Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has launched a teaser website to promote the launch of Office 2013 on January 29th. The next version of Office will be available for purchase by consumers as a service called Office 365 in addition to regular package version. Office 365 Home Premium A single subscription to Office 365 Home Premium covers the entire household.  While you use a laptop, your daughter can use the PC in the den, and your son can use a tablet.  You can each sign-in with your individual Microsoft accounts using your settings and accessing your documents, but you still need just one subscription to get: All the Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher.* Ability to use Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs shared among all users in the home. Subscribers also have flexibility to change their 5 devices at any time, and full featured Office applications are ...

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Microsoft has released the above nostalgic Internet Explorer ad, which asks users to harken back to the 90’s, to the days of Tamagochi and Hungry Hungry Hippos, and to the days when internet explorer had 90% market share.  Unfortunately I believe Microsoft’s marketers have missed the mark with this ad.  Whilst it takes users back to the ‘good old days’ of ‘the youth’, and to much loved memories, Internet Explorer has never quite made it to that list, and will likely be remembered more as a major security risk than happily and safely browsing the web 1.0.  Better luck with the next ad, Microsoft. Via: istartedsomething.com ...

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VMware has released their View Client app preview for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: This is a preview of the VMware View Client for Windows Store. This application allows you to connect to a VMware View virtual desktop from your Windows RT device. VMware View Client for Windows Store makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop from your Windows RT system over RDP. Connect on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN). Features: •On-the-go access – Work on your Windows-based VMware View virtual desktop right from your Windows RT tablet, laptop or computer. •Best of both worlds – Feel right at home with support for gestures for quick and easy navigation around your desktop. Need to do something more complex? Call up the touch pointer for better mouse tap •Secure from any location – At your desk or away from the ...

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In an interview to CNBC, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates commented about Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface sales that they are doing well. He discussed about his work at Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, how they tackle various diseases, etc,. He was also speaking on Internet wave bringing revolution in education and so. When asked about whether he will return to Microsoft, he said the obvious answer ’No’. Watch the video above. Source: CNBC  ...

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When Microsoft introduced Windows RT, they announced that Windows RT devices will come Office Home & Student 2013 RT. This version of Office included Word 2013 RT, Excel 2013 RT, PowerPoint 2013 RT and OneNote 2013 RT. One important member of Office family that was missing was Outlook. According to a report from ZDNet, Microsoft is now testing a Windows RT version of Outlook that may or may not get released to public soon. Windows RT comes pre-installed with a mail client, but it is not even comparable to desktop version of Outlook. Should Microsoft release an Outlook version for Windows RT devices? Do you miss Outlook on your Surface?  Source: ZDNET ...

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Microsoft Corp. today announced quarterly revenue of $21.46 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. Operating income was $7.77 billion , net profit $6.38 billion , and earnings per share $0.76. The profit us down from $6.6 billion a year ago, but the Windows Division reported revenue of $5.88 billion, a 24 percent increase from a year ago due to pre-orders of Windows 8. Microsoft re-affirmed that they sold over 60 million Windows 8 licenses to date. “Our big, bold ambition to reimagine Windows as well as launch Surface and Windows Phone 8 has sparked growing enthusiasm with our customers and unprecedented opportunity and creativity with our partners and developers,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “With new Windows devices, including Surface Pro, and the new Office on the horizon, we’ll continue to drive excitement for the Windows ecosystem and deliver our software through devices and services ...

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Yesterday, there were reports that Microsoft is closing its R&D unit in South Korea. It was reported that the 21 R&D employees in Seoul were ordered to relocate and among them 10 R&D workers got call from Microsoft Redmond to move there. Microsoft today responded to the report that there was no real R&D lab at South Korea as they have at other locations around the world.  The unit dissolved was a regular Office team workforce and it was due to work completion in some product area. The phrase R&D has been misinterpreted and Microsoft’s R&D is not moving from South Korea. Last month, after evaluations that the company regularly does, Microsoft made adjustments to its Office workforce in South Korea. With work completed in a particular product area, some roles have been redeployed to Office in their Redmond headquarters, consolidating with the Office team there.  Some roles moved to ...

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Bing Sports app for Windows 8 got updated with support for new sports leagues. In addition to NBA, NFL, F1, etc, Bing Sports app has now added NCAA Men’s Basketball, NCAA Football, MotoGP and 17 global additional soccer leagues to the app. The additional soccer leagues include: • Allsvenskan (SE) • Serie B (IT) • Liga Adelante (ES) • T-Mobile Ekstraklasa (PL) • South Africa PSL (ZA) • Saudi Arabia Pro League (SA) • Turkish Super Lig (TR) • K-League (KR) • Jupiler Pro League (BE) • Tippeligaen (No) • UK League 1, UK League 2 (UK) • Bundesliga 2 (DE ) • Ligue 2 (FR) • Dutch Eredivisie (NL) • Argentina Primera División (AR) • Portugal Primeira League (PT) • AU Australian A League (AU) Update the app from Windows Store for free. Source: Bing Blog ...

