Review Category : Microsoft

In an interview with The Verge, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tang talked about the so called “post-PC era.”  “It’s been a long time since anyone’s been passionate about a PC. HP’s doing a horrible job with it. Dell’s doing a horrible job with it. They just don’t want to do anything with the PC anymore. Look, HP tried to get rid of their PC division and Dell said ‘we’re not a PC company anymore, we’re now an enterprise company.’”; He also talked about why Razer has been successful “It makes absolutely no business sense. It’s a thin margin business. But for us, we’re building products that we want ourselves. And the fact that when we launch a product, for a company as small as ours, and we get so much attention as we did for the Blade two years ago — and we’re still getting attention — it’s not a matter ...

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For years Intel had a simple magic formula, leverage high volume consumer sales to help sell lower volume enterprise parts with huge profit margins.    Intel rode this wave to complete dominance in the microprocessor industry and made significant money in both the consumer and enterprise markets.  The success of Microsoft’s Windows operating system only helped Intel further, hence the nickname Wintel. Intel’s magic formula is now under assault from the likes of NVIDIA, Qualcomm, AMD, and other ARM chipset makers who seeing success in the mobile computing space.  It is widely accepted that within five years most mainstream computing will move to smartphones and tablets.  Intel does not have a dominant position in smartphones or tablets, its long term viability is threatened, and their magic formula is broke. So where does Haswell come into play? Haswell is a new microprocessor architecture designed to compete to be a long-term solution to Intel’s ARM ...

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Microsoft is hitting back at Apple more aggressively and has launched a new website directly comparing the iPad to Windows 8 Tablets including the SurfaceRT, ASUS VivoTab Smart, Dell XPS 10, and HP ENVY x2. A number of direct comparisons are made including: Thinness Battery Life Weight Display Size microSD and USB ports Printing Free cloud storage Microsoft Office Multiple Accounts Using Multiple Apps Price It’s a great to see Microsoft starting to being more proactive with comparing its superior Windows 8 tablets to the iPads.  However, the OEMs clearly need to step up their game. Source: Microsoft   ...

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If you’re planning on get a Surface RT now may be the time to do so.  For a limited time (up to June 30th) you can receive a free Touch Cover (Limited Edition [For US & Canada only] or Regular) or Type Cover with a purchase of Surface RT.  This deal applies to US, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Surface Touch Covers are available in cyan, red, magenta, white and black.   Surface Type Cover in Black   Surface Touch Cover Limited Edition (Skulls) Surface Touch Cover Limited Edition (Flowers) ...

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Dina Bass from Bloomberg is reporting that HTC is planning on releasing a 7 inch tablet.  HTC was originally planning on creating a 12 inch tablet, but its internal research has shown there would not be significant demand for a tablet of that size and it would be expensive to build such a tablet.  HTC has been facing a significant decline in sales lately and most of the companies efforts are focused on the company’s Android smartphone, the HTC One. The company is hoping to gain additional revenue by releasing a tablet running WinRT and another very similar tablet running Android. HTC has partnered with Qualcomm and will be using their Snapdragon processor for its tablets.  The tablet is expected to be released in late September to early October, in time for holiday 2013. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Microsoft released an update today to the Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging Apps in Windows 8.  Unfortunately the release notes are still the same from the last update.  If you did not get the update notification, while in the Windows Store open the charms bar –> hit Settings –> App Updates –> Check for Updates Notice significant performance improvements or anything new? Let us know in the comments below ...

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Former President of the Windows Division Steven Sinofsky was interviewed at The All Things Digital Conference run by Apple lover Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.  Microsoft did not have an official presence at the conference this year, but in the past Sinofsky used the conference to preview new versions of Windows.  There interview runs a little over 41 minutes, and my recommendation is not to watch.  I’m a fan of Sinofsky’s, but ultimately this was a boring interview with little new information surfacing.  Half the interview is spent try to goad Sinofsky into trash talking Microsoft, which he does not do at all.  The other half focuses on talking about problems with technology companies in general at a higher level. Sinofsky joined Microsoft straight out of college and spent over 20 years there, we may never know why he left, but he is certainly still emotionally attached to the company.  My favorite ...

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  Frank Shaw is a former Marine & Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft and probably has one of the toughest jobs at Microsoft. He is essentially the official spokesperson for Microsoft and defends the company on a daily basis while simultaneously trying to improve its image. When Julie-Larson Green and Tami Reller recently fumbled in interviews, it was Frank’s job to hit back at the blogosphere. Given the circumstances I thought he did a remarkable job of fighting against those tried to compare Windows 8 to ‘New Coke.’ This year Microsoft decided not have an official presence at the ‘All Things Digital’ conference run by Apple lover Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. However, they did send Frank Shaw to keep tabs on the conference (and maybe Steven Sinofsky too). He put up a blog post about his experience there: On one hand, looking around the conference, there were ...

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Razer has introduced two versions of its Blade gaming laptops toady, a 17.3″ & 14″ laptop.  The 17.3″ Razer Blade Pro is powered by an Intel 4th generation Haswell processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics.  The laptop is 0.88 inches thick weights a hefty 6.5 pounds.  The Blade Pro comes with Dolby Home Theatre v4 speakers, Razer Synapse 2.0 built-in, and a programmable keyboard.  The display is a full-HD LED display linked in combination with the Switchblade User Interface (SBUI). The laptop will also come with a number of free professional apps including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro, Maya, GIMP and others yet to be announced. See the full specs below. Of course, a 14 inch gaming laptop would actually be a real “portable” machine.  Its specs are not quite impressive as the Blade Pro’s, but would certainly play most games on the market today.  The laptop is 0.66 thick, making it ...

