Review Category : Microsoft

According to the internal memo from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed by ATD, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie has moved to a new role called  “Senior Advisor to the CEO.” Microsoft describes his new role as follows, “In this role, he works on key strategic projects within the company, as well as with government and business leaders around the world on technology policy, regulation and standards,” Steve lauded in Craig’s efforts in his past role and announced that he will retire when he turns 65, in 2014. Eric Rudder a longtime Microsoft executive who headed Server and Tools business in the past will now take on the role of  chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft. Source: ATD ...

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According to WSJ, Acer is planning to launch low cost Windows tablets next year. Acer now has Intel based Windows 8 tablets priced greater than $600 and Acer is looking to further reduce the price as they think as its current ones are “too pricey.” These low cost Windows tablets will be released in early next year and will also so be focused on Chinese market. Acer’s pursuit of lower-priced tablets will cut into its margins, but will help it secure a stronger foothold in the rapidly growing China market, said Daiwa Securities analyst Christine Wang. “Chinese white-box tablet makers are expected to sell some 60 million tablets next year, so it is a really big market,” she said. “None of the major PC brands sells a tablet right now priced to compete with them right now.” Source: WSJ ...

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Disney has released two of their famous games Where’s My Perry? And Where’s My Water? in Windows  store for Windows 8/RT devices. Both these games will costs $1.49 and currently available for free from Windows Store as a holiday promotional offer. It’s a physics-based puzzler which even got a 92 Metascore from METACRITIC.COM. Where’s My Perry Description: WHERE’S MY PERRY IS THE LATEST PUZZLER FROM THE MAKERS OF WHERE’S MY WATER AND DISNEY! Where’s My Perry is a challenging physics-based puzzler where you need to use water in all its different forms, ice, steam and liquid, to solve the puzzle. Overflowing with intuitive controls, vibrant spy-themed graphics, and best of all, lasers, you will be immersed in the world of Agent P! MORE THAN 80 PUZZLES ACROSS 4 CHAPTERS, WITH FREE UPDATES! AGENT P’S STORY Perry from Phineas and Ferb is no ordinary platypus, he’s actually a semi-aquatic sleuth known as Agent ...

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Microsoft recently blogged about the Holiday promotions in Windows Store. There are some special app offers on Windows Store for a limited period till Jan 31st. You can take advantage of them if you want to save some money. The ESPN App: Free Insider access through Jan 31, 2013 for scores, breaking news, and in-depth game coverage. Save up to $2.50 Expedia: Book flights and hotels from anywhere with the Expedia app and get reduced rates on select hotels with this offer. Save up to 60% Where’s my Water? Help Swampy the alligator in his quest to take a bath with this fun, physics-based puzzle game from Disney—free! Save $1.49 The New York Times: One month free unlimited access to news and issues at NYTimes.com on any compatible device. Save $20.00 Zinio: Get $50 in the most popular digital mini-subscriptions and single issues from Zinio. Save $50.00 Where’s my Perry?: Use water, in all ...

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Engadget has just noticed a Microsoft tablet passing through the FCC which is most likely the Microsoft Surface. The tablet runs Windows 8 and has a number (1514) which is only 2 less than the 1516 number associated with the Surface RT. The FCC approval clears the way to a January release for the Intel tablet, which is now expected at the end of that month. See the entry at the FCC here. ...

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Microsoft yesterday released their Wordament game for iOS devices. Wordament was originally developed for Windows Phone devices and now Microsoft is porting them to other platforms as well. Its the first Xbox game for iOS that can earn up to 50 Gamerscore from 10 achievements and you’ll have access to all of your Xbox Friends and Wordament Frenemies. App Description: Do you have two minutes to spare? Wordament® is a unique and highly addictive word game: a two-minute long word tournament where you compete in real-time, on the same board, against everyone else currently playing. Each board is unique and alternating rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter digram tiles and theme* puzzles. You can choose to go for the bonus points, try to find the most words possible or earn scoring bonuses by finding longer words. How you play and choose to compete is up to you! We love our ...

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Windows 8 was released to general consumers on Oct 26th by Microsoft and following the release it was announced that over 40 million copies of Windows 8 was sold after 1 month of its release. Chitika today released a report which measures the Windows based web traffic in US. According to them, Windows 8 now holds 2.3% of the Windows based web traffic in US. Based on the graph above, Web traffic from Windows 8 users constituted 2.3% of all Windows traffic as of December 13th 2012 – exactly 48 days after its release. In comparison, 48 hours following Apple’s release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, its new OS had already captured 3.2% of Mac Web usage. Both Windows 8 and Mountain Lion were available as downloadable upgrades to consumers for $40 and $20, respectively. I guess Windows 8 usage will further accelerate as more Windows 8 based tablets and convertibles reach ...

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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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