Review Category : Microsoft

Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 video. Download this video to view it in your favorite media player: High quality MP4 | Lower quality MP4 At Building Windows 8 blog today Microsoft detailed the Live Tiles support in Windows 8. Similar to Windows Phones, Windows 8 will include support for push notifications in Metro Style apps. Microsoft had the following things in mind when developing this feature in Windows 8, Allow hundreds of live tiles without degrading performance Go beyond balloons, badges and text, with beautiful images Make it easy for developers so they can just “fire and forget” Achieve real-time delivery so delivering “instant messages” is instant. You can read more on this here. ...

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View this video as a WMV Last week Microsoft released the Future Productivity vision video to the Internet. It created lots of buzz and discussions over our computing future. Today Microsoft released a new video showing where our current tools stands compared to that of the future. The video certainly is cool, but I wanted to see where today’s technology is laying the foundation for this vision. I talked with the creators of video, looked at their data, and generally peeked behind the curtain. Here’s my video connecting the dots between the tools of today and the visions for tomorrow. Below the video, you can find links on how to get your hands on these tools now. Source: Office Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced a new holiday bundle for Xbox 360 Kinect sensor device. This bundle will retail for US $149 MSRP and will include a Kinect Sensor and three full Kinect Games: Fruit Ninja Kinect, The Gunstringer and Kinect Adventures. This bundle will be available for a limited time while supplies last and individual offers may vary by region. Source: Major Nelson ...

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After showcasing its Holodesk project, Microsoft Research has now showed its another cool project called Augmented Projectors. You can see the project in action in the above video and description below. Handheld projector systems have the potential to enable users to dynamically augment environments with digital graphics. Handheld projector systems have the potential to enable users to dynamically augment environments with digital graphics. We explore new parts of the design space for interacting using handheld projection in indoor spaces, in particular systems that are more "aware" of the environment in which they are used. This is defined broadly as either spatial awareness, where the projector system has a sense of its location and/or orientation; or geometry awareness, where the system has a sense of the geometry of the world around it, which can encompass the user‟s hands and body as well as objects, furniture and walls. Awareness like this can ...

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Acer chairman JT Wang commenting on Apple’s momentum in iOS devices said that Microsoft will re-rise to answer consumer demands, Digitimes reported. He also added that they welcome HP’s  decision to stay in PC market which will help expand the market share of Microsoft Windows to better compete against Apple. However, in the next two years, Wang estimates that the camp of Microsoft will re-rise as Microsoft is answering consumer demands. In the past, Microsoft has been adding unnecessary functions to its operating system even after consumers already objected such moves, but as Microsoft has already started seeing its problems and will implement changes into Windows 8, Taiwan’s PC supply chain should benefit in the future, Wang added. Hope it happens soon.. Read more at Digitimes. ...

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According to ASUS Q3 earnings presentation, Asus is planning to launch two Windows 8 based tablets in third quarter of next year. Asus will be a leading partner for making Windows on ARM alliance and will start selling devices from Q3’12. Asus will focus on innovation by aggressive attack strategy to capture mind and market share. Source: Engadget ...

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This is a good news for developers. 65% of Windows 7 users are now using modern web browsers like Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome 14+15 and Firefox 6. Among that IE9 has reached 35% market share in US as shown in the chart above. This is in line with Net Applications browser market share data released this month. You can find more on this at Windows Team blog. ...

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This week will mark the one year anniversary of Microsoft Kinect, the electronic peripheral which revolutionized the way people experience entertainment. Microsoft is celebrating this with a new website called Kinect Effect. It showcases things that are possible with Kinect and many others. Check it out. Microsoft also announced that it will release Kinect for Windows SDK commercial licence n early 2012. ...

