Review Category : Microsoft

Close observers of Microsoft saw Jon DeVaan’s exit from Redmond software giant as no surprise.  In late September we reported Terry Myerson forced him out of his position as head of CSOD (Windows Core Operating System Division): Myerson has removed some of Sinofsky’s other lieutenants from power including Grant George, Antoine Leblond and Jon DeVaan. (see: Terry Myerson Flexes His Muscle, Removes Sinofsky’s Lieutenants From Power) Devaan was a mentor to Steven Sinofsky and many other high profile employees at Microsoft.  DeVaan had been with the company since 1984 and became a multi-millionaire after the Microsoft’s IPO in 1986.  Many of the standard engineering practices within Microsoft were created by DeVaan after he was charged with the task by Bill Gates himself.  See our post from yesterday: Veteran Microsoft Engineering Leader Jon DeVaan Leaving The Company After 30 Years Just as an aside, for our readers in Seattle, you may recall Jon’s wife, ...

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Microsoft has updated their OneNote app for Android devices. There are lots of new features, such as the Share button support in your favorite browser, news aggregator or recipe application. Select Share and Add to OneNote, and OneNote will store the item for you and also make it available to you on all your devices. And OneNote works for a variety of content types–articles, webpages, images, videos, and files. There is also If you multi-window mode support. You can now add the OneNote Recent Widget on your Home screen and have quick access to your most recently accessed notes. Change log: • Share web content, articles, images, videos, and files with OneNote • Get to your most recent notes right from your phone’s Home screen with the OneNote Recent widget • Add your favorite page, section, or notebook to the Home screen for quick access • Multitask with OneNote in ...

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You can start your new year with two new free games as part of the Xbox 360 Games with Gold program. Microsoft today revealed that “Sleeping Dogs” ($19.99 ERP)- Available from Jan. 1 – 15, “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light” ($14.99 ERP): Available from Jan. 16 – 31 as the two free games for January month. “Sleeping Dogs” will take you to Hong Kong, a vibrant city whose exotic locations hide one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the Triads. You’ll play Wei Shen, an undercover cop trying to take down the Triads from the inside. You’ll have to prove yourself worthy as you fight your way up the organization, taking part in criminal activities without blowing your cover. In time, you will risk everything as the lines between truth, loyalty and justice become permanently blurred. And starting Thursday, Jan. 16, you can ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering lots of great deals on Xbox 360 games in Microsoft Stores. Most of these games are now just about $10. If you missed any of those during its release time, now is a good time to buy and give them a try. Here is the list of few games that are under deal. Grand Theft Auto V Defiance – $6.99 (Originally $59.99) Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Borderlands 2- $4.99 (Originally $26.99) Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 – $10 (Originally $29.99) Major League Baseball 2K12 for Xbox 360 Far Cry 13 $19.99 (Originally $49.99) Find all the other game deals here. Check out other game bundle, console deals here. You can find big savings on great PCs too. ...

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Microsoft today lost another senior engineering leader. Jon DeVaan, the veteran Microsoft executive who held various positions inside Microsoft for three decades is now leaving the company to spend more time with his family. Microsoft confirmed the news as well. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding Jon DeVaan,  “Jon DeVaan has chosen to leave Microsoft to spend more time with his family. Since he joined Microsoft in 1984, Jon contributed to important products and services across the company. We thank him and wish him and his family all the best.” Steven Sinofsky commented the following on Jon to Geekwire, Back in the early 1990′s the use of garbage collection was more theoretical than practical (it is used broadly today in .net and scripting languages), but I was really into it having just come from graduate school (the theoretical).  I went to see Jon to convince him of the virtues of ...

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Gurdeep Singh Pall, Global Head of Skype and VP at Microsoft gave an interview to Day & Night News Consulting Editor Khushwant Singh on Fair & Square. He commented on Bill Gates that, “The most powerful man in the world in technology has no ego.” He worked at Microsoft on some significant projects like Windows ’95, Windows XP, Wi-Fi and Bing. In this interview, he talks about his early life in India, career at Microsoft and future of technology in our world. Asked about how the world would have been the world without Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, he said the following, “There are some secular trends in the industry which are immutable; they will happen regardless of whether certain people are there or not.” “If Bill Gates and Steve Jobs weren’t there, these things would have taken a lot longer to converge because you would have ended up with lots of ...

