Review Category : Microsoft

For the first time ever, a Windows RT build has leaked online. This is the upcoming Windows 8.1 RTM build, 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE. Microsoft has already made an announcement that they are rolling out Windows 8.1 to both ARM and x86/x64 PCs in October. If you are so eager to try it out before that, you can download it from torrent sites. As expected, this build comes with Office 2013 pre-installed which will also include new Outlook 2013 RT. But as always, there is a risk associated with it. So, do at your own risk! Windows RT 8.1 Build details: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.RT.8.1.WITH.OFFICE.2013.RT.RTM.WOA.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT magnet:?xt=urn:btih:48D55E2DCBDA7E1D251C4325EC9DC0ABAC59F48A RELEASE DATE: 08/21/2013 BUILD: 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE_RTM.130821-1623 OFFICE 2013 RT BUILD: 15.0.4505.1015 FILE: 9600.16384.130821-1623_WOAFRE_ClientRT_O15_EN-US-IRM_CCSA_DV5.ISO SIZE: 2,611,933,184 byte SHA-1: F2683FA0240EF928A846C69A5016AD5BC9CE21D6 MD5: 20FF7884B78470D2322BB43BBA875635 Surface RT Driver details: FILE: SurfaceRT-8.1-drivers.zip SIZE: 12,230,873 byte MD5: A000FB5083C82281B8848A7E7622BAD0 SHA1: 9639D5A75D6F48D8CDE2A5BDED334FFD706A8F86 The language packs for both Windows RT 8.1 and Office 2013 also got leaked. You can find download links ...

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Photocopier machines continue to work overtime at Sony while Microsoft unrelentlessly unveils new features on the Xbox One every week. Phil Spencer talked about one his favorite features on the Xbox One, having the ability to create a favorite channel list that migrates with you wherever you go. Spencer told us more about how the Kinect’s IR blaster will work to help streamline integration.  “Kinect sends out the commands for your TV and your media stack,” he explains.  “Right now, we’re asking users to select their provider and box.  Our goal is to get to the point where it figures it out by asking you a few questions.  That’s something we’re on for the next two years, but we’re going to get close at launch for a lot of people.” The Xbox One profile will also enable users to create a favorite channel list.  Should you log into your profile ...

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A new report claims Microsoft is building a docking station for the Surface Pro 2. The dock will allow for easy attachment of a keyboard and mouse.  There will be three USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port on the dock as well as the ability to attach to an external display via a mini DisplayPort. It will also feature a 1 Gbps Ethernet port, dedicated microphone and headphone/speaker ports. This will allow the Surface to be a complete desktop replacement for many users. It will be compatible only with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. Sources have not provided timing or price at this time, however speculation is that it may launch with the Surface Pro 2. Thurrott confirms many of the details: Pro only: It will be compatible with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, but not Surface RT or Surface 2. Design: The Docking Station is ...

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Game Informer snagged an exclusive interview with Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer.  He talked about managing the hardware side of the device and maintaining a good consumer experience. “We feel great about our hardware yield,” Spencer says.  “We feel great about the number of units we’re going to have at launch.  Our pre-orders are going really well; better than they did for the 360.”  Pre-orders continue to sell out each time Microsoft releases another batch to retailers. “You want people to be able to walk in the store and buy one on day one, so you’re trying to manage the inventory that isn’t pre-sold,” Spencer says.  “It’s not a yield problem; it’s us trying to manage the hardware side.  I want parents who do not think about pre-ordering electronics to be able to walk in and have a chance to find a box.  There might be a line, but ...

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Game Informer snagged an exclusive interview with Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer.  He talked about their the massive interest they are seeing from Independent Game Developers for their ID@Xbox program.  Spencer has mentioned something that the indie game developer’s would not have access to on the PS4, Windows Azure & Microsoft’s 300,000 servers.  “Our relationship with the indie development community has always been strong,” Spencer says.  “It doesn’t mean everybody loves us.  But if you look at the flow of content during the 360 generation and some of the indie hits that debuted on console on 360, people were clearly investing in putting their games on our platform.” “We want to have a platform that all of the great game developers can target.  We have to be able to support that,” Spencer says.  And those creators seem to be responding.  The ID@Xbox program has already proven popular.  “In the ...

