Review Category : Microsoft

  Skype today announced a minor update to Skype for Android app to address some of the feedback they received over the past week. Microsoft released a redesigned Skype application which now has a modern look similar to Windows Phone app. The following changes have been made: You wanted an easier way to sign out. Now you can find this option by hitting the Menu key or on any of these navigation screens: Recent, Favorites, People and Profile. We addressed a bug that was not allowing users to go online or make/receive calls if their status was last set to offline in version 3.2 before upgrading to version 4.0. Enabled video for devices that could previously make video calls in version 3.2. Improved dialog translations for Russian, Brazilian Portuguese and Traditional Chinese. Download it here from Play Store. Source: Skype ...

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At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2013, Xbox creative director Carl Ledbetter showed off no.of early prototypes Microsoft tried for Xbox One before settling down with the current design. He said Microsoft “wanted to make it simple and elegant, and we wanted it to be crafted and tailored, so it’s all about quality,” and “Using those principles, we started to design.”. The team of about 30 people began with sketches, sent those to an in-house model shop to build prototypes (above) and tested those models in real world environments like “people’s living rooms,” he said. They then worked with the engineering team to determine how the internal parts would fit into the console. Read more from the link below. via: Polygon ...

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Microsoft today released an another ad for Windows RT tablets devices attacking Apple iPad. This new ad focuses on multitasking capabilities of Windows RT in Windows RT tablets like Surface RT, Dell XPS 10, etc, and showing that Apple iPad lacks this feature. An employee is Skyping with his superior while browsing vital information during the call by having the apps side by side on his Surface. What do you think of this ad? Update: The device used in the above ad is Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet, not Surface RT as mentioned before.   ...

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Microsoft has released their first set of updates for Windows RT 8.1 preview as part of Patch Tuesday updates. As we reported few hours back, Surface RT also got an system firmware update that improves performance and reliability of the machine. Other recommended updates are for Windows RT 8.1 which fixes various bugs and security holes. Go to Settings -> Update and Recovery -> Windows update in Windows RT 8.1 to download these updates. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced a new security policy for 3rd party apps in Windows Store, Windows Phone Store and Office Store. According to this policy, the developer should submit an updated app which fixes the publicly reported security vulnerability within 180 days. Today we are announcing a new policy for how we’ll handle vulnerabilities in apps available through the Windows Store, Windows Phone Store, Office Store, and Azure Marketplace. As with second Tuesday, we’re doing this to help protect customers and to ensure the apps available in our stores are as secure as possible. Starting today, developers will be required to submit an updated app within 180 days of being notified of a Critical or Important severity security issue. This assumes the app is not currently being exploited in the wild. In those cases, we’ll work with the developer to have an update available as soon as possible and may remove ...

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The ESPN app for Windows 8/RT devices just got updated to v1.2 and it is a major release with lots of new features and improvements over the previous version.  With this app, you can get up- to- the -minute scores, news, and analysis for all your favorite teams, leagues, and players, access rich, in depth content from the leader in sports. Here is the change log, • Redesigned main hub • Redesigned News feed • Added prompt to Rate this app • Added prompt to Update app • Adaptive layouts for 1366×768, 1920×1080, 2560×1440 • Performance improvements in ScoreCenter • New modal video player • Added ability to pin podcast channels • Added all sports to favorites’ list in settings • Resolved audio/video simultaneous play bug Upcoming enhancements: • Adding Soccer • Additional personalization in myESPN and main hub Download the app here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Grand Theft Auto V is an upcoming open world action-adventure video game being developed by Rockstar. It is coming on September 17, 2013 to Xbox 360. Today they released a gameplay trailer which looks impressive and it shows their bold new direction in open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay and online multiplayer experiences. Check out the video above. Pre-order now and visit www.rockstargames.com/V. ...

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Microsoft started ‘The Browser You Loved To Hate’ series of ads in an attempt to win back consumers which it lost over the years. As their marketing claims state, Internet Explorer has come a long way since last decade. The latest release IE11 is the fastest browser available and it is built for touch. I use Internet Explorer as my primary browser and I switched after using Firefox and Chrome and years. They’re both back and in heavy demand. But, there are some common misconceptions about both. It turns out Twinkies don’t really last forever, and if you haven’t met the new IE yet, it probably isn’t the same browser you remember. This got us thinking about other common misconceptions. IE is slow (nope, not so say multiple third parties). And a few other things that are also not true. We teamed up with singer-songwriter Laura Gibson to remind you ...

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Microsoft today released a firmware update for Surface RT devices as part of July 2013 updates. It is now available for users around the world. According to Microsoft, this July 9 firmware update enhances system performance and reliability. Microsoft also noted that Surface Pro is not receiving any update this month. You can update your device through Windows update. Source: Microsoft  ...

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  At Worldwide Partner Conference yesterday, Microsoft announced a new service called Power BI for Office 365. Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) solution that enables customers to easily gain insights from their data, working within Excel to analyze and visualize the data in a self-service way. Power BI for Office 365 includes the following, Power Query, enabling customers to easily search and access public data and their organization’s data, all within Excel (formerly known as “Data Explorer“). Power Map, a 3D data visualization tool for mapping, exploring and interacting with geographic and temporal data (formerly known as product codename “Geoflow“). Power Pivot for creating and customizing flexible data models within Excel. Power View for creating interactive charts, graphs and other visual representations of data. Read more about it in detail from link below. Source: Office Blog ...

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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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