Review Category : Microsoft

Asus has announced that it will no longer make Windows RT tablets from now on. Asus Chief Executive Jerry Shen told that they are going away from Windows RT due to lack of backwards compatibility and they will continue to work on Intel based Windows devices. He also revealed that the company took a writedown on its Windows RT tablets in the second quarter similar to what Microsoft did for its Surface RT devices. “It’s not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful,” Asustek Chief Executive Jerry Shen told The Wall Street Journal on the sidelines of its post-earnings conference. Source: WSJ ...

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GameStop yesterday announced a new program for its PowerUp Rewards members. With this program, consumers get a chance to upgrade their current Xbox 360 game for the new Xbox One standard version of that game for $9.99. Read about it in detail below. GRAPEVINE, Texas– GameStop, the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer, is taking the uncertainty out of which Xbox version of your favorite game you should buy this fall with an exclusive, guaranteed upgrade offer. GameStop is offering PowerUp Rewards members a special, limited time opportunity to receive a $50 guaranteed minimum credit for select standard edition Xbox 360 titles when a member upgrades to the new Xbox One standard version of that title. “This is an amazing opportunity for our PowerUp (PUR) members to enjoy their favorite Xbox 360 game until the Xbox One version becomes available,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. ...

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In an interview to CNET, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed that they are working really hard on second generation Surface to make it a success. This confirms two things. First, Microsoft is indeed working on next generation Surface RT device. Second, the upcoming Surface RT device will also run on Nvidia Tegra platform. He said that the lack of Outlook was one of the significant problems in first generation Surface launch. “It is the killer app for Windows,” Huang said. “Now we’re going to bring it with the second-generation Surface. We’re working really hard on it, and we hope that it’s going to be a big success.” Source: CNET ...

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Microsoft is continuing its marketing efforts to make consumers understand that Windows 8 tablets offer more value that Apple iPad. We have seen many ads in the past that compared Windows 8 tablets such as Surface RT, Dell XPS 10, etc to iPad. Today, they released a new ad which targets iPad Mini. Microsoft used Acer Iconia W3, the only 8-inch Windows 8 tablet right now to target iPad. It focuses on availability of Halo game, full Office suite and less price ($299) of Iconia W3 to Apple iPad Mini which lacks Halo game, full Office and a higher price of $429. What do you think of this ad? ...

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In an interview to Bloomberg, Bill Gates criticized Google for not carrying out enough philanthropic activities and shot down the idea of floating balloons enabling broadband to rural areas. Read his full response below. Apart from this, Bill Gates discussed about his effect of philanthropic work so far, silicon valley people, his work at Microsoft now, educational policies and more. One of Google’s (GOOG) convictions is that bringing Internet connectivity to less-developed countries can lead to all sorts of secondary benefits. It has a project to float broadband transmitters on balloons. Can bringing Internet access to parts of the world that don’t have it help solve problems? When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you. When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there’s no website that relieves that. Certainly I’m a huge believer in the digital revolution. And ...

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  When it comes to software development, desktop and the related tools are the only reliable choice available right now. Microsoft is planning to change it and they are already working on some projects on it. ZDNet today reported about some of those projects. Video clip from a July 17 “Future of Software Engineering Symposium” shows a former MS employee revealing that Microsoft is already asking its developers to write in the cloud, not on the desktop. Here is some info on the related projects from Microsoft, CloudDev – bring all of the positive network effects afforded by cloud computing to the practice of software development at Microsoft. Provides cloud-based build, test, and analytics services to product groups across Microsoft. The first short-term objective is to shorten the continuous integration cycle time – the minimum time required for a typical source code change to move from check-in to compiled and unit tested binary. CodeMine ...

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Microsoft has launched a new program called App Builder Rewards in US to encourage developers to make both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps. With this program, Microsoft will reward developers with prizes and points when they develop apps for Windows Phone and Windows Store. And this is a temporary program that will last for a certain period of time. Developers can win prizes such as Windows 8 Pro, Xbox 360 games, one year developer account, etc,. Joining the program itself is worth 1,000 points automatically and developers earn more by completing “quests” in their app building process such as completing their personal profile, submitting Pub details and more. Developers can also earn points by attending special events, either in the real world or online. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today posted the unboxing video of retail Xbox One unit. Major Nelson from Xbox team presented the new retail version of Xbox One and detailed the items in it. Albert Penello, director of product planning for Xbox One revealed several facts about Xbox One and the components that ship in the box. Read it below. 1. In the video, we are unveiling the Xbox One Day One edition – which includes a special Day One package, specially branded DAY ONE 2013 controller with chrome D-pad, and a Day One digital achievement. This will be available in limited quantities. 2. The Xbox One console, Kinect sensor – even the HDMI cable and the power supply – have a “liquid black” finish, with a focus on a consistent 16:9 design ratio across all components. This attention to detail was intentional and a great example of how every component in the box ...

