Review Category : Microsoft

Skype is going to offer free Wi-Fi for travelers across 50 airports in US starting Wednesday. Users can connect through this free wi-fi using their Windows PC’s, Mac’s and even iOS devices. Skype is setting out to make travel a little more pleasant this holiday season by offering a free hour of Internet access to third-party wireless hotspots within the Skype WiFi hotspot footprint in select airports across the U.S. From December 21st thru December 27th, travelers passing through or delayed in over 50 airports across the country will be able to access third-party hotspots using Skype WiFi and connect with loved ones via a Skype video or voice call for free.* Source: Skype  ...

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We all know that  Microsoft is set to deliver the Windows 8 Beta build in February. But some pre-beta builds of Windows 8 are circling around the internet revealing more information on Windows 8. The latest one is from win8china.com which shows the intial setup process of Windows 8 and the new theme picker screen. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has given us the choice between some dark colors.  You can see more screenshots over at Win8china. ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft Research FUSE Labs tooks the wraps of its new project called Socl (So.cl). This is not anything to do with other social networks like Facebook, etc,. Its a research project focused on students (for now) to improve their collaboration among others. This is something like a place where Search meets Social or Social meets Search. The core part of it is to reimagine how our everyday communication and learning tools can be improved, by researching, learning and sharing in their everyday lives. I tried this service for almost 24 hours and it seems to be great fun. You would love to use it and explore what others are searching for. Signup for an invite at So.cl. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4  Microsoft today detailed its Picture password feature in Windows 8. Instead of typing regular passwords and pin numbers, picture passwords will allow you to unlock your PC in simple and secure manner. Recently Google introduced a new feature to unlock android phones using face detection in the phone. It was later revealed that the device unlocks even for the photo of the phone owner which is pretty lame ! ! This is how Picture password in Windows 8 works, At its core, your picture password is comprised of two complimentary parts. There is a picture from your picture collection and a set of gestures that you draw upon it. Instead of having you pick from a canned set of Microsoft images, you provide the picture, because it ...

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According to the latest search engine marketshare metrix from comScore released for November 2011, Microsoft’s Bing has almost equal marketshare as its partner Yahoo Search. Bing’s search marketshare gone up from 14.8 percent the previous month to 15% in November. Yahoo had 15.1 percent, down from 15.2 percent. Google’s market share fell to 65.4 percent from 65.6 percent. So Bing/Yahoo totally owns 30.2% share up .1% from the previous month. Recently Microsoft’s Research FUSE labs introduced its latest project called Socl which uses Bing as a platform is a great way to take the search engine landscape to a new level. Hope Microsoft can execute it well ! ! Source: comScore ...

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Microsoft today announced a new bluetooth keyboard called Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 . It has a thin profile with comfort curve style for more ergonomics. Miss the tactile feeling of a real keyboard when typing on your tablet? The full-sized Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 enables more comfortable typing than on-screen keyboards, and encourages natural posture with the Comfort Curve design. And at less than three-quarters of an inch thick, you can easily slip it into your bag, which makes it the perfect mobile companion. Plus, there’s no need to worry about cords or transceivers. The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 works with Microsoft Windows®, iPad®, iPad2, and many AndroidTM devices.* This unit will costs $49.95 and you can  find more details on it here. ...

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Microsoft today took the wraps off its social network research project that focuses on Students.  So.cl (pronounced “social”) is an experimental research project, developed by Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, focused on exploring the possibilities of social search for the purpose of learning. So.cl combines social networking and search, to help people find and share interesting web pages in the way students do when they work together. So.cl helps you create rich posts, by assembling montages of visual web content. To encourage interaction and collaboration, So.cl provides rich media sharing, and real time sharing of videos via “video parties.” We expect students to continue using products such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other existing social networks, as well as Bing, Google and other search tools. We hope to encourage students to reimagine how our everyday communication and learning tools can be improved, by researching, learning and sharing in their everyday lives. You ...

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Today Microsoft made a great announcement that they are going to automatically upgrade all the Internet Explorer to the latest version in all versions of Windows. This is a huge news for developers who are waiting for older versions of Internet Explorer to get upgraded. Consumers are also going to benefit from this move since they will stay with the latest browser version which will be more faster, secure,etc, without their intervention. Microsoft has also allowed enterprise to block this update if they want. Today we are sharing our plan to automatically upgrade Windows customers to the latest version of Internet Explorer available for their PC. This is an important step in helping to move the Web forward. We will start in January for customers in Australia and Brazil who have turned on automatic updating via Windows Update. Similar to our release of IE9 earlier this year, we will take ...

