Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft is organizing (sponsoring) a Windows Azure Bootcamp on April 27, 2013 worldwide. Now, find a location close to you and register. This one day deep dive class will get you up to speed on developing for Windows Azure. The class includes a trainer with deep real world experience with Windows Azure, as well as a series of labs so you can practice what you just learned. Great, How much does it cost? The entry is free (yeah!!) to all the attendees. That’s really awesome! How do I attend the Bootcamp? Find a location as close as to where you live. Click through to see the details for that class and then register. What should I bring while coming to the Bootcamp? One needs to bring his/her own laptop and it should be preloaded with the software listed here. Also make sure to do the installation upfront. Is the Bootcamp ...

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Microsoft’s Bing is focused on making the search much more social and fast. In an attempt to enhance the current social flavour now one gets with Bing search (assuming the user has connected Facebook account with Bing), Microsoft may soon add more social behaviour to the search results which will help the users easily find places which had been visited by their friends. This is achieved by fetching more status updates from the users’ friends relevant Facebook status updates. To make this possible, project “Trinity” may help. What is Trinity? According to Microsoft, ” Trinity is a general purpose distributed graph system over a memory cloud. Memory cloud is a globally addressable, in-memory key-value store over a cluster of machines. Through the distributed in-memory storage, Trinity provides fast random data access power over a large data set. This makes Trinity a natural large graph processing platform.” How Trinity can benefit ...

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Few hours ago, we reported about Microsoft Store offering great deals on few Windows 8 touch devices. HP ENVY x2, Acer Iconia W510, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro and Toshiba Satellite U925t are available at discounted price. Now, it seems Windows RT devices are also available at discounted prices. Dell’s XPS 10 is now US$449 for a 32GB model, down $50 off the original launch price. The 64GB model is $499, down from the original $599 price. Asus VivoTab RT is available at Amazon.com for $382 with 32GB of storage, which is down from its $599 launch price. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 is now available for $599 , which is down from the original $799 price and Amazon is selling a model for $499.99. Read more about it from the link below. via: Computerworld ...

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Microsoft Skype today announced some stats about the service used by millions of people around the world. People are spending more than 2 billion minutes connecting with each other on Skype in a day. To put that in a perspective, That’s enough time to travel to the moon and back over 225 thousand times, walk around Earth more than 845 times or travel to Mars more than 5,400 times. 2 billion minutes is more than 33 million hours of people singing, laughing, joking and staying in touch. That means 1,388,000 days of togetherness which make up more than 3,805 years of sharing or nearly 38 centuries of time spent on Skype in one day. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Skype ...

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Now, the task of testing the Website’s browser compatibility in various versions of Internet Explorer[IE] is made much simpler not only for the Windows users but also for the Linux and Mac users {yes, you read it right!} with the updated & enhanced release of tools & resources in modern.ie site. The enhancements will help the developer to develop sites for modern browsers like IE9, IE10 while also supporting the legacy browsers of IE family. According to Microsoft, “modern.IE is a dev center – free tools & resources – built so you can spend less time testing for the various versions of Internet Explorer and more time building what matters to you on the modern web.” The site is live for a couple of months(since January) but it was updated today to add IE10 on Windows 7 and IE8 on Windows XP. Previously, one has to install Windows XP to ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering some great deals on Windows 8/RT based hybrid devices. HP ENVY x2, Acer Iconia W510, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro and Toshiba Satellite U925t are available at discounted price. Toshiba Satellite U925t-S2130 Convertible Ultrabook: Cut to $799 from $1,149. 12.5-inch screen, Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). Acer Iconia W510-1674 Tablet: reduced to $399 from $499. 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom 1.8GHz “Clover Trail” Z2760 chip, 32GB SSD. HP ENVY x2 11-g012nr Touchscreen: Now $599, was $849. 11.6-inch screen, Intel Atom 1.8GHz “Clover Trail” Z2760 chip, 64GB SSD. Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Tablet: Cut to $999 from $1,199. 11.6-inch screen (1,920×1080), Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB SSD. Check them out at Microsoft Store. via: CNET ...

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The general manager of Microsoft Turkey, Tamer Özmen said Microsoft is planning to build a tablet research and development laboratory in Turkey to facilitate “Fatih”, the Turkish government’s tablet education project. “We are very keen to be involved in the project and we’re working on establishing the first research and development laboratory in Turkey”, he added. The move came as the Turkish government planned to replace the traditional blackboards and text books with electronic boards and tablet PCs as part of the Fatih education project. Microsoft did not reveal further details about the facility. But, as per the government requirement, it seems that nearly 15 million tablets will be purchased for the project. Source: Hurriyetdailynews ...

