Review Category : Microsoft

As Microsoft’s search engine Bing gains credibility, Google appears to be suffering the consequences. Compete has found as Google’s search share has dropped 2.6% between July 2011 and 2012 that Bing has seen a 4.2% increase in market share. Fortunately for Microsoft, Bing has become the desired search engine for new platforms such as the new improved Kindle Fire as well as Windows 8 and Windows Phones; meaning that it’s nothing but good news for Microsoft. Google still dominates approximately 65.7% of the market in comparison to Yahoo with 15.1% and Bing with 19.2%; but to be fair, Google has been active since 1998 and Yahoo in 1994, whereas Bing was only created merely 3 years ago in 2009.  In addition Bing is responsible for Yahoo’s market share as Microsoft has a deal with Yahoo to provide search results for their search engine.  Hopefully the integration of Bing with Windows ...

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Microsoft India organized an event called AppFest in Bangalore India. In AppFest,  thousands of developers from all over India and beyond attended to build apps for Windows 8. This event made history by setting a Guinness World Record for the Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location. Other than the record turnout, We can expect at least 2000 more apps from these developers in Windows Store soon. If you are from India, then I think these developers would have covered every local apps in this AppFest. Why not Microsoft organize similar AppFests around the world? Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today revealed a new product called Project Austin. Its a digital note-taking app for Windows 8. You can use digital ink to write or draw things on those pages, add photos, share the notes you create to other Windows 8 apps such as e-mail or SkyDrive. You can add pages to your notebook, delete them, or move them around. There are different types of papers to choose from and the app looks pretty cool. The team behind this app even said that this project was inspired by Microsoft Courier tablet concept. But you know which division at Microsoft built this app? Microsoft Developer Division. Another very important goal of this app is to showcase the power of the native platform and C++, and some of the new features in Visual Studio 2012 such as automatic code vectorization and C++ AMP.  Austin aims to demonstrate with real code the kind of device-optimized, fluid and responsive ...

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Similar to Asus Windows 8 offerings, Acer’s upcoming Windows 8 devices pricing got revealed today. There will be two main devices, Acer W510 and Acer W700. You can see the pricing for the New Zealand market in the above image. Acer’s Iconia W510 is powered by dual core Intel Atom and 64GB storage starts at $712 USD approximately. Acer’s Iconia W700 will have 128GB SSD storage and powered by a 1.7ghz Intel i5 processor and a 11.6″ full HD display. It will cost $1299 USD approximately. These devices are full Windows 8 powered devices that will be able to run any classic desktop programs and they cost almost same as the equivalent memory Apple iPad. Will you buy these devices with these prices? Source: TechJungle  ...

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After completing the Global Ortho Project in US last month, Bing Imagery team at Microsoft today announced that they are adding 17 Million SqKm of new satellite imagery to Bing Maps. Global Ortho for Western Europe is on schedule to be completed by the end of CY 2012. Also Bing Imagery team celebrated the completion of GO in US with “Golden Spike” flight. Bing team invited local Colorado chalk artist Jennifer Mosquera to create the biggest Bing logo ever made!  At over 200’ by 90’, the logo may indeed be the biggest Bing ever.  As luck would have it, the ideal spot for the logo in the Golden Spike flight was the top of the parking garage just north of the Bing Maps Imagery Team’s building in downtown Boulder, CO. (See the image above) Read more at Bing Maps blog.  ...

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Microsoft SkyDrive team today announced that they are adding two new features to this web service. First, SkyDrive will now feature Recycle bin similar to our desktop Windows. You can restore files to their respective folders anytime from the Recycle bin. Here is the policy around Recycle bin feature of SkyDrive, Items in the recycle bin do not count against your SkyDrive storage limit. We save all items you delete in the recycle bin for at least 3 days. If the content in your recycle bin gets large enough to exceed 10% of your storage limit (which will be pretty rare), we’ll start to delete the oldest content (after it’s been there 3 days), and will permanently remove items from the recycle bin after they have been there for 30 days (and not restored). Another important feature added is the support for survey forms in Excel Web App. It was one of ...

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WPDownunder reports on a tip from “an impeccable source” that Microsoft will not be sticking to their Microsoft Store-only policy for distributing the Microsoft Surface in Australia. Apparently Microsoft is in negotiations with a major Australian retail partner to distribute the Windows 8 tablets in stores nationwide,  which should suite a country as big as Australia very well. Also apparently the devices will hit Australian stores on October 26th, the same date as USA, and given Australia’s position this means they will be getting their hands on the tablets before anyone else in the world. Unfortunately no pricing has been released, but WPDownunder expects it to be competitive with the iPad rather than with the Google Nexus. Read more at WPDownUnder here. Thanks gh8421 for the tip. ...

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Microsoft is organizing Windows 8 launch event on Oct-25th in NYC. Earlier Microsoft announced that Windows 8 general availability will begin from Oct-26th. Microsoft has sent out invites to the members of the press and it could be an event where Microsoft Surface will also be launched. Are you going to buy any Windows 8 devices this holiday season? ...

