Review Category : Microsoft

    AT&T today announced that they are ending support for Xbox 360 as a supported U-verse receiver after December 31, 2013. AT&T also announced that they will issue a $60 bill credit to cover that cost of these changes. Dear Valued U-verse® member, We are writing to share important information regarding your Xbox 360®. We will be discontinuing the Xbox 360 as a supported U-verse receiver after December 31, 2013. A previous communication referenced that you would need to purchase an Xbox 360 Gold membership for your Xbox 360 to work with U-verse service. We were planning to issue a $60 bill credit to cover that cost. We will now be issuing a $99 bill credit, which includes the $60, on your U-verse bill within one to two billing cycles. If you would like to order an additional receiver to replace your Xbox please visit att.com/myatt or call us at ...

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Microsoft today posted the full list of items that will be on sale in Xbox 360 Game Store for the upcoming Black Friday week. The deals has already started in Xbox Store and Microsoft will also have more deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can buy games as much as 80% of their original price in the next few days. Find the full list below.  Persistent Week-long Offers (26, Nov. – 2, Dec.) Content Type % off The Bureau XCOM Declassified GonD 67% Deadpool GonD 40% God Mode XBLA 50% Skyrim GOND 50% Skyrim: Dragonborn Add-on 50% Skyrim: Dawnguard Add-on 50% Fallout 3 GOND 50% Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta Add-on 66% Fallout 3: Point Lookout Add-on 66% Fallout 3: The Pitt Add-on 66% Fallout 3: Operation: Anchorage Add-on 66% Fallout 3: Broken Steel Add-on 66% Wolfenstein 3D XBLA 75% The Cave XBLA 75% Rockstar Table Tennis GonD 66% Tomb ...

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Microsoft started the Scroogled campaign in an effort to teach consumers about how Google invades their privacy and sells their data to advertisers. The latest ad in the series is aimed at consumers who might buy Google Chromebook for its cheap price tags. In the above ad, Microsoft points out the main drawback of Chromebook becoming essentially useless when you don’t have Internet. And they also points out the ways in which Google sells their data to make money.  At Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, it’s all about separating the real deal from the imitation—and the Google Chromebook sticks out like a sore thumb. Rick and his crew are leery of the Chromebook—and you should be, too. See for yourself in this video.  Of course, there is a message at the bottom of the video that Windows laptops are different. A Windows PC delivers everything you need a computer to ...

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According to the report from research firm IHS, Microsoft’s Xbox One costs $471 to build. Microsoft is now selling the console for $499, which leaves very less margin up front when the console is sold. Microsoft expects to earn more money via selling games and services in the future. In comparison, Sony’s PS4 costs $381 to build and it is being sold for $399 in the market. Microsoft’s inclusion of Kinect sensor which costs $75 is the main reason for Xbox One to cost more than Sony PS4.   Rick Sherlund, an analyst with Nomura Securities, has estimated that Microsoft is likely to lose as much as $1 billion this year on the Xbox One, after accounting for research and development plus sales and marketing costs. Typically with videogame systems such as this, the cost of the components does come down, and newer and less-costly components get swapped in over the ...

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After ending their previous partnership with TOM few months back, Microsoft today announced a new partner in China to deliver Skype experiences. Guangming Founder (GMF) will be now operating Skype for Microsoft in China from now on. We are excited to share that an updated version of Skype is now available for users in China through a new relationship. Today, Skype and Guangming Founder (GMF) announced a strategic partnership to deliver Skype across multiple platforms, including PCs and mobile devices. Skype has been at the forefront of changing the way people communicate and GMF is a strong partner with a deep and rich understanding of mobile technology. Our shared excitement about communications and vision for the future will pave the way for us to enrich real communications in China. The beta period starts today, as we migrate users and update the Skype software in China. Users in China will receive ...

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Few days back, we reported about the hardware issue affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers. Microsoft responded that they are working directly with those affected to send a replacement console to them as soon as possible through their advance exchange program. In addition to that, Microsoft also announced that these customers will receive free games from Microsoft for the inconvenience caused. While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game. We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios. Source: Microsoft ...

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Today, there were lots of reports that Microsoft is banning users for using excessive profanity during private Skype calls and Xbox Live Upload Studio videos. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding this issue which confirms that Microsoft does not monitor Skype calls for excessive profanity and few user’s accounts got banned due to some bug. However, they have confirmed that excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations in Xbox Live Upload Studio videos will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon ...

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Lenovo today announced the 10-inch version of Flex 14/Flex 15 laptop convertible. Flex 10 can be used in the classic laptop mode for maximum productivity, when you’re focusing on touch applications, web chatting, or enjoying a film or video, flip the screen 300 degrees to enter stand mode. It comes with 10-Point Multitouch Display running Windows 8.1. Find the detailed specs below. Processor Intel® Quad Core™ Pentium™ N3510 processor Intel® Quad Core™ Celeron® N2910 processor Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2810 processor Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2805 processor Operating System Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Display / Resolution 10.1″ HD (1366 x 768) resolution Graphics Integrated graphics Memory Up to 2GB DDR3L memory (Celeron® model) Up to 4GB DDR3L memory (Pentium™ model) Hard Disk Drive Up to 500GB storage Connectors USB 3.0 x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, HDMI, Audio combo jack Sound Stereo speakers Integrated Communications Bluetooth® 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Weight (Net) 1.2 ...

