Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today updated their OneNote on Android app. It includes the ability to take handwritten notes or draw with a stylus or with your finger. Also, it now includes variety of formatting options like font types, font sizes, alignments, and tags. New in this version: • Take handwritten notes or draw with a stylus or with your finger. • Use a variety of formatting options like font types, font sizes, alignments, and tags on your tablet. • Move between your notebooks, sections, and pages with a swipe. • Bug fixes and performance improvements. •Support for LG G3 Download it here from Google Play Store for free. ...

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Microsoft recently announced the launch of the Kinect for Windows v2 public preview and also released SDK for it. Since the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 public preview will run only on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 64-bit systems, Mac OS users won’t be able to develop Kinect based apps. However, Microsoft offers two different approaches for Mac OS users to use Kinect for Windows development. Install Windows to the Mac’s hard drive, or Install Windows to an external USB 3.0 drive. Due to the requirements for full USB 3.0 bandwidth and GPU Shader Model 5 (DirectX 11), virtualization products such as VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop, or Oracle VirtualBox are not supported. The first option can be done through Apple’s Bootcamp option which is available on all Mac devices. The second one is done through the new Windows To Go feature in Windows 8.1. Read the detailed step by step instructions ...

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Microsoft first revealed SmartGlass in 2012 and since then the app has evolved a lot. With the launch of Xbox One SmartGlass, users were given the ability to control lots of their console functions from their mobile devices. Recently, Microsoft even added the ability to buy games from SmartGlass apps. To promote the usage of Xbox One SmartGlass app, Microsoft is running a sweepstakes where you can win a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, an Xbox One + Kinect, an Xbox Live Gold membership for decade* and more. In addition to downloading Xbox One SmartGlass, you can increase your chance of winning by doing the following activities. i. Connect the SmartGlass App to your Xbox One: During the Promotion Period, follow the links and instructions to connect the SmartGlass App to your Xbox One console. ii. View your game progress for one (1) game: During the Promotion Period, follow the links ...

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Hackathons are more popular among small to medium companies. It became popular among large enterprises after companies like Facebook demonstrated huge success with these programs. Facebook employees came up with lots of interesting ideas which was later shipped to customers. Microsoft also had hackathons which were organized by different divisions at different locations. But this year, Microsoft is making their ever companywide exercise in growth hacking. This hackthon is a key part of //oneweek, which is CEO Satya Nadella’s effort to reinvent the way the company does business and to encourage the rise of brilliant ideas no matter where they originate. //Oneweek includes several events such as a company forum on Monday where leadership will set priorities for the year, the hackathon on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a Product Fair on Wednesday and Thursday. Senior leadership, in planning this week’s events, wanted to “kick off the new fiscal year in a new way,” said Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft’s corporate vice president ...

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In 2013, Microsoft started running a program called Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state which provides software development training to eligible U.S. active duty service members who will be transitioning out of the service in the near future. Today, Microsoft announced that they are expanding the program to Camp Pendleton in California and Fort Hood in Texas. With the expansion, nearly 90 service members are enrolled in or have already graduated from the MSSA. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Sarmiento-Louttit’s United States Marine Corps missions have taken her all over the world: from Okinawa, Japan, to the Red Sea to off the coast of Africa, where she was part of a crew involved in a high-profile operation: rescuing Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. But her latest mission brought her back to base to participate in a rigorous 16-week program learning software ...

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Microsoft today announced they are adding P90X® for Xbox Fitness and it will be exclusive on Xbox One. P90X for Xbox Fitness is a 30-day extreme workout program featuring five all-new custom routines designed to get you completely ripped. Your trainer, Tony Horton, will push you to your limits with explosive moves that work your entire body from head to toe. With the help of Kinect for Xbox One, which monitors and corrects your form and function, this one-of-a-kind customized workout will get the results you want fast. P90X will be available from today for $59.99 and in mid-August, P90X for Xbox Fitness will make a downloadable calendar and nutrition plan available to give you everything you need to complete your transformation. via: Xbox Wire ...

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At BUILD developers conference earlier this week, Microsoft announced Sharks Cove development board support for Windows. Today, Sharks Cove Development Board is now available for pre-order. Microsoft collaborated with Intel and the product manufacturer, CircuitCo to develop this “Windows compatible hardware development board” that will enable development of software and drivers for mobile devices that run Windows, such as phones, tablets and similar System on a Chip (SoC) platforms. This will cost $299, along with the hardware, it also includes a Windows 8.1 image and the utilities necessary to apply it to the Sharks Cove. SharksCove.org is the site dedicated to the Sharks Cove board, where you’ll find specs and links to other content and MSDN forums. Pre-order the Sharks Cove direct link (via Mouser Electronics). Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft today revealed the next set of free games as part of the Games with Gold program for Xbox One and Xbox 360 users. Crimson Dragon and ID@Xbox space-sim Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut are coming to Games with Gold on Xbox One, while the Xbox 360 gets both Motocross Madness and the hit first-person stealther Dishonored. Crimson Dragon: Available Aug. 1-31, Crimson Dragon, originally an Xbox One launch title, and acts as a spiritual successor to the much-beloved Panzer Dragoon saga. It’s a fact-paced rail shooter set in a beautiful fantasy world, where you can join with up to three other players for online co-op battles. You have a half-dozen majestic draconian steeds to choose from, and they level up as you progress through the game’s epic story. Crimson Dragon also features a killer soundtrack, courtesy of Panzer Dragoon composer Saori Kobayashi. Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut: Also available ...

