Review Category : Microsoft

According to the latest report from Reuters, at least three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft insisted Microsoft board to include Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences Corp CEO Mike Lawrie to the CEO shortlist. Microsoft board has appointed a special committee which is doing the CEO search for Microsoft and they are expected to name a CEO as soon as the end of this year. Microsoft said it started with a list of about 40 people, including internal and external candidates, and has been narrowing it down, one of the sources said. Do you think people like Alan Mulally and Mike Lawrie can handle Microsoft? I don’t think so. My choice will always go for an industry member. Source: Reuters ...

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Microsoft Skype team announced the pre-release version of Skype for Windows 8.1 devices. This pre-release version will offer fully integrated Skype on any Windows 8.1 device. Since Skype is built-in, you can now view your missed calls and instant messages, but you can answer calls directly from your lock screen. And on the Start screen, you’ll be able to choose how you want to respond, whether answer a call with video, audio or decline and send an IM instead. Also with Skype for Windows 8.1, you can click to call directly through Internet Explorer, which makes booking a restaurant reservation a faster and more productive experience. In Windows 8.1, Skype will automatically move to the side when you select any link in Skype or shared item, enabling you to do more while you chat. You can also snap Skype and adjust the size of the window, so whether you’re watching ...

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After lots of negative feedback about Microsoft’s announcement that they are not going to release Windows 8.1 RTM bits to developers before Oct 22nd, Microsoft today reversed their decision. With access to these very latest versions of the Windows platform and toolset, developers are now able to build and test their Windows 8.1 apps, in advance of Windows 8.1 general availability in October. We heard from you that our decision to not initially release Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM bits was a big challenge for our developer partners as they’re readying new Windows 8.1 apps and for IT professionals who are preparing for Windows 8.1 deployments. We’ve listened, we value your partnership, and we are adjusting based on your feedback. As we refine our delivery schedules for a more rapid release cadence, we are working on the best way to support early releases to the various audiences within ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are releasing Windows 8.1 RTM build to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Earlier, Microsoft announced that they are not going to release RTM bits on MSDN before the public release in October, but due to negative feedback from partners and developers, they reversed their decision. Based on the feedback from you and our partners, we’re pleased to announce that we will be making available our current Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro RTM builds (as well as Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds) to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. The current Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM build will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month. For developers, we are also making available the Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate, which you can download here. For more on building and testing apps for Windows 8.1, head on over to ...

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Microsoft today sent out invites to the press for the next generation Surface event. The event is scheduled on September 23rd in NYC, US.  Microsoft is expected to reveal next generation Surface RT, Surface Pro and new accessories at this event.  We have already reported about most of these devices in the past few weeks.  The next generation Surface RT will come with 1080p display, Tegra 4 processor, and more.  The next generation Surface Pro will come with Intel Hasewell processor, 8GB RAM option and more.  Both the Surface devices are expected to sport new Kickstand with two-step preset. The rumored Surface Mini is not expected to be announced at this event.  The Lenovo 8-inch tablet has also been delayed, coincidence? Here are those posts, Surface RT 2 Details Revealed: Tegra 4, Full HD 1080p, White & Black Options, & More Surface 2 Specs Leak: Haswell, New Kickstand, More RAM, ...

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According to sources, the Surface RT 2 will simply be called the Surface 2; and Surface Pro, simply Surface Pro 2.  The Surface is expected to look identical to the current SurfaceRT.  Interestingly enough there may be an option for a white Surface.  Here is what we know of the specs so far: CPU: TEGRA 4 processor Screen: 10.6-inch, ClearType Full HD (1920 x 1080, or 1080p) Battery: Up to 8 hours RAM: 4GB Kickstand: New integrated two-position style kickstand Weight & Thickness: Identical to current SurfaceRT (1.5 lb and .37 inches respectively) Color: Black and new White color possible, VaporMg casing Office: Office Home & Student included (with Outlook RT) Storage: Micro-SD card expansion up to 64 GB Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 WiFi: 802.11 Camera: Front and rear-facing cameras Other Ports: Full sized USB 3.0 port, HD video-out port OS: Windows RT 8.1 Price at this point is unknown but it ...

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Microsoft announced that all Xbox One pre-orders in Europe will come bundled with FIFA 14 as a free game. This was a great news to target general consumers in Europe. It seems, only the day one edition of Xbox which got sold out in almost all the retailers in Europe will offer FIFA 14 for free. Since Microsoft has made a promise that “all pre-orders of Xbox One will ship with FIFA 14 in Europe.”, even though the FIFA 14 bundle got sold out, Microsoft is planning to offer Forza 5 as a free game. According to the statement offered by Microsoft to The Verge, “Due to unprecedented demand, the Xbox One Day One Edition with FIFA 14 is nearly sold out, but is still available at certain retailers,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. The company is making another pre-order bundle available in the UK, with Forza Motorsport 5 replacing FIFA ...

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Along with the news that Microsoft is releasing Xbox Music apps for iOS, Android devices and free streaming on the web, Microsoft also detailed the upcoming redesigned Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices that is coming along with Windows 8.1 update. The app will come pre-installed on Windows 8.1 update, and gives access to global catalog of more than 33 million songs out of the box. If you have a Xbox Music pass, you can download your fav songs. There is also an option to stream millions of songs free on Windows 8.1. Changes in Xbox Music app: Get it in there: If you already have an existing music collection in your device’s Music library such as songs you ripped from CDs or DRM-free songs purchased from iTunes or Amazon.com – Xbox Music brings in all of it – no fuss, your music is just in there. As much ...

