Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today responded to some of the recent reports which claimed that Microsoft provides access to customer data to governments. Microsoft was forced to do so because many media outlets started covering about these reports which has no truth. Brad Smith who is the General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs at Microsoft blogged in detail about the claims made by recent reports. In short, Microsoft does not provide any government with the technical capability to access user content directly or by itself. In short, when governments seek information from Microsoft relating to customers, we strive to be principled, limited in what we disclose, and committed to transparency. Put together, all of this adds up to the following across all of our software and services: Microsoft does not provide any government with direct and unfettered access to our customer’s data. Microsoft only pulls and then provides the specific data mandated by ...

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Microsoft revealed during the announcement about Xbox One that you will be able to to play disc-based games while they’re installing to the Xbox hard drive. Microsoft has recently confirmed that the same applies for digital downloads too. You can start playing the game before it gets completed. Once certain parts of the game get downloaded, you can start playing the game while Xbox will continue the download in the background. Sony also confirmed that this same feature is also there in their PlayStation 4 console. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Outlook Web Access (OWA) for iPhone and OWA for iPad. These OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad are mobile apps that offer the same email, calendar, and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App on the browser, but with additional native platform capabilities. Push notifications that actively notify you of new email Meeting reminders pop up, even when the app is closed Voice activated actions like scheduling a meeting or sending email Contact sync so that OWA contacts are recognized by the iPhone’s caller ID function Remote wipe capability that allows IT to delete email and calendar data in the app from the device in the event that the device gets lost or the user leaves the organization These apps provides even more value to organizations on any Office 365 subscription that includes Exchange Online. If you are wondering about Windows Phone app, Windows ...

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  Whenever some one speaks about Acer Iconia W3, the first thing they complain about is its display. Being the first 8.1 inch Windows device, W3 has one of the worst display in the market. According to the report from tweakers.net, Acer is working on an updated Iconia W3 that will have better display and thinner, lighter body. The updated display will be an IPS one instead of TN-LCD. This successor to the Iconia W3 should be in stores in September. By that time, I expect other Windows OEMs to join the 8-inch Windows tablet market. Source: Tweakers.net ...

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If you are not aware of it already, Microsoft Surface is one of the most reliable tablets out there. Microsoft chose right from the material to the build quality to ensure great reliability in the hands of consumers. The Microsoft Reliability Lab is a high-tech dungeon where Microsoft drops, bends, pokes, and otherwise abuse devices to ensure they’re ready for the real world. In the latest episode of “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon goes inside Microsoft’s top secret Reliability Lab, where our products undergo dozens of tests to help ensure what our customers receive is sturdy, strong and resilient. In the video above, the Surface tablet is one of the Reliability Lab’s latest victims. Check out the video above. Source: Microsoft ...

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A number of retailers sold out of their initial allotment of pre-orders for Xbox One “Day One” console soon after it was announced.  Best Buy has started to take pre-orders again for the “Day One” console which includes a commemorative controller and an exclusive achievement.   The pre-order price is currently $499. Microsoft has confirmed the Xbox One will launch sometime in November 2013.  Best Buy, Target, and Walmart are all still taking pre-orders for the day one edition of the Xbox One. Source: Best Buy via Neowin ...

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Speaking at Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said that Microsoft Bob-style personal assistants may re-emerge with more sophistication. We have already seen arrival of such programs in the name of Apple’s Siri, Google Now, etc, which are nothing but modern age Microsoft Bob/Clippy. These programs offer personal assistance by understanding what users are doing and anticipating their needs. Here is the transcript of Bill’s answer to the question related to it at the event. He explained, “It’s been talked about for decades, and now really is possible — where we see where you’re going, we see your calendar, we see your various communications. … We can actually look at the text, look at the speech, try to be helpful to you in your activities. I think we will be more connected and therefore if somebody wants to do a task like find a gift of a certain ...

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  Microsoft Research has released a new SDK/Framework called Lab of Things that supports their existing HomeOS project. Here is the description about HomeOS from Microsoft Research. To simplify the management of technology and to simplify the development of applications in the home, we are developing an “operating system” for the home. HomeOS provides a centralized, holistic control of devices in the home. It provides to users intuitive controls to manage their devices. It provided to developers high-level abstractions to orchestrate the devices in the home. HomeOS is coupled with a HomeStore through which users can easily add obtain applications that are compatible with devices in their homes and obtain any additional devices that are needed to enable desired applications. So what is Lab of Things (LoT) and how it is related to HomeOS? Lab of Things (LoT) is a flexible platform for experimental research that uses connected devices in homes. LoT enables easy interconnection ...

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Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten in an interview to IGN has admitted that Microsoft has failed to clearly communicate the original Xbox One story that led to consumer opposition and U-turn from Microsoft. We all know how it evolved, this poor communication from Microsoft led to cancelling the digital games future that they initially planned for Xbox One. He also revealed that Microsoft is working on bringing back some of the digital only features such as Family Sharing to the current system in some form over time. Here is an excerpt from the interview, “I think it’s pretty simple. We’ve got to just talk more, get people understanding what our system is,” Whitten told IGN. “The thing that’s really gratifying is that people are excited about the types of features that are possible, and it’s sort of shame on us that we haven’t done as good of a job ...

