Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft is expected to release their next-generation Office productivity suite in the coming weeks. Details on the pricing and SKUs of the upcoming Office got leaked by a slide meant for resellers, etc,. ZDnet posted all the information about it and as you can see in the image above, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 will start from $139 which is the cheapest available SKU. Following SKUs will be available, Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Microsoft Office Personal 2013 (available in Japan only) Microsoft Office Professional 2013 Microsoft Office Professional Academic 2013 Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 (for volume licensees only) Microsoft Office Standard 2013 (for volume licensees only) Read more about it in detail from the source link below. Source: ZDNET ...

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Microsoft today announced an update for Bing social search service that will improve the overall experience for the users. Users will now find five times more of their friends’ content on Facebook is searchable in the sidebar – including status updates, shared links, comments and photos from your friends. With the addition of status updates, shared links and comments to the sidebar, it’s now easier to see who knows and what they’ve shared related to your search. Here is the list of new things in this update, Search More Facebook Content in Bing: Five times more of your friend’s Facebook is now searchable on Bing. If they have a status update, shared link, comment or photo that is relevant to your search we’ll surface it in sidebar. Discover Great Moments: Discover something new with the Friends’ Photos experience. See your friend in Times Square or camping in the desert in immersive, ...

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AV-Test regularly publishes independent tests of anti-virus software and awards “AV-Test Certified” status. AV-Test recently published the results of antimalware vendor testing, and they didn’t grant Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection their “AV-Test Certified” status. Microsoft today responded to AV-Test’s results and confirmed that both its security products are secure enough to protect most of the malware. This post reviews AV-Test’s results and their approach. In-depth details are provided below, but here are some key upfront data points to keep in mind: AV-Test reports on samples hit/missed by category. We report (and prioritize our work) based on customer impact. AV-Test’s test results indicate that our products detected 72 percent of all “0-day malware” using a sample size of 100 pieces of malware. We know from telemetry from hundreds of millions of systems around the world that 99.997 percent of our customers hit with any 0-day did not encounter ...

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Microsoft today announced that it has selected matchmaking startup LikeBright to its growing list of Bing Fund startups. LikeBright is based in Seattle and it uses an innovative approach to online dating by using the power of social instead of endless questionnaires and interactions. By enlisting the help of your trusted network(using social data), friends and family can now help people meet their friends’ friends and match friends up. Press Release: SEATTLE, Washington (January 16, 2013) – LikeBright, the Seattle matchmaking startup, has been selected to join the Bing Fund, a Microsoft angel fund and incubator program sponsored by Bing. LikeBright skips the questionnaires and strangers that characterize online dating and uses data from social networks to help people meet their friends’ friends and match their friends up. “LikeBright’s mission is to eliminate loneliness using the shared social ties that connect people,” said LikeBright founder and CEO Nick Soman. “Most single people ...

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Microsoft Studios announced the new Play Service that enables you to play arcade games made for Xbox LIVE on any Windows 8/RT compatible device. Most of the games are already available in Windows Store and Microsoft has just listed them under this new ‘Play’ brand. Get your game on with this amazing line-up of titles from Microsoft Studios. Our games have something for everyone, from casual puzzlers and high energy racing to immersive adventure and non-stop arcade. For Xbox fans you’ll also find your favorite features like leaderboards, multiplayer modes, connecting with friends, and more. All Microsoft Studios titles let you try before you buy; check them out today! Microsoft Studios titles are available for Windows 8 and Windows RT via the Windows Store. Full List of New PLAY Releases:  Toy Soldiers (not available on Windows RT) 4 Elements: Special Edition Hydro Thunder Hurricane Rocket Riot 3D Reckless Racing Ultimate Microsoft Solitaire Collection ...

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Microsoft has announced Windows Startup Challenge. a joint effort between Startup Weekend, DEMO and Microsoft Windows. The top 5 teams winning this challenge will receive a promo package which includes banners, marketing and PR support from Microsoft. Also the top team will get the opportunity to launch their app at DEMO Mobile stage in front of top tier seed investors, VCs, and tech press. If you are just starting out as a Windows Store app developer, this challenge will test your ability to prototype a business idea and bring your app to life. The winning team will receive a spot at DEMO Mobile to launch their app on April 17th in San Francisco. The challenge has two stages: Windows Store app prototype Submit a 2-minute video (or a presentation) that shows a prototype of your app. Deadline: January 29th App design and development If your entry is selected, work with ...

