Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft had its own newsfeed feature back in Windows Live days which aggregated social activity from various services such as Facebook, Flickr, Myspace, etc,. Later it was discontinued as Microsoft started to focus on the basics, Mail, Storage, Chat/Skype, etc,. Liveside today reports that Microsoft is planning to bring back newsfeed in a different form. A recent activity newsfeed for your SkyDrive. Here’s how Liveside explains the upcoming feature, Microsoft added recent activity feeds to its Windows 8 SkyDrive app’s Live Tile back in January this year (as shown above), showing notifications about what’s going on in your SkyDrive. However, this feature was limited to the Windows 8 SkyDrive app only, and you cannot see this feed anywhere else. This is set to change as LiveSide understands that the SkyDrive.com web service will also get a recent activity feed. Clicking on the new “Recent” menu item on the left-hand side ...

Read More →

Net Applications has released their monthly numbers for June, and their data shows IE10 has now officially surpassed IE9′s marketshare.  IE10 now commands 13.52% of browser marketshare and IE9 at 11.71%.  Just two months ago, IE9 had 15.39% and IE10 had 9.26%.  IE10 is only available on Windows 7 & Windows 8. IE11 was not counted in this month’s report, considering Windows 8.1 was just released a few days ago.  Microsoft confirmed IE11 will come to Windows 7,  but would not confirm the timeframe; sources close to Microsoft-news tell us it will be released early Q1 2014.   ...

Read More →

Microsoft continues to slowly expand its Surface distribution channel.  Today Microsoft announced the Microsoft Devices Program, which allows customers to purchase Surface and commercial services through authorized resellers. The first authorized Surface US distributers will be Ingram Micro Inc., SYNNEX Corp. and Tech Data Corp.  The first US resellers include DW, CompuCom Systems Inc., En Pointe Technologies, Insight Enterprises Inc., PC Connection Inc., PCM Inc., SHI International Corp., Softchoice, Softmart and Zones Inc.  Resellers will be allowed to sell Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage and in addition to adding their own services such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling. and data protection. During the next few months, Microsoft will work to authorize commercial distributors and resellers in more countries. In June, Microsoft announced a one-time offer for Surface RT starting at $199 for qualifying educational institutes running until the end of August in 26 ...

Read More →

Skype has redesigned their Android app with version 4.0 to look and feel more like the app does on Windows Phone.  The android Skype app has been rebuilt from the ground up to be faster and more reliable. The focus was on stability, performance, and load time.  Skype claims this version has major improvements in allowing users to fire off a quick message, or access contacts and favorites. Microsoft promises more updates in the coming months and year ahead “to make Skype for Android even more reliable, reachable, and mobile-friendly.”  No word on Skype for Windows Phone as of yet.  From what we’re hearing the Windows Phone group has truly adopted the “Shut-up & Ship” motto, and we will likely not know more about Skype being built into Windows Phone until Q1 2014. Unfortunately, it appears Skype is now using Microsoft’s marketing group: Source: Skype ...

Read More →

At BUILD conference held last week, Microsoft announced that Bing Maps 3D is coming back along with the release of Windows 8.1. They even gave a brief demo of the same. 3D Maps is not new to Bing Maps as they had in the name of Virtual Maps 3D few years back before discontinuing it in 2010. Liveside today reported that the new upcoming version of Bing Maps 3D will be enabled by WebGL in IE11. So, users won’t be needed to install any plug-ins to experience the 3D maps. And also they are building Photosynth 2 viewer based on WebGL. First, Bing Director Stefan Weitz told me that the new version was almost entirely built from the ground up, using, among other technologies, Microsoft’s UltraCam.  There’s simply not much left from the old Bing Maps 3D, Silverlight or otherwise.  Then I had a chance to talk a bit about ...

Read More →

Skype, like many other pieces software, collects a large amount of feedback.  Here is what they have been hearing from their customers: Make Skype more reliable, and less power hungry. Be nice to my battery life. Pretty self-explanatory, and the work is never done. Messaging needs to be easier and at my fingertips. People use a lot of different apps for messaging – and it’s very easy to switch back and forth, using the one that feels right in the moment. While Skype is known best for calling (recently exceeding 2 billion minutes in one day!), our users also send tens of billions of chat messages every month to the people they care about most. They simply want it to be more convenient. I now use Skype on multiple devices, so make the experience fast and familiar. More and more of our users have Skype on their phone, tablet, and ...

Read More →

The Xbox Music App has been redesigned in Windows 8.1.  The main focus of the app in Windows 8.0 was discoverability, the focus has now been shifted to playing music quickly from your own collection.  The new new Xbox Music app will feature a navigation column on the left side significant performance enhancements.  Other features include: Built-in Search: You’ll have faster access to your favorite songs, artists and albums with an in-app “Search” bar. Improved Collection Management: Simple access to your music starts in the “Collection,” where the music that you’ve saved in the Xbox Music cloud and your local music and will be at the forefront of the app. Streaming Radio Stations: “Radio” will offer seamless creation of new streaming Internet-radio stations based on artists you like and will give you faster access to your favorite Radio stations that you’ve already created. Exploring the Music Store: “Explore” will take ...