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Microsoft today announced a significant update to its Xbox Music service. Microsoft has released Xbox Music app for iOS and Android devices today. Apart from these mobile apps, Microsoft also announced free streaming on Xbox Music via the Web. However, you need an Xbox Music Pass subscription to make use of these apps. With a Xbox Music Pass, you get unlimited access to the songs and artists you want at any time with playback across your tablet, PC, phone and Xbox console for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Also you can enjoy the same content on Xbox Music Web player at http://music.xbox.com even without a Xbox Music Pass. Your playlists are synced across all these devices. Read full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 8, 2013 — Nearing its one-year anniversary, Microsoft Corp.’s all-in-one music service, Xbox Music, continues making strides to deliver all the music people ...

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A new video got leaked today which shows off Xbox One dashboard in action. Even though Microsoft showed off Xbox One dashboard couple of times during press events, they didn’t fully reveal it. This video shows some of the new dashboard’s feature such as the ability to switch between games and the dashboard home without any delay. According to the guy who posted the above video, Microsoft is internally testing this dashboard with its employees and there are lots of bugs that exist in the build he tried out. Microsoft has almost two months time, from now till their launch, hopefully they will fix all those bugs and provide a great user experience. ...

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For the first time ever, a Windows RT build has leaked online. This is the upcoming Windows 8.1 RTM build, 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE. Microsoft has already made an announcement that they are rolling out Windows 8.1 to both ARM and x86/x64 PCs in October. If you are so eager to try it out before that, you can download it from torrent sites. As expected, this build comes with Office 2013 pre-installed which will also include new Outlook 2013 RT. But as always, there is a risk associated with it. So, do at your own risk! Windows RT 8.1 Build details: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.RT.8.1.WITH.OFFICE.2013.RT.RTM.WOA.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT magnet:?xt=urn:btih:48D55E2DCBDA7E1D251C4325EC9DC0ABAC59F48A RELEASE DATE: 08/21/2013 BUILD: 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE_RTM.130821-1623 OFFICE 2013 RT BUILD: 15.0.4505.1015 FILE: 9600.16384.130821-1623_WOAFRE_ClientRT_O15_EN-US-IRM_CCSA_DV5.ISO SIZE: 2,611,933,184 byte SHA-1: F2683FA0240EF928A846C69A5016AD5BC9CE21D6 MD5: 20FF7884B78470D2322BB43BBA875635 Surface RT Driver details: FILE: SurfaceRT-8.1-drivers.zip SIZE: 12,230,873 byte MD5: A000FB5083C82281B8848A7E7622BAD0 SHA1: 9639D5A75D6F48D8CDE2A5BDED334FFD706A8F86 The language packs for both Windows RT 8.1 and Office 2013 also got leaked. You can find download links ...

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Photocopier machines continue to work overtime at Sony while Microsoft unrelentlessly unveils new features on the Xbox One every week. Phil Spencer talked about one his favorite features on the Xbox One, having the ability to create a favorite channel list that migrates with you wherever you go. Spencer told us more about how the Kinect’s IR blaster will work to help streamline integration.  “Kinect sends out the commands for your TV and your media stack,” he explains.  “Right now, we’re asking users to select their provider and box.  Our goal is to get to the point where it figures it out by asking you a few questions.  That’s something we’re on for the next two years, but we’re going to get close at launch for a lot of people.” The Xbox One profile will also enable users to create a favorite channel list.  Should you log into your profile ...

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A new report claims Microsoft is building a docking station for the Surface Pro 2. The dock will allow for easy attachment of a keyboard and mouse.  There will be three USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port on the dock as well as the ability to attach to an external display via a mini DisplayPort. It will also feature a 1 Gbps Ethernet port, dedicated microphone and headphone/speaker ports. This will allow the Surface to be a complete desktop replacement for many users. It will be compatible only with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. Sources have not provided timing or price at this time, however speculation is that it may launch with the Surface Pro 2. Thurrott confirms many of the details: Pro only: It will be compatible with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, but not Surface RT or Surface 2. Design: The Docking Station is ...

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Game Informer snagged an exclusive interview with Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer.  He talked about managing the hardware side of the device and maintaining a good consumer experience. “We feel great about our hardware yield,” Spencer says.  “We feel great about the number of units we’re going to have at launch.  Our pre-orders are going really well; better than they did for the 360.”  Pre-orders continue to sell out each time Microsoft releases another batch to retailers. “You want people to be able to walk in the store and buy one on day one, so you’re trying to manage the inventory that isn’t pre-sold,” Spencer says.  “It’s not a yield problem; it’s us trying to manage the hardware side.  I want parents who do not think about pre-ordering electronics to be able to walk in and have a chance to find a box.  There might be a line, but ...

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Game Informer snagged an exclusive interview with Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer.  He talked about their the massive interest they are seeing from Independent Game Developers for their ID@Xbox program.  Spencer has mentioned something that the indie game developer’s would not have access to on the PS4, Windows Azure & Microsoft’s 300,000 servers.  “Our relationship with the indie development community has always been strong,” Spencer says.  “It doesn’t mean everybody loves us.  But if you look at the flow of content during the 360 generation and some of the indie hits that debuted on console on 360, people were clearly investing in putting their games on our platform.” “We want to have a platform that all of the great game developers can target.  We have to be able to support that,” Spencer says.  And those creators seem to be responding.  The ID@Xbox program has already proven popular.  “In the ...

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Microsoft today released an updated OneNote app for iPad and iPhone devices in App Store. OneNote on the iPad now allows you to create notebooks on the iPad as well as create, delete and rename sections. For iPad, • Create new notebooks within SkyDrive • Create, rename or delete sections • Improved Japanese typing responsiveness • Automatic list detection • Bug fixes For iPhone, • Major reduction in download and installation size • Improved Japanese typing responsiveness • Automatic list detection • Bug fixes You can download OneNote for iPad or OneNote for iPhone from the App Store. Source: OneNote ...

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