Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft announced its company wide reorganization to transform into a devices and services company few months back. Since then, there are lots of changes happening within the company. Mary Jo Foley today reported three such changes today, 1) Windows Embedded team is now part of the unified operating system division under Terry Myerson. 2) The Outlook.com, Windows Mail and Calendar app teams which were initially part of the unified OS group are now part of the Applications and Services group under Qi Lu. Mary Jo Foley also reported that Windows Mail and Calendar apps might get replaced with the Outlook app that is now available for Windows RT. 3) Perceptive Pixel software team is now part of the unified operating system group under Terry Myerson. Microsoft also has some Perceptive Pixel software updates planned in April 2014. Read more from the link below. Source: ZDNet ...

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Another huge patent war is going to start soon. Rockstar consortium which is jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony has sued Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Google for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas. Rockstar consortium was formed by Microsoft, Apple and others after they won the Nortel’s patents in a bidding for $4.5 billion. Google is accused of infringing seven patents. The patents cover technology that helps match Internet search terms with relevant advertising, the lawsuit said, which is the core of Google’s search business. In fact, Google tried its hand in bidding to buy Nortel’s patents but they eventually lost of Rockstar consortium. The lawsuit points out that, “Despite losing in its attempt to acquire the patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe,”. Apple and Microsoft are already fighting patent battles against various Android OEMs in the courts. But this is the ...

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Microsoft today published a special Bing interactive home page to celebrate Halloween. The interactive home page is simply amazing, you should check it out and it trumps the Google’s Halloween interactive doodle posted today on Google.com. Bing home page has the following 6 horror movies as the highlights on the interactive home page, find them. Friday the 13th (1980) Poltergeist (1982) The Amityville Horror (1979) Halloween (1978) Psycho (1960) The Shining (1980) Check out Bing home page here. The Shining (1980) ...

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Albert Penello, who leads the planning of Xbox One at Microsoft posted a note on why real dashboard videos have not been published, what are the differences between the published demo video and the actual product, his comments on the recent rumors about Xbox One SDK bugs, etc,. 1) Why a live demo of Xbox One dashboard was not posted? Even though we have rights to populate the store with Musicians, Artists, Movies, Actors, etc. – when it comes to us (as in Microsoft) publishing those types of things for marketing materials, it requires an extensive amount of approvals from those same Studios, Actors, Agents, Musicians, etc. Also whenever we use game footage, the creator of the game wants to approve the footage. And finally, when something like this gets created, it needs to be used in a variety of ways that a direct feed video doesn’t work for. Coordinating ...

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Microsoft recently published a video to show how Xbox One’s all new dashboard UI coupled with great multitasking features will work. The dashboard UI looked similar to a Windows 8 Start Screen with Live Tiles. You can pin your favorite games, music, video, etc, to your home page of Xbox One. Xbox One now supports great multitasking, it does in two ways. First, the ability to switch between games, music, Skype calls, etc, instantly without any loading screen. Second, you can now snap a supported app to side of your screen. For example, you can watch live tweets associated with an event when you are watching an event, or you can have a Skype call while doing some other task, etc,. Couple of similar videos showing multitasking capabilities of Xbox One went public today. In the video, you can see how you can have relevant info from internet on the ...

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Microsoft today revealed the new Bing Hero Ads for Windows 8.1 Smart Search experience. These new Hero ads are a very visual ad unit that will appear when an user does a Windows 8.1 Bing Smart Search. Hero Ads are very visual ad formats and essentially the ads look to be like a landing page, rather than an advertisement by Bing. The goal of the new Hero ads is to combine user intent, branding and task completion for consumers. From an advertiser perspective, it enables advertisers to get all the most important and relevant information before consumers, with plenty of call to action. For example, when you search for Land Rover(refer image above), there will be a large high resolution photo of one of their vehicles – the “All New Range Rover Sport” in this example, gives consumers plenty of choices of what to click, all with pretty significant calls ...

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Microsoft today posted a short video where Ralf Groene from the Surface team was discussing about how they designed and engineered Surface. Ralf Groene the design head of Surface team, he leads the industrial and interaction design teams. In this brief interview, you’ll see the total focus on a great final experience as Ralf talks through aspects of the Surface 2 that range from precise manufacturing to the antenna cover to the fabric used on Type Cover 2 to the chemistry and physics of grease-repelling surfaces that minimize fingerprints. You can now buy/order Surface 2 at Microsoft Stores and other select retailers now. Source: Surface Blog   ...

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Microsoft Research today posted the above video which shows how Kinect’s sign language translation capabilities help the hearing and the deaf communicate. You can communicate between American sign language and Chinese sign language or potentially any sign languages to any other natural languages. Kinect detects the sign language and converts into natural spoken language. There is a avatar in the system to represent the hearing person doing the signing. It’s a proxy for the hearing person. It basically uses machine language and pattern recognition to achieve this results. This project has a huge potential. Watch the video above. Read more from http://research.microsoft.com/ ...

