Review Category : Microsoft

Win8China has posted some screenshots of Windows 8.1 RTM (build 9600). Everything pretty much looks as expected. It’s only a matter of time until the full build leaks now that it is in the hands of the OEMs.  Windows 8.1 will be officially released October 18 and as a free upgrade from the Windows Store on October 17th.  The OS hit RTM just a few days ago. Source: Win8China ...

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We reported two weeks ago about this upcoming Nokia Windows RT tablet. Today, The Verge confirmed most of the specs we reported earlier with couple of new information about the device, its internal codename ‘Sirius’ and the camera. Here are the details about the device, It is a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. It will be powered by Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.15 hz It will have 6-megapixel primary camera  and a 2-megapixel front camera. It will sport a 10.1″ 1080p screen, 5 point multi-touch with wide viewing angles. In-built storage of 32 GB Detachable keyboard/stand which should be connected to the tablet to make it work just like Touch/Type covers for Surface. There is a battery in the keyboard for extra power. USB ports in the back Wireless N Cell compatible Micro HDMI & USB 3.0 port support AT&T/Verizon LTE support Nokia is expected to reveal the device on Sep 26th at an ...

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Australian media magnate and CEO of News Corp Rupert Murdoch shared his thoughts about Ballmer retiring on Twitter: I think Murdoch is partially right in that hedge funds were partially responsible, but not in the way most people think. Ballmer was not forced out, and anyone pushing that narrative is just wrong. We’ll expand more on this point in another post. Follow Mr. Murdoch on twitter ...

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Microsoft begun discussing about technology and design thought behind Xbox One console and controller in the recent few weeks. This week they posted a video in which Xbox’s Graeme Boyd talks with Senior Product Designer Quintin Morris on how that technology makes the new Xbox One controller our best controller yet. This is a must watch video to know the inner parts of Xbox One controller. As you can see in the video above, Microsoft really focused on improving the existing Xbox 360 controller to a whole new level that will serve the new Xbox One console.   ...

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You may remember almost two years ago then president of PayPal, Scott Thompson, agreed to become CEO of Yahoo.  It turns out he had some factual inaccuracies on his resume, including not actually having obtained a degree in computer science.  This controversy led to him resigning and Ross Levinsohn was named interim CEO.  Levinson truly believed he would be named permanent CEO, and as it turns out he would have been if not for Marissa Mayer. However, in the time Levinson was CEO of Yahoo, he put together a radical plan for the company and started to implement it at full speed.  BI reports: Levinsohn walked into the room; all of his top executives followed. There was Jim Heckman, Levinsohn’s top dealmaker, who’d spent months negotiating a huge deal with Microsoft Levinsohn told the board that, under his direction, Heckman had begun negotiating a deal with Microsoft to exchange Yahoo’s ...

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We previously reported that Microsoft will permanently drop the price of all Touch Covers from $119.99 to $79.99.  The SurfaceRT bundles (SurfaceRT + Black Touch Cover) will also be getting a permanent price reduction. The current price of either 32GB or 64GB and a bundled black Touch Cover for $449 and $549, respectively.  Starting on August 30th, whether you buy online or in the Microsoft Store, the bundle will cost $399 and $499, still saving you about $30. I think Microsoft should be able to sell more units at this price point. Source: WPCentral ...

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Microsoft on Friday completed the development of Windows 8.1 RTM.  The official build number will be Windows 8.1—9600.16384.130821-1623.  This build has been sent off to the OEMs and Microsoft will work closely with them over the next month to provide any Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) updates as needed. Thurrott reports: These QFEs will be delivered to PC and hardware makers so that they can add them to their PCs and devices before launch. End users will receive these QFEs automatically via Windows Update within three days of GA. This process of “finalizing” a product and then updating it before it is released to the public isn’t new; Microsoft did the same thing with Windows 8/RT last year. But it does explain the two month delta between RTM and GA, which many had questioned. RTM simply doesn’t mean what it used to mean, and in this age of constant iteration, no ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced an improved product search experience that will be coming to all customers in coming months. One main change is that, Bing will now show you relevant products directly in the main results page. You no longer need to navigate to a dedicated “shopping” experience to find what you’re looking for. For example, if you are in the market for a new camera. Simply enter “dslr camera” and you will see a category snapshot with the top dslr cameras. You might have heard about a specific Canon model, you click on the <Canon EOS 6D> and you will see our new Carousel so you can quickly browse other related products that might be of interest and then narrow down the selection that best meets your needs. We’re also bringing the power of our industry leading Snapshottechnology to expose more of the details you need for a specific ...

