Review Category : Microsoft

Today Microsoft Office team announced the availability of OneNote for Android  in 57 markets worldwide. OneNote Mobile provides you with an easy access to your notes on SkyDrive. The app also offers key OneNote features like checklists, image capture, table editing and support for hyperlinks.   Feature Summary Text formatting, images, and bulleted lists To-do lists with clickable checkboxes Quick photo capture with your phone’s camera Quick access to recent notes Store and access multiple OneNote notebooks Sync to your free SkyDrive account for access anywhere Offline access to your notes Option to sync notebooks only over a Wi-Fi connection Built-in spelling checker Support for external hyperlinks Table editing The app is available in both free and paid versions. Check it out here. ...

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Microsoft has announced that the The Kinect Star Wars Bundle and Game for Xbox 360 with Kinect will be released on April 3, 2012. The game will include five dynamic modes – Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising, Podracing, Rancor Rampage, Galactic Dance Off and Duels of Fate.  … the Xbox 360 Limited Edition “Kinect Star Wars” console bundle will feature an exclusive C-3PO unlockable for Dance Mode. With these new reveals and the ability to play in 3D, “Kinect Star Wars” adds to the growing popularity of the family-friendly gaming portfolio for Kinect for Xbox 360. You can read in detail at Major Nelson’s blog. And you can pre-order it at Amazon.  ...

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  At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the power efficiency of Windows 8 applications. Certain apps may become power hungry and drain our precious battery life soon. To avoid such scenarios, Microsoft allows the apps to be only in the following 3 states,this means that an app in Windows 8 can be in one of three possible states: Actively running in the foreground Suspended in the background Performing some defined background activity Even the background activity can’t be of any sort of thing. Instead it should be one of the following, Here is what we enable in the background for Metro style apps in WinRT: Playing music Downloading a file from or uploading it to a website Keeping live tiles alive with fresh content Printing Receiving a VoIP call Receiving an instant message Receiving an email Sharing content (like uploading photos to Facebook) Synchronizing content with a tethered ...

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Microsoft is continuing its expansion of physical retail stores across the US. According to Neowin, Microsoft is planning to open its retail store at Austin, Texas. The store will be located at  Domain shopping center in North Austin. This store will join the list of 15 Microsoft Stores around USA. Microsoft has already opened its Store at Houston, Texas and the upcoming one at Austin should further improve its retail presence in the area. via: Neowin Source: The Austin American-Statesman ...

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This is not an exclusive from us!  Similar to Windows Phone marketplace, Windows 8 will have Windows Store which will of course feature games category in them. Here is a list of casual games that will come to Windows 8 store when launched later this month, Cut the rope Beards & Beaks Tentacles geoDefense Sudoku Minesweeper Full House Poker Zombies Zero Gravity Wordament Toy Soldiers Pinball FX 2 Rise Of Glory ilomilo iBlast Moki I’ll update the list as I collect more of these. The Verge posted similar list of upcoming games such as Angry Birds, Hydro Thunder,etc,  which you can check it out in their website.   ...

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Today Microsoft announced an agreement with 24/7 Inc to build the next generation cloud platform for customer service by combining the power of natural user interfaces (NUIs) and data analytics at cloud scale (Big Data). The agreement includes the following, • Microsoft will merge its interactive self-service assets (clients, people and technologies) into 24/7 Inc.’s PX solutions. • 24/7 Inc. and Microsoft will forge an R&D partnership moving forward, and 24/7 Inc. will utilize Microsoft Tellme speech and natural language technologies for natural user experiences in customer service. 24/7 Inc. will also be integrating its solutions with Windows Phone, Bing and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. • Microsoft and 24/7 Inc. have also agreed to a shared technology road map and a long-term IP licensing agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for speech-related technologies. • Microsoft will take an equity stake in 24/7 Inc. You can read more on the ...

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Sam Moreau, Director of User Experience for Windows, Windows Live and Internet Explorer at Microsoft recently did an interview with Gizmodo talking on Windows 8 and the new re-imagined Metro UI. Here is an excerpt from the interview which I think is more interesting, Giz: Right, when I talk to people about Windows Phone, some people don’t like the cutoff text or whatever. But it has a sense of vision—a really strong sense of vision—and I think that’s a good thing, one way or another. SM: Yeah, because that was the thing that we get blamed for a lot. Or, I would say the thing that annoys me about Android is I don’t think it has a point of view. I think it’s trying to be this weird sci-fi version of an Apple design language, poorly executed. Some of it is starting to get there, you know, they got Matias ...

