Review Category : Microsoft

Skype introduces “Stay Together,” a new campaign via Pereira & O’Dell. The “Stay Together” ads strive to have a powerful emotional connection with the audience instead of focusing on the technology itself; in this case, to keep family and friends in touch despite long distances. A similar type of ad has been recently seen in the Apple “Made in California” commercial. AdAge reports: The first in the series is “The Impossible Family Portrait,” featuring Denis, separated from his family in Uganda and trying to keep in touch with his family and adopted son, over Skype. There’s also “Animal Family Portrait,” [below] about a zookeeper who had to leave Australia but still keeps in touch with her animal friends, and “The Growing Up Family Portrait,” about 10-year-old Julie and her cousin in Brazil. There’s also a contest where Skype asks users to share stories of how they use the service to ...

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Microsoft today announced that the Bing Ads platform will be available in Windows 8.1 Smart Search which was announced last week as part of the upcoming Windows 8.1 release. With Windows 8.1 Smart Search, consumers can look for information across the web, device, apps and cloud. They can play, launch, view or browse items in a single tap. It is a modern search experience to allow consumers to find the information they are looking for quickly and accomplish a broad range of tasks – giving people a faster way to find, discover and do. Just like in Bing web search results, Smart Search results in Windows 8.1 will also feature Bing Ads. Bing Ads will be an integral part of this new Windows 8.1 Smart Search experience. Now, with a single campaign setup, advertisers can connect with consumers across Bing, Yahoo! and the new Windows Search with highly relevant ads ...

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Game Critics Awards 2013 was announced that today. Of all the games that were awarded by the 30 media outlets that vote on the Game Critics Awards, one game stood out high. It’s Titanfall from EA/Respawn which will be exclusive to Microsoft platforms (PC, Xbox 360 And Xbox One). It won best of the show, best original game, best console game and so much more. Take a look at the list below. Check out the trailer after the list. Best of Show Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Original Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, XBox 360, Xbox One) Best Console Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Handheld/Mobile Game Tearaway (Media Molecule/SCEA for PSVita) Best PC Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Hardware/Peripheral Oculus Rift (Oculus VR) Best Action Game Titanfall (Respawn/EA for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Best Action/Adventure ...

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Picturepan2 over at LiveSino has some shown off some nice screenshots of the Mail, People, and Calendar apps as they will look in the final version of Windows 8.1 Mail: In the mail app it will be easier to multi-select & triage, support for drag and drop has been added, and snap mode for attachments is now supported.  The application will now be known as the “Windows 8 Outlook.com client.”  There are also sweep/cleanup features similar to Outlook.com as well as auto-categorizing your email such as newsletters and social mail. Calendar: What’s Next feature will show the next series of events on the calendar. People: People app will get a significant UI makeover. Clicking on a contact’s first letter will change the look of the filter. A search box inside the updated People app and the contact page for each profile will also get a new look. Source: Windows Newsroom via LiveSino ...

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Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Xbox (and possible replacement for Mattrick?) confirmed that the Kinect on the Xbox One will be able to scan QR codes, including pre-paid Xbox Live Cards.  Hopefully the days of punching in 25 digit codes are a thing of the past. To my reddit friends — yup — this works! http://t.co/QHnOPZqib1 — Marc Whitten (@notwen) July 1, 2013 Source: Twitter ...

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Microsoft’s Windows Store has reached an important milestone of 100,000 apps yesterday. This is a impressive feat because it took just over 7 months to reach this point. For comparison, Windows Phone Store took 18 months to have 100,000 apps, so did the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store took 16 months for the same number of apps. Thanks for a great \\build! Just passed 100k apps in the Windows Store. — Windows App Builders (@windevs) July 1, 2013 Other than numbers, Microsoft is also focusing on bringing high quality apps such as Facebook, Foursquare, etc,. ...

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Twitter confirmed it was testing a tool to automatically translate tweets using Microsoft’s Bing search engine. In the implementation, tweets appear in the original language, with the translated tweet in smaller text below it (with a powered by “Bing translator” label). “To make it easier for people around the world to connect with each other, we are beginning to experiment with Tweet text translation,” said a Twitter spokesperson. Bing provides a similar service for Facebook. Source: AllThingsD   ...

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Klout is the social reputation service everybody loves to hate, but much like the SAT test it is a de facto standard.  Bing has been a strong leader in social search, with close relationships with Facebook, Twitter, and Klout.  Today Klout announced that the number of times someone searches for you on Bing now contributes to your Klout score.  Bing search prevalence — the number of times you are searched for on Bing — will now contribute directly to your Klout Score. Search is one of the most direct indicators of real world influence and serves as a bridge between offline and online influence. This is interesting because someone could be influential but not necessarily active on social media.  As they mention in their blog post, Warren Buffet has only tweeted three times but his influence is enormous and that is reflected in Bing. Someone who is famous or influential on a topic ...

