Review Category : Microsoft

AllThingsDigital reports that  Facebook is in negotiations with Microsoft about acquiring advertising technology that could allow Facebook to displays ads on other websites, much like Google does now. The product in question is called Atlas Solutions, acquired by Microsoft as part of their $6 billion acquisition of aQuantive in 2007. The sale is expected to net Microsoft only a few tens of millions of dollars, and is more significant for what it represents – Facebook, the internet’s biggest destination, taking on Google head to head in what is their only cash cow. The clash of the titans will focus Google’s mind on what’s really important, and distract them from their side businesses which have been subsidized by the river of cash generated by AdSense. Facebook and Microsoft representatives declined to comment. Via Dailynews.com ...

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Microsoft has announced with the advent of Halo 4 the company has now sold more than 50 million copies of the game in total, and that the game has seen more than 5 billion hours being played on Xbox Live. The game racked up these numbers over the last 11 years and 8 editions, with the first release of  Halo: Combat Evolved in 2001. The latest edition, Halo 4, has generated $220 million revenue at launch on launch day, and $300 million in its first week. Microsoft’s new 343 Industries label has taken over the series, and is currently working on  Halo 5 and Halo 6. To celebrate the achievement  Microsoft today announced a new free-to-enter Halo 4 tournament. The "Halo 4 Infinity Challenge" begins December 17 and tasks players will competing on global leaderboards across the game’s War Gamess and Spartan Ops modes for a chance to win prizes. ...

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We have seen many reports since the general availability of Windows 8 that PC OEMs failed to deliver Windows 8 PCs on time. Even among the Windows 8 PCs that got released, there were only few touch enabled PCs. OEMs didn’t prepare for large touch screen panel and its associated components demand. In an interview to CNET, Lenovo executive Gerry Smith revealed that the industry did underestimate touchscreen demand. He said the following on Lenovo’s position in the PC industry right now, “Lenovo’s a little different from other companies,” Smith said. “We’re still seeing strong growth and a strong premium to the market overall…And this quarter, we’re seeing strong growth across all product segments.” Being No. 4 in the U.S. is a solid position, but it’s not acceptable long-term for us…We will be No. 1 in the U.S. That’s absolutely a focus. I’m not going to give you a time ...

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Microsoft Skype recently confirmed its upcoming video messaging feature via its updated legal terms. Unlimited video messaging feature will be offered to Skype Premium subscribers who pay about $9 per month. “If you are a Skype Premium subscriber you can … send and receive an unlimited number of Video Messages and any Video Messages you send and/or receive shall have no expiry date,” Even if you are not a Skype Premium subscriber, you can send limited video messages and receive unlimited video messages. Also the video messages sent received by non-premium subscribers will expire after 90 days. “As a non-Skype Premium subscriber any Video Message you send or receive will expire within 90 days, except for Video Messages received from a Skype Premium subscriber or where you upgrade to a Skype Premium subscription before the 90 day expiry period ends, and in either case the Video Message shall cease to ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced a new special Xbox 360 bundle aimed at more casual audience. . The new Xbox 360 Nike+ Kinect Training bundle it includes the Xbox 360 4GB console, a Kinect sensor, free 1 month Xbox Live Gold subscription and Nike+ Kinect Training. This whole bundle costs just $249.99. If you are an existing Xbox 360 customer, you can download Nike+ Kinect Training  via Xbox Live on December 25th. There is also an add-on for Nike+ Kinect Training game called Fast and Focused: Upper Body and Core Pack which will go on sale for $4.99 or 400 Microsoft points. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Plex media streaming app is now available for Windows 8 devices from Windows Store. It allows you to play video, music, photos from your network and other multimedia content from online channels. App Description: This application brings the power of Plex to your Windows 8 desktop or tablet. With Plex, you can stream your music, videos and photos from your home computers running Plex Media Server and access content from a wide range of channels. Channels are available for iTunes, and for online services like YouTube, Vimeo and Revision3. Additionally, you can sign up for the myPlex service, which lets you connect to servers shared with you by your friends, queue videos from your web browser to watch later, and connect to your Plex Media Server at home wherever you are in the world via Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, with no configuration necessary! Plex Media Server streams your media directly ...

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LIVESTRONG.COM has released their Calorie Tracker app for Windows 8 devices in Windows Store. This is a companion tool for members of MyPlate at LIVESTRONG.COM which is also a free service online. The LIVESTRONG.COM Calorie Tracker can help you reach your diet, weight loss and fitness goals by tracking your daily calories and exercise. Lose weight easily by setting your weight goals and track your calories and progress with our comprehensive online food journal containing over 1 Million food and fitness items. Tracking works. You will lose weight like millions of other members. The Calorie Tracker tracks your daily caloric, fat, carbohydrate and protein intake with the click of a button. You will have access to MyPlate at LIVESTRONG.COM, which offers a comprehensive nutrition database of more than 1.3 million food and restaurant items. Most major competitors only have 7,000 items in their database. Features:   Easy to use interface for tracking The largest ...

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Few analysts predicted that Microsoft may sell few million Surface tablets in Q4 2012. Now, IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander have told CNET that Microsoft may sell only over 1.3 million Surface units this quarter. She said “I would be surprised to see it much above that,”. Boston-based brokerage firm, Detwiler Fenton released their research report on Surface sales and told that the number will be below 1 Million. Do you think Microsoft can reach the million units number by selling the device through online stores alone in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and in ~90 retail stores from US? I think this numbers will go up if Microsoft makes Surface available among 3rd party physical and online retailers. Source: CNET   ...

