Review Category : Microsoft

The new Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT 8.1 tablet is coming to both AT&T and Verizon in the US. Both AT&T and Verison has confirmed the same. Also AT&T will be selling the new 6-inch Lumia 1520 phablet exclusively in the US. Read the press release below. “AT&T is a leader in connected devices and was the first to launch Windows 8 as part of our tablet portfolio,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, Emerging Devices, AT&T Mobility. “We’re delighted to add the Nokia Lumia 2520, the new Windows RT 8.1 tablet, to our line-up just in time for the holiday season.” For more information, please visit: www.att.com/lumia2520. “AT&T* was the first to launch a 4G LTE Windows Phone, and first to enter the large screen space. We are proud to bring the Nokia Lumia 1520 exclusively to the U.S. on the nation’s fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE ...

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We all know that Microsoft is planning for its own Google Glass like wearable device. WSJ today reported that Microsoft is already testing some prototypes of such device. Few months back, a Microsoft patent revealed some info on such wearable device. A computer implemented method providing supplemental information to a user with a head mounted display viewing a live event, comprising: receiving an indication that a user is attending a live event, the live event having an event duration; determining a field of view of the user through the head mounted display, and objects within the field of view at the live event; retrieving supplemental information describing at least the objects in the field of view of the user during a portion of the live event; determining elements of said supplemental information to present to the user in the head mounted display; and displaying the supplemental information in one or ...

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Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet will come in red, cyan, white and black, the Nokia Lumia 2520 will initially be available for sale in the US, UK and Finland at an estimated price of USD 499 before local taxes and subsidies. It will be spreading to other markets shortly after. Design1 Dimensions Length: 168 mm Width: 267 mm Thickness2: 8.9 mm Weight: 615 g Display and User Interface Display size: 10.1 ” Display resolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080) Display features: Orientation sensor, Refresh rate 60 Hz, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2, Wide viewing angle, Enhanced outdoor readability Display colors: TrueColor (24-bit/16M) Aspect ratio: 16:9 Pixel density: 218 ppi Display technology: ClearBlack, IPS LCD Touch screen technology: Capacitive Multipoint-Touch Luminance: 665 nits Sensors: Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer Keys and Input Methods User Input: Touch Dedicated hardware key: Volume Keys, Power/Lock key Form factor Form factor: Tablet Hardware Connectivity SIM card type: Micro SIM Charging connectors: ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft’s next generation Surface devices, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 went on sale today. Surface 2 powered by Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage starts from 449 USD. Surface Pro 2 powered by Intel 4th gen processor, upto 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD starts from 799 USD. Alone with new Surface devices, new accessories like Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 are also on sale. Surface is now available via Microsoft Stores in the US and other 3rd party retailers around the world in launch countries. Check out Microsoft Store listing here. ...

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Right from the day it was revealed, iOS7 homepage got poor response due to its insane icon designs. Even though the OS underneath has got modern flat look, icons on the home screen created negative views on the new re-design. A talented designer has now re-created the whole iOS7 home screen using Microsoft Word 2013. Yes, Microsoft Word 2013. Watch the video above, it’s amazing.. You can even download the word file from www.upir.org. ...

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Microsoft has released a tool called EMET which is a free tool available for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is a utility designed to help users block hackers from gaining access to their systems through common attacks. EMET enables users to manage security mitigation technologies that help make it more difficult for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities in a given piece of software. EMET helps protect your computer from new or undiscovered threats until they can be addressed through formal security updates. Once installed, EMET works quietly in the background without interrupting your computer use. Like any security tool, EMET doesn’t guarantee that you’ll never have any problems, but it does make it much harder for an attacker to succeed. You can download EMET here. ...

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Microsoft today won a major public sector contract in the US for its subscription based productivity suite Office 365. The U.S. Army PEO EIS has awarded 50,000 seats of Microsoft Office 365 to Microsoft and Dell for Cloud Services, including e-mail and calendaring, Office Web Apps, unified capabilities like Microsoft Lync, and collaboration tools like SharePoint. Public sector enterprise mainly demands enterprise and security-ready solutions in which Microsoft clearly has advantage over other cloud players like Google. The Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) is available to any Department of Defense (DoD) Service, agency and mission partner without additional competitive process. This opportunity gives Microsoft the ability to work with civilian agencies and federal entities at all levels to provide commercial cloud services, opening up new mobile opportunities. Adopting Office 365 is a significant step forward for the Department of Defense in fulfilling the DoD Cloud Computing Strategy of leveraging commercial cloud services. ...

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Microsoft today sent out an updated statement to the media regarding the Surface RT 8.1 update issue. Microsoft pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store after few users raised concerns about their device getting bricked after the update. Microsoft then acknowledged the update situation and confirmed that they are working on a fix for the issue. According to Microsoft’s statement today, they are still fixing the issue and trying to release the update as soon as possible. “Based on our investigations of a situation customers have encountered updating to Windows RT 8.1, we can confirm that as of now this is a Windows update issue only affecting Surface RT customers. While only less than 1 out of every 1,000 (or less than 0.1 percent) Surface RT customers who have installed Windows RT 8.1 have been impacted, improving their experience and ensuring their systems are fully operable as quickly ...

