Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today released an updated OneNote app for iPad and iPhone devices in App Store. OneNote on the iPad now allows you to create notebooks on the iPad as well as create, delete and rename sections. For iPad, • Create new notebooks within SkyDrive • Create, rename or delete sections • Improved Japanese typing responsiveness • Automatic list detection • Bug fixes For iPhone, • Major reduction in download and installation size • Improved Japanese typing responsiveness • Automatic list detection • Bug fixes You can download OneNote for iPad or OneNote for iPhone from the App Store. Source: OneNote ...

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Xbox Live General Manager Ron Pessner, who leads the engineering team developing the new SmartGlass, talked about the technology in detail on the company’s official Xbox Blog.  Xbox Wire also promised a future post explaining how SmartGlass will work with games and entertainment on Xbox One. XW: What can gamers expect from SmartGlass for Xbox One?  RP: SmartGlass is maturing with the evolution of Xbox 360 to Xbox One. Xbox One was designed from the ground up with SmartGlass in mind, and an immediately noticeable difference with Xbox One SmartGlass compared to Xbox 360 SmartGlass is the connection speed and performance. On average it only takes about four seconds for SmartGlass to recognize your Xbox One and create an instant connection. Of course, this is based on the speed of your wireless connection, but generally SmartGlass is about three-and-a-half times faster on Xbox One than its Xbox 360 predecessor. And ...

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  Microsoft Bing has signed an agreement with location based local product data provider Local Corporation to enhance Bing’s local product search results. Local Corporation’s Krillion shopping data platform will enhance Bing’s local product search results, including  relevant retail locations, brands, categories, and product availability  data and details. Read full press release below. Press Release: Local  Corporation (LOCM), a leading online local media company,  today announced that the company has signed an agreement with Microsoft,  Inc. to provide location-based local product data for Bing. As part of the agreement, Local Corporation’s Krillion™ shopping data  platform is helping power Bing’s local product search results, including  relevant retail locations, brands, categories, and product availability  data and details. “We’re pleased to be partnering with Bing to provide relevant local  product shopping information to millions of consumers,” said Heath  Clarke, Local Corporation, chairman and CEO. “Our dynamic local product  data enhances the online shopping experience for consumers ...

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A new requirement made by Microsoft will require all game developer publishing on the Xbox One to submit a ‘Game Help.”  This goal of Game Help will be to fundamentally change the concept of user manuals.  Microsoft will convert the help manual into a contextual in-game help or on-screen via SmartGlass.  Microsoft’s Xbox general manager told Engadget: “You can access this in a couple of different ways,” Microsoft general manager Ron Pessner told Engadget.  “In front of your console, you can say, ‘Xbox: Help!’ and then it will appear on the console.  Or in SmartGlass, you can click on the Help icon and then it will just tune into exactly what you’re doing and present the right help content for you.” This applies across the rest of the console as well, including Internet Explorer and even the system’s settings.  You can say, ‘Hey, I am in Internet Explorer, where are my ...

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Back in April, Microsoft announced that it is selling its Mediaroom business to Ericsson in an effort to focus on Xbox LIVE TV experience. Mediaroom is the still world’s most deployed IPTV platform which is serving almost 13 million consumer. Ericsson today announced that they are completing the acquisition today to make it as world leader in IPTV solution provider. Read full press release below. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today completed the acquisition of Microsoft’s Mediaroom business and TV solution. Together with Ericsson’s existing capability, the acquisition places the firm as the world’s largest, by market share, and the most experienced provider of IPTV middleware technology and solutions. As the most deployed IPTV platform, with a global market share of around 25%, Mediaroom-powered TV services are offered by nearly 60 of the world’s leading operators, delivering services to almost 13 million households, and close to 24 million set top boxes, throughout the ...

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Microsoft Yusuf Mehdi spoke at the Citi Global Conference last Tuesday, telling the audience: “The strategy will continue which is that we’re looking to be break even or low margin at worst on [Xbox One],” he explained, “and then make money selling additional games, the Xbox Live service and other capabilities on top. “And as we can cost-reduce our box as we’ve done with 360, we’ll do that to continue to price reduce and get even more competitive with our offering.” “You’ve seen us over the years constantly be focused on profitability and improving year over year,” Mehdi explained when asked about the profitability of the Xbox business and how it would weather the launch of the One. “There are different points in the cycle when you invest in new hardware. “If you look at 360 that platform lasted for seven to eight years and it’s going to go for ...

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Just few days back we reported that the upcoming next generation Surface will have a two-step kickstand as opposed to the current model. A latest patent filing from Microsoft has almost confirmed the same and details how the kickstand works. A device kickstand is described. In at least some implementations, a kickstand is rotatably attached to a mobile computing device. The kickstand can be rotated to various positions to provide support for different orientations of the computing device. In at least some implementations, hinges are employed to attach a kickstand to a mobile computing device. One example hinge utilizes preset hinge stops that enable the kickstand to be placed at different preset positions. Another example hinge exerts pressure on an edge of the kickstand, providing stability and vibration dampening to the kickstand. The upcoming second generation Surface RT will be reportedly called Surface 2 and is expected to launch in ...

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Microsoft Bing Maps regularly updates their aerial imagery for various countries around the world. Today, they announced that 13 million sq km, or 315.92 terabytes, of new aerial imagery from around the world have been added to Bing Maps. You can view imagery from around the world below, Quebrada Cahiza, Chile Ísafjarðarbær, Iceland, Bing Maps Link Maritimes Alps, France, Bing Maps Link Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Bing Maps Link Hugh Town, Scilly Isles, England, Bing Maps Link Yukon Delta Refuge, Alaska Coastline, Fiji West West of Suzhou, China Harbour Island, Cape Town Source: Bing ...

