Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today announced that over 100 million Windows 8 licenses had been sold since its launch. In January, Microsoft announced that over 60 million Windows 8 licenses were sold and in three months the number has reached 100 million. We’ve also seen the number of certified devices for Windows 8 and Window RT grow to 2,400 devices, and we’re seeing more and more touch devices in the mix. Windows 8 is a big, ambitious change. While we realize that change takes time, we feel good about the progress since launch, including what we’ve been able to accomplish with the ecosystem and customer reaction to the new PCs and tablets that are available now or will soon come to market. And Windows Store is showing steady growth both in terms of developer interest and app downloads by consumers, Apps momentum has been steady as the number of apps in the Windows ...

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Microsoft Research FUSE Labs today announced two new features that is part of the updated Socl social-information network. Here are the two new features: Collection Moderators Now, every collection has at least one moderator who comes from the Socl community. Moderators have the ability to edit the title, description and tags of a collection. Moderators may also remove inappropriate or off topic posts from a collection at their discretion. “Us” Collections With the addition of Collection Moderators, we are now offering a third type of Collection – “Us” Collections. Now you can invite others to moderate a collection with you; you can also decide if you would like that collection to be visible to everyone or only your co-contributors. Read more about it from the link below. Check out the features at http://www.so.cl/. Source: FUSE ...

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There were reports floating around the internet few months back that Xbox vNext will require Internet connection to work. This news created lots of discussion and Microsoft obviously didn’t comment on it since it is about their future product which is yet to be revealed. Today, Ars Technica reported about an internal email from Microsoft which explained the internet connection required for Xbox vNext. Xbox vNext does not require internet connection for scenarios such as watching a Blu-ray movie or playing a single player game or watching a Live TV via Xbox UI. “Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet.” It continues, “There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should ‘just work’ regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not ...

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In an interview to CNBC along with his friend Warren Buffet, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said that a lot of iPad users are frustrated. When asked about the future of computing with the arrival of tablets replacing PCs, Gates gave a typical Microsoft answer that Windows 8 was designed to work with both tablets and PCs. Here is the excerpt from the interview, It’s going to be harder and harder to distinguish products, whether they are tablets or PCs. With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to gain share in what has been dominated by the iPad type device. A lot of those users are frustrated. They can’t type. They can’t create documents. They don’t have Office there. So we are providing something with the benefits they have seen that have made that a big category without giving up what they expect in a PC. He also said that Microsoft has ...

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Microsoft SkyDrive team today announced that over 250 million people are now using SkyDrive. The service continued to grow since October 2012 when Windows 8 launched, 50 million more people have started using SkyDrive. SkyDrive is a freemium based cloud consumer cloud storage service that can be accessed from various platforms such as PCs, Smartphones, Tablets, etc,. Here is the recap of recent announcements around SkyDrive, In just the past few months we’ve made SkyDrive the default save location for the new Office, updated the SkyDrive app for iOS, and made substantial performance improvements to SkyDrive uploading. Recently, we also announced that Microsoft accounts have grown to 700 million, that we’ve improved the security of our service with things like two-step verification, and that we now have Extended Validation Certificates integrated on SkyDrive.com. And a few days ago, our friends over at Outlook.com announced that they’re rolling out  a new feature ...

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In their quarterly earnings report, Asus CEO Jerry Shen said that prices of Windows 8 tablets likely to fall below $300 this year and as a result they are very optimistic about sales for Windows 8 tablets this year. He also cited the optimism was due to Microsoft’s smaller form-factor program. WSJ reported in April that Microsoft is planning to produce a seven-inch version of its own Surface tablet which will be released this year. An Acer 8-inch Windows 8 device got already leaked in the public and it is also expected to hit the market later this year. Microsoft is working on an update for Windows 8 called Windows 8.1 which brings significant UI/UX improvements to Windows 8 across all the form factors. Source: WSJ ...

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Acer today announced no.of new Windows 8 devices at its press event. The new devices are Aspire R7, Aspire P3, Aspire V5 and V7 Series. All these devices will be available with touch screens running Windows 8. Here are the details from Windows team blog, Aspire R7 ($999.99): Aspire R7, a revolutionary 15.6-inch notebook that will redefine the touch and type computing experience. Featuring a Full HD 1920×1080 touch screen, the Acer R7 was made for the new computing lifestyle, which increasingly combines touching and typing. With a repositioned keyboard and a revolutionary “Ezel Hinge” that moves the display forward and into different positions, the R7 makes the combination of touching the screen and using the keyboard more intuitive and natural. Its ergonomic design allows users to explore and determine their own preferred way to interact with technology. A full HD 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display. An Intel Core i5 ...

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The previously leaked Acer W3 8.1 inch Windows 8 device is now listed on Amazon.com for just $379.99. I think the price is correct for a device with 32Gb memory and  1280 x 800 pixels 8.1 inch display. The device runs on Intel Atom dual core processor with 8 hours of battery life.  Acer Iconia W3-810-1600 Tablet comes with these high level Specs: Intel Atom Dual-Core Processor Z2760, Windows 8, 8.1″ HD 1280 x 800 resolution high-brightness (300-nit) Acer CrystalBrite LED-backlit TFT LCD, 10-Point multi-touch screen, supporting finger touch and image auto rotation, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator with 64MB of dedicated system memory, High-definition audio support, 2048MB of LPDDR2 800 MHz Onboard memory chip support , 32GB Internal Storage, 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 4.0+EDR, 2MP Rear-facing camera, 2MP Front-facing camera, 1 – Micro USB 2.0 Port, 1 – Micro-HDMI with HDCP support, 2-Cell Li-Polymer (3500 mAh) Battery, Up to 8-hours Battery ...

