Review Category : Microsoft

In response to “Apartment 4″ launched by Sony last month, Microsoft France has come up with a marketing campaign called Xbox Hotel. The new Xbox Hotel is Xbox One themed and has access to great game titles inside the hotel. If you are interested, there is a Ryse themed bed room, Xbox One themed cocktails, keys, etc,. Find more about them from the link below. via: Kotaku ...

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Microsoft has recently announced that it is shutting down the msnNow trending news website. msnNOW is presenting the most interesting trends from real-time sources like Facebook, Twitter, Bing, and BreakingNews.com. Going forward, Microsoft is planning a section at MSN to cover offbeat news. Here is the message from the team, msnNOW launched with the goal of making it easy to discover the stories people are searching for and talking about the most. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed presenting this irresistibly viral content – ranging from binders full of women to buckets full of animals – to our large and loyal audience. However, as part of our ongoing work to fine-tune our editorial mix, we’ve decided that msnNOW will stop publishing on December 3, 2013. Rather than having a single home for trending content, we will continue integrating that material throughout all MSN channels. We’ve learned a lot by successfully curating the most interesting stories ...

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This is the first part in a series of 5 posts, in which we will take a very brief look at each of the potential candidates for Microsoft’s next CEO.  This will not be an analysis if the individual is the right person for the job, but just some background information and career highlights.  Each of the candidates go through a very thorough vetting process by the board, below is a brief glimpse at some of the information they may be looking at. Satya Nadella is the only Indian and youngest candidate in the running for the next CEO at Microsoft.  He has a reputation for driving people to work hard and demands excellence.  Outside of work, he is said to be a sweet and charming individual, which has earned him the nickname Satya “Nutella” due to his chocolate brown skin color.  Some observers have also mentioned a transformation in ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the Skype experience in Xbox One console. Apart from the being a regular Skype app, Skype app for Xbox One really takes advantage of the platform to provide a great communication experience. They listed the following as the main features for Skype app, No. 5: Notifications Now you’ll never miss a chance to connect with the people who matter thanks to notifications that pop up when you receive calls and messages, whether you’re playing a game like Forza Motorsport 5, watching live TV, or doing Xbox Fitness. No. 4: Wide View Camera with Auto Zoom and Pan With Kinect’s new wide view lens and auto zoom functionality, the days of crowding everyone around the computer are long gone. With Skype for Xbox One, you can fit the whole family comfortably and easily into the frame so no one gets left out. And with auto zoom, the ...

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Microsoft today revealed the the entertainment apps coming from partners, in every market Xbox One is releasing this month. Apart from the apps from its partners, Xbox One in all regions will include the following apps pre-installed. •Xbox Fitness •Xbox Video •Xbox Music •Internet Explorer •Skype •SkyDrive •Upload Microsoft also revealed that they are delivering live TV in every market where Xbox One will be sold. “We set out to make Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment hub for your home. The one system that offers the best games next to the best entertainment experiences and apps,” said Marc Whitten, Xbox Chief Product Officer. “Along with offering a stellar app portfolio from around the world, Xbox One takes the next step by offering them in a way that is seamless and easy to use.” Find the list of 3rd party apps in the respective regions. Australia •Crackle •Machinima •MUZU ...

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Microsoft today detailed the TV & entertainment capabilities of Xbox One. Since its announcement, Microsoft has been revealing the capabilities of Xbox One. So far, they detailed about the exclusive gaming content, Xbox LIVE multiplayer community and new features like Smart Match, Game DVR and Upload, etc,. Today, they detailed the whole Xbox One experience which combines gaming, TV & entertainment capabilities and the whole new dashboard experience. #1 – Unleashing the Power of Your Voice A simple voice command turns on your Xbox One, your TV, your set-top box and your AV system because Kinect for Xbox One is an Infra-Red blaster. And when you say “Xbox On,” your game is always ready to resume from wherever you left off. You can start playing your favorite game, find your favorite show, change channels, turn up the TV volume and more – with the sound of your voice, powered by ...

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Microsoft’s ads to promote Internet Explorer in the recent few years were appreciated by many. Microsoft is trying to make the ‘IE’ brand cool again which lost its mojo in the IE6 days. Even though Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 are the fastest browsers, most of the people’s views on it are still on the negative side. Microsoft released a new ad featuring Inori Aizawa, a feisty anime few days back to promote IE. Read the following message and watch the video, you will understand Microsoft’s message. Hey everyone! My name is Inori and you can think of me as a personification of Internet Explorer. When I was younger, I used to be a clumsy, slow, and awkward girl. However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and ...

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  Microsoft Bing today announced a new feature that will help programmers to search API documentations on MSDN. Read about it below. For programmers looking up API reference information is a critical part of their daily routine. Whether they’re looking for syntax, availability, support versions or guidelines, being able to quickly reference API information is essential to getting the job done. In the example below, you can see that we have surfaced relevant information directly on the results page so people don’t have to click through to MSDN to see if they have the right reference material. At a glance you can see: 1. Find the .Net versions supported. 2. View Code snippets explaining the syntax of this particular class. 3. Navigate to the appropriate version directly from the results page. 4. View syntax in the supported languages. Source: Bing ...