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Microsoft has surprisingly released a new Xbox game called Cold Alley and it is a air combat game. Description: THE NEXT GENERATION OF AIR COMBAT GAMING IS HERE! With an extensive single player campaign and a huge set of skirmish modes, the non-stop action will keep you on the edge of your seat! Travel back in time to experience the unwritten history of covert operations. Master over a dozen models of aircraft as you take part in the race for jet fighter domination. CONSOLE QUALITY GAMING! Unparalleled visuals, audio, and special effects including: bump mapping, realistic atmospheric effects, volumetric clouds, sun glare, day & night transitions and more! EXPANDED SINGLE-PLAYER MODES! After the campaign, hone your skills with Dogfight Missions, Survival, Free for All, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Defend the Base, with new game modes to come in future updates! IMMERSIVE GAMEPLAY! Take off and land on landing strips and ...

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Joe Duffy, an architect and developer on a research operating system at Microsoft has blogged about the next generation programming language they have been working on in the past couple of years. Microsoft is now describing this upcoming language as “systems programming” extensions to C#. Microsoft is trying to pitch this language as cross between Safety & Productivity centric C#, Java, etc, and Performance centric C++. Here are the 6 important features of the language, ) Lifetime understanding. C++ has RAII, deterministic destruction, and efficient allocation of objects. C# and Java both coax developers into relying too heavily on the GC heap, and offers only “loose” support for deterministic destruction via IDisposable. Part of what my team does is regularly convert C# programs to this new language, and it’s not uncommon for us to encounter 30-50% time spent in GC. For servers, this kills throughput; for clients, it degrades the ...

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Microsoft Store has got some great deals on new PCs for this festival season. Dell XPS 12, one of the best touch Ultrabook available in the market with its flexible flip-hinge design is now available for just $699. Display: 12.5 in Full HD touchscreen (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support Processor: Intel Core i5-4200U 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.60 GHz Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz Hard drive size: 128 GB SSD Audio: Waves MaxxAudio Pro Video: Intel HD Graphics 4400 with shared graphics memory Ports: 2 USB 3.0 (1 regular, 1 with Powershare) • Headphone output/Microphone input combo • Mini DisplayPort Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion (over 8.5 hours)* Camera: 1.3 MP webcam Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac • Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) capable (required adapter sold separately) Bluetooth: Yes Dimensions: 12.48 x 8.46 x 0.79 in (316.99 x 214.88 x 20.07 mm) Weight: 3.35 lbs (1.52 kg) Find the ...

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Microsoft recently published the Bing Search Trends report for 2013 in India. Bing’s Top Search Trends revealed that Bollywood celebrities dominated the most searched persons list. Microsoft also revealed that cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar was the most searched sporting person. Find the list below for more details. Most Searched Persons: 1 Salman Khan 2 Shahrukh Khan 3 Katrina Kaif 4 Sachin Tendulkar 5 Deepika Padukone 6 Priyanka Chopra 7 Kareena Kapoor 8 Akshay Kumar 9 Ranbir Kapoor 10 Vidya Balan Most Searched Songs: 1 Lungi dance – Chennai Express 2 Party on my mind – Race 2 3 Challa – Jab Tak Hai Jaan 4 Ambarsariya – Fukrey 5 Batmeez dil – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 6 Gulabi – Shuddh Desi Romance 7 Tum tak – Raanjhanaa 8 Zinda – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag 9 Dil tu hi bata – Krrish 3 10 Sawaar loon – Lootera Most Searched Movies: 1 ...

