Review Category : Microsoft

Sony today announced their Lenovo Yoga competitor VAIO | Flip PC which allows you to enjoy the device as a traditional laptop in addition to various other forms. The great news is that it supports active pens and also will be available in 13-inch, 14-inch and 15-inch models. Read more about it below. The unique design of VAIO | Flip PC maintains the full functionality of a conventional notebook PC with the ability to switch between laptop, tablet and viewer modes – the perfect blend of productivity and entertainment. Utilizing a unique 2nd hinge, the display can flip, allowing the PC to change from laptop to tablet or viewer modes. Tablet mode is best for browsing the web, taking pictures and writing with the optional Active Pen. By flipping the display over, users can access viewer mode, a form that is the best for watching videos and movies or showing ...

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Today Major Nelson announced that Xbox One will be available on Friday November 22, 2013 in all 13 initial launch markets – Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Many more markets will follow in 2014. Xbox One will cost $499 in US and will come with a Xbox One wireless controller, chat headset and a Kinect camera. Also Microsoft announced a 10 percent CPU clock speed increase from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ. Yusuf Mehdi of Microsoft told in the video that “It means that the processing power to make those games that we’ve been showing off at Gamescom that already look great will look even better,”. FYI, Sony has planned for PS4′s launch on November 13th. It is going to be a great fight between the gaming titans this holiday season. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Neowin has published a report on the supposed Surface 2 specs. As expected, Surface Pro 2 will be powered by Intel Haswell based CPU which will double its current battery life from 3-4 hours to 6-7 hours. While the look and feel of the device will remain the same, it seems Microsoft has refined the kickstand to some extent. Leaked Specs: Haswell-based Core i5 Will help increase battery life significantly RAM doubled from 4GB to 8GB. Not sure how much I believe this since it seems somewhat unnecessary and increases power consumption Device will look similar to the current Pro Microsoft has “refined” the kickstand Possibly one that is more robust stand that is stronger or one that offers alternative viewing angles (speculation) Price will remain the same Launches near the release of Windows 8.1 Microsoft is also planning a large marketing campaign during the launch period to promote the new ...

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Over this labor day weekend I was working on an editorial analyzing some of the implications of getting Stephen Elop onboard as Microsoft’s next CEO.  Spending time with family kept me quite busy and I never quite finished it as early as I had intended.  And then this morning I get to work, I see a message from Pradeep, BOOM, Microsoft has acquired Nokia.  Well I hate for my editorial to go to complete waste, so I’m going to share what my thoughts were before the announcement and publish part of it anyways.  I made some incorrect assumptions in the editorial I was writing, but I got some things correct too.  Here it is for those interested in its rough, unfinished form: Stephen Elop.  Stephen Elop.  Stephen Elop.  Now say it with me, Stephen Elop.  I have not gone a two seconds, since Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer’s retirement announcement, without hearing the Nokia ...

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Looks like Microsoft has continued to tinker with the Xbox One to maintain a competitive edge against the PS4.  Geekwire reports: Xbox chief marketing officer Yusef Mehdi just spoke at the Citi Global Technology Conference and said Microsoft is now in full production for the Xbox One and producing in mass with plans still on for a November 2013 launch. About one month after improving the GPU clock speed, Mehdi added that Microsoft just made another technical boost by upgrading the CPU performance to 1.75 GHZ from 1.6 GHZ. “This will be the biggest launch we’ve ever done by a wide margin in terms of units shipped at launch,” Mehdi said. Source:  Todd Bishop ...

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While there are many positives and negatives one can list out for the announced Microsoft-Nokia deal, I have only one concern. The marketing team at Microsoft is completely different from the marketing team at Nokia. You can just tell the difference by observing them from the recent campaigns. Nokia’s marketing is always bold, straight-forward and nowadays takes on its competition directly and in-directly through various forms of marketing activities. It worked most of the time for Nokia and I fear Microsoft could change this. In his letter to Microsoft, Steve Ballmer revealed that Microsoft is planning to integrate global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. We are planning to integrate all global marketing under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. It is very important that we pursue a unified brand and advertising strategy as soon as possible. I don’t think Microsoft’s unified marketing strategy will work the way they expect. Marketing ...

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Microsoft today posted the full transcript of the webcast in which Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Terry Myerson, Stephen Elop and others discuss Nokia/Microsoft deal and answers questions from analysts. Here is the full transcript of Q&A. STEVE BALLMER: Fantastic. Chris, I think that pretty much wraps up and we would love a chance to take some questions. OPERATOR: Walter Pritchard, Citigroup, your line is open. WALTER PRITCHARD: Great. Thanks for taking the question. Steve Ballmer, on the tablet side, obviously, we could say many of the same things as you’ve put into this slide deck as rationale for doing an acquisition on the phone side as we could say about the tablet side including picking up more gross margin. I’m wondering how this transaction impacts the strategy going forward in tablets and whether or not you need to, in a sense, double down further on first-party hardware in the tablet ...

