Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft yesterday announced that they are expanding Office and SharePoint Store availability to 22 new countries. Also  the Office and SharePoint store fronts will be localized with French, German, Spanish and Japanese language apps. The Office and SharePoint Store is available to all users of the new Office and can be accessed directly within Office applications and at Office.com. We have hundreds of business and productivity apps in the Store right now, from well-known ISVs to individual developers and start-ups. In fact, Office users have already downloaded nearly 1 million apps from the US Office and SharePoint Store. Apps for Office and SharePoint scenarios extend across Microsoft products, as well as interacting with external data. It is a great opportunity for business developers to target the huge base of Office users which includes both consumers and enterprise users. Source: Office Blog     ...

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A new report suggests that Microsoft could reveal its re-org plans as early as Thursday.  Ballmer is restructuring the company around the vision of devices and services, further divided into consumer and business/enterprise sections.  Here is what we believe Ballmer’s current plans are: 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. Meanwhile, Windows CFO and CMO Tami Reller is expected to have a larger marketing job; Skype president Tony Bates gets purview over all of business development, corporate strategy ...

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According to a report from Bloomberg, former VP of IEB unit at Microsoft Don Mattrick looked to buy Zynga while he was at Microsoft. Don Mattrick is now no longer working for Microsoft because he went to become the CEO of online gaming company Zynga. It was reported today that Don has been hankering to run all or part of the social-gaming company for at least three years. In fact, Mattrick even negotiated with Zynga founder Mark Pincus about buying the maker of such popular games as “FarmVille,”. He was planning to bloster Xbox LIVE community with Zynga’s social games. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Microsoft added the ‘All photos’ view in SkyDrive.com few months back which lets you browser through all your photos via timeline. SkyDrive will automatically group the photos based on their timestamp for easy viewing. For example, all your photos taken at workplace while leaving office will be a separate group and the photos you took at late night party on the same night will be of another group. According to Liveside, Microsoft is planning to improve this timeline feature with folder filters, read about it below. Unfortunately, the “All photos” view literally displays, well, all of your photos on SkyDrive. Whilst you can quickly jump between dates, one of the biggest complaint is that you cannot filter the photos to show only those from a particular folder (such as your “SkyDrive camera roll”). This is about to change. LiveSide understands that in an upcoming update, Microsoft will add a folder filter ...

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Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced that they are launching the “User Experience Design Competency” for Windows will launch through the Microsoft Partner Network by January 2014. The competency will provide a way to train your designers and be recognized for your expertise in the Microsoft Design Language and App User Experience on Windows devices. It will ensure that all of our partners have access to the user experience and design foundation necessary to create innovative experiences that engage millions of users on the Windows platform. Microsoft is the recent years have been focused on improving the user experience and design across their platforms with common Microsoft design language. So this new User Experience Design Competency is yet another great effort from Microsoft. To find out more about User Experience and Design on Windows, please visit design.windows.com. Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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At the Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference(WPC) in Houston, Texas, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 RTM will be available for OEM partners in late August. Windows team is planning this time frame because, this will allow OEMs to get the RTM bits and begin preparing devices with Windows 8.1 just in time for the holidays. They also announced that they will have more details to share in the coming months for consumers and other customers on how to get Windows 8.1. Jensen Harris joined Tami Reller on stage to show off Windows 8.1 and some important features such as the new search experience, support for Miracast, new Start screen customizations, improved multitasking and more. Read more about it here.   ...

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Few months back, Liveside reported about this feature in SkyDrive.com that allows you to explore panorama’s in a special viewer. This feature is now live for public users. Windows 8.1 Camera app now supports panoramas within the app, so you can shoot a panorama using your PC’s camera and upload it to SkyDrive. When you view that panorama in SkyDrive.com, the new panorama viewer will appear. Check out the screenshot  above showing the panorama viewer in action. Source: Liveside ...

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  Microsoft has announced that they are ending the MSN TV service by September 30th. MSN TV (formerly WebTV) is the name of both a thin client which uses a television for display (rather than a computer monitor), and the online service that supports it. Microsoft ended sales of the hardware long back and the service is also going to end in September. Here is the email sent to MSN TV subscribers, Dear MSN TV Subscriber, For the past decade, we have been excited to build products that provided our customers with easy access to the Internet on TV. Unfortunately, all good things must eventually come to an end. Today we are announcing that we will be closing the MSN TV service. The last day of the MSN TV service will be September 30, 2013. We want this transition to be as smooth as possible for you. This letter explains what ...

