Review Category : Microsoft

Few days back Microsoft detailed few improvements coming to Windows 8 storage platform. You can find it here. Today Microsoft revealed more new features that are coming to Windows 8. From Building Windows 8 blog, Data Deduplication – Windows Server 8 implements state of the art (sub-file) data chunking and compression to deliver optimal data deduplication, and thereby maximize storage capacity utilization for a variety of workloads. Windows Storage Management API – a comprehensive and extensible WMI v2 based storage management API enables easier “single point” administration and management of heterogeneous storage infrastructure (including Storage Spaces). Offloaded Data Transfer – joint innovation with major external storage array vendors has resulted in Windows Server 8 providing an incredibly efficient mechanism to perform cross-application and cross-machine data transfers. Awareness and utilization of thinly provisioned disks – beginning with Windows Server 8, NTFS identifies thinly provisioned disks and enables transparent capacity reclamation (e.g. when files are deleted) for ...

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Reports emerged today that Silver Lake consortium backed by Microsoft is looking to acquire a minority stake in Yahoo. There are also other bidders on this financial proposal. NYT says, A consortium of investors led by the private equity firm Silver Lake and Microsoft is one of several parties that will be submitting a plan to take a minority stake in Yahoo, according to people briefed on the matter. TPG Capital, another private equity firm, is also expected to submit a proposal, these people said. Both plans involve taking as much as a 20 percent stake in Yahoo. Silver Lake, Microsoft and its consortium, which will most likely include the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, may be particularly attractive to Yahoo, which is seeking to bolster its leadership on the product and finance side. There are lots of others trying to bid for Yahoo’s stake. Alibaba group from China in which Yahoo has 40% stake is also ...

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Next Generation Kinect from Microsoft will be able to read lips of the consumers and even detect emotions of the gamers, according to report from Eurogamers. Kinect 2 can track the pitch and volume of player voices and facial characteristics to measure different emotional states. Kinect 2, however, can feed the next Xbox more information, and thus a higher resolution CCD [charge-coupled device]. “It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?” our source said. According to a Digital Foundry report on GamesIndustry.biz, the first is a “pared down machine” to be released as cheaply as possible. It is likened to a set-top box, and will act as a Kinect-themed gaming portal. The second is a “more fully-featured machine” with optical drive, ...

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here. Today Bing team released its summary for search data of 2011. You can see about the search trends in detail at Bing blog. For example Justin Bieber is the most searched celebrity and The high profile trials of Casey Anthony (#1) and Conrad Murray (#7) were followed closely by Americans this year was the most search news story of the year. The boys got served by Maria Sharapova in sports-related queries, beating Tiger Woods by 4 percent and Brett Favre by 117 percent. Most Notable Changes in Bing’s Most Searched Celebrity in 2011 versus 2010: Bieber fever just got hotter: Justin Bieber moved from #6 in 2010 to #1 in 2011. The fascination in Kim Kardashian remains strong in 2011, with her moving slightly from #1 in 2010 to #2 in 2011. Six out of the top ten most searched people on Bing in 2010 fell out of the ...

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Today Microsoft detailed some of the upcoming platform storage enhancements coming in Windows 8. Microsoft has introduced several new features that will make Windows 8 a cost-effective platform for scalable and continuously available data access. From Windows 8 Server blog, Improved NTFS metadata integrity on commodity storage – Beginning with Windows 8, NTFS has been enhanced to solely rely on the “flush” command in lieu of “forced unit access” (akawrite-through) for all operations that require write ordering to ensure file system metadata integrity. This enhancement decreases the possibility of metadata inconsistency due to unexpected power loss on commodity hard disk drives while enabling the disk to cache associated data as long as safely possible. Cost-effective industry standard SATA drives can, therefore, be more reliably utilized. Maximized NTFS availability through online file system scan and repair – very large volumes (e.g. 64TB) can now be confidently deployed without fear of service downtime associated with ...

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Microsoft announced its black Friday deals few days ago with heavily discounted laptops, Xbox 360 bundles, games, etc. As black Friday is over now and many items are sold out at Microsoft Store, they have updated their deals page with some new items for Cyber Monday deals. There are new laptops to pickup at low prices ! ! Check out them here. ...

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A woman used pepper spray against other shoppers to get Xbox 360 under Black Friday deal. This incident happened yesterday at Walmart in Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Matthew Lopez, 18, told the Los Angeles Times he heard screaming and yelling. “Moments later, my throat stung. I was coughing really bad and watering up,” he said. He was not the only one, 19 others got injured too. Walmart is working with local police to take necessary action  to find the women. You can read more on this incident at the source link. Source: Washington Post ...

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Windows 8 Bootkit Demo from Peter Kleissner on Vimeo. Austrian security researcher Peter Kleissner has exposed a bootkit running on Windows 8. The bootkit named Stoned Lite bootkit passes through both User Access Control and Windows bootloader security to perform its action. Hope Microsoft fixes this hole soon. Source: ZDNet ...

