Review Category : Microsoft

Windows XP extended supports ends in 500 days.  This means Microsoft will no longer provide patches and security fixes fort he venerable OS, and any companies using the OS will have to deal with any security holes themselves. According to NetMarketShare a massive 40% of internet users are still using Windows XP, which was released in October 2001, with Asia a stronghold for the OS, likely due piracy. It is unlikely these users will be upgrading any time soon. Close to 20% of internet users in North America are still on XP however, and are missing out on the productivity improvements of the more modern OS. Jack Schofield from ZDNet warns businesses who continue to use the now outdates OS open themselves to liability and accusations of neglect if they were hacked due to a hole in the unsupported OS.  Similar to driving a 15 year old polluting car with ...

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Steve Ballmer spoke to a group of developers at Microsoft’s new collaboration space in Shoreditch, East London, to share his views on the opportunity for developers with the Windows platform across Windows 8 and Windows Phone. The event showcased some of the best examples of the Windows 8 design and user interface, including demonstrations of the Music Info app, the British Airways Inspiration app and others. The app store has now grown to more than 20,000 apps a month after the general release, with multiple developers having downloads of more than 100,000. While the adoption of Windows 8 appears to be slower than Windows 7, it still seems pretty clear by January there will be tens of millions Windows 8 PCs and tablets in the market for developers to exploit. Via Ubelly.com ...

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It seems the fashion these days is to test expensive gadgets to destruction. CNET posted the above video of the Microsoft Surface running the gauntlet, which included putting it in a freezer, using it as a skate board, baking it a 250 degrees and frying an egg on it. The brave device was eventually killed by a glass of wine, having taken much more than can really be expected of any non-military gadget. Do our readers think the tablet proved itself? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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Want to get an early start on Black Friday, without leaving your sofa?  The Microsoft Store is offering deep discounts on popular Xbox 360 games. The brand new Forza Horizon is only $14.99, 75% off. Dance Central 3 also clocks in at $14.99, while Borderlands 2 comes in at $24.99, NFS: Most Wanted also $24.99, and Dishonored $24.99. See more deals at the Microsoft Store here. Via Joystiq.com ...

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Telecompaper reports the Xbox Live TV service in the Netherlands has been considerably bulked up, with console owners how being able to watch films and TV from Pathe Thuis, Eredivisie Live, RTL XL and other providers Live TV will also soon be available, pending on-going negotiations with suppliers. Microsoft has been positioning the Xbox 360 as the premier living room video service, with 40% of US owners using it on a weekly basis to watch streaming video. ...

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Speaking at the London Games Conference 2012 Microsoft’s marketing lead  Andrew Webber  has revealed that there are currently only 1,421 games in the Windows 8 Store. Noting that there were only 13 games in the Racing category, he called it a great opportunity for developers to take advantage of the digital store while numbers were low. These numbers are set to rise soon, but the apps released in the early stage will not have any problem trying to compete for attention. At present it is estimated that there is more than 20,000 apps in the Windows 8 Store, according to store watcher Win App Update. Today’s totals: 20,610 apps worldwide in the Windows Store (broke 20,000 on Tuesday, I believe). 17,958 of those are free (87%). — Win App Update (@WinAppUpdate) November 22, 2012 Via Develop-online.net ...

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In a new patent application published by Microsoft, Microsoft describes the Augmented Reality Glasses. Recently, Google demoed its Project Glass which has similar functionality where the information will be overlayed on the user’s view through glasses. Microsoft’s vision is kind of little different from Google’s. Read the description below, A computer implemented method providing supplemental information to a user with a head mounted display viewing a live event, comprising: receiving an indication that a user is attending a live event, the live event having an event duration; determining a field of view of the user through the head mounted display, and objects within the field of view at the live event; retrieving supplemental information describing at least the objects in the field of view of the user during a portion of the live event; determining elements of said supplemental information to present to the user in the head mounted display; and displaying ...

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Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg posted on the official Google Groups page that they will be ending the development of Firefox for 64-bit Windows. He cited the following reasons for this shocking decision. Many plugins are not available in 64-bit versions. The plugins that are available don’t work correctly in Firefox because we haven’t implemented things like windowproc hooking, which means that hangs are more common. Crashes submitted by 64-bit users are currently not high priority because we are working on other things. This is frustrating for users because they feel (and are!) second-class. It is also frustrating for stability team triage because crash-stats does not easily distinguish between 32-bit and 64-bit builds  in the topcrash lists and other reports. We basically ignore a set of nightly “topcrashes” because they are 64-bit only. (See bug 811051). According to Mozilla, about 50% of their nightly testers were 64-bit Firefox users and they are ...

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We have seen lots of surveys, analyst’s claims, market research reports on Windows 8 adoption. Today, another survey about Windows 8 got released. According to the survey result, two in five (39%) are likely to upgrade to Windows 8. Even though the survey firm showcases it as a negative number, I think 40% of total PC count is a strong number. Read the full survey results below. Press Release: LONDON — November 22, 2012 While the vast majority of consumers (96%) own a Windows PC, only two in five (39%) of these are likely to upgrade to Windows 8. The findings were part of a study undertaken by Toluna QuickSurveys to assess consumer reactions to the announcement by Microsoft last month to upgrade to Windows 8. The survey also revealed that when it comes to Windows operating systems, Windows 7 is a clear favourite, with over a quarter of consumers (28%) ...