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  Last month SAP announced that they will be bringing their 6 Enterprise apps to Windows Store soon. Among them, SAP Manager Insight is an employee profile app that is now available in Windows Store for download. Description: With the SAP Manager Insight mobile app for Windows tablets, you can access mobile reports and employee profiles anywhere and anytime. This app accesses the SAP ERP application and supports HR business partners, HR specialists, and managers in preparing and holding meetings with line managers and employees and in making quick and meaningful decisions. Note: To use SAP Manager Insight with your business data, you must be a user of SAP ERP that has mobile services enabled by your IT department. You can try out the app first using sample data. Features: •Drive quick and substantial decisions and answer ad hoc requests •Access relevant reports and KPIs •Drill down to display employee ...

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Microsoft FUSE labs today announced that they are opening up their information social network Socl for the public. It was in public beta for months and now it got graduated with new UI refresh and following features. Posts. Viewing the rapid feed on Socl is faster and, well, just better. The home screen is all about the beautiful posts you create (often in just seconds, using the new post creator!). You can choose to see the posts two-columned or three, so it’s less likely you’ll miss out on anything. And now you can see the posts even if you are not signed in or are new to Socl. Interests. The crowd-sourced interest gallery is more discoverable, helping you socialize with like-minded people over topics you care about. People/Me. People finding and following can be done via posts, the new people gallery, or from a person’s page. Everyone on Socl has ...

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Microsoft today released its next version of productivity suite for its enterprise customers. On-premises versions of the new Office products including Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, Lync Server 2013, SharePoint Server 2013, Project 2013 and Visio 2013 are now available through Microsoft Volume Licensing. Office 2013 for general customers will be available in retail and online channels in Q1 2013. Microsoft highlighted the following new scenarios in Office 2013, The new Office works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard to give you the ultimate productivity experience. It brings the familiar Office experience to a wide range of new devices and gives you the best experience on Windows.* The new Office is inherently social with real-time news feeds for people, documents and discussions, high-definition video conferencing**, shared notebooks and virtual whiteboards. The new Office provides security features without compromise, includes data loss prevention, compliance management, built-in malware protection, and flexible deployment ...

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CNET reports that according to an industry source “familiar with” Intel’s plans, the chipmaker will be tweaking their Ivy Bridge processor to achieve even lower power ratings. The chip currently uses around 17 watts, compared to the 2 watts of ARM chipsets, and the 10 watt Haswell chipsets is set to only arrive in 2014. In 2013 however CNET predicts Intel will be working at reducing the power consumption  of current design Ivy Bridge processors to make them more suitable for tablets. Of course Intel does have its Atom range, which competes better with ARM chips, but with low power consumption also comes lower performance, which often turn away buyers hoping to do real work with their x86 hybrid tablets. Unfortunately it is unlikely the chips will be ready for the Microsoft Surface Pro, which is expected to be released with current generation Ivy Bridge processors at the end of ...

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We have seen many reports regarding Windows 8 sales that PC OEMs were largely responsible for the poor Windows 8 device sales. Wired posted an interesting post where it got comments regarding Windows 8 sales from PC OEMs such as Toshiba, Dell and Sony. Generally they had low expectations for Windows 8 than Windows 7 because there are many more services and platforms, an underdeveloped supply chain for touch components and slow consumer education stemming to scattered branding and PR. Sony product manager commented the following, “The expectations of what we forecasted for — I don’t want to say we’re right on track — we’re probably close to being on track to where we predicted,” he said. “If I had to compare Windows Vista to Windows 7 versus Windows 7 to Windows 8, our sales numbers aren’t as high as from the Vista to Windows 7 era.” Toshiba VP commented the ...

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The Zues botnet, which controlled around 3.6 million PCs in the US and many more around the world, is taking a bit longer than Microsoft thought to clean up. Microsoft sized control of the botnet in earlier this year by attacking its Command and Control servers in Pennsylvania and Illinois. The botnet was being used primarily to steal banking details of infected users so their accounts could be emptied, and was also sending Facebook spam. Now Microsoft has won a court order on the 28th November to allow the company and its financial-services partners to continue to administer command-and-control servers for two Zeus botnets. "This additional time will allow Microsoft to continue to work with Internet service providers and Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) to clean those computers that are still infected with the malware," Richard Boscovich, senior attorney for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit said. Besides the Zues botnet, over ...

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It seems the browser mark has been reset a year, with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer hitting its highest market share since August 2011, and Google Chrome its lowest since October 2011. As the graph above shows, the last 3 months have been particularly good for Microsoft and bad for Google, with IE gaining month on month for the last 3 months in a row, while Google’s Chrome’s market share slipped by 1.3% over the same period. The news does suggest that Microsoft’s efforts to improve Internet Explorer, especially with IE9 and now IE10, is bearing fruits, something which has not been clear given the intense competition from Google Chrome, which was previously one of the fastest growing browsers. Google’s Chrome however appears to be losing favour with many. The browser has been experiencing intense stability problems recently, related mainly to Flash-heavy websites. Firefox has in fact re-established itself as the alternative ...

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