Review Category : Microsoft

We recently came across couple of reports about Microsoft’s reorganization plan in the near future. Bloomberg reported the following info on the reorganization plan with Microsoft creating four major divisions. One idea under consideration by Ballmer would create four divisions: an enterprise business led by Nadella; a hardware unit overseen by Mattrick; an applications and services division under Lu; and an operating-systems group jointly led by Terry Myerson, Windows phone chief, and Julie Larson-Green, head of Windows engineering, said one person. Bates would also be given a significant role, said the person. Today, @MSFTNerd posted a rumor about this upcoming re0rganization at Microsoft. Here is the list of divisions and their heads. Windows Engineering – Jon DeVaan Online Services – Qi Lu Hardware and Partner Operations – Michael Anguilo Microsoft Studios – Don Mattrick Business Platform – Tony Bates Microsoft Apps – Julie Larson-Green Developer Tools – Scott Guthrie Microsoft ...

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Microsoft is planning to offer Surface RT 32GB tablet for just $199 for schools and universities. Microsoft is planning to make this announcement official later this month and the offer details got leaked today. Microsoft is pleased to offer special pricing on Surface RT directly to schools and universities for a limited time between June 17, 2013 and August 31, 2013. Our mission in education is to help schools and universities, students and educators realize their full potential. One way we do this is by offering software, hardware and services at affordable prices to education institutions. Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning and we want students and educators to have the best technology on the market today. There are three SKUs available to make use of. Surface RT (32GB) – $199 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $499) Surface RT (32GB) with Touch Keyboard Cover – $249 ...

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Microsoft Outlook team today announced that they are discontinuing the Linked Accounts feature in Outlook.com. Linked Accounts provided a way to quickly switch between different accounts each with their own email address and this will be replaced by Mail forwarding and aliases support.   We believe that aliases provide a more robust and secure capability for managing multiple email addresses. You can send and receive email from different addresses and keep it all organized the way you like.  And all of this is tied to a single Microsoft account that has your latest and most up-to-date security info. A couple years ago, we began the process of delinking linked accounts and encouraging people to move to aliases. We got good feedback about some issues, and have been hard at work fixing these gaps. To give you a smoother transition, we’ve added two new features: Mail forwarding – you can now forward ...

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Microsoft Skype today announced that the video messaging feature which was in beta period so far has now graduated into final version. Skype video messaging is now a free feature in Skype for Windows desktop, Skype for Windows 8, Skype for Mac, Skype for iPhone, Skype for iPad, Skype for Android and Skype for BlackBerry. Yes, not yet available for Windows Phone devices yet! With Skype video messaging, you can now record and share a personal video message when the other person is not available. They can be able to view your video message as soon as they sign into Skype. Recording a Skype Video Message is simple: •First, tap the “video message” button. •Next, tap the record button to capture your video message. •You can record a message of up to three minutes, which can be previewed prior to sending. If you’d like to, you can delete and re-record ...

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With the upcoming Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft is planning to update the Windows Store with completely new design. The new Windows Store has a new simple layout that lets you to browse through all the apps in the store. When you open the store, you will be greeted by a huge staff pick app on the left and ‘Picks for you’ section on the right of it. From there, you will be able to dig into the Store based on categories, search, etc,. Also you can see the new Windows Store in action from one of the leaked Windows 8.1 builds in the video above. Another major change you will notice is the new individual app page which you can see below. It also now features related app section and more. via:  Bavo ...

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Andy Lees, who lead the Windows Phone team at Microsoft moved to a new position as vice president of corporate strategy and development seven months ago. Today, ATD reports that Andy will be stepping down from his current role and will go back to to his family in the United Kingdom. The good thing is that he will announce his new position at Microsoft later in the summer. There were few reports in the past few weeks that Microsoft is planning for a major re-organization and Andy’s step down may be just a start of this huge process. Source: ATD ...

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Microsoft today released one of the most awaited app on iOS platform, Microsoft Office. The new Office 365 app for iPhone consists of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. All three apps now offers light-weight editing similar to the Windows Phone counterparts. The only difference is that Windows Phone version of Office is a free app and comes pre-installed on all Windows Phone devices whereas Office 365 app for iPhone requires you to subscribe to Office 365 subscription.   App Description: Please note: An Office 365 subscription is required to use this app. Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your iPhone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from virtually anywhere. Documents look like the originals, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt graphics and shapes. When you make quick edits or add comments to a document, ...

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We have already seen in the past where Microsoft made fun of Apple iPad in ads by comparing it with Windows tablets. This time, Dell XPS 10 is compared to Apple iPad. The  above video ad shows the multitasking capabilities of  Windows RT in Dell XPS 10 which is absent in iPad, the ability to have microSD card inserted into Dell XPS 10, and the semantic zoom option available in Windows RT to have an overview of contents. At last, the main difference between them is the price. Apple iPad 32GB costs $599 whereas Dell XPS 10 32GB costs just $399. ...

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A Microsoft Engineer working at Studio A, 40th ave in Redmond, Wa has posted his arguments and views on Microsoft Xbox One’s 24 hours internet requirements, DRM policy and more. This is not a marketing guy’s reply to criticism on Microsoft’s decisions, this seems to be a honest argument/view on all these topics. Read the whole thing he posted below, >The thing is we suck at telling the story. The whole point of the DRM switch from disc based to cloud based is to kill disc swapping, scratched discs, bringing discs to friends house, trade-ins for shit value with nothign going back to developers, and high game costs. If you want games cheaper then 59.99, you have to limit used games somehow. Steam’s model requires a limited used game model.     >The thing is, the DRM is really really similar to steam… You can login anywhere and play your ...

