Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft Bing team today announced an updated Bing Image search experience with many new features.  This new Image search user experience provides a foundation for Bing to better meet your needs. The new experience is visually rich and adapts based on user’s query, resolution and interaction. It looks great across devices, its touch friendly and is also extensible enough to support the direction Bing team is heading in. Following are the improvements that are coming as part of this release, Design: Now you’ll notice that image results will expand to the full width of your screen with exploration suggestions being placed dynamically according to your screen resolution. This means an uncluttered first page where images are the hero.   You’ll also notice that images have higher fidelity and are cropped and altered less to better inform your click. The experience is great with touch. On your Windows 8 device or iPad, try ...

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The new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is one of the finest Ultrabooks available out there in the market. The new Yoga 2 Pro is thinner(15mm thick) and lighter (1.39kg) than the previous models and it comes with CPUs up to Intel’s 4th generation Core i7 U series processors. The main highlight is the 13.3-inch IPS 178° wide angle, 16:9 QHD+ 10 point touchscreen, that has a screen resolution of 3200 x 1800. You can configure up to a 512GB SSD for storage as well. Today, reports on the next generation Lenovo Yoga 3 pro device got leaked. The device will be powered by next gen Intel Core M-5Y70 SoC, which is the fastest of the first new “Broadwell” Y chips, which operates with a base clock of 1.1 GHz and can reach up to 2.6 GHz via Turbo Boost.  More importantly, the power consumption of the chip lies at only 4.5 watts, which is significantly ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are shutting down the Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley. Located in Mountain View, California, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley was founded in August 2001 and it employed over 75 researchers. The lab’s primary focus was on distributed computing and includes privacy, security, protocols, fault-tolerance, large-scale systems, concurrency, computer architecture, Internet search and services, and related theory. It was headed by Roy Levin, Distinguished Engineer. Microsoft said that this lab was closed as part of the “consolidation of the west coast labs” and Microsoft still has 2,500 employees working for the company in the Silicon Valley area. Also, the cuts today do not mean Microsoft is backing away from its research commitments or necessarily closing any of the research projects that are run out of the Silicon Valley lab. Microsoft is also offering positions for some of these researchers at other Microsoft Research labs. ...

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  Microsoft today announced a new home page experience in Office 365 for its current Exchange or SharePoint customers. This new home page will be the central place from which users can access all the services available to them. If you are a Office 365 ProPlus customer, you can also access the downloads to install the Office applications from this page. Below that, you will have links to all Office Online applications right from Outlook to OneDrive. If you prefer landing into some specific apps when you login via Office 365 portal, you can do that as well. You may prefer to use a different start page. Instead of landing on the new home page, you might want to start in Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint or Yammer. In order to accommodate a variety of start preferences, we’re also providing the ability for you to determine your own default landing page when you sign in ...

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Earlier today, we reported information about the upcoming Microsoft Office suite for the desktop has leaked. The Verge today posted few screenshots and information about of this upcoming Office version. As per the report, Microsoft has already started sharing builds of Office Technical Preview to its partners and testers. One major feature coming in the next release is the ‘Tell Me’ feature currently found in the Office Online web apps. Today, Mary Jo Foley reported many other features that will be part of this upcoming Office release. Read the summary of it below, Microsoft updating the Power Pivot data model to a new version that will be only supported in the new version of Excel. Refresh, edit and query of files using this model, won’t be supported without the new Excel version, though users with older versions still will be able to open files. Excel users will be able to pan and ...

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Back in July, Microsoft announced their largest ever restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. As a result of it, Microsoft is announced their plans to eliminate up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 were from professional and factory positions from the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft. At that time, Microsoft expected these plans to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. Microsoft cut 13,000 employees total in the first wave back in July. Today, Microsoft announced the second round of layoffs and they are cutting 2,100 jobs across various divisions inside Microsoft. Of that total, 747 are in the Seattle region. So, there are still 2,900 jobs that Microsoft will cut from now to June 2015. Source: Geekwire ...

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After months of rumors and reports, last week an internal build of upcoming Windows 9 build named ‘Windows Technical Preview’ with build number 9834 got leaked on the web. The leaked screenshots revealed number of upcoming features in Windows 9 like new Start Menu, updated desktop UI look and more. Today, another Windows 9 build  9821 was leaked on the web. As you can notice from the build number, this newly leaked build seems to be older than the previously leaked build 9834. So, it doesn’t reveal anything new about Windows 9. However, you can notice the new Start Menu, updated explorer icons, virtual desktops switcher icon, etc, in the above screenshot. Microsoft is going to talk about Windows 9 on a press event scheduled for Sep 30th in the US. Read all about previous Windows 9 leaks including video demos of new features here.   Source: Winclub.pl via: Neowin ...

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Recently, former CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer announced his decision to step down from Microsoft’s board. “I had not spent any time really contemplating my post-Microsoft life until my last day with the company. In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy. I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time”, he said in his letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. That doesn’t mean he is not following Microsoft’s development. Today, he posted his comments on Microsoft’s latest announcement related to Minecraft and dividend increase. He congratulated Microsoft on Minecraft deal and he thinks that modest increase in dividend was a wise decision which will enable investment in mobile form factors and apps. ...

