Review Category : Microsoft

TeleGeography, a telecom market analysis firm has released a new data on international telephone traffic. According to their report, Skype calls now account for one third of the total international telephone traffic. International telephone traffic grew 5 percent in 2012, to 490 billion minutes. Skype-to-Skype voice and video traffic grew 44 percent in 2012, to 167 billion minutes. Microsoft bought Skype last year and since then Skype is showing impressive growth as usual despite heavy competition. I hope Microsoft can capitalize on the growth. Source: Ars Technica ...

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Microsoft today announced updates for its Windows and Mac clients. The Windows Skype version 6.2 brings a new toolbar and eGifting. New Toolbar: All key actions are in one place – we simplified the User Interface so that all the key actions you used to have above and below the contacts list are now in one location. eGifting: Send a gift of credit to anyone on their birthday When you get a birthday notification you can choose to gift someone with credit on their birthday. They can use the credit to call you or anyone they care about, at any time. Download the new version now. Source: Skype ...

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Today ifixit posted their tear down of Microsoft Surface for Windows Pro. Microsoft Surface Pro scored a repairability rating of 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). Here are the reasons iFixit posted at the end of the process, Microsoft Surface Pro Repairability Score: 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair) The battery is not soldered to the motherboard, so at least no soldering is required to replace it. The SSD is removable — but you risk killing your tablet by trying to open it. There are over 90 screws inside this device. We’re proponents of mechanical fasteners, but this number is a tad crazy. The display assembly (comprising of a fused glass and LCD) is extremely difficult to remove / replace. Tons of adhesive hold everything in place, including the display and battery. Unless you perform the opening procedure 100% correctly, chances are you’ll shear one of the ...

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The Examiner has interviewed some new Surface Pro owners 2 days after they took their Windows 8 tablets home, and found them pretty satisfied with their devices. "I’ve had this thing by my side for the past three days," says Jesse Fuentes, an engineer in Los Angeles." It is by far the best device I have ever owned. I can do everything I can with this that I could my MacBook Air and iPad," he continues. Yong Lee, a marketing manager,  also fell in love. "I am more of an Apple person than Microsoft. But the Surface Pro is a better piece of hardware than Apple has ever made," Lee says. Lee agrees that the battery life is subpar, but it’s not a disaster. "This is a laptop replacement, not a tablet replacement," says high school math teacher Jennifer Parsons. "The battery life is on par with most ultrabooks. Students ...

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The Microsoft Surface has not been free of WIFI issues, with many users complaining of losing connectivity which eventually needs switching WIFI on and off to fix. Now Microsoft has revealed the changelog of an update which will address that and other issues. Posting on Microsoft Answers the Forum Moderator said the update offers: The February update, which will be available later today, includes improved Surface Wi-Fi reliability, connectivity in various scenarios, and performance improvements: This release will address several ‘Limited’ Wi-Fi connections issues. Contains driver updates improving performance with Windows, Volume and Power buttons To check for the update: Open PC Settings, by swiping in from right edge (or, if using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen) Tap or click Settings Tap or click Change PC settings Under PC settings, tap or click Windows Update Tap or click Check for Updates Via Neowin.net ...

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Panos Panay, GM for the Microsoft Surface, has had some good news for long-suffering Surface fans. He has confirmed on twitter that Microsoft would be restocking the 128 GB Surface tablet at Best Buy and Microsoft Stores this weekend, with stock expected on Saturday. The less popular 64 GB Surface Pro tablet, which nevertheless also sold out, is being restocked right now. Early estimates are that less than 20,000 Surface Pro tablets have been sold.  Hopefully improved stock will boost this figure significantly. ...

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Few months back, Microsoft in partnership with Contre Jour creator Maksym (Max) Hryniv and Clarity Consulting ported the popular mobile game Contre Jour to the HTML5 web. Contre Jour worked great on Internet Explorer 10, thanks to its powerful hardware acceleration. Today, they are launching with 20 new levels to play on the web. The New Friend World is a sweet treat for players, featuring beautiful new sunset themed levels that provide a beautiful background to Petit’s love story just in time for Valentine’s Day. These levels are exclusive to the Web and introduce a brand new character to join Petit, named Amie.  Amie, French for “friend”, is a fluffy, vibrant and energetic partner-in-crime to Petit, and flies through the levels helping Petit on his journey to find his true love, The Rose. The new Moonlight World looks more similar to the other Contre Jour worlds, and showcases the power ...

