Review Category : Microsoft

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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After resolving the Outlook.com web and mobile services, Microsoft today detailed the cause of the outage and how they are going to avoid it in the future. Here is their full response from service status website, Update and Resolution of Recent Outlook.com Outage We want to apologize to our customers who were affected by the outage on Outlook.com this week. We have restored access to all accounts and have made changes so that the service will be more resilient in the future.  We realize that we have a responsibility to the customers who use our services to communicate and share with the people they care most about, and we apologize for letting those customers down this week. Our first priority is to the health of the services, and we will learn from this incident and work to improve the experience of all our customers. As part of that, we would ...

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According to latest NPD numbers, Microsoft Xbox 360 has maintained its position as #1 console in the U.S for the 31 consecutive months. Xbox 360 sold 107,000 units which is less than half of what Microsoft sold same time last year. The high anticipation around Xbox One among consumers which is releasing later this year is affecting the sales of Xbox 360. July 2013 NPD highlights: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in July (hardware, software and accessories) reached $178 million, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, July 2013) During the month of July, Xbox 360 held eight of the top 10 console game titles including: “NCAA Football 14,” “Minecraft,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” “Far Cry 3,” “Borderlands 2,” “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” and “Grand Theft Auto IV” (Source: NPD Group, July 2013) Source: Microsoft ...

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When talking about energy consumption most people think about the electricity used by your PC, kitchen appliances, TV or smartphone. However, the manufacturing process of these products also comes at a cost as it requires a material and energy-intensive process to create them. To make the computer or smartphone you’re using right now, a lot of raw materials, energy and water are needed. In fact, as much as two thirds of a PC’s total environmental footprint comes from the manufacturing process alone. Everyday consumers and companies alike are faced with a myriad of choices when it comes to buying, using and disposing of PCs whether it’s for their family or hundreds of employees. Unfortunately, most people don’t have the right information to help them make the most environmentally friendly decision. Here at Microsoft we are working to change that. To help both consumers and companies better understand the environmental impact ...

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  Microsoft has recently revealed that they are closing down the Xbox.com PC Marketplace. Although you will not be able to purchase new games, you can continue to play previously purchased content by downloading it through the Games for Windows Live client software as usual. Also the the Games for Windows Live service will continue to operate as usual. As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points will be retired and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace will be closed as of August 22, 2013. We encourage you to spend your Microsoft Points balance prior to this change. This is not a surprise move from Microsoft as they continue to focus on Xbox for games and entertainment. Source: Microsoft ...

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David Vespremi was one of Tesla’s early employees.  He served as the company’s Director of Public Relations. Even though he was a highly effective employee for the company, they fired him and slandered his name.  He has spent the a last six years of his life in litigation with the company and recently won a lawsuit against Tesla.  He published a book “Reboot: The (Previously) Untold Story Of Tesla’s Electric Sports Car” by author David Vespremi.  The following describes an encounter between the former CEO of Tesla and Microsoft as written in his book: I’d just taken over as Tesla’s PR guy and had been contacted by old friends at Microsoft Game Studios about including the Tesla Roadster in Project Gotham Racing 4. Darryl Siry, my boss, took me into Martin Eberhard’s (Tesla’s Co-founder/then CEO) office to broach the topic. That’s when it went very wrong. “So, Martin, you know David ...

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Patrick Wirtz, an innovation manager for The Walsh Group, spends most of his time implementing technology that will enhance Walsh’s ability to work with clients. In the construction industry, building information modeling (BIM) is a critical component of presentations to clients. BIM allows construction companies like The Walsh Group to represent the functional characteristics of a facility digitally. While this is mostly effective, Wirtz wanted something that would really “wow” his clients. He wanted a way for them to not only see the drawings, but to bring the buildings to life by allowing clients to explore the blueprints themselves Wirtz found the solution he had been seeking when he stumbled upon an article about Ubi. At Ubi Interactive, we provide the technology to transform any surface into an interactive touch screen. All the user needs is a computer running our software, a projector, and the Kinect for Windows sensor. Immediately, ...

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Yesterday, we posted some information about the upcoming Nokia Windows RT tablet. We reported that the device is coming to AT&T in Cyan color. Today, images of red colored Nokia Windows RT tablet for Verizon got leaked on to the web. Windows RT branding confirms that it is a Windows RT device as opposed to x86 based Windows 8 device. Also it confirms that it will have LTE connectivity  built-in which is evident from the Verizon 4G LTE branding. As per our previous reports, Nokia is planning to announce their Windows RT tablet next month in US with the following spec, Nokia is working on a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it ...

