Review Category : Microsoft

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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Microsoft today announced that they have upgraded Windows.com and the personalization gallery to responsive web design. Have you ever had this kind of experience when browsing Windows.com on your phone or tablet, or trying to view it in Snap mode in Windows 8? If so, I am happy to announce that we just launched sitewide improvements that make Windows.com responsive to your browsing device and screen size, regardless of your device. Whether you are viewing Windows.com on a phone or a tablet, or viewing in Snap mode in Windows 8, the site resizes seamlessly in your browser. You can try visiting the site and experience it yourself from a tablet or mobile web browser. We made these sitewide improvements so it will be easier for you to take advantage of all the great info on Windows.com, no matter where you are or what device you’re using. Whether you want to ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced a major re0organization within the company. They are changing the way Microsoft works as a company to better create experience for people and compete with other companies in this new change. CEO Steve Ballmer yesterday wrote a long memo to both public and employees on how Microsoft sees its future. Read it from the links below, Steve Ballmer’s Memo To Employees On One Microsoft Strategy Microsoft Announces Major Re-organization Plan, New Leadership Team Also watch Steve talk about his vision for Microsoft with this major reorganization in place in the video above. ...

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Amazon.com, the largest online shopping site in US has revealed that it has sold out Xbox One Day One edition console. The Day One console includes a commemorative controller, token code to unlock an exclusive Day One achievement, and premium packaging at no additional cost. While Day One edition of Xbox One is sold out, you can still order Xbox One Standard edition, but shipping date is based on availability and it is not guaranteed at release date. Check out Xbox One listing page on Amazon here. ...

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With Xbox One, Microsoft is not only targeting consumers at home, but also small businesses around the world. You may wonder, how does it makes sense? Here is the argument from Microsoft, “it’s entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense. The Xbox One, priced at $499, is an affordable option for small business owners, as there are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms”. Skype: Xbox One will allow people to not only use Skype on the console, but it will allow for multi-person chatting. Combine this with the wide-angle lens and 1080p view of the included Kinect and you have the means for collaborative meetings and presentations. As an example, Skype is being used in educational settings, everywhere, to bring together classrooms, cultures and learning. This can also apply to your business. Utilize ...

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Guardian today reported that Microsoft handed the NSA access to unencrypted Skype and Outlook.com messages. It said that Microsoft  collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users communications to be intercepted. Microsoft responded to the allegations saying that they comply with US laws. Here is Microsoft’s response, We have clear principles which guide the response across our entire company to government demands for customer information for both law enforcement and national security issues. First, we take our commitments to our customers and to compliance with applicable law very seriously, so we provide customer data only in response to legal processes. Second, our compliance team examines all demands very closely, and we reject them if we believe they aren’t valid. Third, we only ever comply with orders about specific accounts or identifiers, and we would not respond to the kind of blanket orders discussed in the press over the past ...

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Microsoft Skype has recently launched a new website to demonstrate the power of Skype and the impact it is making among peoples lives everyday around the world. They have launched a new contest called Skype “Stay Together” story contest where you need to tell how Skype makes you stay together with family and friends. Do you use Skype to stay close with your family and friends? Tell us about it for a chance to win1 your own impossible family portrait and a trip to see your family.  After you share your story, it’ll show up in the gallery along with your location and photo. Open to legal residents of the 50 US (+D.C.) 18+. Ends July 22, 2013. Prize paid in the form of a $10,000 travel certificate. The above video is a story of Lindsay, Lindsay – Gulf Shores, Alabama/Perth, Australia When Lindsay graduated college, she was a little lost ...

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This was expected! After selling Surface RT devices for just $99 at WPC, TechEd and other Microsoft conferences, Microsoft is now planning to cut the device price by $150 for general consumers. According to the report from The Verge, the base model of Surface that comes with 32GB will cost $349. Surface RT 32GB – $349.99 Surface RT 64GB – $449.99 Surface RT 32GB with Touch Cover – $449.99 Surface RT 64GB with Touch Cover – $549.99 These price cuts are expected to go live next week. So, if you were planning to buy a Surface unit, wait till next week. Source: The Verge ...

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From: Steveb To: All Employees Date: July 11, 2013, 6 a.m. Subject: One Microsoft Today, we are announcing a far-reaching realignment of the company that will enable us to innovate with greater speed, efficiency and capability in a fast changing world. Today’s announcement will enable us to execute even better on our strategy to deliver a family of devices and services that best empower people for the activities they value most and the enterprise extensions and services that are most valuable to business. This company has always had a big vision — to help people realize their full potential. In the earliest days, it was by putting a PC on every desk and in every home. We’ve come farther than we could have imagined. The impact we have collectively made on the world is undeniable, and I am inspired when talented new hires say they chose Microsoft because they want ...

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Our Company As the times change, so must our company. In the 37 years that Microsoft has been helping to improve people’s lives by helping them to realize their own potential with technology, we have seen exactly the kind of transformation we had hoped for when we set out to put a PC on every desk and in every home. Personal technology has developed from an idea to an everyday experience, reaching and connecting billions of people. With the more recent growth of broadband and the mobile Internet as well as the development of newer devices such as tablets and smartphones, consumers’ experiences and use of technology have fundamentally changed again. We have entered an always-on, always-connected era that holds new promise for what technology can bring to people’s lives and to businesses everywhere on the planet. And this gives us an opportunity to help people lean in and do ...

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As reported earlier this week, Microsoft is going to reveal the major reorganization plan later today. ATD reports that, top execs have been informed of the changes yesterday and the restructuring is dramatic and will include the wholesale elimination of its operating units for a management structure built around devices and services, both in the consumer and business spaces. Here is the expected plan from Microsoft according to ATD, Winners New cloud computing and business-focused products unit headed by current Servers & Tools head Satya Nadella; Online Services leader Qi Lu could add Microsoft Office and other apps to his portfolio that already includes the Bing search service; Julie Larson-Green, who now co-heads Windows efforts, is in line to be in charge of all devices from Surface to Xbox, as well as music and TV services; Windows Phone chief Terry Myerson is expected to take over Windows engineering and platforms. ...

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There is a petition going on at Change.org to Microsoft about Xbox One. These petitioners need Xbox One with the policies that was announced back at E3, they want to experience the future of entertainment with no compromises. This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty. We want this back. It can’t be all or nothing, there must be a compromise. We have expressed our thoughts on it in the past and we reported about some other views as well. Read them below. Microsoft Engineer Defends Xbox One DRM Requirements, Makes Valid Points Microsoft Reverses Course On Xbox One Heartbroken Microsoft Employee Anonymously Posts About ...

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Both Gartner and IDC yesterday reported about their PC shipment report for Q2 of 2013. The declining trend of the market continues as Gartner reports that worldwide PC shipments dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a 10.9 percent decrease from the same period last year. According to IDC, worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.6 million units in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13), down -11.4% compared to the same quarter in 2012 but slightly better than expected. Lenovo emerged as a top PC maker beating HP. It is not surprising given the strong product lineup of Lenovo and weakness of HP’s aging products. Lenovo took the top PC vendor title, continuing its streak of gains following channel expansion and solid product development. In 2Q13, Lenovo continued to make impressive gains outside of APeJ. However, the headwinds in China continued to affect its home turf significantly. Lenovo ...

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