Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has had co-authoring available in Office since Office 2010, but not in Office 365 or the Office Web Apps.  Over the last few years the Office Web Apps have gained more features and have become increasingly similar to the desktop applications.  With the introduction of Office 365 the pace of features introduced has accelerated and real time co-authoring is finally coming to the office web apps. The following video provides a demo of how the co-authoring will work, starts around 5:35 The next version of Office is code-named Gemini and is expected to introduce Metro Apps for all applications in Office.  It was also recently announced that Outlook RT will come with Windows 8.1. ...

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Microsoft is offering what it calls a ‘Bounty Program’ to finding exploits and vulnerabilities for Windows 8.1.  Google has had a similar program for its Chrome web browser for quite some time now, though not offering as much money.  This programs is a win-win for Microsoft and consumers, as exploits do not get out into the wild and Microsoft has a more secure OS and browser. Microsoft is now offering direct cash payments in exchange for reporting certain types of vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques. In 2002, we pioneered the Trustworthy Computing initiative to emphasize our commitment to doing what we believe best helps improve our customers’ computing experience. In the years since, we introduced the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) process to build more secure technologies. We also championed Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD), formed industry collaboration programs such as MAPP and MSVR, and created the BlueHat Prize to encourage research into ...

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Microsoft has long experimented with creating more interactive ads.  Most recently we have seen this with work on the Xbox with the Kinect.  Microsoft has teamed up with a number of ad agencies to create what it calls a new “Ad Pano” format.  Ads in the ‘ad pano’ format are interactive and panoramic adverts within applications.  These are different than traditional applications found banner or pop-up ads found on typical websites. Toyota ran one of the first Ads in Apps for Windows 8 campaigns and was an early adopter of Ad Pano experience. Dionne Colvin, National Marketing Media Manager for Toyota, had this to say about the effectiveness, “We were very happy with the beautiful experience that the Ad Pano brought to our Let’s Go Places campaign, one of our first brand initiatives in many years. We were looking for an online platform that would really spotlight our Toyota brand ...

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Internet Explorer (IE) is not as friendly to add-ons as Chrome and Firefox are, and in fact the Metro version of IE does not support add-ons at all, but Ad-block plus is finally available, in preview form, for IE with limited functionality.  IE does have its own built in ad-blocking with Tracking Protection Lists, but ad-block plus does provide a little more functionality. From their blog post: You will have to choose a different installation package depending on whether you are running 64 bit Windows or not. The goal is to have a single installer of course that will choose the installation package automatically but we don’t have it working correctly yet. The development builds will update automatically but the update experience is far from being great. The user interface is suboptimal and chances are that the updater will ask you to restart Windows — sorry about that. Our primary goal was to make ...

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A number of popular apps including VEVO, a popular music application, and Edjing, a social DJing app, have made their way into the Window 8/RT App Store. VEVO, a popular personalized music video and music entertainment platform. The app provides users with access to 75,000 HD music videos as well as original programming and live concerts from popular artists all over the world. Using the Search charm, you can search for your favorite artists or discover new music with the various filtering options. And with Snap, you can watch your favorite music videos while browsing the web or playing your favorite games. Another music themed app edjing, a social DJ’ing app where you can mix music and create songs. With the edjing app you get a wide variety of DJ’ing effects. You can bring in music from your personal music library and mix songs with those effects and then share them on ...

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You have seen this story for almost 2.5 years now, but the latest numbers from the NPD market research firm show that Microsoft sold 114,000 Xbox 360s in April, dominating the US console industry inside the living room.  This is down from 130,000 sold last month.  The Nintendo 3DS was actually the top selling video game hardware platform, but it is a portable device, so not exactly in the same category.  Sony decided not to disclose their number for the month of May. The top selling games for the month of May across also consoles were: Injustice: Gods Among Us (360, PS3, NWU) Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, PC, NWU) Donkey Kong Country Returns (3DS, WII) Dead Island: Riptide (360, PS3, PC) Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) Metro: Last Light (360, PS3, PC) NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, WII, NWU, PSP, PC) Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC) Battlefield 3 ...

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A new report by Bloomberg claims that a new version of the SurfaceRT will be own its way soon sporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processors instead of the existing Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset.  Nvidia may still be a supplier for some SurfaceRT tablets, but it is unclear at this time.  The Snapdragon 800 processor does include integrated LTE connectivity, so this may potentially be the first Surface tablet from Microsoft with 3G/4G mobile broadband.  Microsoft does have a great relationship with Qualcomm considering they are the exclusive supplier of processors for Windows Phone and a move to SurfaceRT on the same chips sounds highly plausible. Microsoft has recently been offering the SurfaceRT at discounted prices at their own TechEd conference for $99 with Touch Cover included.  It also recently announced a program where educational institutions can purchase the SurfaceRT for $199, significantly cheaper than buying iPads. The refreshed SurfaceRT may be ready ...

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Microsoft Research today released a new app called BLINK Cliplets for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This new BLINK Cliplets app  lets you combine and loop static and dynamic elements from short video clips. The resulting Cliplets can range from artistic to ingenious to outlandish. Description: BLINK Cliplets lets you exercise your creative talents by layering static and dynamic visual elements. Create fun and surprising results that you can share with friends or the world. Import or record short videos, and choose which parts to animate and which parts to freeze. You can then share your cliplet on Facebook, Twitter, or BLINK.so.cl, or simply save it as an animated GIF or video file. Features: •- Record or import a video •- Use touch or mouse to create animated layers •- Share your cliplet on Facebook, Twitter, or BLINK.so.cl •- Export your cliplet as an animated GIF, MP4 video, or ...

