Review Category : Microsoft

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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Microsoft is sending, completely unprompted, special Xbox 360 consoles and controllers to Xbox Live members who have spent more than 10 years with the service. Kotaku has some pictures from a reader who has already received the box, which is emblazoned with a decade of entertainment" logo on the side of the console, as well as a cool little touch on the disc tray door, with a special "XBL10" plate. The gift is to celebrate to years of Xbox Live, which only debuted in October 2002, making those who are receiving the gift now the earliest of early adopters. Read more about the offer at Kotaku here. ...

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While Steven Sinofsky may not have many fans in Microsoft, it seems Wall Street loved him. In the wake of his departure Microsoft’s market cap took a $10 billion hit in early trading, recovering only somewhat during the course of the day. Analyst Rick Sherlund, Nomura explained why: “We hold Sinofsky in high regard as a technical visionary and his ability to deliver complex products on a timely basis,” he writes. “Sinofsky had previously driven successful Office releases, and the turn-around of Windows 7 after Vista, and we are of the view that the move is a loss to Microsoft. . We believe this also signals that Mr. Ballmer has no plans to turn over the reins as Microsoft’s CEO for the next several years, despite press speculation to the contrary. We think the move will weigh on the stock near-term. We don’t think the move is a reflection on ...

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As we reported yesterday, Microsoft has released the preview version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7. You can download           Internet Explorer 10 in the language that matches your version of Windows from this page. Also you need Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher to install this version of IE10. Enjoy much better browsing with IE10 on Windows 7. ...

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Julie Larson-Green is replacing Steven Sinofsky in the very important job as Head of Windows, which includes hardware engineering like the Surface. Julie Larson-Green has been Corporate Vice President, Program Management, Windows Client and in her last job had between 1,200 and 1,400 program managers, researchers, content managers and other members of the Windows team reporting to her. In her new job she will be running the engineering of Windows, while Tami Reller will continue on as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer and will assume responsibility for the business side. She had worked at Microsoft since 1993 and joined to run a Visual C++ focus group then and was a strong member of Steven Sinifsky’s team in the Office division, where she led a radical revamp of Office in 2003, for which she won a technical leadership award. She also did a stint on the SharePoint Team Services ...

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Winsupersite posted the last memo which Steven Sinofsky sent to Microsoft employees about leaving this company. From: Steven Sinofsky Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 6:42 PM To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG) Subject: RE: Windows Leadership Changes With the general availability of Windows 8/RT and Surface, I have decided it is time for me to take a step back from my responsibilities at Microsoft. I’ve always advocated using the break between product cycles as an opportunity to reflect and to look ahead, and that applies to me too. After more than 23 years working on a wide range of Microsoft products, I have decided to leave the company to seek new opportunities that build on these experiences. My passion for building products is as strong as ever and I look forward focusing my energy and creativity along similar lines. The Windows team, in partnerships across all of Microsoft and our ...

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In a surprise announcement, Microsoft has revealed that Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky is leaving the company, effective immediately. According to AllthingsD’s sources the move come after growing tension between Sinofsky and other top executives. Sinofsky, though seen as highly talented, was viewed at the top levels as not the kind of team player that the company was looking for. Sinofsky has recently been feted as an eventual successor to Steve Ballmer, and had a reputation for  fixing both Office and Windows 7, making sure both products shipped on time. His duties will be divided between Julie Larson-Green who will head up the engineering side of Windows, while Tami Reller, who has had headed marketing and served as the unit’s CFO, will have responsibility for the business side of things. Both will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer. In a press release, Microsoft CEO Ballmer praised Steven’s work, but also ...

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Dr Raymond Soneira is President of DisplayMate Technologies Corporation has posted a scientific comparison of the Microsoft Surface screen against a wide variety of other tablets on Gizmodo Australia. He found the screen did indeed have the best reflectance and the highest contrast ratio, and that Cleartype did indeed do a good job in compensation for the lower resolution, but that the screen only had a 57% colour gamut, which meant the device was not very good at presenting very saturated colours. The screen was however well calibrated, better than the iPad, but text was still sharper on the Retina Display iPads. He concludes: The display on the Microsoft Surface RT outperforms all of the standard resolution full-size 10-inch tablets that we have tested in our Display Shoot-Out series. The lab tests and measurements documented in the Shoot-Out Comparison Table below indicate that Microsoft has paid a lot of attention ...

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Pacific Crest Securities analyst Brendan Barnicle on Sunday raised his estimates for Microsoft because of in-line sales for the Surface. Barnicle surveyed retailers in the U.S., Canada and Germany, about 75% of whom say Windows 8 is meeting expectations, while 25% said the computers are selling faster than expected. ...