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At the D: Dive into Media conference, Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi and Nancy Tellem discussed the Xbox entertainment growth and strategy. Yusuf Mehdi announced that in 2012, the amount of TV and other entertainment offerings on Xbox almost tripled, now surpassing 100 custom, voice-controlled TV and entertainment apps on Xbox LIVE. He also revealed some numbers on Xbox 360 console. There are more than 76 million Xbox 360 consoles around the world and 24 million Kinect sensors sold since launch. There are about 46 million members in Xbox LIVE community. Xbox Users enjoyed more than 18 billion hours of entertainment in 2012. Nancy Tellem is heading the new L.A.-based studio called Xbox Entertainment Studios, where Microsoft is creating true interactive content for Xbox and other devices that will change the way entertainment content is experienced and delivered. Read full press release here. ...

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After few days of the Microsoft Surface Pro launch, Microsoft has now released their “Getting Started” guide for consumers. The guide is both for Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT devices. It has some basic info on these devices and how they differ from each other, etc,. It talks about power management, type/touch covers, navigating through new UI and more. It is a 68 page document and you can download it for free here from Microsoft. ...

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Since becoming wealthy, what’s the cheapest thing that gives you the most pleasure? Kids. Cheap cheeseburgers. Open Course Ware courses… What emerging technology today do you think will cause another big stir for the average consumer in the same way that the home computer did years ago? Robots, pervasive screens, speech interaction will all change the way we look at “computers”. Once seeing, hearing, and reading (including handwriting) work very well you will interact in new ways.. Hi, welcome to reddit! What are your thoughts on the push against the open and free Internet that we have been seeing in the recent past and present (such as sopa, etc)? There are two things this could reference. One is the free/pay for software mix. The Internet has benefited from having lots of free stuff and lots of commercial software. It has been interesting see people inventing hybrid models. Even stuff that ...

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Microsoft and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates is doing his first AMA on Reddit today. He has already answered a few questions ahead of time. Some of those questions include whether he will give you a million dollars from his wealth and how much money he has on this wallet right now. If you have any well thought question, post it on Reddit and get answers from him. Check it out here. ...

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Microsoft has now officially released its first Microsoft Surface Pro commercial online. Similar to Surface RT tablet ad, Surface Pro ad involves lots of dancers with Surface Pro in hand. It shows the unique Surface capabilities such as Stylus support, full USB support, etc,. This ad was directed by Jon M Chu, an American film director and screenwriter best known for directing the movies Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D. ...

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Surface Pro has launched, which means you can (maybe) head to your local Microsoft Retail Store to finally pick up your Surface Pro. But before you head out the door with an empty Surface in hand, you might want to take advantage of the bundled deals that are available.  What is Microsoft Complete? Complete is Microsoft’s insurance and tech support program for the Surface. Unlike other extended warranties, you get quite a few things included for $99 for 2 years: Accidental damage coverage Factory defects coverage Tech support that includes unlimited support at the Answers Desk in-store, virus/spyware removal, hardware/software install, etc. and unlimited support over the phone The really good thing about Complete for Surface Pro is that, unlike the one for Surface RT, there is no deductible and there is no limit to check-ins (versus a limit of 2 on the RT). So that means that if something happens ...

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Microsoft launched its Surface Pro PC/tablet yesterday through no.of retail partners in US. Panos Panay who heads Microsoft Surface team at Microsoft was at The Fashion Show Mall In Las Vegas to launch the Surface Pro device. One of the audiences there at the mall recorded the above video and that too with his Nokia Lumia 920 with OIS technology. It also reveals the upcoming TV ad for Microsoft Surface Pro device involving dancers. Check it out. Source: Ubergamer256 ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro went on sale yesterday in the US and it was sold out in most of the stores within few hours of the launch. This is a special launch moment for the PC industry as people lined up before Microsoft Stores for buying Surface Pro which is PC. I don’t think in the recent past, any laptop or desktop launch lead to people lining up. The above image was taken at Seattle’s University Village Microsoft Store. Are you planning to get a Microsoft Surface Pro? Source: Geekwire ...

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Microsoft today announced that the expansion of availability of Microsoft Surface RT tablet. Surface RT will be made available in 13 new countries on Feb. 14. Those countries include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. “We are thrilled to expand the Surface family with the release of Surface Pro,” said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. “The launch of Surface Pro marks a pivotal moment for customers who can now do more with their machines than ever before. Within the Surface family, customers will be able to choose a combination of devices that best suit their needs: Surface Pro, which provides the power and performance of a laptop in a tablet package, or Surface RT, which offers the convenience of a tablet with some laptop capabilities so you can get things done.” Microsoft also announced the following new products will also be available from ...

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