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A few years back we saw the first Xbox 360 laptop mod and it’s not surprising that we’re seeing the same being done with the Xbox One.  Well known modder James “DarkUncle” Terry has created the first 22″ Xbox One laptop.  He posted a youtube video of the finished product but unfortunately did not go into detail of how he created it. Terry added an audio-out port to his Xbox One laptop, but has otherwise replicated all other functionality in the Xbox One.  The laptop will also have to remain plugged-in since it contains no batteries and makes use of the original XB1 power brick.  Terry has already sold his creation but there was no word on price or if more will be created in future for people to buy. Would you be interested in buying one? ...

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Official Facebook app for Windows 8 devices got updated today with lots of new features and improvements. You can now edit posts, comments, post privacy, delete photos and more. There is also support for new 320 snap view for the whole app, Smileys sticker pack and more. Full Change log: 320 snap view for the whole app Smileys sticker pack Profile pic sync New Stories indicator Create albums from photos page Add photos directly into an album Search thread names when choosing conversation members Refresh in Nearby Improved toast notifications to remove already seen messages, old stories, etc. Edit Posts Edit post privacy Edit Comments Copy link to post Add/Remove people from groups Add friends to lists Delete photos It is nice to Facebook actively developing their Windows Store app. The app now has almost all the features that are part of Facebook’s iOS and Android apps. Download it here ...

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NPD Group’s Distributor Track and Commercial Reseller Tracking Service today reported that over 14.4 million desktops, notebooks, and tablets were sold through U.S. commercial channels in this year to date through November 2013. Windows laptops showed zero growth over 2012 while Windows desktops saw a 10% increase in numbers. Even Apple sales for laptops and desktops fell by 7%. The real shocker from the report is regarding Google Chromebooks which saw a tremendous growth. Chromebooks, and Android tablets collectively had the biggest impact on sales growth, with 1.76 million units going through the channel from January through November of this year, compared to just 400,000 units in 2012. Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all notebook* sales, up from negligible share in the prior year, and 8 percent of all computer and tablet sales through November, up from one tenth of a percent in 2012 – the largest share increase ...

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Two months back, we reported that Rockstar consortium which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony has sued Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Google for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas. Rockstar consortium was formed by Microsoft, Apple and others after they won the Nortel’s patents in a bidding for $4.5 billion. Today, Google responded to this lawsuit in court that Google and Android OEM’s products does not infringe any of the patents cited in the lawsuit. They also mentioned about the Rockstar consortium’s status. Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents. Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other companies’ successful products to find anything that Rockstar might use to demand and extract licenses to its patents under threat of litigation. I’ve no idea how Google went on to claim directly that Android devices does not infringe any of the patents because ...

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In addition to tracking Santa on NORADSanta.org with help from NORAD and Microsoft, people can also call the NORAD command center right from the site by using Skype for free. As Santa departs the North Pole on December 24th, a touch-enabled 3D globe on NORADSanta.org will light up and follow his movements. With a modern browser like IE11 and a touch enabled device, you’ll be able to spin the globe with a swipe of a finger and pinch and zoom to get an in-depth look at Santa’s stops. Bing Maps is at the heart of the journey; whether you’re mapping Santa’s route on a computer or in an app, you’ll see beautiful, high-fidelity images. You can even visit Santa’s village at the North Pole, play new games daily, listen to music and watch videos. What makes NORADSanta.org truly interactive is that you and your kids can use Skype Click to Call to ...

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Microsoft co-founder and current owner of the Seattle Seahawks Paul Allen has sold a private island in northwestern Washington state to undisclosed buyers for $8 million, his real estate agent said on Monday.  In the early 90s Allen originally planned on building his dream home on island but plans changed after the purchase of the Seahawks in ’97 which required increased time and responsibilities in Seattle. A description of the island: “Enjoy outstanding building sites with beaches overlooking Rosario Strait, the Olympic Mtns, & Strait of Juan De Fuca,” says a description. “Log-style home for caretakers quarters located near the dock with water, septic, and generator.” The 292-acre (118 hectare) Allan Island – not named for its former owner – had been on the market for nine years and sold on Friday for well below its original asking price of $20 million, according to selling agent Wally Gudgell of Windmere ...

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