5 is an upcoming racing game coming to Xbox One on 11/22/2013. Watch the video above and read the description below. Video Description: Two Worlds Come Together, One Frame at a Time No other racing game approaches the realistic physics and handling and graphic fidelity of Forza Motorsport 5, and all those things in combination are why Forza best delivers the feeling of racing. We’ve captured game footage the only way a game like Forza Motorsport deserves to be captured … with a camera bolted into the engine block of a McLaren 12C supercar as it blasts past 680 frames printed on aluminum panels at a maximum filming speed of 120mph. Though this may look like it was computed generated, what you’re watching was shot entirely in-camera. Check out the behind the scenes features for ...

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Along with the announcement about Spectre13 x2, First Fanless, Detachable Ultrabook, HP also announced a regular HP Spectre13 touchscreen ultrabook. This Spectre 13 ultrabook will sport latest Intel Haswell processors, upto 8GB of RAM, 2,560 x 1,440 Quad HD display, 1080p webcam and will weigh just 3.25 pounds. Artistry through engineering-HP Spectre13 shatters perceptions of what an Ultrabook™ can be by packing unbelievable performance into unprecedented design. An incredible thin aluminum construction houses high-speed hardware, backlit keyboard, and an HP Vivid HD touchscreen1,2 that you can tap or swipe, or drive from the extra wide HP Control Zone™ trackpad. With up to 9 hours of battery life, you can create, stay in touch, and entertain without having to recharge3. HP Control Zone track pad, available for the first time in the new HP Spectre13 Ultrabook, enables an enhanced Windows® 8 experience by adding an extended area to the left and ...

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HP today announced two mainstream touch notebooks, Pavilion 11 x2 and HP Pavilion 13 x2. Both the models are detachable PCs running on Intel Atom processors, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of flash storage, 1,366 x 768 IPS display. The HP Pavilion 11 x2 is available in Pearl White, Flyer Red and Sparkling Black. The HP Pavilion 11 x2 features dual 1,080p HD webcams that allow users to create and enjoy video. The HP Pavilion 13 x2 will offer upto full-size HD touchscreen display with in-plane switching technology or use built-in Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) in select models to easily connect to a WiDi-enabled TV or monitor to share images and videos. Equipped with either the latest-generation accelerated AMD A6 processor or new Intel Core processors, SSD storage and 4GB of RAM. HP Pavilion13 x2: HP Pavilion13 x2 brings together a powerful notebook and versatile tablet to double the ...

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HP today announced the first fan less detachable Ultrabook. The new HP Spectre 13 x2 detachable Ultrabook runs on Intel’s 4th generation processor. It will come with Beats Audio, a full Radiance 1,080 high-definition display, which offers computing experiences without compromising productivity or portability. True flexibility, true innovation, truly powerful. The sleek, precision-crafted HP Spectre13 x2 offers the benefits of an UltrabookTM that does it all and a convenient tablet in a single, sophisticated design. No more juggling separate devices. The detachable screen and cutting-edge technology deliver a no-compromise combination that will meet – and exceed — your every need and your system can run quietly, with no noisy hardware or unsightly vents, thanks to an innovative design that eliminates the fan. The device will be available starting at $1099.99 from October 2013. ...

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In 2012 Microsoft help the #1 spot for corporate brand perception in Japan.  This year Microsoft has fallen to third and Apple has gained the #1 spot for the first time.  Google has also moved from 8th to 5th.  According to Nikkei Research: Apple saw a “greater willingness of businesspeople to recommend its products.  And the U.S. company continues to rank high in “originality and brand premium.” The iPhone is selling well in Japan and the trend is expected to continue with the iPhone 5S.  More businesses and consumers are willing to recommend Apple products right now in Japan.  The No. 2 spot went to a Japanese company, Yamato Transport, a home delivery service.  Microsoft has a lot of work to do, but with the purchase of Nokia and increased innovation in the hardware space I believe Microsoft can regain the top spot when annual survey is done again next ...

