Review Category : Microsoft

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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I received a significant amount of email, from our readers, on my recent editorial: Why Do Investors Want Alan Mulally? (Hint: He Sold Off Major Ford Assets) While many of you agreed with what I had to say, some accused me of over-analyzing the situation and engaging in conspiracy theories.  Well today our good buddy Paul Thurrott has published an article in which he indicated he would like to see Ford CEO Alan Mulally become CEO of Microsoft and sell or spin-off the Xbox and Online Services Division.  Thurrott writes: Microsoft, let Alan Mulally gut this company and start over. Review the strategy, shed businesses that don’t make sense. Quick sidebar. Which businesses should Microsoft shed? [...] There are two. Kind of like Oldsmobile and Pontiac and you’re a car fan who understands history. They are Online Services and Xbox. Xbox – Several billion dollars lost in R&D on Xbox and Xbox ...

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At IDF, Intel detailed the upcoming Bay Trail processors that will marketed as Atom Z3000 processors. These Atom processors will come in dual and quad-core variants. The quad-core Z3770 will offer up to 3x CPU and up to 2x GPU performance with the clock speeds up to 2.4GHz . Intel claims 10 hours of active use of battery life and screen resolutions support up to 2,560 x 1,600. Read full press release after the break. INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 11, 2013 –Intel Corporation today launched its latest family of low-power systems-on-a-chip (SoC), codenamed “Bay Trail,” that will fuel a wave of highly powerful and energy efficient tablets, 2 in 1s and other mobile devices to market for consumers and business users in the fourth quarter of this year from leading OEMs including AAVA*, Acer*, ASUS*, Dell*, Lenovo* and Toshiba*. The “Bay Trail” family of processors is based on Intel’s low-power, ...

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At Intel Developer Forum, Dell announced that it is working on a new Windows 8.1 device which will have 8-inch display. The device will run on Intel’s new Atom Z3000 BayTrail chip. Another interesting news is that, Dell is bringing back the “Venue” brand with this tablet. Dell first came up with this Venue brand with their Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone device which failed to make mark in the market. via: Anandtech ...

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Lenovo is on a roll, after last week’s announcement of five new Windows laptops/hybrids, they announced another set of new ThinkPad laptops today at IDF. This new refreshed range of T, W, L and E Series laptops comes with latest Intel fourth-generation Haswell processors, better graphics upto Nvidia Quadro, improved security options, better connectivity features and more. ThinkPad W540 which Lenovo claims as its  most powerful and mobile workstation ever comes with a display of 2880×1620 resolution, Intel Quad Core i7 processors, up to 32GB of memory, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, 4G/LTE and mroe ThinkPad W540: Lenovo’s Most Powerful and Mobile Workstation Ever Featuring the best ThinkPad display ever, the 15.5 inch 3K IPS panel, the W540 answers the demand for a portable, independent software vendor (ISV) certified mobile workstation. With an eye catching 2880×1620 resolution and the wide viewing angles of IPS Technology, the new W540 delivers the ultimate display ...

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Every month on second Tuesday, Microsoft will release release patches and updates for its software and hardware lineups. Surface RT and Surface Pro devices were also getting these updates since launch and this month is an exception. There is no firmware update for both Surface RT and Surface Pro devices this month from Microsoft. I guess, Microsoft is working on delivering Windows 8.1 with fully optimized firmware for both these devices in October. When asked about the lack of updates this month, Microsoft commented the following to Neowin, Windows and Surface are periodically updated with new features and improvements as they become available, and they will continue to receive updates as needed. Product updates for Surface RT and Surface Pro will become less frequent as the products mature. This is the natural cycle for all devices. Are you waiting for Windows 8.1 update on your Surface device? Source: Surface RT, Surface ...

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Microsoft has announced the global availability of Office 365 for Nonprofits for qualifying nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) through its software donation program. The donation is available immediately in 41 countries around the world and for up to 90 countries by July 2014. “Today we are donating to nonprofits and NGOs access to Microsoft’s best-in-class cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools, enabling them to spend fewer resources and time on IT and focus on their missions addressing global issues, such as disease eradication, education and literacy, and environmental sustainability,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International. “Nonprofits operate in the same way as any other organization or business; however, many lack the resources to implement the latest technology. The donation of Office 365 allows them to be more effective and efficient in the work they do.” “In many of the countries served by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent ...

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Today HP refreshed its workstation hardware lineup including three new HP ZBook Mobile Workstations, two new HP Z Displays and enhancements to the  existing line of HP Z Desktop Workstations. Extreme Windows Blog Reports: New ZBook Notebooks HP will offer three new models: the 14” ZBook 14, the 15” ZBook 15, and the 17” ZBook 17.  HP is calling the ZBook 14 a “workstation Ultrabook” because of its unique blend of workstation capabilities and thin form-factor. Here are some features included in ZBook mobile workstations: 4th Generation Intel Haswell dual and quad-core processor options Next-generation graphics technologies from NVIDIA and AMD Tool-free chassis for easy upgrades and serviceability Touch display (optional with ZBook 14) Super-high-resolution QHD+ 3,200 x 1,800 display (optional with ZBook 15) New Displays, Updated Towers The new HP Z27i 27” and HP Z30i 30” IPS Displays offer 100% coverage for both sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces. ...

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s name continues to pop up as a possible replacement for retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  I like Mulally and there is certainly no arguing that Ford would have gone bankrupt without him.  However, I do not think he is the right person to replace Ballmer, but could be an asset to Microsoft in another capacity.  Making planes at Boeing and cars at Ford is quite different from running a premiere technology company. We recently covered a report, in which investors have been pressuring Microsoft to name Mulally as CEO.  Why would investors want Mulally as CEO? He isn’t from Google, Apple, Amazon, Twitter or some other hot silicon valley startup.  He isn’t fawned upon by the Technorati (excluding the times he does large ad buys on their “respective” websites).  Mulally isn’t young or hip.  He isn’t a rich socialite or fashionista akin to Marissa Mayer.  He isn’t a bully like Steve Jobs.  He ...

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  As Microsoft released Windows 8.1 RTM for MSDN and TechNet subscribers yesterday, they also released some important related document to help developers and IT Pros. One of the document was a release notes which lists important issues in Windows 8.1. As you can read below, Adobe Flash Player implementation in Internet Explorer 11 Metro mode is not so perfect. Here are those issues, Internet Explorer 11: Input Method Editor (IME) input does not accept non-Latin characters with Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer. Only Latin characters can be inserted with an IME. To avoid this, use Internet Explorer for desktop. If you visit a website that contains Adobe Flash Player-based content, no PlayTo endpoints are listed in the Devices charm. There is no workaround at this time. When you pause Adobe Flash Player-based content in Internet Explorer and switch to Internet Explorer for desktop, the content might not be visible ...

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We have seen lots of debates in the past on whether Sony’s PlayStation 4 or Microsoft’s Xbox One is more powerful in terms of raw spec. Sony’s PS4 clearly has more numerical numbers which will make it as a winner on paper, but Microsoft has different views. Microsoft’s Director of Product Planning over at Xbox, Albert Penello wrote about this issue in gaming forum NeoGAF, The performance delta between the two platforms is not as great as the raw numbers lead the average consumer to believe,” “There are things about our system architecture not fully understood, and there are things about theirs as well, that bring the two systems into balance.” “So while people laude [sic] Sony for their HW skills, do you really think we don’t know how to build a system optimized for maximizing graphics for programmers? Seriously? There is no way we’re giving up a 30%+ advantage to ...

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