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Speaking to Shackernews, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer admitted that Microsoft lost its focus on PC gaming over the years and he promised they will be back again. He reminded us that Windows still remains as an incredibly important part of the ‘One Microsoft’ strategy and Microsoft Studios need to focus on Windows to truly becoming a first-party gaming studio across all devices. He revealed that they are working on more Windows projects which are bigger and core gamers focused. “You’ll see us doing more stuff on Windows. We probably have more individual projects on Windows than we’ve had in ten years at Microsoft Studios.” “At the launch of Windows 8, we had about 30 games in the Windows Store. A lot of those you’d consider lightweight or casual games… But we’ve covered all of that property now. Now we’re starting to look at bigger and core gamer things. I’m excited ...

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Microsoft has today released Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Microsoft will release this as part of update in the coming weeks. IE11 on Windows 7 improves performance across the board with faster page loading, faster interactivity, and faster JavaScript performance, while reducing CPU usage and improving battery life on mobile PCs. Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today. We will begin automatically updating Windows 7 customers to IE11 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE11 Developer and Release Previews. With this final release, IE11 brings the same leading standards support–with improved performance, security, privacy, and reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8.1—to Windows 7 customers. Download it here from Microsoft. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie ...

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Dell Venue 11 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet is now available for order for Dell.com. Like Asus Transformer T00, Dell Venue 11 Pro offers great value for money. It just costs $499 for 64GB model, which I think is pretty great. The only model now available for order is Dell Venue Pro 11  with quad core Intel Atom  processor and 2GB RAM, 64GB internal storage. It comes with  10.8″ Full HD display with active stylus support. It has NFC built-in as well. It has Integrated 2MP HD Webcam (front) / 8MP (back), swappable battery option and also comes with Office 2013 pre-installed. Dell is also selling optional keyboards along with the device. Dell Tablet Keyboard – Slim will cost $129.99, Dell Tablet Keyboard – Mobile will cost $159.99, and Dell Active Stylus will cost $34.99. Source: Dell ...

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Along with the announcement about real-time co-authoring in Office Web Apps, Microsoft also announced set of new features of Word Web App and Excel Web App. Read about new Word Web App features here. Excel Web App has got new features such as status bar aggregates, ability to reorder sheets, drag and drop cells and more. Read them below. Real-time co-authoring and presence Excel Web App has supported multiple users editing the same workbook for years, but with this release things have gotten a lot better in two ways: the data flows between editors much faster (nearly instantly in most cases) and now you can see what cells other users are editing so that you don’t accidentally edit the same cell at the same time. This area is also exciting because we’ve added the same functionality to Word and PowerPoint Web Apps–read more about it here. Besides support for Freeze ...

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Along with the announcement about availability of real-time co-authoring in Office Web Apps, Microsoft also announced bunch of new features on Word Web App. It includes some of the most requested features such as Header, footer support, Find and replace, Automatic document saving and more. Real Time Markers: When many people are simultaneously collaborating it can difficult to follow who’s changing what. To make real-time collaboration simpler, now your peers’ cursor location in the document is marked with small indicators so you can always see where others are working in the document. Save as you go: Life is full of worries. We’ve brought Auto-Save into the Word Web App because losing your work shouldn’t be one of them. With this update, the Word Web App automatically saves your documents when you make changes, so the next time you’re focusing on your report, remembering to hit save can be the last thing on your mind. Headers, ...

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Microsoft today announced that real-time co-authoring is now available in Office Web Apps. So, now you can contribute and edit documents simultaneously with your friends and family in the Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App or Excel Web App. You can now see the real-time presence which helps you see where your co-authors are working in the document. Also, there is a new ability to see changes to text and formatting as they happen which will help you and your co-authors stay on the same page. For example, your whole team can choose to work in the Web Apps for a highly collaborative working meeting to get a shared project done. But what if somebody on your team isn’t available? That teammate can choose to make revisions when he’s able, even from the Office applications on his computer. His changes will sync up to the document stored in the cloud ...

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Yesterday, Major Nelson posted a Vine showing how you can scan a QR code using Xbox One and Kinect. Remember the old days of entering a 25 digit code to redeem it? Now, you have to simply say “Xbox, use a code” and show the Kinect your QR code printed on the back of your redeemable item. Kinect will instantly scan and recognize it. All this can be done within 6 seconds as Major Nelson does in the above Vine. Are you excited about Xbox One launch? Source: Major Nelson ...

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In an effort to appreciate their support for Xbox, Microsoft is giving away free Xbox One consoles, games and other items for its loyal Xbox customers. One guy received Killer Instinct game while the other received Xbox One console itself. They were informed via email. The email reads: “You’re a fan of us and we’re a fan of yours. Thank you for your dedication to Xbox. We want to show you our appreciation so we’re giving you Killer Instinct. “We’ve unlocked all characters so you can hit the ground running. Watch your inbox on 22 November for instructions on how to claim your free gift.” Great way to engage with the loyal community! Source: CVG ...

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