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  Microsoft yesterday announced that they are acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services division for about $7.1 Billion. While Microsoft has revealed almost all the information on what the deal with Nokia is and how they will approach it, we are yet to know the changes inside Microsoft after the Nokia deal. The biggest question I have in mind is about the future of Surface brand and the team. The History Of Surface: Microsoft created the Surface brand and released their first device Windows RT back in November in an effort to showcase Windows 8. After three months, they released Surface Pro device running full versions of Windows 8 focusing on enterprise users. During last financial quarter, Microsoft announced a $900 million write off due to unsold inventory. Microsoft has just started expanding the availability of Surface devices to over dozen countries through partner retailers. They just started limited channel availability  of Surface ...

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Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One will support up to 8 controllers at once. This is a great news for the upcoming Xbox One customers. While Sony usually one ups Microsoft’s numbers regarding Xbox One, unfortunately this time they revealed that PS4 will only support upto 4 controller at once. Features: The greatest gamepad – now even better The Xbox One Wireless Controller features over 40 improvements to the award-winning Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. More immersive Feel the action like never before with Impulse Triggers. New vibration motors in the triggers provide precise fingertip feedback bringing weapons, crashes, and jolts to life for a whole new level of gaming realism.* New expansion port with high speed data transfer enables clearer chat audio when using a compatible headset.** More precise Newly designed D-pad is responsive to both sweeping and directional movements. Thumbstick improvements enable better grip and accuracy. Trigger and bumpers are ...

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  Microsoft has revamped their Xbox Live Rewards program. With Xbox Live Rewards, it’s easy to get rewarded for being loyal to Xbox Live. The more you use Xbox Live services, the more rewards you get. You get rewards for playing games, watching movies and more. For example, renewing your Xbox Live Gold membership  gets you 3,000 Rewards Credits, take monthly surveys (250 Credits) and more.  Complete a Punchcard: With MyPunchcard, you have access to big rewards with a mighty punch. Track your progress here, complete exclusive offers, and earn Rewards Credits. New Punchcards are always popping up, so check back often to see if you can complete them all! More details can be found here. ...

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We heard about Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project back at CES and since then there were reports that Microsoft is planning to release it as a consumer device as part of Xbox offering in 2014. Speaking to Ausgamer, Albert Penello, head of product planning for Xbox One revealed that IllumiRoom is not coming anytime soon. “I wouldn’t expect you’ll see that,” Penello said. “It’s very, very cool tech but it’s, like, for a consumer, it requires projectors and things. It’s really super-neat if you’re in the lab and you’ve got Microsoft money and you could totally set up this awesome lab, but… we looked at it, but for an average customer it’s, like, thousands of dollars [for the set up].” Some info about IllumiRoom, IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our ...

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Acer today announced updated Aspire R7 notebook with latest Intel Hasewell processors and Active Pen support. They are also updating Aspire E series notebook with 10 point touch screen support and more. Read about it in detail below. BERLIN, Sept. 2, 2013 – Acer today announced its award-winning Aspire R7 notebook now includes the latest 4th generation Intel processor and an Acer Active Pen to further redefine the notebook touch experience. Designed to provide the best environment for both touch and typing, the R7 features a repositioned keyboard and high-definition touchscreen mounted on a revolutionary “Ezel hinge” that allows it to flip, reverse, lie flat or float. Unveiled in May, the Aspire R7 has won several awards for its revolutionary design, including the best Choice Award at Computex 2013, the Red Dot Award for product design, and the Computex d&i Award. Acer also unveiled additional trendy colours for the Aspire ...

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Microsoft announced the Independent Developers @ Xbox Program which allows independent developers to publish games for Xbox One. First, you have to apply for the developer program, once the application is approved, Microsoft will offer developers free development kits and access to its Xbox One toolset which includes Kinect, Cloud, etc. There is no developer application fees as well. After becoming ”registered Xbox One developers,” , developers will be able to do self-publishing of games on Microsoft’s Xbox One. Developer can also take advantage of Xbox Live features like Achievements, Online multiplayer, SmartGlass, Kinect, etc,. Microsoft portfolio director for digital games Chris Charla when speaking to Joystiq at PAX Prime revealed that ID @ Xbox program will support every other business model that any other Xbox One game will have such as indie games with premium pricing, micro-transactions or free-to-play models Independent developers are free to utilize “every business model ...

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According to Netmarketshare’s numbers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser gained market share in August hitting a two-year high of 57.6 percent. Google Chrome lost the most among the major browsers which saw its usage drop from 17.76 percent to 16 percent. I was surprised by the numbers when I saw it first, then came to know that Netmarketshare changed the way they measure their numbers this month. Ed Bott from ZDNet summarized it as follows, Net Applications recently changed its formula for measuring usage. In an undated note labeled “Important methodology change,” the company explains: This month we start deducting hidden pages from our usage share statistics. Hidden pages are pages that are rendered but never viewed by the user, therefore, they should not be included in usage share data. An example of a hidden page is a page that loads in a background tab upon the launch of the browser ...

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According to the latest report from Netmarketshare, Microsoft’s Windows 8 now holds 7.65 percent of worldwide desktop OS market share. This number suggests that Windows 8 now has more users worldwide than all versions of Mac OS X combined. Microsoft just started selling Windows 8 from last October and this number reveals that more than 100 million units of Windows 8 devices have been sold since then. Windows XP saw the biggest drop in terms of market share from 37.19 percent to 33.66 percent. Source: Netmarketshare ...

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