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MLB.TV has released their official app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. This app lets you watch LIVE or on demand Major League Baseball game through their subscription. Description: Watch every out-of-market Major League Baseball game LIVE or on demand in HD with an MLB.TV Premium subscription. Blackout restrictions apply. Features: HD Quality LIVE Video Full Game Video Archives Home and Away Broadcasts (where available) LIVE Game DVR Controls (pause/play, rewind, fast forward) LIVE and Archive Radio Broadcasts Daily MLB Scoreboard 2013 Team Schedules Closed Captioning (where available) Full Screen Video Favorite Team Support Download it here from Windows Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today revealed the upcoming new re-designed calendar experience for Outlook.com users. This new calendar experience will be rolling out this week to all the users. The new calendar service is faster than ever, helps you focus on the events and appointments and tasks you’ve added, and lets you take your calendar with you on any device. It features the new modern design with the philosophy of contents over chrome. You can add or edit events with a single click, enter an event by simply dragging your mouse across the time or date range you need, add tasks without opening a new page, and jump to a particular day simply by clicking the date. Outlook.com uses Exchange ActiveSync to sync your mail, calendar, and address book on your smartphone, tablet, in the new Outlook 2013 and with the Mail, Calendar and People apps on your new PC or tablet running Windows 8. ...

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Microsoft announced the upcoming Build 2013 conference last week. In the Build 2013 conference, Microsoft will share updates and talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio and more. To make sure everyone knows what we’re planning and can participate in this rapidly growing ecosystem, I’m pleased to announce and personally invite you to our next developer conference, Build 2013, which is taking place June 26-28, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s been a while since our last developer event in the Bay Area, and we’re looking forward to a fantastic gathering. The registration is now open, register before it gets over. Register yourself at http://www.buildwindows.com/ ...

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Microsoft today announced a new Surface Pro variant for Chinese customers. This new Surface Chinese variant comes in two SKUs, a 64Gb version and a 128GB version. The 64GB costs ¥6588 and the 128GB costs¥7388 which is same as the regular Surface Pro variant available in China. And the new variant will be available only in China for now. Surface China Surface Pro OS Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro New Office Office Home & Student 2013 full version 1-month trial of Office 365 Multilingual Simplified Chinese only All Windows 8 languages Hardware Same Same Source: Tmall via: WPDang ...

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Videolan team today provided their update on the progress on development of VLC For Windows 8 Modern UI. There is a working version of the app now and they even released few screenshots of the same. Technical update If you followed closely, our main work, in addition to the UI, was to fight and replace the forbidden symbols not allowed on Windows App Store mode. We’ve been quite efficient at that, working closely with Mingw-w64 project and GCC developers. The biggest result is that we have now cut down 90% of our symbols, that are forbidden on Metro Mode. We mostly did this by: replacing our forbidden calls with newer authorized equivalent calls, modifying gcc and Mingw-w64, writing new code in a special library of ours, writing dummy functions, disabling VLC code that would not work on the Metro platform, moving VLC to MSVCRT 11.0, moving all the VLC codebase to ...

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Microsoft Internet Explorer team today announced this great deal to woo web developers based on Mac OS platform. You can get a Windows QuickStart for iOS Developers for a small donation to charity. The $25 donation is to Watsi.org, Kahn Academy or Code.org and $8 for shipping. Windows QuickStart for iOS Developers includes Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and a licensed copy of Windows 8. We heard that the most common way you test across browsers is through virtualization of browser and operating system combinations using your favorite virtualization platform, such as Hyper-V, VMWare, VirtualBox, or Parallels. However, costs to purchase software and licensing can be difficult if you’re that startup looking for your first big breakthrough. Today we’re making it just a little easier with a new combo offer: We’ll ship you a copy of Windows 8 and Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac virtualization on a USB stick for ...

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According to CNET, the upcoming significant update for Window 8/RT devices to codenamed ‘Blue’ could be marketed under the name of ‘Windows 8.1′. Lots of upcoming new features of Windows Blue got leaked a week ago which included new personalization features, improved PC settings page, Internet Explorer 11, etc,. Even Windows RT Blue update will be branded as Windows RT 8.1. Windows 8.1 naming is simple and an obvious one which denotes the nature of the update to Windows 8. What do you think? Source: CNET ...

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According to the recent report from Net Applications,  Internet Explorer had 55.83% of the overall web browser market in March. Within Internet Explorer versions, IE10 had 2.93% market share worldwide compared to 1.57% in February. Internet Explorer 8 still remains the most used browser worldwide with 23.23% down from its market share of 23.38% in February. Internet Explorer 9 came 2nd with 20.62% of the web browser market share down from its marker share of 21.67 percent in February. With more Windows 8 adoption and new marketing activities around IE10, I guess Internet Explorer may gain more market share. Source: NetApplications ...

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As part of its many April Fools pranks on customers, Microsoft made fun of Google’s home page. When you search for Google in Bing, you will be greeted with a white search page, multi-colored Bing logo similar to what Google usually has and also an ‘I’m Feeling Confused’ button. There are also some highlights similar to Bing home page with info including “with so many delicious flavors available, most people still choose vanilla.”, “When there’s nothing else to look at”, etc, to make fun of Google’s home page compared to its visually attractive and functional Bing home page. You try it out here. ...

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