Review Category : Microsoft

  Microsoft has scheduled a press event later today in SF to reveal information about its next version of productivity software, Office. Microsoft will also release a consumer preview version of Office which users can download and try on their machines. Microsoft Office 2013 is expected to have more refined ribbon menu which is optimized for touch and many new features in each of the separate products such as Word, Excel, etc,. Office 2013 will also feature a web based app platform which will allow 3rd party apps to run inside Office to enhance the productivity experience. You can read more about it here. And Office branding will also be simplified as seen above. Are you excited to see what’s coming from the Office division?     ...

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Microsoft and NBC today announced that they are ending a 15 year old partnership to run MSNBC digital network. The MSNBC.com will be now known as NBCNews.com and will be operated by NBC as a whole. Its been reported that NBC paid over $300 million for Microsoft on this deal. Also end of this deal will allow Microsoft to curate contents from other news sources for its MSN portal. From MSN Blog, Microsoft and NBC Discontinue Joint News Venture Msnbc MSN and Bing to Deliver Innovative Real-Time News Today we are announcing the divestiture of Microsoft’s 50 percent share in Msnbc.com to our partner in that joint venture NBC. Since we formed Msnbc.com it has become a leader in the online news industry – and we couldn’t be more proud of the terrific team that delivers news every day to the millions of readers on MSN. As part of this ...

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Microsoft is expected to reveal Office 2013 information on Monday, but that doesn’t stop the leak of information about Office 2013 on Internet. Liveside today revealed the new Web Extensions Platform that is coming as part of the Office 2013 suite. Office 2013 allows you to install apps/extensions for your Office products like Word, Excel, etc, from a online store. For example, you can install a Bing News app for Word and use it to insert snippet of news within your document as you can see in the above image. You can read more about it in detail at Liveside. ...

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Microsoft has today announced its new program from Bing division called Bing Fund.  Bing Fund describes itself as an Angel Investor with an incubator. That pretty much explains everything. Bing Fund is looking for startups that are building online or mobile experiences that incorporate fresh insights. Microsoft will offer the startup with the following, • Subsidized use of unique APIs from Bing’s data ecosystem • The opportunity to access certain technology assets developed by Microsoft Research • Assistance from Bing Fund team members who specialize in design, engineering, marketing, and building businesses • Consultations with Subject Matter Experts at Microsoft, some of whom are world experts in their areas • Exposure to Microsoft executives • Connections with our partners and customers • Funding • Co-workspace for startups located in the Seattle area. You can read more about it here.  ...

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Microsoft today announced few updates on its cloud storage service SkyDrive. First, the service has got its new logo which you can see above. Its now clean and simple than ever before. Also after this update, when you click SkyDrive in the system tray, a small status window appears. It lets you know if SkyDrive is up to date, and gives you the time at which SkyDrive was last updated. Along with this, performance, reliability, and compatibility of SkyDrive has also been improved. Read more at Windows Team blog. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today in Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed the new File History feature coming in Windows 8. File History is a new backup application that is replacing the old backup and restore feature in Windows 7. This new system continuously protects your personal files stored in Libraries, Desktop, Favorites, and Contacts folders. It periodically (by default every hour) scans the file system for changes and copies changed files to another location. Every time any of your personal files has changed, its copy will be stored on a dedicated, external storage device selected by you. Over time, File History builds a complete history of changes made to any personal file. Its a great addition to Windows 8′s list of new features. I’m sure common people will love this solution whereas power users may find it annoying because File History solution does not offer the ability to do a ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are acquiring Perspective Pixel, a company that builds large touch based displays for enterprise. Founder of Perspective Pixel Jeff is also joining Microsoft as an employee along with his company acquisition. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash., and NEW YORK — July 9, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. and Perceptive Pixel Inc. (PPI) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire PPI, a recognized leader in research, development and production of large-scale, multi-touch display solutions. “The acquisition of PPI allows us to draw on our complementary strengths, and we’re excited to accelerate this market evolution,” said Kurt DelBene, president, Office Division for Microsoft. “PPI’s large touch displays, when combined with hardware from our OEMs, will become powerful Windows 8-based PCs and open new possibilities for productivity and collaboration.” Founded in 2006 by Jeff Han, a renowned pioneer in multi-touch technology, PPI ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows 8 will be RTM in first week of August and the general availability of Windows 8 for consumers in October. Tami Reller, SVP of Windows & Windows Live Division today announced at WPC that Windows 8 is on track and will hit the milestones at correct time period. She also mentioned that that Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide. Also with RTM in August, Microsoft is opening up its commerce platform so that developers can start earning money for their apps. Read more at Windows Team Blog. ...

