Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft has recently released an infographic that takes on privacy policies of Google. Few months back, Microsoft launched Don’t Get Scroogled by Gmail, a national campaign at http://www.scroogled.com to educate Americans about Google’s practice of going through the contents of all Gmail emails to sell and target ads. There was event an internal video of Microsoft’s “Don’t Get Scroogled” campaign that got leaked to the web. Today, they released an info graphic showing privacy measures by Microsoft and how Google screws up in that area. Have you switched to Bing? ...

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Ars Technica recently sat down with General Manager of Redmond Game Studios and Platforms Matt Booty to ask some questions about the Xbox One and cloud computing.   Booty  what “latency-insensitive computation” support from the cloud for the Xbox One means exactly. “Things that I would call latency-sensitive would be reactions to animations in a shooter, reactions to hits and shots in a racing game, reactions to collisions,” Booty said. “Those things you need to have happen immediately and on frame and in sync with your controller. There are some things in a video game world, though, that don’t necessarily need to be updated every frame or don’t change that much in reaction to what’s going on. One example of that might be lighting,” he continued. “Let’s say you’re looking at a forest scene and you need to calculate the light coming through the trees, or you’re going through a battlefield ...

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Sources close to Paul Thurrott have told him that Microsoft’s internal goal is to have the Surface maintain control 50% percent of all Windows tablet sales in the coming year. In fact, Microsoft already achieved this goal in Q1 2013. Even as OEMs come up with new and better products, Microsoft expects to maintain 50% market share of all Windows 8 tablets going forward! According to Paul Thurrott, here are Microsoft’s internal goals for fiscal year 2014, starting July 1, 2013: Surface sales. MS expects to sell 25 million Surface devices in FY2014. Enterprise tablets. Microsoft expects to become the number one enterprise tablets provider in FY 2014. Retail tablet sales. Microsoft expects to become the number two provider of tablets at retail in FY 2014. Education. Microsoft plans to at least bid for every available education tablet opportunity in FY 2014. Distribution. Microsoft expects Surface to become the top ...

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In an interview with OXM Magazine, Microsoft’s senior Vice President of Interactive Enertainment Business Yusuf Mehdi confirmed that Microsoft will continue to sell the Xbox 360 after the Xbox One’s release: “We believe over the next five years we can break a 100 million unit installed base. That’s something we’re shooting for, it’s not a financial plan as such, it’s just rough numbers if you will. To sell another 25 million, half of those will probably come from replacements, but half will come from new buyers.  And the way we’ll break into those segments is by hitting new price points, getting new classes of entertainment to come with the Xbox, and breaking into new customer segments. So you’ll see the Xbox 360 continue to exist, even as we launch the next generation Xbox One.” An announcement on the future of the Xbox 360 along with a significant dashboard update is expected to be outlined ...

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US office supply and electronics store Staples discounting all Windows 8 tablets and Win8 touch screen PCs $100.  Theoretically, you can get a SurfaceRT for only $399!  Valid in store, online, or over the phone until May 27th.  For those of you looking to buy an 8 inch device, you may want to hold off purchasing anything for another month. Source: Staples   ...

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  Bing has made significant improvements to its internal technology Satori which enables Bing to have a deeper understanding of the people, places and the relationships between them.  When searching for a notable person you can now see current events regarding that person and a visual carousel which allows you to explore important and timely topics related to the specific person you’re searching for: Related individuals to your search will now be displayed on the right-hand side. For example, how are Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift related? They both recently won awards at the Billboard Music Awards: Bing will now also increased its news article index timeframe two week to years.  This will give you relevant news articles from years back when making searches. ...

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Microsoft today announced two new mice designed specifically with Windows 8 devices in mind. These mice include a Windows button on them, giving you quick and easy access to specific features in Windows. Sculpt Comfort Mouse The Sculpt Comfort Mouse has a touch-sensitive blue strip on its side called the Windows touch tab that makes it easy to navigate Windows 8 with just the touch or swipe of a finger. You can press the strip to go to your Start screen. But it does more than just take you to your Start screen. If you swipe up on the blue strip, it cycles through all your open Windows Store apps in Windows 8. And if you swipe down, it will reveal all the open apps (on the left side of your screen) for you to select the one you want. You don’t have to worry about a tiny USB transceiver since the Sculpt Comfort Mouse uses ...

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In a new Windows 8 ad, Microsoft pokes fun of the iPad via Siri. The gloves are clearly off and Microsoft is taking the fight right to Cupertino.  Interestingly enough Microsoft opted to use an ASUS tablet instead of their on Surface in this advertisement. This marks one of the first ads where Microsoft directly goes after the competition, showing feature to feature comparisons. Is this the beginning of a more aggressive Microsoft, at least in terms of marketing?   Did you like the ad? Let us know in the comments below. ...