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According to Phil Harrison, the vice president of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft, Microsoft Studios are now not just making games for the Xbox 360, but also for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Giving a keynote speech at the London Games Conference yesterday he confirmed the division was now no longer just targeting Sony and Nintendo, but was also going after Google and Apple and their casual gaming empire. "We are now really a multiplatform studio," he said. "We are not just building games for Xbox 360, we’re building experiences for Smartglass, we’re building dedicated games for Windows Phone 8 and for Windows 8." He revealed Microsoft Studios have already shipped 30 titles developed in-house for Windows 8. “We think this expands our competitive map. We’re no longer just competing with the traditional console companies, but our competitive landscape includes the likes of Google, the likes of Amazon, it includes ...

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If you buy a Microsoft Surface bundle (Surface + Touch or Type Cover) on Black Friday weekend, Microsoft is offering $50 off an additional Touch or Type cover, allowing buyers to experience both input devices at a discount. The deal is part is just part of a massive haul of Microsoft deals for the American shopping holiday, which can be seen below: Black Friday Deals from Best Buy: Lenovo – 15.6" Laptop – 2GB Memory – 320GB Hard Drive – Black for $187.99. Lenovo – 23" Touch-Screen All-In-One Computer – 4GB Memory – 500GB Hard Drive for $599.99. ASUS – 11.6" Touch-Screen Laptop – 4GB Memory – 500GB Hard Drive – Steel Gray for $449.99. Acer – Aspire 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop – 4GB Memory – 500GB Hard Drive – Silky Silver for $529.99. Toshiba – Satellite 14" Touch-Screen Laptop – 4GB Memory – 500GB Hard Drive – Champagne Silver for ...

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Technet reports that the Kinect has found a use outside of simply games. Alex’s place, a Miami clinic treating children with cancer and blood disorders, is using the gadget to run interactive screens to entertain and distract children, and also help with their assessment. "As soon as they walk in, technology is embracing them," said Dr. Julio Barredo, chief of pediatric services at alex’s place in The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Health Systems. Created by Snibbe Interactive, Character Mirror’s goal is to help reinforce patients’ mind-body connection with engaging play and entertainment, as well as to potentially reduce their fear of technology and the treatments they face. As an added benefit, nurses can observe a child’s natural range of movement during play and more easily draw out answers to key diagnostic questions. "I find the gestural interactive experiences we created for alex’s place in Miami among the ...

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We already know that Microsoft is planning to license its Xbox platform to other OEMs as revealed in leaked roadmap documents. Now, The Verge reported today that Microsoft is planning a low cost “Xbox TV” device that will be released in 2013. The device will act as a set-top box and allows only casual gaming as opposed to regular Xbox console. This device is expected to be released before holiday shopping season in 2013.   Are you waiting for a device like Xbox TV? Source: TheVerge ...

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A relatively easy hack has been uncovered which results in a free installation of Windows 8. The hack relies on the Windows Media Centre upgrade replacing an illegitimate key used to install the OS. First a pirate would install Windows 8 with any key and activate this using a key management system which accepts any key, which should result 180 days of Windows 8 use before the KMS is forced to call home and verify the install keys. Next our eye-patched user simply applies for the free upgrade for Windows 8 Pro that adds Windows Media Centre, which does not check if the current installation key is valid. The new key replaces the old, invalid key, and our pirate is home free. Of course one can ask what the point of all these shenanigans are, when Windows 8 costs as little at $39. Now seems the perfect time for long-time ...

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The landmark trial between Google subsidiary Motorola and Microsoft is over even before we realized it started. Much of the sensitive material the trial could have uncovered remains confidential, as the court was cleared for 2 hours of secret testimony. The stakes are high – Motorola contends Microsoft will make $94 billion from their Xbox game console by 2017, and that they deserve $4 billion of these, due to the use of their patents. Microsoft is only willing to pay $1 million per year. U.S. District Judge James Robart will deliver a decision by Spring next year of what constitutes a reasonable fee for a FRAND patent – the first time a judge had to rule on this, likely setting a precedent for the whole industry. If fees are set low enough it could result in an explosion of innovation as companies use standard-essential patents freely while paying nominal fees ...

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REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 20, 2012 — Dr. Jeannette Wing will join Microsoft Research as vice president, head of Microsoft Research International, reporting to Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid. Wing is a leading figure in computer science research, particularly in formal methods, security and privacy. She has held key positions in both academia and government, most recently at Carnegie Mellon University and the National Science Foundation (NSF). “Jeannette is a leading light in the computer science research community, providing strong leadership both at Carnegie Mellon and at NSF,” Rashid said. “I have long been impressed by both her profound commitment to world-class research and her service to the research community, and I look forward to working alongside her. It’s a privilege to welcome Jeannette to Microsoft Research.” From 2007 to 2010, Wing served as assistant director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the NSF, where she ...

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