Review Category : Microsoft

New reports emerged today saying that Microsoft is cutting the number of contractors who work at MSN. The move was as a result of the reorganization within Microsoft which was announced in July. Microsoft confirmed that MSN full-time employees are not affected and in fact they are planning to increase the FTE count at MSN. There are “lots of increased investments going on,” said Brian MacDonald, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Apps, Media and Publishing group, which includes MSN and Bing Apps. “We are increasing the full time staffing and permanent spend by converting some vendor dollars. “Total dollars spent in the Puget Sound area is increasing on MSN and the Bing apps,” he said. “This is a line item budget shift but absolutely not a spend reduction for cost savings.” There is no clear information on how many full-time employees are to be recruited and how many contractors who worked at MSN ...

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When Windows 8 was launched last year by Microsoft, there were very few touch PCs in retail for customers to try and buy. Also the sales of non-touch devices lead to poor customer adoption of Windows 8′s modern UI and Windows Store. Microsoft and Intel are now looking to change the situation this holiday season with number of touch based and 2in1 Windows 8 form factors hitting the market. At IDF, Intel executive Kirk Skaugen revealed that 70% of the current Ultrabooks on sale are touch enabled. And Intel is focusing on increasing the number to 100% by making touch screen as a mandatory spec to be a next generation Ultrabook. Though ultrabooks are still a minor share of total Windows PC sales, there has been a recent jump in the growth of touch laptops, according to Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at the NPD Group. “Touch has been doing much ...

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Microsoft today announced their next version of PlayReady digital rights management system. PlayReady is the most widely deployed DRM technology in the world, and this new version will enable content companies to make their content available across devices in a secured way. Microsoft is also releasing client SDK for iOS and Android platforms. More details and specifications on PlayReady and its support for MPEG-DASH and HTML5 can be found in Microsoft’s new white paper at http://www.microsoft.com/playready. Read full press release below. AMSTERDAM, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — At the International Broadcasters Conference (IBC) today, Microsoft Corp. announced a host of new features to be included in the next version of its digital rights management system, PlayReady, when it is released later this year. This new version of PlayReady will support industry standards including HTML5, Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) and the MPEG-DASH streaming format as well as provide software development kits ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that Xbox 360 maintained its lead in the U.S. console market during August. This is the thirty-second consecutive month for Xbox on maintaining its No.1 spot in US console market. The NPD Group revealed that over 96,000 Xbox 360 units were sold during August. August highlights from The NPD Group include: · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform, including hardware, software and accessories, reached $213 million, the most for any console in the U.S. · Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 console game titles including: “Saints Row IV,” “Madden NFL 25,” “Payday 2,” “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist,” “Minecraft” and “Disney Infinity.” Microsoft is planning to launch their next generation console Xbox One from Nov. 22 in 13 markets – Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the U.S. After 12 weeks on the market, preorder sales of ...

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Microsoft always tests new features in Bing with a small set of users, observe usage behavior and then roll out to larger group of users with any needed changes. Today, I got a new feature in the Bing search results page. It is not anything revolutionary, but some users will find it very useful. When you search something on Bing, you will now find a small icon along the sides of each of the search result. You just need to click it once to save it to your personal collection. And, you can access the saved links by clicking the similar icon which is placed next to your profile name link.  Once you click that, you will be taken to the saved link page as above where you can see all your saved links. Another cool little thing is that, you can access the saved links by going to aka.ms/mysites from your ...

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Information about the Surface and accessories continues to trickle in as we approach the Surface launch event on September 23rd in New York.  This time we learned an interesting fact regarding the type covers.  When Microsoft originally launched the Surface last year, the touch covers were available in five different colors: magenta, white, cyan, red, and black.  There were also limited edition touch covers made available later on which included special designs on the back and some were even specific to certain markets, but in the same five colors.  The type cover was only available in black, however, Microsoft has seen a lot of user demand for type covers in different colors and had stated they would consider making colored type covers at a later time. Well it appears Microsoft will make the Type Cover available in multiple colors.  Sources have not confirmed what colors will be available exactly.  At ...

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Microsoft has partnered with state owned Indian Railways to develop their IRCTC app for Windows 8/RT devices. This gorgeous looking app is now available in Windows Store for download. Description: IRCTC’s App provides booking facility of Railway tickets online and offers other services like checking reservation status, train schedules, train routes, availability of tickets, cancellation, booking history, recent history, favorites, add passengers as contacts and roaming the transactions between multiple devices. Features: • Plan my travel • Check PNR Status • Cancellation • Booking History • Frequent Passenger Info • Quick Booking • Preferences • Favourites • Recent History • Live Notifications • Supports Windows 8 PC & Tablet Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Yesterday, we saw a sudden burst of information about Microsoft’s next generation personal assistant codenamed ‘Cortana’. First, there was a report that Microsoft is planning to release it as part of Windows Phone 8.1 and it will take on Apple’s Siri. Later, there were some screenshots of the early prototype of Cortana running on a Windows Phone 8 device. The screenshots revealed that Cortana is more than a speech assistant, it takes lots of contextual data like location, wifi network, weather, calender appointments, etc to assist you. Cortana will be able to learn and adapt over time as it is relying on machine-learning technology and the “Satori” knowledge repository which now powers Bing. Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reports that Cortana is not just a Windows Phone app, instead it is a shell that will span across Windows PCs, Tablets, Phones and Xbox. She reported the below to explain it. ...

