Review Category : Microsoft

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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Microsoft today announced that there are over billion documents stored on SkyDrive and as Office 365 Home Premium got released few days back, you can expect the number to grow up fast. Microsoft also announced that they are making it even easier for people to share and edit documents in the Office Web Apps by not requiring them to sign in with their Microsoft account. Now, you can either choose to share the document to someone without requiring them to sign-in or use “Require user to sign-in” check box for the other case. This is a neat feature that will pull in more users to the service. Source: Windows blog ...

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Last week many tech blogs reported about the free storage space left is Surface Pro models are very less. Ed Bott from ZDNet today posted a detailed comparison between Surface Pro 128GB and Macbook Air 128GB. According to his analysis, both Microsoft Surface Pro and Macbook Air offers similar out-of-the box free storage space. MacBook Air 128: 92.20 GB (approx. 99 billion bytes) Surface Pro 128: 89.7 GB (approx. 96.3 billion bytes) In Surface Pro, you can even increase the free space by moving your recovery partition contents to USB Drive or external HDD. Read the source link below for more details. Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft Xbox 360 console along with Kinect sensor already supports speech recognition in no.of games and apps on the platform. For example, you can play and pause videos using voice or use some game commands, etc,. It is obvious that Microsoft will be improving this speech recognition technology in their upcoming version of Xbox. Now according to the report from TheVerge, Microsoft will include support for more natural commands in Xbox vNext. For example, you can ask “what are my friends playing” to  Xbox to receive a list of games, etc,. We understand that Microsoft is also investigating scenarios where a Kinect sensor will detect individuals in a room and suggest appropriate multiplayer games after a user queries the Xbox using voice. The support will include natural language detection, similar to Apple’s Siri service, that will let users ask things like “what are my friends playing” to receive a friends list. ...

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Microsoft Bing has updated their app for Windows 8 with support for video search results which will help you to scan, explore and discover videos. Bing app for Windows 8 so far supported only web and image search results and with this update you can scroll through infinite canvas of video search results. From Bing, Scrolling through one giant page of video results is a nice start, but we don’t stop there. Who wants to wait for a video to load before finding out if it’s worth watching? We don’t that’s why this update includes our exclusive Smart Motion Thumbnails that let you watch a preview of results without having to wait for the video to load. Simply tap a video result thumbnail with a play icon in the lower right hand corner, or mouse over the thumbnail image, to start the video preview. Tap again or mouse away to ...

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Microsoft today launched a campaign against Google Gmail’s privacy issues.Microsoft launched a similar campaign against Google Shopping search results few months back. Read the full press release after the break. REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Outlook.com launched Don’t Get Scroogled by Gmail, a national campaign at http://www.scroogled.com to educate Americans about Google’s practice of going through the contents of all Gmail emails to sell and target ads. According to a public GfK Roper study, commissioned by Microsoft Corp., 70 percent of consumers don’t know that major email providers routinely engage in the practice of reading through their personal email to sell ads — something that 88 percent of people disapprove of once they are informed. Unlike Gmail, Outlook.com doesn’t go through the content of users’ emails to show ads. Outlook.com hopes this campaign will help educate consumers about Google’s email practices and promote Outlook.com’s policy of prioritizing ...

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This is insane if it turns out to be true. According to the rumor reported by ExtremeTech, Microsoft is apparently planning to release Office suite for Linux in 2014. ExtremeTech reports that since Microsoft is already working to port Office to Android, it makes them easy to post to desktop linux as well.   According to this source, who is presumably one of Microsoft’s open source developers, Microsoft is taking a “meaningful look” at releasing a full Linux port of Office in 2014. The sudden change of heart is apparently due to Linux showing “commercial viability,” and because Microsoft is reportedly already working on Office for Android. Android, as you may already know, is a Linux-based operating system, meaning a lot of the porting work will have already been done — it shouldn’t take too much effort to take the next step and bring Office to Ubuntu, or whichever distro ...

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Microsoft Surface team today answered no.of queries related to the new Surface Pro on Reddit. Questions ranged from the new connector at the bottom of the Surface Pro to why there is low out-of-the box storage and more. On Display scaling issues, The Windows team is aggressively working on this feature to fix this for all high resolution Windows devices. We don’t have a date yet to share, so sorry. But in the meantime here are some things I do to maximize my external monitor experience.. On low out-of-the box storage, Hello from the surface team We designed Surface Pro (and the allocation of disk space on our systems) to have the power of full Windows 8, the ability to have a simplified and fast upgrade to full Office and the confidence of a recovery image already available on your device.   Beyond the flexibility and confidence this provides, we also include ...

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According to the market research firm Forrester, 32% of the enterprise users wants Windows tablet as their next work device. This data was compiled from the sample size of 9,766 information workers that Forrester polled. Even though Apple now leads the enterprise tablet numbers with 26% market share, it’s a encouraging news for Microsoft that more than 30% of the workers prefer Windows tablets. In the smartphone side, Microsoft has more work to do. About 33% of workers want their next phone as iPhone while 22% want an Android device, 10% of the people want a Windows phone device. Source: Readwrite ...

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