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Microsoft today updated OneNote app for Windows 8.1 devices. You can now take your device camera to insert photos into your notes. These photos are searchable since the app indexes using OCR. Also there is a way to clip content you find across all the apps to your OneNote. Capture your screen with the Share Charm. With Windows 8.1, anytime you see something on your screen, you can capture it and send it to OneNote by using the Windows Share Charm. Let’s say you’re using the Bing Food & Drink app and you want to capture that yummy beef short rib recipe in OneNote so you can have it with you always. Use the Share Charm (swipe from the right or mouse to the top right corner, then select Share), select OneNote, and then select Send. Now that recipe will be in your notes, on all your devices, forever! Or ...

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  Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet with 32GB internal storage is now available for just $229 from Amazon. FYI, It costs $299 from Dell.com. Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great tablet that runs on full Windows instead of Windows RT. Specs: Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D (2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core) Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD (WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz Storage (hard drive): 32GB eMMC Color: Black It also comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 pre-installed. It can’t get better than this! Order yours now. Check out the deal here. ...

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Nokia has released a new Lumia 2520 ad which goes directly after hipster iPad Air users.  The ad tries to emphasize the usefulness of the 2520 especially its keyboard, bundled Office suite, and long battery life.  I thought the ad was quite funny and the woman using the 2520 wasn’t too hard on the eyes either :p I think the Lumia 2520 is a wonderful device especially for people who need an LTE tablet right now.  As a reminder Nokia is throwing in the keyboard accessory for free to those who purchase it by December 2, 2013.  What I am really looking forward to is the Surface & Nokia design teams collaborating together, once the acquisition is complete, and coming out with a brand new tablet sometime next year. Source: UKMR ...

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During an investor meeting in Santa Clara, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed that Bay Trail tablets with a 64-bit version of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 will be released in the first quarter next year. Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display already have the A7 64-bit processor which improves application and graphics performance in devices. Intel revealed this information to let everyone know that they are not far behind Apple in terms of CPU processor power and efficiency. Also Intel expects to sell 40 million  Intel based tablets next year. Are you ready for more powerful Windows tablets? Source: PCWorld ...

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The title is a reference to a controversial statement made by President Obama while campaigning in 2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=z75WFJIAXmw#t=225 An internal memo, obtained by AllThingsD, shows Yahoo employees are having a tough time letting go of their favorite mail client Outlook (the software often bundled with the Office suite).  Microsoft is famous for “dogfooding” its own products, meaning they use their own beta software throughout the development process.    Yahoo’s SVP of communications products Jeff Bonforte and CIO Randy Roumillat are trying to get Yahoo employees to do the same, only with Yahoo’s new mail client.  It proven to be rather difficult, and only 25% of their employees have moved on to Yahoo’s solution with over 75% clinging onto Outlook.  Here’s the full text of the memo: Hello Yahoos, Earlier this year we asked you to move to Yahoo Mail for your corporate email account. 25% of you made the switch (thank you). ...

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Microsoft has grown quite fond of doing Reddit IamAs (‘ask me anything’) recently.   It is one of the many practices still continued from the Steven Sinofsky era.  And to the company’s credit their employees have been fairly honest and open in answering questions.  Following the Visual Studio 2013 launch well known Microsoftie Scott Hanselman along other members of the ASP.NET team held an IamA on reddit.  The questions asked often veer off the intended topic. User “bmoneybryan” asked: For Scott Hanselman (@shanselman): This is pretty off-topic, but I believe you once mentioned you worked from home, if a new CEO inserts a policy like Yahoo or HP where you have to work in the office at Microsoft, will you still be working at Microsoft? Some employees mentioned you’re an expert in African-American culture, is this true? Mr. Hanselman answered the questions quite honestly: Working from Home: Yes, if they tell me I have to move, ...

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Microsoft produced limited edition Xbox One White units for its employees who worked on Xbox One team. It came with couple of white controllers with “I MADE THIS LAUNCH TEAM 2013″ message on the both the controller. One of such console is now available for bidding on eBay. Currently highest bid amount is $2125! If you want to own this rare product, start bidding. Here is your chance to get a very rare limited edition Xbox One in white.  These were made for Xbox employees only so you will never find these in any store.  The white console and white controller both say “I MADE THIS LAUNCH TEAM 2013″ This item is new, but since it is rare and the first ever to be made available to the public, I had to remove it from the box for pictures. This auction includes; Limited Edition White Xbox One model 1540 w/Kinect ...

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For those who got their new Xbox One units few days back, there is a deal going on at Amazon and Walmart for games. Instead of the regular price of $59, most of the Xbox One games are now available for $49.  Call of Duty, Ryse, FIFA 14 and more popular titles are now available under this deal. Did you try any games on Xbox One? What was your experience? Check out the deals here from Amazon and Walmart. ...

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