Review Category : Microsoft

The Internet Explorer team has announced a partnership with Red Bull Media House to bring an immersive freeride mountain biking experience to the web in IE11. The site is part of Red Bull’s ultimate freeride downhill mountain bike contest, Rampage, which took place on October 11-13 in the Southern Utah desert. The event was live streamed over the weekend, allowing users to vote for the winner. The IE team has updated the Rampage site with a beautiful and immersive experience that delivers all of the top highlights from Red Bull Rampage. The site showcases a 3D map of the downhill course, rider bios, videos from the most epic runs, and a “behind the scenes” video. The Red Bull Rampage site takes advantage of the latest web standards like HTML5 and WebGL, demonstrating the real-world possibilities for 3D graphics and providing a great example of what’s possible in a modern browser ...

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Playstation fans in Brazil are looking for a second job as Sony announced their upcoming next generation console will cost nearly $1850 USD in the South American country.  The reason for the high cost has to do with the high import tax placed on electronics and other goods not produced in the country.  For some Brazilians it may be cheaper to fly the US buy the console and fly back.   Sony has decided to pass most of the cost onto the consumer. Microsoft on other hand has decided to eat the majority of the cost of their more expensive console and will only charge Brazilians approximately $1000 for the Xbox One. Source: Game Informer ...

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Not a surprise here. Microsoft’s next generation Surface Pro device Surface Pro 2 scored the same Repairability Score as its predecessor. It scored 1 out of 10, while 10 being the easiest to repair. Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Repairability Score: 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair) The battery is not soldered to the motherboard—so it can be replaced without soldering, if not without great difficulty. The SSD can be replaced, but not without first risking damage to the tablet simply by opening it. There are over 90 screws inside this device. Mechanical fasteners are great, but frankly, we draw the line at 89. The display assembly consists of a fused glass panel and LCD, and is extremely difficult to remove and replace. Tons of adhesive hold everything in place, including the display and battery. The delicate and arduous opening procedure leaves no room for mistakes: one slip-up, ...

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  Apple had a media event yesterday in the US where it announced a new wave of updated products across its portfolio. During its presentation, Apple executives compared Microsoft’s strategy with theirs to make their point. I disagree with all three cases they made against Microsoft. Here are they, 1) Apple CEO Tim Cook made the following statement to make the point that they are clearly focused on developing MacOS and MacBooks. “Our competition is different: They’re confused. They chased after netbooks. Now they’re trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs. Who knows what they’ll do next? I can’t answer that question, but I can tell you that we’re focused.” My take on it: Windows OEMs were focused on selling netbooks because it really sold well. In fact, totally 40 million netbooks were sold in 2008. Netbooks defined the category of companion device which will go along ...

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Microsoft has quietly rebranded the Surface RT tablet. The ‘Surface RT’ will be now known as just ‘Surface’. The second generation Surface is called ‘Surface 2′, so it makes sense to make the first generation device branding inline with the current product offering. Microsoft now has the following three devices on sale, Surface – $349 Surface 2 – $449 Surface Pro 2 – $899 What do you think of the new rebranding? Source: Microsoft ...

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Windows RT 8.1 update is now back in Windows Store. Microsoft released Windows RT 8.1 update for Surface users last week and later pulled it from Windows Store as few users experienced issues while updating. Microsoft was aware of the issue and it was working on a fix for past couple of days. Microsoft provided the following statement on this issue, “This was due to a rare situation where firmware updates had not completed at the time of the update to RT 8.1. In most cases, if a customer encountered this issue the result was simply an extra reboot. However, for a very small percentage, the boot configuration data was affected which prevented a successful boot. We worked to quickly resolve the issue and now encourage customers to update their Surface RT devices. Surface Pro and 8.1 customers were not impacted by this issue.     “As previously announced, there is ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of the new Bing Speech Recognition Control, Bing Optical Character Recognition Control and Bing Translator Control for Windows 8.1 devices. Using these controls, developers can create apps that are more knowledgeable, natural, and aware applications. Check out the Bing developer center for other useful resources, including code samples, for building smarter, more useful applications. Give Your Machine the Gift of Sight – Bing Optical Character Recognition in Six Additional Languages From recognizing text in documents to the identification of email addresses, phone numbers, and URLs to the extraction of coupon codes, adding the power of sight to your Windows 8.1 Store app opens a host of new scenarios developers can enable to enhance their applications. Coming out of Customer Technical Preview, the Bing Optical Character Recognition Control for Windows 8.1 now supports six new languages: Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Chinese Simplified in addition to the existing language support ...

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Microsoft and EA today announced that “Titanfall” and the “Titanfall: Collector’s Edition” will be available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on March 11, 2014 in North America, and beginning March 13, 2014 in Europe. The “Titanfall: Collector’s Edition” (SRP $249.99) will include an exclusive collectible 18” hand-crafted Atlas Titan statue with diorama and battery-powered LED lighting, a full-size art book featuring more than 190 pages of rare concept art, and an exclusive full-size schematic poster of the Atlas Titan. The “Titanfall: Collector’s Edition” is available for pre-order now at select retailers. Already the winner of more than 80 coveted awards from critics around the world, “Titanfall” is winning over fans with its thrilling, dynamic first-person action gameplay featuring elite assault Pilots and agile, heavily-armored, 24-foot Titans. Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key designers behind the Call of Duty franchise, “Titanfall” delivers a brand-new ...

