Review Category : Microsoft

Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced that they are launching the “User Experience Design Competency” for Windows will launch through the Microsoft Partner Network by January 2014. The competency will provide a way to train your designers and be recognized for your expertise in the Microsoft Design Language and App User Experience on Windows devices. It will ensure that all of our partners have access to the user experience and design foundation necessary to create innovative experiences that engage millions of users on the Windows platform. Microsoft is the recent years have been focused on improving the user experience and design across their platforms with common Microsoft design language. So this new User Experience Design Competency is yet another great effort from Microsoft. To find out more about User Experience and Design on Windows, please visit design.windows.com. Source: Windows Team Blog ...

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At the Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference(WPC) in Houston, Texas, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 RTM will be available for OEM partners in late August. Windows team is planning this time frame because, this will allow OEMs to get the RTM bits and begin preparing devices with Windows 8.1 just in time for the holidays. They also announced that they will have more details to share in the coming months for consumers and other customers on how to get Windows 8.1. Jensen Harris joined Tami Reller on stage to show off Windows 8.1 and some important features such as the new search experience, support for Miracast, new Start screen customizations, improved multitasking and more. Read more about it here.   ...

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Few months back, Liveside reported about this feature in SkyDrive.com that allows you to explore panorama’s in a special viewer. This feature is now live for public users. Windows 8.1 Camera app now supports panoramas within the app, so you can shoot a panorama using your PC’s camera and upload it to SkyDrive. When you view that panorama in SkyDrive.com, the new panorama viewer will appear. Check out the screenshot  above showing the panorama viewer in action. Source: Liveside ...

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  Microsoft has announced that they are ending the MSN TV service by September 30th. MSN TV (formerly WebTV) is the name of both a thin client which uses a television for display (rather than a computer monitor), and the online service that supports it. Microsoft ended sales of the hardware long back and the service is also going to end in September. Here is the email sent to MSN TV subscribers, Dear MSN TV Subscriber, For the past decade, we have been excited to build products that provided our customers with easy access to the Internet on TV. Unfortunately, all good things must eventually come to an end. Today we are announcing that we will be closing the MSN TV service. The last day of the MSN TV service will be September 30, 2013. We want this transition to be as smooth as possible for you. This letter explains what ...

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Windows Experience Index was introduced by Microsoft with the release of Windows Vista to have a common measure of PC’s performance. It was there in Windows 7 and later in Windows 8 too. It seems Microsoft has removed this feature with the release of Windows 8.1 preview. Microsoft is yet to confirm the removal of this feature officially, but you can see it by yourself in Windows 8.1 preview. The Windows Experience Index measures the capability of your computer’s hardware and software configuration and expresses this measurement as a number called a base score. A higher base score generally means that your computer will perform better and faster than a computer with a lower base score, especially when performing more advanced and resource-intensive tasks. Each hardware component receives an individual subscore. Your computer’s base score is determined by the lowest subscore. For example, if the lowest subscore of an individual hardware ...

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Evernote Touch app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store got a major update few days back. This update brings in activity feed for your shared notes, new hub where you can have an overview of your account and more. Release notes: New hub page gives you an overview of your account Activity feed notifies you about updates in shared notebooks Shortcuts gives you quick access to important notes, notebooks and tags Improved note editing with Make Plaintext and Simplified formatting Supports two step verification for login Numerous bug fixes Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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As we previously reported Microsoft is continuing to expand its distribution for the Surface Pro: http://microsoft-news.com/microsoft-allows-resellers-to-start-selling-surfaces/  This combined with Microsoft’s educational offering discount and the early beginnings of the back to school buying season have overwhelmed Microsoft’s supply of the 64 GB Surface Pro and it is currently out of stock.  The Surface Pro 64Gb remains in high demand due to its lower price point than the 128GB model. We have reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update accordingly.   ...

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Microsoft is offering students with a valid .edu email address a 10% discount on the purchase of a Surface, software, and/or accessories.  This could be a savings of over a $100 with the purchase of a 128GB Surface. Head over to the Microsoft Store and enter your email address to get a unique code for the savings. ...

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Many users have experienced problems in upgrading their Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 .  A solution has finally been posted over at the Microsoft Forums SOLVED: Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 – Installing Windows 8.1 Preview (Error: 0x80070002) Here is the description of the problem: Windows 8.1 Preview successfully downloads, but fails during the “Gathering Information” stage of the installation. There error produced by the Windows Store is: “Something happened and the Windows 8.1 Preview couldn’t be installed. Please try again. Error code: 0x80070002″ Cancelling the installation, re-downloading, and attempting to install produces the same error. The Event Viewer error reads: “Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x80070002: English ESD Bundle Parent.” Frustrated users tried the usual troubleshooting with no success: I have tried to download and install multiple times with the same error message. I have reset the Windows Store cache. I have downloaded and installed ...

