Review Category : Microsoft

SkyDrive Pro is cloud storage for organizations and their employees. With SkyDrive Pro, you can upload, browse, and share files across all of your devices, including accessing your most recently used files. Microsoft released SkyDrive Pro app for iOS devices back in June and now the app got updated to v1.1. SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 brings the mobile editing experience for Office 365 for business users. You can open document on SharePoint Online in Office 365, and edit it using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote on iOS device. Microsoft has made a connection between SkyDrive Pro for iOS and other Office apps (Office Mobile for iPhone, Office Web Apps, and OneNote for iPhone/iPad). Download SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 from App Store. ...

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A popular 3D benchmarking tool 3DMark is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. With this tool, we can now compare the fastest Windows RT, Windows, iOS, and Android devices. Description: Benchmark your device with 3DMark, the world’s most popular performance test. Use 3DMark to test the gaming performance of your Windows RT device, then see how it compares with other models. You can even compare your benchmark test scores with smartphones and tablets running Android, iOS or Windows. 3DMark is used by millions of people, hundreds of hardware review sites and many of the world’s leading technology companies. It’s the industry standard benchmark for graphics performance measurement, a professional level diagnostic tool now available to everyone for free! Use 3DMark Ice Storm for device-to-device comparisons of mainstream mobile devices. Ice Storm is an DirectX 11 feature level 9 benchmark test that uses fixed off-screen rendering ...

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Microsoft today revealed the new friends app and multiplayer gaming features on Xbox One. Friends app: With Xbox One you can have 1,000 friends, connect with people instantly by following them and have infinite followers yourself. You can also see all of your Xbox One and Xbox 360 friends and their activity in your Activity Feed. Similar to the other social media networks, Xbox One allows you to share the latest in games and entertainment with fellow gamers, friends and family, or even celebrities and gaming personalities by following people. For example, on Xbox One you can search for me by my gamertag (Major Nelson) and follow me to see what I share publicly, such as my latest game scores and achievements. On your Xbox One, there are now more ways to connect than simply sending a friend invite. For example, the one-way follow model of Xbox One allows Xbox ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Skype experience in Windows 8.1. Skype app will come pre-installed in all Windows 8.1 devices and it allows users to have free text, audio and video chat among users. Apart from the Skpye’s own capabilities, Skype team has made the app to take advantage of all the new Windows 8.1 platform features. Skype team worked closely with Windows engineering team to make sure Skype was seamlessly integrated with Windows 8.1. For example, new to Windows 8.1, users can answer an incoming Skype call from their lock screen, launch apps side-by-side with Skype and scale to the size of your device. Being part of Microsoft has opened up doors and increased collaboration and innovation across products. With Windows, we had a unique seat at the table to help inform the product from the ground up. One such example is the ability for users to answer Skype ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are selling their 50% stake in Ninemsn online venture which was formed back in 1997. As part of the agreement, Nine’s new venture Mi9 will continue to maintain the ninemsn site and whereby Mi9 will continue to represent Microsoft’s suite of advertising products on ninemsn. This is not a surprise move from Microsoft given that they are looking to offload media assets like MSN around the world. Last year in the US, Microsoft ended similar partnership with NBC for MSNBC website. Read full press release below. Sydney, Australia: Nine Entertainment Co (NEC) CEO David Gyngell today announced that terms had been agreed with Microsoft to acquire its 50% share of Mi9 (ninemsn Pty Ltd). “From 1 November, NEC will take control of Mi9. This agreement will see Mi9 continue to provide market leading digital solutions to Australian consumers and advertisers,” he said. As part of ...

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Microsoft has shared a form factor guide for Windows OEMs to make better Windows devices. This Form Factors guide is not related to the usual Windows Hardware Certification Requirements. Instead, this form factor guide focuses on providing guidance for OEMs on bezel size and weight, buttons, target resolutions, and aspect ratios for Windows devices. Here are some info in the document, 1) Device screen size and the recommended maximum weight. < 8.5” –  350 g 8.5” – 10” – 650 g 10.1”  – 650 g 2) All Windows devices should have at least 7mm bezel for optimal experience. 3) Windows is optimized for landscape orientation. Even though Windows supports both portrait and landscape, Microsoft recommends landscape as the primary orientation of the device which are tablets, convertibles and mobile All-in-one. 4) Microsoft recommends soft press buttons for Rotation lock, Volume Control, Power, etc,. OEMs can use capacitive button for Windows keys only if the device implements an optically ...

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When Microsoft revealed their next generation Surface devices last month, it was evident that Microsoft has changed the branding for Surface RT. Instead of ‘Surface RT’ and ‘Surface Pro’, it is now just ‘Surface 2′ and ‘Surface Pro 2′. It seems Microsoft has dropped the ‘RT’ branding from its second generation Surface to avoid consumer confusion. Microsoft’s product marketing manager for Surface, Jack Cowett revealed that one of the reasons for dropping the ‘RT’ branding was to avoid  consumer confusion. “We think that there was some confusion in the market last year on the difference between Surface RT and Surface Pro. We want to help make it easier for people, and these are two different products designed for two different people.” He also said that the new two stage kickstand feature is done as a result of direct customer feedback. Since people want to use their Surface as a laptop on their ...

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In August, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 has hit the RTM milestone. After RTM, while OEMs were preparing the OS for the device, Microsoft was busy fixing some bugs that were found later and also made some changes to IE11. According to reports, Microsoft has named the update as ‘Windows 8.1 GA Rollup A’. The update is supposed to be 200 MB for the x64 version and 100 MB for the x86 devices. Neowin claims the following improvements in the  ‘Windows 8.1 GA Rollup A’ update. The update is said to consist almost entirely of bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements, with one notable exception. After downloading and installing the GA Rollup A update, the article states that Internet Explorer 11 gains an app bar preview, which is a tiny black bar at the bottom of the browser that also feature three little dots, rather like on Windows Phone. It is also similar to the app ...

