Review Category : Microsoft

When Windows RT development was in final stages, it was reported that HTC was denied by Microsoft in becoming Windows RT OEM. It was said that Microsoft declined due to”concern that HTC doesn’t sell enough devices or have ample experience making tablets”. Now Bloomberg reports that HTC is working on two Windows RT tablets. One with 12-inch screen and another with 7-inch screen that will compete with iPad Mini, Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle. Both these tablets will reportedly can also make phone calls and will be powered by Qualcomm SnapDragon processors. The devices are expected to go on sale in 3Q 2013. Bloomberg also added that HTC did not choose Intel processors because it was concerned about the end user pricing which will go upto $1000. After the release of Microsoft Surface, many Windows RT OEMs scaled back their plans and it may be the reason behind HTC’s inclusion ...

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Amazon today updated its Kindle Reader app for Windows 8/RT devices. This new update brings in the ability to purchase books/magazines within the app. This release includes an in-app store for touch optimized devices along with improvements to the reading and library experiences. (In-app store is available in English for customers with an Amazon.com account) Amazon’s Whispersync technology automatically syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed and across any Kindle device. It is one of the best reading apps available in Windows Store at the moment. Download it here from Windows Store for free.   ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are ceasing the development of Expression Suite. Expression Studio Ultimate included the following programs, Expression Web, HTML editor and web design program Expression Design, vector graphics editor Expression Encoder Pro, Video editing tool for authoring VC-1 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC contents Expression Blend, graphical user interface builder for XAML or HTML applications SuperPreview, complementary web design program for testing compatibility and performance  SketchFlow, complementary user interface tool that facilitate workflow design Microsoft will no longer develop any of these products and Expression brand will be discontinued. Here is the announcement from Microsoft. Blend will be fully integrated with Visual Studio 2012. Blend for Visual Studio 2012 provides a rich design-centric environment for building Windows Store apps and Windows Phone apps. In addition to that, WPF, Silverlight and SketchFlow support is available today as a preview and will be released in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2. Blend ...

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Microsoft has released a minor update for Skype app in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. This Skype app allows you to Exchange instant messages with all your Skype, Messenger and Outlook.com contacts without draining your device battery life. What’s new: - Enhanced Snap view for smarter multi-tasking - Performance improvements - General bug fixes Download it here from Windows Store. ...

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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer marketing team posted an ad that targets IE haters last month. That ad was focused on the IE haters who generally have a bad impression on IE however good it is. Now, IE pokes fun of itself saying that the sign of Mayans apocalypse is here because Internet Explorer 10 is actually good now. Will these kind of marketing change people’s minds? via: Gizmodo ...

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Microsoft Outlook team today detailed the deprecated features and components in Outlook 2013. There is a long list of features which you can read below. Exchange “Classic Offline” Mode “Deliver to PST” for Exchange accounts Calendar Publishing to Office.com (PubCal) VPN and Dialup Settings Outlook search via the Windows Shell Journaling Legacy Contact Linking/Activities Tab Import/Export to Legacy Applications :Outlook has traditionally supported importing and exporting data to and from many different file formats. Many of the formats Outlook has supported are outdated and are no longer in mainstream use. Outlook will continue to support comma-separated-value (.csv) files as well as .PST files, but other file formats are no longer supported. Read more about the above in detail from the source link below. Source: Outlook blog ...

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After the sudden departure of Steven Sinofsky, the head of Windows, some 6 weeks ago, there was some speculation as to where he would end up, with some even suggesting he may be swapped for Scott Forstall who was also unceremoniously let go from Apple. Now in typical Sinofsky fashion Steve made the announcement above on twitter, saying he is returning to Harvard Business School to teach and share his experience built up over decades of working at Microsoft. I suspect his first classes, in Product Development, will be the most well attended next semester, as everyone hopes to discover the decisions which resulted in Windows 8. ...

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Snes8x is a Super Nintendo emulator for Windows 8 and Windows RT. The app is based on Snes9x, a free and portable SNES emulator. Using this app, you can play Super Nintendo games. This app provides support for virtual touch controls and keyboard input as you can see in the image above. If you are a fan of old Nintendo games, give it a try. Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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We all know Windows 8 UI/UX is very simple to use and we have seen couple of videos where children were using it with ease. Microsoft Portugal took a step further and decided to demonstrate how simple Windows 8 is. At Windows Experience center in  a Fnac store in Lisbon, a small boy gives a demo of Windows 8 features to a adult customer who visited the store. Watch the video above, the moment speaks for itself. Source: Microsoft ...