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Game publishers continue to be innovate on the Xbox One and are investing in utilizing Kinect’s capabilities, which will bundled with the Xbox One.  (This is your cue to cry PS4 fanboys)  DICE’s Patrick Bach gave a preview of Battlefield 4 to Xbox Wire.  He revealed that the game is considering to using the Xbox One’s Kinect sensor for head tracking look controls (such as leaning around a corner) and also for voice commands.  The publisher will also be using SmartGlass (again no real PS4 equivalent) to allow players to view the overhead map during multiplayer matches and take advantage of the second screen. Here is part of the Q&A: What are you most excited about for developing on new generation hardware?  Developing for a new hardware generation is always exciting and inspiring for us at game makers and players. At DICE, we have prepared ourselves well for this transition ...

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A few days back we reported on Microsoft launching an iPad trade-in program allowing consumers to get a minimum of $200 to spend at a Microsoft Store.  A new Microsoft Corporate Buyback promotion in partnership with Clover Wireless will allow users to trade in a number of competitors devices including: iPads, iPhones, Samsung, and Blackberry devices.  Consumers can receive a gift card worth up to $350.  Microsoft has posted a FAQ on how the program works: Q. Who can trade in? A: Anyone that’s ready to trade up to an amazing new Microsoft device and trade-in an eligible used device. Q. Why trust this trade-in program? A: Clover Wireless, has more than 20 years of experience in valuing used electronic equipment. Clover Wireless will provide the maximum trade-in value for your used electronic device, and if not a good usable device Clover Wireless will ensure it is recycled responsibly through ...

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Microsoft and AT&T today announced their partnership where the new AT&T solution will integrate pair virtual private networking with Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform. Read about it in detail below. DALLAS, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* and Microsoft Corp. today announced they will deliver a security-enhanced and reliable cloud solution that will allow enterprise customers to connect to Microsoft’s cloud platform using a private network. The new solution will use breakthrough cloud integration technology from AT&T to pair virtual private networking with Microsoft’s industry-leading Windows Azure cloud platform. Customers of the solution are expected to benefit from the enterprise-grade security of virtual private networking, with as much as 50% lower latency than the public Internet, and access to cloud resources from any site using almost any wired or wireless device. “This is a game changer for businesses that have been seeking a more secure way to reap the benefits ...

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Microsoft’s upcoming entertainment console Xbox One has become the exclusive video game console on the Toys “R” Us 2013 Holiday Hot Toy List and one of the Fabulous 15 Hot Toys for Holiday 2013. The Toys “R” Us Holiday Hot Toy List provides parents a guidance on the toys which should appear on children’s wish lists as the holiday shopping season gets underway.  “Identifying the toys that will make the Holiday Hot Toy List is no easy feat. It’s something we take great pride in – ensuring that the toys named with this distinction are truly the toys that kids from all corners of the country will be most excited about,” said Lisa Harnisch, Senior Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, Toys “R” Us, U.S. “All 36 playthings named to this year’s list were chosen because they’re undoubtedly HOT, from Cra-Z-Loom, one of the most buzzed-about items this season, to Xbox One and ...

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Microsoft today released updates for Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad. This v4.12 update brings better call quality, accessibility improvements, and the new ‘Join Call’ button for group voice calls. Latest improvements: ✓ Join ongoing group voice calls right from your iPhone or iPad, as requested by many of you in the iTunes app store. ✓ Voice and video call quality improvements. ✓ Accessibility improvements. ✓Dialpad improvements. ✓Get help by accessing FAQs from the app. ✓ General fixes and speed improvements. Download Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad applications from the Apple App Store. Source: Skype blog ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on lots of original content for Xbox One and Microsoft today teased us that there is much more information to be revealed. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios told that “They have literally hundreds of ideas that they are incubating right now,”. “We will have some new announcement for TV shows coming pretty soon.” Microsoft already revealed that they are producing a live-action “Halo” show which involves world famous film director Steven Spielberg. He also  said that sports programming will be an important element of the new console. “We believe sports is a very interesting category globally,” he said. “We’ll be expanding what we do in sports to bring more international sports into the mix. ” Have you made your pre-order for Xbox One? Source: Bloomberg ...

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