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Microsoft FUSE labs today announced a significant update for So.cl social network. It has got cool new features which you can try right away. Socl now offers a set of simple, fun “create experiences” that make it even easier to express and share ideas with people worldwide – from rich visual collages to short animated media and memes, there’s even more ways to create, collect and share stuff you love – on Socl, and other social networks. Picotale Part “meme-generator,” part game, Picotales are little stories made by overlaying text on an image. BLINK Currently available for Windows devices, BLINK apps provide ways to capture, create and share short dynamic media using Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8. Collage - now with upload! Collage, Socl’s “go to” create experience now includes image upload…collages are comprised of images, links and videos found on the web or uploaded to Socl. Video Party ...

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We recently came across couple of reports about Microsoft’s reorganization plan in the near future. Bloomberg reported the following info on the reorganization plan with Microsoft creating four major divisions. One idea under consideration by Ballmer would create four divisions: an enterprise business led by Nadella; a hardware unit overseen by Mattrick; an applications and services division under Lu; and an operating-systems group jointly led by Terry Myerson, Windows phone chief, and Julie Larson-Green, head of Windows engineering, said one person. Bates would also be given a significant role, said the person. Today, @MSFTNerd posted a rumor about this upcoming re0rganization at Microsoft. Here is the list of divisions and their heads. Windows Engineering – Jon DeVaan Online Services – Qi Lu Hardware and Partner Operations – Michael Anguilo Microsoft Studios – Don Mattrick Business Platform – Tony Bates Microsoft Apps – Julie Larson-Green Developer Tools – Scott Guthrie Microsoft ...

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Microsoft is planning to offer Surface RT 32GB tablet for just $199 for schools and universities. Microsoft is planning to make this announcement official later this month and the offer details got leaked today. Microsoft is pleased to offer special pricing on Surface RT directly to schools and universities for a limited time between June 17, 2013 and August 31, 2013. Our mission in education is to help schools and universities, students and educators realize their full potential. One way we do this is by offering software, hardware and services at affordable prices to education institutions. Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning and we want students and educators to have the best technology on the market today. There are three SKUs available to make use of. Surface RT (32GB) – $199 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $499) Surface RT (32GB) with Touch Keyboard Cover – $249 ...

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Microsoft Outlook team today announced that they are discontinuing the Linked Accounts feature in Outlook.com. Linked Accounts provided a way to quickly switch between different accounts each with their own email address and this will be replaced by Mail forwarding and aliases support.   We believe that aliases provide a more robust and secure capability for managing multiple email addresses. You can send and receive email from different addresses and keep it all organized the way you like.  And all of this is tied to a single Microsoft account that has your latest and most up-to-date security info. A couple years ago, we began the process of delinking linked accounts and encouraging people to move to aliases. We got good feedback about some issues, and have been hard at work fixing these gaps. To give you a smoother transition, we’ve added two new features: Mail forwarding – you can now forward ...

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Microsoft Skype today announced that the video messaging feature which was in beta period so far has now graduated into final version. Skype video messaging is now a free feature in Skype for Windows desktop, Skype for Windows 8, Skype for Mac, Skype for iPhone, Skype for iPad, Skype for Android and Skype for BlackBerry. Yes, not yet available for Windows Phone devices yet! With Skype video messaging, you can now record and share a personal video message when the other person is not available. They can be able to view your video message as soon as they sign into Skype. Recording a Skype Video Message is simple: •First, tap the “video message” button. •Next, tap the record button to capture your video message. •You can record a message of up to three minutes, which can be previewed prior to sending. If you’d like to, you can delete and re-record ...

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With the upcoming Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft is planning to update the Windows Store with completely new design. The new Windows Store has a new simple layout that lets you to browse through all the apps in the store. When you open the store, you will be greeted by a huge staff pick app on the left and ‘Picks for you’ section on the right of it. From there, you will be able to dig into the Store based on categories, search, etc,. Also you can see the new Windows Store in action from one of the leaked Windows 8.1 builds in the video above. Another major change you will notice is the new individual app page which you can see below. It also now features related app section and more. via:  Bavo ...

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Andy Lees, who lead the Windows Phone team at Microsoft moved to a new position as vice president of corporate strategy and development seven months ago. Today, ATD reports that Andy will be stepping down from his current role and will go back to to his family in the United Kingdom. The good thing is that he will announce his new position at Microsoft later in the summer. There were few reports in the past few weeks that Microsoft is planning for a major re-organization and Andy’s step down may be just a start of this huge process. Source: ATD ...

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Microsoft today released one of the most awaited app on iOS platform, Microsoft Office. The new Office 365 app for iPhone consists of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. All three apps now offers light-weight editing similar to the Windows Phone counterparts. The only difference is that Windows Phone version of Office is a free app and comes pre-installed on all Windows Phone devices whereas Office 365 app for iPhone requires you to subscribe to Office 365 subscription.   App Description: Please note: An Office 365 subscription is required to use this app. Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your iPhone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, ...

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