Review Category : Microsoft

Xbox Music app will come pre-installed and is the default music player for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. This app will feature free, ad-supported streaming of the entire catalog of over 30 million tracks on PCs and tablets. Users can also make playlists, discover new music, and purchase and download music. However, this unlimited free streaming service will end in 6 months time followed by reduced hours of streaming and users can buy Xbox Music pass to enjoy Unlimited streaming after that. The service will cover 22 countries for subscription music, 15 for free streaming, and offer iOS and Android clients later next year. See the video above for more info. ...

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Right on schedule, the first of the $1.5 Billion campaign ads to market Windows 8 has launched. The ad focuses on touch and family friendliness, and ends with the tag line “Windows reimagined” and the Windows 8 launch date 26th October 2012. The Crispin Porter + Bogusky agency effort seems a bit light for a first effort – hopefully we will see something more exciting in later ads. Via The Verge.com ...

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Microsoft is scrambling to remove in-game Halo 4 footage from YouTube after the two discs of the game leaked recently. The game is only hitting the market on the 6th November, but footage of the game is is showing up on the internet faster than Microsoft can ask for it to be removed. The game’s creative director Josh Holmes has asked fans not to spoil the game for themselves by watching these videos, saying on twitter: I’ve worked for over 3 years making Halo 4. Please avoid spoilers and leaks from thieves for 3 more weeks until the game is out. Thank you. — Josh Holmes (@JoshingtonState) October 13, 2012 Halo 4 is the first instalment in a new trilogy of the successful Halo series of games, with the "Reclaimer Trilogy" takes place four years after the events of Halo 3 with the Master Chief having been lost in space. ...

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The New York Times reports that the Federal Trade Commission is preparing a recommendation that the government sue Google for abusing its position as the dominant search engine. The accusation is that Google manipulates search results to favour its own products, and makes it harder for competitors and their products to appear prominently on a results page. The commission is also building a team to take Google to court, if it comes to that. The European competition authorities are also pressing ahead and seeking changes in Google’s behaviour. Joaquín Almunia, the European Union’s competition commissioner expressed concerns that Google is “using its dominance in online search to foreclose rival specialized search engines and search advertisers.” Google is also being investigated by the attorneys general of six states: Texas, Ohio, New York, California, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Accusations include that of manipulating the search results to favour Google commerce services such as ...

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MetroTwit for Windows Desktop was one of the best looking and well thought out apps on the platform. The developers behind this app has now developed a Windows Store app which is optimized for touch devices. Similar to its desktop counter part, MetroTwit for Windows 8 is built on Metro design language. New features added: Twitter Streaming support (and Twitter API 1.1 support) Added Twitter lists support Added multiple accounts support (requires MetroTwit Pro or Plus) Added inline media previews Added support for Twitter profile banners Fixed portrait and snap view support for many pages Fixed multiple crashes and instabilities Fixed emoji unicode support Added geolocation support Many new features I used this app for couple of hours and found it really intuitive. Do try this out. Download it from Windows Store here. ...

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Netflix has released their official app for Windows 8 PCs and you can download it from Windows Store now. Using this app if you have Netflix membership, you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes & movies on your Windows 8 PC/tablet. App Description: Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies. Get the free app as a part of your Netflix membership and you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes & movies. If you are not a Netflix member sign up for Netflix and start enjoying immediately with our one-month free trial. How does Netflix work? – Netflix membership gives you access to unlimited TV shows and movies for one low monthly price. – With the Netflix app you can instantly watch as many TV episodes & movies as you want, as often as you want, anytime you want. – You can browse a growing ...

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Microsoft today announced that you can now pre-order Windows 8 Pro DVD from online Microsoft Store and other retailers. Along with Windows 8 OS, several Windows 8 machines from various OEMs are now available for pre-order. Acer ASUS Dell HP Samsung Sony Acer, HP and Samsung Windows 8 pages are still not live yet, however you can pre-order them from online retailers like Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store and many more. Windows 8 Online Store links are as follows, Newegg Staples Microsoft Amazon.com Have you decided your Windows 8 machine? If yes, please let us know in the comments.   ...

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On the Windows Team Blog Microsoft has announced that pre-orders for Windows 8 Pro on DVD is now available for $69.99 USD ERP* (U.S.) at select retailers, including  Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store and many more. They also announced that upgrades via download will be available on the 26th October for $39.99 USD ERP. The downloads will be available in 140 countries worldwide, with 37 languages, and 23 supported currencies. The limited time upgrade offer will only be available until January 31st, 2013.. Those who purchase (or have purchased) an eligible Windows 7 PC anytime between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 USD ERP** (U.S.) which will be redeemable starting October 26th. Lastly Windows 8 PC’s can now be pre-ordered for delivery by the 26th. Read more detail on the ...