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Microsoft today detailed the DPI scaling enhancements that will be coming as part of Windows 8.1. Windows 8 not scaling appropriately  to very high resolution displays was one of the most discussed issues in the reviews, and Microsoft has fixed it now. Windows 8.1 DPI scaling improvements are primarily focused on: Optimizing the usability and readability of high-DPI displays Providing a uniform experience multi-display systems Empowering developers to optimize app-specific scaling based on display DPI Here are the some challenges that we face when using Windows 8 on high resolution displays, While high-resolution displays are amazing they also present some practical challenges. When you increase resolution you inherently decrease the size of each pixel (assuming same display size). By decreasing the size of each pixel the content shown on the display appears smaller. When display Dots-Per-Inch (DPI) gets sufficiently dense this “shrinking effect” can make content hard to see and ...

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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will be speaking at Microsoft today at Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. Last time, Bill Gates spoke at a Microsoft’s conference was almost 5 years ago. Join us for a broadcast of the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit streamed live from Redmond on Monday, July 15, from 09:00 to 17:30 Pacific Daylight Time. This free online event offers highlights, such as the opening and closing keynotes, streamed on location from the Faculty Summit. Plus, you’ll hear from leading scientific and academic researchers who are making social and scientific advances—from prediction engines to quantum computing breakthroughs—with the help of technology. Watch this live stream here. ...

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  Three months back, we reported about couple of reports that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. One was by WSJ and another by The Verge. Now, there is a new round of reports from various sources that confirmed that Microsoft is indeed working on a smartwatch. The Verge then reported that Microsoft’s Xbox team is working on prototypes of Smart Watch. The Smart Watch is expected to have 1.5inch display with removable bands. Yesterday, AmongTech reported more details on it. The smartwatch prototypes which are now being part of Surface team is making variety of removable wrist bands in blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey colors for smartwatches. Also these prototypes are made of Oxynitride Aluminum, an expensive “translucent aluminum” that is said to be three times harder than glass. Some smartwatch prototype includes 6GB of storage, LTE support, phone notifications and music control and more. Read more at ...

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HP today announced that former Microsoft Chief Architect Ray Ozzie will join as a member to its board of directors. HP today announced that its board of directors has appointed three new members. Robert R. “Dob” Bennett, former president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Liberty Media Corporation; Raymond E. Ozzie, former chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation and founder of Talko Inc.; and James A. Skinner, former vice chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corporation and current chairman of Walgreen Co., will join HP’s board, effective today. The appointments increase the number of HP directors from nine to 12. Here is the info they posted about Ray Ozzie, About Raymond E. Ozzie Ray Ozzie, an industry visionary and pioneer in computer-supported cooperative work, left his role as Microsoft’s chief software architect in December 2010 and founded Talko Inc., a firm focused on a new generation of mobile communications applications and ...

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We reported about some upcoming SkyDrive.com features that Microsoft is planning to deliver in coming months. Today, Liveside revealed some more new features that are coming to SkyDrive.com soon. Here are the features, Shared lists – This new feature allow users to select up to 100 files from different locations and bundle them to a customized list, and share this list with others.  This serves as an alternative sharing option so that users can find files shared by others easier. Folder mounting – This new feature will allow users to “mount” other user’s folders to your SkyDrive. By doing this, contents in these folders can sync to your PCs together with your own SkyDrive files. Device settings backup management – This new feature in SkyDrive will allow users to manage their backed up device settings. Read about them in detail from the link below. Source: Liveside ...

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Last week we reported about Microsoft planning to cut the price of Surface RT tablet, and the new price is now live in Microsoft Store. Surface RT base model with 32GB storage is now available for just $349 down from its original price of $499. Surface RT with 64GB model costs $449. Both these models combined with Touch Cover/Type Cover costs $449 and $549 respectively. Check it out here. ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference held earlier this week, Microsoft revealed some new hardware requirements for Windows 8.1 certified devices. Windows 8.1 certified devices will have support for NFC and biometric authentication, “Precision Touchpads, portrait mode improvements and InstantGo ( new name for connected standby). During a session for Microsoft reseller partners entitled “How to talk to customers about Windows devices,” Microsoft officials talked about some of the new hardware features that Windows 8.1 and subsequent releases will support. As we’ve been hearing at vaious Microsoft conferences over the past couple months, Microsoft is working closely with OEMs on making sure new touch-enabled, lighter, thinner, faster devices with longer battery life, support for “modern” security, connectivity and new sensors will be coming to market. Starting later this year, these machines will make use of the new features Microsoft is building into Windows 8.1, including support for NFC and biometric authentication; new portrait-mode enhancements; ...

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