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Microsoft today announced that Nokia X, Nokia X+, and Nokia XL users can expect to see some brand new features and enhancements coming via this new update. Find the list of new features in the update below, New Multi-tasking: Move smoothly from one open app to another with the all-new App Switcher feature. And if you need to free up resources from your phone, you can close any unused apps from the same view with a single tap. Several great Microsoft services now come pre-installed: Enjoy a more powerful experience to using email and taking notes. The new built-in Outlook.com app makes it easy to read and write emails and alerts you with push notifications about any incoming email and adds support for multiple Outlook accounts. And to help you organize your life, sync important notes on the cloud with the OneNote app and access them on any internet enabled ...

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Microsoft is not having a good time in China in the recent months. Following the ban of Windows 8 and Office in some government offices, Microsoft offices in China were raided today by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Microsoft provided the following statement to the media regarding these raids, “We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect and we’re happy to answer the government’s questions,” Recently, Chinese government agencies warned US tech companies to stop helping US government in stealing Chinese government data. One good news for Microsoft China is that JD.com has started taking pre-orders for Xbox One today. Source: Reuters ...

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Last September, Microsoft announced the second generation Surface devices. Microsoft announced thinner and lighter Surface 2 tablet running Windows RT 8.1 OS. Last month, Microsoft started selling the 3rd generation Surface Pro 3 device and all SKUs going on sale from next month. Now, the obvious thing from Microsoft is to announce the 3rd generation 10.6-inch Windows RT based tablet. As per Digitimes, Microsoft is expected to launch a 10.6-inch Surface 3 in October 2014, with production of components to begin in August and volume production of the tablet to kick off in September. As you expect, this upcoming Surface will be thinner and lighter than the previous version of Surface. Source: Digitimes ...

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Today, JD.com announced that they have started taking pre-orders for Xbox One in China. BEIJING, July 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — JD.com , Inc. (” JD.com ” or the “Company”) JD -0.07% , China’s largest online direct sales company, began taking China pre-orders today for Microsoft Corporation’s (“Microsoft”) Xbox One gaming console. As part of an agreement between the companies, JD.com will have the exclusive right to accept pre-orders for Xbox One in China from July 28-30 through JD.com ‘s Mobile QQ and Weixin entry points. “Launching Xbox One sales in China through JD.com ‘s Weixin and Mobile QQ entry points underscores the strength of these platforms with young and sophisticated Chinese consumers,” said Ms. Shuang Du, Vice President of JD.com in charge of the IT and Digital Business Unit. “Through our partnership with Tencent, Chinese consumers are increasingly able to enjoy the JD.com shopping experience directly on China’s most popular ...

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Recently, I came across as Microsoft patent application which was published to the public. In the patent, Microsoft described as system for multi-user and multi-device collaboration. With the advent of different types of devices, users uses various technologies for managing documents of various types, data of various types, calendar information, contacts information, and the like. Users are able to create and share useful presentations, charts, images, and the like. But, users are not able to collaborate with others on the data they created. For example, users gather in a conference room with printed paper documents, presentations, or other, followed by hand-writing collaborative information on a board, and followed by transcription of such information onto one or more notepads or into one or more computing devices. This is clearly not an efficient way to do it and this Microsoft patent is trying to solve this issue. Abstract: Multi-user, multi-computing device collaborative work experience is provided. One or ...

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When patents published by Microsoft become public, most of them will provide a hint on the future of product releases. In some cases like this, Microsoft tries patent the existing stuff. With this patent, Microsoft is trying to patent conversation based grouping in email. Abstract: Described are embodiments for displaying groups of communications, such as messages, as a conversation. Conversations are groups of communications that can be traced back as related to an original communication. The embodiments allow a user to select a conversation mode for displaying communications, e.g., messages, as conversations. In response to the user’s selection, embodiments provide for displaying a graphical element associated with a conversation. The graphical element can be selected to display the messages associated with the conversation. Additionally, embodiments provide for selecting a conversation and applying actions to the conversation, resulting in the application of the action to the messages that are associated with ...

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Natural User Interfaces (NUI) has started to evolve more rapidly in the past few years with the gesture-based interfaces that use touch or touch-less interactions or the full body to enable rich interactions with a computing device. But, none of these have changed the way of interacting with traditional desktop computing using keyboard and mouse. With this patent, Microsoft is describing a gesture based system for desktop which allows you to control elements of these tasks such as mode switches, window and task management, menu selection and certain types of navigation which are offloaded to shortcut and modifier keys or context menus. Summary: The following presents a simplified summary of the disclosure in order to provide a basic understanding to the reader. This summary is not an extensive overview of the disclosure and it does not identify key/critical elements or delineate the scope of the specification. Its sole purpose is to present a selection of ...

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Microsoft recently posted a blog post saying that we should not miss out the ‘Every Street United’ on Xbox Video this Sunday. Why is it so? Read their below explanation. There are only two episodes left! Last Sunday on “Every Street United,” the players met their competitors in Rio and learned that the winning team from the 4v4 game will get to try out for a professional contract with the Seattle Sounders FC. This Sunday, Thierry and Edgar choose the two teams for the 4v4 game. Once divided, the preparation for the biggest game of their lives begins with the mentors imparting their tactics and advice, and team captains working to foster a strong team spirit. You can learn more about it at  “Every Street United.” ...

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