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A European Microsoft division had announced that Microsoft will be releasing Office of iOS and Android in 2013. This was quickly shot down by Microsoft however, with  Microsoft’s Frank X. Shaw, head of corporate communications, tweeted on Wednesday that the "information shared by our Czech subsidiary is not accurate," adding that "we do not have anything further to share at this time." A presentation however marked confidential on the new Office makes it clear that Microsoft will be offering Office as a Service, and that their per user and per household licensing will include mobile devices, including specifically iOS and Android. Clients for these devices have been rumoured for a long time, and I think given Microsoft’s role as across-platform productivity software publisher, and with more than 1 billion connected devices in 2011, many not running windows, remains inevitable. ...

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We have already seen some evidence of marketing for Microsoft’s Surface tablets, and we have seen various Windows 8 Marketing videos leaked, but so far nothing has really hit the main stream. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that we should prepare for a tsunami of Windows 8 ads this weekend, as marketing for the new operating system and the PCs it runs on start in earnest. Apparently Microsoft and PC OEMs will be blanketing the airwaves with ads, with a cumulated spend of several hundred million dollars. The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft has been prepping the ad effort for months, including purchasing large blocks of television-commercial time during this spring’s "upfronts," when TV networks take advance orders for ad spots during fall programming. Devices running the OS will be formally launched on the 26th October. The task of the marketers is not small – interest in PCs have ...

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Microsoft today announced that its upcoming version of its productivity suite Office has reached RTM milestone. Microsoft is planning to release Office 2013 for consumers in the first quarter of 2013. Also from October 19, customers purchasing Office 2010 will get the new Office for free upon availability. Microsoft will also release a preview version of the new Office on Windows RT devices, beginning with the Windows 8 launch on October 26. For business customers, Office will be available from November under following different programs. We will begin rolling out new capabilities to Office 365 Enterprise customers in our next service update, starting in November through general availability. Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November. These products will be available ...

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Microsoft has confirmed to Kotaku that, while the Windows 8 Store will support age ratings, it will still not allow games rated at PEGI 18 or ESRB Mature to be sold in the store. Section 6.2 of the Windows App guidelines reads: …apps with a rating over or PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or a corresponding rating under other ratings systems …are not allowed. Kotaku notes this is not a problem in USA, where the vast majority of games are PEGI 16 and below, but in Europe many popular games such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the new Dishonored are in fact rated PEGI 18 and could therefore not be carried. Games can still be installed as usual via download, CD or through Steam, but this does expose a weakness in the service that should really allow for all possible apps, of course ...

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In an interview in New York with the WSJ’s Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt commented about the upcoming Microsoft Surface. When asked about this thoughts on Microsoft making PC  hardware for the first time, he said the following. Mossberg: In a few weeks we’ll see something historic. Microsoft will have built its first computer, with Surface. Running a Microsoft OS. That’s a huge change for them, because they were always licensing operating systems to other people. What does this mean? Schmidt: “It means a lot if the product works.” Mossberg: Let’s say it does. Schmidt: “My answer stands.” Microsoft built a structural monopoly around Windows. “Produced enormous value, and a series of antitrust cases, which they lost.” So is that the right model to solve problems? I would argue that we’ve evolved to a new model, like with Android. “We’re going to see an explosion of ...

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Just like ‘Cut the Rope’ -a game by Zeptolab- Microsoft has chosen another popular game to showcase the hardware acceleration in the latest web browsers.  Microsoft has helped Mokus port ‘Contre Jour’ to html 5.  While the first 10 levels can be played on any browser, the remaining 20 levels require multi-touch, which would only work on Internet Explorer 10.  ‘Hauntingly beautiful, pleasantly challenging and strangely addicting – Contre Jour is now on the web! Swing, shoot, drop or fling Petit through 30 free challenging levels right in your browser. Optimized for touch, Contre Jour is at its best using the new Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 devices. The game also works well in Internet Explorer 9 and other modern browsers. Find out if you have what it takes to help Petit reach his goal.’ For a quick tutorial of the game, check out the video below: Read more ...

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A series of training videos produced by Microsoft has surfaced, telling retail staff how they should be selling Windows 8 PCs. Sales staff are encouraged to concentrate on personalization, customization and showing how the OS works as well with a mouse and touch. The videos are as much instructional as they are sales training, indicating it is more than the customer that Microsoft needs to educate. Via Neowin.net ...

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It seems the success of Smoked by Windows Phone went to Microsoft’s heads, as they now have a taste for head to head comparisons between their and rival’s products. According to their stats those who took their Bing-it-on challenge chose Bing 2:1 over Google, but of course probably only Bing users knew about the challenge in the first place. Now it seems Microsoft will be running TV spots featuring street challenges similar to Smoked by Windows Phone hoping to spread the message that Bing is better than Google. With Google’s market cap recently (and briefly) exceeding Microsoft’s, and Google still extremely dependent on search ads for their income, it has become increasingly urgent for Microsoft to win ground and mindshare as a serious competitor in this space. Hopefully they will keep the pressure up. Via WindowsPhoneDaily.com ...

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