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Vimeo, one of the famous video sharing site on the web has released their Windows 8 app in Windows Store. One strange thing is that, there are several identical Vimeo apps differentiated only be their names. There are apps such as Vimeo for Samsung, Vimeo for Dell, etc,. Description: The Vimeo app for Windows 8 brings the incredible online video content from Vimeo to Microsoft’s fast and fluid Metro user experience. Upload and watch your videos on Vimeo, browse our expertly curated featured channels, watch user videos, share video links to other apps, and even project content to any connected external devices via our PlayTo integration. Features: •Upload your videos to Vimeo •Browse Vimeo featured channels •Search for your favorite videos Download the app for free from Windows Store here.  ...

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  Over the last weekend, we reported about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer commenting about initial Surface sales from a French news website. Many tech blogs reported about the same and Microsoft has now responded to this to Pocketnow which you can read below, “When asked about Surface, Steve’s use of the term “modest” was in relation to the company’s approach in ramping up supply and distribution of Surface with Windows RT, which has only been available via our online store and certain Microsoft retail stores in the U.S.  While our approach has been modest, Steve notes the reception to the device has been “fantastic” which is why he also stated that “soon, it will be available in more countries and in more stores.” I think we will come to know about the exact Surface sales after the next quarterly earnings announcement from Microsoft. What do you think? Over the last weekend, we reported about Microsoft CEO ...

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Microsoft and Google will be battling it out in U.S. District Court in Seattle this week starting Tuesday. At issue is Google’s subsidiary Motorola’s unreasonable license fees for FRAND-related patents. The trial stems from a lawsuit Microsoft filed in November 2010, claiming that Motorola breached its contract to provide, at reasonable rates, use of its patented technologies that have become part of industry standards in online-video viewing and wireless usage.I Microsoft claims that Motorola was asking too much for use of some of its industry patents: 2.25 percent of the sale price of each Xbox and Windows which would amount to Microsoft paying Motorola $4 billion annually. Motorola is seeking from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) an import ban on Xbox consoles because the consoles contain some of the industry-standard patents under contention in the Seattle trial. Motorola had also sought — and won — an injunction from a ...

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Last month Microsoft announced that a preview version of Internet Explorer 1o is coming to Windows 7 in November. In an event held at China, Roger Capriotti, Director of Product Marketing for Internet Explorer announced that preview version of Internet Explorer 1o for Windows 7  will be available for download tomorrow. This will be a huge boost for Internet Explorer market share which is on a downward spiral for sometime. Also the new IE10 will be the default and only browser for Metro mode in WIndows 8. Source: iFanr via: Liveside ...

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Continuing with their quest to make it so you can not turn on the TV without seeing Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 had a massive presence at the MTV Europe Music Awards. There presenters Heidi Klum and Sway used a massive Windows 8 touch screen to interact with viewers and keep up to date with what’s going on back stage. With Microsoft intending to roll out a big Windows Phone 8 campaign starting today featuring a variety of celebrities I suspect we can start to see the shape of Microsoft’s marketing push now – being associated with celebrities and hoping some of the cool will rub off. Do our readers think this approach will work? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net and Mashables.com ...

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Google has announced that  Google Apps will discontinue support for IE8 on November 15. IE8 was released in 2009 and is the most recent Internet Explorer that will run on XP. The move will leave IT shops that use Google Apps with the choice of either installing an unmanaged browser like Firefox or Chrome, or finally moving their ancient PCs to a new OS- likely running Windows 7 or if the shop is small enough Windows 8, the new OS the hardware will come with. In this way Google reminding XP shops that their OS is in fact ancient is very likely to help Microsoft, and possibly boost Windows 8 adoption in small business. Here’s to that PC replacement cycle, kicked off by Google. Via Stuff.co.nz. ...

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In a blog post Microsoft’s Kevin Dallas, General Manager of Windows Embedded talked about the future of their Connected Car platform, most famously used by Ford in their SYNC system. Microsoft and Ford recently celebrated their 5th anniversary and also their 5th million SYNC system shipped. Kevin notes that the car is becoming another one of those devices and an extension of the mobile computing experience and that they are focused on making the experience of transitioning content and information between the car and other devices seamless. Kevin makes the point that  mobile phones and tablets are designed to provide immersive experiences that draw people in, but in the car the interaction experience needs to be brief and glanceable. While speech and heads up displays are the key interfaces that belong in the car, they also saw the potential for other types of interfaces like facial recognition and gesture in ...

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