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Microsoft and Qualcomm have a very close relationship and the snapdragon chipset has been used in Windows Phones for quite some time now.  As Spock would say, it is only logical that the Snapdragon chipsets would start to appear in some Windows RT tablets.  At the BUILD conference a few weeks back Qualcomm showed off a reference Windows RT tablet running on their Snapdragon 800 chipset.  This may be a sign of what is to come later this year. The 11.6″ tablet, running at around WXGA resolution includes: mini-HDMI port, NFC and SD card slot. 12MP camera Snapdragon 800 running at 2.2GHz Qualcomm is working closely with Microsoft to: optimize the new chipset for the Windows RT platform Bring support for higher-resolution displays – up to 2560x2048px Add an Adreno 330 GPU Ability to natively encode and decode 4K video Including integrated 3G/4G radios. With over 100k apps in the ...

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Microsoft has opened up its public beta for the 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 Public Beta.  The update will improve overall performance and the ability to conduct transactions with local currency, as Microsoft Points will be retired later this year.  It has been that rumored smaller live tiles will also come to the interface and the final update will come in late August. Unlike our previous beta programs, sign up is now accessed directly through your Xbox 360 console. Space will be limited, so once the spots are filled the beta will be closed to the public. To join, look for the Xbox Beta Program tile on the home hub of the Xbox Dashboard. You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), but I’ve rarely seen these followed. If you are an Xbox Member in Japan you will not be able to sign up at this time. Source: Major ...

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In an interview with Edge magazine Seamus Blackley, an original member of the Xbox team, reveals some of the names Microsoft had considered internally for the console. Edge reports: Microsoft’s ‘naming guys’ wanted to call the company’s first games console 11-X or Eleven-X, but were overruled by Seamus Blackley and his launch team. “First, there were our code names, which were WEP – ‘Windows Entertainment Project’ – designed to make Microsoft executives comfortable, Midway – ‘Midway between a PC and a console or ‘Battle of Midway’ – you decide – and DirectX Box, which was shortened to xbox in email very early on.” “When we got the first approval, Kevin [Bachus] was told we had to get a new name, because ‘xbox’ wasn’t legally sound, so against his judgment he did so, and got the phase two, or ‘car’ names. These were so bad we didn’t even save them, but ...

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On SkyDrive, Outlook.com, and Office 365 you can view PDF files using the Word Web App. PDFs attached to mail or stored in SkyDrive are quickly viewable in the browser regardless of device or whether you have PDF viewing software installed. Additionally, for SkyDrive you can convert PDFs to editable Word documents. This allows you to “release” the text in PDFs without requiring PDF editing software. Please note that the conversion does not change the PDF itself. Converting creates an entirely new file. Also, depending on the content of the original PDF, the formatting of a converted Word document may vary from the original. SkyDrive On SkyDrive, just clicking a PDF will view the file in Word Web App. If you prefer to download the file to display in your current PDF viewer, right click and select Download. Outlook.com With Outlook.com, select “View online” at the bottom of the PDF ...

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Microsoft continues its support of small and distant languages with the addition of te reo Maori, language of New Zealand’s native people.  Users of can now Mera (email) or look up Nga Tangata (contacts).  A Microsoft spokesman said the company had launched Windows 8, Office 2012, Outlook and Internet Explorer 10 in te reo Maori this week, with schools, universities and government departments all keen to get their hands on the software.  Te reo Maori is one of New Zealand’s three official languages. Even though a number of initiatives have been introduced to revitalize the language, including a television channel, it is only spoken by around 157,000 people globally.   “It’s a free download so there is no money in it…But we feel it is nice to be part of the revitalization efforts in New Zealand,” the Microsoft spokesman said. “[The program’s] been pretty popular in the Maori language classes ...

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With the OEMs continuing to fail, Microsoft is ramping up the marketing and distribution of their Surface tablets.  Three new videos have been published on Microsoft’s official Surface youtube channel showing real life cases of businesses using the Surface tablet: Marcus Bluestein, Chief Technology Officer of Kraft Kennedy has replaced his corporate-issued laptop, his iPad and even his desktop with the Surface Pro. He has discovered that he can access all his corporate and productivity applications while enjoying the portability of a tablet. At Palmetto Health, physicians are using Surface Pro to improve patient care. Physicians who are using a Surface believe it improves efficiency and allows them to see two more patients on average each day. At FlyWheel Sports, customers use Surface RT devices at more than 24 boutique fitness locations to check in, get their bike number and access their TorqBoard to track their performance. Source: Surface on ...

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Zynga filed its 8-K regulatory filing, among other things documenting the compensation package for former Microsoft executive and now Zynga CEO Don Mattrick.  Over several years Mattrick can potentially make over $50 million at Zynga depending on how the stock does.  In his first year alone Mattrick is set to make $19.3 million in combined cash and stock.  This includes a $5 million signing bonus, a $1 million annual salary, and guaranteed cash bonus of $2 million.  He will also receive $11.3 million in Zynga stock; compensation for vesting shares he gave up in leaving Microsoft. Mattrick is also getting an “inducement” grant of 1,785,714 restricted stock units, valued at $5 million, as well as an option to purchase 7,357,143 shares now worth $10 million, which will also vest over several years.  Beginning in 2014, Mattrick will be eligible for a 200 percent to 400 percent yearly cash bonus of his ...

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