Review Category : Microsoft

  Recently Apple enabled  two-factor authentication for Apple ID and Google enabled it last year. Now, its time for Microsoft. According to report from Liveside, Microsoft is already testing two-factor authentication for Microsoft accounts and it may be enabled for all the accounts soon. By setting up “Two-step verification”, when logging in to your Microsoft account from any device or apps (with the exception of devices added to your trusted PC list), in addition to typing in your password you will also be prompted to enter a security code randomly generated by an Authenticator app on your phone. There is also a Authenticator app for Windows Phone devices which lets you generate security codes. Read about it here. Source: Liveside ...

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Microsoft today announced firmware updates as part of the patch Tuesday for Surface Pro and Surface RT devices. Here is the change log for Surface Pro device, The April cumulative update for Surface includes firmware and driver updates including: Resolves an issue with on screen touch navigation in the UEFI boot menu. Resolves some Surface Type and Touch cover connectivity issues. Support for 106/109 keyboards on North American Surface devices. Resolves an issue where toggling airplane mode would disable the Wi-Fi driver. Change log for Surface RT device, The April cumulative update includes improved Surface Wi-Fi reliability, connectivity in various scenarios, and performance improvements including: Certain “Limited” connectivity issues resolved Improves Wi-Fi to handle a wide range of access points. Resolves system crashes caused by certain Wi-Fi issues. Check for updates on your Windows device after few hours. Updates will be released around 1 p.m. ET. ...

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  As per previous leaks, Microsoft was planning to reveal Xbox vNext sometime in April. But according to recent reports from Winsupersite and The Verge, Microsoft will be revealing the next Xbox specification details on coming May 21st. The event is expected to be held at a small venue which will give some firsthand details about the new gaming console. Xbox vNext specs got leaked few months back and it is expected to sport 8GB of RAM, 2GB of graphics, WiFi and Ethernet facility to connect and play online games, USB3.0 support, Blu-Ray player, etc. The device was also rumored to have always online feature. Source : TheVerge, Winsupersite ...

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The widely popular Windows XP has been around nearly 12 years. But technology has evolved leaps and bounds. And we need to stay updated with the latest technology to ensure security, compliance and manageability of softwares. Today will mark the Day1 of one year countdown(8-Apr’13 to 8-Apr’14) after which Microsoft will not entertain any support for the most popular Windows XP OS which has been supported for 12 years (next April). So, Microsoft kindly urged the users of Windows XP to start moving to a more modern OS like Windows 7/8 which are inherently reliable, secure, speed, hardened, flexible. What this actually means is “Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014” wrote Microsoft in a blog post, “On April 8, 2014, we will end the extended support for our commercial customers and we will no longer provide security updates for commercial or ...

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Microsoft today announced that it is selling its Mediaroom IPTV business to Ericsson. Now, Microsoft will commit 100 percent of its focus on consumer TV strategy with Xbox. It is not a mission that we can achieve alone. We want to partner with the industry to deliver the next wave of innovation in games and consumer entertainment. We will partner with content creators, studios, labels, networks, content aggregators, operators and distributors to make this happen. We believe the future of home entertainment is one where TV becomes more simple, tailored and intelligent. We believe the best is yet to come for this industry. Press Release: Underlines Ericsson’s commitment to being partner of choice for Video distribution across multiple networks and devices Places Ericsson in lead for TV Anywhere consumption Ericsson becomes leading player for innovative video distribution with combined market share of more than 25% Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has reached an ...

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Dr. Ram Ramamoorthy, Assistant Professor, who heads the Robust Autonomy & Decisions Lab at the School of Informatics in The University of Edinburgh has developed a Humanoid robot which can play “Rock-scissors-paper” game using Artificial Intelligence. Reports suggests that it will take on humans and can make out the opponent’s strategies as it plays. As reported by TOI, Rock-scissors-paper is a hand game usually played by two people, where players simultaneously form one of three shapes with an outstretched hand. The rock beats scissors, the scissors beat paper and the paper beats rock. If both players throw the same shape, the game is tied. The robots which are approximately two-foot-high are programmed in such a way so that it can able to recognize the hand gestures performed by humans using Microsoft’s popular motion-sensing input device “Kinect“ which is primarily developed for the Xbox 360 video game console and Windows PCs. Apart ...

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Are you a WWE fan? Here is some good news for you!! Recently Xbox 360 has been adding a lot of apps, in this line Microsoft recently released the WWE App which is now available on Xbox 360. This WWE  application on the Xbox 360 allows you to order pay-per-view events right within your console’s dashboard. The WWE App is a pay-per-view portal which enables one to purchase the latest special events and watch them live on the home console. It seems perfect timing for the Wrestling lovers as they along with the family and friends can enjoy watching the Wrestlemania which is going to happen on April 7, 2013. ...

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As Google recently announced their decision to end the support for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), the updated Windows 8 Calendar App will no longer have full sync support for Google Calendar events. Microsoft Windows team today posted some workarounds for this. Read them below. You need to have an outlook.com account to achieve this or else sign up here Now move your Google Calendar events to Outlook.com by following the steps below, Sign in to your Google account and export the Google calendars you want. Following the on-screen instructions, save the created file to your Laptop/PC. Extract the zip file Sign-In to Outlook.com using your existing/just created Microsoft Account. If you don’t have the new Outlook.com calendar, follow these steps: Tap or click Subscribe and then tap or click Import from an ICS file. Browse to and select the ICS file that you unzipped and tap or click Import. If you exported ...

