Review Category : Microsoft

If I tell people that Internet Explorer 11 is the fastest web browser available right now on Windows, most of the people won’t even believe it. But, its the truth. IE11 is 9% faster than IE10 and nearly 30% faster than the nearest competitive browser. To make the whole web experience is faster, Microsoft is helping web developers/owners to make their website faster. They have announced a new challenge where if you show them how you got 11% better page load performance in your organization’s home web page, you may get some cool goodies. Read more about it below. Now that we’ve improved IE’s performance, we’re challenging YOU to improve the performance of YOUR site! If you can get 11% better page load performance from your site, we’ll send you and your team some 11 goodness: · 11 pizzas to feed your team · 11 copies of Parallels Desktop Virtualization · 11 ...

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We all know that Microsoft’s next generation console launch is just few weeks away. But, Microsoft is planning sell and support Xbox 360 console even after Xbox One’s launch. They recently announced Xbox 360 Holiday Value Bundles and all of them provide immense value to the money you pay. Amazon is now selling a Xbox 360 Holiday Value Bundle for a great price. Xbox 360 E 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle just costs $240. And you get the following, Xbox 360 E 250 GB console with Kinect: The Xbox 360 console is sleek and quiet, with a stylish design that will be the centerpiece of your home entertainment system. Includes three amazing games: Kinect Sports: Season Two, Kinect Adventures, Forza Horizon Warranty: One year limited warranty on console (90 days on accessories) Xbox 360 Wireless Controller: This award-winning, high-performance wireless controller features the Xbox Guide Button for quick, in-game access ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox One will have a all new dashboard UI coupled with great multitasking features.  As you can watch from the above video, the dashboard UI looks similar to a Windows 8 Start Screen with Live Tiles. You can pin your favorite games, music, video, etc, to your home page of Xbox One. Xbox One now supports great multitasking, it does in two ways. First, the ability to switch between games, music, Skype calls, etc, instantly without any loading screen. Second, you can now snap a supported app to side of your screen. For example, you can watch live tweets associated with an event when you are watching an event, or you can have a Skype call while doing some other task, etc,. Forget the $100 pricing difference between Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4, Can Sony PS4 offer this level of Dashboard and Multitasking experience on their console? Check ...

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Amazon is now offering a great deal on Xbox LIVE subscription. When you buy an Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Subscription, you will get a $20 Xbox Live Gift Card. Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Subscription costs $60, so with free $20 Xbox Live gift card, you are essentially buying the 12 month subscription for just $40. From October 27 – November 9, purchase a 12-Month Gold Membership and get a $20 Xbox Live Gift Card. The promotional code for the $20 Gift Card will be emailed within two business days after your order is placed. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time. Limited to one per customer order. Source: Amazon ...

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Even though the new Windows RT platform didn’t have enough success so far, Qualcomm remains bullish about its future. Talking to CNET, Qualcomm executive Horton said that Microsoft is a very capable organization, with lots of technologies,” but “didn’t hit a home run out of the gate on the very first product, but they’re working on it.”. Also Qualcomm believes in Microsoft’s vision of having both entertainment and productivity on a single device. He said, “The RT of today may not be the RT of tomorrow.” “We have a longer term view on these things,” Talluri said. “The RT of today may not be the RT of tomorrow. But the vision of a device that’s both your entertainment and productivity device that you want to carry with you is going to be there. We invest for the longer term.” Read more from the link below Source: CNET ...

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Surface 2 and Nokia Lumia 2520 are the only Windows RT tablets will be available in the near future. Even though both these devices runs on ARM processors, there is a huge difference between both of them as Surface 2 is powered by Nvidia Tegra 4 processor while Lumia 2520 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Speaking to CNET, Qualcomm executives emphasized the better overall performance of Snapdragon 800 powering Lumia 2520 over Surface 2. They went on to state that it’s not even comparable! “The performance on [the 2520] is brilliant,” Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm’s application processors, told CNET. “It’s really at the next level. It’s not even really a contest [compared to Surface 2] … In every area, it’s much bigger, faster, and lower power.” We are yet to see the actual performance and battery life reviews of Lumia 2520 against ...

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Lenovo started teasing about its upcoming tablet last month. Few months back, there were reports that Ashton Kutcher had signed a $10 million deal to become a spokesperson for Lenovo and the latest teaser images on Facebook for its upcoming tablet have confirmed them. The above image is one such example. Lenovo has also posted few video teasers. Lenovo is working on a Yoga Windows tablet that will have some new form factor in which it will have two small stands on the sides. Lenovo posted on its teaser page that ”It’s time for a tablet that can hold its own.” Earlier Lenovo SVP and head of China, Chen Xudong, on Sina Weibo confirmed that Lenovo is launching this tablet in Oct and the teaser site has confirmed the Oct 30th date. The Yoga tablet will be powered by Intel Bay Trail processor, and will also take the title of becoming the ...

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Forbes recently reported that Microsoft is in talks with Real Madrid football club for a marketing deal. Microsoft is negotiating to attach its name of to Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid’s home stadium. The deal amount is reported to be around $10 million per year. Companies paying football clubs for stadium naming is not a new thing, but this may become the first major technology company in Europe to do so. Forbes also noted that Microsoft and Real Madrid already have a good relationship, so there is a high chance that this stadium naming deal may happen soon. Moreover, Real Madrid and Gates already have a relationship. Earlier this year, the Real Madrid Foundation and Microsoft signed a collaboration agreement to promote education in Latin America and the Caribbean through sports and technology. Source: Forbes ...