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Microsoft today released an updated OneNote app for iPad and iPhone devices in App Store. OneNote on the iPad now allows you to create notebooks on the iPad as well as create, delete and rename sections. For iPad, • Create new notebooks within SkyDrive • Create, rename or delete sections • Improved Japanese typing responsiveness • Automatic list detection • Bug fixes For iPhone, • Major reduction in download and installation size • Improved Japanese typing responsiveness • Automatic list detection • Bug fixes You can download OneNote for iPad or OneNote for iPhone from the App Store. Source: OneNote ...

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Xbox Live General Manager Ron Pessner, who leads the engineering team developing the new SmartGlass, talked about the technology in detail on the company’s official Xbox Blog.  Xbox Wire also promised a future post explaining how SmartGlass will work with games and entertainment on Xbox One. XW: What can gamers expect from SmartGlass for Xbox One?  RP: SmartGlass is maturing with the evolution of Xbox 360 to Xbox One. Xbox One was designed from the ground up with SmartGlass in mind, and an immediately noticeable difference with Xbox One SmartGlass compared to Xbox 360 SmartGlass is the connection speed and performance. On average it only takes about four seconds for SmartGlass to recognize your Xbox One and create an instant connection. Of course, this is based on the speed of your wireless connection, but generally SmartGlass is about three-and-a-half times faster on Xbox One than its Xbox 360 predecessor. And ...

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  Microsoft Bing has signed an agreement with location based local product data provider Local Corporation to enhance Bing’s local product search results. Local Corporation’s Krillion shopping data platform will enhance Bing’s local product search results, including  relevant retail locations, brands, categories, and product availability  data and details. Read full press release below. Press Release: Local  Corporation (LOCM), a leading online local media company,  today announced that the company has signed an agreement with Microsoft,  Inc. to provide location-based local product data for Bing. As part of the agreement, Local Corporation’s Krillion™ shopping data  platform is helping power Bing’s local product search results, including  relevant retail locations, brands, categories, and product availability  data and details. “We’re pleased to be partnering with Bing to provide relevant local  product shopping information to millions of consumers,” said Heath  Clarke, Local Corporation, chairman and CEO. “Our dynamic local product  data enhances the online shopping experience for consumers ...

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A new requirement made by Microsoft will require all game developer publishing on the Xbox One to submit a ‘Game Help.”  This goal of Game Help will be to fundamentally change the concept of user manuals.  Microsoft will convert the help manual into a contextual in-game help or on-screen via SmartGlass.  Microsoft’s Xbox general manager told Engadget: “You can access this in a couple of different ways,” Microsoft general manager Ron Pessner told Engadget.  “In front of your console, you can say, ‘Xbox: Help!’ and then it will appear on the console.  Or in SmartGlass, you can click on the Help icon and then it will just tune into exactly what you’re doing and present the right help content for you.” This applies across the rest of the console as well, including Internet Explorer and even the system’s settings.  You can say, ‘Hey, I am in Internet Explorer, where are my ...

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Back in April, Microsoft announced that it is selling its Mediaroom business to Ericsson in an effort to focus on Xbox LIVE TV experience. Mediaroom is the still world’s most deployed IPTV platform which is serving almost 13 million consumer. Ericsson today announced that they are completing the acquisition today to make it as world leader in IPTV solution provider. Read full press release below. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has today completed the acquisition of Microsoft’s Mediaroom business and TV solution. Together with Ericsson’s existing capability, the acquisition places the firm as the world’s largest, by market share, and the most experienced provider of IPTV middleware technology and solutions. As the most deployed IPTV platform, with a global market share of around 25%, Mediaroom-powered TV services are offered by nearly 60 of the world’s leading operators, delivering services to almost 13 million households, and close to 24 million set top boxes, throughout the ...

