Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft Bing today launched a new campaign that targets young people who consider the upcoming Valentine’s day. According to a recent survey from Bing and Impulse Research Corp., one in 10 people have ended a relationship on Valentine’s day and this year Bing is challenging people to reconsider their search habit and break up with Google. Read about it below, Bing treats you right. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for your sweetheart, looking to plan a singles night out or finding tips for a great date night, try Bing this Valentine’s Day and avoid getting burned. •  Not all is fair in love and search. Whether you’re searching for a cuddly teddy bear or a diamond bracelet for your sweetheart, Google Shopping displays ads only from merchants that pay for ranking. Bing offers honest results so you get the best deals from across the Web. •  Bing takes the initiative. Bing’s Snapshot ...

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We all know that Microsoft is no longer actively developing XNA game development framework. Support for XNA in Windows Phone 7 platform was the last significant announcement and XNA support was removed in Windows Phone 8 platform. In an email sent to XNA/DirectX MVPs few days back, Microsoft has officially confirmed the end of further development of these technologies. Here is the email, Our goal is to provide you the best experience during your award year and when engaging with our product groups. The purpose of the communication is to share information regarding the retirement of XNA/DirectX as a Technical Expertise. The XNA/DirectX expertise was created to recognize community leaders who focused on XNA Game Studio and/or DirectX development. Presently the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology. Given the status within each technology, further value and engagement cannot be offered to the MVP community. As a result, ...

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Wordament word game which was released on Windows Phone first and then later to Windows Store is now available to play on the web at Xbox.com. Wordament on the web (in Beta) will allow you to have the same experience as Windows Phone or Windows 8/RT device in your web browser. And now you can earn achievements too. Wordament Web Beta, like our other versions of Wordament, allows everyone to play together in one continuous, world-wide tournament. We support the same 12 puzzle languages in the Web version, just the same as on Windows 8 PCs and phones. And, like other versions of Wordament, the Web beta lets you sign-in to your Xbox account and earn ten achievements worth 50 Gamerscore. Even though this is a beta, this is a screen-for-screen match to our existing versions. You can view your stats, manage frenemies, check the leaderboards and of course play! ...

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Futuremark has announced that Windows version of new 3DMark is finally complete and will be released on Monday February 4. 3DMark uses a combination of in-app features and online web services to help you understand the performance of your hardware In these screenshots from the Windows version you can see the new performance graphs that accompany each test score. For components that support it, 3DMark records frames per second (FPS), GPU and CPU temperatures as well as CPU power and clock speed during the benchmark run. These graphs are interactive too. You can zoom in, change the scale and pan the chart to focus on a specific part of the benchmark run. You can click on the lines to get the numbers for that point in time, which is a useful way to check peak temperatures during the benchmark run, for example. Read more at source link below. Source: Futuremark ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Bing apps that will be available for users to install on their new Office 2013 suite. In new Office, Microsoft has introduced a way for 3rd party developers to create apps for Office suite using web technologies. Microsoft’s Bing has released five Bing Apps for Office including: Bing Finance for Excel, Bing Maps for Excel, Bing Image Search for Word, Bing News Search for Word and Bing Dictionary for Excel and Word. Bing Maps for Office helps people plot location data on a Bing Map. It a data visualization tool for Excel that lets you use location names and map controls so you can zoom in and out of the map using touch or your mouse. You can adjust the map view to road or birds eye. Imagine overlaying census data on a state map Bing Finance (Beta) for Office helps you take control of your finances ...

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Vringo, an IP firm and also a partner of Nokia has filed a patent complaint against Microsoft. Nokia sold over 500 wireless related patents to IP firm Vringo. The portfolio encompasses a broad range of technologies relating to cellular infrastructure, including communication management, data and signal transmission, mobility management, radio resources management and services. Nokia receives a cash payment from Vringo in addition to the revenues it will get as part of the  ongoing rights generated from the patent portfolio. I think Vringo should note that Nokia and Microsoft are close partners and this case may lead to rift in their relation. NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vringo, Inc. (NYSE MKT: VRNG), a company engaged in the innovation, development and monetization of mobile technologies and intellectual property, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, I/P Engine, Inc., filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation in the Southern District of New York. “Information Filter System and Method ...

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Microsoft today released a free set of tools and resources designed to make it easier for developers to make their website render beautifully on Internet Explorer  and other leading browsers. Microsoft partnered with BrowserStack which allows developers to test their website for IE from any browser on any platform. You can now use BrowserStack via modern.IE for free upto three months this year. Visit Modern.ie for more details. Read more about it in the link below. Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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In interview to Bloomberg, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer commented about Dropbox, Yammer acquisition, future of Office and more. When asked about Microsoft competing with Dropbox which already has 100 million users, Steve Ballmer said that Dropbox is a little startup when compared to Office franchise and it is comparable to Microsoft’s Cloud Storage service SkyDrive which has 200 million users already. Well, you’ve got to remember, 100 million sounds like a pretty small number to me, actually. We’ve got a lot more Office users. And actually if you even want to go to the cloud, we have a lot of Hotmail and SkyDrive users. I’m not beating on Dropbox. They’re a fine little startup and that’s great. We first did our HTML versions of Office, the so-called Web Apps, two releases ago. I think probably six years. We enhanced them three years ago. And this is just another logical step ...