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  It’s a kind of bad news for Xbox One gamers. Two of the launch titles for Xbox One, Call Of Duty: Ghosts And Battlefield 4 will run only in 720p and upscaled to 1080p resolution. This is in contrast with Sony’s PS4 on which CoD: Ghosts will run on native 1080p and Battlefield 4 on 900p. Mark Rubin of CoD franchise tweeted the following, Hey, been on the road last couple weeks so haven’t had a chance to update, but wanted to confirm that for Xbox One we’re 1080p upscaled from 720p. And, we’re native 1080p on PS4.  We optimized each console to hit 60 FPS and the game looks great on both. Still on the road, but glad to see the great reception to Extinction.  Can’t wait for next week’s launch. Yesterday, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry reported that Battlefield 4 does not run on 1080p natively on both the consoles and often ...

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Microsoft has created a giant replica of Xbox One console in Canada. The replica is about 40 feet long and 20 feet wide. Xbox Canada representatives has revealed that this Xbox One model will “unlock” when enough fans pledge their gamertag. Straight described this marketing as below, Members of the Xbox community can pledge their gamertags in person at the giant Xbox One, online, or from the dashboard on their Xbox 360. Doing so also makes them eligible to win digital rewards. Prizes include Xbox One consoles and trips to Toronto for the Canadian launch of the new system. What, exactly, will occur when the box unlocks is unknown. But you should expect it to be something special. Microsoft Canada is planning a marketing campaign called “One Source” which represents that Xbox One console is a single device for games and entertainment. Read more from the link below. Source: Straight ...

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We all know that Microsoft has some of the most brilliant minds in the industry working on its products. Microsoft is trying to showcase that via a new website that will profile people at Microsoft. Steve Clayton, the storyteller at Microsoft blogged about this website launch with the following message, Microsoft is a curious collection of brilliant minds – many of whom you’ve never heard of and I’d like to change that. My role has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people and simple as it sounds, that’s what keeps me here – chance to work with people who come here every day to change the world. Today, my team is launching a new site at microsoft.com/stories/people that takes our profiles to another level. We’re starting with Andrew Kim, the acclaimed designer and owned of Minimally Minimal whose brave rebranding of Microsoft led him to a job on the ...

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After the release of Windows 8.1, there were reports that Windows 8.1 adding watermark to the desktop wallpaper about Secureboot even though it was configured correctly. Microsoft has released an update that removes the following watermark from the desktop wallpaper in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows 8.1 SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly. Build 9600 Download the fix from the links below. Operating system Update All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1 Download the package now. All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 Download the package now. All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 Download the package now. via: Winbeta ...

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If you were planning to buy a Sony PS4, then this is a bad news for you. Titanfall is a first-person shooter game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts as an exclusive for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game was officially announced as Respawn’s debut game at Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference, and is scheduled for a March 2014 release. Everyone thought it as an exclusive for Microsoft at launch and may debut for PS4 later on. But it was revealed today that it will remain a Microsoft platform exclusive “for the life of the title.” The surprise is that even Redspawn’s studio head was not aware of this deal which EA signed with Microsoft. Always MS exclusive at launch, great partner and focus is good for a startup. EA made a deal for the rest, we only found out recently =( – Vince ...

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Microsoft today announced the new Office Dev Center (http://dev.office.com), a central hub for developers Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync. This new developer portal helps developers find top development tasks, including information, resources, and tools for app development in the cloud. Microsoft is in the progress of unifying their platform and providing one consistent experience for developers across our various workloads, and this newly streamlined Office Dev Center (http://dev.office.com) is one of the main steps. The previous MSDN experience was the result of various projects and technologies growing somewhat independently, and as a result, we were maintaining six different developer centers dedicated to various Office products and the cloud app model. In this redesign, we’ve consolidated 198 landing and resource pages from across six sites into 25 strategically curated pages. The new experience is much closer to the way that we on the engineering team vision the platform moving forward. I’ve stressed ...

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Microsoft today announced that the total downloads of new Remote Desktop apps for iOS, Android and Mac OS X platforms have reached 1 million. Remote Desktop app will allow you to connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. It is built on top of the RemoteFX technology in Windows and the app is designed in a way to easily use your Windows device from anywhere. As of this morning, after just a few days of availability, the Remote Desktop app has been downloaded, 1 million times! Downloads have been steadily growing, and this is now the fastest growing Android app from Microsoft, ever. This kind of adoption is exciting; the Remote Desktop App brings the dynamic experience of Windows to devices around the world. Source: Microsoft Related: Microsoft Releases Remote Desktop App For iOS And Android Devices ...

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