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In an interview with Fairfax Media, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said that Steve Jobs is a brilliant guy. When he was questioned about Steve Jobs tough comments on him over the years and even in the recent biography, Gates said that he enjoyed working with Jobs for making Mac software and also he is a brilliant guy. “because the Microsoft machines outsold his machines by a lot he was always kind of tough on Microsoft, but that’s fine, he was a brilliant person”. “Our work at Microsoft was super successful for all good reasons but Steve made huge contributions and he actually in his last few years was a lot kinder than that but over the years he did say some tough things,” In the same interview, Bill Gates ruled out the possibility of returning to Microsoft fill time job as Jobs did at Apple in the 1990′s. You can ...

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In an interview with Fairfax Media, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates ruled out the rumors on his return to Microsoft for full time job. He said that he will continue to work for Bill & Melinda Gates foundation throughout the rest of his life. “I’m part-time involved with Microsoft, including even being in touch this week to give some of my advice but that’s not going to change – the foundation requires all of my energy and we feel we’re having a great impact.” Read more at The Age. ...

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Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4  At Building Windows 8 blog today, Microsoft detailed the digital identity management improvements that’s coming with Windows 8. Everyday we use handful of websites that leads us to maintain atleast 10 different username/password combinations. There are efforts to reduce this overhead such as Facebook login API, OpenID, Windows Live ID API, etc,. But Windows 8 is trying to solve this problem in a different way that is more secure than the other online identity provider’s attempts. Windows 8 will allow you to store your username and passwords in a secure manner. The first is by providing a way to automatically store and retrieve multiple account names and passwords for all the websites and applications you use, and do so in a protected manner. Internet Explorer 10 uses ...

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Last month Microsoft Hotmail announced a bunch of new features targeting power users. The update is now rolling out to more number of users. You can just login to Hotmail Web interface and check whether you got the new Hotmail or not. One of the interesting feature coming with this update is the new flagging system. Hotmail has made a simple and elegant change to the way flags work. Now when you flag an email, three things happen: It immediately moves to the top of your Inbox It is marked as flagged, just like before It shows up in the Flagged Quick View, just like before You can read what’s new in the Hotmail here. Thanks to Vinod for the tip. ...

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Read part one here Note: From reading comments from the first part of this series, I get the sense a good number of our readers see this update as work in progress and rightly so. What I have a problem with is that Microsoft had all the time since they announced the features earlier in the year so I expected a more polished product than what we got. What I’m also afraid of is that since they typically only release two major dashboard updates a year, a lot of the usability problems will take a long time before they are fixed. Lastly why did accessing the content users already own like movies, music and pictures not get a UI update to match the rest of the system? For a device geared for multimedia consumption, users will find out that their local content stored on media servers or other computers are ...

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Today Microsoft and Last.fm announced a new music discovery portal which was built upon HTML5 technologies. The new portal runs silky smooth on IE9 and it will run on other HTML5 supported browsers as well. This portal will be loved by Music lovers. The UI is a green and hilly virtual land (Teletubbies-esque but with more edge) where the you can zoom in and out and easily travel between different hills representing artists, genres and the like. Once a radio station is chosen the control options appear on a bar along the bottom, along with a handy mixtape maker. This playlist option is also saved when you close the browser. When running on IE9 and using a Windows 7 machine it is possible to turn the webpage and browser into an app-like experience, complete with themed browser buttons and extra commands when the site is pinned to the taskbar. It’s also possible ...

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Following the availability of YouTube Xbox app, Microsoft announced the availability of MSN Xbox app today. As every new Xbox app, MSN app also supports Kinect navigation support. This free app features, News Watch the latest national and international news from ITN and the Press Association; Sport reports and business. Entertainment Exclusive interviews with the latest reality stars, celeb gossip, the biggest trailers and music videos. Lifestyle Bite-sized video for Him and Her and exclusive reviews of the latest technology. Classic TV shows Our editors’ picks of the best TV you missed first time around. Enjoy a collection of classic drama, entertainment, comedy and documentaries. More details on this can be found here.  ...

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Microsoft today announced the extension of various new tag format support in Microsoft Tag platform. Microsoft has added support for two commonly used 2D barcode formats (Tag and QR Codes) and even Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities. This allows advertisers to choose the format most appropriate for their campaigns and give consumers the ease of one reader to use. More details at Microsoft Tag blog. ...

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