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Microsoft yesterday released their next version of Office Productivity Suite both as a subscription service and as a standalone software package. The Office 365 Home Premium Service for consumers which will cost $99.99 per year or $9.99 per month. This version of Office will run only on x86 version and now Microsoft has listed the same in its Windows Store. Users can find the Microsoft Office listing and click the link available there to download the Office suite from Microsoft. You can buy Office 365 Home Premium here. ...

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American multinational computer technology corporation Dell is considering taking the company off the publicly traded stock market, however if Microsoft is going to invest in Dell’s privatisation, Tony Redmond wants to have a say in the company’s future decisions.  However, whilst  this seems to be a reasonable approach for a billion pound investor it seems that dell isn’t too happy with this idea and it appears to be holding up negotiations.  A current arrangement includes almost 16% of founder Michael Dell’s stake in his company, Silver Lake Partners as well as Microsoft with $15 billion worth of debt financing from various banks.  However given the razor thin margins of PC OEM’s, clearly Microsoft is after Dell for more than simply profit, making a measure of control essential.  Wall Street Journal reports that despite these hiccups, the deal is still on track to go through and maybe announce in a matter ...

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Today several tech blogs reported about the out-of-the box storage space available to Microsoft Surface Pro users. Just like any other device, Surface Pro models will offer less GBs than the marketed storage sizes. For example, a 64GB model Surface won’t have 64GB  free available space for the end users. According to Microsoft, The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box. “The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box. Of course, Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives. Surface also comes pre-loaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7GB ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Office 365 Home Premium Service for consumers which will cost $99.99 per year or $9.99 per month. The service will feature the following, Features: The latest Office applications Always have the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access for your Mac or PC. Capture your ideas however you work best—using a keyboard, pen, or a touchscreen. Do more with your Word docs: pop in an online video, open a PDF and edit the content, and align pictures and diagrams with minimal fuss. Excel templates do most of the setup and design for you, so you can focus on your information. Create stunning presentations with the new alignment, color-matching, and other design tools in PowerPoint. Draw, handwrite, type, click, or swipe your notes in OneNote. Your notes are saved, searchable, and synced to OneNote apps on your other devices. Outlook is ...

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iStoryBooks app is now available in Windows Store for free. Description: FREE STORY BOOKS WITH FUN PICTURES, TEXT & AUDIO FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES. Free Interactive Childrens Books for the new generation! Free books that read itself to your little ones! Yes the books include text and audio. We publish a new book every 2 weeks. Kids can enjoy these books on their own or you can read to them. When we publish new books they will appear automatically in the App. All books we publish are picture books with audio. We welcome your valuable comments and suggests. Please post your comments and suggestions, play games, puzzles and download coloring pages at facebook.com/iStoryBooks. Type of books include childrens books, story books, bedtime stories, classic stories, folk stories, toddler books, preschool books, nursery school books, kindergarten books, fairy tales and picture books with accompanying audio of the text in each page. ...

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Prior to Surface going on sale analysts predicted around 2 million would be sold.  After the quarter ended one analyst suggested about 1 million actually made it to market.  Goldman Sachs analyst Heather Bellini however thinks the number may have been lower, a lot lower.  They estimate as few as 230,000 Surface tablets were sold, hardly enough to make a real impression in the market or support the Windows RT ecosystem.  Fortunately for Microsoft Windows 8 is there to carry the torch, with the company saying it has shipped more than 60 million licenses since launch Do our readers think the low-balled numbers are realistic? Let us us know below. via:  bgr.com ...

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Acer President Jim Wong said in an interview to Bloomberg at the company headquarters that Google Chrome-based PCs accounted for 5 percent to 10 percent of Acer’s U.S. shipments since being released there in November. He also told that Windows 8 is not successful which is evident from the decreased PC sales. “Windows 8 itself is still not successful,” said Wong, whose company posted a 28 percent drop in fourth-quarter shipments from a year earlier. “The whole market didn’t come back to growth after the Windows 8 launch, that’s a simple way to judge if it is successful or not.” “You saw that all the marketing and promotions were not as broad as Windows 8, so to reach this success is encouraging,” I really don’t understand the Chromebook market because for the same price as a Chromebook, you can buy a Windows 7/Windows 8 based PC. What do you think? Read ...

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