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Microsoft recently detailed the enhanced rich editing experiences in Internet Explorer 11. With IE11, users can now paste images from a variety of input sources, copy lists while preserving formatting, and undo their editing more easily. Pasting Images: With IE11, Web sites now have direct access to images pasted from the clipboard. IE11 is the first browser that supports both pasting images directly from clipboard (for example, from photo editing software or from PrintScreen) and pasting HTML that incorporates local images (for example, from applications such as Microsoft Office that store images temporarily in local paths). Either DataURI or Blob can be used to encode these images. Undo Experience: With IE11, Web pages automatically receive better undo experiences, and Web developers have fine-grain control over how DOM manipulations in script participate in the undo stack. In most cases, developers do not need to worry about the undo stack, and IE11 ...

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Microsoft has released a reliability update for Internet Explorer 11 that applies to the following operating systems: •Windows 8.1 •Windows 8.1 Enterprise •Windows 8.1 Pro •Windows RT 8.1 •Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter •Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials •Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation •Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Details regarding what the patch fixes exactly are not available at this time, but the patch is available through Windows Update.  You cannot install this patch if you are running the Windows 8.1 Preview. Source: Microsoft ...

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Update: Microsoft wasn’t kidding when it said limited quantities, it’s out of stock already Today Microsoft has made the Surface Docking Station available for sale for $199.  The dock is currently only available in limited quantities but will be more broadly available in 2014.  The dock supports the original Surface Pro and the Surface Pro 2 as well.  Technical specifications: One USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports connect to multiple devices and peripherals Plug in an external monitor using the Mini DisplayPort. Multiple monitor support is coming soon to Surface Pro 2 (via DisplayPort 1.2 daisy chaining). Charges the Surface Pro/Surface Pro 2 battery and any connected peripherals Dimensions: 316 X 107 X 91mm Purchase: Surface Docking Station Source: Mary Jo Foley ...

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Microsoft reported its financial quarter results yesterday with record 1st quarter revenue beating expectations. They are now reporting under new financial segments. The most part of the former Online Services Division is now part of Devices & Consumer Other segment. It includes Bing, Xbox Live, Office 365 Home premium and few others. While this division has not started making money, they are now losing money less than before. Here are the highlights of the results, Search advertising revenue up 47% Driven by continued revenue per search improvements and query volume growth Bing U.S. market share at 18.0% up 210 basis points Xbox LIVE transactional revenue, up >25% Over 2 million Office 365 Home Premium subscribers D&C Other revenue increased $235 million or 17% mainly due to higher advertising revenue, which increased $106 million or 13%. While the growth was due to search advertising revenue, display advertising revenue decreased 31%. Microsoft cited that lower ...

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Longtime tech enthusiast, Microsoft & Nokia fan WinRUs (as he is known by his twitter handle) is also a true Bing fan.  He posted some pictures of his new license plate which reads “BING IT.”  I think Microsoft is set on keeping Bing long term, and his investment will fare better than the guy who got the Zune tattoo.  Personally, I’m a huge fan of and Bing use it as my primary search engine. The smart car the license plate is going on Picture of the plate on the smart car Close up of the license plate Mr. WinRUs Trolling with a Microsoft shirt in front of the Apple Store Source: WINS-Я-US ...

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  Microsoft today posted a new ad to promote its upcoming Xbox One entertainment console. The official Xbox YouTube channel posted this video titled “Invitation”, and it focuses heavily on the gaming experience on Xbox One with a little glimpse of other capabilities like Skype, voice command, etc,. This is just start of the huge marketing effort Microsoft has planned for Xbox One and we will see more of them soon. Microsoft announced Xbox One few months back and started taking pre-orders via various retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Stores, etc,. Xbox One, the next  will launch on November 22nd, and it has already seen impressive pre-order sales. Check out Xbox One listing page on Amazon here. ...

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During its FY14 Q1 results announced yesterday, Microsoft reported a significant decline in the revenue from its Devices & Consumer Licensing segment. This segment includes Windows OEM licensing, Office for consumers licensing and Windows Phone licensing.  D&C Licensing revenue decreased $335 million or 7%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows OEM and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Windows Phone revenue increased $102 million, mainly due to increase in patent licensing revenue. Revenue impacted by device market trends Windows OEM revenue Windows OEM Pro revenue, up 6%; second consecutive quarter of growth Windows OEM non-Pro revenue, down 22%; several points better than expected Excluding the impact of China, non-Pro revenue declined 17% Office Consumer revenue Revenue declined although attach increased in the quarter Impact of the shift to Office 365 Home Premium was generally in line with expectations This is expected. Microsoft just ...

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At its earnings reports released yesterday, Microsoft announced that the Surface devices sold more than double the units than previous quarter. Regarding Gross margin, the product costs grew with increased Surface sales and non-product expenses incurred to ready inventory lines for Surface 2 launchAlso they have experienced improved sales and marketing efforts around Surface devices. Earlier this week, Microsoft launched its next generation Surface devices Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in number of countries around the world. D&C Hardware revenue increased $401 million or 37%, due primarily to Surface revenue of $400 million. The general availability of Surface RT and Surface Pro started October 26, 2012 and February 9, 2013, respectively. D&C Hardware gross margin decreased $242 million or 54%, due to a $643 million or 101% increase in cost of revenue, offset in part by higher revenue. D&C Hardware cost of revenue increased, primarily due to $645 million ...

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