Review Category : Microsoft

This is a really bad news for Windows RT Eco-system. Samsung has decided not to release its only Windows RT tablet Ativ Tab in US. Samsung indicated that modest response from retail for such products and a lot of investment needed to inform consumers about the benefits of Windows RT are the reason behind their decision. There wasn’t really a very clear positioning of what Windows RT meant in the marketplace, what it stood for relative to Windows 8, that was being done in an effective manner to the consumer. When we did some tests and studies on how we could go to market with a Windows RT device, we determined there was a lot of heavy lifting we still needed to do to educate the customer on what Windows RT was. And that heavy lifting was going to require pretty heavy investment. When we added those two things up, ...

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Microsoft recently got a patent related to mobile phone behavior under special circumstances. Microsoft describes it as “inconspicuous mode” of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. Read the full abstract below. A communication device is configured to switch from a normal mode of operation to an inconspicuous mode of operation in which a reduced set of information is presented on a home screen of a display of the device in comparison to a set of information presented on the home screen in the normal mode of operation. In addition, other display properties such as contrast and brightness may be adjusted to make them less conspicuous. The home screen in the inconspicuous mode of operation is less obtrusive or ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox 360 lead the console sales for 24 consecutive months in US. According to the NPD Group, Xbox 360 ended this year as the best-selling console in the U.S. in 2013, selling 1.4 million units in December. NPD data also shows that in December, Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 console game titles, including “Halo 4,” “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Just Dance 4,” “NBA 2K13,” “Far Cry 3,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” and “Madden NFL 13.” Microsoft also hinted that even more offerings are coming to the Xbox platform and as a result expects 2013 to be another big year for Xbox 360. via: Microsoft blog ...

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We wrote only a few days ago about a complicated Windows RT jailbreak which allows unsigned ARM apps to be run on Windows RT. Now the jailbreak has been simplified and automated, allowing anyone to jailbreak their Windows RT tablet and install a number of ARM apps such as VNC or Putty. If this jailbreak persists for a few months one can imagine the library of ARM apps will greatly increase, of course also increasing the value of hack. The hack does not persist across reboots, but that is really the only complication which will stop the general Surface community from using it. Read more about the hack and download it from XDA-Developers here. Via TNW ...

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According to the report from research firm IFI, Microsoft was ranked among top 10 US patent winners. IBM topped the list for 20th consecutive year with 6, 478 patents in 2012 alone. IBM generates more than $1 billion a year in licensing revenue from its patents and invests around $6 Billion in R&D each year. Microsoft won 2,613 patents in 2012 with R&D costs around $9 Billion. The Top 10 U.S. Patent Winners of 2012: 1) IBM 6,478 2) Samsung 5,081 3) Canon 3,174 4) Sony Corp. 3,032 5) Panasonic Corp. 2,769 6) Microsoft Corp. 2,613 7) Toshiba Corp. 2,447 8) Hon Hai Precision 2,013 9) General Electric Co. 1,652 10) LG Electronics Inc. 1,624   ...

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In a press release Microsoft has made their purchase of id8 Group R2 Studios official, and at the same time also announced that they have absorbed some of the talent of the start-up into their management. R2 Studios have several important home automation patents, and their technology will find a home in the Xbox Division. Head of R2 Studios, Blake Krikorian, is being appointed  as corporate vice president for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), home of the Xbox, where he will report to Marc Whitten, chief product officer for IEB. Krikorian has some experience with Microsoft technology, having worked on the first Windows CE PDAs at Phillips, and of course invented the Sling Player, which also had mobile apps first on Windows Mobile. Hopefully we will see the result of their technology inlux in actual products sooner rather than later. See he press release below. Microsoft Names Longtime Technology Entrepreneur ...

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During Samsung keynote at CES today, Eric Rudder, Microsoft’s Chief Technical Strategy Officer made an surprise appearance and shared Microsoft’s vision for extending computing interactions to any surface such as room walls. He revealed a Microsoft Research’s project called Illumiroom which augments the area around your screen with visualizations that will make an more immersive experience for the user. IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience. IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds. For example, our system can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences. Our system uses the appearance and the geometry of the room ...

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    Dell today announced a new low cost Windows 8 tablet called Latitude 10 Essentials. This new tablet will go on sale at starting price of $499 for the base configuration. This is basically the stripped down version of previously announced Latitude 10 tablet. Here is the difference between the both, Features Latitude 10 Latitude 10 essentials configuration  Wacom Active Stylus support Yes  No, Passive stylus support only  Swappable Battery  Yes  No  Max Storage  64GB  64GB  Camera  2MP front and 8MP rear with rear LED flash.  2MP front and 8MP rear  Ports USB, combo audio port, lock slot, dock connector, mUSB (charge only), mHDMI  USB, combo audio port, lock slot & dock connector  Slots  Full size SecureDigital card slot and micro SIM slot  Full size SecureDigital card slot  Dimensions  274 x 176.6 x 10.5mm / 658g (2-cell)                                       820g (4-cell)  274 x 176.6 x 10.5mm/649g  Security  Hardware TPM 1.2 & Software ...

