Review Category : Microsoft

Yes, this review of the Microsoft Surface is a bit late. You’ve most likely read several of the high-profile reviews already. You’ve possibly read many more. In this review, I will focus only on the things I personally like and do not like. This will not be a be-all-end-all review. Please take what you can from it, and hopefully, if you’re on the fence about getting a Surface RT, this will cement your decision one way or the other. Let’s get the hardware specifications out of the way. The Surface RT is a 1.5 pound, 10.6 inch tablet. The screen resolution is 1366×768. The processor is an Nvidia Tegra 3, which is a quad-core ARM-based processor, reportedly clocking in at 1.3 ghz per core. It comes with 2 GB of RAM, and a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of memory. In regards to ports, the Surface has a full-sized USB 2.0 port, a ...

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In the wake of the sudden departure of Steven Sinofsky he has been painted as somewhat of a megalomaniac by various sources. Suril Amin has been one of the few to defend him, and posted this comprehensive defence of what he paints as a rather great man who’s departure is a loss to Microsoft. He writes: I’ll try to keep this short as my English is not great (it’s my second language), but I felt I had to write something about this. Context is important, that is to say, it is important to look at history and try to see why things happened, and not repeat the same mistakes again. I have seen a lot of coverage about Sinofsky’s departure that has been very biased. It’s pretty clear that bloggers and certainly the Technorati did not like Sinofsky at all. The reason for this is quite simple, he took Microsoft ...

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A few years ago, before the world became preoccupied with smartphones and tablets, there was an anti-Microsoft movement afoot for especially government organizations to rid themselves of dependence on Microsoft Office and move to free, open source versions like OpenOffice. It seems like many idealistic dreams reality did not quite meet up with expectations. The city council in Freiburg, Germany, noted: "In the specific case of the use of OpenOffice, the hopes and expectations of the year 2007 are not fulfilled,"  adding that continuing use OpenOffice will lead to performance impairments and aggravation and frustration on the part of employees and external parties. The council had many complains, ranging from seemingly random formatting of imported documents, not being on the same standard as the rest of the world, conversion issues, software which was just not that powerful (especially the spread sheet and presentation app), saying  they estimated that only 80 ...

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Microsoft has set itself up against the online advertising community by enabling Do Not Track by default in IE10, with companies like Yahoo threatening that they will not be respecting the flag, as it does not represent the expressed wishes of the users. It is however hard to think that any significant percentage of users do want to be tracked, with Softpedia reporting users were  absolutely delighted with Microsoft’s decision to keep DNT always on. “I am welcoming this advance in IE10 with great enthusiasm! Any collection of data without a person’s conscious consent should be considered an illegal breach of privacy and prosecutable by law!” said one user. Another said  “Here’s a thought: ask. Don’t collect. Ask. I will TELL you exactly what kind of ads I prefer if you give me the opportunity. I guarantee you that those metrics are going to be far more reliable than whatever ...

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Microsoft’s first international Microsoft Store opened at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto today. The packed event offered the first 2000 attendees free tickets to an exclusive by Train, and also a change to play Kinect with Ice Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Microsoft is expected to open their next international store in UK early next year. See more about the event at Microsoft’s Facebook page here. Via Neowin.net ...

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If you are using Outlook 2013, you might be aware of this already. From Outlook 2013, you don’t need any Outlook Connector Plugin to use Outlook.com/Hotmail.com email to use it on desktop. Outlook 2013 uses Exchange ActiveSync to connect to Outlook.com service. In just a few minutes you’ll have the full power of the Outlook app for your personal Oulook.com email. Go to File | Add Account. Enter your Outlook.com email (or other email that supports EAS) and Password. Click Next, wait for the connection to complete, and click Finish. Exchange ActiveSync will sync mail, calendar, contacts and tasks from your Outlook.com account. Yes, tasks is also now supported. Source: Outlook ...

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Today SkyDrive team announced that the usage of SkyDrive has doubled since 6 months back. SkyDrive team is releasing an update to the sync apps that includes the ability to select what you sync along with the ability to share files and folders right from the Windows File Explorer. Also there are few updates to the SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone and Android improving the experience. SkyDrive for Windows Phone: A fully optimized SkyDrive app for Windows Phone 8. In addition to all-around performance improvements and some visual updates to better fit Windows Phone 8, you can now search your SkyDrive files and folders and control photo upload and download size. SkyDrive for Android also added several new features in addition to performance improvements:  Upload all file types from SD card Rename SkyDrive folders & files Custom sort orders for every view Read more about it here. ...

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Steve Ballmer has once again confirmed the company will continue to explore new opportunities to make their own hardware. Speaking at a tech event yesterday he said: "Do I anticipate that partners of ours will build the lion’s share of all Windows devices over the next five years? The answer is, absolutely," Steve Ballmer said. "With that said, it is absolutely clear that there is an innovation opportunity on the scene between hardware and software and that is a scene that must not go unexploited at all by Microsoft," he said. There likely next target for Microsoft is the long rumoured Surface Phone, but of course a Surface II tablet is almost guaranteed to appear eventually. Is there any other hardware we wish Microsoft would produce? Let us know below. Via The Star ...