Read More →

Get a free Xbox t-shirt for you Xbox 360 avatar. Microsoft is promoting its upcoming Xbox One gaming console with new Xbox One T-Shirt for your Xbox Avatar in Xbox LIVE network. There is a male and female versions as well. We saw some comments from users that this prop is not available in their region, so don’t be surprised if this is not available in your region. Download: Male or Female via Major Nelson ...

Read More →

Landmark deal between Time Warner Cable and Microsoft has brought 300 Live TV channels to Xbox 360 console users with Xbox LIVE gold subscription. TWC TV app which will launch as early as next month, gives the TWC subscribers access to live TV through Xbox 360 console. TWC is also planning to bring video-on-demand to Xbox 360 through the app later this year. Press Release: In a landmark deal announcement for Xbox 360 and Time Warner Cable customers, we’re excited to share a new partnership that will deliver up to 300 of the most popular live TV channels to Xbox 360 for Xbox Live Gold members. This deal, which will bring more live channels than any other experience on Xbox 360, will offer Time Warner Cable subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold membership  the ability to watch their favorite shows from right from their Xbox 360 — including favorites like ...

Read More →

AppFlow app discovery app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Similar to its Windows Phone app, AppFlow allows you to browse Windows Store apps in a different engaging style. Description: Browse and discover apps in a new, engaging and beautiful way. AppFlow presents a unique way to explore the Windows Store via its daily updated applists. Get AppFlow now and you’ll never want to explore apps the traditional way again. Features: Hundreds of app lists Daily updated content Live tile support Stunning images and beautiful animations Discovering apps that are similar to what you like Integrated RSS reader Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

Read More →

Microsoft yesterday released SkyDrive Pro apps for Windows 8 and iOS devices. You need a Office 365 account to use this app and after signing in to your Office 365 account, you can access, view, and upload your documents from anywhere. You can use the SkyDrive Pro apps to view documents in your SkyDrive Pro folder, select specific content to take offline when you are traveling or have low bandwidth, organize your content by creating new folders, and upload new content and share with others. Download them from Windows Store and Apple Store. Source: Office 365 Blog ...

Read More →

Outlook 2013 RT for Windows RT 8.1 Preview is now available, download it: here! Outlook 2013 RT, in your enterprise Windows RT 8 and Windows RT 8.1 Preview ship with Office Home & Student. If your organization also purchased commercial use rights or has a commercial license to Office 2013 suites that include Outlook, your users can use Outlook 2013 RT to get to business on their RT devices too. Here is a breakdown of some of the limitations, as expected: Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 mailbox accounts Outlook 2013 RT can connect to your organization’s Exchange Server 2007, 2010, or 2013 as long as the Autodiscover service is configured. However, Outlook 2013 RT doesn’t support these Microsoft Exchange features: Online Archive or Personal Archive mailboxes Applying Messaging Records Management (MRM) retention policies Site Mailboxes Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policy tips VBA and COM Add-ins Outlook 2013 RT doesn’t run macros, ...

Read More →

Tom Warren over at The Verge , who has been fairly reliable in the past, believes Microsoft is hinting at a 2560 x 1440 Surface Pro and high density 7-inch tablets at the BUILD conference going on this week. “…Microsoft appears to be dropping some accidental hints at the future of Surface and other 7- and 8-inch tablets.” -Tom Warren One session at Build talked about building apps across multiple screen sizes, during the session Microsoft showed potential screen sizes for Windows 8 tablets.  One of these resolutions was a 10.6″-inch tablet running at 2560 x 1440.  This may potentially be the next screen resolution for the Surface 2, which is currently 1920 x 1080.  There also lies the possibility this will be a  tablet by an OEM or unannounced ODM design that has not been publicly announced yet. Other potential display resolutions shown included a 7-inch display running at 1920 x 1200 and a ...

Read More →

Star Chart is a free app in the Windows Store which allows you to explore the solar system. We’ve modeled the swirling gas clouds on Saturn, Juptier, Neptune and Uranus. We allow you to remove the atmosphere on Venus, the Earth and even Titan to see the surface detail and seas beneath (Methane oceans on Titan!). We’ve even added twinkle to Earth’s night lights. And the list goes on and on… We’ve basically remastered the entire solar system and night sky (where data is available and some places used a bit of artistic license) and we’ve created what we believe to be the most amazingly detailed and visually stunning (free) astronomy app available anywhere on any platform.  – San Shepherd, co-founder of Escapist Games The app now supports voice control: Source: Neowin Download: Windows Store (warning 900+ mb)   ...

Read More →

OpenTable is the only app that helps you book a table at more than 20,000 restaurants in the US, Canada and Mexico. Plus, members can earn dining points to pay for meals at any OpenTable restaurant. Features include: See available restaurants in real-time, in a list and on a map Narrow your search by cuisine, price, or neighborhood Browse menus and reviews Make out-of-town reservations when you travel Download: Windows Store ...

Read More →

During the Build conference today, Rhapsody released its Windows 8 App. Features include: Dive into a catalog of millions of songs Play full-length albums and top tracks Create playlists for any occasion Save all your favorites to your library to play whenever, wherever Discover new music with Rhapsody radio – listen by Artist or Genre Hear it first with New Releases every Tuesday Enjoy rich-album imagery and intuitive navigation throughout the app Special Windows 8 features include Snap Mode for simple multitasking and an option that allows tracks to be pinned to the Metro-style home screen. Download: Windows Store ...

Read More →