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Social signals integration in search engines especially Google is creating lots of buzz these days. Bing Director, Stefan Weitz did an interview with All Things D to talk on Social integration in Bing. When asked about Microsoft’s approach to including Social in Search engines, The first thing is, we are taking this pretty slow, and there’s a pretty good reason for that. People don’t understand how amazingly complex it is to make sense of any social signal. So we are being very conservative about where we fire social results. That’s the first thing; the second thing is there’s more than likes and shares. It’s more about augmenting this mechanical product — the algorithmic search engine — with people. So we shipped things like understanding the cities where you live, friends’ opinions on stock quotes — a bunch of things besides just firing off social search. He also said that Google ...

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Start Orb and Start menu are gone. In the leaked screenshots of Windows 8 Build 8220 via PCbeta.com forums, Start menu and Start Orb in the Windows task bar are removed. Now the task bar will act as a regular dock with start menu funtionality moved to the charms bar on the left. Microsoft is expected to release Windows 8 beta for public later this week and is expected to get RTMd in September. Find more at via link. via: Neowin Image Credit: PCBeta.com ...

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We are expecting Microsoft to launch its Windows 8 Consumer Preview later this month as previously announced. We have seen lots of leaks and improvements from Microsoft on Windows 8 progress. Today MDL Forums (via Liveside) revealed the default home page on Windows 8 browser. Its obviously Bing with an attractive video home page. A fish swims across the screen ! You can check out the video homepage here. The bottom part of the home page consists of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Store, Windows Dev Center . You can read more on it at Liveside. ...

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  Microsoft today announced the update for Skype for Windows client. The new v5.8 comes with no.of new features and bug fixes. Features and improvements of Skype 5.8 for Windows are: •  Full HD video-calling •  Support for Facebook audio and video-calling (beta) •  Group screen sharing •  Hide offline Facebook contacts •  Push to Talk •  Skype updater service •  Bing Toolbar integration The Skype client is free to download and you can read more about it here. ...

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Today MSN announced the new rebranded MSN Lifestyle site named MSN Living. The new MSN Living site features brand new visual design, fresh original content, and more. Following are the new blogs that will be on this site, Daily Dose Blog – What’s buzzing today? Culture and lifestyle news (Rich Maloof’s award-winning writing has covered subjects ranging from soda pop to stem cells.) The Organized Home Blog – Put your house in order (from the editors of Real Simple) The Men’s Department Blog – Style and substance for men (from the editors of GQ) Simply Chic Blog – Fresh & fun style advice (contributions from Kim Peiffer and editors of Allure, Glamour, and InStyle) Family Room Blog – Your guide to imperfect parenting (Jeremy Greenberg, dad, comedian and writer) My Married Life Blog – What happens after I do (from The Knot/The Nest) Wedding Obsessions – All things weddings (with ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Kinect For Windows hardware. The device is available for sale from Amazon and Microsoft Store. The device will cost $249 and will have one year warranty. The newly released Kinect for Windows hardware is optimized for use with computers and devices running Windows 7, Windows 8 developer preview (desktop applications only), and Windows Embedded-based devices. Some of the changes to the hardware include: Near modeEnables the camera to see objects as close as 40 centimeters in front of the device without losing accuracy or precision, with graceful degradation out to 3 meters. Shortening USB cable and small dongleEnsure reliability across a broad range of computers and improves coexistence with other USB peripherals. Support and software updatesThe Kinect for Windows hardware includes a one-year warranty, support, and access to software updates for both speech and human tracking. In the US, Visit Amazon , Visit Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Kinect for Windows SDK v1.0. Here are the changes from beta 2 release, Support for up to four Kinect sensors plugged into the same computer Significantly improved skeletal tracking, including the ability for developers to control which user is being tracked by the sensor Near Mode for the new Kinect for Windows hardware, which enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 40 centimeters in front of the device Many API updates and enhancements in the managed and unmanaged runtimes The latest Microsoft Speech components (V11) are now included as part of the SDK and runtime installer Improved “far-talk” acoustic model that increases speech recognition accuracy New and updated samples, such as Kinect Explorer, which enables developers to explore the full capabilities of the sensor and SDK, including audio beam and sound source angles, color modes, depth modes, skeletal tracking, and motor ...

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Microsoft is testing a new replacement for the traditional banner ads in the Hotmail service. The display ads will be replaced by local deals which the user may be interested in. In an interview with Marketing Land, Dharmesh Mehta, Director for the Windows and Windows Live Business Group is confident that users will feel less distracting and less creepy. Its testing tested in few cities and may be expanded to all in the future. From Marketing land on deal content, The new deals ads will be initially targeted by country, language, age and gender. However Microsoft might allow users to select categories of interest later on. I asked Mehta about the deal sources Microsoft is using. He said that some were sourced by Microsoft directly and some are aggregated from partners. The business models and the way Microsoft gets paid also probably vary accordingly. The company said it will be ...

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