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Microsoft Yusuf Mehdi spoke at the Citi Global Conference last Tuesday, telling the audience: “The strategy will continue which is that we’re looking to be break even or low margin at worst on [Xbox One],” he explained, “and then make money selling additional games, the Xbox Live service and other capabilities on top. “And as we can cost-reduce our box as we’ve done with 360, we’ll do that to continue to price reduce and get even more competitive with our offering.” “You’ve seen us over the years constantly be focused on profitability and improving year over year,” Mehdi explained when asked about the profitability of the Xbox business and how it would weather the launch of the One. “There are different points in the cycle when you invest in new hardware. “If you look at 360 that platform lasted for seven to eight years and it’s going to go for ...

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Just few days back we reported that the upcoming next generation Surface will have a two-step kickstand as opposed to the current model. A latest patent filing from Microsoft has almost confirmed the same and details how the kickstand works. A device kickstand is described. In at least some implementations, a kickstand is rotatably attached to a mobile computing device. The kickstand can be rotated to various positions to provide support for different orientations of the computing device. In at least some implementations, hinges are employed to attach a kickstand to a mobile computing device. One example hinge utilizes preset hinge stops that enable the kickstand to be placed at different preset positions. Another example hinge exerts pressure on an edge of the kickstand, providing stability and vibration dampening to the kickstand. The upcoming second generation Surface RT will be reportedly called Surface 2 and is expected to launch in ...

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Microsoft Bing Maps regularly updates their aerial imagery for various countries around the world. Today, they announced that 13 million sq km, or 315.92 terabytes, of new aerial imagery from around the world have been added to Bing Maps. You can view imagery from around the world below, Quebrada Cahiza, Chile Ísafjarðarbær, Iceland, Bing Maps Link Maritimes Alps, France, Bing Maps Link Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Bing Maps Link Hugh Town, Scilly Isles, England, Bing Maps Link Yukon Delta Refuge, Alaska Coastline, Fiji West West of Suzhou, China Harbour Island, Cape Town Source: Bing ...

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Back in June along with the announcement about Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft revealed that official apps for Facebook, Foursquare, NFL Fantasy Football and Flipboard are coming to Windows 8/RT devices. Foursquare and NFL Fantasy Football apps are already available in Windows Store. Official Windows twitter account for Spain has tweeted that official Facebook app for Windows 8/RT devices is coming in Windows Store along with the release of Windows 8.1. We already know that Windows 8.1 is releasing on Oct 18th, so expect the Facebook in Windows Store around the same time frame. Source: Windows Spain via: WindowsPhoneapps.es ...

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Microsoft today revealed that it will be using the new Entertainment Genome technology from video content discovery solutions provider Jinni to provide video recommendations for its Xbox One users. Xbox uses the rich set of attributes in the Jinni Entertainment Genome along with Xbox signals such as a user’s viewing history to make video recommendations go beyond the standard genre similarity. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. and TEL AVIV – September 6, 2013 – Video content discovery solutions provider Jinni, announced today a multi-year agreement with Microsoft to enhance entertainment discovery on Xbox video game and entertainment systems. Jinni’s proprietary Entertainment Genome™ uses deep knowledge of every show and movie in the Xbox Video catalog to help the Xbox recommendations system intuitively and accurately connect Xbox users to content they’ll enjoy. By using the rich set of attributes in the Jinni Entertainment Genome, Xbox recommendations go beyond ...

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Speaking at Lenovo’s 2013 press conference at IFA Germany, Lenovo executive answered during Q&A session that there is no need for Windows RT devices. He said that with the arrival of power efficient processors like Intel Haswell and Bat Trail, you no need to have a choice between long battery life and good performance. Users will be able to run full Windows 8 and also enjoy a full day of battery life from a single charge, so there’s is not much need for a low-power version that runs Windows RT. Microsoft announced Windows RT as a fully-fledged Microsoft operating system that is compatible with ARM-architecture to make the devices running on it thin and have long battery life. Currently, Microsoft(considering Nokia is also part of Microsoft) is the only manufacturer developing on Windows RT platform. Microsoft lists following as the advantages of Windows RT PCs. I think recent Windows 8 ...

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