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The new Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT 8.1 tablet is coming to both AT&T and Verizon in the US. Both AT&T and Verison has confirmed the same. Also AT&T will be selling the new 6-inch Lumia 1520 phablet exclusively in the US. Read the press release below. “AT&T is a leader in connected devices and was the first to launch Windows 8 as part of our tablet portfolio,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Emerging Devices, AT&T Mobility. “We’re delighted to add the Nokia Lumia 2520, the new Windows RT 8.1 tablet, to our line-up just in time for the holiday season.” For more information, please visit: www.att.com/lumia2520. “AT&T* was the first to launch a 4G LTE Windows Phone, and first to enter the large screen space. We are proud to bring the Nokia Lumia 1520 exclusively to the U.S. on the nation’s fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for its own Google Glass like wearable device. WSJ today reported that Microsoft is already testing some prototypes of such device. Few months back, a Microsoft patent revealed some info on such wearable device. A computer implemented method providing supplemental information to a user with a head mounted display viewing a live event, comprising: receiving an indication that a user is attending a live event, the live event having an event duration; determining a field of view of the user through the head mounted display, and objects within the field of view at the live event; retrieving supplemental information describing at least the objects in the field of view of the user during a portion of the live event; determining elements of said supplemental information to present to the user in the head mounted display; and displaying the supplemental information in one or ...

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Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet will come in red, cyan, white and black, the Nokia Lumia 2520 will initially be available for sale in the US, UK and Finland at an estimated price of USD 499 before local taxes and subsidies. It will be spreading to other markets shortly after. Design1 Dimensions Length: 168 mm Width: 267 mm Thickness2: 8.9 mm Weight: 615 g Display and User Interface Display size: 10.1 ” Display resolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080) Display features: Orientation sensor, Refresh rate 60 Hz, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2, Wide viewing angle, Enhanced outdoor readability Display colors: TrueColor (24-bit/16M) Aspect ratio: 16:9 Pixel density: 218 ppi Display technology: ClearBlack, IPS LCD Touch screen technology: Capacitive Multipoint-Touch Luminance: 665 nits Sensors: Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer Keys and Input Methods User Input: Touch Dedicated hardware key: Volume Keys, Power/Lock key Form factor Form factor: Tablet Hardware Connectivity SIM card type: Micro SIM Charging connectors: ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft’s next generation Surface devices, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 went on sale today. Surface 2 powered by Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage starts from 449 USD. Surface Pro 2 powered by Intel 4th gen processor, upto 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD starts from 799 USD. Alone with new Surface devices, new accessories like Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 are also on sale. Surface is now available via Microsoft Stores in the US and other 3rd party retailers around the world in launch countries. Check out Microsoft Store listing here. ...

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Right from the day it was revealed, iOS7 homepage got poor response due to its insane icon designs. Even though the OS underneath has got modern flat look, icons on the home screen created negative views on the new re-design. A talented designer has now re-created the whole iOS7 home screen using Microsoft Word 2013. Yes, Microsoft Word 2013. Watch the video above, it’s amazing.. You can even download the word file from www.upir.org. ...

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Microsoft has released a tool called EMET which is a free tool available for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a utility designed to help users block hackers from gaining access to their systems through common attacks. EMET enables users to manage security mitigation technologies that help make it more difficult for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities in a given piece of software. EMET helps protect your computer from new or undiscovered threats until they can be addressed through formal security updates. Once installed, EMET works quietly in the background without interrupting your computer use. Like any security tool, EMET doesn’t guarantee that you’ll never have any problems, but it does make it much harder for an attacker to succeed. You can download EMET here. ...

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Microsoft today won a major public sector contract in the US for its subscription based productivity suite Office 365. The U.S. Army PEO EIS has awarded 50,000 seats of Microsoft Office 365 to Microsoft and Dell for Cloud Services, including e-mail and calendaring, Office Web Apps, unified capabilities like Microsoft Lync, and collaboration tools like SharePoint. Public sector enterprise mainly demands enterprise and security-ready solutions in which Microsoft clearly has advantage over other cloud players like Google. The Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) is available to any Department of Defense (DoD) Service, agency and mission partner without additional competitive process. This opportunity gives Microsoft the ability to work with civilian agencies and federal entities at all levels to provide commercial cloud services, opening up new mobile opportunities. Adopting Office 365 is a significant step forward for the Department of Defense in fulfilling the DoD Cloud Computing Strategy of leveraging commercial cloud services. ...

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Microsoft today sent out an updated statement to the media regarding the Surface RT 8.1 update issue. Microsoft pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store after few users raised concerns about their device getting bricked after the update. Microsoft then acknowledged the update situation and confirmed that they are working on a fix for the issue. According to Microsoft’s statement today, they are still fixing the issue and trying to release the update as soon as possible. “Based on our investigations of a situation customers have encountered updating to Windows RT 8.1, we can confirm that as of now this is a Windows update issue only affecting Surface RT customers. While only less than 1 out of every 1,000 (or less than 0.1 percent) Surface RT customers who have installed Windows RT 8.1 have been impacted, improving their experience and ensuring their systems are fully operable as quickly ...

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