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The trial between Microsoft and Google/Motorola has kicked off today, and as an opening gambit Motorola has filed a brief demanding 2.25% of Microsoft’s Surface revenue. In a brief filed in advance of the trial, Motorola contends that 802.11 WiFi technologies are critical to Surface, because it doesn’t have an Ethernet port or cellular broadband, saying “Microsoft’s new Surface tablet will use only 802.11, instead of cellular or wired connections, to connect to the internet. Without 802.11 capability, the Surface tablet would be unable to compete in the market, because consumers can readily select tablet devices other than the Surface that have 802.11 capability.” Getting their claim in early, Motorola’s lawyers also noted that Microsoft “apparently is working on its own smartphone, which undoubtedly will have Wi-Fi capabilities,” citing a Wall Street Journal story as evidence. On the stand Windows executive Jon DeVaan acknowledged that Surface incorporates H.264 video technologies ...

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TechCrunch spoke to Steve Wozniak at spoke at TEDx Brussels this week, and in response to a question about whether he thought Microsoft was more innovative than Apple he listed a number of new innovations by Microsoft which caused him to worry that Apple may lose ground for “making the same thing as they used to make.” There is no denying that Microsoft is making a huge bet with Windows 8– one that if it pays off will certainly make Microsoft look very prescient. Do our readers think Microsoft is more innovative than the richest company in the world? Let us know below. ...

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Law360 reports that Andrew Sokolowski, Attorney at Law, with a “focus on protecting consumers’ and employees’ rights” has launched a class action law suit against Microsoft, claiming the software giant lied about the storage available in its Surface tablets. He claims Microsoft misled consumers and falsely advertised its recently released Surface RT tablet as having more storage capacity than it actually does. He claims Microsoft knew, but conceals and failed to disclose in its advertising, marketing or promotional materials that the Windows RT operating system that runs the Surface consumes approximately 16 gigabytes of the represented storage capacity. Sokolowski filed the case in California State Court this Tuesday – it is not clear if it has been approved for class action status yet. The Microsoft Surface comes with a 32 GB SSD, of which approximately 16 GB is taken up with the operating system, pre-installed applications and a recovery partition. ...

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The Windows 8 store has continued to grow apace, adding 3000 apps in the last 8 days, according to WinAppUpdate. The total is a worldwide number, with individual markets varying in quantity. The Chinese market in particular is very robust, with more than 10,000 aps at present. It is the largest market, but unfortunately it is suspected not the one with the highest quality of apps. At this rate the store should hit 20,000 apps before December, and will hopefully include more big-name apps by then. ...

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REDMOND, Wash. – Nov. 13, 2012 – Microsoft today unveiled its product road map for Windows Embedded 8 and Windows Embedded Compact 2013, both of which build on the company’s vision for intelligent systems first announced last fall. Microsoft also made the Windows Embedded 8 Standard release preview available for download. Microsoft is committed to helping harness the potential of the Internet of Things by connecting devices to software and services in the back end or in the cloud, transforming that data into actionable operational intelligence. In describing the opportunity, Windows Embedded General Manager Kevin Dallas calls out Microsoft’s "big transition" from being a software company to a devices and services company. "Faced with the explosion of business data, enterprises are looking for better alternatives to help them unlock the information inside," Dallas says. "Microsoft’s broad set of technologies and products make it uniquely qualified to help address this problem. ...

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  A serious Skype vulnerability got leaked today which allows hijacking of an user’s Skype account just by knowing his email address associated with the Skype account. How to avoid hijacking: log in on skype.com (if you still can, that is) go to the profile, click Edit and add an email address an attacker won’t guess. (Or your-email+something@gmail.com if you’re using Gmail) click Save click Edit again, set the new address as Primary click Save, have a laugh at the message, enter the password and click the Enter button or it won’t work (like one bug was not enough) delete the old email Update: Microsoft Skype has taken down its password reset page which allowed the vulnerability and it will restore it after the investigation is done to protect users. Update 2: Now fully fixed. Skype’s Chaim Haas Senior Vice President, Technology, Emerging Media & Digital Strategy, has written us ...

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Barnes & Noble has finally released its Nook Reading app for Windows 8 device in Windows Store. All x86, x64, ARM based devices are supported for this app. App Description: Get an incredible reading experience with NOOK® for Windows 8™. Choose from NOOK books, magazines, newspapers, and comics on your Windows 8 tablet and PC. Shop over 3 million titles including New York Times bestsellers, new releases, and the hottest newsstand issues. Sample any NOOK Book for FREE – or try any newspaper or magazine subscription for 14 days, including Us Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, and USA Today FREE for 14 Days. NOOK for Windows 8 supports NOOK Comics. Read comics, graphic novels, and manga featuring popular characters like Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Archie Andrews, Naruto, and more from top publishers like DC, Marvel, Archie, and VIZ. Our latest graphic novel additions from fan-favorite Dark Horse Comics ...

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The aftershocks of Steven Sinofsky’s departure still appears to be resonating in Microsoft, shaking loose quite a few positions there. The latest to be affected is Andy Lees, previously head of Windows Phone development, until he was moved to a position with Barnes and Noble and Microsoft’s NewCo joint venture, which we assume was the "a time-critical opportunity focused on driving maximum impact in 2012 with Windows Phone and Windows 8". He has now been moved to be the head of corporate development and strategy at Microsoft, which is a rather nebulous title. In his new role he will assist with overall corporate strategy and financial activities, and will now report to Microsoft CFO Peter Klein rather than Steve Ballmer, as he did in his last post. Via The Verge.com ...

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