Review Category : Microsoft

A new Surface update KB 2756872 has just popped up on one of our Surfaces, and it comes with a pretty informative change log. The update promises improve performance, battery life  and better driver compatibility. It also promises audio improvements, which will hopefully fix the stuttering issue some Surface users have been complaining off. In detail the Changelog reads: KB 2756872 Improvements This cumulative update includes the following performance and reliability improvements: •Increased power efficiency to extend battery life •Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen •Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios •Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8 In our experience the update does deliver the promises performance improvements, with the Xbox Music app being a bit more responsive, scrolling being fluid and faster, and Onenote and 3rd party apps also loading faster. Have any of our readers received this update, and have you ...

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In a blog post Microsoft revealed that the company has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses to date. The number is the first official mention of the sales rate of the OS after Microsoft revealed that it sold 4 million licenses in the 3 days after the launch, indicating the run rate has remained about the same as after the launch- quite an achievement. Microsoft revealed the information first to industry and financial analysts, investors and media at Credit Suisse 2012 , and also confirmed that Windows 8 was outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades. Tami Reller, Windows Chief Marketing and Financial Officer said: “The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far.” Microsoft also announced thats several apps in the Windows 8 store has passed the $25,000 revenue mark, which is in fact pretty ...

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Microsoft today shared some internal numbers regarding Xbox 360 platform sales performance over the Black Friday weekend. Microsoft sold over 750,000 consoles over the weekend in US alone. This number trumps the Nintendo next generation Wii U’s sales number of 400,000 units. Xbox 360 sold more than 750,000 consoles in the U.S. alone –exceeding internal forecasts. Three month Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription sales increased more than 50 percent compared to last year’s Black Friday week. We saw incredible activity on Xbox over the weekend. For example, on Sunday alone we had more than 14 million people on Xbox LIVE across the world, racking up more than 72 million hours of use in just one day. Compared to 2011, we’ve seen a 43 percent increase in U.S. entertainment application hours logged on Xbox LIVE during the week of Black Friday.  I think Nintendo is having tough time competing with Microsoft and Sony. Source: ...

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  Today, Outlook.com team announced there are now over 25 million of you are active users using the new Outlook.com. In a study Microsoft conducted with Gmail users, 4 out of 5 of the Gmail users said they would switch to Outlook.com. Not resting on its laurels, Outlook.com team announced bunch of new features that will be coming over weeks. One-click Archive: from the inbox, select messages and click the Archive button to move the selected messages to the Archive folder (or any other folder of your choice). It’s a fast and simple way to move messages out of your inbox to find later. More and more keyboard shortcuts: Outlook.com has dozens of keyboard shortcuts and we’re adding even more. And better yet, we don’t need to list them all in this post because you can now find all available keyboard shortcuts by simply typing a question mark when you’re in your inbox. ...

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According to research firm Distimo, Windows Store has 3 times as many as downloads in Apple’s Mac App Store which was opened last year. Windows Store already has about 20,000 apps just after a month of its launch. This report also revealed that Apple’s Mac App Store continues to generate five time the revenues on Windows Store as most of the apps are free for now. Microsoft tops the most downloaded publishers list followed by Angry Birds maker Rovio. Read the full report here.    via: TC   ...

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Jin Park, Vice President of the IT solutions business at Samsung has told that Samsung Electronics will ship 16 million Windows 8/Windows 7 devices such as tablets, PCs this year. Samsung today announced ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro devices in India selling for Rs. 53,990 and Rs. 75, 490. respectively. Samsung VP told the following regarding Samsung Windows products, “Our smart devices like ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro and Samsung Notebooks deliver seamless user experience through convergence technologies across multiple devices. With our leadership in design and technology and Microsoft’s leadership in operating systems, we are able to provide customers with smart devices that have the most beautiful design, powerful performance and ease of use.” Source: Reuters ...

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Microsoft is increasing its user based CALs pricing by over 15%. As opposed to Device CAL, User based CAL allows unlimited device access to the server. Here is the statement from Microsoft on the changes in the pricing, “Microsoft recently notified partners about enterprise Client Access Licenses (CALs) changes so they can inform customers about their options before the changes take effect on December 1, 2012. These CAL changes include a user-based option that offers more value in support across unlimited devices and simplifies licensing management and compliance as devices in the workplace proliferate. Pricing for user CALs will change to reflect the increased value. Customers should work with their Microsoft partner or account team to assess their options.” The following Microsoft enterprise products will be affected by this new licensing change: Bing Maps Server CAL Core CAL Suite Enterprise CAL Suite Exchange Server Standard and Enterprise CALs Lync Server ...

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Microsoft Bing team today released their Top Searches Of 2012 report. Kim Kardashian trumped Justin Bieber to become the most searched celebrity. iPhone 5 news items topped even 2012 Elections news items. You can find most searched terms in the following categories. People Sports Stars Musicians Olympians Reality TV Stars Celebrity Couples Celebrity Events News Stories Tech Movies Song Videos TV Reality TV Daytime TV Fashion Destination Holiday Icons Other Search Data For example, the following are Top 10 search terms in Technology. Rank Social Media Rank Consumer Electronics 1 Facebook 1 iPhone 5 2 Twitter 2 iPad 3 Myspace 3 Samsung Galaxy S III/Samsung Galaxy S3 4 LinkedIn 4 Kindle 5 Tumblr 5 iPad 3 6 Instagram 6 iPod Touch 7 Reddit 7 Xbox 8 StumbleUpon 8 PlayStation 3 9 Digg 9 iPhone 4S 10 Klout 10 Windows 8 Read more about it here. ...

