Review Category : Microsoft

While the Ballmer’s big re-org will not be fully implemented until the release of Windows Phone Blue, some parts are starting to take shape.  Myerson who has been in charge of the OS Engineering Group for two months now has decided to do a clean sweep of the management and will now have seven people that will report directly to him. When Sinofsky left, his job was split in two between his right hand girl Julie Larson-Greene and Tami Reller.  With the re-org, Reller moved to oversee marketing and Larson-Greene went to oversee Devices and Studios.  Reller and Larson-Green report directly to Ballmer.  With the acquisition of Nokia Stephen Elop overtakes Julie’s current position, and she reports to Elop.  If Elop becomes CEO she may get her old job back, or a new CEO could shake things up again with new management. Myerson has removed some of Sinofsky’s other lieutenants ...

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Microsoft will be unveiling the next generation Surface this Monday in New York City.  Panos Panay, Corporate VP @ MSFT, and in charge of the Surface team has been in New York City since Thursday.  He along with other members of the Surface design and development team will host a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” at 3pm EST shortly after the Surface event.  Our sources tell us that the event will not be live streamed.  We will be posting a rumor roundup article tomorrow, but in the mean time you can see our previous coverage of the Surface: Surface RT 2 Details Revealed: Tegra 4, Full HD 1080p, White & Black Options, & More Surface 2 Specs Leak: Haswell, New Kickstand, More RAM, Launches Next Month Another New Accessory For Microsoft Surface, Docking Station Is Coming New Surface “Power Cover” Will Have Built-In Battery Microsoft’s Patent Filing Reveals Two Step Kickstand ...

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Microsoft has written a white paper for governments warning them of the ‘hidden costs’ in using android tablets.  In this time of economic downturn, a dwindling tax base, austerity measures and a the paradox of deficit spending governments are looking to save money where they can and it is understandable how appealing a cheap Chinese android tablet may be.  Consider the following: a cheap hooker and an expensive escort ultimately achieve the same goal, but you get what you pay for. A recent white paper from Microsoft compares Android vs Windows devices and shows that Windows devices are a superior choice, offering better security, a more productive experience for users AND an improved ability for IT to manage mobile devices WITHIN the boundaries of existing PC cost structure and technical infrastructure. The paper looks at four areas critical to public sector and education – Ease of Use, Security, Productivity and ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft announced new logo, refreshed UI and new features for its Bing search platform. One of the main new feature that was announced was Page Zero. Page Zero helps users to get an answer or take an action before they even see the first results page. Now you can, with Page Zero, which we introduced earlier this week. In the same 400 milliseconds it takes the average person to blink, Bing can suggest the best completion for a query and showcase rich information about the topic directly in the search box, without ever going to a results page. Harnessing Satori our underlying technology that lets Bing understand more about people, places and things, Page Zero introduces a faster way to search. To bring this to life, we examined user interaction models, touch friendly interface design, deep understanding of user intent combined with Satori our underlying technology that ...

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We reported few weeks ago about this upcoming Nokia Windows RT tablet. This device was developed with internal codename ‘Sirius’. Now according to @evleaks, Nokia is planning to launch this tablet along with Lumia 1520 phablet launch in October and the price will be 499 USD. Key features of the tablet: 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   Source: @evleaks ...

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from longtime reader Bugbog.  With Blackberry announcing a ~40% reduction in workforce (4500 jobs!) and an exit from the consumer market, I think this is a timely piece.  We’re seeing an end to an era where companies thrived by having all their eggs in making mobile devices.  You really need a strong ecosystem and diverse company to survive.  I think many people overlook how vertically integrated Samsung really is and how they came to be dominant.  Now on to a brief look back at history.  –Suril Nokia, RIM (Blackberry), Motorola, Palm/HP, and HTC. All pioneers and trailblazers in the mobility age. All made great profits from their ventures. However they all currently have one, or a number of things in common; They are all either in a downward spiral, losing money, or have been broken up and sold! What the heck happened? The greatest threat to ...

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We all know that Microsoft is already working on Google Glass like wearable in its Xbox division. An internal document on Microsoft Xbox which got leaked last year revealed that Microsoft is planning to release some fortaleza glasses in 2014. There was also a related patent that might be related to that Fortaleza glasses. These Fortaleza glasses will also have 4G/LTE connectivity as well. Today, TechCrunch reported that Microsoft is in talks to buy Osterhout Design Group for $200 million. While ODG’s current product lineup might not be a great fit within Microsoft’s overall company strategy, their technology will help Microsoft to build new products like Fortaleza glasses. Osterhout Design Group also owns 140 patents related to wearable computing, so Microsoft can also benefit from it. Osterhout Design Group specializes in integrating new and emerging technologies to create disruptive product lines in Consumer, Industrial, Defense and Toy Markets. We offer complete product ...

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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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