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For the more than 5.5 million unique Bing users in Australia, Bing Ads, which delivers paid search ads to Bing users, will be launched in Australia in early July 2013. Bing Ads global general manager Steve Sirich said, “Already 25 markets are using Bing Ads and now it’s Australia’s turn. Just 12 countries represent 95% of revenue for global search advertising and Australia also sits in the included list. He further added that based on the feedback and conversations with the advertisers, Australians deserve more than one search engine and advertisers deserve a choice for the ad platforms. Steve Knowles, Operations Head, Adobe Digital Marketing who welcomed the move said that there is a good buying to be had across Bing and Yahoo! – a search term which might cost an advertiser $1 on Google could be as low as 70% for the equivalent on Bing and Yahoo!. Source : ...

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Nokia has released their Music app for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Nokia Music app is one of the best designed apps available in Windows Store and it gives you a whole new Music experience similar to Xbox Music app. It supports Nokia Music+ subscription also which lets you enjoy time-sync’d lyrics, HQ audio and much more. Features: Mixes: Hundreds of hand-crafted playlists across every genre you’re interested in. From Pop to Dub, Blues legends, Ragga, Indietronica, and loads more – we’ve got the lot Offline Mixes: Download hours’ worth of your favorite mixes to listen when you’re not connected to the internet MP3 Playback: Listen and queue your own music. Put them in your Music library and we’ll pick them up. Get Mix recommendations and artist information Artist Mix: Tell us up to three of your favorite artists and we’ll make you a mix featuring those and other ...

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Microsoft is planning to release a pair of critical security fixes in the next edition of “Patch Tuesday” on April-9 at approximately 1800 GMT. Firstly, the update/fix will address flaws deemed critical in Internet Explorer for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It is also considered that those vulnerabilities are only ‘moderate’ risks in Windows Server systems. In addition to the above update, a fix for a ‘critical’ flaw for all supported desktop versions of Windows prior to Windows 8 and ‘moderate’ for Windows Server deployments will also be released. The statement also ensured that this vulnerability is not present in Windows 8. In addition to these critical fixes, Microsoft said that it would be releasing a total of seven flaws rated as ‘important’ security risks. The impact of those vulnerabilities includes elevation of privilege, denial of service and information disclosure. Source : v3 ...

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Craig Mundie, a senior adviser to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, showed off the company’s upcoming products in a talk at Yale University. In the lecture which is titled, “How Tomorrow’s Technologies Will Shape Your World,”  Mundie discussed Microsoft’s efforts to make human-technology interaction more natural and productive, and gave some sneak peek examples of  how the company is bringing such products to businesses and consumers. He added that over the next few years, Microsoft anticipates a shift from the current graphical user interface of  “pointing and clicking and typing” to a “natural user interface” of  “touch and other forms of human sense-like capabilities”. He also said that we’d really like a computer to be more like us, and through that, we want many more people to get computing capability. He emphasized that “There’s no reason to believe that in the future that any person who’s buying a television or a cellphone ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on Outlook for Windows RT devices. But the real question is, when is it going to come? Two prominent Microsoft bloggers from Winsupersite and ZDNet today revealed some info on Outlook RT based on their information from sources. Paul’s info, It’s perhaps more interesting that Outlook RT has made its way outside of Microsoft as well. This suggests that it’s much closer to an actual release, though I have no information about when that might happen. I was told, however, that Outlook RT didn’t make the cut for the initial release of Windows RT because of a firmware bug in the ARM chipset that would cause the application to hang or crash over time. This is different from what a source had told me previously—something about battery life issues—but neither Outlook RT user professed to notice anything like that. Interesting. Mary’s info, This same source said all ...

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Research group Gartner today published their forecast about Operating Systems and it was reported by Guardian. They reported that Microsoft may become irrelevant in the next 4 years unless they can make progress in the smartphone and tablet markets. Since shipments of Android devices will dwarf Windows PCs and phones by 2017, they think Microsoft is doomed. Also Apple powered devices will match Microsoft platform devices in terms of no.of units. For Microsoft, this poses an important inflexion point in its history, warns Milanesi. “Winning in the tablet and phone space is critical for them to remain relevant in this shift,” she told the Guardian. “We’re talking about hardware displacement here – but this shift also has wider implications for operating systems and apps. What happens, for instance, when [Microsoft] Office isn’t the best way to be productive in your work?” You make your own conclusions about this report. The ...

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Microsoft today revealed that during the last presidential election campaign in US, Obama for America campaign selected Microsoft Lync as their communications platform for hundreds of campaign staff in its Chicago headquarters and in some states for the 2012 elections. The campaign needed to upgrade from a private branch exchange (PBX) system to a more flexible cloud-based solution that could scale and adapt to support thousands of mission-critical calls in multiple locations at any given time. It is a usual thing that Microsoft uses its customers to showcase its software and services capabilities, but this is the first time they showcased a political party for promoting its software services. “It was really useful to see how Lync could adapt to the way our multilocation operation works,” Chopra said. “We didn’t start with Lync in every office, but we deployed it in our Chicago headquarters, and those employees were able to ...

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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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