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Paul Thurrott, who has previously posted that  Windows 8 Sales were Well Below Microsoft’s Projections, and that Microsoft blamed the OEMs, have today expanded on this. He noted “the one thing that is consistent is that the company does in fact blames PC makers internally.” He continues, saying “while PC makers had announced a wide range of launch PCs and devices, many weren’t even delivered to retail in time for the Windows 8 launch” and that  “PC makers did not manufacture PCs and devices in the quantities needed to support the Windows 8 launch.” We find the explanation pretty believable, having ourselves found the most attractive Windows 8 hybrid models not available in stores. Thurrott notes that this may be recoverable, with OEMs still expected to deliver new Windows 8 PCs in volume before year’s end. Read more at WinSuperSite here. ...

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Ford has announced their new 2014 Ford Fiesta will come equipped with Microsoft’s latest version of their Sync software, which features more natural and accurate voice recognition, simpler Bluetooth® phone pairing and better navigation controls. The software will be ensconced in the  MyFord Touch® with a new 6.5-inch LCD touch screen. More than 5 million cars and trucks have been sold with the system which first launched SYNC on the 2008 Focus, then its smallest and most affordable car. Now, unveiling MyFord Touch for Fiesta cements Ford’s commitment to making technology affordable and accessible to everyone. "Technology features are important to all of our customers including small car buyers, and MyFord Touch continues to drive up purchase consideration of our vehicles," says Michelle Moody, Ford cross-vehicle marketing manager. "MyFord Touch is appealing to customers, as it consistently ranks among the top 10 purchase considerations with new owners. We’re excited to ...

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Today Microsoft Bing released a new Bing Maps app called Hurricane Sandy.  This new app lets you view a detailed view of the destruction caused by Sandy. Microsoft’s Global Ortho flying partner Keystone Aerial Surveys acquired over 5,368 sq km of high-resolution aerial imagery along the New York and New Jersey coastlines. Try it yourself, · Go to www.bing.com/maps · Select Map apps · Choose the Hurricane Sandy app And use the Before hurricane and After hurricane buttons to toggle between pre and post hurricane damage. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft today posted a new commercial to promote its Microsoft Surface tablet. The new ad focused on all the unique features of Microsoft Surface in 10 seconds. It showcases Microsoft Surface features such as multi-colored Touch Cover availability, Built-in Kickstand, USB support, Availability of apps like Skype, Netflix, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, Fresh Paint and Microsoft Office compatibility. ...

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According to the German Xbox 360 Dashboard leak reported by MP1st, first DLC Map pack for Halo 4 will be released in two weeks of time from now. According to the leak, there will be three Map packs that will come in December, February and April. Crimson Map Pack is due December 10th, Majestic Map Pack due on February 25th and then Castle Map Pack will appear on April 1st 2013. Halo 4 War Games Season Pass will allow users to download all the above DLC with a discounted one time payment of 2000 Microsoft Points. Till now, there is no official confirmation from Microsoft regarding this DLC for Halo 4. ...

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ESPN has released their Score Center app for Windows 8 devices. This app allows sports fans with all up-to-the-minute scores, news, and analysis for all your favorite teams, leagues, and players. Features: Access a completely personalized experience that syncs with your myESPN account Follow breaking news, and get real time scoring alerts and updates through live tiles and deep pinning. Get expanded game views that provide in-depth game coverage. Listen to your favorite ESPN podcasts including Mike and Mike, PTI with Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser and The BS Report with Bill Simmons. Stay informed with comprehensive editorial content from ESPN The Magazine. Share your favorite news and video highlights with your friends! Download it for free from Windows Store here. ...

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  HORSHAM, Pa., Nov 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. QSII +0.66% and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today it has joined with Microsoft Corp. MSFT +2.78% to develop and launch the NextGen(R) MedicineCabinet application. This is the first joint consumer-based mobile healthcare information technology solution designed for the Windows 8 platform by NextGen Healthcare and Microsoft. The NextGen MedicineCabinet allows customers to create, store, track and share personal medication records. With a goal to drive patient engagement, NextGen Healthcare and Microsoft collaborated to leverage the recent launch of the Microsoft Windows 8 platform by creating a consumer-based mobile healthcare IT solution. The end result is an advanced healthcare IT application that enables customers to take an active role in care collaboration, setting the stage for future consumer-based healthcare IT solutions, anywhere ...

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Apple booster Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray has performed a side by side comparison of Microsoft and Apple stores on Black Friday and posted some observations. After 8 hours of observation he found Apple stores were seeing about 715 customers per hour, while Microsoft stores saw 47% less, at around 379 per hour for the two hours they observed them. While this is still pretty respectable traffic, the problem appears to be that buyers at the Microsoft store were mainly buying Xbox games, while the Apple store sold about 11  iPads per hour, vs no Surfaces at all during the two hours they observed the store. Of course not everything was going Apple’s way. While footfall has increased, buying has decreased – last year they sold 2.7 iPads per 100 visitors, this year 1.5 per each 100 visitors, a drop of around 43%, with less iPads being sold than last ...

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