Review Category : Microsoft

  7digital has announced that their Windows 8 Music app will come pre-installed with Acer’s Windows 8 devices. 7digital music app will let Windows users buy from a maasive 22 million tracks across Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region and sync it with their local music collection. “Our position as an open music technology platform and working closely Acer means we’re well placed to provide open access to digital music for their users,” says Ben Drury, CEO at 7digital. “Our music platform and technology can be tailored to a range of devices of various form factors, whether it’s a PC form factor or one of the many new tablet devices coming to market. via: TNW  ...

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At Machinima’s Inside Gaming Awards held on Saturday night at the Avalon in Hollywood, Microsoft’s flagship game franchise Halo 4 won the “Game of the year” award. Halo 4 also won the best sound design category and the best competitive multiplayer category. Game of the Year: “Halo 4″ (343 Industries) Best Competitive Multiplayer: “Halo 4″ (343 Industries) Best Sound Design: “Halo 4″ (343 Industries) It was estimated that more than 4 million copies of Halo 4 was sold in the first week alone and the number is expected to increase significantly during the holiday season. See the video for the Best Multiplayer and Best Sound Design below. Source: LA Times ...

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At Passwords^12 conference held last week, Jeremi Gosney, the founder and CEO of Stricture Consulting Group unveiled a GPU computer cluster that can try as many as 350 billion guesses per second. Yes, 350 billion guesses per second! As a result, it can guess a 8 digit password containing upper- and lower-case letters, digits, and symbols in just 5.5 hours. The five-server system uses a relatively new package of virtualization software that harnesses the power of 25 AMD Radeon graphics cards. It achieves the 350 billion-guess-per-second speed when cracking password hashes generated by the NTLM cryptographic algorithm that Microsoft included in every version of Windows since Server 2003. As a result, it can try an astounding 958 combinations in just 5.5 hours, enough to brute force every possible eight-character password containing upper- and lower-case letters, digits, and symbols. Such password policies are common in many enterprise settings. The same passwords ...

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Smarthouse.com.au reports that Australian retailers will soon start selling the Microsoft Surface, with JB Hi Fi confident that they will have stock in store before Christmas. Harvey Norman is also expected to carry the Windows RT tablet. Scott Browning, the Marketing Director of JB Hi Fi, said "We have been talking to Microsoft for some time about selling their Surface tablet. It’s now a question of stock levels and whether we can get the device into stores prior to Christmas." Browning said "This is a product that needs to be exposed to a consumer; they need to touch and feel it and only retail stores can do this. Online is a commodity sell and if a consumer does not know the product or has not seen it in store it is always going to be harder to sell online". Smarthouse reports OEMs are not too happy with the move. One ...

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As Microsoft Surface runs Windows, we can expect security fixes, performance improvements, etc, over Windows update regularly. Microsoft has already released a firmware and software update to improve the experience of Surface for end users. Now, MS_Nerd is reporting that new updates are coming on patch Tuesday for Surface. This patch Tuesday is going to be important for getting Surface ready for the next step. Some services are going to be updated as well. I hope they update the Mail app along with others as well.   ...

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Last week Microsoft announced that over 25 million Hotmail users have upgraded to the new Outlook.com experience. Along with the announcement, they also announced few new features that will come to Outlook.com users soon. One such feature is the new Archive button that will allow you to archive emails. This is a new feature in Outlook.com rolling out now and is designed to make it super easy to archive email into whatever folder you want or have Outlook.com create an Archive folder for you. All you need to do is click on any message and then click the “Archive” button at the top (alternatively you can right-click on a message and choose “Archive” too). I like a clean inbox so whenever I receive an email I want to keep, I just archive it! Way better than having to manually drag-and-drop an email into a folder. Read more about the features ...

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The Verge, who had earlier leaked some details about the next update to Windows 8 called "Blue” has now added some further information. In a meandering article which suggests Microsoft drop the Windows brand Tom Warren notes: "Windows Blue" (is)  an upgrade designed to improve compatibility with 7-inch and 8-inch devices The news suggests Microsoft is not planning to leave the small tablet market, dominated by cheap Android tablets, uncontested, and may finally bring lower prices for Windows 8 tablets. Would our readers pick up a small tablet, or do you think it compromises productivity too much? Let us know below. ...

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Few days back we reported about the poor Microsoft Surface sales due to lack of distribution. It seems Microsoft is aware of the issue and looking to solve this problem by increasing the retail availability. ZDNet reports that Microsoft is planning a two phase roll out to increase the distribution of Surface. Microsoft plans to allow retail chains to sell the Surface RT devices in many countries other than US, Canada and Puerto Rico. In the 2nd phase roll out slated for January 2013, Microsoft is planning to sell Surface RT and Surface Pro through major retailers such as BestBuy, Staples, etc,. Read more about it in the source link below. Source: ZDNet   ...

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Microsoft recently pulled the plug on its Silverlight.net website. Silverlight.net served as an one stop resource for Silverlight cross-platform plugin development. It offered sample codes, showcased Silverlight developer works, offered Silverlight developer tools download, etc,. As part of its strategy to sideline Silverlight brand, Microsoft has took down the Silverlight.net website and has moved the contents to MSDN website. This migration lead to many dead links which many Silverlight developers complained on social media sites today. Microsoft commented the following regarding Silverlight.net retirement, “In order to streamline access to online resources for the Silverlight community, we’ve consolidated our Silverlight content with the library of information on MSDN. On October 2nd, we communicated to our customers that we would be merging Silverlight.net with MSDN, and completed this migration on October 31st. “We realize that some of our customers may have experienced challenges accessing links to content that had resided on the ...

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Gizmodo yesterday posted a blog post about the 10 most important tablets of 2012. Microsoft’s Surface took the No.1 spot leaving Apple’s iPad and Google Nexus 10 behind. Here is what Gizmodo said on the new Microsoft Surface RT, A new operating system. An entirely new product category. A new keyboard cover technology. Microsoft Surface RT may not be the PC-tablet bridge we’d all been dreaming of—we’re still hoping Surface Pro manages that trick—but it was without a doubt the most important demonstration of how far tablets can take us, and how much Microsoft is willing to risk to get us there. Even I think Microsoft Surface was the most innovative tablet that got released this year. What do you think? Source: Gizmodo ...

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No-one except Microsoft really knows how well the Surface is selling, but speculation is rife. Detwiler Fenton, a Boston-based brokerage firm, said in a research note today that Microsoft is likely to sell just 500,000 to 600,000 Surface RTs in the December quarter. The analyst, a bit like Steve Ballmer, blamed it on poor distribution of the tablet. “Lack of distribution is killing the product,” Detwiler Fenton explained. “Mixed reviews and a [$499] starting price tag certainly don’t help, but lack of retail exposure at Best Buy and others is severely depressing sales.” Potential buyers are not able to get a hands-on with the device themselves, which can be a deal breaker with a new product like the Microsoft Surface. Currently, there are just 31 Microsoft stores and 34 smaller holiday kiosks in the U.S. Given that paucity of stores, the average consumer’s is pretty likely to see the device ...

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Microsoft has continued its offensive on Google Shopping over the Christmas season. The charge centres around Google Shopping being based solely around paid placements, while Bing is based on natural search, meaning consumers can never be clear if there are not cheaper deals available which were simply not included because they did not pay the Google tax. While the Google-friendly anti-Microsoft media have laughed off the accusation, I certainly did not know before that Google Shopping was paid ads, and would trust it a lot less than before, suggesting to me that this is an important piece of information to pass on. Via Neowin.net ...

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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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