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Ed Bott from ZDNet went to San Francisco yesterday to meet with Microsoft’s Jensen Harris and Antoine Leblond for a two hour preview of Windows 8.1. He shared some exclusive information and important clarifications in a blog post. Synchronization capabilities between SkyDrive and Windows 8.1 are built directly into the operating system, where you can choose which cloud-based files or folders to sync with a local device. That’s a major change from Windows 8, which requires you to install and configure a separate utility to handle those tasks. Clicking the Search charm no longer displays a long list of search scopes for you to go through one at a time. Instead, you get a single search box, and the unified results list includes apps, files, settings, and content from the Web and from installed apps like Wikipedia. In Windows 8.1 you’ll be able to replace the lock screen background with a collection ...

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  Microsoft today went a little bit into Xbox One design process on how it developed the ultimate gaming and entertainment system. The took care about  how users interact with its software, designing it to be simple and inviting powered by console’s internal components to ensure great smooth performance. “Xbox has always had something to say. It’s always been bold with a strong personality,” said Carl Ledbetter, Creative Director, Industrial Design. “Xbox One needs to serve our most loyal gaming fans and deliver unique entertainment experiences, so its design has to make an appropriate statement that reflects its capability as an all-in-one entertainment system.” They spoke about the new software UI based on the Modern UI principles of Microsoft that is wide spreading across the developer community. Designing a software for 10 – 27 inch screens is completely  different from 32- 100 inch displays. The design language, which uses a series of tiles and fluid ...

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As Windows team took the wraps of their upcoming Windows 8.1 update, Search was one of the big feature that will be part of the update. Microsoft Bing powers the experience behind it. Microsoft Bing team today blogged about the new experience they developed along with Windows team that will change the way we think about Search. The 10 blue links concept is gone!  You can just find  whether it’s a document on your PC, a photo album in the cloud, an app, PC setting or a website with one single search and  in just a tap or a click you can play, view, launch, or browse items. How cool is that? We think your digital world should be accessible without having to actually ‘go to search’. Just like few people say they are going to ‘go online’, we want to make ‘searching’ something that’s just there when you need it.  So ...

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Microsoft Talks Windows 8.1, New Features, Start Button, Boot To Desktop, IE11, Deeper Skydrive & Bing Integration

  Today on the official Windows Blog, Microsoft gave a first look at Windows 8.1, outlining some of the new feature and improvements that are coming in personalization, apps, windows store, internet explorer, and cloud connectivity. Personalization: As we reported yesterday Windows 8.1 will allow you to choose your Start Screen background.  You can set your desktop background and Start Screen background to be exactly the same.  There will be more colors and backgrounds available for the Start Screen including ones with motion. Taking a page from Windows Phone, Win8.1 will have new tile sizes, including extra small and extra large.  You can now also select multiple apps at once to resize, uninstall, rearrange, or name into groups.  A new gesture, swiping to the bottom, will show the all apps view.  The ability to filter apps by name, date installed, most used, or by category has been added.   So when you install a new app from the Windows Store, we no longer put that app on your Start screen. Instead, you’ll find…

  Today on the official Windows Blog, Microsoft gave a first look at Windows 8.1, outlining some of the new feature and improvements that are coming in personalization, apps, windows store, internet explorer, and cloud connectivity. Personalization: As we reported yesterday Windows 8.1 will allow you to choose your Start Screen background.  You can set your desktop background and Start Screen background to be exactly the same.  There will be more colors and backgrounds available for the Start Screen including ones with motion. Taking a page from Windows Phone, Win8.1 will have new tile sizes, including extra small and extra large.  You can now also select multiple apps at once to resize, uninstall, rearrange, or name into groups.  A new gesture, swiping to the bottom, will show the all apps view.  The ability to filter apps by name, date installed, most used, or by category has been added.   So when you install ...

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For those who have complained Microsoft does not care enough about the “hardcore gamers” with the Xbox One, they might want to re-consider their opinion. In an interview with OXM (The Official Xbox Magazine) Microsoft stated that they will be investing over $1 Billion in securing exclusive titles. This includes the 15 exclusive launch titles for the Xbox One, along with 8 new franchises. In addition Microsoft has increased hiring at Microsoft Studios and is opening new game studios in London, Washington and Victoria, British Columbia. “Core gaming powerhouses 343 Studios, Lionhead and Turn 10 have all seen significant appointments – Lionhead, for instance, now runs under the supervision of MMO expert John Needham, in further evidence that the rumoured Fable 4 will be a cloud-centric affair. Microsoft has hired former Sony executive Phil Harrison – the man who oversaw the gestation of such noted PlayStation IPs as LittleBigPlanet – ...

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Well of course there is a catch. You must be a paid attendee of TechEd in New Orleans between June 2 – June 6. Standard cost of attending TechEd is around $2195 plus hotel and eating costs.  Often larger enterprises will pay for their employees to attend.  However you do a great deal on Surface Pro and RT (limit one per customer each) • Surface RT 64GB with touch cover bundle for $99.99 USD • Surface Pro 128GB standalone for $399.99 USD Source: Channel 9 ...

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