Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft COO Kevin Turner announced last year about the Microsoft’s plans for opening 75 new retail stores over the next two years. Currently, Microsoft owns 19 stores all located within US and they are expanding to other countries as well. According to The Verge, Microsoft is planning to open its first retail store in London in March, 2013. Apart from UK, Microsoft is also planning to open stores in Canada later this year. Microsoft Stores are clearly a best possible way for Microsoft to showcase their consumer story and I hope the expand their retail presence as fast as possible. Source: The Verge ...

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Digitimes reports that Taiwan-based notebook ODMs have discovered the impact of tablets like the iPad is less than they expected, as consumers discover they are good for entertainment, but not for getting work and studying done. The iPad has created new demand instead of eroding existing demand for notebooks, said Wistron chairman Simon Lin. However, iPad has absorbed a portion of consumer budgets, causing delays in replacement notebook purchases, Lin said. Notebooks are expected to regain demand after the launches of Intel’s Ivy Bridge in the second quarter and Microsoft’s Windows 8 in the fourth, Lin indicated. The X86 version of Windows 8 uniquely combines the productivity benefits of mouse and keyboard and a multi-window user interface with the full-screen touch interface of tablets. Regarding the global outlook for notebooks in the second half of 2012, Acer, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are optimistic while Hewlett-Packard and Dell are neutral, ...

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You can in fact type with the Microsoft Surface on your lap, just like a laptop. TechRadar seems to have had unprecedented access to the Microsoft Surface and have posted a 3 page review of the two devices. They note the design is impressive and practical, and reveal that the whole bezel is touch aware. They also reveal the kick-stand is held in place with magnets and has two rubber feet and that the screen switches off when the touch cover is closed, much like the iPad smart cover. They also said the device is well balanced, and could easily be balanced on the lap for typing like a proper notebook. They found the Windows RT running on the Surface RT to be smooth and fast and worked as well as Windows 8 running on the x86 processor. They conclude: It’s a surprise that Microsoft created its own tablet, but ...

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Today, Microsoft Bing rolled out its updated Image search UI for customers around the world. The new UI is more attractive and easy to use than ever before. Following are the four main things delivered to customers, Bigger thumbnails – We’ve made our results much larger so you can find exactly what you want with fewer clicks. We trimmed out all our empty whitespace and filled it with pictures to make image search more visual. Magnifying glass – When you hover on an image, you’ll immediately get a blown up preview that follows your mouse around. You can hold up this “magnifying glass” to any picture and see its size, title, and where it comes from. It’s smooth, fluid, and a little bit addictive. Filter bar – You shouldn’t have to hunt to find what you want. That’s why we made it easier than ever to reach Bing’s advanced search ...

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Digitimes, the great eastern rumour house, claims to have identified the ODM for the Microsoft Surface tablets and have fingered Pegatron Technology. Citing industry sources in the notebook market, they have also placed some bottom ends on the prices of the tablets, saying the Windows RT-based model, featuring Nvidia’s Tegra 3, will be priced above US$599, while the Windows 8 Pro-based Surface tablet PC with Ivy Bridge processor is expected to be at least above US$799. At $599 that would price the RT tablet at the equivalent price to the 32 GB iPad with WIFI only, making the price not as expensive as it appears. At $799 the Surface Pro would be priced cheaper than the iPad 64 GB with WIFI and 3G, costing $829, and it is of course a pretty low price for a full PC with an Ivy Bridge processor. Digitimes notes Microsoft only expects limited profits ...

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It seems the new Windows 8 tablets will not be bereft of high end gaming. Unlike Windows Phone 7 they will have direct access to the metal of the processor, meaning high end game engines should run perfectly fine on the OS. It seems however it was not Windows 8 but the Microsoft Surface which enthused Epic CEO Mark Rein, who tweeted that he “Can’t wait to get some Unreal Engine games on those babies!”  which is likely what Microsoft intention has been all along with producing their own tablet – to “prime the pump” of the Windows 8 ecosystem. Shall we start the count down for Infinity Blade in Windows 8 marketplace now? Via Game Trailers.com ...

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You can now enjoy the event in which Microsoft yesterday revealed its Surface tablet project. The event was held at Milk Studios, Hollywood with hundreds of tech press invited. Microsoft announced Surface, Surface Pro tablets that will run on Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro respectively. More details on it below, Microsoft Surface Tablet Pricing & Availability Microsoft Surface Tablet Video Promo Microsoft Surface Tablet Images Microsoft announces Microsoft Surface Tablet ...