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Back in June along with the announcement about Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft revealed that official apps for Facebook, Foursquare, NFL Fantasy Football and Flipboard are coming to Windows 8/RT devices. Foursquare and NFL Fantasy Football apps are already available in Windows Store. Official Windows twitter account for Spain has tweeted that official Facebook app for Windows 8/RT devices is coming in Windows Store along with the release of Windows 8.1. We already know that Windows 8.1 is releasing on Oct 18th, so expect the Facebook in Windows Store around the same time frame. Source: Windows Spain via: WindowsPhoneapps.es ...

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Microsoft today revealed that it will be using the new Entertainment Genome technology from video content discovery solutions provider Jinni to provide video recommendations for its Xbox One users. Xbox uses the rich set of attributes in the Jinni Entertainment Genome along with Xbox signals such as a user’s viewing history to make video recommendations go beyond the standard genre similarity. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. and TEL AVIV – September 6, 2013 – Video content discovery solutions provider Jinni, announced today a multi-year agreement with Microsoft to enhance entertainment discovery on Xbox video game and entertainment systems. Jinni’s proprietary Entertainment Genome™ uses deep knowledge of every show and movie in the Xbox Video catalog to help the Xbox recommendations system intuitively and accurately connect Xbox users to content they’ll enjoy. By using the rich set of attributes in the Jinni Entertainment Genome, Xbox recommendations go beyond ...

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Speaking at Lenovo’s 2013 press conference at IFA Germany, Lenovo executive answered during Q&A session that there is no need for Windows RT devices. He said that with the arrival of power efficient processors like Intel Haswell and Bat Trail, you no need to have a choice between long battery life and good performance. Users will be able to run full Windows 8 and also enjoy a full day of battery life from a single charge, so there’s is not much need for a low-power version that runs Windows RT. Microsoft announced Windows RT as a fully-fledged Microsoft operating system that is compatible with ARM-architecture to make the devices running on it thin and have long battery life. Currently, Microsoft(considering Nokia is also part of Microsoft) is the only manufacturer developing on Windows RT platform. Microsoft lists following as the advantages of Windows RT PCs. I think recent Windows 8 ...

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s name comes up often as a possible replacement for retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  On the surface it seems like a good idea.  Mulally has an engineering background and revamped Boeing and Ford.  Mulally and Ballmer are friends, especially given both their connections to Detroit.  In 2009 Ballmer wrote the introduction for Mulally when he was named in Time magazine’s top 100 people.  While I do not want to get into a lengthy discussion of why I do not think Mulally is right for Microsoft as CEO, consider the fact that he is 68 years and was set to retire from Ford at the end of 2014.  I do think Mulally would be able to provide great insights for Microsoft and might be a great board member. The Ford board has warmed up to Mark Fields, their current COO, as a natural successor to Mulally and are now comfortable ...

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With the NFL (National Football League [American]) season officially kicking off tonight (Ravens @ Broncos 8:30 EST on NBC), Microsoft has released a commercial on its YouTube channel reminding fans that the Xbox One isn’t just for gaming but an entertainment device as well.  The ad highlights Microsoft’s partnership with the NFL, highlighting fantasy football features as well as the exclusive interactive broadcasts.  Notably Skype was also shown off, emphasizing Microsoft’s devices and services strategy in the living room as well. Any predictions on who will win the game tonight? Give your prediction with a score in the comments below. ...

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Microsoft will introduce a new cover for their Surface tablets that will include a built-in battery.  The price of the cover is unknown and availability is currently unclear and may be after the launch of the Surface 2.  The add-on will be known as the “Power Cover,” and will be compatible with the first generation Surface Pro.  The power cover in combination with the Surface 2 sporting a Haswell chip could provide all day battery life. Thurrott provided some definitive details: Compatibility. It will work with Surface Pro, Surface 2, and Surface Pro 2, but not the original Surface RT. Typing experience. The Power Cover uses the same type of keyboard as the original Type Cover. That is, it is a real keyboard and not a flat Type Cover-type keyboard. Surface charging. Like any external power supply, the Power Cover will charge the Surface while in use. Battery charging. It charges ...

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  After releasing the re-designed Bing Video search experience, Microsoft today announced the updated Bing News experience. The new Bing News experience has modern layout is built for touch and, showcases top trending topics from Facebook, Twitter and Bing as well as related people from across the web. New features:  Adaptive design for any device: Because we should showcase the news in the format that makes sense for you regardless if you’re on a tablet, phone or PC, the new Bing News automatically adapts to fit your browser width. Trending topics:Bing News now surfaces the latest buzz from Facebook, Twitter and Bing. Cut through the clutter from across the Web with Bing’s real-time view of the most relevant breaking trends and social conversations, available all in one place. At the top of the Bing News page, you can easily browse the latest headlines with the news carousel showcasing the latest ...

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We have seen OEMs like Lenovo, Asus, Toshiba announcing new Windows 8 devices at IFA. Panasonic, known for their rugged computers is now releasing a 20-inch Windows 8 tablet. What’s so special about it? . It has a display of 3,840 x 2,560 (beyond 4K Ultra HD) screen resolution and also supports stylus/pen as well. Panasonic is targeting photographers, architects, cinematographers and other creative professionals with this device. Specs: Model: Toughpad UT-MB50 Screen: 3,840 x 2,560, 15:10 aspect ratio, 20” diagonal CPU: Intel Core i5 vPro Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M RAM: 8GB Storage: 128GB or 156GB SSD Weight: 5.07 lb The pen that comes with this device is not a regular one, The pen included with the Panasonic Toughpad 4K utilizes a special technology to achieve pixel-perfect accuracy. This positional precision is complemented by 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity which yields a high-fidelity pen input capability for writing, sketching, ...

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