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In an interview to ABC News TV channel, Bill Gates revealed that Steve Jobs’s comments over him which was revealed through his biography by Walter Isaacson doesn’t bothers him. Here is the excerpt from his interview, "I mean, he faced, several times at Apple, the fact that their products were so premium priced that they literally might not stay in the marketplace. So the fact that we were succeeding with high volume products, you know, including a range of prices, because of the way we worked with multiple companies, it’s tough. "So the fact that, you know, at various times, he felt beleaguered, he felt like he was — he was the good guy and we were the bad guys, you know, very understandable. "I, you know, respect Steve. We got to work together. We spurred each other on, even as competitors. None of that bothers me at all,"  FYI, ...

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Microsoft revealed that it would sell a commercial version of a Kinect for Windows SDK to businesses from early in 2012 in an interview to FT.  Dennis Durkin, Xbox chief financial officer said that, “Once you bring down that price point, all of a sudden it opens up a bunch of new developer opportunities,” he said. As well as academic interest, Microsoft has been working on a pilot programme with more than 200 companies for use of the Kinect across 25 industries, from healthcare to education, advertising and the automotive industry. “It’s likely that many ‘killer apps’ will be developed within their respective fields,”. Kinect developer community is very active and already there are numerous commercial application available for sale without Microsoft’s permission. So the release of official SDK will further ignite Kinect development. via: Financial Times ...

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You may wonder they already did this, but this is new stuff. You can read about the new simple task manager for our PC’s here. At Building Windows 8 Blog, Microsoft detailed the feature in task manager of upcoming Windows 8 that server admins and people with access to mega-PC setups with lots and lots of logical processors can use it for their analysis. Its full of heat maps and percentage numbers presented in a neat way as shown in the image above. You can read more on that at B8 blog. ...

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Just a month after reporting that HP will spin-off its Personal Systems Group into a separate company, now they are announcing that it won’t happen. Their plans have changed so as their CEO’s. Their new CEO Whitman said that, ” HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.” That’s a good decision. Press Release: Continued combination of HP and its Personal Systems Group expected to deliver greater customer and shareholder value PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company. “HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees” “HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning ...

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GRASP SIMULATION OF A VIRTUAL OBJECT The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method for simulating grasping of a virtual object. Virtual 3D objects receive simulated user input forces via a 2D input surface adjacent to them. An exemplary method comprises receiving a user input corresponding to a grasping gesture that includes at least two simulated contacts with the virtual object. The grasping gesture is modeled as a simulation of frictional forces on the virtual object. A simulated physical effect on the virtual object by the frictional forces is determined. At least one microprocessor is used to display a visual image of the virtual object moving according to the simulated physical effect. RECOGNIZING MULTIPLE INPUT POINT GESTURES The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for recognizing multiple input point gestures. A recognition module receives an ordered set of points indicating that contacts have been ...

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As a continuation to series of future computing videos, Microsoft today released a new concept video showing the future of productivity. As Kurt DelBene, President, Microsoft Office Division notes in Microsoft blog, All of the ideas in the video are based on real technology. Some of the capabilities, such as speech recognition, real time collaboration and data visualization already exist today. Others are not yet available in specific products, but represent active research and development happening at Microsoft and other companies. Watch this video to see how we see technology moving from a passive tool to a more active assistant, helping us get things done, and strengthening our interactions with one another. You’ll see how people can stay productive using a variety of devices from slates and PCs to mobile devices where they can access their information regardless of their location or the device they are using. ...

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Dell today announced its new enterprise tablet called Latitude ST. It features, Intel Atom processor 10-inch multi-touch display with stylus, WiFi, mobile broadband (optional) , Front and rear webcams and a mic. Gorilla Glass, USB, HDMI  Ports, SD card reader,etc,.   This laptop will go on sale from Nov-1st. Press Release: Dell Launches Latitude ST Tablet for Business, Healthcare and Education We’re living in an exciting time as mobile computing continues to take significant evolutionary strides. Many organizations are embracing the productivity benefits of enabling their workers to be more mobile but with that freedom, they often face hurdles like security, device management and support for critical applications. At Dell, we strive to design products, services and solutions that maximize workforce efficiency without making IT sacrifices. That’s why I’m pleased to announce the availability of the Dell Latitude ST, a tablet PC built for both mobile professionals and the IT ...

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