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Microsoft today announced via email to Messenger users that the Windows Live Messenger service will be discontinued on March 15th. You need to upgrade to Skype to continue using the IM service. The old service will retire globally except for mainland China. So, what’s happening between now and 15th March? Messenger will continue to work as you know it today. If you are signed in with Messenger on your desktop** you will see a banner notification to upgrade. When you click on the banner, an installer window will open with the request to upgrade. This will take you through our installer flow to install Skype and automatically uninstall Messenger. So, what’s happening after 15th March? Messenger users on desktops** will not be able to sign in and will only be able to upgrade to Skype. If you attempt to sign in, a notification will appear, and if you continue, you ...

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Motion to Terminate re H.264 Patents Motorola, the wholly owned subsidiary of Google today decided to drop its standard related patent claims against Microsoft. They filed with the U.S. ITC to terminate its attempt to stop Microsoft from using video compression technology on the Xbox. Earlier Motorola demanded huge licensing money from Microsoft to license two standards-essential patents for H.264 that is used in Xbox, Windows Media players, etc,. Microsoft and Motorola were fighting over these patents in various courts and now it has come to an end. Last week, Federal Trade Commission announced that Google had to license patents used in standards to willing parties as part of the settlement with them. Source: ATD ...

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While Microsoft has never been very open about Windows Phone sales, they are quite happy to trumpet their Windows 8 achievements. Tammi Reller, Chief Financial and Chief Marketing Officer for Windows announced that since the launch in late October of Windows 8 they have sold 60 million licenses to the OS. The statement was made at the JP Morgan Tech Forum at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 8. The figure includes "sell in to OEMs for new PCs" and upgrades, said Reller, also saying this was roughly in line with Windows 7 sales. It is not clear how many of these licenses are actually in the hands of users, or are for OEM inventory or even downgrades to Windows 7.  Microsoft however expected to sell 500 million Windows 8 licenses by the end of 2013, which is guaranteed to create a gigantic market for developers To ...

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As part of its regular “Patch Tuesday” security update Microsoft has pushed out a patch for Windows RT. The update includes a System Firmware (UEFI) update which improvements to audio playback when in Connected Standby  and brings additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations. The update also delivers a few other security- and non-security fixes and updates for Windows RT, including one that is designed to improve .Net 4.5 and Windows RT compatibility, according to Microsoft’s Web site. To check for the update search for Check for Updates from the Settings category using the Search charm. Via ZDNet.com Thanks Steve for the tip. ...

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Microsoft SkyDrive.com team today announced the new improved sharing, drap-and-drop support and more. You now have a single, unified view into how each of your files is shared so you can more easily control who has access to your files. We’ve also added more HTML5 features for touch devices making the SkyDrive experience faster and more fluid across devices And we’ve introduced more drag-and-drop capabilities to make it easier to manage your files, photos and documents. Along with the above features, SkyDrive.com is now made even faster and more reliable and these features are releasing today and should be available in your SkyDrive soon. Read more about it in detail from source link below.   Source: Windows Blog ...

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Panasonic today surprised everyone at CES at their press event by revealing their new 20-inch Windows 8 devices. Their new Windows 8 device will support stylus as well. All changes made on screen with the stylus (or by hand) can be implemented directly over the cloud. The main highlight about this 20-inch tablet is the 4K resolution. Yes, 4K resolution on a tablet, not on a TV. Source: CNET ...

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In the midst of array of new Windows 8 devices, two popular last generation Windows Ultrabooks got neat update. Dell has announced that the XPS 13 Ultrabook with 13.3-inch display will be updated with Full HD 1080p display from its current 1366×768 resolution display. The updated XPS 13 will be available later this month. Also, Samsung has announced that its Series 9 Ultrabook which currently has 1600 x 900 display will be upgraded to 1080p display later this year. ...

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Annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off officially tomorrow in Las Vegas with pre-show keynote delivered by Qualcomm yesterday. Even though Microsoft decided not to be part of the show, its partners like Intel, Qualcomm and other PC OEMs are there in the show. No.of new Windows based devices are being showcased by PC OEMs like Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, etc,. Microsoft today blogged about some of them. Watch the highlights of the new PCs in the video above and read more about them in the source link below.   Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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