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While it was reported that SyFy would fund a remake of 1970s British sci-fi series Blake’s 7 last year it never materialized. It commissioned 13 episodes of a new version of the space drama, but that deal seems to have been scrapped as Microsoft is now being linked with the show. The Financial Times claims that “people familiar with the situation” have revealed that the Redmond software giant is to pay for development and production of a new series as part of its push to add exclusive television programming to the Xbox Live platform. During the Xbox One announcement event earlier this year, it was revealed that Steven Spielberg would be producing a Halo TV series exclusively for Microsoft. And if this new report is true, Blake’s 7 will soon join that franchise in the line-up of original content. It will be made, says the FT, by Motion Picture Capital, ...

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Microsoft Skype team today confirmed that modern Skype app will come pre-installed in Windows 8.1. So, hundreds of millions of Windows and Skype users will be able to enjoy text, audio and video messaging experience out of the box on their Windows PCs. This is fantastic news for both Skype and Windows users. Now you don’t have to download your favorite app to stay in touch whenever you’re apart. With Windows 8.1, simply log in and you’re ready to go. This means not only will you be able to reach over 300 million Skype users across many different devices but also everyone with a Windows 8.1 PC. By simply searching and adding contacts to your People list in Skype – the people you care about are at your fingertips, and you are in control of who those contacts are. Communicating, connecting and sharing should be a seamless part of every Windows experience, and Skype for ...

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Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios today announced the details about “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition and Day One Edition which are now available for pre-order from participating retailers. “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition: With multiple car packs, VIP membership privileges, and packed-in content, the “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition is the ultimate package for “Forza Motorsport 5″ fans. The “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition features the all-new 2014 Audi RS 7 Sportback on the cover and includes the following digital content: Limited Edition Car Pack – This five-car pack features new cars that are already destined for legendary status. Each car in the “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition Car Pack will feature a Limited Edition livery and will be tuned to the top of its respective class. The cars in the “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition Car Pack include 2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback and more. VIP Membership – “Forza ...

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Microsoft today announced their expansion of commercial distribution for Surface in 17 new markets. These resellers in all the countries will offer variety of additional value-added services to the Surface device, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection. Also all these devices will come with Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage. Today we’re kicking off the next phase in this plan – the first international channel availability of Surface RT and Surface Pro for our commercial, education and public sector customers in 17 new markets. In addition to the U.S. commercial channel, the markets that will begin to sell Surface today via a commercial channel include: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Microsoft posted a short Q&A on their blog. Frequently Asked Questions: Q: Which specific resellers are authorized in ...

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Former Valve’s Steam business executive Jason Holtman who left the company after 8 years has now joined Microsoft. As expected, he is now part of Microsoft’s PC/Windows gaming division where he will focus on making Windows a great platform for gaming and entertainment. Here is the response from him about his new job. “Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment,” he said. “I think there is a lot of opportunity for Microsoft to deliver the games and entertainment customers want and to work with developers to make that happen, so I’m excited to be here.” Source: Gameindustrybiz ...

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Microsoft today provided an update on their launch plans for Xbox One. It is not a great news for lot of fans in various countries as Microsoft announced that they are scaling back on Xbox One launch to 13 markets instead of 21 as announced at E3. At E3, we announced that Xbox One would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch. This was an aggressive goal and the team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible. Our priority is ensuring our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available. To do that, and in order to meet demand, we have adjusted the number of markets that will receive Xbox One in November to 13 markets, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, in November. ...

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Microsoft hopes to avoid the hardware failures it had with the Xbox 360 when it releases the Xbox One.  Red Rings of Death (RROD) ended up costing Microsoft over a billion dollars and the company has taken a number of steps to ensure overheating problems will be a thing of the past.  The Xbox One is much more intelligent now and can recognize if it is overheating.  Gizmodo chatted with Xbox General Manager of Console Development Leo del Castillo: So here’s a cool thing the Xbox One can do: It automatically recognizes when it’s overheating—probably because you’re an idiot and left a pizza box on top of it—and can adjust on the fly. In fact, it’s designed with extra room to make those adjustments. I asked how Microsoft can account for the unknowns it’s facing with the new design—much more Blu-ray player-ish than its predecessors, which invites people to set ...

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A report by Neowin claims Microsoft will RTM Windows 8.1 shortly after August 23rd.  MSDN, TechNet Suscribers, and developers will not get early access to the build, only large OEMs.  Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 to the Windows Store on October 17th and retail box copies will be available starting October 18th.  Windows Server 2012 R2 will also launch the 18th of October. The recently leaked Windows 8.1 build (9471) was an RTM branch build.  It appears Microsoft is making good on its promise to release a new version of Windows every year.  Now if Windows can do a yearly release, why can’t Windows Phone do one even faster…that may be a discussion for another time. Source: Neowin ...

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