Review Category : Microsoft

  Microsoft today announced a better way to manage aliases and primary account for Microsoft Account.  Microsoft gave us the ability to rename or to add aliases to your account few years back and they are streamlining the process with few changes. Read it below. Several years ago we launched the ability to rename or to add aliases to your account, which gave important flexibility to manage these changes. But we found that these tasks were a little too monolithic. For example, sometimes you wanted to sign in with one alias but use another to send mail or display on your Xbox. So we started working to break these tasks down to give you more flexibility. In April, we added the ability to sign in with any alias on your account. At that time, Rename was left unchanged; and it walked you through an experience to add a new alias ...

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A new partner build of Windows 8.1 got leaked today on internet. This build 9477 is of  X64 and zh-CN version. There is no significant change spotted from the previously leaked builds. From October 18th in New Zealand, Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers with Windows 8 or Windows RT devices through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. The leaked build is available from the usual p2p sites. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft Surface Team has announced a new contest where you will be able to win a Surface Pro device. It is a special Surface Pro unit, Halo: Spartan Assault skinned 128 GB Surface Pro. You have to tweet Surface team on why you think Surface is an awesome gaming experience between August 21 & 22 and you will have a chance to win 1 of 10 Surface Pro devices. Halo: Spartan Assault Surface Twitter Contest: We will be posting a question on the @Surface Twitter page at 10:00 am PT on August 21, 2013 and will be taking your responses to our question until 11:59 pm PT on August 22, 2013. Your reply to our question should be no longer than 130 characters and must include @Surface and the hashtags #WinSurface and #Ad. To help maximize your character space, you can get super creative and post a video, picture, or ...

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Microsoft has released couple of new ads for Office 365 to promote it among consumers targeting the back to school season. In one ad, a dad gives his son a laptop with Office 365 University installed, and in another a mother presents her daughter a laptop with Office 365 University installed. Even though both the ads involves Office 365, they don’t show any new features and capabilities of the Office 365. Instead, they focus on what parents and children really think about at that moment. Check out the both the videos. ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced their updated Bing for Schools program. It will have the following advantages, The new Bing for Schools program will offer daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for schools, and, for schools admitted to the pilot program, a tailored Bing search experience for K-12 students when on the school network. Schools participating in the search pilot will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections. This program is not open for all schools right now. However school districts can register for these search enhancements now and a limited number will be accepted into the initial pilot, with other schools being notified by Microsoft about future eligibility. You can read more about it at http://www.bing.com/schools Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft announced Project Spark back at E3 with a trailer. Project Spark is an open-world digital canvas that enables anyone to build, play, and share whatever they can imagine. Project Spark is a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories, and games. Share all of your creations to a dynamic community, and play what the community makes. They announced that Project Spark will have following capabilities, Facial Expression Capture – Users can record their face and have it applied to an in-game character Animation Recording – Do a new attack, full body motions, gestures, etc. Record audio and modulate – Speak a line, singing, etc. Modulate the sounds in a variety of ways Today at Gamescon, Microsoft demoed even more capabilities of Project Spark which you can watch in the video above. Microsoft also announced that the beta is coming in October for Windows 8 ...

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Microsoft previously announced that every Xbox One console can act as a dev kit. Today at Gamescon, they announced that this feature will not be available at launch. However, Microsoft is planning to give free dev kits for indie devs free of cost. Xbox VP Marc Whitten explained to Engadget as the following, “It’s more of a timeframe thing. The vision of how the service and the console work together, how your console can be a dev kit, is a core part of the vision. It’s how we built a ton of the architecture. But moving from a low-scale — a small number of developers — to a large scale, there’s just more work to do there.” via: Engadget ...

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Microsoft today announced that there will be 23 game titles on launch for Xbox in November. Check out the impressive list of games that you can enjoy this November on your brand new Xbox One console. It includes Battlefield 4, Fighter Within, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and others. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft) Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision) Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios) Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft) FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts) Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft) Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios) Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft) Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive) Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios) Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts) NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports) NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts) Need for Speed: ...

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At Gamescom today, Microsoft announced that they will be bundling a free copy of FIFA 14 digital game with Xbox One pre-orders in Europre. This free copy of FIFA 14 will be included in all the pre-orders from Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom while stocks lasts. FIFA 14 on Xbox One will also include Ultimate Team Legends mode which is exclusive to Xbox One. This allows stars of today can be combined with the legends of yesterday in FIFA 14. ...