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In effort to support Creative Common licenses Bing has added Search by License” feature for Bing image search.  Bing has simplified this process to allow you to filter by usage rights and only see images that have a Creative Commons license.  In the latest version of Office 2013, you can also search for images on Bing directly from any Office application. Not only that, the search results will show licensed images by default. This is also based on the same technology that is powering the “Search by License” filter.  The new filter is already live as of today at Bing.com/Images, although it may not be available in all countries. We here at Microsoft-News have always strived to use images with permission and under the appropriate creative commons license. Source: Bing Blog ...

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Starting in August Microsoft will no longer accept new TechNet subscriptions.  The service will shutdown once current subscribers contracts end.  Ed Bott has a nice write-upon TechNet’s pending end. TechNet was originally create in the late 90s, in an effort to get builds to consumers through CDs (by mail) in era where broadband was slow and expensive.  Economically TechNet was a great deal, for a few hundred dollars annually, you got early access to MS builds of server and desktop software with multiple product keys.  Technically the software was for “evaluation purposes only,” but nobody ever followed this and it was never enforced.  Due to the ability to get multiple product keys, many people shared subscriptions or even illegally sold the extra keys. In a letter to subscribers, Microsoft wrote, “IT trends and business dynamics have evolved,” and TechNet has outlived its original purpose.  Additional details: New subscriptions won’t be accepted after August 31, 2013. ...

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Microsoft so far had only two versions of Surface Pro devices, one with 64GB storage and another with 128GB. It seems Microsoft is planning to sell one another version of Surface with 256GB storage. Microsoft Surface Pro runs on Intel Core i5 3317U processor, 4 GB RAM,  256 GB SSD, Windows 8 Pro, Multi-Touch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity with 1 YR limited warranty will go one sale from Surface authorized retailer CDW for $1,199.99. Do you think this is a good deal? I think Microsoft should release a Surface Pro with Intel Hasewell processors with great battery life. via : WPCentral  Source : CDW ...

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Don Mattrick, current President of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business (think Xbox) will be leaving the company, possibly to become the CEO at Zynga according to a report by Kara Swisher at AllThingsD.  An official announcement may be made later today, Zynga’s shares are up 10% on the rumor.  Mattrick was also on the short list of people considered to take over the CEO role at Electronic Arts (EA). According to Swisher, this move is unrelated to Ballmer’s restructuring plan and Mattrick has been planning this move for months.  It is unknown at this time as to who will replace Mattrick.    Mattrick, a Canadian native, has long wanted to move back to the Bay area, where has a home, said sources, another important factor in this move. Update: Confirmed by Zynga. Here is the press release. Zynga Names Don Mattrick Chief Executive Officer Founder Mark Pincus to Continue as Chairman of the Board ...

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OneNote has released a major “version 2.0″ update for iPad, iPhone, and Android.  These apps are based on an almost entirely new code base that delivers a full-powered OneNote experience across each device with more reliable sync, via SkyDrive that “just works,” according to Microsoft.  Enginerring changes in the backend will allow Microsoft to make quicker updates going forward. New OneNote Apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. OneNote will now have a consistent look and feel across all devices. With the new OneNote updates all formatting looks exactly the same across devices – this includes text formatting, tables with shading and borders, layout and so on. Hyperlinks and note tags are consistently supported. Even ink from your Windows tablet is shown on iOS and Android now. In short, your notes look the same, all the time, on all devices.  Below is a comparison of what you see in the new OneNote for iPad compared ...

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Microsoft had its own newsfeed feature back in Windows Live days which aggregated social activity from various services such as Facebook, Flickr, Myspace, etc,. Later it was discontinued as Microsoft started to focus on the basics, Mail, Storage, Chat/Skype, etc,. Liveside today reports that Microsoft is planning to bring back newsfeed in a different form. A recent activity newsfeed for your SkyDrive. Here’s how Liveside explains the upcoming feature, Microsoft added recent activity feeds to its Windows 8 SkyDrive app’s Live Tile back in January this year (as shown above), showing notifications about what’s going on in your SkyDrive. However, this feature was limited to the Windows 8 SkyDrive app only, and you cannot see this feed anywhere else. This is set to change as LiveSide understands that the SkyDrive.com web service will also get a recent activity feed. Clicking on the new “Recent” menu item on the left-hand side ...

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