Review Category : Microsoft

When Microsoft announced the 2nd generation Surface device Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, they said that the original Surface RT will remain on sale as a lower end model. However, they confirmed that there will be only one Pro model going forward which is Surface Pro 2. So, the original Surface Pro has got its end of life. In an effort to clearing out its inventories which have older models of Surface Pro, Microsoft today announced a new price cut for the original Surface Pro. Surface Pro 64 GB  – $699 Surface Pro 128GB – $799 Surface Pro 256GB – $999 You can order it here from Microsoft Store. You can get new Surface Pro 2 here and Surface 2 here from Microsoft Store. ...

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Windows 8.1 includes new advertising capabilities that will help developers monetize their apps. Specifically,  Windows 8.1 includes a unique identifier that can be used to improve the quality and relevance of advertisements displayed within Windows Store apps while providing other services such as analytics and app-discovery. The advertising ID was also created with privacy in mind and consumers can control when it is on or off. Today Microsoft has made available the software development kits (SDKs) that leverage the advertising ID from: Microsoft Advertising, with an updated version of Ad SDK (version # 8.1.30909) available in Visual Studio 2013 GA. MediaBrix, for their Breakthrough Moments™ (BTMs) cross-platform technology, which reaches game players at natural, critical points in gameplay where people are most receptive to brand messages. LeadBolt for their mobile app discovery, advertising, and monetization platform, using AppFireworks for actionable analytics and a cross promotion platform. These SDKs will better ...

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Our very own Pradeep penned an excellent post yesterday: Reality Distortion Field: How Apple Assaulted Microsoft At Its Media Event It’s a great look at how Apple distorts the truth and blatantly lies at their press event.  This generally would not be a problem if you have unbiased and responsible press core.  But sadly this is of course not the case, and the majority of tech press has a love for Apple that is second only to their own ego. Apple’s announced yesterday that the next update to their OS, Maverick would be free.  You might think this is the first time a major technology has ever done this, if you ignore Android and Windows 8.1.  Apple also announced that the next iteration to the iWorks suite would be free to with the purchase of new Apple hardware.  Reading the mainstream tech press you may think this is the first time a major technology company has made some software ...

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Microsoft has acquired Apiphany—a leading API management delivery platform.  The one year old company is based in Washington D.C. and the terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Steve Martin, general manager of Windows Azure Business and Marketing stated in a blog post: While there is nothing new about app extensibility, cloud computing has rapidly accelerated the use cases for extensibility which has increased the value of the APIs. As you might expect, with expansion and increased value, comes additional work to expose APIs reliably, securely and at scale.  Our newly acquired API management services provide businesses of any size the tools they need to expose particular endpoints while selectively gating access to more sensitive data and services.   We look forward to surfacing API management services within Windows Azure and providing our customers with the technology they need to grow their API ecosystem very soon.  With the acquisition Apiphany ...

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer tried to slow the rollout of its search deal with Microsoft.  Court filings show Mayer questioned Microsoft’s commitment; this is only the latest sign that the two company’s strategic relationship is fraying. A U.S. judge ruled on Monday that Yahoo must adopt Microsoft’s search technology in Taiwan and Hong Kong under their partnership, forged in 2010, to try and lessen Google dominance in search advertising. The ruling, which comes roughly two months after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced plans to retire within 12 months, hints at a widening gulf between the two companies at a time when both are re-setting their strategies and trying to adapt to changing market conditions. Yahoo, who has been critical of the partnership in the past, said it wanted to hold off switching to Microsoft technology in certain markets until Mayer had a chance to discuss the partnership with Ballmer’s successor, ...

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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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