Review Category : Microsoft

Research firm Gartner yesterday released a report on consumerization of IT. Gartner predicted that 821 million smart devices (smartphones and tablets) will be purchased worldwide in 2012 and it will reach billion mark in 2013. Gartner said the following regarding Windows 8 in businesses by 2016, In the business market, Windows 8 will take the No. 3 position in the tablet market behind Apple and Android by 2016, with interest coming more from businesses than consumers. Tablets and convertibles will be the way into businesses for Windows 8. Gartner estimates that the share of Windows 8 tablets and ultramobiles in businesses will reach 39 percent in 2016. Even though 39% market share for Windows 8 is highly possible, I didn’t under their maths quite well. They are saying Windows 8 will take No.3 position in tablet market, but will hold 39% marketshare?? How it is possible? Source: Gartner ...

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Microsoft Exchange team today detailed the upcoming Offline Access support in Outlook Web App 2013. Offline access will be supported in Internet Explorer 10, Safari 5 or greater and Google Chrome browsers. The following content will be available offline, Mail Users will be able to see all their folders, and content in all offline-supported folders. Offline-supported folders include: Inbox Drafts Any folder viewed from the browser in the last week For each offline-supported folder, users will have 3 days of content or 150 items, whichever is larger. Attachments are not available when offline. Calendar Reminders will pop-up for meetings and appointments Current month and upcoming year of calendar Multiple calendars are not available when offline People All Contacts Anyone the user emails often or has emailed recently The Auto-Complete cache (the list of matching names that appear as someone is added to a message) You can read about what user actions are ...

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Microsoft today confirmed that Skype will replace Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available). In order to focus the development efforts and create seamless experiences, Microsoft will be doing this operation. Once you update to Skype, here are some of the other great features Messenger users can expect: • Broader device support for all platforms, including iPad and Android tablets • Instant messaging, video calling, and calling landlines and mobiles all in one place • Sharing screens • Video calling on mobile phones • Video calling with Facebook friends • Group video calling With Skype 6.0, users can already sign into Skype client using their Microsoft account and chat/video call with their Messenger and Facebook friends. Also Microsoft will be posting more information in the next few months to help you transition to Skype. Source: ...

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Last June, we reported about a specs of a device from Microsoft called Xbox Surface.  We thought it was just a fan made concept, but it seems that it may get real soon. According to a report from The Verge, Microsoft is working on  a 7-inch version of Xbox Surface tablet which will be focused on gaming. While the specs of the device was not yet finalized,  it will  likely include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM suitable for high performance gaming. It was also reported that Xbox Surface will run on custom Windows kernel and will have some tablet focused apps. Are you ready to own another gadget between your Windows Phone and Microsoft Surface ?? Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft is making big moves in media space in the recent days. First they announced number of TV content on Xbox through Xbox LIVE TV and then rebranded Zune service into Xbox Music and Xbox Videos. Now, according to a job post from Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, they are working on a new service called Cloud TV. While Xbox TV is around enjoying live TV content on Xbox with enhanced experiences, I guess Cloud TV is a service that spans across platforms just like Xbox Music. Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business is revolutionizing entertainment. IEB has a rich set of entertainment offerings from Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE to Zune Marketplace and Mediaroom. Our customer base is growing fast and our pace of innovation has been incredible with our latest product Kinect selling over 10 million units since its launch in November of 2010. We’re looking for a Software Engineering Manager who is ...

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Windows Phone 8 has the ability to let a Guest account use your apps using the Kids Corner feature. It turns out Windows 8/Windows RT, including the Surface, has the same ability, allowing you to set up an account for your kids and install only selected apps onto their account. To install apps you purchased on other accounts on your tablet: 1. Log into your second account on your device. 2. Open up the Store. 3. Open up Settings. 4. Click on Your Account. 5. Click on Change user. 6. Log in with a Microsoft account that has already purchased apps from the store. 7. Swipe down from the top and select Your Apps. 8. Select an install any of the apps that you had already purchased with that account. Don’t worry, it doesn’t download the apps again, so it doesn’t take up any more space. Our tipster, Mr. Brown, ...

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After many customer queries, Microsoft has explained about the free space available for users in Microsoft Surface models. If you buy a 32GB model of Microsoft Surface, you won’t have 32GB to store your music, videos, etc,. Instead, you will only have 16-20 GB approx. What happened to the rest of the disk space? Check the image above to understand them. This is true for Apple iPad too. But since it does not come with Microsoft Office and many built-in apps, you many find more free space than Microsoft Surface. Unlike Apple, Microsoft is providing you with many choices to increase your storage capacity, Cloud storage using SkyDrive microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory card (adds up to 64 GB) USB flash drive or hard drive Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft has chosen to support Adobe Flash in IE10 only on some selected sites in Windows RT.  While this results in a fast and responsive device, it does also mean that content on some sites not added to the white list are inaccessible. If your favourite website is not in the approved list there is a simple hack available to add it. Go to the desktop version of IE10, hit the click ALT button on your keyboard, click on and then Compatibility View settings. Uncheck the last checkbox: “Download updated compatibility list from Microsoft”. Open the following file, which is your local version of the whitelist: “C:\Users\[USER_NAME]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IECompatData\iecompatdata.xml”. Look for the and tags, between which the allowed domains will be listed. Add as many websites as you want using the others as a template: “FlashSiteYouWantToAllow.com.” It may be a good idea to allow Microsoft to update the compatibility list every ...