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Windows Experience Index was introduced by Microsoft with the release of Windows Vista to have a common measure of PC’s performance. It was there in Windows 7 and later in Windows 8 too. It seems Microsoft has removed this feature with the release of Windows 8.1 preview. Microsoft is yet to confirm the removal of this feature officially, but you can see it by yourself in Windows 8.1 preview. The Windows Experience Index measures the capability of your computer’s hardware and software configuration and expresses this measurement as a number called a base score. A higher base score generally means that your computer will perform better and faster than a computer with a lower base score, especially when performing more advanced and resource-intensive tasks. Each hardware component receives an individual subscore. Your computer’s base score is determined by the lowest subscore. For example, if the lowest subscore of an individual hardware ...

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Evernote Touch app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store got a major update few days back. This update brings in activity feed for your shared notes, new hub where you can have an overview of your account and more. Release notes: New hub page gives you an overview of your account Activity feed notifies you about updates in shared notebooks Shortcuts gives you quick access to important notes, notebooks and tags Improved note editing with Make Plaintext and Simplified formatting Supports two step verification for login Numerous bug fixes Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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As we previously reported Microsoft is continuing to expand its distribution for the Surface Pro: http://microsoft-news.com/microsoft-allows-resellers-to-start-selling-surfaces/  This combined with Microsoft’s educational offering discount and the early beginnings of the back to school buying season have overwhelmed Microsoft’s supply of the 64 GB Surface Pro and it is currently out of stock.  The Surface Pro 64Gb remains in high demand due to its lower price point than the 128GB model. We have reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update accordingly.   ...

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Microsoft is offering students with a valid .edu email address a 10% discount on the purchase of a Surface, software, and/or accessories.  This could be a savings of over a $100 with the purchase of a 128GB Surface. Head over to the Microsoft Store and enter your email address to get a unique code for the savings. ...

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Many users have experienced problems in upgrading their Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 .  A solution has finally been posted over at the Microsoft Forums SOLVED: Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 – Installing Windows 8.1 Preview (Error: 0×80070002) Here is the description of the problem: Windows 8.1 Preview successfully downloads, but fails during the “Gathering Information” stage of the installation. There error produced by the Windows Store is: “Something happened and the Windows 8.1 Preview couldn’t be installed. Please try again. Error code: 0×80070002″ Cancelling the installation, re-downloading, and attempting to install produces the same error. The Event Viewer error reads: “Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0×80070002: English ESD Bundle Parent.” Frustrated users tried the usual troubleshooting with no success: I have tried to download and install multiple times with the same error message. I have reset the Windows Store cache. I have downloaded and installed ...

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Microsoft and Qualcomm have a very close relationship and the snapdragon chipset has been used in Windows Phones for quite some time now.  As Spock would say, it is only logical that the Snapdragon chipsets would start to appear in some Windows RT tablets.  At the BUILD conference a few weeks back Qualcomm showed off a reference Windows RT tablet running on their Snapdragon 800 chipset.  This may be a sign of what is to come later this year. The 11.6″ tablet, running at around WXGA resolution includes: mini-HDMI port, NFC and SD card slot. 12MP camera Snapdragon 800 running at 2.2GHz Qualcomm is working closely with Microsoft to: optimize the new chipset for the Windows RT platform Bring support for higher-resolution displays – up to 2560x2048px Add an Adreno 330 GPU Ability to natively encode and decode 4K video Including integrated 3G/4G radios. With over 100k apps in the ...

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Microsoft has opened up its public beta for the 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 Public Beta.  The update will improve overall performance and the ability to conduct transactions with local currency, as Microsoft Points will be retired later this year.  It has been that rumored smaller live tiles will also come to the interface and the final update will come in late August. Unlike our previous beta programs, sign up is now accessed directly through your Xbox 360 console. Space will be limited, so once the spots are filled the beta will be closed to the public. To join, look for the Xbox Beta Program tile on the home hub of the Xbox Dashboard. You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), but I’ve rarely seen these followed. If you are an Xbox Member in Japan you will not be able to sign up at this time. Source: Major ...

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In an interview with Edge magazine Seamus Blackley, an original member of the Xbox team, reveals some of the names Microsoft had considered internally for the console. Edge reports: Microsoft’s ‘naming guys’ wanted to call the company’s first games console 11-X or Eleven-X, but were overruled by Seamus Blackley and his launch team. “First, there were our code names, which were WEP – ‘Windows Entertainment Project’ – designed to make Microsoft executives comfortable, Midway – ‘Midway between a PC and a console or ‘Battle of Midway’ – you decide – and DirectX Box, which was shortened to xbox in email very early on.” “When we got the first approval, Kevin [Bachus] was told we had to get a new name, because ‘xbox’ wasn’t legally sound, so against his judgment he did so, and got the phase two, or ‘car’ names. These were so bad we didn’t even save them, but ...

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