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Microsoft has purchased a number of Xbox related domain names recently, including XboxPhone.com, XboxTablet.com, XboxLiveTV.com and XboxCompanion.com.  Two however rang a particular bell. Microsoft also purchased Xbox8.us and Xbox8.org, which of course connects very well with the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 brand names which will be marketed heavily in 2013. This of course makes the name very likely, which means we can safely move on to speculating about the XboxPhone Via Xbox360Achievements.com ...

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Press Release: Microsoft Announces Non-Cash Accounting Charge Company will take a write down in its Online Services Division goodwill. REDMOND, Wash., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it will take a non-cash, non-tax-deductible income statement charge for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 for the impairment of goodwill in its Online Services Division segment, mostly related to its 2007 aQuantive, Inc., acquisition. Under accounting guidelines, companies are required to conduct an annual goodwill impairment test for each business unit. Goodwill arises in an acquisition when the fair value paid for a business exceeds the value of the identifiable net assets. The goodwill in the Online Services Division was substantially the result of the 2007 acquisition of aQuantive. As a result of its 2012 impairment review, Microsoft has determined that a write down of its Online Services Division goodwill of approximately $6.2 billion is ...

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Microsoft today announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99.  And you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade. This is a great deal! You can purchase the upgrade from Windows.com and use the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to make sure whether your PC is ready for Windows 8. A packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 at all local stores during this promotion which ends on January 31st, 2013. Read more at Windows Team blog. ...

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Today I came across an interesting image which lists the whole Microsoft Product Portfolio. As you can see in the image above, you should realize the true length & breadth of Microsoft’s product offerings. Recently I found some people criticizing Microsoft on its new preview homepage design for Microsoft.com. I think its not possible to create a single website with single design to suit all of the Microsoft’s customers at once. via: Hosam Kamel from Microsoft ...

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This June was one of the busiest month for tech industry this year. All three industry giants Microsoft, Apple and Google had major press and developer events. Taykey, a startup that uses “patented technology” to analyze trends and conversations across social sources to help its advertising customers improve their campaigns released the above infographic to show how Microsoft’s and Apple’s announcements were treated in social media conversations. They even posted a conclusion that Microsoft’s Surface Tablet announcement surpassed Apple’s Retina MacBook and iOS 6 news in the social media. Its a good sign for the new style of secretive communication of Microsoft to the press! What do you think? Check out Zoom.it version of the same here. via: All Things D ...

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Microsoft usually certifies hardware compatible with Windows and allows the hardware manufacturer to use the “Windows Compatible” logo stickers on them. Winunleaked today posted some images of the upcoming Windows 8/Windows RT Compatible logo in various colors. Its interesting to see that Microsoft is pushing the Windows RT brand among consumers. And I think differentiating Windows RT and Windows 8 among consumers is also an important task ahead for Microsoft. Source: Winunleaked Image via: Winunleaked, Neowin ...

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Microsoft today announced that it has now over 2700 venue maps on Bing Maps platform. Venue Maps are nothing but detailed maps of places like airports, malls, parks, etc,. For example, you can locate the shops at a Mall using Venue maps. Venue Maps locations are from over 30 countries across the world and they are going to update it constantly. You can  even browse through the whole list of venue maps at www.bing.com/maps/venues. You can try Bing Maps yourself  here.   ...

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Microsoft is testing a new homepage design for Microsoft.com. Microsoft.com is one of the most visited websites in the world and the design should make impression for millions of people who visit it everyday. The current design is not so old but it looks cluttered. Its a very difficult job for designing a homepage for a company with so many products that target different set of audiences.  The new design looks clean and simple compared to the current design. What do you think? You can check it out yourself here at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/preview. Source: Liveside ...

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