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Since the introduction of the SkyDrive app for Windows and Windows RT in October, the app has proved to be a great success.  Earlier today, Microsoft has announced changes to how you’ll see SkyDrive from your start screen. From now on, the SkyDrive app will display notifications on the live tile when new files have been added to your SkyDrive, thus allowing users to easily see what’s going on in your SkyDrive.  In addition, when you add new files to SkyDrive, the app tile will show you the relevant details such as document names, date added and what folder it is in.  A nice new feature is the photo display Starting today, the SkyDrive app from the Windows Store will start showing you notifications on the live tile when you add new files to your SkyDrive. Now the tile for the SkyDrive app will be useful for more than just ...

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  In a blog post Microsoft has formally announced the retail availability of the Surface Pro tablet from the 9th February in the U.S. and Canada through all Microsoft retail stores,microsoftstore.com and at Staples and Best Buy in the U.S. as well as from a number of locations in Canada. The Core i5 tablet will be retailing from $899 for the 64 GB model.  A 128 GB model will also be available for $999. The device will come with an included Surface Pen. Microsoft also announced expanded availability of the Surface RT tablet to 13 additional markets in the coming weeks, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Microsoft is also making additional accessories available, including laser-etched touch covers for $129 and the Surface-themed wedge mouse. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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Microsoft is expected to announce Xbox vNext at E3 in June. While we have seen many rumors and leaks about the next version of Xbox, this leaks seems pretty true. This does not reveal any consumer feature, but it will reveal some capabilities of the Xbox vNext console. Microsoft is making sure that the console will be future proof for many more years to come. CPU: - x64 Architecture - 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) - each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache - each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache - each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources - each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock GPU: - custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics ...

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In Summer last year, freelance designer Andrew Kim received a lot of recognition on the internet after posting his take on Microsoft’s Windows 8 logos which the company had unveiled earlier that year.   It turned out that Microsoft were so impressed by Kim’s logos they gave him an official job in which he will be working specifically for a project in the company’s Xbox division.  He will be starting later this summer.  Kim said: But when it came time to make my final decision, I wanted to work at a place I can really get excited about. Working at a company is like getting married, it becomes a fundamental part of your life. I want to work with awesome people on awesome projects that I can get excited about. If you’ve been watching Microsoft over the past year, it’s been exciting, regardless of what your ecosystem preference is. Whilst no ...

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Microsoft today detailed the pricing details for the Windows 8 upgrade editions that will begin in February. Currently, Windows 8 promotional offer will be available until January 31st 2013, using which you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99. After that, following pricing will be followed. The Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $199.99 MSRP (U.S.). The Windows 8 upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $119.99 MSRP (U.S.). The Windows 8 Pro Pack will cost $99.99 MSRP (U.S.). The Windows 8 Media Center Pack will cost $9.99 MSRP (U.S.). Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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Microsoft is expected to release their next-generation Office productivity suite in the coming weeks. Details on the pricing and SKUs of the upcoming Office got leaked by a slide meant for resellers, etc,. ZDnet posted all the information about it and as you can see in the image above, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 will start from $139 which is the cheapest available SKU. Following SKUs will be available, Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Microsoft Office Personal 2013 (available in Japan only) Microsoft Office Professional 2013 Microsoft Office Professional Academic 2013 Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 (for volume licensees only) Microsoft Office Standard 2013 (for volume licensees only) Read more about it in detail from the source link below. Source: ZDNET ...

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Microsoft today announced an update for Bing social search service that will improve the overall experience for the users. Users will now find five times more of their friends’ content on Facebook is searchable in the sidebar – including status updates, shared links, comments and photos from your friends. With the addition of status updates, shared links and comments to the sidebar, it’s now easier to see who knows and what they’ve shared related to your search. Here is the list of new things in this update, Search More Facebook Content in Bing: Five times more of your friend’s Facebook is now searchable on Bing. If they have a status update, shared link, comment or photo that is relevant to your search we’ll surface it in sidebar. Discover Great Moments: Discover something new with the Friends’ Photos experience. See your friend in Times Square or camping in the desert in immersive, ...

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AV-Test regularly publishes independent tests of anti-virus software and awards ”AV-Test Certified” status. AV-Test recently published the results of antimalware vendor testing, and they didn’t grant Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection their “AV-Test Certified” status. Microsoft today responded to AV-Test’s results and confirmed that both its security products are secure enough to protect most of the malware. This post reviews AV-Test’s results and their approach. In-depth details are provided below, but here are some key upfront data points to keep in mind: AV-Test reports on samples hit/missed by category. We report (and prioritize our work) based on customer impact. AV-Test’s test results indicate that our products detected 72 percent of all “0-day malware” using a sample size of 100 pieces of malware. We know from telemetry from hundreds of millions of systems around the world that 99.997 percent of our customers hit with any 0-day did not encounter ...

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