Review Category : Microsoft

Signs of collaboration at Microsoft?! *gasp* On his blog today, Major Nelson announced that the Xbox One will be using Skype’s audio codec for a premium audio experience.  Nelson reports: Thanks to integration with Skype’s audio codec, which has a proven track record of high-quality voice through billions of hours of use within Skype, as well as dedicated audio processing (for Xbox One conversations via Skype and multiplayer party chats), Xbox One offers higher quality voice chat with the Xbox One Chat Headset compared to Xbox 360—whether you’re chatting in-game or through party chat with Skype on Xbox One. But the improvements don’t stop there. The Xbox One Wireless Controller’s new expansion port dramatically expands the data transfer rate between the controller and console. Combined with Skype’s audio codec, this enables crystal-clear digital audio with the Xbox One Chat Headset, both capturing and rendering speech at 24 KHz PCM, which ...

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The English build of Windows 8.1 has been leaked by WZOR.  These are original Microsoft images.  Hopefully this shut-ups all whiny developers about not getting early access to the build.  As if they didn’t know it would leak in a few days anyways. Use the magnet links to download the torrent using your favorite client. Here is the pertinent information from the MyDigitalLife Forums: ADMIN note concerning activation: Retail keys (including ProWMC upgrade  keys), OEM: DM keys (Pre-installed windows 8 OEM), OEM:NONSLP keys activated users can upgrade & stay activated! Also a complete fresh install and re-activation should be possible. MAK of w8 does not activate. KMS of w8 does not activate 8.1 MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.RTM.X86.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT RELEASE DATE: 08/21/2013 BUILD: 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE_RTM.130821-1623 FILE: Windows_8.1_EN-US_x86.ISO SIZE: 2,915,131,392 byte SHA-1: 802CFCD3A411D99C097EA7E747F0B6697F9BDAC4 MD5: 7DD36FEA0D004ACFEDBDB3A5521EF5FF Code: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:D40A31912E9C1227826397B208228EFF3839802D MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.RTM.X64.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT RELEASE DATE: 08/21/2013 BUILD: 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE_RTM.130821-1623 FILE: Windows_8.1_EN-US_x64.ISO SIZE: 3,899,295,744 byte SHA-1: BC2F7FF5C91C9F0F8676E39E703085C65072139B MD5: F104B78019E86E74B149AE5E510F7BE9 Code: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:958ED16A00869C0BA4C04815AB500FFA1F2EE92E MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.ENTERPRISE.RTM.X86.VOLUME.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT RELEASE DATE: 08/21/2013 BUILD: 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE_RTM.130821-1623 FILE:  ...

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Our friends at Videogamer read the small print at the bottom of Microsoft’s ‘Get the Facts’ page on the Xbox website which reads: “Xbox voice commands will not be available in all markets on the product release date. Voice commands will be available at launch in US, UK, CA, FR, and DE.” Of the 13 markets where the Xbox One will be available this November, players in the following countries will have more limited access to voice commands: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain and New Zealand. Of course you can use the Xbox One without using the voice commands, so not need to over-react to this.  I’m sure the Kinect will receive updates over time and support the remaining countries. The Next Web Reports: As Albert Penello, Microsoft’s head of product development, told OXM earlier this week, the Xbox One is also region-free, so anyone should be able to import ...

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According to Microsoft’s corporate vice-president for Skype Mark Gillett, Skype team is already working on making 3D video calls possible. In fact, they already have a working version in the labs, but didn’t launch to the public due to lack of 3D Eco-system which includes 3D camera, 3D displays, etc,. “We’ve seen a lot of progress in screens and a lot of people now buy TVs and computer monitors that are capable of delivering a 3D image. “But the capture devices are not yet there. As we work with that kind of technology you have to add multiple cameras to your computer, precisely calibrate them and point them at the right angle. “We have it in the lab, we know how to make it work and we’re looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about ...

