Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft today announced that they have completed the upgrade of 400 million Hotmail accounts to new Outlook.com. With the announcements, they also added two new features to Outlook.com: SMTP send, so it’s easier to send mail from different email addresses, and deeper integration with SkyDrive. Deeper SkyDrive integration: insert files and pictures directly from SkyDrive: There are a number of ways we’ve integrated Outlook.com and SkyDrive: a single Microsoft account for signing in, a shared contact list and set of connected networks, the ability to send large attachments, a shared header, and much more. Today, we’re excited to release the direct integration of SkyDrive into the Outlook.com compose experience. When you’re sending an email message, you can select files from your SkyDrive and we’ll automatically turn those into the right thumbnails with links that have the right permissions tied to people that receive the email. When you insert pictures from ...

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According to sources from the upstream supply chain of Digitimes, Microsoft is expected to announce second-generation Surface device at BUILD Developer Conference scheduled from June 26-28. They also reported about the component manufacturers for the upcoming Surface units. Microsoft retained most of its component suppliers from the first-generation models for the second-generation ones with Pegatron Technology staying as the devices’ manufacturer. Chassis are supplied by Ju Teng, switching from China-based Chungnam Precision Casing; displays are supplied by Samsung Electronics and LG Display, glass Corning, batteries LG Chem, processors Intel and Nvidia, keyboards Chicony Electronics and Ko Ja (Cayman) and touch panels TPK and Youngfast, the sources noted. However, these component makers have all declined to comment about Surface shipments. Source: Digitimes ...

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Microsoft entered the top 5 tablet vendor list for the first time. According to IDC, Microsoft sold about 900,000 Surface devices which includes Surface RT and Surface Pro. They also reported that many of them were Surface Pro units. Microsoft held 1.8% of the total market share and for a comparison, company like Amazon which is selling low cost tablet devices just had 3.7% of the market share. Microsoft has said that it is actively widening its regional distribution of both Surface RT and Surface Pro products. Beyond the Surface products, Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets continued to struggle to gain traction in the market. Total combined Windows 8 and Windows RT shipments across all vendors reached 1.8 million units. IDC commented on the recent rumors that Microsoft is adding support for 7-8 inch Windows RT/8 devices as the following, “Recent rumors have circulated about the possibility of smaller ...

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Microsoft has sent out invites to the press for its Xbox E3 2013 media briefing which is scheduled to happen on June 10. Microsoft has already planned for another event before E3 media briefing on May 21st at their campus. As they announced, Xbox vNext details will be first revealed on May 21st and then the announcements will continue on June 10th. On a related note, I’m more excited about my birthday this year than ever. It’s on June 10th, with Xbox E3 briefing and WWDC ! ! ...

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MELVILLE , NY, May 01, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — CopyTele, Inc. (“CTI”) (otcqb:COPY), a company specializing in patent monetization and patent assertion, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Secure Web Conference Corporation, filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Microsoft Corporation, with respect to encryption technology utilized by Microsoft’s SKYPE video conferencing service. Reports indicate that SKYPE, which was purchased by Microsoft in May of 2011 for $8.5 billion, has approximately 250 million active monthly users. Robert Berman, CTI’s President and CEO, stated, “With coverage on web conferencing technology across an industry that generates over $4 billion in annual revenue, these encryption patents are a prime example of the enormous, untapped potential at CTI. The new management team was attracted to CTI because of the tremendous value of its patents that were masked by its previous business ...

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According to the April data from Net Applications, Microsoft’s Windows 8 has captured 3.82% of the all traffic captured by Web tracker Net Applications in April. This is not a significant increase from last month as Windows 8 had 3.2 percent share in March. Preview release of Windows 8.1 and the retail release of Intel Haswell based processors in June should somewhat accelerate the adoption of Windows 8 in near term. What do you think? Source: Netmarketshare ...

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Few days back we reported about Windows 8.1 build got leaked online somewhere and posted screenshot. This Windows 8.1 Build 9385 is now available for download from p2p sites. File Information: Name: 9385.0.FBL_PARTNER_OUT17.130415-2049_X86FRE_CLIENT_EN-US-PL-PL-RU-RU.ISO Size: 2.8 GB HASH: 87DC2BE0C33E5042529E267B96A3A2B45457F747 As usual some new features were revealed in this build, First, the Kiosk mode we found the previous builds has been renamed to Assigned Access Mode. Second, the Windows 8 lock screen settings now allows you to choose an app to show alarms. Third, the new f12 developer tools in IE11 from build 9385 seems to be great and almost matches the one from Google Chrome.   ...