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Microsoft today announced a new Facebook app called My Bing News. Using this app, you can browse today’s top stories and subscribe to the categories that interest you most – like Politics, Entertainment, or Sports.  Or you can specify a specific topic to follow – like Lady Gaga, the Green Bay Packers, or Dancing with the Stars.  My Bing News will automatically pull the most important stories based on your interests from sources across the web into a personal My News homepage tailored just for you. Since its a Facebook, you can easily share what you are reading with your friends, comment on them, etc,. Try it out here. Via: Bing blog ...

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Microsoft Skype team today announced the new beta for Skype for Windows. This 5.11 beta release contains many new features which includes Microsoft Account support. You can now sign in with your Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID), and see presence as well as send and receive IM messages from your friends who are using Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail or Outlook.com. Download Skype beta here. Here is the full list of features, We are excited to support our growing community around the world with new localized versions of Skype in Thai, Croatian, Slovenian, Serbian, Catalan and Slovak, bringing the total languages Skype supports to 38. Sign in with a Microsoft or Facebook account. You can now sign into Skype directly using a Microsoft or Facebook account, without having to first create a Skype account, making it easier to connect with friends on Skype without needing to setup a new Skype account. Link ...

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Microsoft Office team today detailed the Office for Windows RT version. Microsoft confirmed that Office for Windows RT preview version will be coming along with Windows RT devices that will on sale from Oct-26th. The final version of the same will be available through updates starting early November. Microsoft also revealed that Office for Windows RT is optimized for touch, uses less resources such as memory, CPU and battery. Apart from the few below, Office for Windows RT will include most of the features that will be part of Office 2013 for PC. Here are the features that won’t be part of Office for Windows RT, Macros, add-ins, and features that rely on ActiveX controls or 3rdparty code such as the PowerPoint Slide Library ActiveX control and Flash Video Playback Certain legacy features such as playing older media formats in PowerPoint (upgrade to modern formats and they will play) and editing equations written ...

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Microsoft today announced that it will start accepting apps for Windows Store from developers around the world. It  is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in over 120 countries. Microsoft has added 82 new app submission markets. Microsoft also announced a number of additional subscription program offerings for developers. All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. There are over 1000 apps in Windows Store now and it is expected to grow rapidly as the Store is open now for all developers. Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft has revealed their retail plans for this holiday season. Microsoft said that they are planning to open about 32 pop-up stores across US, and Canada. These pop-up stores will be showcasing the latest and the greatest Windows 8 PCs, tablets, Windows Phones, Xbox and other Microsoft stuff. Here is the list of locations that will have Microsoft Store this holiday season, Aventura Mall – Aventura, FL Beachwood Place – Beachwood, OH Cherry Creek Shopping Center – Denver, CO Dadeland Mall – Miami, FL Eaton Centre – Toronto, Ontario Fashion Mall at Keystone – Indianapolis, IN Fashion Show Mall– Las Vegas, NV Glendale Galleria – Glendale, CA Mall at Green Hills – Nashville, TN Mall in Columbia – Columbia, MD Metropolis at Metrotown – Burnaby, BC Montgomery Mall – Bethesda, MD Natick Collection – Natick, MA North Star Mall – San Antonio, TX Oakridge Centre – Vancouver, BC Penn Square Mall – ...

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Today Attachments.me announced that its bringing SkyDrive integration to Gmail. Using Attachments.me’s Chrome extension, Anyone can send and access SkyDrive files directly in Gmail. Also, you can create rules to automatically save certain attachments to SkyDrive (e.g. “Whenever X sends me an attachment, save it to my “Files from X” folder in SkyDrive). This is a great way for Gmail users to start using SkyDrive that provides a compelling scenario that improves productivity. via: Windows Team blog ...

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Skype today announced that from October users will be able to pay for Skype Credits through their mobile phone bill or pre-paid account by purchasing Skype Credits from desktop PCs and mobile devices, through browser-based purchases and in the future, through in-app functionality. Press Release: September 5th 2012: MACH, the world leader in direct operator billing, announced today that it has been selected by Skype as the first vendor to deliver direct operator billing to new and existing Skype users in key markets across the globe, starting in October [2012]. The rollout will enable Skype to offer its customers a fast and convenient way to purchase Skype Credit, creating new revenue streams in existing markets, as well as in new markets where other payment methods have low penetration rates.When the solution is live in October, Skype users will be able to purchase Skype Credits from desktop PCs and mobile devices, ...

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We’ve already looked at Samsung’s full Windows 8 tablets, the ATIV Smart PC Pro and ATIV Smart PC. Completing that lineup is the ATIV Tab with Windows RT, the ARM version of Windows 8 that drops compatibility with traditional x86 desktop apps. The Tab is powered by a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor running at 1.5GHz, includes 2 GB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB of storage (expandable via microSD slot). It’s thinner and lighter than the Smart PC models, measuring only 8.9mm thick, but its display resolution is only 1366×768 pixels, which is rather disappointing after seeing the high-res 1920×1080 screen on the Smart PC Pro. However, to get one thing out of the way – the build of the ATIV Tab is largely identical to Samsung’s other tablets, which means that you should probably look elsewhere if you happen to dislike cheap, glossy plastic that’s painted to ...

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