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Microsoft has sent information on the venue for its today’s mystery event to the press. The event will be held at Milk Studios, Hollywood. This is the first time in the recent past that Microsoft has created so much hype and interest among the press. People have no clue about what Microsoft is going to announce. The wild guesses ranges from Yammer deal to Xbox Surface tablet. We are approximately 6 hours away from the start of the event. Are you excited ?? Image Credit: Yelp ...

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As the excitement around the Microsoft’s tablet related announcement builds around the tech community, people have started to release their own dream specs. One such thing that got released is the concept called Xbox Surface. You can read the specs of the device above! The tablet device will come with 22.2 surround sound, 250GB regular harddisk, support for 4 game controllers for an 7 inch device, etc,. LOL. Source: shifted2u via: Neowin ...

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As part of the series of blog posts explaining the apps that will come as a part of the Windows 8, Microsoft today detailed the new Calendar app. The new Calendar app is a great example of Metro-style app done right. Its simple, easy and effective to use. The app was designed with the following in mind, Show your life clearly. You should have crystal clear visibility into what’s happening in your life – at home, at work, and at school. Make it easy to get around. Moving back and forth in time should be quick and efficient. Opening events and appointments should feel natural. Make it easy to add new items. New things are always coming up in your life. A great calendar makes it easy to make new plans. Keep you on time. Well laid plans aren’t very useful if you show up late! Be ready to do more. As ...

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AOL, Inc., today announced that it has completed the previously announced $1.056 billion patent transaction with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) (“Microsoft”). The transaction includes the sale of over 800 patents and their related patent applications, and grants Microsoft a non-exclusive license to its retained patent portfolio for aggregate proceeds of $1.056 billion in cash. “The closing of this transaction represents another major step for AOL in increasing value for our shareholders,” said Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO. “As our track record has shown, you should expect us to continue our momentum of creating and unlocking shareholder value through continued operational improvements and executing on our strategy.” As a part of the transaction AOL also received a license to the patents being sold to Microsoft. AOL continues to hold a significant patent portfolio of over 300 patents and patent applications spanning core and strategic technologies, including advertising, search, content generation/management, social ...

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Texas Instruments has demoed its OMAP processor capabilities on a tablet running Windows 8. Its a Toshiba’s Windows RT tablet running on TI’s OMAP 4470 SoC. As you can see in the video above, Windows 8 runs fast and fluid on a low power ARM processor same as that of running on a powerful x86 chip. Microsoft was working with chip makers, OEMs, etc, to provide this level of great experience on Windows 8 devices. Also Microsoft is yet to reveal the full details on Windows RT OS and the Office bundle which comes with it. Are you ready to buy a Windows RT device ?? Source: AnandTech ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft surprised everyone by inviting the press for a major announcement at LA. A rumor is now spreading all over the web  that Microsoft is going to release its own tablet hardware at LA. And ATD speculates that the announcement will be related to Windows tablets. There are even rumors that Microsoft may release a e-reader/content consumption only device in partnership with B&N. What do you think? Does Microsoft needs its own tablet hardware? Source: All Things D , The Wrap ...

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As the rumors started flying around the internet from yesterday, everybody started digging information about Microsoft buying Yammer, the enterprise social network provider. Now WSJ reports that according to their sources, Yammer Inc. has agreed to sell itself to Microsoft Corp. for more than $1 billion. Still there are no clear details on when the deal will be announced, etc,. Also Microsoft is hosting a major announcement on Monday at LA. It could be the announcement for Yammer acquisition too. Source: WSJ ...

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Microsoft today detailed the new Mail app that will come with Windows 8. The new Mail app designed for Windows 8 allows us to manage all our emails at one place. The new mail app comes with support for the following, Multiple Accounts Folders Commands – Support  for both touch, keyboard & mouse. Reading Pane Windows 8 Snap View Windows 8 Live Tiles Windows 8 Notifications Windows 8 Secondary Tiles Windows 8 Print Contract Windows 8 Share Contract Windows 8 Lock Screen Notifications Similar to the People hub which Microsoft detailed yesterday, Mail app is de-coupled from the Windows OS and you will see updates for the app often. You can read more about them at Building Windows 8 blog. ...

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Few weeks before we first got information about Dell’s upcoming Windows 8 tablet Latitude 10. Today Neowin posted more information on this business focused tablet. The device will be coming to sales from mid-November to mid-January time period. The device will run on Intel Colver Trail processor, 2GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 2-cell or 4-cell removable battery and built-in mobile broadband as well. We are eager to see the Dell Windows RT offerings for consumers than these Latitude offerings. Source: Neowin  ...

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