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Mary-Jo Foley got 15 minutes with Ballmer (as well as a number of other reporters), he talked about his biggest regret: Oh, you know, I’ve actually had a chance to make a lot of mistakes, and probably because, you know, people all want to focus in on period A, period B, but I would say probably the thing I regret most is the, what shall I call it, the loopedy-loo that we did that was sort of Longhorn to Vista. I would say that’s probably the thing I regret most. And, you know, there are side effects of that when you tie up a big team to do something that doesn’t prove out to be as valuable. Source: Mary-Jo Foley ...

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Microsoft stock is surging on the announcement that CEO Steve Ballmer will be retiring.  Some of this is of course due to sentiment analysis and also due to the dive the stock took after last quarter’s earning results. I wouldn’t read too much into this, the stock can quickly go down as it has gone up.  If some investors had their way, Microsoft would sell off Bing and Xbox.  AllThingsD reports According to Microsoft’s latest proxy, Ballmer owns 333,252,990 shares of the company. At yesterday’s closing price of $32.39, they were worth approximately $10.794 billion. But this morning, after Ballmer disclosed his retirement plans, Microsoft’s share price rose some seven percent, pushing the value of Ballmer’s stake to $11.563 billion, and making him $769 million in the process. Source: AllThingsD ...

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Microsoft CEO today revealed his plans to retire from Microsoft within 12 months from now. Steve wrote a letter to all the employees of Microsoft, read it here. In an interview to Seattle Times, Steve spoke on few things that are interesting. On why he retired before his youngest son went to college - “so we have a successor in place so we can lead a multi-year journey, or  I would have to sign up long enough so I don’t leave mid-stream.” His biggest accomplishment - “giving birth to the notion that people are going to use intelligent devices for their own personal usage.” “When I joined Microsoft, my parents asked me two questions,” he said. “My dad asked: ‘What’s software?’ My mom asked me: ‘Why would a personal ever need a computer?’” Microsoft played “an incredible role in making personal intelligent devices happen,” while also returning profits and cash ...

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A very personal email from Steve Ballmer to all Microsoft employees explaining he will retire within the year: I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our transformation to a devices and services company focused on empowering customers in the activities they value most. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction. You can read the press release on Microsoft News Center. This is a time of important transformation for Microsoft. Our new Senior Leadership team is amazing. The strategy we have generated is first class. Our new organization, which is centered on functions and ...

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Sad news for us longtime Microsoft observers, Steve Ballmer has announced he will retire within the year. During the re-org it was hinted that he wanted a natural successor to emerge many times. Read the official statement, we’ll have a full analysis later today: REDMOND, Wash. — Aug.23, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most. “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing ...

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  SAN DIEGO, Aug 22, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — SweetLabs(R), an app distribution company, today announced an agreement with Lenovo, the world’s leading PC manufacturer, to preload SweetLabs’ Pokki software on new Lenovo PCs shipped worldwide, starting with consumer devices. These devices will include Pokki’s modern Start menu, app store, and game arcade out-of-the-box, all powered by SweetLabs’ dynamic app recommendation and distribution platform. “Our collaboration with SweetLabs strikes the perfect balance between providing our customers great apps, and growing Lenovo’s business around app distribution,” said Peter Gaucher, executive director, Software and Content Services, Lenovo. “The Pokki software suite complements the Windows experience, and we’re excited to work with SweetLabs to open up new distribution opportunities for app developers across our devices worldwide.” Pokki has been downloaded by tens of millions of Windows users looking to launch and access their favorite apps directly from the desktop, much like a home ...

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