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Microsoft released the much anticipated details regarding bundles and pricing for the Xbox 360.  The details are as follows: Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle Two games: Halo 4 and Tomb Raider 1 Month of Xbox Live Gold Price: $299.99 Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Holiday Bundle Two games: Kinect Sports 2 and Kinect Adventures 1 Month of Xbox Live Gold Price: $299.99 Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Holiday Bundle Three games: Kinect Sports 2, Kinect Adventures, and Forza Horizon 1 Month of Xbox Live Gold Price: $399.99 Personally, I would save money for an Xbox One, I suspect the Xbox 360 may go down in price after the release of the Xbox One. Source: Xbox ...

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Microsoft has had a long history of supporting tools that assist handicapped individuals use PCs.  The Internet Explorer team maintains its strong commitment to making it easier for making the web easier to browse for those blind or visually impaired.  Screen readers, such as Windows Narrator, will now work better with IE11.   Notifications Keep Users of Screen Readers Better Informed IE11 improves editing in e-mail and online Web document applications by notifying screen readers about both automatic and user-initiated text changes. Here are a few examples of the new notifications in IE11: Auto-correct: Internet Explorer auto-corrects misspelled words.  For example, if a user types “teh” in English, it will be corrected to “the.”  IE11 adds a new notification so screen readers can inform users that auto-correct is happening. Backspace: As a user types, the screen reader announces each keystroke.  However, simply hearing ‘backspace’ announced is not particularly helpful because it ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced yet another partnership with Klout to make searching for person’s digital identity easier. Bing Snapshots on the right side of the search results will present the information about the person searched for. Klout-Verified Snapshots allow people to influence how they appear within the Snapshot column on Bing. To help people manage their presence online, we’ve teamed up with Klout to create Bing Personal Snapshots. An expansion of People Snapshots introduced this past March, Klout-Verified Snapshots allow people to influence how they appear within the Snapshot column on Bing. Basic information is drawn from a person’s connected LinkedIn profile, while also displaying links to their Twitter, Facebook and Klout profiles. Once a Snapshot has been claimed, a profile will include a ‘verified’ badge. As part of the update, we’ll also display Top Klout Moments, which show a person’s most influential posts from Twitter and Instagram inside the ...

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Just few hours back we reported that Lumia 2520 is coming to Verizon in 3rd week of November with the price tag of $499. The device will be available from Verizon in Red, Cyan, White and Black colors. We have already seen the device in red and now, @evleaks has posted the press render of the Lumia 2520 in Cyan. Key features of the tablet: It is a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will have 6.7-megapixel primary Carl Zeiss optics camera  and a 2-megapixel front camera. It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles, ClearBlack tech for outdoor use. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the back ...

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Microsoft’s next generation console Xbox One was today honored by Popular Mechanics as one of the breakthrough products in 2013. Popular Mechanics each year gives this honors to year’s most innovative and transformative products. Here’s what they told about Xbox One, Some products are evolutionary, others are revolutionary. The Xbox One is both. The most notable improvement is the new Kinect sensor, which is integral to the operation of the console. It can see in total darkness, track the fine movements of your hands and muscles, and even sense your heartbeat. Gamers may have taken issue with the Xbox One’s price ($500) and paywall restrictions (some features require a $50 per year subscription), but technologically it’s a huge upgrade from its predecessor. The platform is so advanced that developers have barely begun to grasp all its possibilities. Well done, Microsoft Xbox team. Read more: The 10 Breakthrough Products of 2013 ...

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Earlier this week, Microsoft quietly announced that Remote Desktop apps for iOS and Android platforms coming later this month for Windows Server 2012 R2. This is a big news for many enterprise users. iTap is a mobile remote desktop app for iOS devices which was utilizing Microsoft RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) to give you complete control over and fast access to your Windows PC from anywhere. iTap mobile RDP was the only RDP client to support TS Gateway. Compared to other iPhone clients iTap mobile RDP was said to be more than twice as fast as the next best competitor. It seems Microsoft is aware of the app and has acquired some IP assets from the company to build its own Remote Desktop apps which is coming next month. Microsoft provided the following statement on this to Neowin, Microsoft acquired specific IP assets from HLW Software Development GmbH (HLW). This ...

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Best Buy is now offering a trade-in program for older generation Surface tablets just in time for the launch of the next generation of Surface devices later this month. You can trade in a Surface RT or Surface Pro tablet and get a gift card worth at least $200 and up to $350 which you can use to buy other stuff from Best Buy. You need to visit the nearest Best Buy Store to use this offer. The program will end on Oct. 21. Check the Best Buy page here. ...

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HP has struggling ever since it probably made the second stupidest decision ever to fire Mark Hurd as CEO over a minor affair (the fist being to then instate Leo Apotheker as CEO).   At an annual financial meeting, HP’s current CEO Meg Whitman had strong comments in an address to analysts.  You may recall previously Whitman was Ebay’s CEO and ran unsuccessfully for governor of California before taking her current job at HP. Whitman’s admitted the company was too slow in many cases, missing out on deals with large customers because it couldn’t “deliver the goods.” “We have got to up our game substantially in how we do things at this company,” said Whitman. “We don’t always look carefully at how we can optimize our end-to-end processes. We’ve got to demand a consistent level of quality.” Whitman additionally added “often we show up late.” “HP is just a little late ...

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