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ISTE Announces Exclusive Offer for Registered Attendees to Get a Free Microsoft Surface Tablet Online Registration for ISTE Open Until June 18 WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 13, 2013 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) today announced that Microsoft Corp. plans to give a Microsoft Surface RT to 10,000 ISTE 2013 conference attendees as part of the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project. Online ISTE conference registration is open until June 18 for the world’s premier education technology event slated for June 23-26 in San Antonio. “Access to meaningful technology for all learners is at the core of ISTE’s mission, so there’s tremendous synergy between our goals and Microsoft’s generous investment in our 2013 conference attendees,” said Brian Lewis, ISTE CEO. “This bold move is illustrative of Microsoft’s commitment to the effective use of technology in education. It’ll be fantastic to watch attendees take their conference learning ...

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Microsoft today announced a strategic partnership with Best Buy to open 600 Windows Stores within 500 Best Buy store locations across US. REDMOND, Wash. — June 13, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. and Best Buy Co. Inc. today announced a strategic partnership to create the Windows Store only at Best Buy. The comprehensive store-within-a-store will be in 500 Best Buy locations across the United States and in more than 100 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Canada. Ranging in size from 1,500 square feet to 2,200 square feet, the Windows Store will be the premier destination for consumers to see, try, compare and purchase a range of products and accessories, including Windows-based tablets and PCs, Windows Phones, Microsoft Office, Xbox, and more. Each store will feature an innovation space highlighting a variety of Windows scenarios across devices; a showcase section with the latest Windows-based PC form factors such as ultrabooks, convertibles, ...

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MSN has partnered up with Motor Trend to launch a new car website to help people shop for, look at, and talk about cars.  The site is expected to launch in early 2014.  The central focus of the site will be a completely redesigned, easy-to-use Buying Guide heavy on vital information and seamlessly integrated into the overall experience, including deep car comparison tools, engaging editorial, and professionally produced videos.  Microsoft hopes to be able to monetize this site with gaining advertisers for a niche audience. “We are very excited about our partnership with MSN,” said Eric B. Schwab, EVP, Sales & Marketing, and Group Publisher of the Motor Trend Automotive Group. “The idea of Motor Trend on MSN is to combine the reach and capability of MSN with the rich and authoritative premium auto content from Motor Trend.  Automotive influencers, as well as new car intenders, will be offered an entirely new ...

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Major Nelson recently talked to Chad Gibson, Principle Group Program manager for Xbox Live Gaming features and Mike Lavin, Sr. Global Product Marketing manager for Xbox Live about how the Smart Match & Social Reputation features work on Xbox Live. Asynchronous Matchmaking Smart Watch makes it easy for a title to create a match request and then “untether” me so you do not need wait in the title while the match search is processing. I can switch to reading a quick social blog or watch a viral video and when the match is ready Xbox One tells me to pull me back into the title to play.  The new Smart Match service allows titles to change their match model from traditional peer-based host searching for players typical in Xbox 360 to now completely untethered cloud-based. With Beacons in Xbox 360 you could set a toast to tell other friends of your desire ...

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Jean-Baptiste Kempf, president of VLC, gave an update on the progress of the WinRT VLC app.  You may remember they did a kickstarter to raise nearly $75,000 to work on a Metro Win8 app.  One of the major problems VLC faces is an enormous amount of legacy code written for the traditional desktop environment and not within the limitations of WinRT.  There are a number of symbols forbidden in the Win8 Metro environment, VLC had over 600 of these in their code and have been working on eliminating these one by one.  They are now down to getting rid of the last 16 forbidden symbols, an additional 32 remain if they want to add some network functionality to Metro VLC Win8 app. Hello, We are still working a lot of time, with almost a couple of persons spending most of their time on the WinRT port of VLC media player. ...

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Microsoft has released a firmware update for the Surface Pro & RT every month.  Updates rolled out the for this month include: Surface Pro: Update includes driver and performance improvements including: LifeCam driver that enhances clarity for low light operation and improves reliability when switching between the integrated camera and an external camera. Surface RT Update includes these firmware and performance improvements: Surface Home Button driver update that improves the reliability of the devices waking up immediately on the first button press. Firmware update for Surface Type Cover and Surface Touch Cover that improves functionality for both accessories. Includes the ability to toggle function keys, new shortcuts, and helpful keyboard navigation improvements.   ...

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The Bing Maps team has been quite busy lately.  On their blog today they announced a number of updates to Bing Maps, including the largest shipment of Bird’s Eye imagery yet, nearly 270 terabytes of data or the equivalent of 100,000 DVD’s, along with expanded venue maps and our new “Report a problem” feature.   To date Bing has published a total of 1,452,958 sq km, or half a petabyte of data, of Bird’s Eye scenes from around the world. The section in yellow below are the newly added Bing Bird’s Eye Imagery: Venue Maps in more than 59 countries on Bing Maps, you can navigate your way around malls, airports, amusement parks and more using your Windows phone, tablet, or PC!  While on Bing Maps and within a zoom level of 1000 feet, purple and green polygons will appear to outline particular points of interest for a given venue. Green shading ...

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