Review Category : Microsoft

Halo 3 game is now available for free for Xbox Live Gold Subscribers. As part of the “Games for Gold” program, Xbox Live Gold customers can download the game for free from Xbox Live Store. The offer is valid from October 16 until October 31. Microsoft is attempting to win more Xbox Live Gold customers by giving away two major titles a month. You can buy 12 month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription from Amazon here.   ...

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Microsoft started the Scroogled campaign against Google back in November. Since then, Microsoft has focused on various issues like Gmail scanning user’s mail content for ad delivery, Gmail spamming its own users, privacy issues in Chrome, etc. Many of us are not a big fan of these kind of competitor bashing ads, but the ads are really working! According to a report by Ace Metrix, more than 53% of campaign viewers mention Google in their responses to the ads said they would look at Bing in a new light or at least seek more information. “For Microsoft it’s a win,” said Jonathan Symonds, exec VP-marketing at Ace Metrix, an ad-effectiveness research firm. In Ace’s evaluation, more than 53% of campaign viewers mention Google in their responses to the ads said they would look at Bing in a new light or at least seek more information. With Bing trailing Google search ...

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Alex Garden, General manager for Xbox MVR ( MVR – Music, Video and Reading) today blogged about their experience of building the updated Music app for Windows 8.1 devices. Xbox Music app got completely re-designed from its previous version and it has got some new UX which everyone demanded. It packs Xbox Music service features like ad-supported free streaming, custom internet radio stations and the ability to take their music and playlists to different devices, ability to import from SD card, etc,. As you can see, we have condensed what were 3 layers of the app into a simple, single page with clear callouts of our major app features – collection, streaming radio, the store and playlists. Moving between the features is as simple as clicking the title. In addition, playback controls are always visible on screen making it simple to pause the song you are listening to or skipping ...

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Along with the update about the upcoming Photos and Camera app for Windows 8.1, Microsoft also revealed some information about the Movie Moments app for Windows 8.1 devices. This Movie Moment app allows you to trim the videos, add some texts and music which can be shared to various services. You can think it as a Microsoft Movie Maker lite! Real life moments can be unpredictable, so when taking videos we often take a bunch of extra footage. Sometimes these videos sit dormant on our devices – when just a few edits would make the video instantly shareable!  Movie Moments is a simple app that helps tell the story of the interesting moment in your video. Within moments, trim the video, add short captions, and put in some music and now you’ll have a short clip that you’ll want to share!   Source: Microsoft ...

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  Microsoft today detailed the new features that are coming to Windows 8.1 Photos and Camera apps. Both these apps together allows you to go from capturing images to making edits to sharing within a matter of moments. There are two interesting new features. First is the dual capture feature which can find in modern smartphones, you can take a photo while a video is recording. Second, the new Photo Loop feature which allows you to capture a series of pictures one second before and one second after you press the shutter button, allowing you to always select the best picture from a series of rapid shots. Read the full list of features below. Easy Controls: With the built-in Camera app, you have easy-to-use controls to help you capture photos and videos. You can even quickly access the camera from the lock screen. Video and Photo – yes, at the same ...

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If you noticed it right, SkyDrive is now an integral part of Windows. With the upcoming Windows 8.1 release, SkyDrive is baked into the OS and it has become one of the best cloud storage service available right now. Adam Czeisler, Development Manager at SkyDrive team today discussed in detail about how Microsoft built the modern SkyDrive experience for Windows 8.1 devices. Microsoft combined the advantages of JSON API design pattern of building apps and proprietary sync protocol supporting ‘CRUD’ operations into a one single solution. In Windows 8 we tackled these problems by releasing both a SkyDrive modern app and a SkyDrive sync client. We had all the pros and all the cons of both engineering designs. In addition the app and the sync client couldn’t communicate with each other which led to some temporary inconsistencies that could be confusing to people who used both. When we started planning ...

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Microsoft today discussed about the much garnered Xbox Live Compute feature on Xbox One. The Xbox Live Cloud service is specifically designed to enable game creators to utilize the scalable computing resources that Microsoft deploys within their regional datacenters. This compute resources will allow game developers to enhance their game experiences beyond what is generally possible with the limited resources of a console. Microsoft is even giving game developers the cloud computing power for FREE so they can more easily transition to building games on Xbox One for the cloud. Microsoft has listed some advantages of using Xbox Live Cloud. Read it below. The really exciting part becomes evident when we consider a few things game creators can do when they use these additional computing resources in the cloud: Higher fidelity game experiences – As I mentioned before, cloud compute can enable developers to offload computations for all sorts of environmental elements. In a ...

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Microsoft Ventures today announced their first investment on enterprise mobility startup SkyGiraffe. SkyGiraffe provides a SaaS platform that helps businesses deploy enterprise-grade mobile applications on any device immediately and without the need for writing code. Read the full press release below. Press Release: SkyGiraffe, an innovative new venture that provides a platform to securely extend on-premise enterprise systems directly to mobile devices, today announced that it has received a strategic investment from Microsoft Ventures. This marks the first fund announcement from Microsoft Ventures, and will enable SkyGiraffe to further its mission of empowering organizations to efficiently provide enterprise-grade mobile apps to their workforce. “We provide the tools that make it exceptionally easy for businesses to perform at their best, anywhere and at any time,” said Boaz Hecht, Co-Founder & CEO of SkyGiraffe. “We are thrilled to work closely with the team at Microsoft Ventures to bring our services to customers around the ...