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Everybody knows that Microsoft is working on next generation Xbox console. Designer Joseph Dumary (no way related to Microsoft) has created a new Xbox concept design which looks pretty good. More than its physical appearance, his functionality details is more futuristic ! ! The 100% digital Xbox Prestige uses the foundations of the previous 360 Kinect to form this completely controller-less gaming console that’s even smaller than the Xbox Slim. A combination of motion sensor technology, including not one but two cameras built into the console, and integrated voice recognition make it a super responsive and hands-free gaming powerhouse. The KinectIN feature allows the user to purchase a game and simply scan the chip to the console. Once scanned to the user’s profile, play can begin in Microsoft Xbox Cloud or from the internal 2TB hard drive. The console has an 8-core processor for super-speed performance up to 20 times ...

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Yesterday, Industrygamers did an exclusive post on how PlayStation Move is catching up on Kinect. I completely disagree with their analysis. Kinect quickly reached 8 million sold in 60 days and then hit the 10 million mark, but that was back in March. Meanwhile, Sony’s Move has been selling at a slightly steadier clip and has recently reached the 9 million mark. As IndustryGamers’ Steve Peterson points out in his special on Kinect, “The Kinect’s weakness has been the sales pattern, where 8 million devices sold in 2 months, and then in the next 10 months only 2 million more devices were sold. This has led to some concerns.” First comparing 8 month old Kinect stat with PlayStation Move’s latest stat is stupid. Also its important to know that Kinect is a single accessory when compared it to Sony’s Move which needs a sensor, and two controllers. So Sony have sold ...

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TECHNIQUES TO AUTOMATICALLY UPDATE SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS Techniques to automatically update software applications are described. An apparatus may comprise a processor and a memory. The memory may store an update component that when executed by the processor is operative to manage updates for an application program. The update component may comprise an update manager and a permission manager. The update manager may be operative to update a file version for one or more application files of the application program and store one or more current file version identifiers for the one or more application files of the application program in the memory. The permission manager may be operative to receive a communication request to communicate with a remote device from the application program prior to communicating information to the remote device, and send a communication response granting or denying the communication request to the application program based on the one or ...

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As every retailer does, Microsoft Store also announced their Black Friday deals. You need not visit physical Microsoft Stores and stand in line to get these deals, instead you can purchase it online. Here are the deals, Samsung RC512 Laptop – $499 . Get any new Windows Phone for free under 2 year contract. Xbox 360 with Kinect Ultimate Bundle that includes a game of your choice, Razer Onza Tournament Edition Professional Gaming Controller and more - $400 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 – $119 Sony S137GX Laptop – $599 Acer Iconia Dual Screen Notebook- $599 Kinect Sensor with three games – $99 There are lots of other offers on various products, visit Microsoft Store for more details. Thanks to Ram for the tip.   ...

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Microsoft has pretty big agenda planned for Kinect than we thought. A day before Microsoft announced that Kinect hardware specially designed for Windows PC’s is coming early next year. Now The Daily reports that, according to their sources Microsoft is planning to integrate Kinect in to next generation of TV’s. They are even in talks with manufacturers like Sony, Vizio, etc. Microsoft is planning to integrate its Kinect motion sensor into next-generation television sets, The Daily has learned. Sources familiar with the subject told The Daily that the tech giant wants to aggressively push the Kinect into as many living rooms as possible, even those without its Xbox 360 gaming systems. Microsoft is said to be in the early stages of licensing its Kinect technology to television hardware manufacturers like Vizio and Sony. If this turns out to be true, Kinect will become more and more mainstream opening up the possibilities ...

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Microsoft is giving Bing a huge marketing push this holiday season to capture the minds of people using Google. Their marketing theme is based on the characters from Rudolph the reindeer. Microsoft  licensed the rights to the characters from Rudolph’s 47-year-old holiday special after convincing their owners that the Bing commercials would further enhance reindeer’s story among the public. There’s no mistaking the common theme in the four Rudolph ads produced for the Bing promotion. The ads are all done in the same stop-motion puppet animation used in the original 1964 TV special. One features Bumble the Abominable Snowman using Bing to get ideas for a more fearsome roar. Another shows some of the characters turning to Bing for suggestions on a vacation that leads to a getaway on an island of misfit toys. Microsoft has bought seven slots on national TV to run those four 30-second ads. The company ...

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According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has signed NDA with Yahoo to begin talks about bidding for the assests of Yahoo reported New York Times today. Microsoft will join the private equity firms like Silver Lake, TPG Capital and others who were also signed similar NDA’s with Yahoo last month about buying Yahoo. Even though Microsoft has several year Search deal with the company, other assets of Yahoo will largely overlap with Microsoft assests. Some of them are Yahoo.com, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo News, etc,. Microsoft may not need those assets but they are closely related to search, so it may help other firms to buy Yahoo by financing the deal to keep its search deal in action as it is today. Lets see how the deal plays out.. Source: NYT ...

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Today Bing team blogged about Bing.com/shopping features to make consumers Black Friday shopping an easy process. Two weeks ago we wrote about Bing Weekly deals. Head over to www.bingblackfriday.com to check out which products will be discounted. If you miss out this weekend, check out our weekly e-circularssections that highlight circulars from leading retailers (updated on a weekly basis.) There is a new Price History feature using which you can find out whether prices are rising or dropping and whether you should buy now or wait. It shows a nice little graph as well. Also when you search for an item, related products are listed above the results which may come handy to further explore the category and then Bing allows you to further narrow down your search with filters on the left-hand side of the screen. For example if you choose digital camera, you can filter by brand, lens, pixel count,etc,. More details ...

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