Review Category : Microsoft

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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Four new Windows 8 ads from Microsoft got leaked today and were picked up by Israeli site Techit.co.il. All these ads focus on unique Windows 8 features such as picture passwords, Live Tiles, Charms functionality, compatibility with desktop apps, etc,. Seeing Windows 8 in action is always a joy.  Do our readers think they will win over the general public? Let us know below. via: neowin ...

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It’s less than 3 weeks before Microsoft is set to sell their very own computer, and so far their promotions have been pretty low key, with enigmatic graffiti appearing in all kinds of odd places. Now reader Zach has noticed a much more conventional ad showing up at a bus stop in Chicago, on the UIC campus. Presumably we will see the campaign escalate significantly over the next few weeks, to help Microsoft make good on their biggest bet ever. Thanks Zach for the tip and pictures. ...

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Microsoft today announced a cumulative update for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Microsoft had approximately 8-12 weeks from RTM Milestone to General Availability. Usually Microsoft works with OEMs to deliver variety of new or enhanced components, drivers, and companion software, with the final code for Windows in this period. But this time, Microsoft took extra effort by creating the tools and processes to be able to deliver the “post-RTM” updates sooner than a service pack. This update will improve performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility in Windows 8 and will be available through Windows Update starting today.   KB article title: “Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update” Description: Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update is available. This cumulative update package provides a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8 experience. ...

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As announced last week, Microsoft has released the updates for the built-in Windows 8 apps in Windows Store. The core apps such as SkyDrive, News, Finance, Travel, Sports, Mail, Games, Music, Videos, Photos, Bing, Maps, Weather, Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging will get performance and reliability improvements and some great new capabilities as well. Check out the fill features list below. SkyDrive Search within SkyDrive Rename and move folders and files New first-run experience Custom sort order Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging Conversation view of your inbox Complete IMAP account support Accepting and declining invitations in email Capturing and updating your account picture Improved search Search for a contact within the Messaging app Photos Crop and rotate photos New auto-curated collage slideshows View photos and videos on network locations in your Pictures Library such as Windows Home Server, network shares, and HomeGroups Move through photos in your Pictures Library even when ...

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Although rumours of the integration of finger tracking in the Original Xbox 360 Kinect were seemingly just rumours, Kinect users expect the feature to be included in future Windows devices. Microsoft researchers are attending the User Interface Software and Technology symposium to advertise their new invention- Digits, which is a wrist-worn sensor which accurately tracks finger movements- meaning there is little to no lag, which also requires no gloves.  However, the motion capture device is not being used for games. The inspiration for Digits stemmed form the Kinect, because Microsoft desired to create ‘natural 3D interactions with bare hands’, although the Kinect was slightly too limited to do this in the way in that it is not mobile and does not have the precise detail required to track the motion of individual fingers.  To realize their plans, Microsoft created a wrist-mounted device which includes an infrared camera and laser to ...

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Microsoft has expressed a somewhat irrational confidence in the prospects of Windows 8 and its new UI environment. Microsoft Vice President Keith Lorizio told Beet.tv that Microsoft expected to have 400 million Windows 8 PCs in the market by July 1st. “When Windows 8 goes live on October 26, the [size of the market] is [over] 1 billion consumers. Our goal … is conservatively over 400 million units in the marketplace by July 1.” This would be even faster than Windows 7, a very successful desktop OS, sold. He also this explosive growth in the new platform to also boost developer interest. “We’re expecting to aggressively pursue [delivering] 100,000+ apps [to Windows 8’s online marketplace] over the first three months,” he said. The Windows Store just crossed 3600 apps recently, with around 5000 apps expected at the launch of Windows  8 on October 26th. Microsoft expected this rapid growth due ...

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The Verge reports that in the RTM version of Windows 8, users are currently not only able to pay for music and videos using credit cards, but also that this is now the default option, in preference to the much hated Microsoft Points. Microsoft Points have long had a home on the Xbox 360, but has made it unnecessarily complicated to know how much you are spending, and also required one to keep a balance in Microsoft’s system.  The move to credit cards makes the system much more user friendly, and as payment via Points remain available, will still allow users without credit cards to purchase Points at retail locations. The changes are part of the last minute polish Microsoft is applying to Windows 8 in the run up to its general availability on the 26th October, which has also included the updating of many of the built-in apps in ...

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Microsoft seems to have gained support from an unexpected source: Home Shopping Network.  Laced in with their clothes, skincare and food advertisements is a small variety of Windows 8 tutorial videos, as you can see in their You-Tube channel and the video above.  HSN is a leading interactive multichannel retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers as well as exceptional selections in health & beauty, jewellery, home/lifestyle, fashion/accessories, and electronics.  With a total revenue of $3.1 billion in 2011 , this could be the reason why Microsoft chose HSN to sell Windows 8 laptops before the official release date on the 26th October.  If you choose to wait until the official release of Windows 8 on 26th October, keep your eyes open for the floods of new laptops, desktops and tablets to be released as advertised by Microsoft- including the Microsoft Surface, ...

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Microsoft is still to officially launch Windows 8 on the 26th October, but it seems the first Windows 8 laptops are already on sale, and from an unexpected source. The Home Shopping Network is offering two Gateway Windows 8 laptops, a 15.6 inch version for $649.95 and a 17.3 inch version for $699.95. The offer is set to expire soon and no delivery date was announced. Both laptops have Core i5 processors, 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB hard drive, and neither have a touch screen. This is likely the form factor the vast majority of Windows 8 hardware will be sold, at least in the first few years, but it is of course interesting to see it arrive so soon. Via WPC. ...

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 Even though Microsoft has started marketing its upcoming Surface tablet, details on the pricing is still kept as a secret. We got a hint on the Surface pricing today via dummies.com. Dummies.com is running a contest where grand prize winner will receive one (1) Microsoft Surface Tablet and one (1) copy each of Windows 8 For Dummies, and Surface For Dummies books. They have mentioned the approximate retail value of $350.00 USD for the prize which included Microsoft Surface and couple of other books. Are you ok with the below ~$350 pricing for the Windows RT tablet which will come with Touch Cover as well? Thanks Joe for the heads up. ...

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It seems like some people are having difficulty accepting the that IE9 is one of the fastest and safest browsers available. College Humour made a parody video that I think more accurately represents the public perception of the Microsoft browser; something I think that will take more than their very cool ad to change. Hopefully the deep integration of the even faster and smoother IE 10 browser in Windows 8 will prove more convincing. Via Gizmodo.com ...

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Microsoft has recently published a series of ads for their Surface tablet in cities in California, Texas, Massachusetts, Washington and Chicago. With the ads being painted on street walls and car wash buildings, Microsoft appears to have taken a different approach to advertising.   Some may argue that the Surface ads are cheaper in comparison to other Microsoft products and services, whereas others argue they are integrating street art with advertising, thus creating an innovative way of publicising their tablet.  One thing is for sure, their quirky idea has caught the attention of not only Microsoft users, but also the general public. The Microsoft Surface tablet will be introduced later this month, where it will undoubtedly compete with other tablet computers that run Android, such as the: Kindle Fire of Amazon and Google’s Nexus 7 in addition to the Apple iPad.  The Microsoft surface will be available through 20 Microsoft stores ...

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