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We all know that Microsoft Kinect is being used in various ways by various people. From Xbox 360 games to Shopping Malls with AR apps, Kinect’s potential is virtually unlimited. Now, Microsoft is working with US Air Force to develop Kinect Therapy System  that can be used by injured soldiers and veterans to perform physical therapy at home. “Microsoft is committing R&D and marketing resources to ensure that the [Defense Department] community is aware of the capabilities of the product, as well as the breadth of our partner community, which includes the system integrators,” said Phil West, Microsoft’s director of public sector solutions. “The targeted scenarios include therapy-related functions, but they also span training and simulation, interactive user interfaces, and so on.” Injured soldiers and veterans who find it difficult to come to Army base or medical center for therapy can now do it at their home. Microsoft Kinect connected ...

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Microsoft has posted this retrospective of the company’s achievements in 2012, ranging from releasing the new Office to catching cyber-criminals to releasing the Microsoft Surface. While Microsoft has not quite convinced the technorati that they are relevant again, they have certainly shown that they will not go going down fighting. What are our reader’s opinion of Microsoft’s 2012? Let us know below. Via Gearlive.com ...

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Picture of Windows 8 Devices as you enter  Best Buy  Microsoft made a big deal announcing the expanded distribution of the surface tablet last week due to “an exciting public reaction” of the device. With that in mind, any reasonable person would have expected a coordinated and cohesive strategy in presentation and sale of these devices at the 3rd party stores. The reality however was far more shocking and not in a good way! ...

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Microsoft today added two new apps to its Xbox LIVE network. 1) AOL ON Network app: The ad-supported video network includes more that 420,000 short-form videos from AOL properties such as Huffington Post, Engadget, and TechCrunch, as well as content partners that include Reuters, the AP, BBC, E!, ET Online, Sugar, Splash News, CNET, and Martha Stewart. 2) Vimeo: Packed with amazing ways to watch, discover, and share, the Vimeo app for Xbox 360 enables lovers of high-quality videos to stimulate their eyeballs through their console. Follow your Xbox Live friends’ activity on Vimeo, control the app via voice or gesture with Kinect, and access Vimeo on your Xbox 360. Find these apps on your Xbox LIVE on Xbox 360. via: TC Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced the new improved Image search experience. Microsoft updated its Bing Image search experience with new look few months back and now they are improving it even further. The new design brings a new image viewer that allows you to browse images with fast and ease in a clean UI. We completely redesigned the image viewer, putting the spotlight on the picture and stripping out anything that got in the way. We “dimmed the lights” around the photo, adding a darker look that makes it easier on the eyes and lets your results shine in high definition. We even introduced full-screen mode: just click “View larger” to give it a try. We know that one picture isn’t always enough. With the new design, we’ve made it easier than ever to browse through your results, with the introduction of larger filmstrip at the bottom of the screen. You ...

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In post-trial filings that was made public after the final arguments between Microsoft and Motorola in the Western District of Washington federal court, the license amount Microsoft is willing to pay Motorola got revealed. Both Microsoft and Motorola argued on court regarding how much Microsoft must pay Motorola for use of two of its standard, essential patents used in its products. Microsoft argued that it should pay no more than $502,000 per year for Motorola’s H.264 video compression patent, and no more than $736,000 per year for Motorola’s 802.11 wi-fi technology. Motorola on the other hand is arguing that Microsoft should pay 2.25 percent of the end product pricing which will lead to $100-  $125 million per year as license fees. Source: Reuters ...

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Microsoft today announced a new Xbox LIVE app and SmartGlass experience called Sports Picks. Sports Picks app will let you make picks, compete with your Xbox LIVE friends and fight for the leaderboard, etc,. With the Sports Picks SmartGlass experience, you can enjoy all these on your tablet or smartphone. Now on Xbox, sports fans have a whole new way to connect with fellow fans and compete on Xbox LIVE with the new Sports Picks app. You can make picks, compete with your Xbox LIVE friends and fight for domination of the leaderboard. With the Sports Picks app, we’ve also added a new experience for Xbox SmartGlass, so you can do all of this on your tablet or phone without missing a beat of the game on your TV through Xbox 360. For those of you planning to take in a live sporting event from ESPN or catch the replay of last night’s ...

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