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Microsoft Internet Explorer team today announced their partnership with DailyBurn.com. DailyBurn allows users to sync their workouts, interact with personal trainers or track their nutrition goals across devices, all on the web. We’ve come to calling cross-device experiences, like our partnership with Daily Burn, the companion web. DailyBurn.com is now optimized for browser on your phone, tablet and IE for Xbox 360. They also announced couple of offers, · Starting today, May 1, all Xbox LIVE users will have one-month’s access to the IE for Xbox 360 app surf, explore and experience the web with sites like DailyBurn. · Also starting today, DailyBurn is offering all users two months free access to all online workouts and nutritional advice and programs via IE on your Xbox 360 or PC. Working with the DailyBurn team has brought Xbox fitness enthusiasts a new, exciting way to experience their workouts through IE and DailyBurn’s ...

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The newly leaked Windows 8.1 build 9385 has revealed new features. First, the Kiosk mode we found the previous builds has been renamed to Assigned Access Mode. Second, the Windows 8 lock screen settings now allows you to choose an app to show alarms. Third, the new f12 developer tools in IE11 from build 9385 seems to be great and almost matches the one from Google Chrome. The below mentioned source is going to post his review of the build soon and I guess some more features mat get revealed soon. Source: AngelWZR ...

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  Microsoft Skype team today released a preview version of Skype Video Messaging for Skype for Windows desktop on Windows 7 or above PCs. They also announced that this feature will also be made available shortly for Skype for Windows 8. Skype Video Messaging lets you record a video message and send it to people who matter to you on Skype anytime, even when they’re unavailable; they will be able to watch the Video Message next time they’re online. Download the latest beta version of Skype for Windows desktop to enjoy the above feature. Source: Skype ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft’s Windows Azure software and related services have surpassed $1 billion in annual sales for the first time. Microsoft’s $1 billion sales figure includes Azure, as well as software provided to partners to create related Windows cloud services, Curt Anderson, finance chief for Microsoft’s server and tools unit said in an interview. This is one of the recent business groups inside Microsoft which joined the Billion dollar club. Microsoft announced during quarterly financial reports that Office 365 business reached billion dollar club recently. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are rolling out Skype video calling integration in Outlook.com users from today. The roll out has begun with UK customers, followed by US customers soon and other countries later. You will be required to install a browser plugin – available for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome – before linking up your Outlook.com and Skype accounts. Once your accounts are merged, Skype call buttons will be available whenever you mouse over a contact in an email thread or instant message; simply click to call and a window will pop-up for your Skype conversation. Enjoy Skype within your browser! Source: Skype Blog ...

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OneNote for Windows 8/RT devices just got updated to support finger painting. As more users expressed the need to be able to draw on the touch devices that do not ship with a pen, this update allows you to draw with your finger! Simply tap the screen, open the radial menu and select “Draw”. From here you can get creative; choose pen colors, customize your thickness, and store these combinations as a ‘favorite’ pen.  Once you are done drawing, open the radial menu and select “Exit Draw”. Download it from OneNote for Windows Store. Source: OneNote ...

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When the first Windows 8.1 build got leaked last month, we spotted a new app called Movie Moments. Movie Moments screenshots reveals that this Windows 8/RT modern app will have three options; Trim it, Say it, and Share it.  “Trim it” will allow users to edit down videos to their favorite moments of 60 seconds or less. The “Say it” option will offer a way to place captions in any video. The “Share it” option will allow you to add the finishing touches to your video. Source: WinClub.pl via: Neowin ...

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We have already seen Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project via tech demo at CES by Microsoft. There were reports in the last few weeks that Microsoft may release a consumer product based on Microsoft’s research’s IllumiRoom. IllumiRoom augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience. IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds. For example, our system can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences. Our system uses the appearance and the geometry of the room (captured by Kinect) to adapt the projected visuals in real-time without any need to custom pre-process the graphics. What you see in the videos below has been captured live and is not the result of ...

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We have come across lots of reports and rumors about Xbox vNext in the past. Lots of details about the internal architecture of the device, graphics possibilities, Kinect 2.0 are some of them. Forbes recently reported that the Xbox vNext may be branded as ‘Xbox Infinity”. It will go along with the tag line “Infinite Entertainment. Infinite Possibilities”. What do you think of this name? via: Forbes ...

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