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The Xbox One will be bringing along many of the features found in the Xbox 360, but in new and improved ways. Skype will be included in the Xbox One and will now allow users to make group calls. The Kinect now also includes a 1080p camera, so full HD calls should now be possible. Microsoft also showed Live TV on the Xbox. The Xbox One can integrate with cable TV systems and even show users their TV Guide. Users will be able to switch channels by simply using their voice and naming a network. DVR functionality and a Blu-ray drive are now also built into the Xbox One. An newer build of IE was shown running on the Xbox One. “Snapmode” was shown using IE, wbich allows IE to be snapped to the side while using another app or watching live tv. It worked in a similar manner to ...

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It’s an exciting time for Xbox fans. With the new announcement of the Xbox One console, Microsoft Studios has been hard at work securing exclusive games for the Xbox One. 15 Exclusive games be will coming to the Xbox’s One, including 8 brand new franchises. So far we know that ‘FIFA 14,’ NFL 25, NBA Live 14, and EA Sports UFC will be coming within the year from EA. All four of these games are based on EA’s new Ignite Sports Engine. FIFA will also receive exclusive content for the Xbox One. Another Xbox launch title exclusive will be Turn 10 Studios’ exclusive Forza Motorsport 5. A new type of game called Quantum Break, blending live-action tv with gammgin, was shown by Remedy Entertainment’s developer Alan Wake. Activision announced Call of Duty: Ghosts will be coming to the Xbox One. Xbox will be the first to receive any downloadable content ...

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Today Microsoft announced the Xbox One, which will succeed the Xbox 360.  One way to view the Xbox One is a powerful gaming PC that runs 3 operating systems simultaneously. One of these operating systems is based on the Windows NT kernel and will help runs apps such as Netflix, Skype, Youtube, Twitter, etc.  The second is dedicated solely to games.  The third is the OS is the most important and allows the other two OSes to communicate with each other and it also allows for the fast switching between game mode and app mode. The will give xbox user the benefit of being able to instantly switch between apps. Boyd Multerer took some time to explain more about the operating systems in the Xbox during the “#XboxReveal Recap with Major Nelson exclusively on Twitch TV.” “David Cutler built the hypervisor that does the switching back and forth,” Multerer told Major ...

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Xbox One Playstation 4 CPU Architecture x64 x86 CPU 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores GPU 1.2 TFLOPS, Custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine Memory 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s) with USB 3.0 support GDDR5 8GB with USB 3.0 support Hard Disk Drive Built-in Built-in Optical Drive 500 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive Blu-ray Disc drive 6xCAV Network Gigabit Ethernet Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct Communication Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)\ A/V HDMI input and output, 1080p and 4K support HDMI, Composite, Optical output Microsoft today took the wraps off its next generation Xbox console branded as Xbox One. The new console now features upgraded graphics similar to Sony PS4. You can take a look at the comparison between Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One in the table above. ...

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Microsoft Store just announced a small little deal for those of you interested in Xbox One. For a limited time, get a $10 online store credit when you sign-up for the newly announced Xbox One pre-order notification.  Terms & conditions *Limited time offer thru 11:59 PM Pacific time on 06/09/2013, or while supplies last. Valid for $10 credit off of a transaction for an item over $10.00 MSRP only at Microsoft online stores in US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Redeemable until June 9, 2013. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or gift cards. Not combinable with other offers. We reserve the right to change or terminate this offer at our discretion. Limit 1 per customer. Signup for it here. ...

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Microsoft just posted the above video which summarizes the announcements they made at the Xbox Reveal event few hours back. The new Xbox called Xbox One will come with 8GB RAM powered by custom designed chip manufactured by AMD. It will also come with new Xbox controller and new Kinect sensor. The new Kinect 2.0 sensor will support upto 1080p video with 30fps color video capability. The new Kinect sensor is powered by a custom CMOS sensor designed by Microsoft. Microsoft also announced a whole new UI with support for Live TV, etc,.   Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft answered top questions about new Xbox One Platform at their new blog. Xbox One does not require always-on internet connection, it is not compatible with Xbox 360 games, it allows trade-in and reselling of games, etc,. Read them below. Q:    Does Xbox One require an “always on” Internet connection? A:    No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet. We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection. Q:    How do consumers benefit by being connected to the cloud? A:    The cloud makes every experience better and more accessible.  Because Xbox One is powered by the cloud: Your games have more power available to ...

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REDMOND, Wash. — May 21, 2013 — A new vision for the future comes to life today as Microsoft Corp. unveils Xbox One , the all-in-one gaming and entertainment system created for today and the next generation. At Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., the company showcased how Xbox One  puts you at the center of all your games, TV, movies, music, sports and Skype. “Xbox One is designed to deliver a whole new generation of blockbuster games, television and entertainment in a powerful, all-in-one device,” said Don Mattrick, president, Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “Our unique, modern architecture brings simplicity to the living room and, for the first time ever, the ability to instantly switch across your games and entertainment.” Introducing Xbox One With Xbox One, games push the boundaries of realism, and TV obeys your commands.[1] Say “Xbox On” to launch your personalized Xbox One Home screen, discover what ...

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