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Microsoft today announced a new program called Student Advantage that will allow students in schools to enjoy full Office 365 ProPlus for free. From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. Office 365 ProPlus includes the following, Office suite included Always have the latest versions of: Capture your ideas however you work best—using a keyboard, pen, or a touchscreen. Open PDFs and edit paragraphs, lists, and tables just as you do in familiar Word documents. Keep track of comments in Word documents and mark them as done with the new reply button. Convert your data into a chart or table in two steps or less so you can analyze it faster, and then preview it with different formatting. Embed Excel spreadsheets, Visio diagrams, photos, and almost any other kind of computer ...

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We wrote about Microsoft’s idea of creating Surface Blades for different purposes last month. During the second generation Surface launch event held last month, Microsoft announced the Surface Remix Project which showed how you could click in a specially designed Touch Cover that let you remix your favorite songs and share them with the world. Even though it is limited to music for now, it shows that productivity can go various other ways, not just click in keyboards. Microsoft realized that this concept has a great potential and they visited Art Center College of design to meet students for a three day workshop where students were asked to imagine different blades concepts. Microsoft refers the Cover you click in to Surface as blades. The Surface Remix Project has a music blade and there could be many other blades for various other purposes. Microsoft released a short video to show how ...

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Microsoft began taking pre-orders for the next generation Surface devices, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 last month. The devices were expected to be shipped on Oct 21st on the device launch day. However, if you order the device now, shipping date has been pushed to Oct 25th in the US. Only the $899 64GB Surface Pro 2 is now available with the original shipping date of Oct 21st. And Surface Pro 2 256GB and the 512GB models will be shipped only by December 15th. Also Type Cover 2 is now available only in Purple as others are out of stock. Microsoft also announced last week that it is hosting a series of midnight launch events at 10 Microsoft retail stores across the nation to celebrate the launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Starting at 10 p.m. local time on Oct. 21, each participating store will host the ...

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Microsoft announced Xbox One: Day One edition few months back and it got sold out almost in all the launch countries. The Day One console includes a commemorative controller, token code to unlock an exclusive Day One achievement, and premium packaging at no additional cost. BesyBuy today revealed that they got some more Xbox One Day One Edition units available in limited quantities. So, pre-order them before it gets sold out. Check out the listing here. ...

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Microsoft promotes Windows tablets with the new app in Windows Store. AMC Story Sync app allows you to join fellow fans online for snap polls, cool trivia and exclusive video while watching the premiere broadcast of the latest episode of Season 4 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Things have gotten serious between our favorite Zombie-loving couple since the last season, and they’re excited for Season 4. Are you? Watch the season premiere this Sunday, October 13th 9/8c on AMC Download AMC’s Story Sync app for Windows to join fellow fans online for snap polls, cool trivia and exclusive video: http://msft.it/AMCStorySync Download it here from Windows Store. ...

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Microsoft Bing team today detailed the update they have worked with IE 11 team to speedup the search experience in Windows 8.1. Users spend most time on search tasks by doing some kind of research that requires multiple queries and visiting multiple pages. The new pre-render tag in IE11 has allowed the Bing to load the intended web links even before you click them therefore allowing you to access the site at speed when you actually click it. Today we are introducing an improvement available for Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) that helps you accomplish your search tasks even faster. The next time you perform a search in Bing using IE11, you’ll notice that when you click on the top result, the associated page is almost instantly rendered. To achieve this, we leverage IE11’s pre-render tag to automatically download and render the top result page in the background – it does this ...

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SkyDrive Pro is cloud storage for organizations and their employees. With SkyDrive Pro, you can upload, browse, and share files across all of your devices, including accessing your most recently used files. Microsoft released SkyDrive Pro app for iOS devices back in June and now the app got updated to v1.1. SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 brings the mobile editing experience for Office 365 for business users. You can open document on SharePoint Online in Office 365, and edit it using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote on iOS device. Microsoft has made a connection between SkyDrive Pro for iOS and other Office apps (Office Mobile for iPhone, Office Web Apps, and OneNote for iPhone/iPad). Download SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 from App Store. ...

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A popular 3D benchmarking tool 3DMark is now available for download from Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. With this tool, we can now compare the fastest Windows RT, Windows, iOS, and Android devices. Description: Benchmark your device with 3DMark, the world’s most popular performance test. Use 3DMark to test the gaming performance of your Windows RT device, then see how it compares with other models. You can even compare your benchmark test scores with smartphones and tablets running Android, iOS or Windows. 3DMark is used by millions of people, hundreds of hardware review sites and many of the world’s leading technology companies. It’s the industry standard benchmark for graphics performance measurement, a professional level diagnostic tool now available to everyone for free! Use 3DMark Ice Storm for device-to-device comparisons of mainstream mobile devices. Ice Storm is an DirectX 11 feature level 9 benchmark test that uses fixed off-screen rendering ...

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