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Microsoft has quietly launched a new program where customers can trade in their Apple iPads for new Microsoft Surface purchases at Microsoft Stores. Microsoft is ready to offer a minimum of $200 Gift card for your old iPad. This deal is only available in select Microsoft retail stores in US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada Bring in your gently used iPad 2, 3, or 4 and get a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store. Looking to upgrade your tablet?  Check out the Surface RT or Surface Pro. Surface RT The revolutionary new tablet built by Microsoft comes pre-installed with touch-enabled versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Starting at $349 Learn more Surface Pro The laptop in tablet form, built by Microsoft, runs your favorite Windows desktop programs and includes a one month free trial of Office 365. Starting at $799 Learn more See store associate for ...

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Along with the announcement that Outlook.com is adding support for IMAP, Microsoft also announced bunch of services that integrate with Outlook.com using IMAP and OAuth. IMAP along with OAuth allows developers to build third-party clients and services that offer value-added scenarios on top of your Outlook.com email. New and unique scenarios that build on your Outlook.com inbox: TripIt, Sift, Slice, motley*bunch, Unroll.me, OtherInbox, and Context.IO have taken advantage of Outlook.com’s new IMAP capability and are rolling out updates today that allow their apps and services to integrate with your Outlook.com email. We’ll have many more to share in the near future. If you’re building an app that wants to integrate with Outlook.com, we’ve provided more details at the end of this post on how to get started. Read about each of the services from the link below. Source: Outlook Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are adding IMAP support for Outlook.com today. IMAP support was one of the long awaited features for Outlook.com and Microsoft has finally done it. Why IMAP? While we believe that EAS is the most robust protocol for connecting to your email, with syncing in near real time, and superior battery and network efficiency, there are still some devices and apps that haven’t made the upgrade to EAS. As an older protocol, IMAP is widely supported on feature phones and other email clients such as those on a Mac. We heard your feedback loud and clear that this was important. In addition to offering more complete device connectivity, IMAP (along with OAuth) gives developers opportunities to build third-party clients and services that offer value-added scenarios on top of your Outlook.com email. We are excited to launch the first set of services today that integrate with Outlook.com, and ...

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After battling Carl Icahn, Michael Dell has successfully been able to buy back his company (with the help of private equity firm Silver Lake) and take it private.  Michael has bet his own fortune on Dell going private and succeeding again. Michael Dell hopes to refocus the company without the pressures of shareholders and make innovate PCs and get more into the mobile business.  Microsoft has invested $2 billion in Dell to help finance this deal. Let’s take a look at Dell’s history: 1984 Michael Dell, 19 years old, starts a computer business, at first called PC’s Limited, as a pre-med freshman at the University of Texas at Austin 1985 The company designs its first computer, the Turbo PC, featuring an Intel 8088 processor running at 8MHz with a 10MB hard drive and a 5.25-inch floppy drive. 1988 The company, now known as Dell, holds an initial public offering, raising $30 million ...

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We reported few weeks ago about this upcoming Nokia Windows RT tablet. This device wad developed with internal codename ‘Sirius’. Winsupersite today posted an image of this tablet. Here are the details about the device, It is a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will have 6.7-megapixel primary Carl Zeiss optics camera  and a 2-megapixel front camera. It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the back Wireless N Cell compatible Micro HDMI & USB 3.0 port support AT&T/Verizon LTE support Nokia is expected to reveal the device on Sep 26th at an event in New York and the price ...

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Little information is known regarding the Surface Mini.  We reported earlier that the 8-inch Surface Mini will not be unveiled at Microsoft’s Surface event later this month.  Previously rumors had emerged that the Surface RT 2 (Surface 2) would run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, this turned out to false, and the Surface 2 will continue to run on the Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset.  However, it appears the Surface Mini will utilize a QUALCOMM processor, which makes sense given the company’s close relation with Windows Phone.  New information has emerged confirming that the Surface Mini will run Windows RT 8.1.  Winsupersite reports: It will ship this year, but a bit later than the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. It utilizes a Qualcomm processor, so it’s an ARM device and will be running Windows RT 8.1, not Windows 8.1. And it will indeed have an 8-inch screen. Source: WinSuperSite ...

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According to the latest WHOIS records, Microsoft Corporation has recently acquired the domain name Xbone.com from its previous owner. Fusbile speculates that it must be a larger amount paid to the owner from Microsoft. Major Nelson who is the Director of Programming at Xbox LIVE posted a message on NeoGAF saying that he don’t like the nickname Xbone for Xbox One. “…disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it’s cheeky but I don’t care for it myself.” I guess Microsoft acquired the domain to keep it safe from competitors and fan boys from exploiting it against Xbox One. via: Fusible ...

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As with every second Tuesday of the month, Microsoft released its regularly scheduled Windows updates yesterday.   Update KB2817630 for Outlook 2013 caused issues for a number of people, and Microsoft has pulled the patch. Microsoft posted an explanation of what went wrong on their Office Blog today: Due to a version incompatibility between outlook.exe and mso.dll, a mismatched reference to a data structure causes the “Minimize” button in the navigation pane to render incorrectly, typically extremely large to the point that the navigation pane is “invisible” to the user.  The issue only manifests when incompatible versions of outlook.exe and mso.dll exist on the system. If both versions are earlier (lower) than 4535.1000, or both versions are later (higher) than 4535.1000, the problem does not manifest.  If one file is updated but the other is not, the problem is evident.  The incompatible state is created by installing either the September Public Update OR the August ...

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