Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today posted the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business. This 16 page long document provides a detailed guide to the new and improved features in Windows 8 including AppLocker, BitLocker, Windows To Go, measured boot, and Client Hyper-V. Here is the description given from Microsoft, The Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 8. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help businesses understand how Windows 8 enables users to be ready and productive practically anywhere, allows for a personalized user experience, and provides IT with more secure, easy-to-manage intelligent infrastructure. You can download the document here. ...

Read More →

Microsoft today released the final version of Microsoft Flight game for Windows users. The game can be downloaded for free from Games for Windows client. The game will also feature paid add-on content such as full islands of Hawaii and two additional planes. Microsoft recommends 3-GHz, dual-core processor, at least a Radeon HD 5670 or Nvidia GeForce 9800T graphics card or better, 6GB of RAM, and 30GB of hard-drive space to play this game. Find more at microsoft.com/flight ...

Read More →

As announced earlier, Microsoft will release the most awaited Operating System Windows 8′s Consumer Preview at Barcelona later today. Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky will take stage to demo the latest build of Windows 8. Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be a free download and almost all Windows 7 PCs, Laptops, Tablets will be compatible with Windows 8.  Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available in both x86 & x64 flavors but as a single SKU will all the features. Along with Windows 8, Windows Store will also launch tomorrow allowing users to download their apps on their Metro Style desktop. Keep an eye on Microsoft Windows 8 page and Dev center page for downloads. ...

Read More →

Detecting finger orientation on a touch-sensitive device: The determination of an orientation of a finger touching a touch-sensitive device is disclosed. In one embodiment, a computing device comprises a display screen configured to display an image to a user, and an intensity-sensitive touch-sensing input mechanism configured to detect one or more objects touching the display screen. The device also comprises a controller configured to determine an orientation of a finger touching the screen from a direction between a center of a first set of touch data and a center of a second set of touch data, and to adjust an image on the display screen in response to a determined orientation of the finger. Wearable computer pointing device Described is a technology by which a computer pointing device (generally a mouse but alternatively a game controller or remote control device) may be worn on the hand and operated without needing ...

Read More →

After Holoflector & 3D Desktop, its Illumishare now. Illumishare from Microsoft Research is what our future of communications should be. Illumishare allows us to share a physical physical or digital objects with others. How it does it ? IllumiShare uses a camera-projector pair where the camera captures video of the local workspace and sends it to the remote space and the projector projects video of the remote workspace onto the local space. With IllumiShare people can sketch together using real ink and paper, remote meeting attendees can interact with conference room whiteboards, and children can have remote play dates in which they play with real toys. Watch the video above and get blown away. Read more at Microsoft.com/next ...

Read More →

Microsoft Research is back in full form with its futuristic demos. After the Holoflector demo, Microsoft at its annual TechForum conference demoed its work on a concept similar to 3D Desktop. It has the ability to manipulate objects that lie behind the transparent screen – as well as objects on the screen with something called “view-dependent, depth-corrected gaze”. I don’t think I will be able to explain the whole concept in a clear way, just watch the video above. Amazing stuff ! via: Microsoft/Next ...

Read More →

The much awaited (atleast to me!) overhaul of Microsoft accounts portal is here.  Microsoft’s old Billing portal was like a website designed in 90′s, but now it has got a clean new look and awesome unification across various Microsoft accounts (Props to Rafael who noticed it first). The accounts.microsoft.com portal now unifies all Microsoft accounts such as Hotmail, Xbox LIVE, Zune, Office Live and even Windows Azure accounts. You can now have an overview of purchases and subscriptions made across all Microsoft services under this new portal. Check it out yourself and enjoy the new experience. via: Withinwindows ...

Read More →

Microsoft Office 15 which is expected to launch later this year along with Windows 8 will come with a mode called “Touch Mode” according to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet. The “Touch Mode” in Office 15 is a button placed next to quick access toolbar and when enabled will change the Office 15 UI optimized for touch based interactions. Even the Ribbon UI seems to be optimized for touch interactions as you can see in the image above. Microsoft has so far announced only about the Technical Preview of Office 15 which was released to select partners last month. Hope we get more news on this soon ! Source: ZDNet   ...