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German online retailer Notebook.de has priced the x86 Windows 8 Surface Pro tablet on their site. The 64 GB model is priced at 679.83 EUR ($870) without tax, and the 128 GB model costs 763.87 EUR ($975). The full spec of the device reads as follows: 26.92 cm (10.6 ") Full HD ClearType multitouch display (1920×1080) Intel Core i5 (3rd generation) 4 GB RAM 64 GB of memory Intel HD 4000 Graphics (shared memory) Wireless LAN 802.11 a / ​​b / g / n Bluetooh 4.0 (Low Energy Technology) HD front & back camera with TrueColor and internal microphone SkyDrive feature VaporMG case Comes with stylus Weight: 900 g Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 2 years warranty . Notebook.de claims the tablets will be available in 3-4 weeks, which seems rather doubtful, with most expecting the device only in January 2013. If delivered earlier that would indeed be a great early ...

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Microsoft has not announced any Surface sales figures, leaving analysts to do what they do best. “We called or visited all permanent Microsoft Stores this week, and the feedback was that Surface sales have been steady, foot traffic has been above average, and restocking shipments have been consistent,” wrote Phil Winslow of Credit Suisse in a note to clients. The Windows RT Surface tablet was launched on the 26th October and the cheaper model quickly sold out soon after. He added that returns “have been relatively few,” with most of those citing the lack of backwards compatibility with older Windows applications that will only be available when the company launches the “Pro” version of the tablet sometime early next year. Analyst Brendan Barnicle of Pacific Crest surveyed a number of Microsoft’s stores, and reported “strong” sales of the tablet and that most stores had gone through at least one round ...

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Microsoft Skype has launched two new pre-paid cards that will be available for £10 and £20 in UK through hundreds on retailers. Skype Prepaid Cards are the way to get access to a whole set of Skype premium features such as making affordable calls to mobiles and landlines around the world, Sending low cost text messages, Group video calling, Unlimited calls to a country of your choice, Access to to over one million global WiFi hotspots and more. Read the full press release after the break. Press Release: Skype Launches New Prepaid Card in UK Partners with Asda, Currys, PC World, Sainsburys’ and WHSmith for launch of Skype Cards London, November 5th 2012. Skype today announced the availability of Skype Prepaid Cards, a new way for users in the UK to purchase Skype Credit and add premium features to the free software they already use. Skype is joined in this initiative by five ...

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According to research firm IHS, Microsoft Surface 32GB costs $271 to build it and TouchCover costs just $16 to build. Microsoft Surface’s main components include a Tegra 3 processor chip from Nvidia, and a display and memory chips from Samsung. Samsung appears to be having a healthy profit from Surface by supplying display, the memory chips and the battery, pocketing about $137 (almost half of total Surface cost). As every other OEM do, Microsoft seems to be profiting more from the TouchCover keyboard accessory. TouchCover includes chips from Atmel and Freescale Semiconductor and since it’s a compelling accessory for users, Microsoft is trying to squeeze more profit margin from it. You can read more about it from All Things D here. ...

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Everyone knows that Windows RT is more secure than Windows 8 because of its closed nature and the app model surrounding it. Even though one cannot install unverified apps on Windows RT machines, already installed apps should be protected from hackers, etc. Recently, a Windows Phone Developer posted the above picture showing how he can hack a Windows RT game code to increase the gold coin numbers in the game. This may not sound serious to you, but the same amount of gold coins costs about $100 on Android! The above file was in IsoStore of the game and it was even encrypted. Even though signing/verifying the data should be taken care by app itself, I think Windows RT should provide more tamper-proof application storage solution for developers as individual developers themselves can’t do all these. What do you think? Thanks to WP Dev for the heads up. ...

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Microsoft and Google -as well as Dell, HP, Phillips and Intel- have expressed an interest in using ‘white spaces’ in their devices in order to provide their users with the convenience of widespread broadband access.  The white-space spectrum used by Microsoft is between 512-698 megahertz, offering a longer range than the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks we use currently, thus allowing people in rural areas to have better signal. The rumour is that Microsoft is planning to offer free WIFI as a value-added feature on Nokia’s handsets, with Senior government sources telling The Sunday Telegraph that Microsoft and Google have expressed “extreme interest” in unused sections of airwaves known as white spaces The two companies are rumored to looking to offer nation-wide WIFI to their smartphone users in UK using White Spaces spectrum. To clarify, white spaces are gaps between airwaves used for television, radio and mobile services, which are also used to prevent interference between ...

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Xbox Live is pretty well known for their misogynistic teens but it seems this is a reputation Microsoft is less than proud of and intends to actively combat. According to GameStop UK Microsoft is implementing a zero-tolerance policy against users who make sexist or derogatory comments on Xbox Live. "It can be dangerous to give adolescents a broadcast mechanism," said Kiki Wolfkill, the executive producer of Halo 4. "There are always going to be jerks out there, and if you give them a way to express that side of their personality without being seen, you’re going to see this type of behaviour manifest itself." Offenders  face a lifetime ban on the gaming network if they cross the line. Do our readers think this punitive approach is right, with what is after all paying customers or should there be a bigger focus on education? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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