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The Extreme Windows Blog has a fun post about a racing simulator that is powered by Windows: Back in 2007 Chris saw some of the existing racing simulator projects and thought: “I think I could build something like that, only better!”. That started Chris on an adventure that would entail cash outlay in excess of $30,000, and span over 5 years of building, refining, upgrading, and perfecting his racing simulator. Project E.B.T.R. is something that you really have to try in person to appreciate! If you want to check it out in person, you can see Chris at some of the major gaming events where the E.B.T.R. Simulator is rented for attendees to experience. Some of the events where Project E.B.T.R. has been showcased include PAX Prime, PAX Prime East, GeForce LAN 6 (which was on the USS Hornet!), PDXLAN, and Intel LAN-fest events. For more information about events and ...

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Along with Windows Phone 8 release, Disney has also released their Temple Run: Oz Game for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Unlike, WP8 version, this version costs $4.99 with no free trial available. Description: THE MOST THRILLING RUNNING EXPERIENCE NOW COMES TO THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD! Disney and Imangi Studios present Temple Run: Oz – a brand-new endless runner inspired by Temple Run 2 and the film Oz the Great and Powerful. Play as Oz and outrun the shrieking flying baboons as you turn, jump and slide your way across the land. Begin your exhilarating adventure now and see how far you can run! NEW FEATURES: • Stunning environments inspired by the film – explore them all. • Fly in a hot air balloon – earn even more coins. • Explore different locations in Oz – follow sign posts! • The environment changes as you run – test your ...

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Microsoft today announced a new feature for SkyDrive photos. Today, in partnership with the Bing team, SkyDrive team released a feature that will make your SkyDrive photos smarter by using OCR (optical character recognition) to extract the text from photos in your camera roll when you view them on SkyDrive.com. Most of us can think of a time that we took a picture of something that we really just wanted the text from. It could have been a photo of a product label at a store, a picture of a magazine article or ad, or a snapshot of a sign with info you wanted to remember. When you take photos with your Windows Phone (with auto-upload turned on) today, we send them to your SkyDrive camera roll folder. With this new SkyDrive release, our OCR tool will automatically run on your camera roll photos so you can instantly see the ...

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Yesterday, Time Warner Cable released their new Xbox app that will allow you to watch over 300 live channels including ABC, FOX and Comedy Central. If you were concerned about this app that it will soon make you cross the data cap, you can forget that thought. TWC confirmed to GigaOM that subscribers can get access to live streams of up to 300 TV networks using this new Xbox 360 app without counting against their data caps. Last year, Comcast announced the same when launched their Xfinity app for Xbox 360 users. Do you think Net neutrality advocates will raise their voice again? Source: GigaOm ...

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Foursqaure today released a all new app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This is not a version which was ported from iOS or Android, instead Foursquare worked with Microsoft to create a stunning new visual experience to explore the local places. The new app is focused more on helping users find restaurants, bars, pubs, etc. The usual Foursquare’s activity feed is not available through this app. Foursqaure says it was designed that way, “This was a very conscious product decision–we wanted to put the attention on finding great places,”. Description: Foursquare for Windows 8 helps you make the most of where you are and where you are going. Keep up with your friends and discover great places and activities nearby, on all your Windows devices! Features: • Get instant suggestions when you open the app, even if you don’t have a Foursquare account • See places that are currently trending, ...

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The powers that be at Microsoft unleashed their attack dog, Frank Shaw to punch back at the tech press; justifiably so, I only wish they would have done it sooner.  For the past few days we have seen nothing “news articles” slamming Ballmer.  Sure he has made some major mistakes, but there was not even a slight attempt to balance the coverage even slightly.  The problem is that what is written on tech blogs is regurgitated into the mainstream press.  For example Forbes call Ballmer the worst CEO ever of any publically traded company. Ballmer doubled profits, tripled revenues and served as Bill Gates’ right hand man since near the inception of the company.  Half of Microsoft’s billion dollar businesses came to fruition under Ballmer.  Ballmer certainly wasn’t the greatest CEO ever but given the circumstances and the situation he inherited I thought he did an okay  job.  And it’s ...