Read More →

HP CEO Meg Whitman has confirmed that HP will be releasing Windows 8 based devices later this year. During the financial analysts call yesterday, he told that HP will be releasing Windows 8 based x86 PC’s this holiday season. “we will be well positioned on Windows 8 x86 by the holidays.”, ”we’re rooting for a fantastic Windows 8 product that’s out on time for holiday.” Also HP is planning for a Windows 8 based tablet focused on businesses that offers no compromise in security as today’s Windows based PC’s does. Lets hope HP can deliver on its promise. ...

Read More →

Microsoft today announced the Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta coming next week. The new version of developer tools will sport a new look and hundreds of new features that will make the developer environment much better. With this as the backdrop we set out in Visual Studio 11 to attack the tool overload challenge through thoughtful yet aggressive reduction in the following areas: Command Placements Colorized Chrome Line Work Iconography Microsoft also announced that the beta of this product will be available for download next week which Windows 8 beta gets released. You can read of TFS 11 release here. ...

Read More →

Today Microsoft Skype announced that they will be providing free Skype WiFi service in Spain to celebrate MWC 2012. You will get 2 hours of free access with Skype WiFi at more than 24,000 supported wireless hotspots available in the country – including airports, café’s and hotels. If you are travelling to Spain or live there, you can enjoy this offer. You can read more details on this here. ...

Read More →

Today Microsoft Bing team announced a new feature (US Only for now) called Linked Pages which will make searching for people on the web easier. With Linked Pages, you link websites related to you in search results. Now your friends looking for you online can find what you want them to find. You can also link pages to your friends to help them shine on Bing as well. An example snippet of the search result can be seen above. Watch the video demo below. Video: Make a Good Search Impression with Bing’s Linked Pages Source: Bing ...

Read More →

Microsoft’s latest marketing videos makes fun of Google Apps. Google which competes with Microsoft on cloud based productivity software is pitching light weight versions of Word processor, spreadsheet and presentation software with more collabration features against Microsoft Office. The real problem comes to the enterprise adoption when Google makes changes to the service without notice which was depicted in the ad above. And another important loss in using Google Apps is the compatibility with Microsoft Office suite which was told in another ad above. Well done, Microsoft. ...

Read More →

The Daily reported today that Microsoft is working on an Office app for Apple iPad. This should not surprise anyone but I highly doubt their timing of release. The Daily also added that the app will be released in coming weeks and the app suite will feature Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint with editing options as well. Windows On ARM devices will get released only in Q4 2012, Microsoft Office will be one of the key USP of those devices. So, I doubt Microsoft will release the same for rival platform before their own platform alternative is ready for public sale. Anyway, let see how Microsoft plays this out. Source: The Daily ...

Read More →

Today Microsoft detailed the language support coming in Windows 8. Windows is always known for its international support and localization, now Windows 8 is further improving the experience. The following are coming in Windows 8, Enabling more users than ever to install additional languages on their Windows PCs and switch between them. Building a Language preferences area in Control Panel that is an easy-to-use central location for all display languages. Making significant additions to our language list by adding one standalone language and 13 Language Interface Packs (LIPs). Recently Apple announced that they have added Chinese language support in Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Here is the no.of languages supported in Windows 8, Microsoft will continue to be a market leader in language support with an additional 14 new display languages for Windows 8, bringing the total to 109 languages. (For reference, here are the 95 languages in which Windows ...

Read More →

Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Today Microsoft detailed the SkyDrive integration coming in Windows 8. SkyDrive, the personal storage service from Microsoft  is becoming the personal cloud of the users in Microsoft eco-system. Windows Phone devices already has SkyDrive integration along with dedicated app as well. Microsoft details the following three things in the post, SkyDrive Metro style app on Windows 8 SkyDrive files integrated into Windows Explorer on the desktop, and The ability to fetch remote files through SkyDrive.com Microsoft also said that over the next several months we will have access to all of the things announced today and lots more to come on SkyDrive front as well. Source: Building Windows 8 blog.  ...

Read More →