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We have seen many Kinect implementations in the past other than gaming. In most of those cases, results were impressive. Developers were able to take advantage of great Kinect hardware and SDK to realize their thoughts. In the above video, Dassault Systemes made use of Kinect for Windows to create a great visual scene. Watch the video above. The Parisian contemporary ballet Mr. & Mrs. Dream includes Kinect sensors placed above the stage to follow the performers movements and create a stunning visual effect. Not only does it make the stage environment portable, it delivers a totally new art form. via: Next at Microsoft ...

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This might turn into an another PR nightmare for Microsoft Xbox One. Xbox LIVE Gold features  are compared between Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles in a page on Xbox.com. As you can see, there are list of items that comes under Xbox LIVE Gold on Xbox One. Multiplayer Gaming Entertainment Apps IE on TV The NFL on Xbox OneGuide Game DVR Skype SmartMatch Exclusive deals and special offers. While Multiplayer gaming, exclusive deals and special offers, OneGuide, The NFL on Xbox, SmartMatch may involve costs behind it, I’ve no idea why Microsoft still wants to charge Entertainment Apps,  IE on TV, Skype (really?), GameDVR, etc,. What do you think? Source: Xbox.com via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft SkyDrive today announced a great deal for Apple MobileMe users. MobileMe was supposed to be Apple’s cloud offering to compete with Microsoft and Google online services, but later it was replaced by iCloud. Apple is now sending emails to MobileMe consumers that their accounts will be downgraded and they should continue with iCloud service. Microsoft is giving away 15GB storage for free for the next 12 months if you just send a copy of your MobileMe downgrade email to HelpMeSkyDrive@outlook.com. SkyDrive is a fully featured consumer cloud storage solution from Microsoft that offers clients across platforms and devices. ...

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Microsoft is not new to releasing ads that compares Windows touch devices with Apple iPad. We have seen no.of ads in the past and today they have released a new one. This ad compares Surface RT with Apple iPad 4th generation. It focuses on full Office, USB support, Kickstand, Touch/Type cover and low pricing of Surface against iPad. What do you think of this new ad?   ...

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  Microsoft announced in early June that they are opening store-within-a-store in 500 Best Buy locations across the U.S with Windows Store Only at Best Buy program. Microsoft is planning to open these stores just-in-time for back-to-school shopping season. The first such store in opening on August 7th at Los Angeles Best Buy Store. From Windows Team Blog, On Wednesday August 7th at the West Los Angeles Best Buy Store, Major League Soccer will be on hand to kick off the first Windows Store at a major consumer location. MLS players and coaches will help show how to stay fit for back-to-school – from soccer drills on a full-size field in the parking lot to healthy food tips to the latest fitness and nutrition apps for Windows 8 like Daily Workouts, Fitbit, Endomondo, MyPlate Calorie Tracker, BallStrike and MLS MatchDay. The first 200 customers to demo a Windows 8 device in the ...

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If you are among the people who face battery draining issue on Surface RT devices running Windows 8.1 preview, there is a temporary workaround to fix it. The solution is strange but according to lots of people, it works! “Do you have your Bluetooth radio turned off, e.g. through airplane mode? If so, please turn it on as a workaround. Swipe in from right to bring in charms bar, tap on Settings and then on Change PC Settings at the bottom. Subsequent steps to get to the switch to enable Bluetooth: Change PC Settings > PC and Devices > Bluetooth,” Microsoft is already aware of the bug and should be working on an actual fix. For now, you can use the above method to save power. via: Winbeta.org ...

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Microsoft Surface RT devices does not support External Ethernet so far and there were some workarounds to make it work. But even those solutions are not working right now. According to ZDNet, Microsoft is working on bringing  External Ethernet support to Surface RT devices. Also Microsoft is working with hardware partners to make external Ethernet dongles that support Connected Standby, the Windows 8 feature that provides instant-on/off whenever network connections are available. Another related news about Surface RT is that Microsoft has extended the discounted Surface RT availability program for qualifying education institutions till end of September. “In June, we announced a one-time offer for Surface RT that starts at $199 for qualifying education institutions, valid for all K-12 and universities purchasing from Microsoft. Thanks to great customer interest, we are thrilled to share that this special offer to education institutions will continue until the end of September. Microsoft has a ...

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Microsoft Xbox team today updated their video app for Windows 8.1 preview devices. The previous update for Xbox Video app brought in some under the hood improvements and the ability to download videos while using other apps. This update brings a new darker look to the app, making it look inline with the upcoming Xbox One console UI. There are no other significant changes spotted in this update. Download it here from Windows Store for free. via: Neowin ...

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