Review Category : Microsoft

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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After the partnership with Qwiki few days before, Bing today announced the partnership with Yelp, the leading local listing service. Starting today, people in the US will begin seeing even more rich Yelp data in Bing’s snapshot (the center column) and relevant Bing Local pages allowing you to scan reviews at a glance or dive into rich content such as photos and restaurant reviews. Read more at Bing. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today detailed the new People app coming with Windows 8 OS. The new People app is similar to the People Hub in Windows Phone devices where you can connect all your online services in one place. You can even link them for better access. They have designed the app with following principles, Complete & Connected – All your personal and work contacts are there, alive with their social activities and photos, letting you instantly engage and react to them. Data syncs from your email and social accounts rather than getting this info from a one-time import, and you get a simple unified contact card for each person, regardless of how many versions of their contact info you have from different accounts. Designed for Windows 8 – On modern devices the address book is a core part of the overall experience, therefore it is important ...

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Bing today announced the integration of Qwikis within the search results. Qwikis are interactive presentations combining images, videos, maps and spoken narration. You will start to see a link for certain search results found on Wikipedia and to interact with a Qwiki simply click on the play button under a Wikipedia entry in the Bing search results. It will provide you a dynamic way to interact and learn about a given topic or more often than not present new information avenues to explore. Qwiki will also work great on Xbox+Kinect combination and I hope Microsoft integrates them on Xbox as well. Read more at Bing blog. ...

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At TechEd conference today, Microsoft demoed Office 2013 running on Windows RT device. Even though, it was not an intentional demo to show off Office 2013 features, they provided us a glimpse of it. Just, yesterday we got information (via: Liveside) about the Office 2013 name and its new logo. Above is the screenshot of Office 2013 Excel app running on Windows RT machine. While the info that Microsoft working on Office for Windows RT devices is nothing new, we now have a visual proof for the same. Image Credit: Withinwindows ...

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While Microsoft is so secret about its upcoming version of Office productivity suite, many information about it got leaked by LiveSide today. First of all, the name will be “Microsoft Office 2013″ and followed by a new Metro styled logo similar to how Windows 8 logo.  Apart from the new logo and name, the web apps version of Office 2013 will also come with UI refresh similar to the desktop counterpart. Again, its Metro styled as you can see from the comparison above. Also the Web Apps has got new features such as the ability to view comments in reading mode, etc,. Read more about it in the source link below. Source: Liveside ...

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Morgan Stanley has conducted a survey which shows Microsoft could slip near instantly into the second spot in the tablet market. According to their survey 25% of those intending to buy a tablet were planning to buy a Windows 8 tablet, ahead of 22% who intend to buy an Android tablet. It seems its all about Office, said Morgan Stanley analyst Katie Huberty. “Our survey indicated Microsoft Office is the most important software feature to consider when purchasing a tablet, especially for first-time purchasers,” Huberty says. “Sixty-one percent of prospective tablet purchasers indicated that Office was the most important software feature vs. 44 percent for current tablet owners — which suggests there may be pent up demand for a tablet offering with a prepackaged Office bundle.” The finding likely explains why Google purchased Quick Office, but also leaves Microsoft with a dilemma. The company has been working on an Office ...

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It has recently been revealed that Google shares much of their app store profits with carriers and OEMs. Now Digitimes claims Microsoft is planning to do the same with Windows 8 OEMs. According to Digitimes Microsoft plans to offer developers that join the development of Windows-based apps a profit share higher than the 70% on the iOS app store and Android Market. In addition, hardware brand vendors will also enjoy a profit share if consumers purchase apps that are recommended by them.  The exact share has however not been revealed. Much like Nokia, Microsoft is expecting OEMs to cultivate developers and applications, and to guide buyers to their collections. Microsoft’s new strategy is expected to open a brand new profit source for the vendors, according to Digitimes’s sources, which, given the size of the Windows ecosystem, may be billions of dollars, which will hopefully motivate OEMs to keep profit margins ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Microsoft today detailed its new improved media experience in Windows 8. Microsoft has improved its media experience in Windows 8 right from the codec support to UI of the media players. Microsoft designed this media experience with the following in mind, Maximize performance. We wanted media playback to be fast and responsive, enabling the full power of the hardware while maximizing battery life on each PC. Simplify development and extensibility. We wanted to provide a platform that could be easily extended and tailored for a given application, setting the stage for innovative custom media apps on Windows. Enable a breadth of scenarios. A high performance, high efficiency, extensible platform can then enable a wide range of music, video, communications, and other multimedia apps. I think we should be able to enjoy fluid and rich media experience on Windows 8 devices without compromising battery life. Read more at Building Windows ...

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Along with the Metro Style apps that are built on Windows RT platform, Microsoft is also allowing Desktop apps such as Microsoft Office 2010, VLC Player to be listed on Windows Store. Listing Desktop apps on Windows Store enables customers to search for them, browse through descriptive information about them, and acquire them from the developer’s website using a link provided in the product description page in the Windows Store. Windows Store won’t be handling the update process as well. Developers who need to submit their desktop apps read the process below, Sign up for a Hardware/Desktop Dashboard Company Account. Using this account, submit the results of the Windows App Certification Kit. After we approve the results, submit the app to the Windows Store. Sign up as a company for a Windows Store developer account, using the same account as in step 1. Approved apps that have passed the Windows App ...

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We all are waiting for the Metro-style redesign of Microsoft web services including Hotmail. Today, screenshots of the upcoming Metro designed Hotmail leaked to the web revealing its beauty. Liveside today posted a bunch of screenshots of the same, one of which is posted above. As you can see, its beautiful, clean and simple. I can’t wait to try out this new redesign, what about you ?? Check out more screenshots from the source link. Source: Liveside ...

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