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The best looking and most intense RPG for Windows 8 is now available in Windows Store. The Harvest is a visually stunning and expanded release of the critically acclaimed Sci-Fi RPG. Play through the story with exclusive content (two new playable characters) and support for synchronous co-op multiplayer. Description: A visually stunning and expanded release of the essential Windows Phone 7 Launch App is now available on Windows 8! The Harvest for Windows 8 features all the fun of the original game and adds exciting new synchronous multiplayer to the already intense action. In this science-fiction-themed action RPG set in a distant future, hostile aliens are out to turn Earth’s organic life into cyborgs. These aliens, known as The Harvesters, use humans and animals to create cyborgs: crude amalgamations of flesh and machinery. Thanks to the development of human controlled mechanized infantry units, you and the rest of mankind may ...

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Recently, a Windows 8.1 build ’9385′ got leaked on the web. This build revealed new features such as improved IE11 F12 developer tools, Assigned Access Mode, lock screen settings now allows you to choose an app to show alarms and more. Digging through the source code, it was revealed that the camera app in Windows 8.1 will include Photosynth into it. Photosynth allows you to capture and view the world in 3D. You can share your creations with your friends on Facebook, publish them to Bing, or embed them in your own blog or Web site. Photosynth offers two styles for creating immersive 3D experiences: panoramas and synths. Source: @Walkingcat ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have completed the upgrade of 400 million Hotmail accounts to new Outlook.com. With the announcements, they also added two new features to Outlook.com: SMTP send, so it’s easier to send mail from different email addresses, and deeper integration with SkyDrive. Deeper SkyDrive integration: insert files and pictures directly from SkyDrive: There are a number of ways we’ve integrated Outlook.com and SkyDrive: a single Microsoft account for signing in, a shared contact list and set of connected networks, the ability to send large attachments, a shared header, and much more. Today, we’re excited to release the direct integration of SkyDrive into the Outlook.com compose experience. When you’re sending an email message, you can select files from your SkyDrive and we’ll automatically turn those into the right thumbnails with links that have the right permissions tied to people that receive the email. When you insert pictures from ...

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According to sources from the upstream supply chain of Digitimes, Microsoft is expected to announce second-generation Surface device at BUILD Developer Conference scheduled from June 26-28. They also reported about the component manufacturers for the upcoming Surface units. Microsoft retained most of its component suppliers from the first-generation models for the second-generation ones with Pegatron Technology staying as the devices’ manufacturer. Chassis are supplied by Ju Teng, switching from China-based Chungnam Precision Casing; displays are supplied by Samsung Electronics and LG Display, glass Corning, batteries LG Chem, processors Intel and Nvidia, keyboards Chicony Electronics and Ko Ja (Cayman) and touch panels TPK and Youngfast, the sources noted. However, these component makers have all declined to comment about Surface shipments. Source: Digitimes ...

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Microsoft entered the top 5 tablet vendor list for the first time. According to IDC, Microsoft sold about 900,000 Surface devices which includes Surface RT and Surface Pro. They also reported that many of them were Surface Pro units. Microsoft held 1.8% of the total market share and for a comparison, company like Amazon which is selling low cost tablet devices just had 3.7% of the market share. Microsoft has said that it is actively widening its regional distribution of both Surface RT and Surface Pro products. Beyond the Surface products, Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets continued to struggle to gain traction in the market. Total combined Windows 8 and Windows RT shipments across all vendors reached 1.8 million units. IDC commented on the recent rumors that Microsoft is adding support for 7-8 inch Windows RT/8 devices as the following, “Recent rumors have circulated about the possibility of smaller ...

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Microsoft has sent out invites to the press for its Xbox E3 2013 media briefing which is scheduled to happen on June 10. Microsoft has already planned for another event before E3 media briefing on May 21st at their campus. As they announced, Xbox vNext details will be first revealed on May 21st and then the announcements will continue on June 10th. On a related note, I’m more excited about my birthday this year than ever. It’s on June 10th, with Xbox E3 briefing and WWDC ! ! ...

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MELVILLE , NY, May 01, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — CopyTele, Inc. (“CTI”) (otcqb:COPY), a company specializing in patent monetization and patent assertion, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Secure Web Conference Corporation, filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Microsoft Corporation, with respect to encryption technology utilized by Microsoft’s SKYPE video conferencing service. Reports indicate that SKYPE, which was purchased by Microsoft in May of 2011 for $8.5 billion, has approximately 250 million active monthly users. Robert Berman, CTI’s President and CEO, stated, “With coverage on web conferencing technology across an industry that generates over $4 billion in annual revenue, these encryption patents are a prime example of the enormous, untapped potential at CTI. The new management team was attracted to CTI because of the tremendous value of its patents that were masked by its previous business ...

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According to the April data from Net Applications, Microsoft’s Windows 8 has captured 3.82% of the all traffic captured by Web tracker Net Applications in April. This is not a significant increase from last month as Windows 8 had 3.2 percent share in March. Preview release of Windows 8.1 and the retail release of Intel Haswell based processors in June should somewhat accelerate the adoption of Windows 8 in near term. What do you think? Source: Netmarketshare ...

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