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As expected, Microsoft today announced the Independent Developers @ Xbox Program which allows independent developers to publish games for Xbox One. First, you have to apply for the developer program. After the application is approved, Microsoft will offer developers free development kits and access to its Xbox One toolset which includes Kinect, Cloud, etc. There is no developer application fees as well. After becoming “registered Xbox One developers,” , developers will be able to do self-publishing of games on Microsoft’s Xbox One. Developer can also take advantage of Xbox Live functionalies like Achievements, Online multiplayer, SmartGlass, Kinect, etc,. Microsoft is planning to give priority for initial applications “to independent game developers who have a proven track record of shipping games on console, PC, mobile or tablet.” FAQs What are the criteria for becoming a member of ID@Xbox? Of course, we’ll be evaluating each developer application individually on its own merits, but ...

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Just like Gamestop, Amazon today announced their own upgrade program for Xbox One games. Consumers can buy a qualified Xbox 360 game now and upgrade to Xbox One version latest when it releases for just $9.99. Read more about it below. Until December 31, 2013, trade in a select Xbox 360 game and get a $25 bonus credit toward the same title on Xbox One in addition to your trade-in value of at least $25. How to redeem this offer: 1. Select your qualifying Xbox 360 game from the list below and submit your trade in. 2. Send in your item for processing following the instructions provided. 3. Wait for your item to be received and graded. 4. When your trade in is accepted, add a qualifying Xbox One game to your cart. 5. Your bonus credit will be applied automatically to your purchase. Check out this Amazon Upgrade Program ...

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After a series of ads that compared Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets to Apple iPad, Microsoft today posted a new video ad in which Lenovo Yoga takes on Apple iPad. The ad shows the situation in a college where a student who owns Lenovo Yoga was able to take notes, play games, etc,. at a same time with a single device while the students Apple iPad struggle to keep up with the class with no real keyboard, real multi-tasking, etc,. Have fun and get work done on the Lenovo Yoga with Windows 8. See more at http://windows.com/compare     ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Skype for Outlook.com in several countries around the globe including the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, France, Canada, and the United States. Microsoft also said that for the those in the other countries, they are still working hard to ensure it is available worldwide in the near future. Microsoft is celebrating the launch of Skype on Outlook.com with a small contest,  To celebrate the availability of Skype for Outlook.com in the United States we have partnered with Gail Simmons, food expert and author. As a busy professional who is always on the go, Gail understands the importance of keeping in touch with friends and family. We partnered with her to announce a contest where consumers can submit a recipe for a chance to make a video call with Gail via Skype for Outlook.com. For every entry Outlook.com will donate $10 to Common Threads, a charity ...

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  Microsoft today highlighted the list of global developers working on Xbox One titles. They also provided some stats to show the games coming to Xbox One. 38% of titles are exclusive to Xbox One, 37% of titles are brand-new IP, 44% of titles will include either timed or exclusive content to Xbox One, Microsoft exclusive titles received 272 award nominations and 111 wins at E3 2013, Xbox One titles earned 10 Game Critics Awards, with Xbox platform exclusive “Titanfall” taking home a record-breaking 6 awards, including “Best of Show.” You can read the full list of titles below. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft) Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts) Below (Capy Games, Microsoft Studios) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision) Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios) D4 (Access Games, Microsoft Studios) Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft Studios) Destiny (Bungie, Activision) Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix, Disney Interactive) Dragon ...

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Microsoft today announced that Microsoft Tag service will terminate in two years, on August 19, 2015 and licensing it technology to Scanbuy. Read more about it below. Scanbuy, Inc., the leading mobile engagement solutions provider, has been chosen by Microsoft as a licensee of the software giant’s mobile barcode technology, Microsoft Tag. Microsoft also announced that it will shut down the Microsoft Tag Service in two years, on Aug. 19, 2015. For current Microsoft Tag customers, for the next two years the Microsoft Tag Service will continue running as it has been. All Microsoft Tags in the market will continue to work, new codes can be generated, and scan reports will be available as usual through the Microsoft Tag Service until Aug. 19, 2015. Scanbuy plans to support Microsoft Tag Technology on the ScanLife platform beginning no later than Sept. 18, 2013, and to offer transition and migration services to ...

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