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Microsoft has finally released the Surface RT Recovery Image for Surface RT users. Just few days back, Microsoft pulled Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store since some users reported issues while updating. I think this recovery image should be useful for those who bricked their devices. Microsoft has also provided a reference  document for instructions regarding creation of the recovery USB drive and the use of this Surface RT recovery image. Download it here from Microsoft. ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 reviews appeared online today. I’ve collected some conclusions from those reviews from popular websites. While many of these reviews are not so convinced with Microsoft’s argument that Surface Pro 2 can replace both your Ultrabook and tablet, they are happy over the improved battery life with Haswell processor.  Read the full reviews by clicking the title of the blogs/websites below. AnandTech: Surface Pro 2 is a good improvement over its predecessor. The platform is quicker, quieter and boasts longer battery life as well. The new kickstand is awesome, as are the new touch/type covers, and the new display is a big step in the right direction. If you were tempted by the original Surface Pro, its successor is a solid evolution and that much more tempting. I really like using Surface Pro 2 and Windows 8.1 in general as a productivity focused tablet OS. When Surface ...

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Microsoft Surface 2 reviews appeared online today. I’ve collected some conclusions from those reviews from popular websites. Mostly, the hardware received positive reviews with the exception that it is not pushing the boundaries. And the lack of apps in Windows Store was the most popular negative thoughts of Surface 2. Read the full reviews by clicking the title of the blogs/websites below. AnandTech: Surface 2 is a big step forward compared to Surface RT. The chassis looks awesome, the device is significantly quicker and battery life is appreciably better. The new display is much better than its predecessor (and so much better than what you get from most $449 PCs). The new touch/type covers see similarly major improvements. Surface 2 also benefits from the update to Windows RT 8.1, giving it a far more polished OS than what launched a year ago. The overall package is just a lot better ...

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Usually, whenever a new OS or OS update release happens, Microsoft will allow users to download it from the installer or download it as ISO to install them whenever we want using DVD/USB media. When Windows 8.1 was released this week, Microsoft made it available through Windows Store. However, there are ways to download Windows 8.1 ISO from Microsoft. Neowin posted the below steps which you can follow to download the ISO and install it from USB stick. Head over to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only Scroll down and click Install Windows 8 (This will trigger the installer assistant). Enter your Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Upgrade product key, confirm that you will be downloading the bits for the version you paid for. As soon as it starts downloading, close the installer assistant from the (X) in the top-right corner. Go back to the Microsoft Windows upgrade page, click Install Windows 8.1, and download the newer installer assistant. Run the ...

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Microsoft is beginning the sales of next generation Surface devices, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 from Oct 22nd. Since the launch is few days away, retailers in launch countries has already been receiving units from Microsoft to put on sale on Oct 22nd. However, retailer Argos listed the Surface 2 tablets on its own website allowing customers to purchase them online and pick them up in store. People were able to buy the device yesterday even though the device is launch in on Oct 22nd. After realizing their mistake, Argos has now removed Surface from the sales listings. Their response on this incident,  “We fully comply with embargos issued by our suppliers and have withdrawn the Microsoft Surface 2 from sale with immediate effect. We are working with Microsoft to investigate this error as a matter of urgency.” Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft has removed Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store temporarily. There seems to be some issues affecting users while they updating their devices. Microsoft is aware of the issue and already investigating it. Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1,” “As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store.  We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience.  We will provide updates as they become available.” Expect the update back in store soon! I myself updated my Surface RT and the update process for smooth and now, I’m enjoying the Windows 8.1. ...

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In a blog post Microsoft talked up Direct3D 11.2 which ships with Windows 8.1.  The Xbox One will ship with a superset of Direct3D 11.2.  Microsoft has worked on making a number of advances to Direct3D 11 on Windows, including: The introduction of Tiled Resources, a new hardware feature for efficiently managing enormous volumes of data on the GPU more efficiently, enabling unprecedented levels of detail as well as more immersive open-world gameplay without making gamers sit through annoying “level loads.” Excellent tools in Visual Studio for analyzing and debugging code built using Direct3D 11 Improved performance when accessing memory shared between CPU and GPU when executing compute workloads. Programming model improvements, including advances in HLSL that enables developers to write more manageable shader code, and reduce runtime cycles spent on shader compilation. Improved performance and efficiency on mobile form factors by reducing presentation overhead and enabling hardware accelerated overlays ...

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Luxembourg’s data protection commissioner is investigating Skype over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy program Prism, the Guardian has learned.  The Microsoft-owned internet chat company could potentially face criminal and administrative sanctions, including a ban on passing users’ communications covertly to the US signals intelligence agency.  Skype itself is headquartered in the European country, and could be fined if an investigation concludes that the data sharing is found in violation of the country’s data-protection laws.  Luxembourg’s data-protection commissioner initiated a probe into Skype’s privacy policies following revelations in June about its ties to the NSA. Luxembourg has attracted several large corporations, including Amazon and Netflix, due to its tax structure.  Its constitution enshrines the right to privacy and states that secrecy of correspondence is inviolable unless the law provides otherwise.  Surveillance of communications in Luxembourg can only occur with judicial approval or by authorization ...

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