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If you are running any of the preview versions of Windows 8, its time to upgrade. Microsoft released Windows 8 first as a Developer preview, followed by Consumer Preview and then Release Preview. All these versions will expire today (Jan-15th), after which you need to upgrade final versions of Windows 8.  You receive the following message on the Activate Windows screen in Control Panel: The license for this pre-released version of Windows has expired. You’ll need to enter a new product key to activate Windows. Until you activate, Windows will restart every 1 hour, so you should back up your data. Install the latest version of Windows •You receive the following message on the Windows Activation screen: This pre-release version of Windows has expired. Your computer will restart every 2 hours and you might lose any unsaved data. •You receive the following message on the Personalize pane in Control Panel: You need to Activate ...

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Few weeks back Microsoft announced that it will discontinue its once ambitious project Live Mesh in favor of SkyDrive. Yesterday, Microsoft sent out reminder email to Live Mesh users about the future of Live Mesh service. Here is the email, Dear Mesh customer, Recently we released the latest version of SkyDrive,   which you can use to: Choose the files and folders on your SkyDrive that        sync on each computer. Access your SkyDrive using a brand new app for        Android v2.3 or the updated apps for Windows Phone, iPhone, and iPad. Collaborate online with the new Office Web apps,        including Excel forms, co-authoring in PowerPoint and embeddable Word        documents. Currently 40% of   Mesh customers are actively using SkyDrive and based on the positive response   and our increasing focus on improving personal cloud storage, it makes sense   to merge SkyDrive and Mesh into a ...

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Facebook today announced a new search service called “Graph Search” which will allow you to search the content and connections you have shared on Facebook and also allows you to discover new people, places and things. Facebook has also partnered with Microsoft Bing to provide web search results for the queries which Facebook Graph Search cannot answer. To the Facebook user, they will not only see useful results, but we think have serendipitous experiences. Imagine searching for Jay-Z concerts on Facebook, and not only finding Facebook content, but also web results from Bing including concert tickets, news about the tour and other web results—annotated with Facebook Likes and Shares. We think this is a powerful combination. Now when you do a web search on Facebook, the new search results page features a two-column layout with Bing-powered web results appearing on the left-hand side overlaid with social information from Facebook including how many ...

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Adduplex have given us a glimpse of their market share number gathered by their Windows 8 Store ad network. The numbers reveal, somewhat counter intuitively, that the Microsoft Surface has increased its share of the Windows 8 market, from 6% a month ago to 7.6% this month. This is despite the increase in the number of PCs running Windows 8 /RT from around 5000 to 7400 this month. Adduplex notes that this may be due to the expanded distribution of the Surface to non-Microsoft stores. The increase is despite Windows RT only being 9% of the Windows 8 market.  One can imagine with the release of the Surface Pro this percentage will only increase, leading to Microsoft giving real competition to the smaller OEMs. If should be noted that the data is drawn from Windows 8 Store apps, so Windows 8 x86 desktops and laptops are likely underrepresented, making Microsoft’s ...

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UBS analyst Brent Thrill estimates that Microsoft sold 1 million Surface RT tablets in the last quarter. He halved his previous Surface sales estimate of 2 million units. He says that people prefer iPads over Microsoft Surface and also lack of enough distribution affected Surface sales. Microsoft is selling Surface through its physical retail store and its online store alone. Thrill was also cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Intel based Surface Pro devices which will attract enterprise over iPads. via: SAI ...

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As part of public testing, Bing home page and search results page usually feature lots of new tweaks and features for limited set of people. Yesterday, I noticed a new feature in Bing home page that allows you to know more information about the Bing home page image of that day. As you can see above, there is an information icon just before download button. When you click it, you are provided with more info about the photo as shown above. Did you find this feature on your Bing page? ...

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comScore released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace few days back. In December, 69.1% of searches carried results from Google, while 25.6% of searches were powered by Bing. It is important to note that Bing powered searches were up 0.2% percentage points. Of the total 17.6 billion core searches in December, Google dominated with 11.8 billion and Microsoft came second with 2.9 billion searches, and Yahoo! came third with 2.2 billion searches. Source: Comscore   ...

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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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