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Two months back, a landmark deal between Time Warner Cable and Microsoft was announced that will bring 300 Live TV channels to Xbox 360 console users with Xbox LIVE gold subscription. Xbox 360 users can now download this TWC app to enjoy their subscribed TVs on Xbox 360. This app gives the ability to watch users their favorite shows from right from their Xbox 360 — including favorites like AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV and more. And unlike any other platform, you’ll be able to control your entertainment using your voice via Kinect for Xbox 360. TWC is also planning to bring video-on-demand to Xbox 360 through the app later this year. ...

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pr Microsoft today announced the increase in storage space for users of SkyDrive Pro, A cloud storage service for business. SkyDrive Pro delivers the features in a file sync solution, and also provides content management, compliance, and content management controls. Following improvements to SkyDrive Pro for Office 365 business subscribers were announced today Each user now gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (up from 7 GB). You can now increase users’ SkyDrive Pro storage beyond the default 25 GB-up to 50 GB and 100 GB. With the new Shared with Me view,you can easily find documents others have shared with you. Source: Office blog ...

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Dell announced their refreshed line-up of latitude ultrabooks and laptops.  Honestly, I’m pretty unimpressed especially in terms of design.  Michael Dell is fairly focused on trying to take the company private, with a critical vote happening later this year.  Brandon Leblanc on the Windows Experience Blog reports: These new models are constructed with brushed aluminum, reinforced magnesium alloy, strong steel hinges, woven carbon fiber, durable powder-coated underside, spill-resistant keyboards and LCD seals. They all are also available with touch display options with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for up to 10 times higher scratch resistance compared to traditional material used in laptop screens throughout the industry. The Latitude 7000 Series starts at $1,049 (U.S.) and will be available on September 12th. The Latitude 3000 Series starts at $599 (U.S.) and will also be available on September 12th. The Latitude 5000 Series will be available in October. Latitude 7000 Series Latitude 5000 ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Day One Editions of 3 Xbox One games. These special game SKUs include exclusive content and are available only through retail pre-order while supplies last, or via download on Xbox Live the first two weeks after launch. “Forza Motorsport 5” Day One Car Pack  This three-car pack features amazing cars from Lamborghini, Audi, and Ford; each with a Day One-themed livery and custom tuning package created by the experts at Turn 10: 2010 Audi TT RS Coupe: Stuffed stem to stern with modern tech, the TT RS is the first TT model to carry Audi’s famed RS badge – a distinction that’s earned on the track from the moment you step on the gas. 2013 Ford Focus ST: Debuting with the same 247-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine from the much larger Ford Explorer SUV, the new Ford Focus ST packs a serious punch. 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 ...

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An internal Microsoft employee leaked the information regarding the special white edition Xbox One few days back. This special edition Xbox One will be given to all employees in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business who were working full time prior to July 12 of this year. Only the console and the new Xbox One controller comes in White, the Kinect comes in standard black color only. Apart from the unique console, employees will also get 1 year Xbox Live, first party games and Day one achievement. Microsoft’s Major Nelson revealed at Reddit that Microsoft may sell this version of console to general public in the future. Source: Reddit ...

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As we reported last week, it would only be a matter of time until the Windows 8.1 RTM (build 9600) leaks began once it was in the hands of the OEMs. http://pan.baidu.com/share/link?uk=1761935015&shareid=1651802203 The first leaked build is the a Chinese Windows 8.1 x64 Enterprise build. Builds in other languages will be coming shortly. See more screenshots here: http://www.thecollectionbook.info/gallery/?f=/windows/nt%20kernel/windows%208.1/6.3.9600.16384/chinese%20simplified/enterprise/x64 Source: Faikee on MyDigitalLife ...

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