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Following the Windows 9 build leaks, information about the upcoming Microsoft Office suite has leaked. The Verge today posted few screenshots and information about of this upcoming Office version. As per the report, Microsoft has already started sharing builds of Office Technical Preview to its partners and testers. One major feature coming in the next release is the ‘Tell Me’ feature currently found in the Office Online web apps. Check the screenshot above. What is Tell Me? We all have that Word moment when we know what we want to do, but don’t quite remember how to do it. ‘How do I apply double spacing?’ ‘How do I make this page horizontal?’ Do these questions seem familiar? Nothing to be embarrassed about. We’ve all been there and wished for an easier way to accomplish something in our document. Available now, an easier, faster and more convenient way of doing things ...

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After correctly predicting FIFA football world cup winner and many others, Bing Predicts is now back again for a new season of Dancing with the Stars contest in the US. In addition to predictions, Bing also offers more about your favorite contestants with a snapshot of helpful information available on the results page. Once again, we will be employing a variety of different signals including search queries and social input from Facebook and Twitter to predict the eliminations and top performers. Last season, we were able to predict all but one of the eliminations during show’s run. To see where you favorite contestant stacks up, simply search for DWTS or any related query to the show and the contestants. Here are two sample queries you can try on Bing {DWTS predictions} or {DWTS}. Source: Bing ...

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Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts which is home to 80 middle school students and 450 upper school students representing 27 U.S. states and 27 countries has chosen Surface Pro as their device for their students and the faculty. This empowers students and educators with 1:1 learning. “We have tried and tested different products from different vendors, [but] we settled quite quickly on the Microsoft Surface device,” says Paul Wade, ICT Support Manager at St. Mary’s College. “The key issues for us were the ease of use, the fact that they are so intuitive, the fact that they are so user friendly and really the fact that the pupils and the staff using them don’t need that much support and don’t need that much training.” So, instead of trudging to school uphill both ways in the snow with a 20-pound backpack, kids these days are “enlightened students” – reading, writing, and creating ...

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Yesterday is National Backpack Awareness Day in the US which was founded by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to raise awareness around how the total weight in your bag can have a negative impact on your health, including the type of bag you choose and how you wear it. It is shocking to hear that more than 22,000 people were treated for backpack-related injuries in the United States last year and it is recommended to carry backpack that weigh no more than 10% of your bodyweight. Official Surface blog highlighted this issue in their blog and suggested that Surface Pro 3 might solve this problem for many. Surface Pro 3 can replace your tablet, a laptop, notebook and pen, text books and more. Read the full post here on how Surface Pro 3 may lighten your back pack. In addition to this, they have announced a contest in the ...

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In an interview to Videogamer.com, 343 Industries revealed that they have not ruled out the possibility of bringing Halo Reach and Halo 3: ODST to Xbox One in the future, and so many people “have asked about it that we are thinking about it”. “With Halo 5 coming out we really wanted to focus on those Master Chief-centric games,” executive producer Dan Ayoub explained, discussing the reasons why the two games had been left out of Halo: The Master Chief Collection with us earlier this month. “That was part of it. Quite honestly, the other part of it was just disc space. We’re squeezing everything we can out of the available space for this thing. “What I can tell you is probably the biggest question we get from people is, what about ODST and Reach. What I can say is it’s certainly not in our development timeline or planning right now [but] ...

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Catch up on games you’ve always wanted to play with a growing library of free titles on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Since Games with Gold launched on Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million people have enjoyed great free games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing Games with Gold titles. As part of Games with Gold program for this month, blockbuster title Halo: Reach is now available for free to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360. Halo: Reach is the blockbuster prequel to the landmark Halo video game franchise. The planet Reach is humanity’s last line of defense between the encroaching Covenant and their ultimate goal, the destruction of Earth. Download it here from Xbox Store from your Xbox 360. ...

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Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet is now available for just $279 from Newegg. Grab it before it goes out of stock! Get a 10.1-inch Full HD display with enhanced screen readability, 4G LTE connectivity, super-fast charging, and a 6.7 MP camera with ZEISS optics. This beautiful tablet also comes with built-in Microsoft Office 2013 RT, which includes Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, letting you boost your productivity wherever you choose to work from. Go to Newegg here to order your Lumia 2520 today. Find the Microsoft store links below where the device is on sale for the original price of $399, Nokia Power Keyboard for Lumia 2520 for AT&T (Black) – $149.99 Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet for AT&T (No Contract) – $399 via: MyNokiaBlog ...

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NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution is now available for download from Xbox Store for Xbox 360 users. Game Description: The latest Naruto game with 100+ playable & support ninjas, the most content in the series & evolved battle system with team based play mechanics. Select from three types of teams & depending on the ninja chosen, you can perform Combo Ultimate Jutsu or be in a state of True Awakening! A new mode called Ninja World Tournament lets you battle 3 other ninja & the last one standing wins! Enjoy 50+ minutes of new animation & learn more info about the Creation of the Akatsuki, The Two Uchiha & more! Add the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution demo to your Xbox 360 download queue Buy it from Amazon here.   ...

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